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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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Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour Joins the KC Cafe Radio Lineup

KC Cafe Radio is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour to the KC Cafe Radio schedule.  The one-hour live-recorded show airs Sunday mornings at 9 (Central Time).

For nearly 20 years, WoodSongs has brought together a community of musicians and music fans to a virtual “front porch” that celebrates the spirit of the American experience through song.  Over those 20 years, that front porch has evolved from a small studio that could only seat about 20 people, to the 540-seat historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky.  Globally, WoodSongs has evolved from a single radio station in Georgetown, Kentucky, to an international TV and radio network including 515 American public radio stations, access to nearly 96 million American homes through public television, and to 173 countries through the Armed Forces Radio Network.   Earlier this month, WoodSongs announced its affiliation with the American cable television channel RFD-TV, adding nearly 50 million households to its audience.

WoodSongs host Michael Johnathon

WoodSongs host Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in the arts as a songwriter, playwright, and composer of the opera, Woody: For the People. He grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas and found a job working as the late night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by Roger McGuinn and The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the songs writer, his former neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, he decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.

Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian mountains knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people. Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools and fairs. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with twelve released albums, three published books and several national projects.

Recently, Michael helped organize the national WoodSongs Front Porch Association to help organize rural and community music and a massive educational program. Members of the WFPA are called “SongFarmers,” which is also the title of his recent album, the very first national CD release to be completely recorded on an iPhone. His new 176-page book WoodSongs III is being released September 2017.

In addition to his albums, books, concerts and other projects the Martin Guitar Company recently introduced the Michael Johnathon signature model 0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar.

He lives in a log cabin on a hill surrounded by meadows, streams and woods outside of Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Melissa and family.

Community of volunteers

WoodSongs is an all-volunteer-driven operation.  From its host, to the stagehands, technicians, engineers and even camera operators, everyone works collectively to produce a weekly program that, through its very core mission, is a living, breathing and outstanding example of community.

Perhaps the best example of this community effort is the educational component that WoodSongs produces, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky. Together, they provide educational classroom lesson plans and materials that revolve around the subjects of language, history and the arts, all while encouraging creativity.  Each episode of the show features a WoodSongs Kid, who, through creative inspiration, shares his or her passion and talent.

Sunday mornings at 9 (Central Time)

For nearly 10 years, KC Cafe Radio has provided a rare link to original music and the people who write and perform that music.  We are pleased that we are now also a part of the unique community that represents the WoodSongs values and passion. We encourage you to tune in join us every Sunday morning!

FAI 2016: Conversations at Folk Alliance

KC Cafe Radio's booth at the 2016 Folk Alliance International ConferenceThe 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference and Music Fair was held for the third year in a row in Kansas City, Missouri February 17-21.  KC Cafe Radio was there once again, providing live coverage of the conference from our booth at the exhibit hall.

This year turned out to be a significantly rewarding year for us.  Not only did we have the opportunity to catch up with several old friends, we made several new ones as well.  Stay tuned to KC Cafe Radio, over the next several weeks and months you will begin hearing new music and voices, a direct result of these new friendships.

Louis MeyersSince the conference, we were saddened to learn of the passing of a very good friend to KC Cafe Radio and Folk Alliance International, Louis Meyers.  Louis had served as Executive Director of Folk Alliance International for several years, and had co-founded the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.  Louis died on Friday, March 11, the first day of the 2016 SXSW festival.

Louis is also responsible for connecting us at KC Cafe radio with Folk Alliance International.  He had personally invited us to one of the regional conferences.  The following year we returned to the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference with our live microphones.  Since then, we have attended and covered two regional and two international conferences.  Our involvement with this outstanding organization may not have happened without his invitation.

Here are archived recordings of the conversations we had during the conference:

International Folk music conference brings music professionals together

fai_2016_banner_450x75The 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference returns to the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri for the third year in a row, February 17-21.  Folk music musicians, industry professionals, presenters, media and fans of the genre gather at this 28th annual event.

Keynote speaker at this year’s conference is folk legend Judy Collins, who will speak and perform on Friday February 19th.  Other events include nightly music showcases, late night private showcases, mentoring sessions and workshops.

KC Cafe Radio will be set up in the Exhibit Hall at the conference, located in the Century Ballroom, booth 204, 10AM to 1PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  If you are attending the conference, please drop by and say “hello.”  We are looking forward to catching up with many KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists at the conference, as well as meeting new friends that would like to share their musical talents on The Cafe. Listen for conversations from the conference daily here on KC Cafe Radio!