We created The Mill at Vicksburg’s Virtual Music Residency last year to help artists who were struggling during the pandemic without the ability to perform and earn a living. The residency provides artists with a way to share their gifts and perform for our community, while also getting paid! We’re kicking off the program again for 2021 and have a great roster of artists lined up for February.


Jason McCue is an indie-folk artist based out of Seattle, Washington. When he’s not working his day job, Jason spends the majority of his free time writing songs on his computer. Pre-pandemic, Jason could be found sharing his love of music across the country playing in dark, smoky bars and lively music halls. Today, Jason fills his time outside of writing with a lot of Legend of Zelda and baking sourdough. 

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Andrew Vait is known as Little Wins. From 2014-2017 as part of a Seattle-based powerhouse duo named SISTERS, he played main stages at Sasquatch! Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party and NYC Pride, and even had a song in a Toyota ad campaign. Considering his complicity in systems of oppression as a white male in the music industry, Vait takes major influence from POC artists to honor black artists who have shaped modern music culture. Armed with his MacBook Air, MIDI controller and Shure SM7b, he turned Garageband inside-out to produce his first two singles. “Let Me Into Your Heart” premiered on KEXP in 2018.

Minneapolis-based percussionist and national composer Zack Baltich creates long-form, emotionally driven music with a variety of instruments to meld the obscure with the familiar. His aesthetic and artistic purpose is to connect with others to inspire curiosity, satisfaction and empathy. Zack is intertwined with the Midwest land and people as both performer/audience and writer recorder. Whether collaborating with poets or recording sound bouncing off of cave walls in Minnesota, he continues to find inspiration in the border between urban and rural settings. His work has been supported by the American Composers Forum, Cedar Cultural Center and Minnesota State Arts Board.


Tune in as we release music clips of our artists this month:

  • Jason McCue – week of Feb. 1
  • Little Wins (Andrew Vait) – week of Feb. 8
  • Zack Baltich – week of Feb. 15

Prairie Ronde Artist Residency will also be releasing the work of some talented artists who have participated in the art program:

  • Jordan Delzell – week of Feb.22
  • Conner Green – week of March 1
  • Justin Tyler Tate – week of March 8


Follow along as we share music from these artists and more on Prairie Ronde Instagram and YouTube channels! If you’d like to learn more about the musicians and artists we host at The Mill, visit the Prairie Ronde website!

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