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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.

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: July 21, 2015

It’s a summertime festival of music this month, as we bring you 12 new albums, and 3 new Performing Artists.  This month, enjoy new music from Monet9, Larry Garrett, Forrest Whitlow and The Crash, Marc Platt, and Roger Street Friedman, and we welcome The EngineersKnobtown Skiffle Band, and Bob Sima to the KC Cafe Radio family.  Follow the link and request their music today!

The Engineers - Keys In Hand The Engineers – Keys In Hand (single) ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Rock

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Monet9 - Swervin On Bridges Monet9 – Swervin On Bridges

  • Pop/Rock

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Knobtown Skiffle Band - Knobtown Rag Knobtown Skiffle Band – Knobtown Rag ~New Artist~

  • Folk/String Band

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KC Cafe Radio Larry Garrett – Folk Songs About Folks

  • Folk

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Marc Platt - Win or Lose Marc Platt – Win or Lose (single)

  • Folk/Rock

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Forrest Whitlow and The Crash - Like A Dead Horse Forrest Whitlow and The Crash – Like A Dead Horse

  • Rock/Americana

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Roger Street Friedman - Gone Gone Gone Roger Street Friedman – Gone Gone Gone EP

  • Americana

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Bob Sima - Pour It On Bob Sima – Pour It On ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Bob Sima - Periphery Bob Sima – Periphery ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Bob Sima - Thin Little Veil Bob Sima – Thin Little Veil ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Bob Sima - putalittleloveintheworld Bob Sima – putalittleloveintheworld ~New Artist~

  • Inspirational

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Bob Sima - Believe The Bird Bob Sima – Believe The Bird ~New Artist~

  • Spiritual/Inspirational

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Roger Street Friedman Debuts With “The Waiting Sky”

Roger Street FriedmanLong Island born and Brooklyn based Roger Street Friedman was born into a creative household. His father was an artist, his mother was a writer, and his two older brothers were budding guitarists. Everyone was passionate about music. At 18 Friedman left home to join the rock band The Walk as their bassist, recruited by veteran producer and engineer Michael Wright (who previously had worked with megastars Foreigner). Friedman’s band mates were considerably older and as a teenager he just didn’t gel with them. “I was an immature kid, I didn’t understand the work and dedication it took to be good at music,” Friedman says. He took off to Colorado and ended up skiing for a few years. He then spent the next twenty-eight years in a fulfilling career but wandering aimlessly in and out of musical pursuits until the loss of his parents, and an unexpected blessing, awoke the music within.

Friedman and his wife had been previously told they wouldn’t be able to conceive. Seven years ago they got pregnant and the bliss and awe of the gift of new life inspired Friedman to write his first complete song in years, “the Miracle Is You.” When his newborn’s babysitter suggested he record his next song, “Fiberglass Buddha,” in her husband’s home studio he had a huge epiphany. “Being in that studio, my world went from black and white to color. I made the decision to move my life in that direction again,” he says.

Friedman’s aesthetic is a diverse blend of folk, blues, R&B, rock n’ roll, and country. He’s been favorably compared to Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, The Dead, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Joan Armatrading. His songwriting is concise and powerfully introspective, intimate, and filled with warmth.

Friedman’s debut album, The Waiting Sky was recorded by Felix McTeigue at a number of studios in Brooklyn, NY including, Saltlands Studio, Strangeweather, 802 Media Group (McTeigue’s facility) and Friedman’s home studio. “The songs emphasize life, loss, and having children, and Felix understood that,” Friedman says. McTeigue also understood the type of subtle and sophisticated band interplay needed to dynamically match each song’s powerful poignancy. In addition to Friedman’s live Rhythm section of Jim Toscano and Lee Marvin and stellar background vocalist Grace McLean, McTeigue augmented the sessions with such A-list players as Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), Byron Isaacs (Levon Helm) ,Tony Leone (Ollabelle), Jason Crosby (Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh) Dawn Landes (Hem), and up and coming folk duo, Ari and Mia (who are in fact Friedman’s nieces). There are also appearances by Roger’s two older brothers. David on harmonica and Lev on background vocals.

Recently Friedman took some time out of his busy recording schedule to talk with KC Cafe radio Music Director Kathy Forste via Skype. They talked about the events in his life that inspired the songs on The Waiting Sky, the contributions that life, family and circumstances make in the creation of music as an art form, and what is instore for him in his new musical future.

Listen to the interview here:

Music by Roger Street Friedman on KC Cafe Radio

Roger Street Friedman - The Waiting Sky Roger Street Friedman – The Waiting SkyRequest this album

 

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: October 7, 2014

KC Cafe Radio Bill Abernathy – Find A Way

  • Pop

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Stephanie Urbina Jones - Firey Angel Stephanie Urbina Jones – Firey Angel ~New Artist~

  • Urban Country

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Stephanie Urbina Jones - The Texicana Sessions Stephanie Urbina Jones – The Texicana Sessions ~New Artist~

  • Urban Country

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Roger Losh - Blues Up On the Jukebox Roger Losh – Blues Up On the Jukebox ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Traditional Country

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Bridget Kelly Band - Forever In Blues Bridget Kelly Band – Forever In Blues ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Rock

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Cathy Gutjahr - Quite of the Road Cathy Gutjahr – Quiet of the Road ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Folk

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Roger Street Friedman - The Waiting Sky Roger Street Friedman – The Waiting Sky ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Americana

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Ann Armstrong - Lucy Charm Ann Armstrong – Lucy Charm ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Folk

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Dana Hubbard - Lightnin's Cadillac Dana Hubbard – Lightnin’s Cadillac ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae - It's A Good Thing Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae – It’s A Good Thing ~New Artist~

  • Country

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The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients - Kill Yourself First The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients – Kill Yourself First

  • Rock

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