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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: March 24, 2015

Our second installment of new music for March features 15 new albums and 6 new Performing Artists.  Follow the link and check out music from: Mick Byrd and The Backroad Band, Bill Liscomb, Ned Gray, Carlo Acousticman, The Young Novelists, Vernon McIntyre, John M, The Matchsellers, The Stray Birds, Mikal Shapiro, Charlie Mosbrook, Leslie Beauvais, Sky Smeed, and Dan Weber.

Mick Byrd and The Backroad Band - Roots & Ozark Blues Mick Byrd and The Backroad Band – Roots & Ozark Blues

  • Americana/Blues

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Bill Liscomb - Reckless Destiny Bill Liscomb – Reckless Destiny ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Ned Gray - Texas Chrome Ned Gray – Texas Chrome

  • Adult Contemporary

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Ned Gray - Looking For The Groundswell Ned Gray – Looking For The Groundswell

  • Blues/Country/Folk

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Carlo Acousticman - VIII Carlo Acousticman – VIII

  • Americana

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The Young Novelists - Made Us Strangers The Young Novelists – Made Us Strangers

  • Folk Rock

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Vernon McIntyre - Lonely Heart's Cafe Vernon McIntyre – Lonely Heart’s Cafe ~New Artist~

  • Bluegrass/Folk

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John M - M-VI John M – M-VI ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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The Matchsellers - Kosciusko County The Matchsellers – Kosciusko County ~New Artist~

  • Traditional Folk/Americana

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The Stray Birds - Best Medicine The Stray Birds – Best Medicine

  • Americana

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Mikal Shapiro - The Musical Mikal Shapiro – The Musical ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Rock

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Charlie Mosbrook - Something To Believe Charlie Mosbrook – Something To Believe

  • Americana

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Leslie Beauvais - Chemistry Leslie Beauvais – Chemistry ~New Artist~

  • Pop

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Sky Smeed - Drive All Night Sky Smeed – Drive All Night

  • Country/Americana

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Dan Weber - What I'm Looking For Dan Weber – What I’m Looking For

  • Americana

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Oliver Craven A Top 2013 Telluride Troubadour

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Congratulations to KC Cafe Performing Artist Oliver Craven of The Stray Birds for being a Top 10 finalist out of 500 entries in the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest. The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

KC Cafe Radio had the pleasure of experiencing The Stray Birds live last August when they performed as part of our 2012 House Concert Series. You can listen to their live performance on our website. You can also catch them in concert as they are currently on tour. Upcoming dates and information are located on their website www.thestraybirds.com

New Music On KC Cafe Radio: September 11, 2012

 

Beth Wood – Beachcomber’s Daughter

  • Modern Folk

Chico Schwall – Then What It’s For ~New artist~

  • Americana

Chico Schwall – Driving By Moonlight ~New artist~

  • Americana/Folk

Tapia Corel – Continuum ~New artist~

  • Folk

Steff Mahan – Never A Long Way Home ~New artist~

  • Alt. Country

Steff Mahan – 42.50 ~New artist~

  • Alt. Country

Mill’s End – Monkey

  • Country/Rock

The Stray Birds – The Stray Birds

  • Bluegrass/Americana

Michael Gaither – Starlite Drive-in Saturday Night

  • Americana

Mark Gillick – Old Highway New Sky ~New artist~

  • Americana

Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists – Mulligan’s Stew ~New artist~

  • Blues/Rock

John Byrne Band – After The Wake ~New artist~

  • Celtic Folk

John Byrne Band – To Patsy (single) ~New artist~

  • Folk

You Plus Me – The Basement ~New artist~

  • Folk/Pop

House Concert: The Stray Birds

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – Attendees of KC Cafe Radio’s most recent House Concert was presented to an acoustic music treat Saturday night, as the talented trio The Stray Birds performed.  Group members Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench combined their rich and soothing three-part harmony with a variety of instruments and styles to make for a dynamically entertaining evening.

Featuring music from their latest self-titled album, The Stray Birds performed such original tunes as “Dream In Blue,” “Railroad Man,” “25 to Life,” and “No Part of Nothin’,” along with a few folk favorites such as “St. Anne’s Reel.”

Listen To The Entire Performance Here:

Here is a video of The Stray Birds performing “St. Anne’s Reel:”

Music By The Stray Birds On KC Cafe Radio: