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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.

Lucy Billings Releases Third Album

Lucy BillingsSinger/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Lucy Billings delivers authentic songs with a crystal-clear voice. Reviewers have praised the “warmth and honesty in Billings’ songs that make her music seem closer to the listener” and her “knack for writing songs that make you feel like you’re part of the story.”

Lucy released her third album, Carry the Water in April, 2014. Carry the Water is a compelling journey through the twists and turns that we all experience. Without pretense Lucy examines life’s questions and struggles as a keen observer with a soft heart. A voice that is powerful yet reassuring combined with lyrics that reflect our truths, Lucy’s songs will draw the listener in.

Carry the Water was produced, recorded and mixed by John Jennings at Red Hill. Basic tracks were recorded by Brett Lind at Quad Studios. Featured musicians are Lucy Billings (lead and backing vocals and acoustic guitar), John Jennings (piano and keyboards, stringed instruments, backing vocals and additional drums and percussion), Harry Stinson (drums), James T. Brown (acoustic and electric base) and Vince Santoro (percussion).

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Lucy about her newest album, the trials and tribulations of songwriting, her horses, her recent move to Nashville, and a sneek peek into her fourth album, due out next year.

Listen to the interview:

Music by Lucy Billings on KC Cafe Radio (click here)

New Music On KC Cafe Radio: May 20, 2014

Bernie Pearl – Take Your time ~New Artist~

  • Blues

Jody Soland - Spirit Speak To Me Jody Soland – Spirit Speak To Me ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Gospel

Lucy Billings - Carry The Water Lucy Billings – Carry The Water

  • Folk/Americana

James Hurley - Voice And Guitar James Hurley – Voice And Guitar

  • Acoustic Jazz

Truckstop Honeymoon - The Madness Of Happiness Truckstop Honeymoon – The Madness Of Happiness

  • Americana

6 East - Rising 6 East – Rising

  • Americana

Tattletale Saints - How Red Is The Blood Tattletale Saints – How Red Is The Blood ~New Artist~

  • Americana/Folk

Jerry D. Hobbs - Just Being Me Jerry D. Hobbs – Just Being Me ~New Artist~

  • Country

Buck69 - No medicine Like The Blues Buck69 – No medicine Like The Blues

  • Rock

Anna Gutmanis - Lately It's Cold (single) Anna Gutmanis – Lately It’s Cold (single) ~New Artist~

  • Pop

Anna Gutmanis - Diamonds & Stiletto Shoes (single) Anna Gutmanis – Diamonds & Stiletto Shoes (single) ~New Artist~

  • Pop

Anna Gutmanis - Glimmer In The Dark Anna Gutmanis – Glimmer In The Dark ~New Artist~

  • Pop

Jackslacks - Other Side Jackslacks – Other Side

  • Pop/Rock

Laura Berman - Everything In Between Laura Berman – Everything In Between ~New Artist~

  • Pop

The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients ~New Artist~

  • Rock

Yolanda Martinez - Lonely Warrior Yolanda Martinez – Lonely Warrior

  • Americana

Yolanda Martinez - Native Heartbeat Yolanda Martinez – Native Heartbeat

  • Americana

Paulina - Get It While You Can Paulina – Get It While You Can ~New Artist~

  • Pop

Paulina  - Bitter Sweet Paulina – Bitter Sweet ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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:

FAI 2014: Saturday Afternoon Showcase

Andrew McNightFebruary 22, 2014 – While the 26th annual Folk Alliance International conference was beginning to wind down, the music at the KC Cafe Radio Showcase certainly was not!  Our thanks to Josh Harty, John Batdorf, Lucy Billings, Andrew McNight, and Spook Handy for keeping the music flowing.

Listen to the performances here:

Pictures from Saturday afternoon’s show: