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FAR-West 2015: Conversations at FAR-West

Folk Alliance Region WestThe saying “birds of a feather flock together” was proven true for us at KC Cafe Radio during the recent Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) Music Conference in Oakland, California.  The miles between Kansas City and Oakland seemed to dissolve away, as we were made to feel right at home among old friends and new at this outstanding event.

As we wrap up our archived coverage of the conference, we extend a heartfelt thank-you to those who were influential in making our broadcast coverage possible: Thank you Far-West President Mark Kaufman and the Board of Directors who allowed us to visit Oakland and broadcast from the conference.  Thank you conference organizers Jeanette Lundgren (who extended the invitation for us to come out to Oakland) and John Roy Zat (who also loaned us his audio equipment to assist in getting a reliable signal back to our broadcast system in Kansas City).  Thank you Official Showcase organizers Peggy Glenn and Jime Van Booven, who graciously worked our broadcast coverage of the shows into their master plan.  To house sound engineer “smilin'” James Heyser and his technical crew who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a good clean signal back to Kansas City.  And to all those who went out of their way to welcome us into the far-West family, thank you for your kindness, hospitality and the generosity of your time.  For us, it was an experience we won’t soon forget.

We conclude our archived broadcast coverage with the conversations we aired over KC Cafe Radio during the conference.

Alice Wallace

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Calman Hart and Jeff Berkley

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Cary Morin

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Dan Weber

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David Luning

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Doug Adamz

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Erica Sunshine Lee

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Freebo

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James Lee Stanley

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Jeanette Lundgren 1

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Jeanette Lundgren 2

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John Zipperer

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Joshua Johnson and Reese Douglas

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Karrie Pavish Anderson

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Judy Nazemetz

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Melissa Greener

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Pam Loe and Chad Watson

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Rick Ruskin

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Peter Spencer

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Michael Henchman

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Kiki Wow

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Russ and Julie Paris

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Sarah Frank and Luke Frazer

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Susie Glaze

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Tapia Corel

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Velvy Appelton and Anita Sandwina

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Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso

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FAR-West 2015: Saturday Night Showcase

Folk Alliance Region WestKC Cafe Radio’s live coverage from the 2015 FAR-West Music Conference concluded Saturday night, October 17, with a stellar, award-winning lineup of showcase musicians.  The evening’s performance began with Best of the West award winner Cris Williamson, and continued with the talents of Spark and Whisper, Rick Ruskin, Jalan Crossland, Freddy and Francine, Dan Weber, and Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band.  Here are the performances:

Cris Williamson

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Spark and Whisper

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Rick Ruskin

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Jalan Crossland

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Freddy and Francine

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Dan Weber

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Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: September 29, 2015

Tret Fure - Rembrandt Afternoons Tret Fure – Rembrandt Afternoons

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Tomislav Goluban and Nebojsa Buhin - For A Friend and Brother Tomislav Goluban and Nebojsa Buhin – For A Friend and Brother

  • Blues/Rock

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John Batdorf - Beep Beep John Batdorf – Beep Beep

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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band - Not That Kind Of Girl Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band – Not That Kind Of Girl

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James Woolwine - Solo Piano Destruction James Woolwine – Solo Piano Destruction ~New Artist~

  • Classical/Contemporary

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James Woolwine James Woolwine – Singles: Wait For Me and If You’ll Be Mine ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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Leah Watts - All Of Me and I Won't Give Up Leah Watts – All Of Me and I Won’t Give Up

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RJ Comer - Hell Hole Swamp RJ Comer – Hell Hole Swamp ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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The Surreal McCoys - Whole Lotta Folsom The Surreal McCoys – Whole Lotta Folsom (single) ~New Artist~

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The Blue Dolphone - Come On! The Blue Dolphins – Come On! ~New Artist~

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Susie Glaze: A Unique Musician With A Unique Sound

Susie Glaze

Photo by Patricia Van Over

Singer/Songwriter Susie Glaze  did not grow up in a “musical” family.  Her father and mother met and married just prior to World War II in St. Louis, and following the war, the family moved to the mid-south, and Susie’s interests gravitated toward the theater.  All the while, however, her world was serenaded by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Flatt & Scruggs, and other country and bluegrass  musicians that later would play a critical role in her creative life.

Glaze studied drama at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and obtained her union card while still a student.  It wasn’t long that she was appearing on Broadway, performing mostly musical roles.  Her most notable performance was in Roger Miller’s Big River, playing the part of Mary Jane Wilkes.  It was during this time she began immersing herself in the music she had heard growing up.  It didn’t take long for her to figure out that her creative path did not lie in acting.

Glaze moved to Los Angeles, and found a musical home playing along with The Eight Hand String Band, as well as solo performances and recordings, and eventually formed The Hilonesome Band in 2003.  She describes the group as “A Newgrass Americana Folk Fusion Quintet” that embodies the traditional sounds of the Appalachian, bluegrass, folk and country influences she grew up with, while at the same time introducing a contemporary take on the traditional sound.  The band’s most recent album, White Swan is a work that must be heard in its entirety in order to be appreciated.

KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste recently spoke with Glaze via Skype, from her southern California home.  They talked in detail about the band’s unique sound, defining the term “Newgrass” in the scope of the music.  She shares her journey from growing up as a “mid-westerner,” through her years on broadway, and her transition into music.  She also talked about the people who have, and continue to influence her musical creativity today.

Listen To The Interview Here:

Music By Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band On KC Cafe Radio:

Video: “Harlan County Boys”

New Music On KC Cafe Radio: May 14, 2013

 The Keller Sisters - Shine  The Keller Sisters – Shine ~New artist~

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 Jerry Sword - Dead Man's Hands  Jerry Sword – Dead Man’s Hands ~New artist~

  • Rock/Pop

 Carey Appel - House Of Cards  Carey Appel – House Of Cards ~New artist~

  • Country/Pop

 Ron Hibdon - Cabalang  Ron Hibdon – Cabalang ~New artist~

  • Jazz/Pop

 Paul Dubrovsky - Soulfly  Paul Dubrovsky – Soulfly

  • Jazz/Pop

 Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band - White Swan  Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band – White Swan ~New artist~

  • Americana

 Bill and Eli Perras - We Are the People  Bill and Eli Perras – We Are the People ~New artist~

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 Bill and Eli Perras - Runnin' Outta' Georgia  Bill and Eli Perras -Runnin’ Outta’ Georgia ~New artist~

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 Folding Mr. Lincoln - Two Rivers  Folding Mr. Lincoln – Two Rivers

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 Deborah Crooks - Little Bird  Deborah Crooks – Little Bird

  • Pop

 John Byrne Band - Celtic/Folk  John Byrne Band – Celtic/Folk

  • Folk/Traditional