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Bill Abernathy still Finds a Way

Just 10 minutes. That’s all the time singer/songwriter Bill Abernathy needed to complete the task he was working on at the office. He had just received the call from the hospital informing him that his dad had taken a turn for the worse, and is not expected to live much longer. He figured it would take another 10 minutes to compete what he was working on, then he would be off to be by his dad’s side. When he arrived at the hospital, he found that he missed his dad’s passing by just 5 minutes.

“I think that everybody has this vision of how they would like to spend their last moments with people they love,” Bill said. “Mine was clearly being able to sit with my dad, hold his hand and tell him I loved him one more time and just watch as the lights of this world go away and the lights of the next come on. I didn’t get that chance, and it was because I had prioritized my time poorly. I had lost that balance.”

Bill Abernathy: Find A WayThat defining moment in Bill’s life would become the theme for his latest album, Find A Way. “The real theme of the album is based on something that my dad taught me,” he said. “His comment was always that if you want something bad enough in life and you’re willing to put in the blood, sweat, tears and toil, you could always find a way to make that happen.” The album cover artwork he commissioned with artist Damijan Fric, depicts the great chasm that exists for many of us in life, between the demands of work life and the things we cherish in life. Yet the message of hope inspired by his dad resounds clearly in the title song – that it is indeed possible to find a way.

Bill grew up in a musical family, so putting thoughts and feelings into song isn’t too difficult for him. He grew up hanging out with his older brother and associated musician friends, listening to the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary and others. It would be Dan Fogelberg‘s 1972 album Home Free that would inspire him to pick up the guitar and learn how to play. “I learned how to play that album from start to finish,” Bill recently told KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste in an interview.

Bill also loves guitars, and has amassed quite the collection over the years, including a rather unique 9 string guitar. Recently, Bill talked with Forste via Skype. They discussed his unique guitar collection, as well as Find A Way and the story behind it’s songs. They talked at length about the struggle most musicians deal with between their musical passion and work life demands, and how he has managed to find his own way.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Bill Abernathy 11/18/2016

Music by Bill Abernathy on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: August 2, 2016

Bill Abernathy - Find a Way Bill Abernathy – Find a Way

  • Acoustic Rock

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Sasha's Bloc - Heart on Fire Sasha’s Bloc – Heart on Fire ~New Artist~

  • Blues / Jazz

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Sasha's Bloc - Runaway Blues (single) Sasha’s Bloc – Runaway Blues (single) ~New Artist~

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Ruth Acuff - This is the Dream Ruth Acuff – This is the Dream ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Contemporary Folk

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Ruth Acuff - To the Moon Ruth Acuff – To the Moon ~New Artist~

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Warren Jurgens - Blue and Grey Warren Jurgens – Blue and Grey ~New Artist~

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Toni Gates - This Woman Toni Gates – This Woman

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Hank and The Hankstirs - The Ghost of Clyde & Checkers Hank and The Hankstirs – The Ghost of Clyde & Checkers ~New Artist~

  • Americana / Rock

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Erika Kunlys - Rise Up Erika Kunlys – Rise Up ~New Artist~

  • Americana / Folk

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: October 7, 2014

KC Cafe Radio Bill Abernathy – Find A Way

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Stephanie Urbina Jones - Firey Angel Stephanie Urbina Jones – Firey Angel ~New Artist~

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Stephanie Urbina Jones - The Texicana Sessions Stephanie Urbina Jones – The Texicana Sessions ~New Artist~

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Roger Losh - Blues Up On the Jukebox Roger Losh – Blues Up On the Jukebox ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Traditional Country

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Bridget Kelly Band - Forever In Blues Bridget Kelly Band – Forever In Blues ~New Artist~

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Cathy Gutjahr - Quite of the Road Cathy Gutjahr – Quiet of the Road ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Folk

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Roger Street Friedman - The Waiting Sky Roger Street Friedman – The Waiting Sky ~New Artist~

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Ann Armstrong - Lucy Charm Ann Armstrong – Lucy Charm ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Folk

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Dana Hubbard - Lightnin's Cadillac Dana Hubbard – Lightnin’s Cadillac ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae - It's A Good Thing Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae – It’s A Good Thing ~New Artist~

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The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients - Kill Yourself First The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients – Kill Yourself First

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FAI 2014: Friday Afternoon Showcase

Kelly McRaeFebruary 21, 2014 – Live broadcast coverage from the 26th annual Folk Alliance International conference continued Friday afternoon on KC Cafe Radio.  Our thanks to Kim Richey, Bill Abernathy, Chad Abernathy, Kelly McRae, Hilary Scott and Johnathan Fleig for providing a most entertaining afternoon of music.

Listen to the performances here:

Pictures from Friday afternoon’s show:

FAI Conference 2014: Thursday Night Showcase

Chad AbernathyFebruary 20, 2014 – Our Thursday night showcase stage at the 26th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri was brimming with wonderful talent.  Thanks to Mick Byrd, Bill Abernathy, Chad Abernathy, Bohemian Highway and Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan for making the evening so musically pleasurable.

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