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Allan Frank: A Songwriter’s Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Allan Frank has been surrounded by music practically all his life. Growing up in the American Midwestern town of Peoria, Illinois, Frank was caught playing on his grandfather’s piano, making up stories as he played along, at the ripe young age of 3. It wasn’t until age 16, however, when Allan picked up his first musical instrument, a guitar his parents had given him.

As he got older, he became involved in musical theater, and eventually graduated from college with a theater degree. He also discovered his guitar playing skills were in high demand in theater, and he began toying with putting lyrics with song. It wasn’t long that Allan found himself writing for events and issues outside of the theater, and a new songwriter was born.

He later traveled to Europe, and eventually relocated to California, where he continued to hone his craft as a songwriter. His skill as a talented songwriter continued to develop, both in Los Angeles and in Nashville. He became involved in collaborative efforts with some of the most influential songwriters around, including Gary Burr and Chris Tompkins.

Allan’s first full-length album is called The Road So Far, and represents his journey as a genuine singer/songwriter. A blend of Americana, Country and Roots tunes, The Road So Far takes you on a heartfelt journey down the by-ways and back-roads of Middle America. Allan’s gentle down home manner is evident in his songs, reminiscent of the classic stylings of Burl Ives, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with Allan. He tells the story of growing into the art of songwriting, and how he has approached the craft over the years. They talk about the benefits of writing alone versus collaborating with other songwriters, and Allan discusses at length about songwriting as a craft, and the importance of connecting with the listener.

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Music by Allan Frank on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: September 6, 2016

Howard Iceberg and the Titanics - Kansas City Songs Vol 1 and 2 Howard Iceberg and the Titanics – Kansas City Songs Vol 1 and 2

  • Country / Alternative Country

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World5 - Heartbeat of the World World5 – Heartbeat of the World

  • Pop / Rock

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Lauren Adams - Somewhere Else Lauren Adams – Somewhere Else ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Dan O'Sullivan - Yet Dan O’Sullivan – Yet ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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Dan O'Sullivan - Little Pieces Dan O’Sullivan – Little Pieces ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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Dan O'Sullivan - March '16 Dan O’Sullivan – March ’16 ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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The Belle Hollows - Miller's Creek The Belle Hollows – Miller’s Creek ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Modern Folk

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The Dull Richards - Leaks From Bolinas The Dull Richards – Leaks From Bolinas ~New Artist~

  • Bluegrass

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Victor James Dougherty - Both Sides of the Veil Victor James Dougherty – Both Sides of the Veil

  • Easy Listening / Folk

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Beth Marlin - Railroad Beth Marlin – Railroad ~New Artist~

  • Country / Country Folk

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C&B Radio - C&B Radio C&B Radio – C&B Radio ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Blues

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Jeremy McEwen - Folk and Children's Songs Jeremy McEwen – Folk and Children’s Songs ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Pal Vens & Friends - Timeless Love Pal Vens & Friends – Timeless Love

  • Pop / Folk

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Bounty Hunters - Rollercoaster Bounty Hunters – Rollercoaster ~New Artist~

  • Rock

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: June 21, 2016

 Dave Gunning - Lift  Dave Gunning – Lift

  • Folk/Americna

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 Jonathan Cavier - Premier  Jonathan Cavier – Premier

  • Folk/Pop

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 The Bob and Al Show - Album 2  The Bob and Al Show – Album 2

  • Rock

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 Sparrow Blue - Mabel  Sparrow Blue – Mabel

  • Americana

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 Ben Bedford - The Pilot and the Flying Machine  Ben Bedford – The Pilot and the Flying Machine

  • Folk

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 Richard Paul Thomas - Salado  Richard Paul Thomas – Salado

  • Americana

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 Jesse Rae - Blue Funk  Jessie Rae – Blue Funk

  • Folk/Folk Blues

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The Vogts Sisters - Homeward  The Vogts Sisters – Homeward

  • Folk/Americana

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Erisa Rei - Glass Jar (single) Erisa Rei – Glass Jar (single)

  • Rock/Pop

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Bridget Kelly Band - Outta the Blues Bridget Kelly Band – Outta the Blues

  • Blues/Rock

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The Tearaways - The Earl Mankey Sessions Vol. IV The Tearaways – The Earl Mankey Sessions Vol. IV

  • Rock

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Marc Platt Marc Platt (singles): Beautiful Liar/I Saw it on TV/Radio Silence/Shooter at the Gate/This Ain’t Who We Are/The Lonliness Game

  • Americana

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RJ Comer - Nightly Suicide RJ Comer – Nightly Suicide

  • Rock

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Michael Franano - I Want to Know Michael Franano – I Want to Know

