Live @ Gusto! Valentine’s show 2016

gusto_coffee_2015_valentinesJoin us for our annual Valentine’s show, broadcast live from Gusto! Coffee in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Join us in-person for an evening of fine coffees, wines and unique chocolates, or listen in online from anywhere around the world here on KC Cafe Radio.

Our live coverage begins at 5PM (Central Time).  Musical guests include Harris/Hernandez, The Engineers, Alan Cunningham and Kathy Forste.

Mick Byrd takes to the road with his Roots and Ozark Blues

mick_byrd_at_2015_fringe_festFresh from the release of his latest album, Roots and Ozark Blues, singer/songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Mick Byrd is about to embark on musical tour of the United States like no other.  From his modest home base in Vienna, Missouri, Mick will feature his unique sound with stops in Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington (state), and Tennessee (see details on Mick’s tour here).

Last year, Mick was one of the music headliners for the Kansas City Fringe Festival.  On Saturday, February 13 he will return to the venue that was his festival home, the Uptown Arts Bar, for a performance that includes a free CD with the purchase of each $10 ticket to the show.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Mick about the success of Roots and Ozark Blues, and his upcoming tour.  Mick also shares more about his interesting musical upbringing, and his thoughts on touring and his favorite venues.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Mick Byrd 1/13/2016

Music by Mick Byrd on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: January 26, 2016

Carlo Acousticman - Blacktop Highway Carlo Acousticman – Blacktop Highway

  • Country/Country Folk

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John Byrne Band - The Immigrant and the Orphan John Byrne Band – The Immigrant and the Orphan

  • Folk/Folk Rock

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Wes Weddell Band - Nobody's Flag Wes Weddell Band – Nobody’s Flag ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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 Andrew Corbett - Moment of Grace  Andrew Corbett – Moment of Grace ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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 Sarah Pierce - Barbed Wire  Sarah Pierce – Barbed Wire

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 Harris/Hernandez - Just A Memory  Harris/Hernandez – Just A Memory ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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 Ynana Rose - Ynana Rose  Ynana Rose – Ynana Rose ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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 Allan Frank - The Road So Far  Allan Frank – The Road So Far ~New Artist~

  • Country/Americana

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 Casey Garland and Riverpeople - The River Keeps on Flowing  Casey Garland and Riverpeople – The River Keeps on Flowing ~New Artist~

  • Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary

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 Karen Tobin - That's What You Get  Karen Tobin – That’s What You Get ~New Artist~

  • Country/Contemporary Country

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Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts - Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts – Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts ~New Artist~

  • Country/Alternative Country

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Mike & Carleen McCornack - Stories We Could Tell Mike and Carleen McCornack – Stories We Could Tell ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Singer Songwriter

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Mike and Carleen McCornack - A Road to Call Your Own Mike and Carleen McCornack – A Road to Call Your Own ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Jenner Fox - Jenner Fox Jenner Fox – Jenner Fox ~New Artist~

  • Alternative Folk

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Light to See Dark Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Light to See Dark ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Americana

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Stranded Songs Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Stranded Songs ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Cascads de Flores - Radio Flor Cascads de Flores – Radio Flor ~New Artist~

  • Latin/Folk

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Smithfield Bargain - Buttonwillow Smithfield Bargain – Buttonwillow ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Jaspar Lepak - Wide World Jaspar Lepak – Wide World ~New Artist~

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Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band - Resless Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band – Resless ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Americana

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Richard and Mary - Keeping the Dream Alive Richard and Mary – Keeping the Dream Alive ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Richard Byford - Spoken From the Heart Richard Byford – Spoken From the Heart ~New Artist~

  • Spoken Word

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James Woolwine Brings Fresh Energy to the World of Instrumental Music

James WoolwineMulti-instrumentalist James Woolwine has been blessed with a rather heterogeneous musical life up to this point.  From Classical to Jazz, Rock and even Heavy Metal interests, his background in music certainly offers the potential for great things to come.

James began studying piano at the age of 7. He immersed himself in Classical music, with dreams of composing symphonies and concertos. (James used to “air-conduct” Beethoven’s 9th symphony). By the end of high school he was winning scholarships and competitions, seemingly on track to a conservatory education. However, his adolescent urges to “rock out” overwhelmed his Classical inclinations. At the age of 16 James added guitar lessons to his piano studies. Dreams of composing symphonies were replaced by dreams to form the next great Heavy Metal band. He carried this ambition to Berklee College of Music, as a guitar major.

