WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022

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Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022

1. Jass – “Higher Ground” / JASS / August 16, 2022,

[Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. This new single follows her single release, “Him” on February 23, 2022. Jass released “Grow” on November 26, 2021Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos .. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” // Last month un August – Jass played a SOLD OUT Thundercat show at GRINDERS, released a brand new single called HIGHER GROUND and in the first month there are 500 streams and it was added to Sofar Sounds CHILL VIBES Spotify playlist, and Jass played a SOLD OUT @sofarsoundskc show, and headlined a show at The Bottleneck in Lawrence with my boys! (Colby Bales and Brande Moser), and she opened up for The New Respects at The Uptown, and sang the Negro National Anthem at BLAQUE to School Night at the KC Monarchs game.More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

2. Ivory Blue – “Starlit Live Child” / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / October 28, 2022

[Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released their full length debut album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

3. Major Matt Mason USA – “Stupid Feelings” / Olive Juice Music / May 6, 2022

[Matt Roth on guitar & vocals, Brian Hurtgen on drums, Dane Bridges on bass. Recorded and mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Audio (Shawnee, KS). Produced by Matt Roth and Paul Malinowski. copyright 2022 (Claws Beat Skin BMI) Matt writes, “This is a song about releasing yourself and others from judgment. It’s a celebration of the beautiful messes that we are and that strange peace you feel when you’re cleaning up after the party that trashed your house the night before.”Major Matt Mason USA previously released “Endless Summer” on Movember 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com]

4. Claire Adams– “If It Isn’t Right (feat. Rewound & Alyssa Murray) [Alyssa Murray Remix]” / Claire Adams / April 15, 2022

[This single features Rewound and Alyssa Murray. Our friend Claire Adams recently wrote to us saying, “Alyssa Murray made a super cool remix of one of the songs off the last album and I wanted to share it with you. The song is ‘If It Isn’t Right’ and also features the Rewound string trio and an arrangement by Peter Lawless. Alyssa really made it her own and gave it a whole new spin, she’s amazing!” Here are the full credits: Vocals: Claire Adams, Alyssa Murray, Fritz Hutchison. Synths and Beats: Alyssa Murray. Cello: Ezgi Karakus. Viola: Alyssa Bell. Violin: Carmen Dieker. String Arrangement: Peter Lawless. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab. Cover Art by Cassie Allen. ‘If It Isn’t Right’ written by Claire Adams. This song was originally on Claire’s acclaimed album YOU KNOW I KNOW YOU originally released April 24, 2020. The album was lost in the COVID 19 of 2020. The album was properly given a “release show” and put out on CD in 2021. 10 songs all written by Claire Adams. Recorded at The Blue House in Kansas City, MO. Additional tracking at MARZ Studios in Nederland, TX. Mixed & mastered at Weights + Measures Soundlab in KCMO. Written by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on guitars, bass, and vocals; Alyssa Murray on keyboards & vocals; and Fritz Hutchison on drums & vocals. Claire also released: Words of Love on Feb. 5, 2021 – Recorded and Produced by Claire Adams at Casa 34 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures in Kansas City, MO. Cover Photo by Hugo Parasol. ‘So This Is Love’ written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. ‘Pocketful Of Rainbows’ written by Ben Weisman, ‘Till There Was You’ written by Meredith Wilson. “Words of Love” written by Claire Adams. ‘Calico Skies’ written by Paul McCartney. Claire also released the EP Moras under the moniker, Mismo Sismo (same earthquake) on July 21, 2021. Claire Adams wrote and recorded this EP at home during the first months of the COVID-19 quarantine. The three songs are meant to be played all together but also stand alone. Mismo Sismo is a collaboration with photographer Hugo Parasol. Claire played guitar on True Lions album THE FEMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In 2020 Clairplayed with the band Ondist for their three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on Aug. 14, and Mise en Place on Nov. 13, 2020 with songs recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Claire also participated in Katy Guillen and The Girls Reunion shows in summer of 2021. Claire Adams on WMM on April 7, 2021. Info at: https://claireadams.bandcamp.com%5D

5. The Phantastics – “All That Fine” / Kemet Creative / May 6, 2022

[8 member band from KC formed in December of 2010. Kemet the Phantom on lead vocals; Leigh Gibbs on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, DJ Mitchell on saxophone; Ryan Jamaal Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz & Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. On Oct. 18, 2019 The Phantastics released LIVE AT THE PLAZA ART FAIR. On Aug. 24, 2018 The Phantastics released the EP, LIFE OF THE PARTY. On Dec. 14, 2013 The Phantastics released their debut album THE CLOSER. Info at: http://www.thephantastics.com]

6. Kadesh Flow – “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” / Ryan Jamaal Davis / January 21, 2022

[This was the first of 6 singles Kadesh Flow released in 2022. “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. On October 21, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single ”Chill (feat. Mir Blackwell).” On October 10, 2022 Kadesh Flow released “Dream For Me.” On September 30, 2022 Marcus Lewis Big Band released the single, “You’re Very Special (feat. Kemet Coleman, Kadesh Flow & Kevin Church Johnson).” On July 1, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single “Away From You.”About that single Kadesh told us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over nearly 30 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 24 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com]

7. Olivia Fox – “Let Me Down Slow” / Olivia Fox Music / September 23, 2022

[Let Me Down Slow is produced by Tyler Banks, their longtime producer, drummer and now add co-writer to the list. “Tyler has always been a crucial part to our overall sound and production. We’ve worked together a certain way for so long, that it is so nice to create these new batches of songs from the ground up with him. That’s really made the songwriting process so enjoyable to have everyone now involved. And you can feel that in the music,” says lead singer Flynn.The Kansas City based band, OLIVIA FOX is Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith. The trio released their full length album “Carbon” on August 23, 2019. The band has previously released multiple singles and two EPs. OLIVIA FOX create music that is a unique marriage between classic folk instrumentation, vocals, and harmonies to modern programmed beats and synth pads. OLIVIA FOX were all brought together through their manager David “DJ” Lee. In 2019 year Lauren had a baby boy, Aubrey got married, and Tiffany adopted a new doggie. // Their album CARBON was Produced by Tyler Banks. Co-Produced by David “DJ” Lee. All Songs written by Lauren Flynn, BMI, Except “Blame” written by Lauren Flynn and David “DJ” Lee. All Vocals by OVFX. Additional vocals on “Not Going Down” by: Kianna Alarid, Jessica Paige, Jo Mackenzie, Kat King, Nicki White, Natalie Norman, and Crystal Rose. All drums, synths and programming by Tyler Banks. All Violin by Tiffany Smith. Acoustic guitars by Lauren Flynn. Acoustic guitars on “Across the Water” and “Carbon” by Katy Guillen. Acoustic guitars on “Easy” and “Utah” by Josh Johnson. Piano on “Little Bird” and “Elevator Doors” by Jess Hughes. Album artwork: Chet Flynn. OLIVIA FOX were last on WMM on April 4, 2018 and Nov. 13, 2019. Info at http://www.weareoliviafox.com]

8. Black Light Animals – “Persephone” / Groove King Records / September 23, 2022

[Persephone” is the latest single release from the psychedelic soul group, Black Light Animals, comprised of members of the soul powerhouse, The Freedom Affair. Written and produced by Black Light Animals. Alex Hartmann on drums & percussion, Branden Moser on bass & background vocal, Cody Calhoun on lead electric guitar & background vocals, Colby Bales on lead & background vocals, & acoustic guitar, with Alyssa Bell on viola, Matt Bennett on violin, and Sascha Groschang on cello. String Arrangement by Alyssa Bell and Colby Bales. Mixed and Engineered by Cole Bales. Album Artwork by Sean at Pariah in the Sky. Video Directed by Dave BrickThe track is modeled after the sweeping, orchestral arrangements akin to the likes of Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood as well as David Axelrod. And in the tradition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” the song tells the story of the narrator’s plea to a mysterious woman to not steal her lover’s heart. This new single follows the release of Black Light Animals’ full length debut album, Playboys of The Western World released on Groove King Records on July 3, 2020. Black Light Animals played a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, Saturday, August 21, with The Freedom Affair. Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]

9. Radkey – “Better Than This” / Little Man Records / September 23, 2022

[Radkey also released the single “Games (Tonight)”: on January 28, 2022 on Little Man Records. Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of the critically acclaimed rock trio Radkey joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios on September 5, 2018. Radkey was formed in 2010 in St. Joseph, where the brothers were raised. The family moved to Kansas City. The band has released multiple full-length recordings. IN 2021 Radkey was featured in Dave Grohl’s van-touring documentary film, WHAT DRIVES US. Radkey released GREEN ROOM on Little Man Records on November 27, 2020.On Green Room the band serve as their own producers. Radkey released DARK BLACK MAKE UP in 2015 and DELICIOUS ROCK NOISE in 2016 — plus multiple EPs and singles, and were part of a MasterCard advertising campaign on digital billboards in NYC along with a national television commercial that aired during the 2018 Grammy Awards that brought the band to the attention of Jack White who asked the band to tour with him. In 2018 the band went back on the road with The Damned throughout the United States. In December they went back into the studio to record with producer Bill Stevenson of the California punk rock group Descendents. In early 2019 they played shows in Amsterdam and Stockholm. In 2018 the band released “Basement,” “St. Elwood,” “Rock & Roll Homeschool,” as well as several other singles. On February 22, 2019, Radkey released “No Strange Cats…P.A.W.” a 7-song EP is essentially a collection of the band’s most recent singles. It comes after the January 11, 2019 release of No Strange cats…Spiders – EP a 6 song EP of several new songs mixed with several singles from late 2018.]

10. Various Blonde – “Too Many Secrets” / The Record Machine / June 9, 2022

[Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.” On August 19, 2022 Various Blonde released the single, “Obtuse”. On June 9, 2022 Various Blonde released the single, “Too Many Secrets.” On September 24, 2021 Various Blonde released the single, Love is How We Will Survive.” On March 13, 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 2 through The Record Machine. On January 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 1 through The Record Machine. On September 16, 2016 Various Blonde released the 10-track album ALL BASES COVERED through The Record Machine. On January 13, 2015 Various Blonde release the 10-track album, SUMMER HIGH. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.com]

11. The Creepy Jingles – “Decepticon Artst (feat. The Swallowtails)”/ High Dive Records/ Sept. 9, 2022

[New single from the band in collaboration with The Swallowtails: (Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals.) This is a follow up to the band”s 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY released on March 25, 2022. Their single “Trojan Horse Girl” (from the album) was the single released February 11, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]

12. Kasey Rausch – “Smokin’ Marijuana” / Kasey Rausch / Nov. 9, 2022 (KaseyRausch.com ONLY)

[Written by Kasey Rausch who is also on vocals & acoustic guitar; Marco Pascolini on baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on electric guitar; Richard Burgess on electric bass; Sweet Matt Brahl on drums. Everybody soings the last chorus. Engineered and Mixed at Temple Sounds, Kansas City, MO by Brendan Moreland. Mastered at Oddio Hut, Shawnee, KS by Chad Meise.“There was a time my lips were sealed about somethin’ I do. Society would punish me and judge everything that I do. I tried to live authentically, but the Man and his upper hand held me down and laid me low, so now I take a stand.” Kasey Rausch writes: That’s it in a nutshell. Those first lines from my new single, “Smokin’ Marijuana” setup a great piece of my history with utilizing cannabis as a medicine. Besides having to navigate the legalities of possessing the herb, (which BTW kids, was cracked down on much harder a couple of decades ago), I also had to walk the tightrope of raising children in a society that wanted to punish me for using a natural remedy for chronic migraines, myalgia and anxiety. And, yeah. OK. I partied a bit, too, when I was young, but at 48 years old, I’ve grown up, as people do, and just want my medicine without having to risk my livelihood for it. // I’ve had this song in my back pocket ready to release at the right time. Strangely, it didn’t even occur to me until the November 8th election day to release it if Amendment 3 passed, making recreational marijuana legal for adults 21+. While I don’t think the Amendment is perfect, I’m very grateful that so many people will have easy and safe access to this sacred plant and that no parent involved in family court will have to abstain from using their medicine or speak untruthfully about their consumption of it in order to maintain custody of their children. // We live in a culture where for many, many years, a person can easily and legally possess alcohol and firearms, both of which kill far more people every single day than marijuana. Yet this stigma of a precious plant from the Earth that enriches soil, cures maladies and creates well-being is only just now becoming accessible to some people, if you happen to live in the right state of the union. Sugar is far more addictive than marijuana and we pour that into our children’s breakfast bowl every morning. It’s time we form new open pathways of thought and destigmatize the healthy utilization of cannabis sativa. We’ve got it rollin’! Let’s keep growin’! // In the meantime, I’ll be “Smokin’ marijuana ‘cuz I wanna.” // Hip-Hip-Hurr-High! – Kasey Rausch (November 2022) Earlier this year Kasey released the single “She Said Goodbye” on July 8, 2022. Written by Kasey Rausch who is also on vocals & acoustic guitar; Marco Pascolini on baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on electric guitar; Richard Burgess on electric bass; Sweet Matt Brahl on drums; Kelly Hunt on harmony vocals; and Kristin Hamilton on harmony vocals. Engineered and Mixed at Temple Sounds, Kansas City, MO by Brendan Moreland. Mastered at Oddio Hut, Shawnee, KS by Chad Meise. Spring 2022. Kasey says: ““I wrote “She Said Goodbye” as I was experiencing burn-out from the music industry. I quit touring in 2018 and almost entirely quit gigging in 2019. I took a job as a caregiver for a woman with Alzheimers and saw that through to her end-of-life. After some recuperation time for my heart, I began writing feverishly and slowly readied myself for studio work, preparing to record about 30 songs. I called on my longtime band mates in The Country Duo and The Naughty Pines, and two of my favorite vocalists and songwriters, who also happen to be dear friends, Kelly Hunt and Kristin Hamilton, and we made this lil’ gem of a recording happen with the talented engineer and co-producer, Brendan Moreland (Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys). The band mates and I have more music in the recording process and will be releasing songs throughout 2022 and beyond. The goal is not to make a record, but to catalog these songs for my family and have a heck of a good time enjoying the process – which includes getting back to playing live music. I’m ready and I’m falling in love with music again.” // Kasey Rausch (she/her/they) is a 5th generation musician, songwriter, former producer/host of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM and former host of “Campfire” on DittyTV. She plays live and records with multiple variations of the bands The Country Duo, Kasey & The Pines, and The Naughty Pines. Her roots can be found in the Kansas City area, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas (home of the Walnut Valley Festival), and deep Southeast Texas. She was featured with band mate Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo on the legendary Sun Studio Sessions TV show which aired across the US and Canada. No Depression called Rausch’s vocals “tender and intuitive.” Her third album, Guitar in Hand, debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s entertainment guide. She was named 2016’s Best of the Northland (Artist), 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM, and has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Peter Rowan, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, Roland White, William Elliot Whitmore, Gregory Alan Isokvo, Iris DeMent, Ray Bonneville, Kris Delmhorst, Justin Townes Earle, Tish Hinojosa, Jack Williams and many more. More information at: http://www.kaseyrausch.com or http://www.kaseyrausch.bandcamp.com]

13. Kye Colors – “Phil Collins” / Wasteland Records / March 25, 2022

[Kye Colors, born J’Kye Slatton, is a 21 year-old rapper and producer from the South side of Kansas City, Missouri. Kye began writing music as early as age 5, usually done in crayons. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” Colors says. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” // The name Kye Colors derives from multiple meanings. The first coming from the idea that hues enact certain moods, “you can feel orange, you can feel yellow, you can feel brown; it’s like an emotion” says Kye. The second is best described through his lyrics on the track Broken Place, “I’m KC for real, check the initials.” // His gift of rap was nurtured and harbored from Elementary School to High School. As a teenager, Kye’s talent was quickly taken notice by his peers. While in school, his seniors made sure that he would get his high school diploma before he could fully pursue his music career. After sporadic trials with rap he went by the name Kye Colors by age 14. The same year he began producing. // In 2015 he released his first mixtape entitled “00“. The project garnered attention from hip hop fans all over the Kansas City Metropolitan. In 2017, he joined the rap collective “CaviArt” alongside artists Gee Watts, A’Sean, Ray Muney, and others. // Soon after and at only 17 years old, he would release his 1st full length project “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. The project also led to him performing alongside Denzel Curry, Famous Dex, Wiz Khalifa, Lil TJay and many more. // “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. // In 2019, Kye released some of his most popular single releases to date including “Sweet Thang,” “Doggy,” “Talk About It” and more. These independent releases would land him on platforms such as Baller Alert, a modeling gig with Lee Jeans, and national airplay on Shade45. // In 2020, at the age of 20 he founded his label “Wasteland Records” partnering with manager Jesse Brown and Jaron Baston. He went on his first independent tour and released his 2nd LP With Love By Faith. It peaked at 166 on the Top 200 Rap/Hip Hop albums on iTunes. // Come 2021, Kye delivered three glossy singles “Nike Boy Freetstyle”, “Grateful”, “1-800” and an impressive five-track EP “WOW” in which helped him rank in the top 10K “R&B, Funk & Soul” artists in the world. // Kye kicked off 2022 with a flamboyant and captivating new single “TAKE UR PLACE”. A track thats surely setting the mood for whats to come. // From having a vibrant young passion for his penmanship to flourishing on the energy of his supporters, Kye looks to establish his mark in the industry as a rapper, and creative with a purpose. The artist intends to create moving and powerful connections through his newly-constructed label, releasing quality music, and collectively refining the abilities of his sound. More info at: http://www.kyecolors.com]

14. Hembree & morgyn – “Float“ / Oread Records / September 9, 2022

[morgxn is a homosensitive musical artist based in Nashville. Along with this single Hambree released the 13-track album, IT’S A DREAM! On Oread Records on February 4, 2022. Hembree is a KC born band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. The band was founded by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward later joined in 2018. Hembree quickly garnered national attention after their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial that aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose. Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018. In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019. In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival. They will also appear on the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”. Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch. Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018. “Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.” “Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree released the single, “Reach Out” on July 20, 2021 and “Operators (feat. Bodye)” on Sept. 21, 2021on Oread Records. Info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com]

15. Kris Bruders – “Butterflies and Turpentine” / Kris Bruders / August 24, 2022

[One of many new singles Kris Bruders has recently recorded with friends and collaborators. Kris Bruders is also performing with a new band called, Copper Threading, that he describes as ”that sweet sound of that old family harmony of Havilah Bruders and Kenese Cartwright right next to the trains with the beautiful upright bass sound of Brandon Day and the sweet sounds of a mandolin by Corey Clark and yours truly.” Many Kansas City music fans know Kristopher Bruders for his great work with band, Cadillac Flambé with his wife, vocalist and keyboard player, Havilah Bruders. Kristopher Bruders is also one half of the band, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, with Mark Smeltzer. Kristopher Bruders is a beautiful, peaceful gentleman and then we turn on the microphone and are blown away by the power of the voice, truly reminding me of a far away train, getting closer in the middle of a cold dark night. Freight Train Rabbit Killer is described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. Freight Train Rabbit Killer released their album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl from Haymaker Records. Three years in the making, there were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics. “The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans joining the band in the studio, experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the engineering work and studio access and a previous collaborator, Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album.]

