Erika Wennerstrom visited our studio in 2015 with her Americana-rock band Heartless Bastards. This year, the singer and guitarist took a break from that band to release her debut solo album, "Sweet Unknown." Inspired by a trip to the Amazon rainforest, the record features a more psychedelic sound for Wennerstrom, whose robust vocals are always a riveting aspect of her music.

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Wennerstrom returned to the CPR Performance Studio last month before a show at Denver's Globe Hall. She played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how taking a break from Heartless Bastards helped her songwriting, writing the album on a camping trip in West Texas and how she connects with people through music. 

Stream the session and watch Erika Wennerstrom perform "Extraordinary Love" above. Watch more videos on our YouTube page.

Songs performed:

  • "Twisted Highway"
  • "Extraordinary Love"
  • "Letting Go"
  • "Time"