FAI 2017: Saturday Conversations

Our second day of broadcast coverage from the 2017 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri featured a diverse array of talent from KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists that were in attendance.  Our thanks to Warren Jurgens, Beth Marlin, Bohemian Highway, Michelle Held, Heather Platts, Bruce Michael Miller, Lazarus Nichols, and Kristi & Steve Nebel for sharing some of their conference time with us.

Here are their interviews:

Warren Jurgens

Download the interview here: Warren Jurgens

Beth Marlin

Download the interview here: Beth Marlin

Bohemian Highway

Download the interview here: Bohemian Highway

Michelle Held

Download the interview here: Michelle Held

Heather Platts

Download the interview here: Heather Platts

Bruce Michael Miller

Download the interview here: Bruce Michael Miller

Lazarus Nichols

Download the interview here: Lazarus Nichols

 

Kristi & Steve Nebel

Download the interview here: Kristi & Steve Nebel

 

FAI 2017: Friday Conversations

KC Cafe Radio’s first day of broadcast coverage from the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City Missouri was truly an International experience, with talent from around the globe.  Our thanks to Freebo, John Byrne, Wyatt Brewer, Lauren Adams, Megan Slankard, Brian Ashley Jones, and Elaine Mahon for sharing their time and talent before our microphones.  Here are their interviews:

Freebo

Download the interview here: Freebo

John Byrne

Download the interview here: John Byrne

Wyatt Brewer

Download the interview here: Wyatt Brewer

Sky Smeed

Download the interview here: Sky Smeed

Lauren Adams

Download the interview here: Lauren Adams

Megan Slankard

Download the interview here: Megan Slankard

Brian Ashley Jones

Download the interview here: Bryan Ashley Jones

Elaine Mahon

Download the interview here: Elaine Mahon

New music on KC Cafe Radio: January 31, 2017

Paul Arnoldi - Let's Go (Testing, Hear, We're Goin' Down) Paul Arnoldi – Let’s Go (Testing, Hear, We’re Goin’ Down) ~New Artist~

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Paul Arnoldi - Highroads Ten Plus Two Paul Arnoldi – Highroads Ten Plus Two ~New Artist~

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Paul Arnoldi - Arnoldi Paul Arnoldi – Arnoldi ~New Artist~

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Gary Furlow & the Loafers - Ghost Trees Gary Furlow & the Loafers – Ghost Trees ~New Artist~

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Wyatt Brewer - Factory Made Wyatt Brewer – Factory Made

  • Rock/Folk Rock

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The Depth and the Whisper - Unrequited The Depth and the Whisper – Unrequited ~New Artist~

  • Indie Alt Rock

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Larry Garrett - (Folk Songs About) Old Photographs Larry Garrett – (Folk Songs About) Old Photographs

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Erin Eades - Live from the Left Coast Erin Eades – Live from the Left Coast ~New Artist~

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Jeff Dunkle - Chapters Jeff Dunkle – Chapters ~New Artist~

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Joy Zimmerman - Greay Matter Joy Zimmerman – Greay Matter

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Joy Zimmerman - Mosaic Joy Zimmerman – Mosaic

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Hollie Schlueter - (single) Midnight Hour (Hallelujah) Hollie Schlueter – (single) Midnight Hour (Hallelujah) ~New Artist~

  • Gospel/Pop

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The Tearaways - The Earle Mankey Sessaions Volume 3 The Tearaways – The Earle Mankey Sessaions Volume 3

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The Tearaways - Valerie & I Love the Blues (singles) The Tearaways – Valerie & I Love the Blues (singles)

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Mike Franano - Brown Dress Mike Franano – Brown Dress

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Bill Abernathy still Finds a Way

Just 10 minutes. That’s all the time singer/songwriter Bill Abernathy needed to complete the task he was working on at the office. He had just received the call from the hospital informing him that his dad had taken a turn for the worse, and is not expected to live much longer. He figured it would take another 10 minutes to compete what he was working on, then he would be off to be by his dad’s side. When he arrived at the hospital, he found that he missed his dad’s passing by just 5 minutes.

“I think that everybody has this vision of how they would like to spend their last moments with people they love,” Bill said. “Mine was clearly being able to sit with my dad, hold his hand and tell him I loved him one more time and just watch as the lights of this world go away and the lights of the next come on. I didn’t get that chance, and it was because I had prioritized my time poorly. I had lost that balance.”

Bill Abernathy: Find A WayThat defining moment in Bill’s life would become the theme for his latest album, Find A Way. “The real theme of the album is based on something that my dad taught me,” he said. “His comment was always that if you want something bad enough in life and you’re willing to put in the blood, sweat, tears and toil, you could always find a way to make that happen.” The album cover artwork he commissioned with artist Damijan Fric, depicts the great chasm that exists for many of us in life, between the demands of work life and the things we cherish in life. Yet the message of hope inspired by his dad resounds clearly in the title song – that it is indeed possible to find a way.

Bill grew up in a musical family, so putting thoughts and feelings into song isn’t too difficult for him. He grew up hanging out with his older brother and associated musician friends, listening to the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary and others. It would be Dan Fogelberg‘s 1972 album Home Free that would inspire him to pick up the guitar and learn how to play. “I learned how to play that album from start to finish,” Bill recently told KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste in an interview.

Bill also loves guitars, and has amassed quite the collection over the years, including a rather unique 9 string guitar. Recently, Bill talked with Forste via Skype. They discussed his unique guitar collection, as well as Find A Way and the story behind it’s songs. They talked at length about the struggle most musicians deal with between their musical passion and work life demands, and how he has managed to find his own way.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Bill Abernathy 11/18/2016

Music by Bill Abernathy on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: December 13, 2016

 Larry Murante - Patch of Sky  Larry Murante – Patch of Sky ~New Artist~

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 Judy Nazemetz - Behind That Locked Door (single)  Judy Nazemetz – Behind That Locked Door (single)

  • Folk/Progressive Folk

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Joy Zimmerman - Say My Name Joy Zimmerman – Say My Name ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Rock

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Raveis Kold - Electric Blue Dandelion Raveis Kole – Electric Blue Dandelion ~New Artist~

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Jim Bruno - The Patron Saint of Lost Causes Jim Bruno – The Patron Saint of Lost Causes ~New Artist~

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Jim Bruno - Alright Alright Jim Bruno – Alright Alright ~New Artist~

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Dirk Hamilton - Touch and Go Dirk Hamilton – Touch and Go ~New Artist~

  • Folk Rock/Rock

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Jan Seides - Siren Song Jan Seides – Siren Song ~New Artist~

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Beth Wood - Spring Tide Beth Wood – Spring Tide

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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John E. Stephens - God, You're So Beautiful! John E. Stephens – God, You’re So Beautiful! ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Blues Gospel

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Karl Smiley - Highways of Life Karl Smiley – Highways of Life ~New Artist~

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Jill Freeman - A Handmade Life Jill Freeman – A Handmade Life ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Carl Soloman - Promised Land Carl Soloman – Promised Land ~New Artist~

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