  • Rock/Pop

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Michael Franano - Songs For a Girl Michael Franano – Songs For a Girl

  • Rock/Pop

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Mill's End - The Swann Sessions Mill’s End – The Swann Sessions

  • Rock/Country

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De La Torre - Ruins (single) De La Torre – Ruins (single)

  • Rock

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Lee Sims Sings From Deep Within the Heart

lee_simsSince childhood, music has been in Lee Sim’s blood.  As early as age five, at the encouragement of his parents, Lee was singing.  “As a youngster I would listen to my Mom and Dad’s record collection of Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, and Tennessee Ernie Ford …” Lee said.  “When I was eight years old my Dad would take me to local music jam sessions, and I experienced the thrill of performing live. It was an incredibly exhilarating and humbling experience.”

It didn’t take long for Lee to begin his performing career.  Lee’s first “real gig” was at a Junior High school talent show, and within a month he founded his own band and was performing professionally.   From his home base in Colorado, Lee and his grass-roots accompaniment, The Platte River Band, have performed across the United States and Canada.

Lee’s authoritative voice has also attracted the attention of radio commercial and television show producers. As a result, his voice has been a staple with Colorado radio listeners for decades.  Additionally, Lee has performed on a laundry list of demos for songwriters, attracting the attention of producers in Nashville, where he was a finalist on the You Can Be a Star! television show.  Lee’s credits also include performing with numerous Country Music stars including Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Buck Owens, and George Strait.

Lee has earned the distinction of being Nashville’s 3-time Golden Award Winner in 2001, Colorado’s Entertainer of the Year in 2001, and Colorado’s Country Music Hall of Fame Entertainer of the Year in 2003.

Lee’s latest album, Deep In The Heart of Me represents a culmination of Lee’s musical career and influences, with nine original songs, world-class musicians, and Nashville production.  It has already rocketed to the top of the music charts, hitting #1 on the New Music Weekly Chart (Blues on Parade) and #7 on the Roots Music Report’s Weekly Top 50 True Country Album Chart.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Lee.  He shares his memories of growing up in the performing spotlight under the encouragement of his parents, as well as his experiences performing along with some of country music’s greatest talent.  We also get a peek into what Lee has in store for the future, with some news of his upcoming projects slated for release later this year.

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Download the interview here: Interview: Lee Sims 5/25/2016

Music by Lee Sims on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: April 26, 2016

Victor and Penny - Electricity Victor & Penny – Electricity

  • Pop/Jazz

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Brian Ashley Jones - Out of the City Brian Ashley Jones – Out of the City ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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The Deep Hollow - The Deep Hollow The Deep Hollow – The Deep Hollow ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Bruce Michael Miller - Faith in Water Bruce Michael Miller – Faith in Water ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Meg Braun - Restless Moon Meg Braun – Restless Moon ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Heather Platts - Lighted Windows Heather Platts – Lighted Windows ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Pop Rock

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Freebo - If Not Now When Freebo – If Not Now When ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Americana

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Helen Lapakko - Got to Keep on Going Helen Lapakko – Got to Keep on Going ~New Artist~

  • Country/Blues

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 Robinlee Garber - Resilience  Robinlee Garber – Resilience ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Jazz

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 3 Bricks Shy - Still 3 Bricks Shy  3 Bricks Shy – Still 3 Bricks Shy

  • Folk/Rock

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Josh Harty - Holding On Josh Harty – Holding On

  • Americana

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Wes Weddell - Songs to Get You from Here to There Wes Weddell – Songs to Get You from Here to There

  • Pop/Folk Pop

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Wes Weddell - My Northwest Home Wes Weddell – My Northwest Home

  • Pop/Folk Pop

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Andrew Foshee - Corvair Andrew Foshee – Corvair

  • Pop Alternative

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Johnathan Cavier - January (single) Johnathan Cavier – January (single) ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Pop

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Kylie Hughes - Never Ever (single) Kylie Hughes – Never Ever (single)

  • Pop

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Landon Williams - Tonight (single) Landon Williams – Tonight (single) ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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RJ Comer - Nightly Suicide RJ Comer – Nightly Suicide

  • Rock

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Tanner Qualls - Clarity Tanner Qualls – Clarity ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Acoustic

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Wyatt Brewer - The Drawing Board Wyatt Brewer – The Drawing Board ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Acoustic

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The Teraways - Girls Who Love Cars The Tearaways – Girls Who Love Cars (single)

  • Rock

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The Teraways - Name That Tune (single) The Tearaways – Name That Tune (single)

  • Rock

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The Teraways - Stuck on Stupid (single) The Tearaways – Stuck on Stupid (single)

  • Rock

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