Born in Kansas, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jason Fickel was bitten by the blues as a teenager. He headed South to Mississippi where he apprenticed himself to blues masters James “Son” Thomas and Othar Turner. Next he went North, first to Rhode Island and then to Chicago, where he honed his songwriting craft. He has been called “Elvis Costello wearing Donovan’s boxers” and his tune “Get Your Car Off My Lawn” was featured this year on NPR’s Car Talk. Jason’s killer slide guitar and wry lyrics create a musical experience whose roots are nourished by the powerful versatility of vocalist Ginger Curry. Born in Kentucky and raised in the rich traditions of Southern Baptist gospel music, her voice communicates the wide range of the human experience from barrelhouse blues to soul-stirring ballads. Beyond gospel and blues, she is an established songwriter in the new thought community and still finds time to express her Kentucky roots singing in a down-home bluegrass combo.
Jason & Ginger released their debut album, “Jokerville,” in 2011 and that same year were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Recent venues have included Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove, IL), Cherry Ghost Coffeehouse (Washington, IN), Crazy Wisdom Tea Room (Ann Arbor, MI), Players Pub (Bloomington, IN), Second Saturday Coffeehouse (Skokie, IL), Quincy’s Café (South Bend, IN), Bryan Park – Bloomington (IN) Performing Arts Series, Oliver Winery (Bloomington, IN), Folk Alliance Region Midwest (various showcases) and WFHB Firehouse Follies. In 2013 they released their second CD, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Celebrating the Women of the Blues”, a recording project that emerged from their Classic Blues program of storytelling and songs.
Join KC Cafe Radio and your friends for an intimate evening of musical fun in this invitation-only concert, Saturday, August 2nd in Belton, Missouri. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7. For more information and to make reservations, please complete and submit this form:
Check out music by Jason & Ginger here.
A former TV actor and stuntman, John Zipperer’s second chance came rolling down the highway of life, not on a carefully controlled movie or commercial set, but while changing a tire for a friend along the 285 freeway in Atlanta, GA. John was hit by a ten-wheel oil truck. After flying forty feet and landing in the hospital, John was told by the critical care doc, “You should be dead!” To John this seemed like a clear sign that life is, or could be, too short. He packed everything he owned into his 1976 Camaro and headed out to Los Angeles to pursue a life in music.
John Zipperer and friends…
John’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping.
Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when the band is on stage – joy in their playing, joy for their audience, joy from their audience. John Zipperer & Friends deliver a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. With a stellar lineup of band members drawing upon the wealth of experience. Credits range from Jethro Tull and Vanilla Fudge to Frank Zappa and The Wallflowers.
John Zipperer is the front man with lead vocals, rhythm and/or lead guitar and increasing turns on the mandolin and banjo; Barrett Tagliarino adds flashy guitar, vocals and mandolin; Tara Sitser contributes vocals, keyboard, and ukulele; Jime Van Booven rounds out the mix with solid bass lines and vocals.
Recently KC Cafe Radio Artist Relations/Marketing Director Kathleen Coleman spoke with John. They talk about that fateful moment along the highway, and how it led to the musical change in his life. They also chat about the “message of the music” and how all of us can make that message our own.
Listen to the interview here:
Check out John’s music on KC Cafe Radio here.
Jonathan Fleig Film – Road to Nowhere
Award nominated Kansas-based Americana singer / songwriter JONATHAN FLEIG brings organic and heartfelt storytelling front and center in his new album and documentary film, Road to Nowhere. The album is available for download and previews of the film are available here.
Harkening the bittersweet essence of American folk raconteurs, JONATHAN FLEIG will lure listeners from all walks of life, from blues and soul to rock and country. Road to Nowhere was recorded, filmed and produced by Brian D. Hardin (Quincy Jones, India Arie, Ziggy Marley).
Road to Nowhere was captured live, on location, in symbolic pastoral settings throughout Kansas.
Road To Nowhere finds JONATHAN FLEIG in his element, painting a sensory emotional experience on a canvas of music and film. For press inquiries and additional information, please contact JONATHAN FLEIG via email at email@example.com.
KC Cafe is proud to call Jonathan a KC Cafe Performing Artist! We are honored that he graced the KC Cafe Radio stage at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City this past February. You can hear Jonathan’s performance at FAI2014 here.