Bass Player – Ed Overholt

Music Background

What’s your background, history in music?

I first started playing cello at State Road Elementary School under the direction of Leigh Elder. In middle school Mardel Allen found that I had a voice. I studied voice with Dan Johnson-Wilmot who had just moved to La Crosse and joined the faculty at Viterbo University. While in high school at La Crosse Central High School, I switched from the cello to the string bass and electric bass. The Robed Choir and Henry Aronson taught me the discipline of music and then I then studied voice at Luther College with Dave Judisch and performed in the Nordic Choir for 3 years with Dr. Weston Noble. Dr. Noble has been, and always will be, the most influential mentor in my musical life.

What was your first band?

Sterling 1977. Rick Abegglen, Kenny Spirduso, Bob Sullivan, BJ Hanson, and Ronnie Pak. Let’s have a reunion!

Why did you start playing the bass?

The cello just didn’t look cool slung over my shoulder.

Who is your favorite bass player?

Tough one. Geddy Lee from Rush. John Entwistle of The Who.

Who would you like to play bass with some time?

Sting. He’s brilliant and a musical genius….and always growing and changing. How he does music is a great metaphor for life.

Who was your favorite band or artist when you were growing up? Who is your favorite today?

REO Speedwagon growing up. Today….that’s complicated. Depends so much on the mood I’m trying to match but there’s never a moment that Tom Petty isn’t welcome in my ears.

What is your favorite song?

Eminence Front by The Who

What was the first concert you attended? What was the last concert you attended?

My sisters took me to see The Monkeys when we lived in Denver Colorado when I was 7 years old. Most recent concert was Umphrey’s McGee.

Do you have any regrets in music?

Not really. I love what I do for avocation and vocation. Both take a lot of work but both are incredibly rewarding.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Music is all about community. Find some friends and play music together.

Personal Background

What’s your day job?

Ear, nose, and throat surgeon

Who is in your family?

Amy, Eddie, and Ella.

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite vacation spot?

Fernie, British Columbia looking at The Three Bears with some fat boards strapped on.

What is your pet peeve?

People who are intolerant of other cultures….and the Dutch. Passive-aggressive behavior.

What is your motto?

Be just about anything…..except boring.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I can speak passable Norwegian and ….Jeg liker a drikke mye ol og sykle.