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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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FAI 2015: Conversations At Folk Alliance

AJ Genero, Kathy Forste and Hilary Scott posing for the camera following their Showcase performanceFor all of us at KC Cafe Radio, the 27th Annual Folk Alliance International conference proved to be our most rewarding experience yet.  It was an honor to host such an outstanding group of fine musicians from across the United States and around the world on our Showcase stage and on our air.

We wish to thank all of those musicians who shared their musical talent, making our nearly 20 hours of live coverage possible and entertaining.  Thanks also to others who were not scheduled to perform on our stage yet dropped by just to say “hello” and lend their support.

Thanks to Sally Smith, proprietor of Whistlestop Antiques in Belton, Missouri, and a KC Cafe Radio board member, who assisted behind the scenes with our production efforts.

The view outside from the KC Cafe Radio showcase room: Union Station and downtown Kansas CityThanks to Folk Alliance International, who placed us inside such a beautiful performance venue at the Westin Crown Center Hotel. It was a treat to look out our windows and gaze over Union Station, the downtown Kansas City skyline, and the Crossroads Arts District, while we enjoyed the live music.

And most importantly, thank you, dear listener, for supporting this excellent demonstration of Bringing You The World’s Finest Original Music with your listenership of our live coverage.  If you missed any of it, you will find the archived recordings elsewhere on this site, just search for “FAI2015.”

Here are the interviews we recorded between performances at our Showcase stage: