Wisconsin Music Podcast

Episode 077:Father and Son musicians, author and podcasters from La Crosse, Andrew and Nick Tempte of the Remainders

June 21, 2022


Episode 77

Andrew and Nick Tempte


As the author of Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire, Senior Advisor at Kaplan North America and a classic rock musician, Andrew Temte continues to hone his work/life balance. Together with his son Nick, and his band, The Remainders, Andy and team are proud to announce the release of a new music video for their song “Hitchin’ a Ride.” This is the first music video for the #1 classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. 


Available on YouTube and Facebook, the music video features clips from recent live performances of “Hitchin a Ride” and captures the lively and positive spirit of The Remainders. With the video, produced in collaboration with Dylan Overhouse Productions in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the band looks to inspire their fans to follow their dreams, no matter their age. 


The production of “Hitchin’ a Ride” was a family affair; Andy, based in La Crosse, and his son Nick, now living in Milwaukee, collaborated in their home studio to write and produce the tune. “It was awesome how organically it all happened. It’s been better than I could have expected,” Nick says of producing the song with his father. With their music, they hope to encourage other families to make music together.


An experienced musician, Andy found the inspiration for “Hitchin’ a Ride” while riding his bicycle down scenic Highway 33 in the bluffs of Western Wisconsin. He discovered a giant bug on his leg that, in Andy’s words, was “just hitchin’ a ride.” He immediately began humming the hook and singing the lyrics for what would become a love song about his 37-year relationship with his wife Linda. “The song ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ is all about how I’m hitching a ride with my dear wife Linda in the wonderful journey that we’ve had,” says Andy. 


Together since 2004, The Remainders have earned themselves a reputation as the top classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. With a love for Wisconsin, The Remainders have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in the La Crosse community over the past 17 years. As their motto states: “Rock’n Out and Doin’ Good,” The Remainders are a perfect example of a community-oriented band with passion for making music. 


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