16. Julia Haile – “Heavy Rotation” / Julia Haile / September 30, 2022

[One of two new singles released by Jullia Haile and September 30, 2022. Julia Haile is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Her natural talent and musical education have fueled a career of exciting performances and beautiful music. From leading Neo-Soul band Hi-Lux and international collaborations to solo works, Julia’s goal is create meaningful musical experiences for all. Julia’s work with Hi-Lux included Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Dan Loftus on bass, (and prior to that Pete Leibert on bass) and Kian Bryne on drums. Hi-Lux is a Modern-Soul band that blends and bends the boundaries between soul, rock n roll, reggae, and funk. This group aims to create music that pays tribute to their myriad of influences (Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings). but also claims a spotlight of its own in the musical world. Hi-Lux released the singles, “Revolution” and “Get What You Give” on February 28, 2020, through The Record Machine. Hi-Lux released the single. “Don’t Blame Lee” (featuring Lee Scratch Perry) on April 20, 2018. Hi-Lux released the 7” vinyl single, “”Dance With My Baby” b​/​w “Don’t Blame Me” on January 5, 2018 through Sunflower Soul Records. Hi-Lux released their 6-track, self-titled EP, Hi-Lux on January 2, 2018. All 6 songs had previously been released as singles..]The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com and http://www.juliaHaile.com]

17. Emmaline Twist – “ASPERA” / Black Site / July 1, 2022

[The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Alex Alexander recently joined the band on synthesizers & guitar. Emmaline Twist, is a Kansas City based Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. This is the second single from the band’s upcoming album release and follow up to the single “Drugs” released July 1, 2021. Their critically acclaimed debut LP, DISSIMULATION was released August 24, 2018 from Black-Site Records. That album was recorded, mixed, and produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” 4 songs in digital format. This is their first single since their 2016 single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.”]

18. Kat King – “With Nothing In My Way” / Manor Records / September 30, 2022

[Kat King writes: Written in the peak of lock down after a very necessary break-up, this was one of those songs that kind of “magically” flew out of me. The dichotomy of being locked in my home while also feeling a resounding new freedom was interesting to say the least. It was the first time in a long time that I felt like I could give my whole being into caring about others and prioritizing self-care in a way I hadn’t been able to because I wasn’t caught up in my own afflictions. Musically it became a challenge of how many melodies I could stack on each other without it turning into chaos to really emphasize the feeling of “I can give my energy to whatever I want to.” Any time I play it I try and remind myself to not lose that energy and I hope it does the same for you. Produced by Joel Martin. This new single follows their single “New Sun” released Juy 29, 2022.Led by Kat, on vocals with. Derek Melies on guitar, John Kaul McCain on bass, Daniel Cole on drums, & Kara LePage on keys bring a refreshing dynamism both on and off the stage. Centering on themes of self-care, steadfast friendship, and revitalizing optimism, “New Sun” was a follow up to the June 9, 2021 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN 5-track EP recorded with her band. Co-produced & mixed/mastered by Joel Martin. Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single Song of Spain in 2019 and her single “2017” in, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. More info at: http://www.katbking.com]

19. Elexa Dawson – “Speak Again” / Lost Cowgirl Records / November 18, 2022

[“Speak Again,” Written by Hon. Jack Markell and Elexa Dawson. This is indigenous Americana songwriter Elexa Dawson’s (Citizen Potawatomi) third single since her debut solo album, Music is Medicine. “Speak Again” is a call to remembering Indigenous languages “near erased.” Somber and driving, the song sparkles with cosmic country depth. Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerrer’s account of the loss of the Potawatomi language, Braiding Sweetgrass, former Delaware governor Jack Markell composed a poem called “Nine Remain.” He reached out to Kimmerrer seeking a Potawatomi musician to compose and perform the music. The author connected Markell with Dawson, who provided cultural context while putting the lyrics to music. The title evolved to “Speak Again” to offer a vision of a future where the language returns in a meaningful way to Potawatomi communities. Elexa says “In the video three generations of Potawatomi share knowledge across time and space, redefining what it means to truly speak again. The video brings into focus the cycle of giving and receiving between three generations, and includes natural elements of traditional Potawatomi culture and society, and the medicine creatures that bring balance between worlds.” The First Peoples Fund awarded Dawson its 2022 Artist-in-Business Leadership grant to create a video for “Speak Again” in collaboration with Potawatomi animator Nichole Emmons. Emmons combines various forms of stop motion animation to create a rich landscape of Potawatomi imagery for “Speak Again.” The video been selected to premiere on November 18th at the TCL Chinese Theater during LA Skins, Hollywood’s Indigenous Film Festival. Music video releases worldwide Nov 25. Elexa Dawson released her single, “Mother” on October 29, 2021. On April 2, 2021, Elexa Dawson released “New Song” which was #3 on of WMM 15 Favorite Singles of 2021. Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE (Lost Cowgirl Records) and her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021.. http://www.elexadawson.com]

20. The Roseline – “Hot Dice” / RPH Records / November 4, 2022

[First new music to follow The Roseline’s 8th album, ‘Constancy’ which was #1 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. “Hot Dice” was written by Colin Halliburton and arranged by The Roseline, with: Colin Halliburton on guitars, vocals, aux percussion; Bradley McKellip on guitars; Heidi Gluck on keyboards & vocals; Colin Jones on bass, and Jim Piller on drums. Engineered and Produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording in Kansas City, KS. Mixed by Daniel Knobler at Goosehead Palace in Nashville, TN. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, OR. Colin Halliburton writes: “Hot Dice is a self-deprecating exploration of my tendency to ruin otherwise joyful moments with polarizing political conversation pieces or fatalistic and rambling soliloquies. By the end of the song, I learn to be less of a vibe killer and just tell “a gross joke instead”. Musically, it’s jangly heartland folk-rock that’s been elevated with super chorus-y guitar, great multiple harmony bgvs, and an altered arrangement toward the end of the song that really makes it shine. Obviously I’m biased. In terms of its release, I couldn’t let an entire calendar year go by without releasing some new jams into the world so we’re closing out 2022 with a couple stand alone singles we’re extremely proud of. More information at: http://www.roselinemusic.com // The Roseline are a Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The Roseline released their 6th album GOOD / GRIEF on April 3, 2021. The Roseline released BLOOD on September 29, 2017; and TOWNIE on June 19, 2015. The band has toured the US and Halliburton has completed two European solo tours thus far, taking him through Poland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. In 2021 the band toured Poland. Colin Halliburton joined us on March 25, 2020 and Nov. 3, 2021. Info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com]

21. Miki P – “Your Love” / Miki P / June 24, 2022

[Singer, songwriter, dreamer. Miki P makes music sometimes by herself and she leads the band Miki P and the Swallowtails. This new single follows Miki P’s Mrch 18, 2022 singlere;ease “Peter Parker!” In 2021 Miki P released the EP, DON”T LOSE HOPE, 6 songs created in covid isolation, in Miki P’s home office space. Sitting & working from Miki’s computer, she composed and recorded 80% of the EP, working through the music like a journal entry, creating each song from her internal hurricane of emotions. All songs written, recorded, played, & mixed by Miki P. Recorded & Mixed with Emma Klien and Jake Hilger. Mastered by Joel Nanos.// Mikala Petillo, who was born in Kansas City, KS, and performed ‘She Loves You’ at her 7th grade talent show. In 9th grade she joined a teen-band called American Slim as drummer & vocalist, and released a full-length album, Irreplaceable, in 2017, played Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, and The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art before officially ending in 2018. That year, at 21, Miki P began work on her debut solo-record, Dome of Swallows, released August 2, 2018. She then formed Miki P and the Swallowtails who released their first EP, Swallowtail in 2019, with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, Cade Pool on drums, Robert Castillo on bass, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. In June they’ll release a follow up. With half of the band’s members having Classical music degrees, and the other half with Jazz degrees, Miki P is a self-taught musician/multi-instrumentalist & songwriter driving the Swallowtails into a creative collaboration like any other. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P started playing guitar in middle school. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including American Slim. She wrote songs for their full-length album Irreplaceable released in 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. Miki P and The Swallowtails –released, Right Where We Are /on August 21, 2020 with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments, using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She was a featured vocalist with The Band That Fell to Earth Bowie Tribute. She’s played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, recordBar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest. More info at: http://www.mikipmusic.com.]

22. Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream – “Cuts Like A Knife” / myowndamnrecords / August 12, 2022

[The first single from Nathan Corsi’s new rock band featuring Kansas City veterans Chris Meck, Tom Hudson, and Benjamin Hart. Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream released their second single, “Hits You Twice” on September 28, 2022. Nathan Corsi has one of the best voices in Kansas City music. With Steve Tulipana he fronts The Band That Fell To Earth paying tribute to David Bowie in this annual project created by Michelle Bacon. Nathan toured for nearly a decade with his band Not A Planet who released critically acclaimed EP, NAP on December 1, 2011; the album, THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE STRANGE on May 10, 2013; SMOKE BOMBS & CIGARETTES: THE HISTORY OF NOW (EP) on September 9, 2016.]

23. Jerame Gray – “When The Sun Comes Up” / Full Tank Studios / May 13, 2022

[Earlier this year on April 30, 2022 Jerame released the single “Transcendental Medication.” On May 24, 2020 Jerame Gray released the single, “Let Morning Rise.” On January 12, 2020 Jerame Gray released the singles, “Before Long (feat. Kate Gray)” and “What Good Is The Rising Sun” and “Ashes Before Dust.” On Hanuary 12, 2012 Jerame Gray released the EP, KILL CREEK ROAD. Australian born singer-songwriter Jerame Gray’s work has. been described as “Music for the working man, the adventurer, the traveler, and for those with an unsettled spirit.” Jerame has an innate capacity for strong melody and musical arrangements, lyrical storytelling, alluring song development, and a soulfully dynamic vocal delivery. He has an energetic and deliberate approach when melding style, form, and balance into multilayered musical compositions. // Jerame is a proficient writer and performer and his work has been featured in film, numerous international travel documentaries, and in a United States web and television campaign for LMC Trucks. // He is represented by Union Entertainment in Nashville, TN and currently lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, songwriter Kate Gray, and their two children. More info at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jeramegray%5D

24. Dreamgirl – “Poolside” / Dreamgirl / March 3, 2022

[Dreamgirl is a ‘dream-pop’ music group formed in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2013. Now based out of Kansas City, Missouri, and building off of the success of their breakout EP “Illuminaughty” (2015), Dreamgirl has released a full-length, self-titled LP and is currently working on a new EP. They have gained an impressive following. Up until the summer of 2018, they operated and managed themselves completely internally. Now they have partnered with Rogue Booking Agency. Dreamgirl has benefited massively from internet platforms like Spotify and Youtube. Members include: Lacey Hopkins on lead vocals, Grady Drugg on guitar, Skylar Smith on guitar Joe Gronniger on bass, Ian Dobyns on drums. This single is a follow up to their May 12,2021 Single “Sometimes” and their September 25, 2020

25. Love, Mae C – “Go” – Single / Love, Mae C / January 19, 2022

[Written By: Love, Mae C. Produced By: Anthony Harvey. Mae C is a KC based singer songwriter who we’ve played several times on the show. Her single “Anxious” was preceeded by her EP, Warning Sign of True Love. Influenced by Hip Hop, Rock, Jazz, Soul & R&B, Mae C is making her mark as an artist in the KC music scene. Love, Mae C has recorded severl tracks and songs witn NUBLKCITY. More info at; http://www.lovemaec.com]

26. Gemini Parks – “Up All Night” / Gemini Parks / August 4, 2022


[Gemini Parks (The Genre-Bending Funk Project of Kansas City Musician Josh Berwanger) Releases Debut Single and End Of Summer Party Banger “Up All Night” // “An infectious bit of sleazy dance pop in line with Beck and Gorillaz, synthesizers and funky bass lines weaving around jangling acoustic guitars and irresistible vocal hooks.”- Tuned Up // Josh Berwanger’s genre-blending funk punk project Gemini Parks is on a mission to make you dance. Recorded with Oklahoma producer Jarod Evans (Broncho, Flaming Lips) in 2021 at Blackwatch Studios, Berwanger later added Mitch Hewlit on drums and J-Swamp on bass. // Based in Kansas, Gemini Parks recently began playing shows and they just released their first single “Up All Night,” with monthly single drops to follow. // Berwanger says, “Up All Night” has some party vibes going on but lyrically it touches on lonerism. It’s a song about enjoying the adventure of discovery. Whether it’s in oneself, out on the road or in a substance. The video features Andrew Bassett (Mean Jeans) as the manic producer and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) as the engineer.” // Gemini Parks fuses hip hop and pop with a glam core, and with lyrics like, “If I fell back to hell I’ll go back to heaven if I wanna, but I don’t wanna,” there is no way you’ll be able to sit still when they start playing. // Stream “Up All Night” Here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/geminiparks/up-all-night // Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/NnQRGkjR54A

27. Emerance Ngunza – “Kama Sio Wewe” / The Freedom Choir / September 18, 2022

[(English pronunciation: Comma See Oh Way Way ) “Kama Sio Wewe”. Emerance Ngunza is part of the multi-generational Afro-Beat band from Kansas City The Salvation Choir. A Congolese Rumba band from Congo and Tanzania based in Kansas City, Missouri. Led by choir masters Jeune Premier Silambien and his father, Pastor John Wilondja, the choir writes, records, and performs original gospel songs in Swahili. The Salvation Choir has performed in cities across the Midwest and are scheduled to perform at Boulevardia (Kansas City’s largest outdoor music festival) in June 2022. Their music is currently featured in a national advertising campaign on BBC’s Channel 4 and by the internationally renown record company Dust-to-Digital. The Salvation Choir also performs each Sunday in the gymnasium at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence, Missouri. Church services start at 10 AM and all are welcome. The services are in Swahili but a choir member will help translate in English. The Salvation Choir recently had one of their first shows at Reply Lounge in Lawrence, Sunday, March 27, 2022. Fally Afani Editor & Founder of I Heart Local Music wrote, “The band, comprised of a very talented and very large family, consisted of aunties, sisters, uncles, cousins, and children. The Congolese and Tanzanian band is based in Kansas

28. MellowPhobia – “Weekender” / Jackal And Hide Records / July 1, 2022

[Music and Lyrics by Tillie Alexandra Hall, Producer Tillie Alexandra Hall. Recording Engineering by Justin Mantooth. Mastering by Pete Maher. Adam McKee on drums. MellowPhobia were formed out of the indie alt-rock scene of Pittsburgh, PA. Now residing in their home city of Kansas City, producing a highly original sound that they describe as “landlocked surf rock”. Socially conscious lyrics, and hook laden tunes keeps the crowd jumping. The band revolves around songwriter and guitarist Til who provides the distinctive vocals to all MellowPhobia tracks. On June 23, 2021 MellowPhobia released their EP IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? This EP was pat of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. In July 2018 MelloPhobia released the 3-song EP LISTEN. More info: http://www.mellowphobia.com Tillie Alexandra Hall of MelloPhobia was our guest on WMM on Oct. 20, 2021.]

29. Ezmerelda – “I’m So Nervous” / Ezmerelda / January 7, 2022

[Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. // Many of us were first introduced to Kianna Alarid White as part of the critically-acclaimed indie band, Tilly and the Wall, touring through the mid to late 2000s with bands such as She and Him, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, and Of Montreal, playing venues around the world and major festivals like Coachella, Japan’s Summersonic, Reading, as well as performing on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street before going on hiatus in 2013. Kianna has also performed guest vocals on Rilo Kiley’s “The Absence of God”, “In the Sun” by She & Him and co-wrote and sang on Tiësto’s song “You Are My Diamond”. In 2017, Kianna launched her band, Yes You Are, with husband and co-writer Jared White, with many song placements in movies, television and commercials, including a Pepsi Super Bowl 51 commercial. Known for their electrifying live performances, Yes You Are shared the stage with the likes of K. Flay, Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums, and toured the US with Neon Trees. On November 15, 2019 they released one of our favorite albums of that year, “HERE’S TO THE GREAT UNKOWNS. In mid 2020 Kianna announced the band’s break up when unexpected and major changes in the lineup served as a clear sign it was time to move on. Kianna and Jared decided to start a new band behind Kianna as a solo artist Kianna White, releasing the single, “Homecoming Queen “ on September 25, 2020, along with an incredible video that Kianna herself filmed, starred in and edited alone in her bedroom using an iPhone, a Snapchat filter, a flashlight and iMovie). On April 30, 2021 Kianna released the single “All Alone With Everything.” // Cale Parks is best known for decades of drumming in the bands: Aloha, and Yeasayer, and in high profile side hustles such as: Passion Pit, Chet Faker, and Joan of Arc. Cale released the albums, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT on Sept. 26, 2009, and SPARKFACE on November 3, 2008, and the EP TO SWIFT MARS on August 3, 2004. But On May 18, 2015, Cale released his 4-track solo EP, LAGOON FOOL giving his fans the first sign of becoming a more of a “mood-altering” electronic producer with his multi-faceted record featuring interlocking melodies and everything from acid techno asides to piano-laced synth progressions. Cale followed LAGOON FOOL with his most recent solo EP, BOARDS, released on January 24, 2020 on Whirling Wolf Records. Boards ventures even further into the ether, piling on the sort of polychromatic chords, artful hooks, and mood-altering melodies one might find on an old Air or Durutti Column album. A lot of this has to do with how it was made: in Parks’ home studio rather than a cramped apartment room, which gave him space to think and toy with a wide range of instruments. Listeners can thank a long overdue lifestyle change: a move from Brooklyn to Kansas City that made Parks look at music differently. “I didn’t own a car in New York,” he explains, “so all of my listening was done as I walked around the city. There’s something about the energy of New York that requires that electricity. Moving to Kansas changed the style of music I wanted to hear; I wanted room to let records breathe.” More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com] [Ezmerelda played the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 10:30 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The Original Stage (In Back), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

30. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Love In Remission” / Drop Out Records / March 25, 2022

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. This new single is a follow up to “Stand Down” released Jan. 21, 2022. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their debut album, ALIGNED on Drop Out Records on Oct. 6, 2017. “About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, & keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.” The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Fear or Faith” on June 7, 2019 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Pulse” on April 17, 2020 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Beat Me To The Punch” on Drop Out Records on Oct. 29, 2021. Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us on WMM on Feb 5, 2020 and June 26, 2019. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their album, LORELAI on May 28, 2022. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]

31. Wyatt West & The Urbanites – “Cowards With Guns” / Wyatt West Music / September 1, 2022

[Wyatt West & The Urbanites with Jaisson Taylor on vocals & drums; Max Berry on guitars; Wyatt West on keyboards; Andi Fredrickson, Debbie Cordero, James Gilbert on backing vocals; Lawrence Jackson on trumpet; Kadesh Flow on trombone; and Dave Chael on tenor sax. The Urbanites released “Cowards With Guns” in support of the Sandy Hook Promise, a resource for information on gun violence. All proceeds of the single will benefit the cause. The single will also be on the upcoming Urbanites EP, NO FEAR, JUST DREADS. You can check out the song on video at the link below. Thank you for all you do. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x6mPId7d4w From the recording project of Wyatt West who earlier this year, on March 24, 2022 released the single “It’s Human Nature” from Wyatt West & the Accomplices which included: Misha D. Roberts: lead vocals, Seyko Bond Groves and Misha D. Roberts, backing vocals, Lawrence Jackson: trumpet, Ryan Jamal Davis: trombone, Ernest Melton: tenor sax, Max Berry: guitars, Thomas “Freight Train” Walker: drums, Wyatt West: piano & keys, Lynn Allred: sound engineer.Iconoclast Wyatt West roams the wide and diverse American music landscape to create a stunning range of music and lyrics. No musical genre is off limits or taboo for his songwriting craft. Wyatt writes: “I’m working on a benefit CD for Hope House using songs I’ve recorded with female singers from here in KC (if I can get everybody’s permission) and this cut will definitely be part of that. We’re probably looking at late fall (Christmas) for that. But this is such a ‘summer cut’ thought I’d try to get it out early for everybody to groove on. Aren’t Misha’s vocals incredible?” More info at http://www.wyattwest.bandcamp.com]

32. Bolinas – “Ge” / Sub Rosa Selects / September 15, 2022

[Bolinas is a Kansas City based Dream Pop band, centered around Chris Thomas, who has been self releasing music since 2014. The band also includes musical maestro and engineer extraordinaire Ian Dobyns. Bolinas released the singles: “Tarot Lines” in August 18, 2022 “U.L.B.” on July 19, 2022 “Bloom (featuring Chelsea Rose)” on May 13, 2022; “White Denim” on February 28, 2020; “Ojai” on May 3, 2018. Bolinas released their 4-track EP, WORLD RECORD RECORD on May 2, 2018. More info at http://www.bolinastheband.com]

33. Maria The Mexican – “Bottle of Wine” / Independent / July 17, 2022

[On March 11, 2016, Maria The Mexican released their album, South of The Border Moonlight. In 2013 Maria The Mexican released their debut full length, Moon Colored Jade. Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For over ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas have performed with Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music. In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n’ roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom.]

34. Jo MacKenzie – “The Cab Ride” / Jordin MacKenzie / June 17, 2022

[Just graduated from High School, Jo MacKenzie received a full ride scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. “The Cab Ride” was produced, and performed by Jo MacKenzie, mixed by Jo MacKenzie, written by Jordin MacKenzie, Scott Krippayne, and Bryan Reynolds. On May 27, 2022, 18 year old Jo Mackenzie (producer and songwriter) released the single “Radiator.” On March 11, 2022, Jo MacKenzie released the EP, TOURIST. Last year, Jo Mackenzie and 19 year old Dia Jane (singer/songwriter) released the EP, BRAINBABY on September 5, 2021. The two met at an open mic in Kansas City, Missouri, when Jo was in 8th grade and Dia was in 10th grade. Three years later, the two reconnected to started a musical project together that eventually turned into Baby and the Brain, a self-produced indie-pop band. In 2020 Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie released this year now collected together in a 5 -song EP, written, performed and produced by Jo MacKenzie. Mixed by Harper James. Jo MacKenzie released her Debut EP Proud on November 17, 2018. Along with Proud, Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019 and the single “Suicide Season” on February 1, 2020, and the single “Lose My Face” on April 24, 2020. More information at: http://www.jomackenzie.bandcamp.com or http://www.jomackenzie.com]

35. Cuee – “Boss Talk (feat. Kay V)” / Cuee / March 21, 2022

[Lawrence based hip-hop artist Cuee is a rapper with a Master’s Degree. Cuee received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Cuee is also a graduate of Artist Inc. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cuee has wowed audiences in Lawrence and KC with exciting live performances. On August 8, 2021 Cueereleased the single, “Silky (feat. Silky Ganache)”. On May 7, 2021 Cuee released the album GOSPEL which was #4 on WMM 120 Best Recordings of 2021. And since 2017 Cue has released two critically acclaimed albums, an EP, multiple singles. We last talked with Cuee on March 3, 2021 and on May 5, 2021 and before that, on August 12, 2020, when he released the single “Who’s Back.” and before that on May 29, 2019. Cuee released the single: “Gravity (Feat: Lindsey Alderman)” on April 29, 2021 and part of GOSPEL the album. In 2020 Cuee’ track, “Shook” landed on an official Spotify playlist dedicated to transgender, non-binary and gender-fluid musicians across the globe including Kim Petras and Lex Allen. Spotify sent out a note said, “Hey Cuee you hit a high note this month.” Cuee said he didn’t even know what that meant, and he looked up to discover he had over 24,000 listener during the month of June on Spotify. I was trying to figure out what happened. I did a little research, I logged onto my instagram account, I was starting to get a flood of followers. I was just tracing it back and I landed on a Spotify playlist, it was an editorial playlist so he couldn’t find out who put him on there. “Someone found me.” Cuee made three trips home to Chicago to record the record. For the new album GOSPEL Cuee explained that this term can have biblical connections but it also means ‘the truth.” The video for “Ain’t Going Back” takes place in a church, and is a declaration of freedom, and identity, while also paying respect. Cuee talked us about how the track was created in the studio and translating the song into a video that was shot in a church. Last time we talked with Cuee he shared his thoughts about ‘”Queerness in a church,” Cuee said, “you know, is very…different, I mean I wanted to bring that into that space, and freedom into that space, allow that space to be seen and heard by other people who traditionally wont take up that space.” Originally from Chicago, Illinois. 27 year old Lawrence based hip-hop artist emcee, and educator. Cuee has gained fans over the last six years in Lawrence and Kansas City for his critically acclaimed musical releases and live performances. Along with getting his Master’s Degree, Cuee has released around 30 different musical tracks, legally changed his name, and has transitioned physically and vocally. The song “Ain’t Going Back” features Cuee’s friend Joel Leoj who is originally from Florida, but after moving to Chicago, became friends with Cuee in school, and recently moved to Lawrence to make music and collaborate on recordings with Cuee. Cuee explained that they have known each other since high school, that they “started a Hip Hop culture club in our high school, to bring music, kinda having a place to chill after school, write music together as a community. That’s how we started.” “I moved out here to Kansas, to go to school, he stayed back in Miami, and then we kind of connected back, maybe about two years ago, and hit it off really strong. We decided we wanted to pursue this music thing together. We decided let’s just do this. So he said he was going to move to Lawrence. I didn’t believe him at first, until he showed up on my doorstep, and I was like, Wow, you are here, let’s do this.” Joel Leoj released the album, JOEY IN WONDERLAND on January 31, 2021. Cuee was our guest on WMM on March 3, 2021, and May 5, 2021. More info at: http://www.officialcuee.com]

36. Paris Williams -“Chunky” / Bitter Sweet Sounds / April 20, 2022

[Paris Williams. Rapper/Producer originally from Muskegon, MI. Previously Paris Williams released the single, “Sunsets & Solariums (feat. Bloom Allen)” on October 21, 2021 through Bittersweet Sounds. From Shuttlecok Music Magazine: “Co-produced by Williams, Bloom Allen, and Internet Brad, the track features a sublime mixture of bright, inviting rhymes and the type of nocturnal rhythms you can do schoolwork to, or whatever that YouTube stream is. The single is backed by another track called “As Of Late,” which Williams accurately described at a recent show as (paraphrasing) ‘two minutes of straight bars.’ More info at: allmylinks.com/popstarparis]

37. Quite Frankly – “Might Be” / Quite Frankly / August 1, 2022

[“Might Be” is the follow up to the band’s earlier single, “Is This Still Even Fun?” that was released on October 22, 2021. Before that they released, “Blue/Red” on May 14, 2021. In the dawn of 2016, shy but precocious middle schooler, founding member and bassist Scout Matthew, decided she wanted to try her hand at turning her musical ambition into reality by creating a band that would take her and her friends well beyond their beginning musical education at School of Rock. She began planning rehearsals out of her garage and within a short time, she convinced her supportive family to renovate their home’s basement into a rehearsal space. Ever since, Quite Frankly the Band has been committed to perfecting its sound, writing their own original music and adding amazing covers. // This young band is no longer just a student band, holding its own opening for, The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks and LA Guns! with several yers experience the band members have moved into high school and beyond, Jolson, Carolyn, Scout, Gavin & Eli have built an impressive resume. // The band gained attention by being the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018 and for being nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. They’ve played First Fridays in the Crossroads, Starlight Theater, The Rino, recordBar, Lemonade Park, Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center with Big Slick and Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

38. Tre’ Mutava – “Moving (feat. Noah Anthony)” / Currently Crafting / September 30, 2022,

[Tre’ Mutava is a 20-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas.Tre’ Mutava ‘s new single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was follows his debut album, THE MOVIES released July 31, 2021. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com]

39. Zava – “H.O.E.” / Taylor Avazpour / June 1, 2022

[Zava is the musical project, of Taylor Avazpour. Zava ‘s last single “Wrong” was released August 13, 2021 and was added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released in 2021, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at the 2021 Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava%5D

40. Collidescope – “The Blackness” / Collidescope / October 13, 2022

[“The Blackness” is from the upcoming album “Clown Town” that Collidescope hopes to release in early 2023. Collidescope is essentially a duo that includes: Hadiza. on vocals, beats, & synthesizers; and Madison Monroe on guitar, bass, beats, synthesizers, mixing & vocals. On December 31, 2020 Collidescope released their 7-track album DEEP TAPE. DEEP TAPE includes Victoria Falls Stillwater on addition sound production and vocals, and was mixed and mastered by J.Ashley Miller. DEEP TAPE is a follow up the band’s debut EP SYSTEMIC released December 16, 2017. Hadiza also released her solo album SHADOW WEIGHT on Nov. 22, 2019. More info at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com or http://www.acollidescope.bandcamp.com ]

41. Paul Jesse & Deegan Poores – “Your Sunshine (Feat. Hannah Davis)” / Paul Jesse / April 29, 2022

[“Your Sunshine” is a chill, trip-hop and classic R&B inspired song about feeling the warmth of one’s love even when they’re not in your presence. Over a bliss bed of murky drum samples, chunky bass, jangly guitars, and lush keyboards, Paul layers his vocals with featured vocalist and friend Hannah Davis to create huge harmonies. The anthemic chorus is an instant earworm. This song was the first collaboration between Paul and Deegan, and has led to a fruitful musical partnership. // Paul Jesse is a 20 year old singer songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Paul Jesse & X-GD released the single “To The Sky” on February 25, 2022, and “Stuck This Way” on October 6, 2021. Paul Jesse released the single & video for the song,“Gone,” directed by @strife.studios. Info at: http://www.facebook.com/pauljessemusic/ Deegan Poores release his album “Vanishing” on February 11, 2022. It was a follow up single to “Vanishing” released December 19, 2021. Deegan Pooresis a singer, songwriter, and producer from Kansas City, Kansas. “Vanishing” was co-produced by Remy Styrk. To see the “Vanishing” video, directed and produced by Remy Styrk visit: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCie5UaItSkEugr7MJ6ubzvg // Paul Jesse is a singer and songwriter from Lawrence, Kansas who combines his smooth and passionate vocals with production that combines elements of hip-hop, trap, pop, and psychedelic R&B. His self-produced debut EP, Stuck This Way, came out late last year and is a great document of his sound. His debut album is coming out later this year, and you can listen to lead single and X-GD collaboration “To the Sky” here, also available for download and airplay.// Producer Deegan Poores is also from Lawrence, Kansas, and he combines elements of indie rock, power pop, R&B, yacht rock, synth pop, jazz, dance pop, and electronic music to create an eclectic, genre-bending sound. His debut album, The “Vanishing” Album, came out in February, and documents his sound well. Reply back if you would like downloads of either Paul’s EP or Deegan’s album]

42. Scruffy & The Janitors – “Post Meridian” / Scruffy & The Janitors / March 2, 2022

[Saint Joseph, MO based trio formed by Steven Foster on vocals & bass, Teriq Newton on guitar & vocals, and Trevin Newton on drums. Scruffy & The Janitors have been described as creating working-class punk and catchy alt-rock. Scruffy & The Janitors have played at: SXSW, Middle Of the Map Fest, NXNE, and Lawrence Field Day Fest. They have also opened for: KONGOS, Kitten, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Brick + Mortar, Radkey, Cheap Girls, Skaters, Bass Drum Of Death, Your Friend, Rev Gusto, and Dreamgirl.]

43. Alisa Jefferson – “Angel” / Alisa Jefferson / May 8, 2022

[Alisa writes: “Angel was released on Mother’s Day and is dedicated to anyone and everyone going through or overcoming something heavy, unresolved conflict, the therapists who listen, and to all spirit guides near and far.” Angel was recorded at Alisa’s home studio. Jeremy KeelerLawrence, Kanss musician Jeremy Keeler added guitar part. Angel was mixed and mastered by Andy Oxman. On June 1, 2021 Alisa Jefferson released the 10-song solo debut album, TELL ME. All lyrics, instrumentation, vocals, melodies, song content for TELL ME was written and created by Alisa Jefferson. TELL ME was also recorded by Alisa Jefferson. Mixed and produced by Alisa Jefferson and Andy Oxman of SoundWorks Recording Studio, Blue Springs, Mo. And mastered by Matt Elliott of Black Sky Studios, Buckner, MO. Alisa Jefferson grew up in KC. She played viola in her school orchestra and received her first acoustic guitar at age 13. Alisa established her rock trio, Morning Fix, in 1994, singing & playing bass. In December, 2014, Alisa established, fronted, and played bass in the rock trio, Radial Red. In 2019 Alisa performed on the side stage with Joan Jett and Heart at Starlight Theatre with KC band, Mad Libby. More info at: http://www.alisajeffersonmusic.com Alisa Jefferson was out guest on WMM on June 2, 2021 and February 10, 2021]

44. Jessica Paige – “Kissing In The Rain” / Independent / April 27, 2022

[Jessica Paige is a master storyteller, translating personal experience into music that is sophisticated, diverse in its influences, and instantly relatable. Her commanding voice has been described as equal parts Norah Jones and Janis Joplin, an uncommon union of sultry warmth & raw power. Jessica recently recorded her 2nd album at the legendary Bear Creek Studio. Jessica released her breakthrough album SWEET NOTHINGS on September 18, 2015. Jessica also performs with Kadesh Flow. She’s opened for Corinne Bailey Rae, Hembree, Yes You Are, and Nicole Atkins. “She’s a must see with her strong stage presence and sultry vocals.” -The Heartland Today “The record showcases Paige’s gift for crafting lovely, indelible melodies and for her expressive, soulful voice, which shifts easily among several styles”- KC Star, 3-time American Idol semi-finalist. Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International. Voted Best KC Vocalist (The Pitch 2018). The Best KC Music- KCUR 89.3. Info at http://www.jesspaige.com]

45. Little Little – “Everyone Else But Me” / Little Little / February 22, 2021

[Little Little is the solo music project of Drew Little of the band Heels, and formerly of Vedera. More info at: http://www.instagram.com/littlelittlesound%5D

46. New Obsessions – “Lies” / Haymaker Records / June 17, 2022

[New Obsessions is basically a solo project for Jorge Arana who is the creative force and lead singer and lead guitarist for the Jorge Arana Trio. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/newobsessionsmusic / Jorge Arana Trio released Mammoth on Haymaker Records on September 23, 2016. Recorded in early 2016 by Justin Wilson at Sound 81 Productions. Jorge Arana Trio is: Jorge Arana, Josh Enyart, & Jason Nash. Formed in 2011. Mammoth is the 3rd album and 2nd full length release. Jorge Arana Trio played their first album release concert at recordBar, September 2 with 34 and Riala. The Jorge Arana Trio joined us live on WMM.]

47. Kansas City Bear Fighters – “Sea Monkey Dream Sequence” / KC Bear Fighters / Aug. 17, 2022

[Founded in the cruel winter of 2007, The Kansas City Bear Fighters first took shape as one lonely man’s homage to music as a salve for the soul. Originally, the group performed under the nom de plume “The Denver Broncos” which many considered to be the product of one man’s struggling and genius search for a fire that could crack the deep cavernous walls of his soul. // Quinn, the band’s leader and sole songwriter, took up music after a failed career as the leader of a short-lived, but violent, cult. Sean, brother of Quinn, son of Stephen and Katherine, is as tough as the soviet hammer and as crooked as the scythe that crosses it. Grant is a man of many talents who collects stamps and is an amateur etymologist; both trades he learned while serving a eight year sentence in Leavenworth for torturing a farmer and his wife. Jeffrey Williams, the newest and most flexible member of the band, was the youngest of his family acrobat act called “The Flying Williamses”. A gangster who’d been extorting money from the circus sabotaged their trapeze equipment, and Jeff was the only one who survived the disaster. As part of his elaborate vow to avenge his family, he took up playing the guitar. // The crooners play regularly throughout the Midwest. More info at http://www.kcbearfighters.com.

48. Heath Church – “Anesthesia” / Heath Church / January 7, 2022

[Heath Church is an American singer-songwriter from KC who primarily plays indie-folk music. His style is inspired by Elliott Smith, John Prine, Rivers Cuomo, and The Smiths. Featuring melodies that are often melancholy but yet catchy, many of his songs include intimate vocals, poetic lyrics, and warm acoustic guitar tracks. Heath enjoys performing at many types of venues all over the Midwest and connecting with the locals at his shows. Heath enjoys playing music in smaller, intimate venues and interacting with his faudiences. Heath has released three 5-song EPs and eight singles. Heath Church Discography: “Mystery To Me” (Single) on Feb. 6, 2021. “Free Fall” (Single) on Nov. 27, 2020. COSMIC LOVE 5-track EP on Sept. 18, 2020. “Back to Brazil” (Single) on Aug. 14, 2020. “The Stranger” (Single) on July 10, 2020. “Echoes of You“ (Single) on May 8, 2020. “Extra Pain” (Single) on November 18, 2019. CHEMICAL OPTOMETRY 5-song EP on June 14, 2019. “All Messed Up” (Single) on December 7, 2018. “Breaking Even” (Single) on April 6, 2018. THE THINGS I’VE TRIED (5-song EP) on December 23, 2017. “Dna” (Single) on October 11, 2017. “The Beautiful Things That Haunt Us” (Single ) on Sept. 15, 2014. Info at: http://www.instagram.com/heathchurchmusic Heath Church joinrd us last on WMM on July 15, 2020]

49. Danny Cox – “Big John Buck O’Neil” / East of Troost Music, BMI / Dec. 6, 2021

[Danny Cox released, “Big John Buck O’Neil” just one day after Buck was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Jr. (Nov. 13, 1911 – Oct. 6, 2006) was a first baseman and manager in the Negro American League, mostly with the KC Monarchs. After his playing days, he worked as a scout and became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he became a popular and renowned speaker & interview subject, helping to renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in KC, Missouri. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021 as an executive. // O’Neil’s life was documented in Joe Posnanski’s 2007 book The Soul of Baseball. // O’Neil was born in Carrabelle, Florida, to John Jordan O’Neil (1873–1954) and Louella Campbell (maiden; 1884–1945). O’Neil was initially denied the opportunity to attend high school owing to racial segregation. Florida had only four high schools specifically for African Americans. He grew up in Sarasota, Florida in the Newtown community. O’Neil worked the celery fields in Sarasota while his father ran a pool hall in Newtown. He then later moved to Jacksonville with relatives and attended Edward Waters College, where he completed high school and two years of college courses. // He left Florida in 1934 for several years of semi-professional “barnstorming” experiences (playing interracial exhibition games). The effort paid off, and in 1937, O’Neil signed with the Memphis Red Sox for their first year of play in the newly formed Negro American League. His contract was sold to the Monarchs the following year.// O’Neil had a career batting average of .288 between 1937 & 1950, including four .300-plus seasons at the plate, as well as five seasons in which he did not top .260. In 1946, the first baseman led the NAL with a .353 batting average and followed that in 1947 with a .350 mark in 16 games. He also posted averages of .345 in 1940 and .330 in 1949. He played in three East-West All-Star Games in three different seasons and two Negro World Series.// O’Neil’s baseball career was interrupted for two years (1944 & 1945) during World War II when he joined the U.S. Navy after the close of the 1943 season. He served his enlistment in a naval construction battalion in New Jersey. He returned to the Monarchs at the start of the 1946 season. // O’Neil was named manager of the Monarchs in 1948 after Frank Duncan’s retirement, and continued to play first base as well as a regular through 1951, dropping to part-time status afterward. He managed the Monarchs for eight seasons from 1948 through 1955 during the declining years of the Negro leagues, winning two league titles and a shared title in which no playoff was held during that period. His two undisputed pennants were won in 1953 and 1955, when the league had shrunk to fewer than six teams. // O’Neil was known to have played full-time in 1951 and as a reserve and pinch-hitter as late as 1955, but Negro leagues statistics for the period 1951 and after are considered unreliable, and rapidly dropping below major league quality. // When Tom Baird sold the Monarchs at the end of the 1955 season, O’Neil resigned as manager and became a scout for the Chicago Cubs, and is credited for signing Hall of Fame player Lou Brock to his first professional baseball contract. O’Neil is sometimes incorrectly credited with also having signed Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to his first contract; Banks was originally scouted and signed to the Monarchs by Cool Papa Bell, then manager of the Monarchs’ barnstorming B team in 1949. He played briefly for the Monarchs in 1950 and 1953, his play interrupted by Army duty. O’Neil was Banks’ manager during those stints, and Banks was signed to play for the Cubs more than two years before O’Neil joined them as a scout. He was named the first black coach in the major leagues by the Cubs in 1962, although he was not assigned in-game base coaching duties, nor was he included in the Cubs’ “College of Coaches” system, and was never allowed to manage the team during that time. After many years with the Cubs, O’Neil became a KC Royals scout in 1988, and was named “Midwest Scout of the Year” in 1998. // O’Neil gained national prominence with his compelling descriptions of the Negro leagues as part of Ken Burns’ 1994 PBS documentary on baseball. Afterwards, he became the subject of countless national interviews, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder. // In 1990, O’Neil led the effort to establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, and served as its honorary board chairman until his death. In 1996, O’Neil became the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri – KC in Kansas City, Missouri. // In Feb. 2002, at the end of the NLBM’s Legacy Awards annual banquet, O’Neil received an induction ring from the baseball scouts Hall of Fame in St. Louis. // O’Neil and all-star Ichiro Suzuki developed a relationship, with Ichiro attending the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with O’Neil and seeking O’Neil’s knowledge of the game when the Seattle Mariners would have road games in KC. “With Buck, I felt something big. The way he carried himself, you can see and tell and feel he loved this game.” // On May 13, 2006, he received an honorary doctorate in education from Missouri Western State University where he also gave the commencement speech. // O’Neil was a member of the 18-member Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee from 1981 to 2000 and played an important role in the induction of six Negro league players from 1995 to 2001 during the time the Hall had a policy of inducting one Negro leaguer per year. O’Neil was nominated to a special Hall ballot for Negro league players, managers, and executives in 2006, but received fewer than the necessary nine votes (out of twelve) to gain admission; however, 17 other Negro league figures were selected. // “God’s been good to me. They didn’t think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That’s the way they thought about it and that’s the way it is, so we’re going to live with that. Now, if I’m a Hall of Famer for you, that’s all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don’t weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful.” On July 29, 2006, O’Neil spoke at the induction ceremony for the Negro league players at the Baseball Hall of Fame. // The KC T-Bones retired O’Neil’s jersey. The team is now known as The KC Monarchs as a tribute to O’Neil and former Monarchs players. Just before the Hall of Fame ceremonies, O’Neil signed a contract with the KC T-Bones on July 17 to allow him to play in the Northern League All-Star Game. Before the game, O’Neil was “traded” to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and was listed as the starting shortstop, although after drawing an intentional walk, he was replaced before actually playing in the field. At the end of the inning, another “trade” was announced that brought O’Neil back to the KC team, allowing him to lead off the bottom of the inning as well (drawing another intentional walk). // On Aug. 5, 2006, O’Neil was admitted to a KC hospital after complaining that he did not feel well. He was admitted for fatigue and was released three days later only to be re-admitted on Sept. 17. On Sept. 28, KC media reported O’Neil’s condition had worsened. On Oct. 6, O’Neil died at the age of 94 due to heart failure and bone marrow cancer. // During the ESPN opening day broadcast of the 2007 KC Royals, on April 2, 2007, Joe Morgan announced the Royals would honor O’Neil by placing a fan in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat in Kauffman Stadium each game who best exemplifies O’Neil’s spirit. The seat itself has been replaced by a red seat amidst the all-blue seats behind home plate in Section 101, Row C, Seat 1. Due to the renovations and section renumbering in 2009 the seat number is now Section 127, Row C, Seat 9, and the seat bottom is now padded. The first person to sit in “Buck’s seat” was Buck O’Neil’s brother, Warren G. O’Neil (1917–2013), who also played in the Negro American League. // On December 7, 2006, O’Neil was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush; the award was presented to his brother, Warren, on his behalf on Dec. 15. He was chosen due to his “excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field”, according to the White House news release. He joins other baseball notables such as Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, and Jackie Robinson in receiving the United States’ highest civilian honor. On Nov. 13, 2012 the family of Buck O’Neil donated his Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in honor of what would have been O’Neil’s 101st birthday. The medal will be showcased in a special area of the NLBM dedicated to O’Neil. // On March 31, 2007—the day of Major League Baseball’s first annual Civil Rights Game—O’Neil was posthumously awarded MLB’s first annual Beacon of Life Award at the inaugural MLB Beacon Awards luncheon. // On Oct. 24, 2007, O’Neil was posthumously given a Lifetime Achievement Award named after him. He had fallen short in the Hall of Fame vote in 2006; however, he was honored in 2007 with a new award given by the Hall of Fame, to be named after him. // In 2008 a life size statue of O’Neil was placed on display inside the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on 18th and Vine in Kansas City, and the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented no more than every three years. // At the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2008, Joe Morgan gave a dedication speech for the award and talked about O’Neil’s life, repeatedly citing the title of O’Neil’s autobiography, I Was Right on Time. // On November 5, 2021, O’Neil was selected to the final ballot of 10 candidates for consideration by the Early Days Committee during voting for induction to the Hall of Fame. Candidates needed to receive at least 12 of 16 votes (75%) for election, with the results to be announced in December. On Dec 5, the Hall of Fame announced that O’Neil and Bud Fowler had been elected, with 13 and 12 votes, respectively.]

50. BCCC – “Elephant Talk” / Brad Cox / April 1, 2022

[BCCC is the quarantine inspired father/daughter duo of 7-year old Cecilia Cox on vocals, trumpet, and E flat peck horn and Brad Cox on vocals and other instruments. In addition to making music, Brad and Cecilia enjoy baking pumpkin pies, gardening, and reading early issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” This is the 2nd single from BCCC who released, “Psycho Killer” on Jan. 9, 2021. More info at: http://www.bccc.bandcamp.com. Originally recorded by English progressive rock band King Crimson, for their eighth studio album Discipline, released on September 22, 1981 by E.G. Records in the United Kingdom and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States.This album was King Crimson’s first album following a seven-year hiatus. Only band co-founder and guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford remained from the previous incarnation. They were joined by two American musicians: guitarist, vocalist and lyricist Adrian Belew and bassist and backing vocalist Tony Levin. “Elephant talk was written by Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford. The album featured a more streamlined, new wave influenced sound.]

NEXT WEEK, on November 30, Nick Spacek – Music Writer for The Pitch Kansas City, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – Host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – Founder & Editor of I Heart Local Music will share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2022.

In Two Weeks: WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2022. Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series on December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2022 we’ve played hundreds of New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted over 120 interviews with 120 special guests.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2022 +
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2022

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]

Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2022

  1. (#15.) Kris Bruders – “Butterflies and Turpentine”
    from: “Butterflies and Turpentine” / Kris Bruders / August 24, 2022
    [One of many new singles Kris Bruders has recently recorded with friends and collaborators. Kris Bruders is also performing with a new band called, Copper Threading, that he describes as ”that sweet sound of that old family harmony of Havilah Bruders and Kenese Cartwright right next to the trains with the beautiful upright bass sound of Brandon Day and the sweet sounds of a mandolin by Corey Clark and yours truly.” Many Kansas City music fans know Kristopher Bruders for his great work with band, Cadillac Flambé with his wife, vocalist and keyboard player, Havilah Bruders. Kristopher Bruders is also one half of the band, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, with Mark Smeltzer. Kristopher Bruders is a beautiful, peaceful gentleman and then we turn on the microphone and are blown away by the power of the voice, truly reminding me of a far away train, getting closer in the middle of a cold dark night. Freight Train Rabbit Killer is described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. Freight Train Rabbit Killer released their album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl from Haymaker Records. Three years in the making, there were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics. “The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans joining the band in the studio, experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the engineering work and studio access and a previous collaborator, Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album.]

[Freight Rain Rabbit Killer play recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave. KCMO, on December 2, with Godzillionaire, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers.]

{Kris Bruders plays Murder Basllad Ball 10, Saturday, December 10, at 6:00 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, KCMO, a benefit for Midwest Music Foundation.]

  1. (#14) Hembree & morgyn – “Float”
    from: “Float“ – Single / Oread Records / September 9, 2022
    [morgxn is a homosensitive musical artist based in Nashville. Along with this single Hambree released the 13-track album, IT’S A DREAM! On Oread Records on February 4, 2022. Hembree is a KC born band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. The band was founded by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward later joined in 2018. Hembree quickly garnered national attention after their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial that aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose. Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018. In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019. In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival. They will also appear on the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”. Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch. Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018. “Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.” “Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree released the single, “Reach Out” on July 20, 2021 and “Operators (feat. Bodye)” on Sept. 21, 2021on Oread Records. Info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com]
  1. (#13.) Kye Colors – “Phil Collins” from: “Phil Collins” – Single / Wasteland Records / March 25, 2022 [Kye Colors, born J’Kye Slatton, is a 21 year-old rapper and producer from the South side of Kansas City, Missouri. Kye began writing music as early as age 5, usually done in crayons. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” Colors says. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” // The name Kye Colors derives from multiple meanings. The first coming from the idea that hues enact certain moods, “you can feel orange, you can feel yellow, you can feel brown; it’s like an emotion” says Kye. The second is best described through his lyrics on the track Broken Place, “I’m KC for real, check the initials.” // His gift of rap was nurtured and harbored from Elementary School to High School. As a teenager, Kye’s talent was quickly taken notice by his peers. While in school, his seniors made sure that he would get his high school diploma before he could fully pursue his music career. After sporadic trials with rap he went by the name Kye Colors by age 14. The same year he began producing. // In 2015 he released his first mixtape entitled “00“. The project garnered attention from hip hop fans all over the Kansas City Metropolitan. In 2017, he joined the rap collective “CaviArt” alongside artists Gee Watts, A’Sean, Ray Muney, and others. // Soon after and at only 17 years old, he would release his 1st full length project “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. The project also led to him performing alongside Denzel Curry, Famous Dex, Wiz Khalifa, Lil TJay and many more. // “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. // In 2019, Kye released some of his most popular single releases to date including “Sweet Thang,” “Doggy,” “Talk About It” and more. These independent releases would land him on platforms such as Baller Alert, a modeling gig with Lee Jeans, and national airplay on Shade45. // In 2020, at the age of 20 he founded his label “Wasteland Records” partnering with manager Jesse Brown and Jaron Baston. He went on his first independent tour and released his 2nd LP With Love By Faith. It peaked at 166 on the Top 200 Rap/Hip Hop albums on iTunes. // Come 2021, Kye delivered three glossy singles “Nike Boy Freetstyle”, “Grateful”, “1-800” and an impressive five-track EP “WOW” in which helped him rank in the top 10K “R&B, Funk & Soul” artists in the world. // Kye kicked off 2022 with a flamboyant and captivating new single “TAKE UR PLACE”. A track thats surely setting the mood for whats to come. // From having a vibrant young passion for his penmanship to flourishing on the energy of his supporters, Kye looks to establish his mark in the industry as a rapper, and creative with a purpose. The artist intends to create moving and powerful connections through his newly-constructed label, releasing quality music, and collectively refining the abilities of his sound. More info at: http://www.kyecolors.com]
  1. (#12.) Kasey Rausch – “Smokin’ Marijuana (feat. The Naughty Pines)” from: “Smokin’ Marijuana”- Single / Kasey Rausch / Nov. 9, 2022 (KaseyRausch.com ONLY)[Written by Kasey Rausch who is also on vocals & acoustic guitar; Marco Pascolini on baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on electric guitar; Richard Burgess on electric bass; Sweet Matt Brahl on drums. Everybody soings the last chorus. Engineered and Mixed at Temple Sounds, Kansas City, MO by Brendan Moreland. Mastered at Oddio Hut, Shawnee, KS by Chad Meise.“There was a time my lips were sealed about somethin’ I do. Society would punish me and judge everything that I do. I tried to live authentically, but the Man and his upper hand held me down and laid me low, so now I take a stand.” Kasey Rausch writes: That’s it in a nutshell. Those first lines from my new single, “Smokin’ Marijuana” setup a great piece of my history with utilizing cannabis as a medicine. Besides having to navigate the legalities of possessing the herb, (which BTW kids, was cracked down on much harder a couple of decades ago), I also had to walk the tightrope of raising children in a society that wanted to punish me for using a natural remedy for chronic migraines, myalgia and anxiety. And, yeah. OK. I partied a bit, too, when I was young, but at 48 years old, I’ve grown up, as people do, and just want my medicine without having to risk my livelihood for it. // I’ve had this song in my back pocket ready to release at the right time. Strangely, it didn’t even occur to me until the November 8th election day to release it if Amendment 3 passed, making recreational marijuana legal for adults 21+. While I don’t think the Amendment is perfect, I’m very grateful that so many people will have easy and safe access to this sacred plant and that no parent involved in family court will have to abstain from using their medicine or speak untruthfully about their consumption of it in order to maintain custody of their children. // We live in a culture where for many, many years, a person can easily and legally possess alcohol and firearms, both of which kill far more people every single day than marijuana. Yet this stigma of a precious plant from the Earth that enriches soil, cures maladies and creates well-being is only just now becoming accessible to some people, if you happen to live in the right state of the union. Sugar is far more addictive than marijuana and we pour that into our children’s breakfast bowl every morning. It’s time we form new open pathways of thought and destigmatize the healthy utilization of cannabis sativa. We’ve got it rollin’! Let’s keep growin’! // In the meantime, I’ll be “Smokin’ marijuana ‘cuz I wanna.” // Hip-Hip-Hurr-High! – Kasey Rausch (November 2022) Earlier this year Kasey released the single “She Said Goodbye” on July 8, 2022. Written by Kasey Rausch who is also on vocals & acoustic guitar; Marco Pascolini on baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on electric guitar; Richard Burgess on electric bass; Sweet Matt Brahl on drums; Kelly Hunt on harmony vocals; and Kristin Hamilton on harmony vocals. Engineered and Mixed at Temple Sounds, Kansas City, MO by Brendan Moreland. Mastered at Oddio Hut, Shawnee, KS by Chad Meise. Spring 2022. Kasey says: ““I wrote “She Said Goodbye” as I was experiencing burn-out from the music industry. I quit touring in 2018 and almost entirely quit gigging in 2019. I took a job as a caregiver for a woman with Alzheimers and saw that through to her end-of-life. After some recuperation time for my heart, I began writing feverishly and slowly readied myself for studio work, preparing to record about 30 songs. I called on my longtime band mates in The Country Duo and The Naughty Pines, and two of my favorite vocalists and songwriters, who also happen to be dear friends, Kelly Hunt and Kristin Hamilton, and we made this lil’ gem of a recording happen with the talented engineer and co-producer, Brendan Moreland (Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys). The band mates and I have more music in the recording process and will be releasing songs throughout 2022 and beyond. The goal is not to make a record, but to catalog these songs for my family and have a heck of a good time enjoying the process – which includes getting back to playing live music. I’m ready and I’m falling in love with music again.” // Kasey Rausch (she/her/they) is a 5th generation musician, songwriter, former producer/host of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM and former host of “Campfire” on DittyTV. She plays live and records with multiple variations of the bands The Country Duo, Kasey & The Pines, and The Naughty Pines. Her roots can be found in the Kansas City area, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas (home of the Walnut Valley Festival), and deep Southeast Texas. She was featured with band mate Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo on the legendary Sun Studio Sessions TV show which aired across the US and Canada. No Depression called Rausch’s vocals “tender and intuitive.” Her third album, Guitar in Hand, debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s entertainment guide. She was named 2016’s Best of the Northland (Artist), 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM, and has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Peter Rowan, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, Roland White, William Elliot Whitmore, Gregory Alan Isokvo, Iris DeMent, Ray Bonneville, Kris Delmhorst, Justin Townes Earle, Tish Hinojosa, Jack Williams and many more. More information at: http://www.kaseyrausch.com or http://www.kaseyrausch.bandcamp.com]

[November 26 is the Birthday for Kasey Rausch!!!]

[The Country Duo play Chartreuse Saloon, KCMO, Wednesday, Nov 23 @ 8:00PM]
[Kasey Rausch plays Solo at Rochester Brewing & Roasting Co., Wed., Dec 7 @ 6:PM]
[The Naughty Pines play Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Ship, Tues, Dec 13 @ 7:00PM]
[The Country Duo play Chartreuse Saloon, KCMO on Wed, Dec 28 @ 8:00PM]

  1. (#11) The Creepy Jingles – “Decepticon Artist (feat. The Swallowtails)”
    from: Decepticon Artst (feat. The Swallowtails)” – Single / High Dive Records / Sepr. 9, 2022
    [New single from the band in collaboration with The Swallowtails: (Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals.) This is a follow up to the band”s 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY released on March 25, 2022. Their single “Trojan Horse Girl” (from the album) was the single released February 11, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]
  1. (#10.) Various Blonde – “Too Many Secrets”
    from: “Love is How We Will Survive” – Single / The Record Machine / June 9, 2022
    [Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.” On August 19, 2022 Various Blonde released the single, “Obtuse”. On June 9, 2022 Various Blonde released the single, “Too Many Secrets.” On September 24, 2021 Various Blonde released the single, Love is How We Will Survive.” On March 13, 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 2 through The Record Machine. On January 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 1 through The Record Machine. On September 16, 2016 Various Blonde released the 10-track album ALL BASES COVERED through The Record Machine. On January 13, 2015 Various Blonde release the 10-track album, SUMMER HIGH. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.com]
  1. (#9) Radkey – “Better Than This”
    from: “Better Than This” – Single / Little Man Records / September 23, 2022
    [Radkey also released the single “Games (Tonight)”: on January 28, 2022 on Little Man Records. Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of the critically acclaimed rock trio Radkey joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios on September 5, 2018. Radkey was formed in 2010 in St. Joseph, where the brothers were raised. The family moved to Kansas City. The band has released multiple full-length recordings. IN 2021 Radkey was featured in Dave Grohl’s van-touring documentary film, WHAT DRIVES US. Radkey released GREEN ROOM on Little Man Records on November 27, 2020.On Green Room the band serve as their own producers. Radkey released DARK BLACK MAKE UP in 2015 and DELICIOUS ROCK NOISE in 2016 — plus multiple EPs and singles, and were part of a MasterCard advertising campaign on digital billboards in NYC along with a national television commercial that aired during the 2018 Grammy Awards that brought the band to the attention of Jack White who asked the band to tour with him. In 2018 the band went back on the road with The Damned throughout the United States. In December they went back into the studio to record with producer Bill Stevenson of the California punk rock group Descendents. In early 2019 they played shows in Amsterdam and Stockholm. In 2018 the band released “Basement,” “St. Elwood,” “Rock & Roll Homeschool,” as well as several other singles. On February 22, 2019, Radkey released “No Strange Cats…P.A.W.” a 7-song EP is essentially a collection of the band’s most recent singles. It comes after the January 11, 2019 release of No Strange cats…Spiders – EP a 6 song EP of several new songs mixed with several singles from late 2018.]

