Long Mama

Welcome to Midwest misfit country. Caution: loose hearts and falling minds. Enter at your own risk.

Long Mama’s music blisters with the heart and grit of someone who has lost hard, loved harder, and licked her burns until they stung then silvered. In a drafty attic just west of the Milwaukee River she grew up on, you’ll find songwriter Kat Wodtke (Wood-key) raking through notebooks in search of a salve: words, stories, and sounds to temper the dumpster fires we never mean to light. Flickering behind each song is Wodtke’s lived insight into our human faults & fissures – the moments in life when we can slip and lose our footing, or claw our way out…better people on the other side of the blaze. 

Debut album Poor Pretender out now!

Long Mama - Poor Pretender Album Artwork by Jessica Seamans (Design & Layout by Alison Kle

Praise for Poor Pretender

"Equal parts theatrical, hook-laden, lyrical, and spacious."  

- Milwaukee Record

"Long Mama has used their patience wisely, aspiring for gently crafted perfection.

This is quite an introduction."


- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Expertly refined. The ten tracks are a prime synthesis of what happens when talented musicians coalesce around a common goal: playing the hell out of Kat Wodtke's songs."  

- Hear Here Presents

Poor Pretender is an impressive debut with well thought out lyrics, strong vocals, and some fine backing tracks. It’s a winner all the way from the slightly off-centre band.”

- Country Music People Magazine

"Poor Pretender [...] invites listeners to be whisked away to a fictional but uncanny Western world that reflects Wodtke’s observations on humanity."

- Shepherd Express

"Wodtke’s storytelling is top-notch. If you need some moody folk songs in your life,

this is the new album for you."


- Outsider

"A hushed record rife with departures and narratives that beg remembrance of

broken relationships before the memories slip away."

- Sound and Soul

Photo: Lily Shea / Album Artwork: Jessica Seamans / Album Design & Layout: Alison Kleiman