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.
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:
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:
Download the interview here: Warren Jurgens
Download the interview here: Beth Marlin
Download the interview here: Bohemian Highway
Download the interview here: Michelle Held
Download the interview here: Heather Platts
|Bruce Michael Miller
Download the interview here: Bruce Michael Miller
Download the interview here: Lazarus Nichols
|Kristi & Steve Nebel
Download the interview here: Kristi & Steve Nebel