[Radkey plays Radkey’s Xmas Evil Eve!, Friday, December 23rd, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, with Drop A Grand, The Many Colored Death, and the legendary Frogpond for the annual Radkey Xmas sleigher!]

  1. (#8) Black Light Animals – “Persephone”
    from: Persephone – Single / Groove King Records / September 23, 2022
    [Persephone” is the latest release from the psychedelic soul group, Black Light Animals, comprised of members of the soul powerhouse, The Freedom Affair. Written and produced by Black Light Animals. Alex Hartmann on drums & percussion, Branden Moser on bass & background vocal, Cody Calhoun on lead electric guitar & background vocals, Colby Bales on lead & background vocals, & acoustic guitar, with Alyssa Bell on viola, Matt Bennett on violin, and Sascha Groschang on cello. String Arrangement by Alyssa Bell and Colby Bales. Mixed and Engineered by Cole Bales. Album Artwork by Sean at Pariah in the Sky. Video Directed by Dave BrickThe track is modeled after the sweeping, orchestral arrangements akin to the likes of Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood as well as David Axelrod. And in the tradition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” the song tells the story of the narrator’s plea to a mysterious woman to not steal her lover’s heart. This new single follows the release of Black Light Animals’ full length debut album, Playboys of The Western World released on Groove King Records on July 3, 2020. Black Light Animals played a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, Saturday, August 21, with The Freedom Affair. Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]

[The Freedom Affair plays their Thanksgiving Tradition TONIGHT, November 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, West Bottoms.]

10:32 – Underwriting

15 of WMM’s Favorite 50 Singles of 2022

  1. (#7.) Olivia Fox – “Let Me Down Slow”
    from: “Let Me Down Slow” – Single / Olivia Fox Music / September 23, 2022
    [Let Me Down Slow is produced by Tyler Banks, their longtime producer, drummer and now add co-writer to the list. “Tyler has always been a crucial part to our overall sound and production. We’ve worked together a certain way for so long, that it is so nice to create these new batches of songs from the ground up with him. That’s really made the songwriting process so enjoyable to have everyone now involved. And you can feel that in the music,” says lead singer Flynn.The Kansas City based band, OLIVIA FOX is Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith. The trio released their full length album “Carbon” on August 23, 2019. The band has previously released multiple singles and two EPs. OLIVIA FOX create music that is a unique marriage between classic folk instrumentation, vocals, and harmonies to modern programmed beats and synth pads. OLIVIA FOX were all brought together through their manager David “DJ” Lee. In 2019 year Lauren had a baby boy, Aubrey got married, and Tiffany adopted a new doggie. // Their album CARBON was Produced by Tyler Banks. Co-Produced by David “DJ” Lee. All Songs written by Lauren Flynn, BMI, Except “Blame” written by Lauren Flynn and David “DJ” Lee. All Vocals by OVFX. Additional vocals on “Not Going Down” by: Kianna Alarid, Jessica Paige, Jo Mackenzie, Kat King, Nicki White, Natalie Norman, and Crystal Rose. All drums, synths and programming by Tyler Banks. All Violin by Tiffany Smith. Acoustic guitars by Lauren Flynn. Acoustic guitars on “Across the Water” and “Carbon” by Katy Guillen. Acoustic guitars on “Easy” and “Utah” by Josh Johnson. Piano on “Little Bird” and “Elevator Doors” by Jess Hughes. Album artwork: Chet Flynn. OLIVIA FOX were last on WMM on April 4, 2018 and Nov. 13, 2019. Info at http://www.weareoliviafox.com]
  1. (#6) Kadesh Flow – “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)”
    from: “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / January 21, 2022
    [This was the first of 6 singles Kadesh Flow released this year. “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. On October 21, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single ”Chill (feat. Mir Blackwell).” On October 10, 2022 Kadesh Flow released “Dream For Me.” On September 30, 2022 Marcus Lewis Big Band released the single, “You’re Very Special (feat. Kemet Coleman, Kadesh Flow & Kevin Church Johnson).” On July 1, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single “Away From You.”About that single Kadesh told us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over nearly 30 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 24 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com]

[Deshica Rage (Kadesh + Jessica Paige) play a Thanksgiving EVE BASH, TONIGHT Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave, KCMO. Nighthawk is located below Hotel Kansas City at 13th & Baltimore in Downtown KC.]

  1. (#5) The Phantastics – “All That Fine – Single”
    from: “All That Fine”- Single / Kemet Creative / May 6, 2022
    [8 member band from KC formed in December of 2010. Kemet the Phantom on lead vocals; Leigh Gibbs on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, DJ Mitchell on saxophone; Ryan Jamaal Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz & Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. On Oct. 18, 2019 The Phantastics released LIVE AT THE PLAZA ART FAIR. On Aug. 24, 2018 The Phantastics released the EP, LIFE OF THE PARTY. On Dec. 14, 2013 The Phantastics released their debut album THE CLOSER. Info at: http://www.thephantastics.com
  1. (#4) Claire Adams– “If It Isn’t Right (feat. Rewound & Alyssa Murray)[Alyssa Murray Remix]” from: If It Isn’t Right (feat. Rewound & Alyssa Murray)[Alyssa Murray Remix] / Claire Adams / April 15, 2022 [This features Rewound and Alyssa Murray. Our friend Claire Adams recently wrote to us saying, “Alyssa Murray made a super cool remix of one of the songs off the last album and I wanted to share it with you. The song is ‘If It Isn’t Right’ and also features the Rewound string trio and an arrangement by Peter Lawless. Alyssa really made it her own and gave it a whole new spin, she’s amazing!” Here are the full credits: Vocals: Claire Adams, Alyssa Murray, Fritz Hutchison. Synths and Beats: Alyssa Murray. Cello: Ezgi Karakus. Viola: Alyssa Bell. Violin: Carmen Dieker. String Arrangement: Peter Lawless. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab. Cover Art by Cassie Allen. ‘If It Isn’t Right’ written by Claire Adams. This song was originally on Claire’s acclaimed album YOU KNOW I KNOW YOU originally released April 24, 2020. The album was lost in the COVID 19 of 2020. The album was properly given a “release show” and put out on CD in 2021. 10 songs all written by Claire Adams. Recorded at The Blue House in Kansas City, MO. Additional tracking at MARZ Studios in Nederland, TX. Mixed & mastered at Weights + Measures Soundlab in KCMO. Written by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on guitars, bass, and vocals; Alyssa Murray on keyboards & vocals; and Fritz Hutchison on drums & vocals. Claire also released: Words of Love on Feb. 5, 2021 – Recorded and Produced by Claire Adams at Casa 34 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures in Kansas City, MO. Cover Photo by Hugo Parasol. ‘So This Is Love’ written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. ‘Pocketful Of Rainbows’ written by Ben Weisman, ‘Till There Was You’ written by Meredith Wilson. “Words of Love” written by Claire Adams. ‘Calico Skies’ written by Paul McCartney. Claire also released the EP Moras under the moniker, Mismo Sismo (same earthquake) on July 21, 2021. Claire Adams wrote and recorded this EP at home during the first months of the COVID-19 quarantine. The three songs are meant to be played all together but also stand alone. Mismo Sismo is a collaboration with photographer Hugo Parasol. Claire played guitar on True Lions album THE FEMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In 2020 Clairplayed with the band Ondist for their three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on Aug. 14, and Mise en Place on Nov. 13, 2020 with songs recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Claire also participated in Katy Guillen and The Girls Reunion shows in summer of 2021. Claire Adams on WMM on April 7, 2021. Info at: https://claireadams.bandcamp.com%5D
  1. (#3.) Major Matt Mason USA – “Stupid Feelings”
    from: “Stupid Feelings” – Single / Olive Juice Music / May 6, 2022
    [Matt Roth on guitar & vocals, Brian Hurtgen on drums, Dane Bridges on bass. Recorded and mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Audio (Shawnee, KS). Produced by Matt Roth and Paul Malinowski. copyright 2022 (Claws Beat Skin BMI) Matt writes, “This is a song about releasing yourself and others from judgment. It’s a celebration of the beautiful messes that we are and that strange peace you feel when you’re cleaning up after the party that trashed your house the night before.”Major Matt Mason USA previously released “Endless Summer” on Movember 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays miniBar 3810 Broadway Ave, KCMO On Saturday, December 3, at 8:00 PM opening for The Dsluts.]

  1. (#2) Ivory Blue – “Starlit Love Child”
    from: “Starlit Live Child’ – Single / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / October 28, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released their full length debut album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017.
    Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D
  1. (#1) Jass – “Higher Ground”
    from: “Higher Ground” – Single / JASS / August 16, 2022,
    [Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. This new single follows her release, “Him” on February 23, 2022. Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos .. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” // Last month un August – Jass played a SOLD OUT Thundercat show at GRINDERS, released a brand new single called HIGHER GROUND and in the first month there are 500 streams and it was added to Sofar Sounds CHILL VIBES Spotify playlist, and Jass played a SOLD OUT @sofarsoundskc show, and headlined a show at The Bottleneck in Lawrence with my boys! (Colby Bales and Brande Moser), and she opened up for The New Respects at The Uptown, and sang the Negro National Anthem at BLAQUE to School Night at the KC Monarchs game.More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

You just heard the Top 15 of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022. Check http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org or our WMM Facebook page and for the complete list of WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series on December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2022 we’ve played hundreds of New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted over 120 interviews with 120 special guests.

11:00 – Station ID

Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Musical Recordings of 2022.

Michelle Bacon, is Content Manager at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International.

Michelle plays drums in the band Frogpond, who will be playing Radkey’s Xmas Evil Eve!, Friday, December 23rd, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, with Drop A Grand, The Many Colored Death, for the annual Radkey Xmas sleigher!

Michelle also plays bass with Other Americans, and The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, at recordBar, with: Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals & guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Julia Haile and Camry Ivory on backing vocals, Matt Ronan on percussion, Christine Broxterman on cello, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, and special guests.

Michelle announced that the 7th Annual David Bowie Tribute will be Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 2023, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Avenue, KCMO.

11:00 – Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Musical Recordings of 2022.

  1. BLACKSTARKIDS – “CYBERKISS 2 U”
    from: CYBERKISS / Dirty Hit / September 23, 2022
    [From the band’s new fifth album, and their third with Dirty Hit Records, all in the last 4 years. Blackstarkids are phenomenon who came out of Kansas City in 2020 became the soundtrack for the summer. Blackstarkids are a pop/R&B/hip-hop trio based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The members have known each other since high school in Raytown, Missouri. Members met at Raytown South High School and formed the band in 2019. The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, on August 1, 2019. Blackstarkids then released their second album SURF through their own label Bedroom Records on February 28, 2020. Blackstarkids caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and were then signed to The 1975’s management company and UK-based label Dirty Hit Records. They were featured in Clash Magazine. Blackstarkids then released, Surf Basement Demos on Dirty Hit Records on March 5, 2020. On October 29, 2020, Blackstarkids released Whatever, Man on Dirty Hit Records, their third album release of 2020. Gabe, of Blackstarkids recently described the KC Music community to an interviewer, “The music scene here is really nice. There are a lot of bands who are super talented and do all types of genres. The jazz music here is really great as well. Kansas City is honestly a hidden gem when it comes to music. I feel like you can meet an artist anywhere and anyplace in this city.” Deiondre added, “The music scene here is getting cool now, there’s a lot of jazz musicians that go to school for music here too but you can find people from different scenes all over if around the city.” Ty wrote, “The Kansas City scene is great, the community here is so supportive and genuine. This is a really prideful city here and I think they’re finally getting the musicians they deserve.”]

[Blackstarkids are scheduled to play Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 2022.

  1. Good Lemons – “Lemon Squeeze”
    from: ‘Lemon Squeeze” – Single / Good Lemons / August 30, 2022
    [Brother-Sister indie rock duo, but not like the White Stripes. Like, actually. Good Lemons released three singles in 2022 (so far): “Lemon Squeeze” on August 30, 2022 “Pretty” on September 28, 2022; “Coming Home” with Sleepy Souls on October 28, 2022.]
  1. Kat King – “With Nothing in My Way”
    from: “With Nothing In My Way” – Single / Manor Records / September 30, 2022
    [Kat King writes: Written in the peak of lock down after a very necessary break-up, this was one of those songs that kind of “magically” flew out of me. The dichotomy of being locked in my home while also feeling a resounding new freedom was interesting to say the least. It was the first time in a long time that I felt like I could give my whole being into caring about others and prioritizing self-care in a way I hadn’t been able to because I wasn’t caught up in my own afflictions. Musically it became a challenge of how many melodies I could stack on each other without it turning into chaos to really emphasize the feeling of “I can give my energy to whatever I want to.” Any time I play it I try and remind myself to not lose that energy and I hope it does the same for you. Produced by Joel Martin. This new single follows their single “New Sun” released Juy 29, 2022.Led by Kat, on vocals with. Derek Melies on guitar, John Kaul McCain on bass, Daniel Cole on drums, & Kara LePage on keys bring a refreshing dynamism both on and off the stage. Centering on themes of self-care, steadfast friendship, and revitalizing optimism, “New Sun” was a follow up to the June 9, 2021 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN 5-track EP recorded with her band. Co-produced & mixed/mastered by Joel Martin. Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single Song of Spain in 2019 and her single “2017” in, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. More info at: http://www.katbking.com] [Kat King plays Ha Ha Tonka’s 12th Tonka’s-giving at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave., KCMO on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 7:00 PM .]
  1. Flare Tha Rebel-“Playground (feat. The Belief Cycle & Leigh Adams)”
    from: Summer You, Summer Me. / Shafer / October 21, 2022
    [“Rosé All Day” was the lead single from Flare Tha Rebel’s new EP. Playful, yet meaningful, the song is about an empowered woman of which a man is pursuing. Lines within the song such as “and if she’s a tease she can do that ya’ll / she don’t owe you nothing man, please back off”, attempt to change the at times degrading scenarios of this power dynamic. The narrative is done in the backdrop of fun and lighthearted warm weather days, cool summernights, and, of course, plenty of rosé. Continuing with Flare’s Art to Empower initiative, “Rosé All Day” aims to raise funds and awareness for a nonprofit, which this time is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Abuse (MOCSA). Career and love brought hip-hop MC Flare Tha Rebel back to his hometown of Kansas City, MO, which created a second wind of new music. Noted by The Pitch, “As a member of hip-hop collective Anti-Crew, Flare Tha Rebel made quite an impact on the Kansas City hip-hop scene. After making the leap from KC to Chicago in the late ‘00s, he’s now back…” Known for a highly energetic live performance, Flare has shared the stage with artists such as Chance the Rapper, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Lethal, Nappy Roots, and CES Cru. Although hip-hop at the core, Flare Tha Rebel’s versatility remains as he balances music with socially progressive themes that are still enjoyable enough to raise a glass to at a party. There’s also a duality to Flare’s approach. Many of his songs are connected to his Art to Empower initiative, raising awareness and funds for a variety of social justice causes and nonprofits. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pullian were guests on WMM, Aug. 11, 2021. Flare The Rebel released the EP, The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged on July 9, 2021. The recording was #9 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com]
  1. MellowPhobia – “Weekender”
    from: “Weekender” – Single / Jackal And Hide Records / July 1, 2022
    [Music and Lyrics by Tillie Alexandra Hall, Producer Tillie Alexandra Hall. Recording Engineering by Justin Mantooth. Mastering by Pete Maher. Adam McKee on drums. MellowPhobia were formed out of the indie alt-rock scene of Pittsburgh, PA. Now residing in their home city of Kansas City, producing a highly original sound that they describe as “landlocked surf rock”. Socially conscious lyrics, and hook laden tunes keeps the crowd jumping. The band revolves around songwriter and guitarist Til who provides the distinctive vocals to all MellowPhobia tracks. On June 23, 2021 MellowPhobia released their EP IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? This EP was pat of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. In July 2018 MelloPhobia released the 3-song EP LISTEN. More info: http://www.mellowphobia.com Tillie Alexandra Hall of MelloPhobia was our guest on WMM on Oct. 20, 2021.]
  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Nicotine Mom”
    from: TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY / High Dive Records / March 25, 2022
    [11-track, full-length debut,. “Trojan Horse Girl” was the single released February 11, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything andthe kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]
  1. Pure xtc – “Shed My Skin”
    from: Shed My Skin EP / Taylor Hughes / November 18, 2022
    [Shed My Skin EP follows the Pure XTC single “Get Lost“ released September 9, 2022, and “Shadow” released June 1, 2022. Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021. And November 10, 2021. and November 16, 2022]

11:34 – Underwriting

  1. Eddie Moore – “Brave Enough”
    from: INTUITION / Eddie Moore Music / October 28, 2022
    [From Eddie’s bandcamp page: “Intuition” is Eddie Moore at his best. Crafted with care and love, Moore draws from his vast array of influences over the years and collaborates with his closest friends to bring a bundle of joy to the listener. There is literally something for everyone on this project. His debut album as a solo artist, Moore took the reins as producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Laying down lush piano, heavy bass, raging synth, and grooves that stick to the ribs. “Intuition” is a unique journey that leaves the listener burning for more. // Eddie Moore released the single, “Love Song” (with Joel Castillo and Bree Cummings) on October 22, 2021. Eddie Moore released “We Chillin’” on April 9, 2021. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We The People released the single, “Single Double” on June 10, 2021. Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drums; and Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. More info at: http://www.wethepeople777.bandcamp.com Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com]

[Eddie Moore plays the Hey! Hey! Club, 2700 Guinotte Ave. KCMO on Thursday, December 29, 2022.]

  1. Julia Haile – “Heavy Rotation”
    from: “Heavy Rotation” – Single / Julia Haile / September 30, 2022
    [One of two new singles released by Jullia Haile and September 30, 2022. Julia Haile is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Her natural talent and musical education have fueled a career of exciting performances and beautiful music. From leading Neo-Soul band Hi-Lux and international collaborations to solo works, Julia’s goal is create meaningful musical experiences for all. Julia’s work with Hi-Lux included Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Dan Loftus on bass, (and prior to that Pete Leibert on bass) and Kian Bryne on drums. Hi-Lux is a Modern-Soul band that blends and bends the boundaries between soul, rock n roll, reggae, and funk. This group aims to create music that pays tribute to their myriad of influences (Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings). but also claims a spotlight of its own in the musical world. Hi-Lux released the singles, “Revolution” and “Get What You Give” on February 28, 2020, through The Record Machine. Hi-Lux released the single. “Don’t Blame Lee” (featuring Lee Scratch Perry) on April 20, 2018. Hi-Lux released the 7” vinyl single, “”Dance With My Baby” b​/​w “Don’t Blame Me” on January 5, 2018 through Sunflower Soul Records. Hi-Lux released their 6-track, self-titled EP, Hi-Lux on January 2, 2018. All 6 songs had previously been released as singles..]The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com and http://www.juliaHaile.com]

[Julia Haile Quintet played Second Edition of the @collectifmirr International Exchange! November 17 at A LA Dynamo n Paris France featuring Hermon Mehari and Alessandro Lanzoni -Arc Fiction.]

