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KC Cafe Performing Artists Featured in Roots Music Best of 2015

Roots Music ReportRoots Music Report, the music chart representing Independent music, recently released its list of top played artists of 2015.  Approximately 34 KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists were among those receiving the “top honors” on the Roots charts.

Receiving top honors in the Folk category were Dan Weber for his album, What I’m Lookin’ For, which ranked 39.  Other 2015 top Folk artists/albums (and their ranking) included The Stray Birds/Best Medicine (42), John Roy Zat/Who’s Zat? (48), Young Novelists/Made Us Strangers (83), Johnathan Byrd/You Can’t Outrun the Radio (146), and Fiddle Whandiddle/Old School Old Time (153).

Several KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists also made top 2015 ranking in the Americana Country category, led by Tracy Newman and The Reinforcements for her album I Just See You, which ranked 35.  Also appearing were Lucy Billings/Carry The Water (39), Kerry Patrick Clark/In A Perfect World (52), Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band/Not That Kind of Girl (62), Hilary Scott/Freight Train Love (124), Sarah Pierce/Barbed Wire (132), Sky Smeed/Drive All Night (133), The Keller Sisters/Shine (135), Truckstop Honeymoon/The Madness of Happiness (153), Well Worn Soles/Country/Folk (165), Brad Colerick/When I’m Gone (182), and Stephanie Urbina Jones/The Texicana Sessions (195).

The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients received Root’s top 2015 billing in the Rock category for their single Doowapadoodle, which ranked 86th, while their self-titled album ranked 113, and other single Kill Yourself First ranked 133rd in the same category.  Enzymes also received recognition in the Alternative Rock and Roots Rock categories.  Other KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists appearing in Root’s Rock category was Roger Street Friedman for his album The Waiting Sky (149 – also appearing in the Roots Rock category at #63).

KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists also appeared in some of Root’s more eclectic categories.  In the Pop category, John M ranked 38th place for his album, M-VI, followed by Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra for their album, Live at the Living Room Theatre, which ranked 169th.  In the Electronic category, Surreal Realm ranked 14th place for their single Endeavors.  Appearing in the Religious category were Pastor Brad/Lemonade (91), Bob Sima/Putalittlemoreloveintheworld (94), Project 15:16/The Way, and Granger Lofton/Demos (102).

Several KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists had singles that fared well in 2015, including Judy Nazemetz for her songs, Yesterday I Was So Tired , What’re We Gonna Do About Judy Wyner?, and We Got No Love Today.  Other artists with top 2015 singles included Doug Adamz, Joey Curtain, John Batdorf, Chappell and Dave Holt, John Zipperer, and Folding Mr. Lincoln.

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.

FARM Offers Outstanding Talent In Iowa City

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) opens its 2015 regional conference in a new city this year, convening at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City, Iowa beginning Thursday, October 22.  In addition to the standard fare of workshops, industry panels, mentoring sessions and networking opportunities for music professionals and others involved in the music industry, This year’s conference will offer several performance opportunities that everyone will enjoy.

Smitty Smith, co-Coordinator for this year’s conference said the choice of Iowa City as the conference location became an obvious one.  “We were in St. Louis for 3 years, and before that we were in Chicago.   We looked at many locations around the Midwest, from St. Paul/Minneapolis to locations in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio and Iowa.  Between the facilities available, the local interest in hosting the conference and economic considerations, Iowa City won out.  That is where we will be this year, and the next two years following.”

The new location also brings a fresh set of talent to the conference, which will be featured in showcase performances throughout the 3-day event.  Official showcases begin at 8 p.m. nightly, presenting approximately 31 acts over the course of the conference.  Smith said the talent selected to appear in the Official Showcases are the cream of the crop, so-to-speak.  “Approximately 130 acts applied to appear in the Official Showcases, and only about 1 in 10 make the cut.”  A panel of 8 judges representing music venues, radio DJs and other “well-known people  in the music scene” made the selection.

While the conference itself is designed for those with ties to music and the music industry, Smith said the general public is also invited to attend the Official Showcase shows.  “We call it ‘Taste Of Farm.’ The public can come in and enjoy the Official Showcases, which include the DJ Presenter’s Showcase, the keynote address, as well as performances later in the evening.”  Tickets are $20 for any single-night show, or $50 for all three nights of the conference.  More information on attending the Offical Showcase shows is available here.

Although early-bird registration has ended, Smith said it is not too late to register for the conference, and walk-in registration is available.  “It is not prohibitively expensive.  If you walk up the day of the conference and want to register for the entire conference it is just $130.”  More information on conference registration is available here.

Recently, Smith talked with KC Cafe Radio’s John Dutton previewing the 2015 conference.   They discussed the decision to locate the conference in Iowa City, and new features on this year’s agenda.  Smith also highlighted some of the acts that will appear in the Official Showcases, and describes the process of selecting from the region’s finest performers for the show.

Listen to the interview here:

FARM Now Accepting Official Showcase Applications For 2015 Conference

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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.