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David Hakan Sings to the Heart in Stone and Steel

David HakanSometimes the winds of change blow hard on a C harp, wail at the corporate towers and shake the roots of rock ’n’ roll.

Singer/songwriter David Hakan has lived through a lot of that change, and continues to sing about it to this day.  Along the way, he has skilfully crafted his refinement of the song and songwriting into something he now shares with others… Not just fans of his music, but other musicians as well.

A native of Kansas City, David grew up with music as an integral part of life.  His mother played piano, and exposed the family to all sorts of music. “You never knew if you were going to get opera or ‘Lovin’ Spoonful’.”  His older brothers were also quite musical, playing guitar and singing covers of Peter, Paul and Mary songs.  David fit right in, singing along with his brothers, and eventually on his own.

After years of performing his original songs in coffee houses, at folk festivals and other venues, David would go on to share his passion and experience with other musicians.  He formed the Kansas City Songwriters Circle in 1992, and has mentored many successful singer/songwriters in the Kansas City area.

David recently retired from teaching, allowing him to focus all of his time on his music.  The latest product of this change in his life is reflected in his new album, Stone and Steel.  David is also taking to touring, and plans on forming a band in the near future.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with David via Skype.  David talks about growing up in a musical family, performing on the “coffee shop circuit,” and the importance of music in our world and the impact it has on society.

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Download the interview here: Interview: David Hakan 7/11/2016

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Hali Hammer: Ringmaster of her own Eclectic Circus

Hali Hahali_hammermmer has lived a life that is as eclectic as her music. She grew up in New York surrounded by music.  “My mother and father were always singing,” she recollected. “My mother always had the record player on, and she would sing me to sleep at night.”  In college, Hali was wowed by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Peter Paul and Mary.  This was during the Vietnam war, and the words and songs she heard during that time would go on to play a significant role, not only in her music, but in her “public voice” as well.

Hali joined her first band in 1968 while she attended Queens College, and went on to play both with other musicians and as a solo act. She was a member of Citizens to Save Minnewaska in upstate New York, and had the inspiration for and helped produce the compilation album Save the Mountain in 1981 which aided in funding the legal fight. The property is now Minnewaska Lake State Park.

Hali later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and joined Freedom Song Network in 1985. She was a member of the chorus that sang onstage behind Nelson Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum. Her song Bottom of the Ninth was aired on KNBR-San Francisco preceding the first game of the 1989 Bay Bridge World Series. She became active in the San Francisco Folk Music Club (she is currently the Vice President) and was the coordinator of the 2003 Berkeley Free Folk Festival. Hali created and produced Sing Out for Earth Day, a video montage of 33 groups across the nation singing This Land Is Your Land on April 22, 2012, in the same key (D) and at the same time (noon Pacific, 1 pm Mountain, 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern). It debuted at a screening in San Francisco that July 14th, the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birthday. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women.

Hali’s latest album, Eclectic Circus is preceded by three other albums, I Refuse To Believe, Gypsy-O, and The Best of Hali Hammer. Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste visited with Hali via Skype. They talk about her various political and musical causes, her upbringing, and the significance of the “voice” behind the music.

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Mick Byrd takes to the road with his Roots and Ozark Blues

mick_byrd_at_2015_fringe_festFresh from the release of his latest album, Roots and Ozark Blues, singer/songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Mick Byrd is about to embark on musical tour of the United States like no other.  From his modest home base in Vienna, Missouri, Mick will feature his unique sound with stops in Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington (state), and Tennessee (see details on Mick’s tour here).

Last year, Mick was one of the music headliners for the Kansas City Fringe Festival.  On Saturday, February 13 he will return to the venue that was his festival home, the Uptown Arts Bar, for a performance that includes a free CD with the purchase of each $10 ticket to the show.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Mick about the success of Roots and Ozark Blues, and his upcoming tour.  Mick also shares more about his interesting musical upbringing, and his thoughts on touring and his favorite venues.

Listen to the interview here:

Download the interview here: Interview: Mick Byrd 1/13/2016

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: January 26, 2016

Carlo Acousticman - Blacktop Highway Carlo Acousticman – Blacktop Highway

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

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

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

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 Sarah Pierce - Barbed Wire  Sarah Pierce – Barbed Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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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~

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

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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~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: December 15, 2015

Marci Geller - Square Peg Marci Geller – Square Peg ~New Artist~

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Jefferson Fox - Drawing Board Jefferson Fox – Drawing Board

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AJ Young - Into The Wild AJ Young – Into The Wild ~New Artist~

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Jeff Kossack - Less is the New Black Jeff Kossack – Less is the New Black ~New Artist~

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Darryl Johnson - Nightmare Darryl Johnson – Nightmare ~New Artist~

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JJ Ford - Perfect Saturday Night JJ Ford – Perfect Saturday Night ~New Artist~

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Abstrakto - Mucho Ruido (single) Abstrakto – Mucho Ruido (single) ~New Artist~

  • Latin

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Leslie Evers - I Can't Remember My Dreams Leslie Evers – I Can’t Remember My Dreams ~New Artist~

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Michael Henchman - Near and Far Michael Henchman – Near and Far

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Deborah Crooks - Something Special Deborah Crooks – Something Special

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Avery Hill - Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album Avery Hill – Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album

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Nelson Wright - Still Burning Nelson Wright – Still Burning ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Nelson Wright - Orphans & Relics Nelson Wright – Orphans & Relics ~New Artist~

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Tall Men Group - 2 Tall Tall Men Group – 2 Tall ~New Artist~

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Tall Men Group - 12 by 6 Tall Men Group – 12 by 6 ~New Artist~

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 Spark & Whisper - Ghost Towns  Spark & Whisper – Ghost Towns ~New Artist~

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Spark & Whisper - Spark & Whisper Spark & Whisper – Spark & Whisper ~New Artist~

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Amber Ikeman - Free Amber Ikeman – Free ~New Artist~

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Steve and Kristi Nebel - Tandem Steve and Kristi Nebel – Tandem ~New Artist~

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Walt Dunlop - You Are Here - Ventura, California Walt Dunlop – You Are Here – Ventura, California ~New Artist~

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