  1. Kevin Morby – “Rock Bottom”
    from: THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH / Dead Oceans / May 13, 2022
    [A single release from Kevin Morby’s upcoming 7th album. From http://www.rollingstone.com: “In January 2020, songwriter Kevin Morby witnessed his father collapse from a medical event while visiting his childhood home in Kansas. In a state of shock, the singer spent the evening looking at old family photos and fixated on an image of his father as a young man, looking, as Morby states, ‘full of confidence.’ The experience forced Morby to confront both the idea of mortality and the passage of time — and, after an extended sojourn in Tennessee, these reflections came together in the form of his upcoming album, This Is a Photograph. To mark the announcement, the singer released the record’s eponymous single, accompanied by a music video directed by Chantal Anderson. Produced by frequent Morby collaborator Sam Cohen, This Is a Photograph was primarily written in Memphis’ historic Peabody Hotel, where the singer-songwriter holed up in search of inspiration and self-realization amongst the city’s dark past.” Morby will also embark on a 65 City tour of Europe and North America through the majority of 2022, which starts May 20 in Madrid, Spain and wraps Nov. 12 in Vancouver, BC. On October 16, 2020 Kevin Morby released SUNDOWNER, ranked #20 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2020 and was the 6th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. SUNDOWNER was the follow up to his 2019 release OH MY GOD. Kevin Morby released CITY MUSIC in 2017. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album HARLEM RIVER. His 2nd album STILL LIFE was released in 2014. His album SINGING SAW was in WMM’s The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album CITY MUSIC was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018.]

Four Tracks we had to cut for time but were part of Michelle’s list:

Brass & Boujee – “You’re Very Special” // single // independent // Sept 30

Bolinas ft. Chelsea Rose – “Bloom” // “Heavy Easy Listening” LP // indep. // Oct 7

Katy Guillen & the Drive – “Bottom Of Your Belly” // “Another One Gained” LP // independent // Aug 19

Wet Leg – “Wet Dream” // “Wet Leg” LP // Domino Recording Co // April 8

Michelle Bacon thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

NEXT WEEK, on November 30, Nick Spacek – Music Writer for The Pitch Kansas City, Marion Merritt – Owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – Host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – Founder & Editor of I Heart Local Music will share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2022.

In Two Weeks: WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2022. Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series on December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2022 we’ve played hundreds of New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted over 120 interviews with 120 special guests.

Thank you to ALL of those who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley during of KKFI 90.1 FM Fall Fund Drive!!! Between our two on-air shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we have raised a grand total of $3041.00 from 50 individual donors!!! THANK YOU!

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Show #969

WMM presents Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2022 + WMM’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2022 +
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2022

We’ll play MidCoastal Releases from: Julia Haile, Blackstarkids, Hembree & Morgxn, Radkey, Kat King, Eddie Moore, Kadesh Flow, Ivory Blue, Jass, Good Lemons, Flare Tha Rebel, MellowPhobia, Kye Colors, Kasey Rausch, The Creepy Jingles & The Swallowtails, The Phantastics, Pure XTC, Various Blonde, Olivia Fox, Kris Bruders, Claire Adams with Alyssa Murray, Major Matt Mason USA, Black Light Animals, and Kevin Morby.

At 10:00 AM we will spin WMM’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2022. These tracks represent the diverse talent in our MidCoastal Music Community. On November 23, after the show at 1:00 PM, check http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org and our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook Page and Twitter for the complete list of WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022, as previously played on the show.

At 11:00 AM we welcome Michelle Bacon, Content Manager at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle has also written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle plays drums in the band Frogpond, and also plays bass with Other Americans, and The Band That Fell To Earth. Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Musical Recordings of 2022.

NEXT WEEK, on November 30, Tim Finn – Music Writer for In Kansas City Magazine, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – Host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – Founder & Editor of I Heart Local Music will share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2022.

In Two Weeks: WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2022. Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series on December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2022 we’ve played hundreds of New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted over 120 interviews with 120 special guests.

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #969

WMM Playlist from November 16, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Eddie Moore + Glenn North + Pure XTC

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Mavis Staples & Levon Helm – “You Got To Move”
    from: Carry Me Home / Anti / May 20, 2022 [This follows her 14th studio (solo) album from rhythm & blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1939. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of her family band, The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches, appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, & Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.” With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, & guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.” Staples was briefly married to Spencer Leak in 1964; they divorced when Staples would not end her music career to stay home. She has no children. In the 2015 documentary Mavis! she reveals that Bob Dylan once proposed to her, and she turned him down. Her initial recordings were as a member of her family group, the Staple Singers. Led by her father Roebuck “Pops” Staples the Staple Singers were major artists in gospel and soul music from 1957 to 1969. Commencing releasing albums as a solo artist in 1969, Mavis Staples has released 13 studio albums, two live albums, three compilations, one soundtrack, one EP, and 51 singles over a career spanning five decades.] [Mavis Staples plays The Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM.]

Mavis Staples Solo Discography

Mavis Staples / June 16, 1969 / Volt

Only for the Lonely / Oct. 12, 1970 / Volt

Oh What a Feeling / July 16, 1979 / Warner Bros.

Time Waits for No One / May 19, 1989 / Paisley Park

The Voice / August 24, 1993 / Paisley Park

Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson (w/ Lucky Peterson) / Nov. 5, 1996 / Verve

Have a Little Faith / August 17, 2004 / ANTI-

We’ll Never Turn Back / April 24, 2007 / ANTI-

Live: Hope at the Hideout / November 4, 2008 / ANTI-

You Are Not Alone / Sept. 14, 2010 / ANTI-

One True Vine / June 25, 2013 / ANTI-

Livin’ on a High Note / February 19, 2016 / ANTI-

If All I Was Was Black / November 17, 2017 / ANTI-

Live in London / February 8, 2019 / ANTI-

We Get By / May 24, 2019 / ANTI-

Carry Me Home / March 20, 2022 / ANTI-]

  1. Black Light Animals – “Persephone”
    from: Persephone – Single / Groove King Records / September 23, 2022
    [Persephone” is the latest release from the psychedelic soul group, Black Light Animals, comprised of members of the soul powerhouse, The Freedom Affair. Written and produced by Black Light Animals. Alex Hartmann on drums & percussion, Branden Moser on bass & background vocal, Cody Calhoun on lead electric guitar & background vocals, Colby Bales on lead & background vocals, & acoustic guitar, with Alyssa Bell on viola, Matt Bennett on violin, and Sascha Groschang on cello. String Arrangement by Alyssa Bell and Colby Bales. Mixed and Engineered by Cole Bales. Album Artwork by Sean at Pariah in the Sky. Video Directed by Dave BrickThe track is modeled after the sweeping, orchestral arrangements akin to the likes of Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood as well as David Axelrod. And in the tradition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” the song tells the story of the narrator’s plea to a mysterious woman to not steal her lover’s heart. This new single follows the release of Black Light Animals’ full length debut album, Playboys of The Western World released on Groove King Records on July 3, 2020. Black Light Animals played a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, Saturday, August 21, with The Freedom Affair. Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]

[Black Light Animals play The Rino, 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 7:00 PM with Black Mariah Theatre, & Guise of Arcadia]

  1. Kat King – “With Nothing in My Way”
    from: “With Nothing In My Way” – Single / Manor Records / September 30, 2022
    [Kat King writes: Written in the peak of lock down after a very necessary break-up, this was one of those songs that kind of “magically” flew out of me. The dichotomy of being locked in my home while also feeling a resounding new freedom was interesting to say the least. It was the first time in a long time that I felt like I could give my whole being into caring about others and prioritizing self-care in a way I hadn’t been able to because I wasn’t caught up in my own afflictions. Musically it became a challenge of how many melodies I could stack on each other without it turning into chaos to really emphasize the feeling of “I can give my energy to whatever I want to.” Any time I play it I try and remind myself to not lose that energy and I hope it does the same for you. Produced by Joel Martin. This new single follows their single “New Sun” released Juy 29, 2022.Led by Kat, on vocals with. Derek Melies on guitar, John Kaul McCain on bass, Daniel Cole on drums, & Kara LePage on keys bring a refreshing dynamism both on and off the stage. Centering on themes of self-care, steadfast friendship, and revitalizing optimism, “New Sun” was a follow up to the June 9, 2021 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN 5-track EP recorded with her band. Co-produced & mixed/mastered by Joel Martin. Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single Song of Spain in 2019 and her single “2017” in, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. More info at: http://www.katbking.com]

[Kat King plays Ha Ha Tonka’s 12th Tonka’s-giving at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave., KCMO on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 7:00 PM.]

  1. Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy – “Be Driven”
    from: Grinding of The Stars / Til Willis / November 4, 2022
    [Recorded in a 122 year old barn, Grinding of the Stars highlights the band as a trio, stripped down and rugged. It’s the dark twin to their last album, Dirtflowers. Til Willis on guitars & vocals, Eric Binkley on bass, Austin Sinkler on drums. Recorded/Mixed/Produced by Til Willis. Mastered by John Hruska. Cover art by David Huddleston. Til Willis was born in the heat of 1980, and has been making music for a long time. On December 6, 2019 Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy released DIRTFLOWERS. On March 19, 2020 Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy released the 5-song EP CONFIDENTIAL BEDROOM. On June 5, 2020, Til Willis released Live at KVPH, a 13-song release recorded live at Kaw Valley Public House in Lawrence, Kansas on January 25, 2020. On October 30, 2020 Til Willis released SMALL GUARANTEES his 6-track EP collaboration with experimental music-maker Selvedge aka Chance Dibben.]
  1. Waterofelegance – “Born to Live”
    from: Love – EP / Waterofelegance / August 30, 2022
    [6-track EP released by Waterofelegance, who also released the single, “Beauty Undisguised” on September 3, 2022, and the single, “Happy Dance (feat. Young Miller Tha Don)” on September 23, 2022. Originally from Florida, now based in Kansas City, warterofelegance writes about their work saying, “My music is like water — hydrating and refreshing for the mind and spirit.” Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Waterofelegance started in music at six years old. She released her first song, “Kiss,” amidst the pandemic in 2020. .and followed that with “Do No Wrong” on March 25, 2020, “Goddess” on October 23, 2020, “70’s Girl” on June 3, 2021, My First Love,” released June 28, 2001, and ”I’m Gonna Be Me” on June 28, 2021.]
  1. Elexa Dawson – “Speak Again”
    from: “Speak Again” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / November 18, 2022
    [“Speak Again,” Written by Hon. Jack Markell and Elexa Dawson. This is indigenous Americana songwriter Elexa Dawson’s (Citizen Potawatomi) third single since her debut solo album, Music is Medicine. “Speak Again” is a call to remembering Indigenous languages “near erased.” Somber and driving, the song sparkles with cosmic country depth. Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerrer’s account of the loss of the Potawatomi language, Braiding Sweetgrass, former Delaware governor Jack Markell composed a poem called “Nine Remain.” He reached out to Kimmerrer seeking a Potawatomi musician to compose and perform the music. The author connected Markell with Dawson, who provided cultural context while putting the lyrics to music. The title evolved to “Speak Again” to offer a vision of a future where the language returns in a meaningful way to Potawatomi communities. Elexa says “In the video three generations of Potawatomi share knowledge across time and space, redefining what it means to truly speak again. The video brings into focus the cycle of giving and receiving between three generations, and includes natural elements of traditional Potawatomi culture and society, and the medicine creatures that bring balance between worlds.” The First Peoples Fund awarded Dawson its 2022 Artist-in-Business Leadership grant to create a video for “Speak Again” in collaboration with Potawatomi animator Nichole Emmons. Emmons combines various forms of stop motion animation to create a rich landscape of Potawatomi imagery for “Speak Again.” The video been selected to premiere on November 18th at the TCL Chinese Theater during LA Skins, Hollywood’s Indigenous Film Festival. Music video releases worldwide Nov 25. Elexa Dawson released her single, “Mother” on October 29, 2021. On April 2, 2021, Elexa Dawson released “New Song” which was #3 on of WMM 15 Favorite Singles of 2021. Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE (Lost Cowgirl Records) and her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021.. http://www.elexadawson.com]

[Elexa Dawson’s video for “Speak Again” premieres at LA Skins Fest in Hollywood CA., on November 19 at the Chinese Theatre. https://filmfreeway.com/projects/2529040%5D

  1. Brent Windler – “Mr. Sun”
    from: New Morning Howl / Brent Windler / August 20. 2021
    [Bathed in the warm glow of the sun, Brent Windler’s debut solo record ‘New Morning Howl,’ summons the restrained beauty of his native Midwest. Windler’s pacific harmonies and intricate vocal and instrumental structures capture the polite malaise of Americana as it is lived everyday in mid-sized cities of the heartland. “Leaning out your window, yelling out I need to learn to let go,” Windler sings on the opening track “Around the Bend.” It’s a sentiment that perfectly captures both the sticky sameness of a Midwestern evening and Windler’s own embrace of a sound that is uniquely his own. All Songs Written by Brent Windler. Produced by Brent Windler and Ryan Benton. Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Benton at Courtesy Tone, KCMO. Mastered by Greg Beery, Los Angeles, CA. “Around the Bend” Mastered by Piper Payne, Nashville, TN. Strings arranged by Kaitlin Wolfberg. Horns arranged by Brent Windler and Mark Hamblin. Design and layout by Dallas Gutschenritter and Brent Windler. With Brent Windler on Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Ukulele, Percussion; Ryan Benton on Drums, Percussion, Synths; Nick Siegel on Piano; Joel Pack on Bass; Heidi Gluck on Vocals; Nate Harold on Synths; Joseph Vande Kerk on Guitar,; Kaitlin Wolfberg on Strings; and Mark Hamblin on Horns. Brent Windler is a singer/songwriter based in KCMO. His songs display Power pop leanings but still stay rooted in the Midwestern US creating a unique blend of melodic pop and Americana. Brent is also known for his work with The Casket Lottery, and the band Sons of Great Dane. Brent Windler also released “Spanish Jasmine” on Sept. 4, 2020 and under the moniker, Dandelions with Tim Gutschenritter the duo released “The Cat, The Killer” on September 29, 2020 and “Take On the World” on November 24, 2020.]

[Brent Windler plays a New Morning Howl Vinyl Release Show at The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 7:00 PM with Lazy Projector and Daniel Gum.w/Lazy Projector & Daniel Gum.]

10:30 – Underwriting

  1. Pure xtc – “Get Lost”
    from: Shed My Skin EP / Taylor Hughes / November 18, 2022
    [Shed My Skin EP follows the Pure XTC single “Get Lost” on Septeber 9, 2022, and “Shadow” released June 1, 2022. Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021. And November 10, 2021.]

[Pure XTC played Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals.]

10:36 – Interview with Taylor Hughes

We welcome, Taylor Hughes who joins us in our 90.1 FM Studios to share details about her musical project, pure xtc and her new EP, “SHED MY SKIN,” to be released November 18, 2022. Taylor Hughes is a queer multi instrumentalist, writing and recording music out of her home studio in Kansas City, MO. Inspiration for the project was sparked while Hughes was living in NYC in late 2020. Shortly after, Hughes moved to Kansas City, MO., where pure xtc quickly began turning heads with the release of her debut single, “Ghost” in July 2021. In August 2021 pure xtc performed for the first time at Kansas City Pride followed by the release of her debut EP, NOBODY’S HOME in November 12, 2021. The new single “Shadow” was released on June 1, 2022, just before pure xtc returned to the main stage at KC Pride. pure xtc also opened for Dashboard Confessional, Dayglow, and Jenny Lewis at Boulevardia in June 2022. pure xtc hit the east coast in July including a headlining show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. pure xtc toured the west coast In September, ending at The Dinah in Palm Springs, CA. pure xtc also released a hazy blood-orange IPA in collaboration with Crane Brewing to celebrate her sophomore EP release, “SHED MY SKIN.” pure xtc played Apocalypse Meow 15 in early November. More info at: http://www.purextcmusic.com

Taylor Hughes thanks for being with us on WMM

It was great to see you live, a few weeks ago at recordBar for Apocalypse Meow 15

The new EP, “SHED MY SKIN,” will be released on November 18, 2022.

pure xtc also released a hazy blood-orange IPA in collaboration with Crane Brewing

More info at: http://www.purextcmusic.com

Pure XTC Discography

“Ghost” (debut single) released July 9. 2021,
“Bad Dreams” (second single) released September 10. 2021.
NOBODY’S HOME EP released November 12, 2021.
“Shadow” (single)released on June 1, 2022,
“Get Lost” (single) released September 9, 2022
SHED MY SKIN EP released November 18, 2022

Pure XTC was on our show one year ago on Novenber 10, just before Pure XTC played an EP Nobody’s Home Release Show, Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 9:00 PM, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, with TC Superstars, and Various Blonde.

The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell.

“Ghost” was produced and mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. “Ghost” was produced and mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios.

Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. http://www.purextcmusic.com]

From THE DAILY LISTENING – July 9, 2021

Kansas City, MO’s pure xtc – the project from EXNATIONS drummer, Taylor Hughes – is the epitome of lonely night drives. The idea was formed during an extremely isolating time for Hughes during her move to NYC in 2019. As EXNATIONS goes on hiatus, pure xtc allows Hughes to explore darker territories while delving into the highs and lows of adjusting to city life and all that follows.

Debut track, “Ghost,” takes the notion of loneliness, social isolation and anxiety to another level; one the listener can feel if that’s all they’ve known their whole lives. Deliciously haunting as it is relatable, “Ghost” is the perfect introduction to an endeavor that will surely break stigmas surrounding mental health while bringing her community of listeners closer together.

“Have you ever felt alone at a table of friends? Maybe you didn’t even make it to the restaurant because they stopped asking you to hangout, after you’ve said no too many times. Because laying alone in bed with pizza and tequila felt a lot easier than explaining why you ‘look so sad’ all the time. Yeah, I’ve been there. Isolating myself and then wondering where everyone went, turning myself into a literal ghost town.”

“Ghost” was produced and mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios.

We are talking with Taylor Hughes about her music project, pure xtc and her new single “Bad Dreams” released September 10, 2021

Taylor moved to Kansas City in January 2021. She is a multi-instrumentalist. She plays drums in the band EXNATIONS.

Her Fender guitar is named “Little Edie”

10:43

  1. Pure xtc – “Shadow”
    from: Shed My Skin EP / Taylor Hughes / November 18, 2022
    [Shed My Skin EP follows the Pure XTC single “Get Lost“ released September 9, 2022, and “Shadow” released June 1, 2022. Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021. And November 10, 2021.]

10:46 – Interview with Taylor Hughes

We welcome, Taylor Hughes who joins us in our 90.1 FM Studios to share details about her musical project, pure xtc and her new EP, “SHED MY SKIN,” to be released November 18, 2022. Taylor Hughes is a queer multi instrumentalist, writing and recording music out of her home studio in Kansas City, MO. Inspiration for the project was sparked while Hughes was living in NYC in late 2020. Shortly after, Hughes moved to Kansas City, MO., where pure xtc quickly began turning heads with the release of her debut single, “Ghost” in July 2021. In August 2021 pure xtc performed for the first time at Kansas City Pride followed by the release of her debut EP, NOBODY’S HOME in November 12, 2021. The new single “Shadow” was released on June 1, 2022, just before pure xtc returned to the main stage at KC Pride. pure xtc also opened for Dashboard Confessional, Dayglow, and Jenny Lewis at Boulevardia in June 2022. pure xtc hit the east coast in July including a headlining show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. pure xtc toured the west coast In September, ending at The Dinah in Palm Springs, CA. pure xtc also released a hazy blood-orange IPA in collaboration with Crane Brewing to celebrate her sophomore EP release, “SHED MY SKIN.” pure xtc played Apocalypse Meow 15 in early November. More info at: http://www.purextcmusic.com

Taylor Hughes thanks for being with us on WMM

The new EP, “SHED MY SKIN,” will be released on November 18, 2022.

pure xtc also released a hazy blood-orange IPA in collaboration with Crane Brewing

Recent LIVE shows for Pure XTC

It was great to see you live, a few weeks ago at recordBar for Apocalypse Meow 15

In July 2022 pure xtc hit the east coast in July including a headlining show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. pure xtc toured the west coast In September, ending at The Dinah in Palm Springs, CA.

pure xtc also opened for Dashboard Confessional, Dayglow, and Jenny Lewis at Boulevardia in June 2022.

Also in June 1, 2022, pure xtc returned to the main stage at KC Pride

In September 2020 she got engaged to Ericka Kern

Taylor Hughes, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

The new pure xtc EP, “SHED MY SKIN,” will be released on Friday, November 18, 2022. More info at: http://www.purextcmusic.com

10:53

  1. Pure xtc – “Shed My Skin”
    from: Shed My Skin EP / Taylor Hughes / November 18, 2022
    [Shed My Skin EP follows the Pure XTC single “Get Lost“ released September 9, 2022, and “Shadow” released June 1, 2022. Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021. And November 10, 2021.]
  1. Quite Frankly – “Might Be”
    from: “Might Be” – Single / Quite Frankly / August 1, 2022
    [“Might Be” is the follow up to the band’s earlier single, “Is This Still Even Fun?” that was released on October 22, 2021. Before that they released, “Blue/Red” on May 14, 2021. In the dawn of 2016, shy but precocious middle schooler, founding member and bassist Scout Matthew, decided she wanted to try her hand at turning her musical ambition into reality by creating a band that would take her and her friends well beyond their beginning musical education at School of Rock. She began planning rehearsals out of her garage and within a short time, she convinced her supportive family to renovate their home’s basement into a rehearsal space. Ever since, Quite Frankly the Band has been committed to perfecting its sound, writing their own original music and adding amazing covers. // This young band is no longer just a student band, holding its own opening for, The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks and LA Guns! with several yers experience the band members have moved into high school and beyond, Jolson, Carolyn, Scout, Gavin & Eli have built an impressive resume. // The band gained attention by being the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018 and for being nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. They’ve played First Fridays in the Crossroads, Starlight Theater, The Rino, recordBar, Lemonade Park, Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center with Big Slick and Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

[Quite Frankly plays Vivo 7300 West 119th Street, in Overland Park on December 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM with Paramount, and Interstate Run for the 3rd Annnual Denise Strader Toys For Tots Benefit Show. ]

11:00 – Station ID – Bobby Watson

  1. Eddie Moore – “Skatepark Days”
    from: INTUITION / Eddie Moore Music / October 28, 2022
    [This was the second single from the new album. For “Skate Park Days” all Instruments by Eddie Moore, Written & Produced by Eddie Moore . Drums by Jaylen Ward. Recorded at Tribe Studios in Kansas City, and Mixed By Rick Carson, and Mastered by Crayge Lindesay. // “A New Me, A New You” was first single from INTUITION and was released Friday, October 28, 2022. // From Eddie’s bandcamp page:
    “Intuition” is Eddie Moore at his best. Crafted with care and love, Moore draws from his vast array of influences over the years and collaborates with his closest friends to bring a bundle of joy to the listener. There is literally something for everyone on this project. His debut album as a solo artist, Moore took the reins as producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Laying down lush piano, heavy bass, raging synth, and grooves that stick to the ribs. “Intuition” is a unique journey that leaves the listener burning for more. // Eddie Moore released the single, “Love Song” (with Joel Castillo and Bree Cummings) on October 22, 2021. Eddie Moore released “We Chillin’” on April 9, 2021. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We The People released the single, “Single Double” on June 10, 2021. Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drums; and Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. More info at: http://www.wethepeople777.bandcamp.com Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com]

[Eddie Moore played Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO with MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream in Kansas City, MO, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals.]


11:04 – Interview with Eddie Moore & Glenn North

Eddie Moore just released his debut solo record INTUITION, on October 28, 2022. This new album followed his singles, “We Chillin” recorded as a solo artist, and “Single Double” recorded by Eddie’s band, We The People. We The People’s 2020 release, MISUNDERSTOOD was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020. Eddie Moore was raised in Houston Texas. He began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Jazz legend, Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where Eddie received a M.A. in Jazz Studies. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. He was 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore has shared the stage and records with distinctive artists such as Bobby Watson, Logan Richardson, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Ledisi, Krystal Warren, and many more. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com.

Eddie Moore, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Great to see you playing at Apocalypse Meow 15 with Ryan Lee on drums on November 5.

We just played the second single from the new solo album INTUITION. The video features Eddie Moore at the skate park rollerblading through the jumps and ramps. Roller blading is a passion for Eddie Moore.

11:07 – Interview with Eddie Moore & Glenn North

Also with us is our long time friend Glenn North an award-winning poet, activist, educator, and arts executive based in Kansas City. Glenn is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum. Glenn North is also regional coordinator of Poetry Out Loud and is an adjunct English instructor and 2006 graduate of Rockhurst University. North is a very active member of the Kansas City community, serving as the poet-in-residence for the American Jazz Museum, executive director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, and former director of education and public programs at the Black Archives of Mid-America. Glenn North’s love of language and literature started around his 8th birthday, when his grandmother gave him a copy of “If” by Rudyard Kipling. He remembers his grandmother’s face “radiating with pride” watching him recite the poem from memory, from there he started writing his own poems. North lived in Washington D.C. with friends before going back to school. When he moved back to Kansas City in 1997 he started sharing his poetry and that of others for Verbal Attack at “Mardi Gras” Wednesday nights, once a month, and from there it took off. Glenn earned his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Glenn has worked for decades teaching poetry to students of all ages, on both sides of State Line. Glenn uses poetry to address issues of social justice, and self-empowerment for disenfranchised students through reflective poetry. Glenn North is a Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellow. Along with his work at The Kansas City Museum and Rockhurst University, Glenn North has been working in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a podcast that talks about community and growth for the future of representation. In addition to presenting poetry. North said he is, “Truly blessed to work as a poet” and that he wants to be a “poet of the people”. For more info: glennnorthpoetry.com

Glenn North, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Glenn congratulations on your new position as is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum.

Glenn North has been working in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a podcast that talks about community and growth for the future of representation. What are other recent poetry projects you’ve worked on?

11:13 – Glenn North Live

Glenn North – Live Performance of his poem: “My Name Is”

11:18

  1. Eddie Moore – “Brave Enough”
    from: INTUITION / Eddie Moore Music / October 28, 2022
    [All Instruments by Eddie Moore, Written & Produced by Eddie Moore. Vocals by Hailey Simone
    and Amanda Sharee Recorded at Tribe Studios in Kansas City, and Mixed By Rick Carson, and Mastered by Crayge Lindesay. ]

11:22 – Underwriting

Station ID – Bobby Watson

11:24 – Interview with Eddie Moore & Glenn North

Eddie Moore just released his debut solo record INTUITION, on October 28, 2022.

Glenn is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum.

Eddie Moore & Glenn North Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Jazz legend, Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where Eddie received a M.A. in Jazz Studies.

One of our favorite recordings is CHECK CASHING DAY from Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project (#10 of WMM’s 113 Best Recordings of 2013) where Bobby collaborated with Glenn North. Glenn can you talk about that experience?

Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project released CHECK CASHING DAY on Lafiya Music, Digitally released on – Aug. 28, 2013 / Physically released on Nov. 12, 2013, the recording was in collaboration with Glenn North

From wikipedia.org: “Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and Kansas City, Kansas. He attended the University of Miami with fellow students Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Bruce Hornsby. After graduating in 1975, he moved to NYC and joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He performed with the Messengers from 1977 to 1981. After the Jazz Messengers, Watson work with many notable musicians, including: drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes, fellow saxophonists George Coleman and Branford Marsalis, multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Watson has served in a supporting role for a number of vocalists including: Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy, and has performed as a sideman with Carlos Santana, George Coleman, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Bob Belden and John Hicks. Later, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Watson started the first edition of Horizon, an acoustic quintet modeled after the Jazz Messengers but with its own slightly more modern twist. In addition to his work as leader of Horizon, Watson also led a group known as the High court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges), The Tailor-Made Big Band (16 pieces in all) and is a founding member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, an all-horn, four-piece group with alto saxophonist Ed Jackson, tenor saxophonist Rich Rothenberg, and baritone saxophonist Jim Hartog. Watson also composed an original song for the soundtrack of Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale (1993). A resident of New York for most of his professional life, Watson served as a member of the adjunct faculty and taught private saxophone at William Patterson University from 1985 to 1986 and the Manhattan School of Music from 1996 to 1999. He is currently involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute’s yearly “Jazz in America” high school outreach program. In 2000, he was approached to return to his native midwestern surroundings on the Kansas-Missouri border. Watson was selected as the first William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri, Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies. The past seven years he has served as the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music although he still manages to balance live engagements around the world with his teaching responsibilities. Watson’s ensembles at UMKC have garnered several awards and national recognition.

From DLmediamusic.com: “As Watson reflects, Check Cashing Day serves as “a commentary on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go as a people, as a country, and as a global community.” Watson chose to concentrate on the reason why over 300,000 people, black and white, gathered in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Dr. King spoke of coming to Washington to cash a 100 year old check, a moral check that the founding fathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence, but to this day, the check keeps coming back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ Introducing poet and spoken word artist Glenn North from KCMO, Check Cashing Day is a concept recording with 15 tracks portrayed in the vein of musical theatre. “I asked Glenn to put some poetry, from his perspective, to several of my compositions, as well as one written by vocalist Pamela Baskin-Watson and two by bassist Curtis Lundy,” comments Watson. “It was my desire with this project to produce poetry that would in some ways cleanse the soul,” notes North. In addition, Watson’s release features trumpeter Hermon Mehari, pianist Richard Johnson, drummer Eric Kennedy, flutist Horace Washington, and trombonist Karita Carter.

11:30 – Glenn North Live

Glenn North – Live Performance of his poem: “Check Cashing Day”

Glenn talked about his involvement with the African American Artist’s Collective (aaackc.org)

Kansas City’s poet laureate Glenn North & pianist/bandleader Eddie Moore ar both are Charlotte Street Generative Performance Fellows for their collaborative work.

Arts Across American – Eddie Moore & Glenn North collaborated for Black Tide Rising: Poetry in Pursuit of Social Justice – presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Mid-America Arts Alliance plus Kansas City, Missouri’s Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and State Museum & One Kansas City Radio for 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝑻𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝑹𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈: 𝑷𝒐𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝑷𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒖𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆.

We The People’s 2020 release, MISUNDERSTOOD was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020.

Eddie Moore was raised in Houston Texas. He began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene.

Eddie Moore’s music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”.

11:37

  1. Eddie Moore – “A New Me, A New You”
    from: “ A New Me, A New You” – Single / Eddie Moore Music / September 10, 2022
    [Written & Produced by Eddie Moore. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Featuring Tim Ogutu on guitar. Mix & Mastered by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. Album Art by Brandon WilsonEddie Moore released the single, “Love Song” (with Joel Castillo and Bree Cummings) on October 22, 2021. Eddie Moore released “We Chillin’” on April 9, 2021. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We The People released the single, “Single Double” on June 10, 2021. Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drums; and Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. More info at: http://www.wethepeople777.bandcamp.com Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com]

11:40 – Interview with Eddie Moore & Glenn North

Eddie Moore just released his debut solo record INTUITION, on October 28, 2022.

Glenn is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum.

Eddie Moore just released his debut solo record INTUITION, on October 28, 2022. This new album followed his singles, “We Chillin” recorded as a solo artist, and “Single Double” recorded by Eddie’s band, We The People. We The People’s 2020 release, MISUNDERSTOOD was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020.

Eddie Moore was raised in Houston Texas. He began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Jazz legend, Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where Eddie received a M.A. in Jazz Studies.

In 2018 The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”.

His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”.

Moore has shared the stage and records with distinctive artists such as Bobby Watson, Logan Richardson, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Ledisi, Krystal Warren, and many more. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com.

Glenn North an award-winning poet, activist, educator, and arts executive based in Kansas City. Glenn is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum. Glenn North is also regional coordinator of Poetry Out Loud and has served as an adjunct English instructor of Rockhurst University. North is a very active member of the Kansas City community, serving as the poet-in-residence for the American Jazz Museum, executive director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, and former director of education and public programs at the Black Archives of Mid-America.

Glenn North started sharing his poetry and that of others for Verbal Attack at “Mardi Gras” in 1997 on Wednesday nights, once a month, and from there it took off. Glenn earned his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

11:43 – Glenn North Live

Glenn North – Live Performance of his poem: “Why Black Folks Like to Dance”

Glenn has worked for decades teaching poetry to students of all ages, on both sides of State Line. Glenn uses poetry to address issues of social justice, and self-empowerment for disenfranchised students through reflective poetry. Glenn North is a Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellow.

11:48 – Glenn North Live

Glenn North – Live Performance of his poem, “Twenty First Century Ars Poetic”

Along with his work at The Kansas City Museum and Rockhurst University, Glenn North has been working in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a podcast that talks about community and growth for the future of representation. In addition to presenting poetry. North said he is, “Truly blessed to work as a poet” and that he wants to be a “poet of the people”. For more info: glennnorthpoetry.com

“In The Flow” is a song Eddie Moore created with the incredible Branjae Jackson.

“In the Flow” was Written by Eddie Moore & Branjae. Produced by Eddie Moore. All Instruments by Eddie Moore. Vocals by Branjae Jackson, Drums by Ryan Lee. Recorded at Tribe Studios in Kansas City, and Mixed By Rick Carson, and Mastered by Crayge Lindesay
Eddie Moore and Glenn North Thanks for being with us on WMM.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley and Eddie Moore and Glenn North, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:53

  1. Eddie Moore – “In The Flow” (CD #16) (4:35)
    from: INTUITION / Eddie Moore Music / October 28, 2022
    [“In the Flow” was Written by Eddie Moore & Branjae. Produced by Eddie Moore. All Instruments by Eddie Moore. Vocals by Branjae Jackson, Drums by Ryan Lee. Recorded at Tribe Studios in Kansas City, and Mixed By Rick Carson, and Mastered by Crayge Lindesay]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, November 23, we welcome musician and writer Michelle Bacon who shares her favorite musical releases of 2022 + we present WMM Favorite Singles of 2022.

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Show #968

WMM presents Eddie Moore + Glenn North + Pure XTC

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Eddie Moore + Glenn North + Pure XTC

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Eddie Moore, and Branjae Jackson, and Hailey Simone, pure xtc, Elexa Dawson, Brent Windler, Kat King, Black Light Animals, Waterofelegance, Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy, Quite Frankly, Mavis Staples & Levon Helm.

At 10:30 AM, Taylor Hughes shares details about her musical project, pure xtc and her new EP, SHED MY SKIN, to be released November 18, 2022. Taylor Hughes is a queer multi instrumentalist, writing and recording music out of her home studio in Kansas City, MO. Inspiration for the project was sparked while Hughes was living in NYC in late 2020. Shortly after, Hughes moved to Kansas City, MO., where pure xtc quickly began turning heads with the release of her debut single, “Ghost” in July 2021. In August 2021 pure xtc performed for the first time at Kansas City Pride followed by the release of her debut EP, NOBODY’S HOME in November 12, 2021. The new single “Shadow” was released on June 1, 2022, just before pure xtc returned to the main stage at KC Pride. pure xtc also opened for Dashboard Confessional, Dayglow, and Jenny Lewis at Boulevardia in June 2022. pure xtc hit the east coast in July including a headlining show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. pure xtc toured the west coast In September, ending at The Dinah in Palm Springs, CA. pure xtc also released a hazy blood-orange IPA in collaboration with Crane Brewing to celebrate her sophomore EP release, SHED MY SKIN. pure xtc played Apocalypse Meow 15 in early November. More info at: http://www.purextcmusic.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with Eddie Moore who just released his debut solo record INTUITION, on October 28, 2022. This new album followed his singles, “We Chillin” recorded as a solo artist, and “Single Double” recorded by Eddie’s band, We The People. We The People’s 2020 release, MISUNDERSTOOD was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020. Eddie Moore was raised in Houston Texas. He began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Jazz legend, Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where Eddie received a M.A. in Jazz Studies. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. He was 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore has shared the stage and records with distinctive artists such as Bobby Watson, Logan Richardson, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Ledisi, Krystal Warren, and many more. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com.

At 11:00 we also talk with Glenn North an award-winning poet, activist, educator, and arts executive based in Kansas City. Glenn is Director of Inclusive Learning & Creative Impact at The Kansas City Museum. Glenn North is also regional coordinator of Poetry Out Loud and is an adjunct English instructor and 2006 graduate of Rockhurst University. North is a very active member of the Kansas City community, serving as the poet-in-residence for the American Jazz Museum, executive director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, and former director of education and public programs at the Black Archives of Mid-America. Glenn North’s love of language and literature started around his 8th birthday, when his grandmother gave him a copy of “If” by Rudyard Kipling. He remembers his grandmother’s face “radiating with pride” watching him recite the poem from memory, from there he started writing his own poems. North lived in Washington D.C. with friends before going back to school. When he moved back to Kansas City in 1997 he started sharing his poetry and that of others for Verbal Attack at “Mardi Gras” Wednesday nights, once a month, and from there it took off. Glenn earned his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Glenn has worked for decades teaching poetry to students of all ages, on both sides of State Line. Glenn uses poetry to address issues of social justice, and self-empowerment for disenfranchised students through reflective poetry. Glenn North is a Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellow. Along with his work at The Kansas City Museum and Rockhurst University, Glenn North has been working in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a podcast that talks about community and growth for the future of representation. In addition to presenting poetry. North said he is, “Truly blessed to work as a poet” and that he wants to be a “poet of the people”. For more info: glennnorthpoetry.com

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Show #968

WMM PLAYLIST from November 9, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ivory Blue + Howie Howard + Tre’ Mutava

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Scout Gillett – “slow dancin'”
    from: no roof no flooer / Captured Tracks / October 28, 2022
    [“Home” is a tough thing to pinpoint for someone who’s constantly in motion. Scout Gillett knows this well, but since relocating from Kansas City in 2017, she’s found one in Brooklyn’s DIY scene, playing in multiple live bands and even starting her own booking company to organize local shows. Her intrepid nature results from a childhood spent running barefoot through rural Missouri and coming of age in Kansas City’s punk scene. Her debut solo album no roof no floor features shades of all her past and present lives: a bold and spirited yet warm, intimate meditation on trust, surrender, and what makes a home. no roof no floor follows Scout’s debut EP, one to ten, released via Captured Tracks in April and received praise and support from The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, Under the Radar, Rolling Stone UK, CLASH, and more. // Following the sudden overdose of a lover in 2018 and the onset of the 2020 quarantine, Scout returned to Missouri in search of reprieve. Instead, she was dismayed to find that her hometown was suffering; friends and family members were caught in the grips of drug and alcohol addiction. “Nothing was as I’d remembered,” she says. “I felt homesick for a home that no longer seemed to exist.” She channeled her fears and frustrations, as she always had, into songwriting. “I meditated on surrender,” she says; “I recited the serenity prayer. I realized that I’d never be able to save anybody but myself.” // The resulting collection of songs was far more vulnerable than any of her previous work, but when Nick Kinsey (the album’s producer) called from his recording studio (The Chicken Shack in Stanfordville, New York) saying his friends Ellen Kempner (Palehound) and David Lizmi (MS MR) were interested in working on an album with her, Scout knew it was time to share it with the world. “I woke up and wrote ‘trust’ on my hand every day I was recording. I pushed myself to trust the unknown, and trust that I had a message I was ready to share with people.” // ecorded in a big wooden barn with the doors wide open, there’s a sense of spaciousness on no roof no floor befitting its title. The arrangements, too—which feature contributions from Kempner, Lizmi, and Kevin Copeland (The Big Net)—reflect Scout’s rural roots and her indie spirit; a fusion of upbeat, guitar-driven melodies and folk/country instrumentation like pedal steel, harmonica, and tenor banjo. All of these elements are underpinned by Scout’s signature soaring, velvet vocals and open-hearted lyricism – she sails from a hushed whisper to dulcet spoken word to a cathartic belt with ease. // Above all, there’s a strength in the vulnerability of this record. The pain is on full display, but so is the love as Scout presents herself as an artist to watch in the year ahead.]

