KC Cafe Radio returned to Gusto Coffee Saturday, December 16 for our annual Christmas show, broadcast live on KC Cafe Radio. This year’s show opened with a Kansas City-area musical favorite, Steve Sterner and Sundown, and featured a new voice for the KC Cafe Radio microphones, Joy Zimmerman.
For several years, Gusto Coffee has been the social hub of the Longview area of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Events from community meetings to live local music performances are regular occurrences. Gusto Coffee has also been a corporate underwriter and supporter of KC Cafe Radio, and our mission to present unique, original music. We are pleased to have returned to bring you this unique holiday music event.
Steve Sterner and Sundown
With smooth vocals, Steve Sterner & Sundown (Mark Nelson & Ron Brammer) deliver a relaxed mix of original folk songs, and popular and lesser known covers. Steve tells stories about life and love in his original compositions, interspersed with songs by favorite folk artists like John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jim Croce.
Joy Zimmerman is known for compelling vocals, inventive songwriting, and engaging performances. Her music is shaped by diverse musical taste, violin lessons starting before kindergarten, and plenty of soulful moments. Joy’s lyrics reflect a deep understanding of human experience. Having met few genres she didn’t embrace, Joy’s music is eclectic and chock-full of vocal and instrumental versatility.
Joy has five albums of original music — two recorded and co-produced with Jimmy Dykes in Kansas City at Weights and Measures Soundlab, and three recorded in Nashville at Azalea Studios. Joy’s songwriting awards include American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and five Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase wins.
Folk Alliance Region Midwest’s “FARMette 2017” conference was held June 24, 2017 at The Buffalo Room in Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district. The day-long event culminated in a juried Showcase Performance, featuring seven Midwest musicians.
KC Cafe Radio broadcast the show live that evening. Here we offer the archived recordings of each performance from that broadcast.
John Keck (Kansas City, Missouri)
John Keck is a Kansas City songwriter who creates lyrics with the intent of capturing emotion, depicting a moment in time. Much like a photograph define can define the light. With one foot in the south and one in the Midwest, John’s music is a modern blend of traditional American and a willingness to be undefined.
“I write songs for people who love Van Gogh’s paintings. I want to have a conversation about the emotions behind the songs with our eyes. I want to provoke thought and connect with people. I’d like to see if I can get you to dance, laugh and cry a little.” – John L Keck
John is currently rehearsing songs in the studio in preparation to record a new album this year. This will be a follow album to his “Jack Moon Sessions.” He is performing nearly every weekend this summer, somewhere in the Midwest.
Caleb Ryan Martin has, according to one reviewer, “a lonesome voice and rhythm that can at times invoke a lonesome ramblin’ man sound, a voice that will haunt you with some type of mysterious mountain holler sound, like a banshee singing in the nether woods.”
Caleb Ryan Martin hails from the hills of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Caleb has traveled and played music all across the Midwest and Gulf Coast region, singing with expressive vocals, playing guitar, and picking the banjo providing people with melodic medicine. Caleb currently averages between 150 – 200 shows a year.
Often likened to Sam Baker, Tom Waits, and Kris Kristofferson, New York singer-songwriter, Bill Scorzari is “a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly” (No Depression).
Through These Waves (released 3/10/17), was produced by Jonah Tolchin and recorded at the Bomb Shelter (Nashville, Tennessee with musicians Joachim Cooder, Will Kimbrough, Chris Scruggs, Kim Richey, Laur Joamets and more. “Bill Scorzari has a lived-in voice that says, ‘Listen to these songs.’ They spring from the earth and the ocean with an open heart and the wisdom of experience.” (John Platt, WFUV).
Inspired by the raw, visceral power in traditional Delta blues and Appalachian folk music, Ryan Herrick allows his music to merge from within. His soulful songs express his passionate belief in human unity and the interconnectedness of all things with a percussive blend of rock, folk-blues, Celtic, and Indian raga.
Rooted in the tradition of classic Americana and folk storytelling with a tip of the hat to blues and southern soul, Jeff Krause pairs lyric-forward songs with a guitar style that moves from acoustic coffee house strums to dusty bar blues.
Jeff Krause got his start in the Midwest as a lead guitar player in the vast and ever growing songwriting culture of the Twin Cities. He says “I’m constantly inspired by the seemingly endless talent harbored in Minneapolis and working to create something worthy of that influence.” Jeff Krause writes original songs that are all too relatable about the lost and found of love with a common thread of the persevering spirit born from the highs and lows of life. Inspired by the lyric writing of greats such as Jason Isbell and John Prine and the acoustic grooves of Amos Lee and Ray LaMontagne, Krause crafts songs that are suited for an intimate acoustic show or a full stage.
A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honkytonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album, “Whiskey Halo,” an “impressive solo debut.” Her song, “In The End,” took first place in the 16th annual Great American Songwriting Contest. Additionally, the 14th annual Independent Music Awards chose “Whiskey Halo” as country album of the year, and the single, “From A Bottle,” took top honors for a country song. Lewis plans to release a second album, “Buzzards Bluff,” in 2017.
Their music is familiar…and totally different; a fiddle and banjo duo with a sense of adventure. Old time music and song celebrated alongside inventive new compositions: a passion for the depth of tradition and a look to new creative paths. “Betse and Clarke go together like peanut butter and jelly.” — Chuck Haddix, host of The Fish Fry, KCUR-FM. “Authentic…from the heart with plenty of soul. Betse and Clarke are as good as it gets.” — Daren Dortin, Ozark Highlands Radio Executive Producer/Music Director, Ozark Folk Center.
KC Cafe Radio presents another in our series of live concert events from Gusto Coffee Shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, this Saturday evening, June 11. Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Guitar Muse” Dan Hamilton (with special guest Rick Lally), Steve Sterner and Sundown, and The Bob and Al Show.
Weather permitting, the show will be held (and broadcast on KC Cafe Radio) from the patio outside Gusto’s beginning at 5PM, Central Time. Join us for what is promising to be a great evening of live Kansas City-area music, while enjoying the setting sun over Longview Lake. In the event of rain, the entertainment moves inside Gusto Coffee Shop.
If you are unable to join us in-person, then bring the live music with you by tuning in the live broadcast on KC Cafe Radio. More information on listening to KC Cafe Radio, including access to our mobile apps is available here.
Notes:“The Guitar Muse” Dan Hamilton performs along with special guest Rick Lally, as part of KC Cafe Radio’s live broadcast series “Live at Gustos” Join us in-person for the live show, or tune in and listen on KC Cafe Radio!
KC Cafe Radio’s Second Annual Christmas Show was celebrated on Friday, December 11, at Gusto Coffee Shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our thanks to our fine and talented lineup of local musicians who provided the musical holiday merriment for all in attendance and listening live online. Here, are the archived recordings from the live broadcast:
The 2015 FAR-West Music Conference continued Friday night, October 16 with an outstanding lineup of regional musicians. Performances featured music by Nels Andrews, Berkley Hart, Rebecca Folsom, Asleigh Flynn, Ragged Union, Alice Wallace and The bombadils. Here are the performances: