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Kerry Patrick Clark: A Christmas Album 30 Years in the Making

Kerry Patrick ClarkWhile it may seem inevitable that every musician eventually puts out a Christmas album, it took Kerry Patrick Clark more than 30 years to finally get to his. In part, it’s because he didn’t want to merely record variations of the same traditional songs. Instead, he had to let time do what time does best—cultivate life experiences, deepen relationships, hone talent and develop courage.

These are just some of the things Kerry needed in order to create an album that reflects his own experience of Christmas, which is far more than merely exulting the joy and glory of the season. “I believe in Christmas and what it stands for—peace, grace, an experience of the sacred—but that doesn’t mean I’m not also cynical, sad, frustrated, angry and intolerant. Every time I heard a new Christmas album I thought, ‘why isn’t there one that addresses the challenges of the season or tells the birth story in maybe a more profound way?’ So I decided to do that. Combine the Christian and the secular, the cynical and the sacred.”

Kerry Patrick Clark: The Heart of Christmas album coverThe result is Kerry’s latest album, The Heart of Christmas, which is available now here. Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Kerry via Skype. They reminisce about the traditions of Christmas music, the way in which this album embraces, yet differs from those traditions, and the challenging process of producing an album that was 30 years in the making.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Kerry Patrick Clark, 11/22/16

Music by Kerry Patrick Clark on KC Cafe Radio:

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.

Kerry Patrick Clark: In A Perfect World

Kerry Patrick ClarkKerry Patrick Clark will quickly tell you that his amazing talent is a gift, one that he does not take for granted.  The opportunities he has been afforded over his life – from the guitar that inspired his father to teach him the gift of music, his years touring with the New Christy Minstrels in the mid ’80s, to the life experiences that inspire him to wear his heart on on his guitar strings today, there is no doubt his talent is indeed a gift.

It is fitting then, that Kerry takes a moment to produce an album that reflects on those experiences, and offers commentary on experiences we all encounter in our daily lives.  That is exactly what he does in his latest album, In A Perfect World.

At the recent 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, Kerry took a moment from his extremely busy schedule (not only as conference registrar but as a performing musician at the conference) to talk with us about this latest project.  Prior to the opening of our Private Showcase room for the final night at the conference, he sat down with Music Director Kathy Forste and Artist Relastions Director Kathleen Coleman to share his thoughts.  They talked about the challenges of being a parent and husband, while also being an on-the-road musician, as well as his decision to make music his career.  Kerry reveals to us that art IS work, and that parenting can be an art form!  We also get a “sneek peak” into a new Christmas album that he plans to release next year.

Listen to the interview here:

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Music by Kerry Patrick Clark here.

FARM 2014: Conversations At FARM

KC Cafe Radio's Booth at the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conferenceOur second year of coverage from the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference  in Saint Louis Missouri was highlighted by the conversations we had with conference attendees.  From musicians, music industry professionals, radio station DJs and venue operators, we were impressed with the breadth of conversation and learning we acquired at this year’s conference.

We hope you also enjoyed our live coverage.  Over the three days at the conference, over 22 hours of live coverage, including 6 hours of live performances from our Private Showcase stage, was provided for your listening pleasure. Here, we present all the conversations that were recorded from our daytime coverage at the conference.  Elsewhere you will find recordings from our live late-night showcase broadcasts.  If you missed any our live coverage, you can enjoy it all right here.

Next Year the conference relocates to Iowa City, Iowa.  A community rich in art and culture, Iowa City will offer even greater opportunities for networking, performance and fun.  Stay tuned to the FARM website for more details!

Conversations at FARM:

Pictures from our interviews:

 

FARM 2014: Saturday Night Showcase

Ann Armstrong and Steve HughesOur third and final night of live broadcasts from our Private Showcase room at the 2014 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference was full of encore presentations, encore performances, and a few surprises!  Our thanks to Graydon James and Laura Spink, who graced our stage with a beautiful “bonus” song, Kerry Patrick Clark who fought through the fatigue to bring us another stellar performance, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes for some stellar blues, Victor James Dougherty with a refreshing “surprise” by bringing along his friends Guy Pernetti and Poor Lazarus to his performance, and to father and son and St. Louis natives Elliott and Bryan Ranney for wrapping up the evening’s show.

Listen to the performances here:

Pictures from our Saturday night showcase: