KC Cafe Radio Concert Series: Elliott Ranney

EElliott Ranneylliott Ranney is a Jazz musician and recording artist. His album, An Aging Sailor’s Dream, was released in the Spring of 2001 through Wildstone Media, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The recording was re-released internationally in 2012 through Inpartmaint, LLC, on the Rip Curl Records label, based in Tokyo, Japan. Ranney released his second album of original songs, Bellevue Shuffle, in Autumn of 2013.

Elliott performs finger style classical guitar, backed with his cool mellow vocals. His original music is derived from Bossa, Swing, Ballads and popular Jazz standards. In his live show, Ranney covers all the bases with an energy that is laid back, yet engaging and in the groove. His brand of sound can be described as a Jazz/Acoustic hybrid, with undertones of Latin and Swing. Like a warm soft breeze blowing your troubles out to sea, if only for a little while.

Elliott Ranney: Bellevue ShuffleElliott has shared the stage with Folk Rock icons: Brewer & Shipley, Shawn Phillips, and singer/songwriter, Jonatha Brooke. He is a regular performer at Blue Sky Vineyard, near Carbondale, Illinois.; Peaceful Bend Vineyard in Steelville, Missouri.; and Picassos Coffee House in St. Charles, Missouri. From time to time, Elliott is joined on stage by his wife, Ellen Claire Ranney on vocals his sons Stephen Ranney on upright bass, and Bryan Ranney on mandolin, and his long-time friend and superb Latin percussionist, Patrick Rodriguez.

Saint Garamonds Armenian Church, Kansas CityKC Cafe Radio was pleased to present Elliott Ranney in his very first visit to Kansas City on Saturday, September 13.  He performed works from Bellevue Shuffle, as well as An Aging Sailor’s Dream.  Our venue for Elliott’s performance was also new to the KC Cafe Radio Concert Series, Saint Garabed Armenian Church in Kansas City.   We were pleased to host such an amazing and talented performer in such a unique venue.

Listen to the performance here:

Lucy Billings Releases Third Album

Lucy BillingsSinger/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Lucy Billings delivers authentic songs with a crystal-clear voice. Reviewers have praised the “warmth and honesty in Billings’ songs that make her music seem closer to the listener” and her “knack for writing songs that make you feel like you’re part of the story.”

Lucy released her third album, Carry the Water in April, 2014. Carry the Water is a compelling journey through the twists and turns that we all experience. Without pretense Lucy examines life’s questions and struggles as a keen observer with a soft heart. A voice that is powerful yet reassuring combined with lyrics that reflect our truths, Lucy’s songs will draw the listener in.

Carry the Water was produced, recorded and mixed by John Jennings at Red Hill. Basic tracks were recorded by Brett Lind at Quad Studios. Featured musicians are Lucy Billings (lead and backing vocals and acoustic guitar), John Jennings (piano and keyboards, stringed instruments, backing vocals and additional drums and percussion), Harry Stinson (drums), James T. Brown (acoustic and electric base) and Vince Santoro (percussion).

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Lucy about her newest album, the trials and tribulations of songwriting, her horses, her recent move to Nashville, and a sneek peek into her fourth album, due out next year.

Listen to the interview:

Music by Lucy Billings on KC Cafe Radio (click here)

KC Cafe Radio Live at First Fridays: September 5, 2014

   KC Cafe Radio Live at PT's at the Crossroads, Kansas CityOnce again, KC Cafe Radio celebrated First Fridays in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, with a live broadcast from PT’s Coffee.  Our thanks to Kathy Forste, Victor James Dougherty and Chad Abernathy for sharing their musical talents with the crowd at PT’s and online here at KC Cafe Radio.

Listen to the performances here: