Kerry Patrick Clark will quickly tell you that his amazing talent is a gift, one that he does not take for granted. The opportunities he has been afforded over his life – from the guitar that inspired his father to teach him the gift of music, his years touring with the New Christy Minstrels in the mid ’80s, to the life experiences that inspire him to wear his heart on on his guitar strings today, there is no doubt his talent is indeed a gift.
It is fitting then, that Kerry takes a moment to produce an album that reflects on those experiences, and offers commentary on experiences we all encounter in our daily lives. That is exactly what he does in his latest album, In A Perfect World.
At the recent 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, Kerry took a moment from his extremely busy schedule (not only as conference registrar but as a performing musician at the conference) to talk with us about this latest project. Prior to the opening of our Private Showcase room for the final night at the conference, he sat down with Music Director Kathy Forste and Artist Relastions Director Kathleen Coleman to share his thoughts. They talked about the challenges of being a parent and husband, while also being an on-the-road musician, as well as his decision to make music his career. Kerry reveals to us that art IS work, and that parenting can be an art form! We also get a “sneek peak” into a new Christmas album that he plans to release next year.
Our second year of coverage from the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference in Saint Louis Missouri was highlighted by the conversations we had with conference attendees. From musicians, music industry professionals, radio station DJs and venue operators, we were impressed with the breadth of conversation and learning we acquired at this year’s conference.
We hope you also enjoyed our live coverage. Over the three days at the conference, over 22 hours of live coverage, including 6 hours of live performances from our Private Showcase stage, was provided for your listening pleasure. Here, we present all the conversations that were recorded from our daytime coverage at the conference. Elsewhere you will find recordings from our live late-night showcase broadcasts. If you missed any our live coverage, you can enjoy it all right here.
Next Year the conference relocates to Iowa City, Iowa. A community rich in art and culture, Iowa City will offer even greater opportunities for networking, performance and fun. Stay tuned to the FARM website for more details!
Our third and final night of live broadcasts from our Private Showcase room at the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference was full of encore presentations, encore performances, and a few surprises! Our thanks to Graydon James and Laura Spink, who graced our stage with a beautiful “bonus” song, Kerry Patrick Clark who fought through the fatigue to bring us another stellar performance, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes for some stellar blues, Victor James Dougherty with a refreshing “surprise” by bringing along his friends Guy Pernetti and Poor Lazarus to his performance, and to father and son and St. Louis natives Elliott and Bryan Ranney for wrapping up the evening’s show.
Our second night of live coverage from our Private Showcase room at the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference featured a wide range of music talents, excellently representing what it means to be Folk. Our thanks to The Squirrel Hillbillies, Richard Paul Thomas, Gradon James and Laura Spink, Jane Godfrey and Sue Fink, Cathy Gutjahr and Brian Kalinec for offering up their fine talent for our microphones.
Our first night of live coverage from the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri brought out an amazing set of talented Midwest musicians. Our Thanks to RJ Cowdrey, Kerry Patrick Clark, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes, Victor James Dougherty, Tim Fast and Laurie McClain for sharing their outstanding talent in our Private Showcase room at the conference.
Here you have an opportunity to re-experience our live coverage with these recorded presentations. Stay tuned, we will be posting recordings from the Friday and Saturday Private Showcase shows, as well as all of the interviews we recorded during the conference over the next several days.
Listen to the Thursday night Private Showcase performances here: