Roots 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.
If you travel through the quaint little community of Vienna, Missouri, you may chance run into a friendly, soft-spoken guy by the name of Mick Byrd. To many in his community he is known as teacher, coach, neighbor, colleague. In the music world, Mick is known as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and one heck of a musician. Regardless of the circumstances however, anyone who gets to know Mick soon call him “friend.”
Although Mick has pursued other endeavors in life, music has always been at the core of his being. Ever since he first picked up a guitar when he was 7 years old, Mick has been fascinated with music and the stories they tell. And, what a collection of stories they are! Mick has released a total of 8 albums to date, the latest of which brings him full circle, back to his Missouri roots, with a unique Americana-styled “Ozark Blues.”
The album is aptly called, Roots and Ozark Blues. Along with his new Backroad Band, Mick weaves together the stories of life in a small town, with a sound that is rooted deeply in his Missouri Ozarks upbringing. And while the location may be obvious, as listeners we quickly discover that these stories belong to all of us.
Recently, Mick took time from his busy schedule to talk with KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste. They talk about the stories behind many of the songs on Roots and Ozark Blues, and about the new band that accompany him on the album. They also get into a fascinating discussion on the different stylings of Blues, and where his music lands in the spectrum of the genre. And Mick offers his observations on what it is like to perform in two completely different venues, the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.
Listen to the interview here:
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