Founded in 2010, Panalure is a Milwaukee band with an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, country and jazz. If you’re looking for a label, Americana will do. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Fred Ziegler, with Michael De Boer on guitar and lap steel, Bob Schneider on drums, Bob Jennings on keyboards and sax, Susan Nicholson on violin and mandolin, Ken Hanson on bass and Kari Hoff on vocal harmony. “EarElephant" (2023) is Panalure's 4th album and features our most ambitious offering of original music.

“EarElephant, a literate blend of Americana reveals more with repeated listens”  - Blaine Schultz, Shepherd Express

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About Panalure

Every Wednesday evening for more than a decade, the members of Panalure have gone up the stairs to Ken Hanson's attic to drink adult beverages and work on original music. Led by primary singer-songwriter, Fred Ziegler, the band has crafted four albums worth of edgy, smart and hopefully, listenable music.

Original members Michael De Boer on guitars (way too many of them) and Ken Hanson on bass contribute ideas and arrangements, while Kari Hoff provides backing vocals. In the past few years, the band has added some serious bench strength to the lineup with Bob Jennings (keys and sax) and Bob Schneider (drums), both of Semi-Twang, R&B Cadets and Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, along with Susan Nicholson of Frogwater on violin and mandolin.

The band has headlined numerous concerts at Shank Hall, Anodyne, Linneman's, Turner Hall, Summerfest, etc. in Milwaukee, while opening for national touring acts.

Together, the band delivers a mix of songs that will both engage your brain and get your feet moving.

What the Music Critics Say:

"EarElephant, a literate blend of Americana, reveals more with repeated listens." - Blaine Schultz, Shepherd Express

"Listen closely to the lyrics...and you'll find some engrossing, sharply crafted stories, particularly on the deliciously tragic opener, "Ethan and Janice." - Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"This is one quite extraordinary band and I hope to hear a lot more from them in the near future." - Jim Allford, Steel Notes Magazine


The band takes its name from the Kodak black-and-white photographic printing paper. Panalure was developed to facilitate the printing of full-tone black-and-white images from color negatives - a difficult task as it must be handled and developed in near-complete darkness. The paper was discontinued in 2005.

Previous Albums:
"Stories in the Third Person" (2018)
"The Bones" (2014)
"The Attic Demo" (2012)

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