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Vacancy Chain’s Ashley Altadonna on sharing her reality through writing

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Vacancy Chain playing at The Void in Racine.
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Vacancy Chain playing at The Void in Racine.

Every week, the State of Sound podcast welcomes an artist from our monthly concert series into the studio to go deep on one of their songs. For more info on the live show, including how to get tickets, visit the event page.

Ashley Altadonna is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Milwaukee’s jangle pop-rock band, Vacancy Chain. Originally from Houston, Altadonna moved in 2000 to attend UW-Milwaukee's Film School. She was also the singer/songwriter for Milwaukee bands New Blind Nationals and The Glacial Speed.

Currently, Altadonna is a freelance videographer/illustrator, sexual health and wellness educator at the Tool Shed Erotic Boutique, trans advocate and mom. She and I chatted about the inspiration behind Vacancy Chain’s song, “Loblolly.” To hear the conversation and part of Vacancy Chain’s set from June’s State of Sound live show, find us on your preferred podcast platform or use the player at the top of the page.

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