Since childhood, music has been in Lee Sim’s blood. As early as age five, at the encouragement of his parents, Lee was singing. “As a youngster I would listen to my Mom and Dad’s record collection of Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, and Tennessee Ernie Ford …” Lee said. “When I was eight years old my Dad would take me to local music jam sessions, and I experienced the thrill of performing live. It was an incredibly exhilarating and humbling experience.”
It didn’t take long for Lee to begin his performing career. Lee’s first “real gig” was at a Junior High school talent show, and within a month he founded his own band and was performing professionally. From his home base in Colorado, Lee and his grass-roots accompaniment, The Platte River Band, have performed across the United States and Canada.
Lee’s authoritative voice has also attracted the attention of radio commercial and television show producers. As a result, his voice has been a staple with Colorado radio listeners for decades. Additionally, Lee has performed on a laundry list of demos for songwriters, attracting the attention of producers in Nashville, where he was a finalist on the You Can Be a Star! television show. Lee’s credits also include performing with numerous Country Music stars including Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Buck Owens, and George Strait.
Lee has earned the distinction of being Nashville’s 3-time Golden Award Winner in 2001, Colorado’s Entertainer of the Year in 2001, and Colorado’s Country Music Hall of Fame Entertainer of the Year in 2003.
Lee’s latest album, Deep In The Heart of Me represents a culmination of Lee’s musical career and influences, with nine original songs, world-class musicians, and Nashville production. It has already rocketed to the top of the music charts, hitting #1 on the New Music Weekly Chart (Blues on Parade) and #7 on the Roots Music Report’s Weekly Top 50 True Country Album Chart.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Lee. He shares his memories of growing up in the performing spotlight under the encouragement of his parents, as well as his experiences performing along with some of country music’s greatest talent. We also get a peek into what Lee has in store for the future, with some news of his upcoming projects slated for release later this year.
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Download the interview here: Interview: Lee Sims 5/25/2016
Music by Lee Sims on KC Cafe Radio:
KC Cafe Radio presents another in our series of live concert events from Gusto Coffee Shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, this Saturday evening, June 11. Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Guitar Muse” Dan Hamilton (with special guest Rick Lally), Steve Sterner and Sundown, and The Bob and Al Show.
Weather permitting, the show will be held (and broadcast on KC Cafe Radio) from the patio outside Gusto’s beginning at 5PM, Central Time. Join us for what is promising to be a great evening of live Kansas City-area music, while enjoying the setting sun over Longview Lake. In the event of rain, the entertainment moves inside Gusto Coffee Shop.
If you are unable to join us in-person, then bring the live music with you by tuning in the live broadcast on KC Cafe Radio. More information on listening to KC Cafe Radio, including access to our mobile apps is available here.
For the past several years, we have had the pleasure of playing Susie Glaze and the HIlonesome Band’s album, White Swan. Last year, Susie and the boys released their newest album, Not That Kind of Girl. In it’s first few months of release, it has already received critical acclaim as well as the top spot on the charts.
Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band make their home in Southern California, but their music travels the globe with the sounds of the Blue Ridge mountains, Texas Honkytonks, and the Celtic sea.
Recently KC Cafe Radio’s Music Director Kathy Forste caught up with Susie via Skype.
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Download the interview here: Interview: Susie Glaze 5/20/2016
Music by Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band on KC Cafe Radio:
Joellen Lapidus is one of the pioneers of contemporary mountain dulcimer playing, songwriting, and instrument construction and is the author of the dulcimer instruction book “Lapidus on Dulcimer”. Joellen blends the Appalachian, Indian, Arabic, jazz, classical, and pop musical styles to give the dulcimer a new range of rhythmic, melodic, and tuning possibilities.
As a dulcimer maker, her work influenced many of the dulcimer builders of the 70’s and 80’s. Her instruments were known for their innovative shapes and exquisite soundhole and peghead inlay work. She introduced the dulcimer to Joni Mitchell and made three instruments for her between 1968 and 1976. She has also made instruments for David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Wendy Waldman and Garth Hudson. The March 2004 concert, recorded on her album, Joellen Lapidus In Concert, marked her first performance in over 10 years.
Joellen teaches dulcimer in West Los Angeles. She has also returned to her original musical loves – the clarinet and the accordion. She performs with the band “Extreme Klezmer Makeover” and with violinist Yvette Devereaux. Joellen’s newest album is called Dulcimer Music for the Pelican Ballet.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Joellen, about her unique dulcimer influences, her musical upbringing living in New York, and how her musical horizons broadened as she traveled across the United States. They also talk at length about her unique dulcimer instrument creations, and the inspiration behind Pelican Ballet.
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Downlad the interview here: Interview: Joellen Lapidus, 5/10/2016.