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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.

Beth Scalet Dies

Elizabeth "Beth" ScaletSinger/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Elizabeth “Beth” Scalet, 65, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House.  A memorial event will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Turning Point, Paralyzed Veterans or Kansas City Hospice House.

Beth was born September 17, 1948, in Ottawa, KS, the daughter of Walter L. & Jessie M. Tucker Butler. She was a graduate of Ottawa High School and received an MA in English Literature from the University of Kansas.  Beth was a technical writer and editor for Continental Health Care and DST Systems.  She was a recognized and popular guitar player, singer, songwriter and harmonica player.  Beth issued six albums and CDs through her own music company, Marais des Cygnes Music. She was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rex.

Beth is survived by her partner, Stephanie LaSalle, brothers; Walter “Bill” Butler and Robert “Bob” Butler.

Read the complete obituary and leave online condolences here.

 Music by Beth Scalet on KC Cafe Radio:

2014 Folk Alliance International Conference: Kansas City

Folk Alliance 2014 ConferenceJanuary 6, 2014 – For the first time, the 26th annual Folk Alliance International Conference and Winter Music Camp will be held at Kansas City’s Crown Center hotels February 19th through the 23rd.  The event coincides with the relocation of the Folk Alliance International headquarters to Kansas City from Memphis, TN.

The largest folk-related gathering of it’s kind, the 2014 conference will bring together over 2,000 registered attendees, including over 100 industry exhibitors, and of course, lots of music.  Over 200 juried music performances, more than 300 private showcase events, and over 50 workshops, panel discussions, and peer group meetings discussing critical issues relating to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk and traditional music and dance.  Folk icon Graham Nash is the conference keynote speaker on February 20, and former Vice President Al Gore will host his award winning presentation on global climate change on February 22.

2014 Folk Alliance Winter CampIn conjunction with the industry conference in Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, the new Winter Music Camp will take place in the adjoining Sheraton Hotel. It will offer group and individual instruction, performances and jam sessions for all levels of players in all styles of roots music, featuring music legends such as Byron Berline, Mike Compton, Ken Perlman and others, including a keynote by Graham Nash.

The conference opens on Wednesday, February 19th, highlighted by a showcase of live performances hosted by Kansas City area media, including KC Cafe Radio.  We will also host afternoon and late night Private Showcase events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  All KC Cafe Radio-related events will be broadcast live, and available on-demand from our website.  More information on our coverage will be announced here soon.

Information and online registration for the conference is available here.  Registration and information regarding the Music Camp is available here.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio’s John Dutton visited with Folk Alliance International Executive Director Louis Meyers, at their new headquarters and store in downtown Kansas City.  They talked about the move from Memphis to Kansas City, the conference, and the future of Folk Alliance International in its new home.

Listen To The Interview Here:

Click Here for more information on the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference

Purnell Picked Up By Publisher, Featured On National Radio Show

Billy Jack PurnellMid-Missouri singer/songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Billy Jack Purnell announces that his works will be picked up by international publishing company Factory Music Publishing.

Purnell currently has two self-produced albums, Acousticueticals and Bipolar 101.  Releasing future works through Factory Music will open the door for Purnell to pursue greater and more broad-based opportunities in the music industry, according to the musician.

Purnell has already gained recent national attention, when he was featured as an emerging artist on the Crook and Chase radio show this fall.  Independent Artist Magazine also featured him in it’s August/September 2013 issue.

Purnell will perform in a KC Cafe House Concert in Marshall, Missouri in July, 2014.  More information here.

Music By Billy Jack Purnell On KC Cafe Radio: