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FAI 2018: The Interviews

Twenty-Eighteen marks the 30th consecutive year that Folk Alliance International has been celebrating folk music, its musicians and those involved in furthering the cause of Folk Music around the world.  That makes this year’s conference theme, 30 Years of Community and Song all the more appropriate.

This year also marks KC Cafe Radio’s 10th year of Bringing You The World’s Finest Original Music, and 5 years of bringing conference coverage to our airwaves.  This year, we continue the tradition of on-air visits with with old friends, as well as new relationships we have made.

Kathy Forste

KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste

Here we present the interviews and performances that were recorded in our hotel room recording studio during the conference.  Our thanks to Laura SpinkGraydon James, Joy Zimmerman, Patterson Barrett, Chuck McDowell, Hilary and Stuart Adamson, Emily White, Wyatt Brewer, Sarah Lynn, Julie Bates, Andrew MorrisBetsey Beymer. Rachel Baimen, Christian Sedelmyer, Amy and Mike Aiken, Maggie and Abigail Vogts, Chuck Costa, Mira Stanley, David Hakan, Dan Weber, Laura Raveis and Dennis Kole.

The Young Novelists

The Young Novelists

Download the interview here: The Young Novelists (Graydon James and Laura Spink)

Joy Zimmerman

Joy Zimmerman

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Patterson Barrett

Patterson Barrett

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Chuck McDowell

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The Flyin A's (Hilary and Stuart Adamson)

The Flyin A’s

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Emily White

Emily White

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The Nite Owls (Sarah Lynn and Wyatt Brewer)

The Nite Owls

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The Matchsellers

The Matchsellers

Download the interview here: Interview: The Matchsellers (Julie Bates and Andrew Morris)

10 String Symphony

10 String Symphony

Download the interview here: Interview: 10 String Symphony (Rachel Baimen and Christian Sedelmyer)

Amy and Mike Aiken

Amy and Mike Aiken

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The Vogts Sisters

The Vogts Sisters

Download the interview here: Interview: The Vogts Sisters (Maggie and Abigal Vogts)

The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea

Download the interview here: Interview: The Sea The Sea (Chuck Costa and Mira Stanley)

David Hakan

David Hakan

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Dan Weber

Dan Weber

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Raveis Kole

Download the interview here: Interview: Laura Raveis and Dennis Kole

 

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: January 16, 2018

 

Esoebo - IV ESOEBO- IV ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Terese Eggertsen Cooke - Fooled Again Teresa Eggertsen Cooke – Fooled Again ~New Artist~

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Jim Chesnut - This Guy Sings! Jim Chesnut – This Guy Sings! ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Judy Nazemetz - Balancing Act Judy Nazemetz – Balancing Act

  • Comedy

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Nancy K Dillon - A Game of Swans Nancy K Dillon – A Game of Swans ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Nancy K Dillon - Roses Guide to Time Travel Nancy K Dillon – Roses Guide to Time Travel ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Mick Byrd - Moline Mick Byrd – Moline

  • Country Blues

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Mill's End - Sightseeing (single) Mill’s End – Sightseeing (single)

  • Rock

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Lauren Strange - Salt Lauren Strange – Salt

  • Pop/Rock

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Reid Jamieson - Songs for a Winter's Night Reid Jamieson – Songs for a Winter’s Night ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Big Jim Davis - Are You the One? (single) Big Jim Davis – Are You the One? (single) ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Big Jim Davis - Honey Tell Yo Mama (single) Big Jim Davis – Honey Tell Yo Mama (single) ~New Artist~

  • Blues

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Big Jim Davis - I'm Gone Love You Big Jim Davis – I’m Gone Love You (single) ~New Artist~

  • Blues

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Toney Rocks - Not Gonna Run (single) Toney Rocks – Not Gonna Run (single)

  • Acoustic Rock

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Synners of Truth - It's Gonna Change Synners of Truth – It’s Gonna Change

  • Pop

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David Pellegrini - Highway to Heaven David Pellegrini – Highway to Heaven ~New Artist~

  • Gospel

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Marc Platt - Big City Marc Platt – Big City

  • Rock/Pop

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CJ Teffner - Find The Magic (featuring Kathie Crotty Williams) (single) CJ Teffner – Find The Magic (featuring Kathie Crotty Williams) (single)

  • Pop

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Lifelong Learning Series presents Songwritng Workshop

The Lifelong Learning Series at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg presents Songwriting: The Art and the Process on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  The free, open-to-the-public program begins at 2PM in the community room of First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay Street in Warrensburg.  Featured in the program are three accomplished composers, representing the musical fields of Blues, Folk, New Orleans-style Jazz, Country, Blue Grass, Show Tunes, Gospel, and Americana.  In the case of hazardous driving conditions on the day of the program, it will be re-scheduled to Saturday, January 27.  The latest updates can be found at the program’s Facebook page here.

Novice and accomplished songwriters alike are bound to pick up tips and inspirations from the presentation team of Arthur Kemp, Mick Luehrman and Kasey Dawn Rausch. The three will speak about their individual inspirations and the processes they use to fashion their compositions. The afternoon will conclude with original songs being performed by each of the three presenters.

Arthur Kemp

Dr. Arthur Kemp has served as faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Missouri since 1990, but he also has a rich history in keyboard performance and composition. Kemp has been composing Gospel songs since 1984, when he wrote the contemporary Christian tune “God Gave Me to You.” The 1990 album Come And Go Jesus featured a number of Kemp compositions, including “Just When You Need Him Most,” “I Feel The Power,” “Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know,” “The Holy Spirit,” “I Love Him,” and “Come And Go With Jesus.” His works and performances can be found on line.

