Strup & Friends
Strup & Friends is just that: a group put together by local musician Carl Erikstrup with four of his closest friends, Logan Furuta, John Lenz, Jackson Payne, and Christian Porter.
In December 2020, after nearly 10 months of not playing live with local band Modern Joey, Carl was starting to go stir crazy. He realized he had two options. He could either wait until that magical day when Milwaukee’s live music scene comes back to life, or take action and find an outlet for his songs. The latter won out, and Carl decided to put a band together. The sound that Strup & Friends puts out is a blend of all types of American music with a pinch of twang. Carl’s lyrics and stories are typically rooted in honky-tonk and blues tropes, covering everything from broken hearts and lost love to hangovers in jail. With influences coming from the old (Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, The Grateful Dead), the new (Jason Isbell, Dawes, Chris Stapleton) and so much more, Strup & Friends hopes to capture an authentic, simple and rootsy sound to complement Carl’s songs.