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FARM Now Accepting Official Showcase Applications For 2015 Conference

FARM 2015_logo_banner

Friday, May 8, 2015 – Officials with Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) announce this week they are now accepting applications for Official Showcase performances at its 2015 conference. Approximately 14 Official Showcase performance slots are available at the conference, to be held at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, October 22-25, 2015.

Again this year, conference organizers will utilize the services of The Listening Room Network for the application process.  Interested individuals and groups will need to provide two live performance submissions, in the form of links to a web page that automatically loads a live performance video of a single song in its entirety.  There is a submission fee of $15 per application.  Deadline for submitting applications is May 31.  More information on submitting Official Showcase applications is available here.


KC Cafe Artists Among Roots Music Best Of 2014

Roots Music ReportRoots Music Report, the music chart representing Independent music, recently released its list of the top 100 most played artists of 2014.  Approximately 41 KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists were among those receiving the “top honors” across 45 music categories on the Roots charts.

Kerry Patrick Clark - In A Perfect WorldKerry Patrick Clark received the honor of the most played Folk single in 2014, for his song “In A Perfect World,” from his 2013 album of the same name.  Art Podell was ranked third in the top Folk single category for his song “You’ve Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name).”  Other KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists ranking in the top 100 played Folk single category included Fiddle Whamdiddle, David Olney, Carey Appel, and Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band.

Hilary Scott - Freight Train LoveIn the Pop single category, Hilary Scott was ranked 8th of the top 100 most played in 2014 for “Get Your Love,” from her 2014 album Freight Train Love.  Also ranked in the Pop category were Carey Appel, Connor Leimer, Pearson Perry, and So Long Solo.

Art Podell - From the Village to the Canyon: A Songwriter's JourneyArt Podell’s album From the Village to the Canyon: A Songwriter’s Journey was ranked number 12 in the 100 most played Folk albums in 2014.  Other albums in that category included the works of David Olney, The Stray Birds, Carey Appel, Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band, The Wilhelms, Robert Morgan Fisher, and John  Batdorf.

In the top 100 Pop album category, Hilary Scott’s album Flowers On Mars was ranked the third most played in 2014.  Other albums in that category included works by So Long Solo, Lisa Bell, Marc Platt, Tom Goss, Bill Abernathy, Jeff Campbell, Aaron Childree, Gary Stockdale, Laura Berman, Anna Gutmanis and Robyn.

Other KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists with albums or singles appearing in the Roots Music Report 100 most played in 2014 included: Bridget Kelly Band and Lisa Biales (Blues); Surreal Realm (Electronic); The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients (Rock and Alternative Rock); Monet9, Chad Abernathy, Friends of Emmet and Johnathan Fleig (Alternative Rock); Lucy Billings, John Zipperer, Tracy Newman and The Reinforcements, Folding Mr. Lincoln and Truckstop Honeymoon (Country); Steff Mahan (Hot Country).

Since 1998, Roots Music Report has been collecting radio station airplay data to create its weekly airplay charts.  KC Cafe Radio has been a Roots Music reporting station since 2011.


New Mobile Apps Now Available

Click here to install the new KC Cafe Radio mobile app!KC Cafe Radio proudly announces the launch of our brand new Mobile apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry devices!  In addition to listening to our high-quality low-bandwidth AAC+ audio stream, the app offers a history of songs played on the station, and allows you to connect directly to our social streams on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

More information and to download the free app for your device, click here.

JONATHAN FLEIG Unveils Documentary “Road to Nowhere”

Jonathan Fleig Film - Road to Nowhere

Jonathan Fleig Film – Road to Nowhere

Award nominated Kansas-based Americana singer / songwriter JONATHAN FLEIG brings organic and heartfelt storytelling front and center in his new album and documentary film, Road to Nowhere. The album is available for download and previews of the film are available here.

Harkening the bittersweet essence of American folk raconteurs, JONATHAN FLEIG will lure listeners from all walks of life, from blues and soul to rock and country. Road to Nowhere was recorded, filmed and produced by Brian D. Hardin (Quincy Jones, India Arie, Ziggy Marley).
Road to Nowhere was captured live, on location, in symbolic pastoral settings throughout Kansas.

Road To Nowhere finds JONATHAN FLEIG in his element, painting a sensory emotional experience on a canvas of music and film. For press inquiries and additional information, please contact JONATHAN FLEIG via email at

KC Cafe is proud to call Jonathan a KC Cafe Performing Artist!  We are honored that he graced the KC Cafe Radio stage at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City this past February.  You can hear Jonathan’s performance at FAI2014 here.

Acoustic Guitar Project

One Guitar. One Week. One Song – The Acoustic Guitar Project

Acoustic Guitar Project

Acoustic Guitar Project

By Kathleen Coleman

The Acoustic Guitar Project, created by Founder/Executive Director Dave Adams, is currently in Kansas City.  The project scope is simple, one guitar is passed around between 10 Kansas City musicians.  Each musician has 7 days to write and record an original song using the acoustic guitar.  Once they have signed the guitar, it is passed on to the next musician on the list.   This creative project began in 2012 and has evolved from a simple idea to inspire musicians to write songs to a worldwide initiative encompassing 40 cities, 40 guitars, 400 musicians, and 400 new original songs to inspire and delight the listening public. Kansas City musicians are participating in 2014 for the first time since the Acoustic Guitar Project’s inception.

Dave Adams

Dave Adams

So far, four of Kansas City’s supremely talented songwriters have had the guitar in their possession for their week of songwriting.  Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon received the guitar first and passed it to Danny McGaw (Wells the Traveler), and then it fell into the hands of Tyler Gregory.  After Tyler, Katy Guillen (Katy Guillen and The Girls) spent her time with the guitar and then on Monday June 9th passed it on to Jeff Freling (Victor and Penny).  Jeff Freling will complete his 7 day run and then the guitar will pass on to Beau BledsoeQuinn McCue (Kansas City Bear Fighters) and then Cody Wyoming (The Philistines) will have their turn creating their creative acoustic masterpieces.  In addition to the above 8 musicians 2 more are yet to be named to the project.

According to Dave Adams, “The Acoustic Guitar Project was created to help musicians reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment. By giving musicians a platform with simple restrictions, we hope that The Project will inspire them.”

Interested in finding out where The Acoustic Guitar is traveling in 2014? Check out the official website for updates, nominate a musician for the project, and check out past musicians who have created a special moment in music culture.  Look for a live performance featuring all 10 Kansas City Musicians sometime in August.