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FAI 2016: Conversations at Folk Alliance

KC Cafe Radio's booth at the 2016 Folk Alliance International ConferenceThe 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference and Music Fair was held for the third year in a row in Kansas City, Missouri February 17-21.  KC Cafe Radio was there once again, providing live coverage of the conference from our booth at the exhibit hall.

This year turned out to be a significantly rewarding year for us.  Not only did we have the opportunity to catch up with several old friends, we made several new ones as well.  Stay tuned to KC Cafe Radio, over the next several weeks and months you will begin hearing new music and voices, a direct result of these new friendships.

Louis MeyersSince the conference, we were saddened to learn of the passing of a very good friend to KC Cafe Radio and Folk Alliance International, Louis Meyers.  Louis had served as Executive Director of Folk Alliance International for several years, and had co-founded the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.  Louis died on Friday, March 11, the first day of the 2016 SXSW festival.

Louis is also responsible for connecting us at KC Cafe radio with Folk Alliance International.  He had personally invited us to one of the regional conferences.  The following year we returned to the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference with our live microphones.  Since then, we have attended and covered two regional and two international conferences.  Our involvement with this outstanding organization may not have happened without his invitation.

Here are archived recordings of the conversations we had during the conference:

KC Cafe Performing Artists Featured in Roots Music Best of 2015

Roots Music ReportRoots 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.

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: September 29, 2015

Tret Fure - Rembrandt Afternoons Tret Fure – Rembrandt Afternoons

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Tomislav Goluban and Nebojsa Buhin - For A Friend and Brother Tomislav Goluban and Nebojsa Buhin – For A Friend and Brother

  • Blues/Rock

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John Batdorf - Beep Beep John Batdorf – Beep Beep

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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band - Not That Kind Of Girl Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band – Not That Kind Of Girl

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James Woolwine - Solo Piano Destruction James Woolwine – Solo Piano Destruction ~New Artist~

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James Woolwine James Woolwine – Singles: Wait For Me and If You’ll Be Mine ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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Leah Watts - All Of Me and I Won't Give Up Leah Watts – All Of Me and I Won’t Give Up

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RJ Comer - Hell Hole Swamp RJ Comer – Hell Hole Swamp ~New Artist~

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The Surreal McCoys - Whole Lotta Folsom The Surreal McCoys – Whole Lotta Folsom (single) ~New Artist~

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The Blue Dolphone - Come On! The Blue Dolphins – Come On! ~New Artist~

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John Batdorf on a Soundtrack To Recovery

John BatdorfAll he wanted to do was reach out to his son, a young man that had fallen into the trap of addiction.  Like many parents faced with those circumstances, he found it difficult to relate – to effectively communicate all the feelings he had welling up inside.  So, like any musician would do under such circumstances, he wrote a song.  That song was not only successful in reaching out to his son, but many others facing addictions and hardships of all sorts, and for John Batdorf, a labor of love was underway.

That labor of love became reality with his latest release, Soundtrax 2 Recovery, a collection of songs designed to “…trigger the hope, the courage, the endurance or the faith to make it through the next few moments, hours, days or years…” following recovery.  Along with writing partner Michael McLean, Batdorf created the collection of songs as an alternative to music that encourages addiction.  It is a demonstration of how we are all “in the same boat” when it comes to dealing with hardships. and offers a musical hand holding as we strive to return to stability in life.  “Everything we’ve written and recorded here,” says Batdorf on his website,  “has been done with the hope that this album might be part of your soundtrack to recovery.”

KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste recently chatted with Batdorf about the project.  They talk about that initial experience with his son that led to its creation, the development of other songs on the album, and his experience discovering the impact the music has had on others.  They also talk about other projects, including another album that is due out sometime next year.

Listen to the interview here:

Music by John Batdorf playing on KC Cafe Radio here.

FAI 2014: Saturday Night Showcase

Aaron Fowler and Laura DunganFebruary 21, 2014 – Our Showcase coverage from the  concluded Saturday night with a musically rousing collection of fine musicians.  Our thanks to John Batdorf, Andrew Foshee, Hilary Scott, Lucy Billings, Beth Wood, Lost Hollow and Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan for providing the entertainment.

Listen to the performances here:

Pictures from Saturday night’s show: