KC Cafe Radio’s first day of broadcast coverage from the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City Missouri was truly an International experience, with talent from around the globe. Our thanks to Freebo, John Byrne, Wyatt Brewer, Lauren Adams, Megan Slankard, Brian Ashley Jones, and Elaine Mahon for sharing their time and talent before our microphones. Here are their interviews:
For Kansas City native Wyatt Brewer, writing music that he loves has practically been a life-long experience. Between his dad that lived in Kansas City’s mid-town community of Westport, and his mom who lived in the “Northland” suburbs, Wyatt enjoyed the “best of both worlds” – experiencing live music at practically every corner of the city.
It would be Wyatt’s father that had the greatest influence on him musically, however. A musician himself, his father owned a 4-track reel-to-reel recorder, and spent hours laying tracks on various music projects. Wyatt grew up listening to his father assemble musical works, piece-by-piece, and gained an appreciation for the intricacies of music at an early age.
Wyatt was also highly influenced by his father’s musical influences, namely The Beatles. His father kept a notebook of songs he played, and as early as age 10, Wyatt found himself going through that notebook picking out songs he could play on guitar.
Wyatt’s journey into original songwriting was perhaps accidental, but not surprising considering his exposure to music so far. One night, at age 14, he was walking home from an open mic event, and began humming a tune he thought was familiar. After realizing this was something he had never heard before, he went straight home, turned on his computer, and put words to his newfound tune. Wyatt would go on to write other original tunes, both on his own and collaboratively with musician Sarah Lynn.
While a few of his songs have been recorded to date, he has not yet released an album. That changes this December, when he releases Factory Made, whose title cut is influenced by the 1973 Michael Crichton Science Fiction movie Westworld.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Wyatt via Skype. They discussed his musical upbringing, his own musical influences (besides The Beatles), the accidental meeting that led to his collaboration with Sarah Lynn, and the musical goals for his life with the forthcoming release of his new album.