Unsigned Only offers opportunity for musicians to win cash and more

This Friday, April 28 is the deadline to enter your original songs into Unsigned Only‘s 2017 music competition.  Song entries are now being taken in 13 different music categories, judged by a community of award-winning songwriters, performers and media industry professionals.  Grand prize is 20-thousand dollars cash plus one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives.

Entering music into the 2017 competition is easy, with multiple ways to submit your music.  Learn more at Unsigned Only‘s website here.  But hurry, the deadline for entry is this Friday, April 28!

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: April 11, 2017

John Stowers - Everything You Do John Stowers – Everything You Do ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Modern Rock

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John Stowers - Lovely Rainy Day and Rocket Out of Here (singles) John Stowers – Lovely Rainy Day and Rocket Out of Here (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Modern Rock

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Toney Rocks - Run to the Night, Don't Look Back, No Road Too Long, and In These Eyes (singles) Toney Rocks – Run to the Night, Don’t Look Back, No Road Too Long, and In These Eyes  (singles) ~New Artist~

  • Pop/Rock

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Joseph Eid - Watch it Fall (single) Joseph Eid – Watch it Fall (single)

  • Americana

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Erin Eades - Erin Eades Erin Eades – Erin Eades

  • Americana/Folk Rock

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Crosseyed Cat - Shelter Me Crosseyed Cat – Shelter Me ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Rock

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Rod Kinny - Forces of Nature Rod Kinny – Forces of Nature

  • Adult Contemporary

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Jane Zell and The Zelltones - Almost Real Jane Zell and The Zelltones – Almost Real ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Rock/Americana

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Scott Cook - One More Time Around Scott Cook – One More Time Around ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Bohemian Highway - The Short List Bohemian Highway – The Short List ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Derek W. Curtis - Derek W. Curtis Derek W. Curtis – Derek W. Curtis ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Julie Bennett Hume - Late Bloomer Julie Bennett Hume – Late Bloomer ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Beth Marlin and Friends - Blackbird Beth Marlin and Friends – Blackbird

  • Folk

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Beth Marlin - Let Me In Beth Marlin – Let Me In

  • Folk/Pop

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Elaine Mahon - Rise Elaine Mahon – Rise

  • Folk

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AO Music - Asha AO Music – Asha

  • World Music

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The Newkirks - Live at The Lofr The Newkirks – Live at The Loft ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Allan Frank: A Songwriter’s Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Allan Frank has been surrounded by music practically all his life. Growing up in the American Midwestern town of Peoria, Illinois, Frank was caught playing on his grandfather’s piano, making up stories as he played along, at the ripe young age of 3. It wasn’t until age 16, however, when Allan picked up his first musical instrument, a guitar his parents had given him.

As he got older, he became involved in musical theater, and eventually graduated from college with a theater degree. He also discovered his guitar playing skills were in high demand in theater, and he began toying with putting lyrics with song. It wasn’t long that Allan found himself writing for events and issues outside of the theater, and a new songwriter was born.

He later traveled to Europe, and eventually relocated to California, where he continued to hone his craft as a songwriter. His skill as a talented songwriter continued to develop, both in Los Angeles and in Nashville. He became involved in collaborative efforts with some of the most influential songwriters around, including Gary Burr and Chris Tompkins.

Allan’s first full-length album is called The Road So Far, and represents his journey as a genuine singer/songwriter. A blend of Americana, Country and Roots tunes, The Road So Far takes you on a heartfelt journey down the by-ways and back-roads of Middle America. Allan’s gentle down home manner is evident in his songs, reminiscent of the classic stylings of Burl Ives, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with Allan. He tells the story of growing into the art of songwriting, and how he has approached the craft over the years. They talk about the benefits of writing alone versus collaborating with other songwriters, and Allan discusses at length about songwriting as a craft, and the importance of connecting with the listener.

Listen to the interview here:

Music by Allan Frank on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: February 28, 2017

Scotch Hollow - Little Tortuga Scotch Hollow – Little Tortuga ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Delta Blues

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Bob Morrison - My Favorite Bone Bob Morrison – My Favorite Bone ~New Artist~

  • Country

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Sky Smeed - Lunker Bass Sky Smeed – Lunker Bass

  • Americana

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Tracy Newman - So Many Letters (single) Tracy Newman – So Many Letters (single)

  • Folk/Folk Blues

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Roger Street Friedman - Shoot the Moon Roger Street Friedman – Shoot the Moon

  • Pop

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Wade D. Brown - The Basement Demos Wade D. Brown – The Basement Demos ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Folk

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Gary Furlow & The Loafers - Live @ Gary Furlow & The Loafers – Live @

  • Folk/Folk Blues

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Elaine Mahon - Reach for the Stars Elaine Mahon – Reach for the Stars ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Singer Songwriter

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Carlo Acoustic Man - V Carlo Acoustic Man – V

  • Folk/Alt Folk

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Donna Lynn Caskey - The Love Still Shows Donna Lynn Caskey – The Love Still Shows ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Singer Songwriter

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Donna Lynn Caskey - Nameless Heart Donna Lynn Caskey – Nameless Heart ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Singer Songwriter

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Smithfield Fair - Evermore Smithfield Fair – Evermore

  • Pop/Folk

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FAI 2017: Saturday Conversations

Our second day of broadcast coverage from the 2017 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri featured a diverse array of talent from KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists that were in attendance.  Our thanks to Warren Jurgens, Beth Marlin, Bohemian Highway, Michelle Held, Heather Platts, Bruce Michael Miller, Lazarus Nichols, and Kristi & Steve Nebel for sharing some of their conference time with us.

Here are their interviews:

Warren Jurgens

Download the interview here: Warren Jurgens

Beth Marlin

Download the interview here: Beth Marlin

Bohemian Highway

Download the interview here: Bohemian Highway

Michelle Held

Download the interview here: Michelle Held

Heather Platts

Download the interview here: Heather Platts

Bruce Michael Miller

Download the interview here: Bruce Michael Miller

Lazarus Nichols

Download the interview here: Lazarus Nichols

 

Kristi & Steve Nebel

Download the interview here: Kristi & Steve Nebel