James threw himself into his college studies; adding Jazz harmony and contemporary songwriting to his Classical skills. Ultimately, his Heavy Metal aspirations were not achieved; but he discovered a new fascination in acoustic fingerstyle guitar. James graduated from Berklee cum laude with degrees in Performance and Music Business.

After college, James played in several bands; but found that working in groups can be frustrating. He sought refuge in his roots, composing and performing more frequently as a soloist. In 2009 he began a songwriting collaboration with a talented singer. Together they completed a large catalog of original material, but after three years the partnership fizzled out. Unwilling to give up on their songs, James began singing them himself; while continuing to compose new solo music. However, after three more years experimenting as a singer/songwriter, he ultimately realized his true musical voice is not sung; but played. With renewed focus he committed himself to his (by now) large catalog of solo compositions.

James’s diverse musical upbringing is reflected in his debut album, Solo Piano Destruction.  Featuring a rather bold and daring album cover, Solo Piano Destruction offers up a couple of  Katy Perry cover songs as well as 8 of his original compositions.  It has been a Menu Favorite on KC Cafe Radio since November, 2015.

Recently KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with James via Skype.  He describes his diverse music background, and the influences that shape the music that featured on his album.  They also touch on the business of making music, including working as a session musician, performing live and recording.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: James Woolwine, 1/5/2016

Music by James Woolwine on KC Cafe Radio

KC Cafe Performing Artists Featured in Roots Music Best of 2015

Roots Music ReportRoots Music Report, the music chart representing Independent music, recently released its list of top played artists of 2015.  Approximately 34 KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists were among those receiving the “top honors” on the Roots charts.

Receiving top honors in the Folk category were Dan Weber for his album, What I’m Lookin’ For, which ranked 39.  Other 2015 top Folk artists/albums (and their ranking) included The Stray Birds/Best Medicine (42), John Roy Zat/Who’s Zat? (48), Young Novelists/Made Us Strangers (83), Johnathan Byrd/You Can’t Outrun the Radio (146), and Fiddle Whandiddle/Old School Old Time (153).

Several KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists also made top 2015 ranking in the Americana Country category, led by Tracy Newman and The Reinforcements for her album I Just See You, which ranked 35.  Also appearing were Lucy Billings/Carry The Water (39), Kerry Patrick Clark/In A Perfect World (52), Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band/Not That Kind of Girl (62), Hilary Scott/Freight Train Love (124), Sarah Pierce/Barbed Wire (132), Sky Smeed/Drive All Night (133), The Keller Sisters/Shine (135), Truckstop Honeymoon/The Madness of Happiness (153), Well Worn Soles/Country/Folk (165), Brad Colerick/When I’m Gone (182), and Stephanie Urbina Jones/The Texicana Sessions (195).

The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients received Root’s top 2015 billing in the Rock category for their single Doowapadoodle, which ranked 86th, while their self-titled album ranked 113, and other single Kill Yourself First ranked 133rd in the same category.  Enzymes also received recognition in the Alternative Rock and Roots Rock categories.  Other KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists appearing in Root’s Rock category was Roger Street Friedman for his album The Waiting Sky (149 – also appearing in the Roots Rock category at #63).

KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists also appeared in some of Root’s more eclectic categories.  In the Pop category, John M ranked 38th place for his album, M-VI, followed by Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra for their album, Live at the Living Room Theatre, which ranked 169th.  In the Electronic category, Surreal Realm ranked 14th place for their single Endeavors.  Appearing in the Religious category were Pastor Brad/Lemonade (91), Bob Sima/Putalittlemoreloveintheworld (94), Project 15:16/The Way, and Granger Lofton/Demos (102).

Several KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists had singles that fared well in 2015, including Judy Nazemetz for her songs, Yesterday I Was So Tired , What’re We Gonna Do About Judy Wyner?, and We Got No Love Today.  Other artists with top 2015 singles included Doug Adamz, Joey Curtain, John Batdorf, Chappell and Dave Holt, John Zipperer, and Folding Mr. Lincoln.

Since 1998, Roots Music Report has been collecting radio station airplay data to create its weekly airplay charts.  KC Cafe Radio has been a Roots Music reporting station since 2011.