Kerry Patrick Clark: A Christmas Album 30 Years in the Making

Kerry Patrick ClarkWhile it may seem inevitable that every musician eventually puts out a Christmas album, it took Kerry Patrick Clark more than 30 years to finally get to his. In part, it’s because he didn’t want to merely record variations of the same traditional songs. Instead, he had to let time do what time does best—cultivate life experiences, deepen relationships, hone talent and develop courage.

These are just some of the things Kerry needed in order to create an album that reflects his own experience of Christmas, which is far more than merely exulting the joy and glory of the season. “I believe in Christmas and what it stands for—peace, grace, an experience of the sacred—but that doesn’t mean I’m not also cynical, sad, frustrated, angry and intolerant. Every time I heard a new Christmas album I thought, ‘why isn’t there one that addresses the challenges of the season or tells the birth story in maybe a more profound way?’ So I decided to do that. Combine the Christian and the secular, the cynical and the sacred.”

Kerry Patrick Clark: The Heart of Christmas album coverThe result is Kerry’s latest album, The Heart of Christmas, which is available now here. Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Kerry via Skype. They reminisce about the traditions of Christmas music, the way in which this album embraces, yet differs from those traditions, and the challenging process of producing an album that was 30 years in the making.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Kerry Patrick Clark, 11/22/16

Music by Kerry Patrick Clark on KC Cafe Radio:

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: November 1, 2016

The B Sharps - No Fancy Pants The B Sharps – No Fancy Pants ~New Artist~
  • Blues/Rock

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Chuck Eaton - Lights Chuck Eaton – Lights ~New Artist~
  • Adult Contemporary

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Chuck Eaton- Tracks Chuck Eaton- Tracks ~New Artist~
  • Pop

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Leah Watts - Strong (single) Leah Watts – Strong (single)
  • Americana

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Wyatt Brewer - We'll Be Fine (single) Wyatt Brewer – We’ll Be Fine (single)
  • Americana

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The Tearaways - Bash/Hello Isla Vista (singles) The Tearaways – Bash/Hello Isla Vista (singles)
  • Rock

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Joseph Eid - One and Only (single) Joseph Eid – One and Only (single)
  • Pop

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Eric Taylor - Studio 10 Eric Taylor – Studio 10 ~New Artist~
  • Folk/Contemporary Folk

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Eric Taylor - Live at the Red Shack Eric Taylor – Live at the Red Shack ~New Artist~
  • Folk/Contemporary Folk 

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FAR-West 2016: Pictures and Conversations

FAR-West 2016 Conference LogoWe conclude our coverage of the 2016 Folk Alliance Region West Music Conference with 2 interviews and a photo album featuring the sights of the 2016 conference.  Our thanks go out to Mark Kaufman and Jeanette Lundgren, co-coordinators of the 2016 conference, as well as all of the members of the “Movers and Shakers Committee” for their invitation and cooperation that made our live and recorded coverage possible here on KC Cafe Radio.  This was only our second year of covering this event, but was most certainly our most enjoyable and successful experience so far.  Here we present you with 2 interviews recorded at the conference, and pictures representing our conference experience.

Our complete archived coverage from the conference is available here.

During the conference, Artist Relations Director Kathleen Coleman spoke with Britta Lee Shain, author of the book, Seeing the Real You at Last: Life and Love on the Road with Bob Dylan, released earlier this year published by Jawbone Press.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Britta Lee Shain

KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with Vicki Ambinder.  Vicki is on the FAR-West Board of  Directors, and is a Performance Coach.

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Dowload the interview here: Vicki Ambinder

Pictures from FAR-West

 

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KC Cafe Radio Live from PorchFest KC 2016

PorchFest 2016 PosterFor the second year in a row, KC Cafe Radio brought you live music from PorchFest KC 2016.  The annual musical “block party” moved this year to Kansas City’s Valentine Neighborhood, in Midtown Kansas City.  Approximately 140 bands played on 41 porch “stages” during the 6-hour event.  Music featured a wide gambit of genres, including Alt-Folk, Americana, Jazz, Latin, Zydeco, Blues, Raggae, Bluegrass, Pop, Classic Country, Rock, Singer-Songwriter,Folk, Modern Country, Neo Soul and others.

KC Cafe Radio’s live microphones were there broadcasting from our “porch stage,” located at 3752 Washington Street, here are the archived recordings of the performances:

Wyatt Brewer

wyatt_brewerKansas City native Wyatt Brewer has been writing songs about what he loves in life practically all his life.  Growing up under the musical influence of his father, who was also a musician, Wyatt has played guitar as early as age 10.  His forthcoming debut album, Factory Made, is due for release this December.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Wyatt Brewer

Larry Garrett

Larry GarrettLarry Garrett is one of KC Cafe Radio’s “Fab Five…” One of the first five musicians to sign with KC Cafe Radio as a Performing Artist.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the governing 501c3  organization that operates KC Cafe Radio.  His music comes from the long tradition of folk music in Kansas City, pulled from everyday experiences of family, childhood, “old dogs” and growing older, the Independence, Missouri, resident’s songs paint a picture of life that is personal yet steeped in a musical lineage.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Larry Garrett

Bill Abernathy

Bill AbernathyBill Abernathy is a singer songwriter based in Kansas City.  Bill writes songs about events and people in his life. He goes by the motto that “if you hear a song that sounds like it could have been written about you… it might have been.” Bill will be performing songs from his new album,  Find a Way.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Bill Abernathy

Chad Abernathy

Chad AbernathyChad Abernathy is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City. Over the past eight years he has performed at various venues throughout Kansas City, the Midwest, Washington DC and Europe. In 2013 Chad released his album The Journey and has received critical acclaim and airplay around the world.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Chad Abernathy

Kasey Rausch’s The Country Duo

Kasey Rausch's Country DuoThe Country Duo is Kansas City’s Kasey Rausch and Marco Pascolini. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, a pedal steel and a passion for good old country music, you’ll hear them play Kasey’s original country folk tunes.  Spring of 2016 found the duo playing Nashville, Tennessee at the Station Inn with Grammy winners The Roland White Band, watching the Grand Ole Opry from the stage and touring through Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Kasey Rausch’s Country Duo