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Joellen Lapidus: Pioneer of Contemporary Dulcimer

joellen_lapidusJoellen Lapidus is one of the pioneers of contemporary mountain dulcimer playing, songwriting, and instrument construction and is the author of the dulcimer instruction book “Lapidus on Dulcimer”. Joellen blends the Appalachian, Indian, Arabic, jazz, classical, and pop musical styles to give the dulcimer a new range of rhythmic, melodic, and tuning possibilities.

As a dulcimer maker, her work influenced many of the dulcimer builders of the 70’s and 80’s. Her instruments were known for their innovative shapes and exquisite soundhole and peghead inlay work. She introduced the dulcimer to Joni Mitchell and made three instruments for her between 1968 and 1976. She has also made instruments for David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Wendy Waldman and Garth Hudson. The March 2004 concert, recorded on her album, Joellen Lapidus In Concert, marked her first performance in over 10 years.

Joellen teaches dulcimer in West Los Angeles. She has also returned to her original musical loves – the clarinet and the accordion. She performs with the band “Extreme Klezmer Makeover” and with violinist Yvette Devereaux.  Joellen’s newest album is called Dulcimer Music for the Pelican Ballet.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Joellen, about her unique dulcimer influences, her musical upbringing living in New York, and how her musical horizons broadened as she traveled across the United States.  They also talk at length about her unique dulcimer instrument creations, and the inspiration behind Pelican Ballet.

Listen To the Interview Here:

Downlad the interview here: Interview: Joellen Lapidus, 5/10/2016.

Music from Joellen Lapidus on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: April 26, 2016

Victor and Penny - Electricity Victor & Penny – Electricity

  • Pop/Jazz

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Brian Ashley Jones - Out of the City Brian Ashley Jones – Out of the City ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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The Deep Hollow - The Deep Hollow The Deep Hollow – The Deep Hollow ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Bruce Michael Miller - Faith in Water Bruce Michael Miller – Faith in Water ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Meg Braun - Restless Moon Meg Braun – Restless Moon ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Heather Platts - Lighted Windows Heather Platts – Lighted Windows ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Pop Rock

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Freebo - If Not Now When Freebo – If Not Now When ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Americana

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Helen Lapakko - Got to Keep on Going Helen Lapakko – Got to Keep on Going ~New Artist~

  • Country/Blues

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 Robinlee Garber - Resilience  Robinlee Garber – Resilience ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Jazz

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 3 Bricks Shy - Still 3 Bricks Shy  3 Bricks Shy – Still 3 Bricks Shy

  • Folk/Rock

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Josh Harty - Holding On Josh Harty – Holding On

  • Americana

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Wes Weddell - Songs to Get You from Here to There Wes Weddell – Songs to Get You from Here to There

  • Pop/Folk Pop

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Wes Weddell - My Northwest Home Wes Weddell – My Northwest Home

  • Pop/Folk Pop

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Andrew Foshee - Corvair Andrew Foshee – Corvair

  • Pop Alternative

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Johnathan Cavier - January (single) Johnathan Cavier – January (single) ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Pop

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Kylie Hughes - Never Ever (single) Kylie Hughes – Never Ever (single)

  • Pop

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Landon Williams - Tonight (single) Landon Williams – Tonight (single) ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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RJ Comer - Nightly Suicide RJ Comer – Nightly Suicide

  • Rock

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Tanner Qualls - Clarity Tanner Qualls – Clarity ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Acoustic

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Wyatt Brewer - The Drawing Board Wyatt Brewer – The Drawing Board ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Acoustic

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The Teraways - Girls Who Love Cars The Tearaways – Girls Who Love Cars (single)

  • Rock

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The Teraways - Name That Tune (single) The Tearaways – Name That Tune (single)

  • Rock

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The Teraways - Stuck on Stupid (single) The Tearaways – Stuck on Stupid (single)

  • Rock

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: March 15, 2016

The Tearaways The Tearaways (singles)

  • Rock

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Kylie Hughes - Calipopicana Kylie Hughes – Calipopicana

  • Pop

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KC Cafe Radio Rich O’Brien (singles)

  • Americana

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Billy Jack Purnell - Simple Life Billy Jack Purnell – Simple Life

  • Americana

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Jaspar Lepak -Forgiving Wind Jaspar Lepak -Forgiving Wind

  • Country/Folk

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Jaspar Lepak - Send Me Home Jaspar Lepak – Send Me Home

  • Country/Folk

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Lee Sims - Deep in the Heart of Me Lee Sims – Deep in the Heart of Me

  • Country

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The Matchsellers - Songs We Made Up The Matchsellers – Songs We Made Up

  • Folk/Bluegrass

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Wes Weddell - By the Side of the Lake Wes Weddell – By the Side of the Lake

  • Americana

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Robot Raven - Greatest Hits Part One Robot Raven – Greatest Hits Part One

  • Pop/Rock

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Robot Raven - Greatest Hits Part Two Robot Raven – Greatest Hits Part Two

  • Pop/Rock

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The Railsplitters - The Faster it Goes The Railsplitters – The Faster it Goes

  • Folk

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Karrie Pavish Anderson - Twice As Nice Karrie Pavish Anderson – Twice As Nice

  • Folk/Pop

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David Hakan - Stone and Steel David Hakan – Stone and Steel

  • Folk

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Denise Glover - Pathways Denise Glover – Pathways

  • Folk

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Rick Malsick with Evan Smalley- Philodendron Rick Malsick with Evan Smalley- Philodendron

  • Modern Folk

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Barak Hill - All the Empty Space Barak Hill – All the Empty Space

  • Modern Folk

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: January 26, 2016

Carlo Acousticman - Blacktop Highway Carlo Acousticman – Blacktop Highway

  • Country/Country Folk

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John Byrne Band - The Immigrant and the Orphan John Byrne Band – The Immigrant and the Orphan

  • Folk/Folk Rock

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Wes Weddell Band - Nobody's Flag Wes Weddell Band – Nobody’s Flag ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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 Andrew Corbett - Moment of Grace  Andrew Corbett – Moment of Grace ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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 Sarah Pierce - Barbed Wire  Sarah Pierce – Barbed Wire

  • Country

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 Harris/Hernandez - Just A Memory  Harris/Hernandez – Just A Memory ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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 Ynana Rose - Ynana Rose  Ynana Rose – Ynana Rose ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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 Allan Frank - The Road So Far  Allan Frank – The Road So Far ~New Artist~

  • Country/Americana

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 Casey Garland and Riverpeople - The River Keeps on Flowing  Casey Garland and Riverpeople – The River Keeps on Flowing ~New Artist~

  • Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary

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 Karen Tobin - That's What You Get  Karen Tobin – That’s What You Get ~New Artist~

  • Country/Contemporary Country

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Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts - Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts – Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts ~New Artist~

  • Country/Alternative Country

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Mike & Carleen McCornack - Stories We Could Tell Mike and Carleen McCornack – Stories We Could Tell ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Singer Songwriter

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Mike and Carleen McCornack - A Road to Call Your Own Mike and Carleen McCornack – A Road to Call Your Own ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Jenner Fox - Jenner Fox Jenner Fox – Jenner Fox ~New Artist~

  • Alternative Folk

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Light to See Dark Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Light to See Dark ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Americana

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Stranded Songs Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Stranded Songs ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Cascads de Flores - Radio Flor Cascads de Flores – Radio Flor ~New Artist~

  • Latin/Folk

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Smithfield Bargain - Buttonwillow Smithfield Bargain – Buttonwillow ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Jaspar Lepak - Wide World Jaspar Lepak – Wide World ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band - Resless Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band – Resless ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Americana

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Richard and Mary - Keeping the Dream Alive Richard and Mary – Keeping the Dream Alive ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Richard Byford - Spoken From the Heart Richard Byford – Spoken From the Heart ~New Artist~

  • Spoken Word

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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.