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.
The saying “birds of a feather flock together” was proven true for us at KC Cafe Radio during the recent Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) Music Conference in Oakland, California. The miles between Kansas City and Oakland seemed to dissolve away, as we were made to feel right at home among old friends and new at this outstanding event.
As we wrap up our archived coverage of the conference, we extend a heartfelt thank-you to those who were influential in making our broadcast coverage possible: Thank you Far-West President Mark Kaufman and the Board of Directors who allowed us to visit Oakland and broadcast from the conference. Thank you conference organizers Jeanette Lundgren (who extended the invitation for us to come out to Oakland) and John Roy Zat (who also loaned us his audio equipment to assist in getting a reliable signal back to our broadcast system in Kansas City). Thank you Official Showcase organizers Peggy Glenn and Jime Van Booven, who graciously worked our broadcast coverage of the shows into their master plan. To house sound engineer “smilin'” James Heyser and his technical crew who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a good clean signal back to Kansas City. And to all those who went out of their way to welcome us into the far-West family, thank you for your kindness, hospitality and the generosity of your time. For us, it was an experience we won’t soon forget.
We conclude our archived broadcast coverage with the conversations we aired over KC Cafe Radio during the conference.
Calman Hart and Jeff Berkley
Erica Sunshine Lee
James Lee Stanley
Jeanette Lundgren 1
Jeanette Lundgren 2
Joshua Johnson and Reese Douglas
Karrie Pavish Anderson
Pam Loe and Chad Watson
Russ and Julie Paris
Sarah Frank and Luke Frazer
Velvy Appelton and Anita Sandwina
Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso