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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: October 31, 2017

Starshine Black - Death & Rebirth Space Station Starshine Black – Death & Rebirth Space Station ~New Artist~

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Nick Mintenko - What I Thought I Knew Nick Mintenko – What I Thought I Knew ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Pop

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Nick Mintenko - Home (single) Nick Mintenko – Home (single) ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Pop

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Rags & Bones - These Bones Rags & Bones – These Bones ~New Artist~

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Rags & Bones - Rabbit Holes Rags & Bones – Rabbit Holes ~New Artist~

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Jimmy Coburn - Gotta Go Home / Outside My Window (singles) Jimmy Coburn – Gotta Go Home / Outside My Window (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Rock

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John Loux - She Is the Storm / That's Your Old Story / Nobody Cries Here Alone (singles) John Loux – She Is the Storm / That’s Your Old Story / Nobody Cries Here Alone (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Kray Van Kirk - The Road to Elfland Kray Van Kirk – The Road to Elfland ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Squirrel Butter - Chestnuts Squirrel Butter – Chestnuts ~New Artist~

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Squirrel Butter - Kiss The Cook Squirrel Butter – Kiss The Cook ~New Artist~

  • Country Americana

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Jaspar Lepak - Close To Me Jaspar Lepak – Close To Me

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Karrie Pavish Anderson - Corner of 17th & Faith Karrie Pavish Anderson – Corner of 17th & Faith

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Olivia Awbrey - Fight Or Fight Olivia Awbrey – Fight Or Fight ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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The Singer and the Songwriter - Directions The Singer and the Songwriter – Directions ~New Artist~

  • Americana/Modern Folk

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West My Friend - When The Ink Dries West My Friend – When The Ink Dries ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Alternative

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The Talbott Brothers - Gray The Talbott Brothers – Gray ~New Artist~

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Ara Lee - Nasty Woman (single) Ara Lee – Nasty Woman (single) ~New Artist~

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Judith Miller - I Am What I Am Judith Miller – I Am What I Am ~New Artist~

  • Jazz

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Donna Lynn Caskey: Accidental Banjo Gal

If someone had told the teenage Donna Lynn Caskey that one day she would play banjo and perform original music in public, she would’ve thought they were joking. Born in the Tidewater region of the Virginia coast, the youngest of ten children in a family of music makers and music lovers, Donna Lynn came to believe early on she would have to make do in the “music lover” camp only.

Donna Lynn’s early experiences with formal music education left her feeling insecure. She felt dyslexic when it came to reading standard musical notation during piano lessons, so she doubted she could ever be a real musician. Nontheless, she continued in the role of music fan and appreciator by devouring eclectic public radio broadcasts, checking out stacks of recordings from the library, going to concerts, compulsively making mix tapes comprised of beloved songs and new musical finds and sharing them with friends. She eventually realized that some of her favorite songs and voices were often rough around more than just the edges, yet were tremendously affecting. She was also encouraged by stories of musicians who couldn’t read a note, but who could touch hearts with their gifts just the same. She began to think maybe she could make music, after all. It didn’t have to be pretty and perfect. Simple, homemade music could be powerful music.

Music also started to feel more within reach while Donna Lynn studied art at Hollins University in the Blue Ridge Mountains. College years were also the time when she discovered a deep love of the banjo. A regular attendee of the local Roanoke Fiddle & Banjo Club, she found herself weeping with joy more than once during banjo solos. On Saturday mornings, she would go listen to old-time and bluegrass jams at an acoustic music store inside Happy’s Flea Market. Before long, she had her eye on a lovely banjo hanging on the wall. As her college days waned and she was unsure what was next, she bought herself that banjo for graduation.

Donna Lynn proceeded to spend the next two years traveling, moving from job to job and place to place. The banjo gathered dust at her parents’ house, and she felt guilty letting that beautiful instrument go unplayed. She took it to a local music shop for consignment. The woman behind the counter convinced her not to, however, and Donna Lynn ended up paying to have the banjo set up and restrung instead.

Soon after, a friend was heading to Brasstown, North Carolina for an internship at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Donna Lynn looked at the course catalog, which listed a class called “Beginning Clawhammer Banjo by Ear” taught by Diane B. Jones. The catalog also indicated scholarships were available. The week before class was scheduled to start that summer of 2001, Donna Lynn was notified she was awarded a scholarship. Three days in to that week-long, intensive class, the basics of playing clicked.

The following week, Donna Lynn and her banjo moved to California by train. She was afraid she’d left the music community behind her in Virginia, but within days of arriving, she met a fiddler at the farmers’ market who invited her to a weekly old-time jam. Through the jam, she was connected to local music festivals, banjo workshops, lessons with master old-time musician Brad Leftwich while he lived in the area, and to her first paying gigs. She remains friends with members of that group to this day.

Within months of starting banjo, Donna Lynn also began writing songs and performing. Her debut album of original material, Nameless Heart, was released in 2014 to glowing reviews for innovative clawhammer-style playing and strong writing that simultaneously acknowledges life’s difficulties while offering a genuine message of hope. The Ventura, California based artist recently completed her second album, The Love Still Shows.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with “Banjo Gal” Donna Lynn Caskey via Skype. They talk at length about Donna’s upbringing being surrounded by music, the significance of her challenges, and how those challenges shape the music she writes and performs today.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Donna Lynn Caskey 9/27/2017

Music by Donna Lynn Caskey on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: August 29, 2017

Monet9 - Bandwidth 11 Monet9 – Bandwidth 11

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Ivar Sigurbergsson (singles) Ivar Sigurbergsson (singles) ~New Artist~

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Bittersweet Highway -It All Falls Away Bittersweet Highway -It All Falls Away

  • Folk

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Come Back Calamity - Six Shots Later Come Back Calamity – Six Shots Later ~New Artist~

  • Alt Folk

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Evan Silva - Ain't No Two Ways About It Evan Silva – Ain’t No Two Ways About It

  • Soul Blues

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Evan Silva - Chance & Time Evan Silva – Chance & Time

  • Latin Jazz

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The Tearaways (singles) The Tearaways (singles)

  • Rock

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Lucas Rabel - Western Amber Skies Lucas Rabel – Western Amber Skies ~New Artist~

  • Country/Rock

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Ryan Totten - Underneath The Sky Ryan Totten – Underneath The Sky

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Dustin Hovermale (singles) Dustin Hovermale (singles) ~New Artist~

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Synners of Truth- It's Going To Change Synners of Truth- It’s Going To Change ~New Artist~

  • Alt Rock

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JJ's Music Retaliation - Many More Years With you JJ’s Music Retaliation – Many More Years With you ~New Artist~

  • Rock

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Surreal Realm - Winter Dreams of Spring (single) Surreal Realm – Winter Dreams of Spring (single)

  • Instrumental

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Paul Arnoldi - Let's Go (Testing, Hear, We're Goin' Down) Paul Arnoldi – Let’s Go (Testing, Hear, We’re Goin’ Down)

  • Folk

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Art Podell - Blame it on the Russians Art Podell – Blame it on the Russians (single)

  • Singer/Songwriter

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: July 11, 2017

Jeff Kossack & Syd Straw: Too Little Time Jeff Kossack & Syd Straw: Too Little Time

  • Folk / Alt Folk

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Cindy Novelo - Stone's Throw Cindy Novelo – Stone’s Throw ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Bill Scorzari - Through These Waves Bill Scorzari – Through These Waves ~New Artist~

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 Calvin Arsenia - Catastrophe  Calvin Arsenia – Catastrophe ~New Artist~

  • Urban / R&B Neo Soul

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Jodee Lewis - Whiskey Halo Jodee Lewis – Whiskey Halo ~New Artist~

  • Country / Alt. Country

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John L Keck - The Jack Moon Sessions John L Keck – The Jack Moon Sessions ~New Artist~

  • Alt. Folk

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Lazarus - Rock N Roll Heart Lazarus – Rock N Roll Heart

  • Folk / Folk Rock

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Mill's End - Follow the Money (single) Mill’s End – Follow the Money (single)

  • Rock

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Chuck Eaton - Lessons Chuck Eaton – Lessons

  • Pop

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Evan Silva - Out of the Shadows Evan Silva – Out of the Shadows ~New Artist~

  • Jazz / Latin Jazz

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The Tearaways - Keep You Knickers On (single) The Tearaways – Keep You Knickers On (single)

  • Rock

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The Tearaways - If I Had It (single) The Tearaways – If I Had It (single)

  • Rock

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Richard Byford - Born of Change Richard Byford – Born of Change

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Joseph Eid - Watch it Fall Joseph Eid – Watch it Fall

  • Folk / Pop

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Heather Platts - Runnin it Red Heather Platts – Runnin it Red

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Michael Gaither - Hey Karma Michael Gaither – Hey Karma

  • Folk

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Saoirse Casey - Carousel Saoirse Casey – Carousel ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: April 11, 2017

John Stowers - Everything You Do John Stowers – Everything You Do ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Modern Rock

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John Stowers - Lovely Rainy Day and Rocket Out of Here (singles) John Stowers – Lovely Rainy Day and Rocket Out of Here (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Modern Rock

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Toney Rocks - Run to the Night, Don't Look Back, No Road Too Long, and In These Eyes (singles) Toney Rocks – Run to the Night, Don’t Look Back, No Road Too Long, and In These Eyes  (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Rock

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Joseph Eid - Watch it Fall (single) Joseph Eid – Watch it Fall (single)

  • Americana

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Erin Eades - Erin Eades Erin Eades – Erin Eades

  • Americana/Folk Rock

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Crosseyed Cat - Shelter Me Crosseyed Cat – Shelter Me ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Rock

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Rod Kinny - Forces of Nature Rod Kinny – Forces of Nature

  • Adult Contemporary

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Jane Zell and The Zelltones - Almost Real Jane Zell and The Zelltones – Almost Real ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Rock/Americana

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Scott Cook - One More Time Around Scott Cook – One More Time Around ~New Artist~

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Bohemian Highway - The Short List Bohemian Highway – The Short List ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Derek W. Curtis - Derek W. Curtis Derek W. Curtis – Derek W. Curtis ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Julie Bennett Hume - Late Bloomer Julie Bennett Hume – Late Bloomer ~New Artist~

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Beth Marlin and Friends - Blackbird Beth Marlin and Friends – Blackbird

  • Folk

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Beth Marlin - Let Me In Beth Marlin – Let Me In

  • Folk/Pop

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Elaine Mahon - Rise Elaine Mahon – Rise

  • Folk

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AO Music - Asha AO Music – Asha

  • World Music

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The Newkirks - Live at The Lofr The Newkirks – Live at The Loft ~New Artist~

  • Country

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