Mick Luehrman

Mick Luehrman has been performing professionally as a musician and singer-songwriter since the 1970s as a founding member of Kansas City acts Diamond Jim, Mr. Smith, and The Hummin’ Birds, as well as the Columbia, Missouri, group Monkey Grip. Currently he is a member of and chief songwriter for two working bands: The Lucky Dogs, a roots rock and blues band, and Luehrman, Shaffer, & Check (LS&C), an eclectic group of multi-instrumentalists with roots in the Americana genre. Luehrman, Shaffer, & Check have just released their CD, “12-Piece Trio,” including 16 of Luehrman’s songs. Luehrman is an eclectic songwriter with influences including folk, old time country, New Orleans jazz, country blues, and even Broadway-styled tunes.

Kasey Dawn Rausch

Kasey Dawn Rausch is a 5th generation songwriter & musician, and also co-producer/host of the roots music radio show River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1 FM. Her family and musical roots can be traced to Parkville, Kansas City, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas and deep, Southeast Texas. Rausch tours nationally with pedal steel and guitar master Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo and plays locally with classic country honky tonkers The Naughty Pines and songwriter Scott Stanton. Rausch’s album, Guitar in Hand, debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s weekly entertainment guide.

The Lifelong Learning Series

The University of Central Missouri’s Lifelong Learning series is designed to produce and promote events that enlighten and inform people throughout the West-Central Missouri region. The LLL series is sponsored by UCM’s Office of Extended Studies, in conjunction with the UCM Emeriti and Alumni Associations.  This program is co-sponsored by KKFI Radio and KC Cafe Radio.

 

KC Cafe Radio’s Top 20 of 2017

KC Cafe Radio's Top 202017 was a banner year for music on KC Cafe Radio!  Here we present the “Top 20 of 2017,” representing the songs that received the most “spins” in 2017.

Of course, this list represents only a small portion of the outstanding music that was shared on this platform over the past year.  Thanks to all of the outstanding songwriters and performers who continue to bring us The World’s Finest Original Music.  If 2017 was this outstanding, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store musically!

Happy New Year!

1    Jeff Kossack – No Life After You

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2 Art Podell - Blame it on the Russians   Art Podell – Blame it on the Russians

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Jeff Kossack & Syd Straw - Too Little Time Jeff Kossack & Syd Straw – Too Little Time

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4 Rodger Street Friedman - Shoot The Moon Roger Street Friedman – Puffs of Smoke

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5 Raveis Kole - Electric Blue Dandelion Raveis Kole – Holding on to a Rainbow

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6 Lee Sims - Deep In The Heart Of Me Lee Sims – Uncle Joe

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7 Allan Frank - The Road So Far Allan Frank – Deep in the Everglades

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8 Bill Abernathy - Find A Way Bill Abernathy – Goodbye Will Never Come Again

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9 Paul Arnoldi - Arnoldi Paul Arnoldi – One Note Man

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10 John Batdorf - Next Stop Willoughby John Batdorf – Sure Could Use Some Love

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11 Joy Zimmerman - Say My Name Joy Zimmerman – Sweet Bird

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12 Wyatt Brewer - Factory Made Wyatt Brewer – Factory Made

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13 Jessie Rae - Blue Funk Jessie Rae – This is it

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14 Carlo Acousticman - V Carlo Acousticman – 21 Days

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15 Elaine Mahon - Lean Into Love Elaine Mahon – Lean Into Love

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16 Lauren Adams - Somewhere Else Lauren Adams – Seminole Wind

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17 Lazarus - Rock N Roll Heart Lazarus – Rock N Roll Heart

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18 John Stowers - Jimmy's Song John Stowers – Jimmy’s Song

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19 Donna Lynn Caskey - The Love Still Shows Donna Lynn Caskey – Break Free

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20 Michael Gaither - Hey Karma Michael Gaither – It’s Nothing Personal

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Live @ Gusto: 2017 Christmas Show

KC Cafe Radio returned to Gusto Coffee Saturday, December 16 for our annual Christmas show, broadcast live on KC Cafe Radio.  This year’s show opened with a Kansas City-area musical favorite, Steve Sterner and Sundown,  and featured a new voice for the KC Cafe Radio microphones, Joy Zimmerman.

For several years, Gusto Coffee has been the social hub of the Longview area of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Events from community meetings to live local music performances are regular occurrences.  Gusto Coffee has also been a corporate underwriter and supporter of KC Cafe Radio, and our mission to present unique, original music.  We are pleased to have returned to bring you this unique holiday music event.

Steve Sterner and Sundown

With smooth vocals, Steve Sterner & Sundown (Mark Nelson & Ron Brammer) deliver a relaxed mix of original folk songs, and popular and lesser known covers. Steve tells stories about life and love in his original compositions, interspersed with songs by favorite folk artists like John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jim Croce.

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Live @ Gusto Christmas Show 2017: Steve Sterner & Sundown

Joy Zimmerman

 Joy Zimmerman is known for compelling vocals, inventive songwriting, and engaging performances. Her music is shaped by diverse musical taste, violin lessons starting before kindergarten, and plenty of soulful moments. Joy’s lyrics reflect a deep understanding of human experience. Having met few genres she didn’t embrace, Joy’s music is eclectic and chock-full of vocal and instrumental versatility.

Joy has five albums of original music — two recorded and co-produced with Jimmy Dykes in Kansas City at Weights and Measures Soundlab, and three recorded in Nashville at Azalea Studios. Joy’s songwriting awards include American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and five Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase wins.

Read more about Joy and her music here.

 

Listen to the performance here:

Download the performance here: Live @ Gusto Christmas Show 2017: Joy Zimmerman