[Scout Gillett plays recordBar on Nov. 17, 2022 at 5:00 PM with The Whiffs, Blanky, and Magic Marty]

  1. Flare Tha Rebel – “F.L.Y. Too (feat. The Belief System & Lauren Williams)”
    from: Summer You, Summer Me. / Shafer / October 21, 2022
    [“Rosé All Day” was the lead single from Flare Tha Rebel’s new EP. Playful, yet meaningful, the song is about an empowered woman of which a man is pursuing. Lines within the song such as “and if she’s a tease she can do that ya’ll / she don’t owe you nothing man, please back off”, attempt to change the at times degrading scenarios of this power dynamic. The narrative is done in the backdrop of fun and lighthearted warm weather days, cool summernights, and, of course, plenty of rosé. Continuing with Flare’s Art to Empower initiative, “Rosé All Day” aims to raise funds and awareness for a nonprofit, which this time is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Abuse (MOCSA). Career and love brought hip-hop MC Flare Tha Rebel back to his hometown of Kansas City, MO, which created a second wind of new music. Noted by The Pitch, “As a member of hip-hop collective Anti-Crew, Flare Tha Rebel made quite an impact on the Kansas City hip-hop scene. After making the leap from KC to Chicago in the late ‘00s, he’s now back…” Known for a highly energetic live performance, Flare has shared the stage with artists such as Chance the Rapper, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Lethal, Nappy Roots, and CES Cru. Although hip-hop at the core, Flare Tha Rebel’s versatility remains as he balances music with socially progressive themes that are still enjoyable enough to raise a glass to at a party. There’s also a duality to Flare’s approach. Many of his songs are connected to his Art to Empower initiative, raising awareness and funds for a variety of social justice causes and nonprofits. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pullian were guests on WMM, Aug. 11, 2021. Flare The Rebel released the EP, The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged on July 9, 2021. The recording was #9 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com]

[Flare Tha Rebel with Woodland Ave play (birthday bash) at Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave. KCMO on Friday, November 11, at 7:00 PM with Lava Dreams and DJ Skeme.]

  1. Rufus Wainwright – “Damsel In Distress”
    from: Unfollow the Rules / BMG / July 24, 2020
    [New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality.” Unfollow the Rules is Wainwright’s ninth release of original material, his first since Out of the Game (2012), and his first under BMG. The album was produced by Mitchell Froom, and other contributors include Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, and Blake Mills. “Trouble in Paradise”, released in October 2019, served as the album’s lead single. “Damsel in Distress”, “Peaceful Afternoon”, and “Alone Time” were released in February, March, and April 2020, respectively. Originally scheduled to be available on April 24, the album’s release date was pushed back to July 24 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright was born July 22, 1973, He is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He has recorded nine albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written two classical operas and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson. Wainwright’s self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. His second album, Poses, was released in June 2001. Wainwright’s third and fourth studio albums, Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004), were repackaged as the double album Want in 2005. In 2007, Wainwright released his fifth studio album Release the Stars and his first live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. His second live album Milwaukee at Last!!! was released in 2009, followed by the studio albums All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010) and Out of the Game (2012). The double album Prima Donna (2015), was a recording of his opera of the same name. His ninth studio album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016), featured nine adaptions of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Wainwright is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the older brother of singer Martha Wainwright.]

[Kansas City Symphony presents Rufus Wainwright with The Kansas City Symphony: Oh What A World Of Rufus, on Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 PM, at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts in Helzberg Hall, 1601 Broadway Boulevard, KCMO.]

  1. Julia Haile – “Set Out”
    from: “Set Out” – Single / Julia Haile / September 30, 2022
    [One of two new singles (including “Heavy Rotation”) released by Julia Haile and September 30, 2022. Julia Haile is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Her natural talent and musical education have fueled a career of exciting performances and beautiful music. From leading Neo-Soul band Hi-Lux and international collaborations to solo works, Julia’s goal is create meaningful musical experiences for all. Julia’s work with Hi-Lux included Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Dan Loftus on bass, (and prior to that Pete Leibert on bass) and Kian Bryne on drums. Hi-Lux is a Modern-Soul band that blends and bends the boundaries between soul, rock n roll, reggae, and funk. This group aims to create music that pays tribute to their myriad of influences (Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings). but also claims a spotlight of its own in the musical world. Hi-Lux released the singles, “Revolution” and “Get What You Give” on February 28, 2020, through The Record Machine. Hi-Lux released the single. “Don’t Blame Lee” (featuring Lee Scratch Perry) on April 20, 2018. Hi-Lux released the 7” vinyl single, “”Dance With My Baby” b​/​w “Don’t Blame Me” on January 5, 2018 through Sunflower Soul Records. Hi-Lux released their 6-track, self-titled EP, Hi-Lux on January 2, 2018. All 6 songs had previously been released as singles..]The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com and http://www.juliaHaile.com]

[Julia Haile Quintet plays Second Edition of the @collectifmirr International Exchange! November 17 at A LA Dynamo n Paris France featuring Hermon Mehari and Alessandro Lanzoni -Arc Fiction.]

  1. Siilk – “Stagnant”
    from: Siilk / Siilk / July 1, 2022
    [Produced by Justin Mantooth and Siilk. Recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording
    Studios in Kansas City.]

[Siilk plays Farwell KCMO, at 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, MO. On Thursday, November 10. at 7:00 PM with King Pink, and Feverest from Oklahoma, and Perfume.]

  1. Stacy Busch – “Moscow”
    from: Finder / Stacy Busch / October 5, 2022
    [FINDER was written during the 8 week international and virtual residency OneBeat Virtual 3. Each piece was created using home audio and visual recordings from the musicians in the residency program. The majority of the tracks in the pieces are, in fact, samples from these recordings that have been manipulated in various ways. // Stacy writes, “Thank you to OneBeat, Found Sound Nation and the U.S. Department of State Cultural Affairs for the opportunity to participate in OneBeat Virtual 3. Additionally, thank you to the entire cohort of OneBeat Virtual 3 fellows for their artistry and inspiration and to Anton Maskeliade for facilitating this process.” // Featuring: Goodluck Babatunde, Eduardo Pininga, Lucy Little, A.yoni Jeffries, Kateyrna Kostrova, Ivona Eterović, Takahara Suiko, Sokhibjon Kurbanov, Anton Maskeliade, Tewdros Fantahun Ejigu, Bawari Basanti, Sruti Sarathy, J.J. Pearse // Thank you to Gorbi for all album artwork and Vaughan Harrison for photography. // Earlier this year Stacy Busch released music from ghe production of:“When/Time” originally presented in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Black Box Theater, 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO, on June 25 & 26, 2021. Busch was named a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist. This project, intended for 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic. “When/Time,” will now go on tours to health centers, behavioral health/addiction centers, and schools.. “What is certain is that Busch is an important emerging compositional voice, fearless in its vulnerability, and able to pull disparate musical genres into a cohesive whole without artifice.” -KC METROPOLIS. Stacy Busch is a composer and performer. Her concerts and productions are designed to be provocative yet accessible in order to cultivate broader artistic interest and, in particular, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for social causes. Artistically, her work deals with internal conflicts that are often taken abstractly from her personal experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder. These experiences of duality both in the mind and body are universal and her work expresses this underlying human vulnerability. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. In 2020, Stacy’s non-profit No Divide KC is producd the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival. Also in 2020 Stacy worked on composing the new music and theater production, When/Time in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation. COVID-19 has changed the dated of this performance. Stacy also has collaborative projects in the works with The Mid America Freedom Band. Recently, Stacy released a new project and subsequent album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. Stacy has performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary “The Ordinance Project” which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer,” other service with No Divide KC includes partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, UMKC Conservatory of Music a& Dance, Western Michigan University & Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: loadbang, Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet. She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy received her MM In composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy & James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs & Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied journalism at Boston University.]
  1. David George Orchestra – “Tired of Being Good [feat. Shay Estes & Camry Ivory]
    from: Finder / David George / November 18, 2022
    [Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlabs. Engineered and Mastered by Duane Trowers. Mixed by George Johnsen. David George – Electric Guitar; Shay Estes – Vocals; Camry Ivory – Vocals; Giuliano Minguicci – Drums; Jeff Harshbarger – Double Bass; Ken Lovern – Keys; Nate Nall – Trumpet; Kristen Nall – Trombone; Scott Reed – Sax; Chako Finn – Bass Trombone. The David George Orchestra Rock & Roll Christmas Show (Dec. 8. 9. 10) tickets are available for Wichita, KC, and Lincoln. More info at: http://www.davidgeorgeband.com]

[David George Orchestra – A Rock n Roll Christmas Show is Friday, December 9, at 7:00 PM at The Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main Street, KCMO.]

10:29 – Underwriting

  1. Tre’ Mutava – “Pre-K”
    from: The Movies / Currently Crafting / July 31, 2021,
    [Tre’ Mutava is a 20-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas.Tre’ Mutava ‘s new single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was released on September 30, 2022. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com]

10:35 – Interview with Tre’ Mutava

20-year old, Tre’ Mutava is a self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas. Tre’ released his debut solo album THE MOVIES on July 31, 2021. Tre’ Mutava ‘s new follow-up single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was just recently released on September 30, 2022. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com

Tre’ Mutava thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Tre’ Mutava currently studies business at Johnson County Community College

He went to Shawnee Mission Northwest High.

Tre’ called his debut solo album THE MOVIES a “bedroom symphony” because he create much of the music in his bedroom.

Tre’ staged a The Movies Tour

The Movies is like a scrapbook of Tre’ Mutava’s life up until the time he created this album, each song representing specific turning points in his young life.

THE MOVIES

  1. Pre-K
  2. The Good Place
  3. Best Year
  4. Proud (feat. Astro and Friends)
  5. Second Guessing (feat. MLLS)
  6. Lullaby
  7. Diagnosis
  8. Talk Instead
  9. Father
  10. Face The Facts
  11. Facebook Friends
  12. GO! (feat. PEABOD)
  13. Throwback
  14. Graduation

Tre’ Mutava lives in Overland Park, Kansas and has over 50,000 YouTube views on his new single “Moving (feat. Noah Anthony)”

Tre’s new single, “Moving (feat. Noah Anthony)” was recently released on September 30, 2022 through Currently Crafting.

10:43

  1. Tre’ Mutava – “Moving (feat. Noah Anthony)”
    from: “Moving (feat. Noah Anthony)” – Single / Currently Crafting / September 30, 2022,
    [Tre’ Mutava is a 20-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas.Tre’ Mutava ‘s new single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was follows his debut album, THE MOVIES released July 31, 2021. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com]

10:47 – Interview with Tre’ Mutava

20-year old, Tre’ Mutava is a self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas. Tre’ released his debut solo album THE MOVIES on July 31, 2021. Tre’ Mutava ‘s new follow-up single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was just recently released on September 30, 2022. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com

Tre’ Mutava thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Tre’ Mutava played The Uptown Theatre, The Rino, Down Town Overland Park.

Te’ Mutava is strong-willed, perceptive, and goal oriented.

Tre’ Mutava will be turning 21 on December 21, 2022

Tre’ Mutava thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Tre’ Mutava’s debut solo album THE MOVIES on July 31, 2021. Tre’ Mutava ‘s new follow-up single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was just recently released on September 30, 2022. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com

10:54

  1. Tre’ Mutava – “The Good Place”
    from: The Movies / Currently Crafting / July 31, 2021,
    [Tre’ Mutava is a 20-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas.Tre’ Mutava ‘s new single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was released on September 30, 2022. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com]
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Dream For Me”
    from: “Dream For Me”– Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / October 10, 2022
    [On October 21, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single”Chill (feat. Mir Blackwell).” On September 30 2022 Marcus Lewis Big Band released the single, “You’re Very Special (feat. Kemet Coleman, Kadesh Flow & Kevin Church Johnson).” On July 1, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single “Away From You.”Aboout that single Kadesh told us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1,, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over 23 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 18 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. M/S Ride – “Cooky”
    from: Fight Songs / Mr. Furious Records / November 1, 2022
    [M/S Ride is multi-instrumentalist Howie Howard’s new solo album, FIGHT SONGS, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrenc, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.]

    11:04 – Interview with Howie Howard

Howie Howard joins to share details about his new solo album, FIGHT SONGS from M/S Ride, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrenc, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.

Howie Howard, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade.

Howie graduated from Doane University, (located in Crete, Nebraska) singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time.

Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrence, Kansas in 2015.

Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush.

M/S Ride is the solo music project of Howie Howard. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop.

More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.

Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year.

Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases.

More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP.

Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit.

11:13

  1. M/S Ride – “Let’s Get Out of Here (feat. Cory)”
    from: Fight Songs / Mr. Furious Records / November 1, 2022
    [M/S Ride is multi-instrumentalist Howie Howard’s new solo album, FIGHT SONGS, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrenc, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.]

11:16 – Interview with Howie Howard

Howie Howard joins to share details about his new solo album, FIGHT SONGS from M/S Ride, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrence, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.

Howie Howard, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

“FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop.

FIGHT SONGS

1.Cooky
2.The Last Last Time (feat. Cory)
3.Time I Would Spend
4.Lost f Drew
5.March 401st (feat. Drew)
6.Sinking Is Easy
7.Fight Song (arrangement by Scott Morris)
8.Hey Sleepyhead (feat. Rob and Aaron)
9.Let’s Get Out Of Here (feat. Cory
10.(She Was) The Greatest (By Far) (feat. Scott)
11.Maybe This One f Nate
12.Look The Other Way (Cool Song For Miles)
13.So, Did I Miss You? (feat. Scott)

Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year.

“Fight Songs (arranged Scott Morris)”

Howie Howard, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Howie Howard joins to share details about his new solo album, FIGHT SONGS from M/S Ride, released on November 1, 2022. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.

11:24

  1. M/S Ride – “Fight Songs (Arranged by Scott)”
    from: Fight Songs / Mr. Furious Records / November 1, 2022
    [M/S Ride is multi-instrumentalist Howie Howard’s new solo album, FIGHT SONGS, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrence, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Ivory Blue – “Red Light”
    from: “Red Light” – Single / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / October 28, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is handling publishing. Ivory Blue released their full length debut album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

11:33 – Interview with Ivory Blue

IVORY BLUE is here in our 90.1 FM studios to share details about their new single & video, “Starlit Love Child” released October 28, 2022, from their forthcoming 2023 album. The new single comes via Dark Spark Music owned and operated by veteran rock manager Vicky Hamilton. IVORY BLUE started writing music at a very young age, creating their unique alt-rock sound, using a tape recorder to superimpose sounds that added to a song production. After starting performances in coffee shops and small venues, they began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, IVORY BLUE settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting a following for their strong vocals and deeply personal lyrics. On July 29th, 2022, and after studying the craft of recording and self- producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with a passionate love for everyone struggling through life, released their first full length album, COMPOUND LOVE. This was followed by their single, “Red Light” and now “Starlit Love Child.” More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic

Ivory Blue thanks for being with us on WMM.

Musician, songwriter, and producer Ivory Blue joins us to talk about their new single “Starlit Love Child album. This comes after the release of Ivory’s debut full-length album, COMPOUND LOVE released on February 25, 2022. Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. More info at: http://www.ivorybluemusic.com

Congratulations on your new album COMPOUND LOVE to be released February 25. 2022.

IVORY BLUE lived a nomadic existence until settling in Kansas City MO and becoming part of the local musical community. After winning a nationwide talent contest in 2017 Ivory Blue started having success with some national and international radio play which continues today.

Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15.

Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying Ivory to KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics.

By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017.

Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory

Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks.

NeXt2Rock Judges Comments about Ivory Blue:

“You got star quality and a lot of potential” by Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on KLOS (95.5) Los Angeles, CA, USA)

“Giving us the diamond in the rough we can only dream of, the foundation that’s built underneath it, that’s what music is made from. by Chris Lord-Alge (Engineer/Mixer).

“I love everything about you, you sing what you live, you’re fantastic” by Desmond Child (Musician \ Songwriter and Producer).

“We’ve been waiting for the WOW, and you are the WOW”, “You’re a true artist” by John Varvatos (Fashion Designer and Record Label Head)

“You exude artistry from the minute you step on that stage” by Scott Borchetta – Big Machine Label Group president and CEO.

“There’s something special about you”, “You’re a true artist” by Gavin Rossdale (British musician, singer, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band BUSH).

Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, Kansas City Public Library, and Kauffman Stadium.

11:41

  1. Ivory Blue – “Starlit Love Child”
    from: “Starlit Live Child’ – Single / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / October 28, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released their full length debut album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017.
    Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

11:44 – Interview with Ivory Blue

IVORY BLUE joins us to share details about their new single & video, “Starlit Love Child” released October 28, 2022, from their forthcoming 2023 album. The new single comes via Dark Spark Music owned and operated by veteran rock manager Vicky Hamilton. IVORY BLUE started writing music at a very young age, creating their unique alt-rock sound, using a tape recorder to superimpose sounds that added to a song production. After starting performances in coffee shops and small venues, they began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, IVORY BLUE settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting a following for their strong vocals and deeply personal lyrics. On July 29th, 2022, and after studying the craft of recording and self- producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with a passionate love for everyone struggling through life, released their first full length album, COMPOUND LOVE. This was followed by their single, “Red Light” and now “Starlit Love Child.” More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic

Icvory Blue thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Ivory Blue has been busy in the studio putting together new music for upcoming releases after the spring 2022 release of their debut full length album COMPOUND LOVE. In 2020 Ivory released the singles “Elite Dreamland,” (Feb. 17, 2021), “Half a Life” (Sept. 20, 2021), and “Family Tables” on September 7, 2021.

In February 2020 and after studying the craft of recording and self-producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with soaring vocals, passionate love for everyone struggling through life, released ‘Elite Dreamland’. There are no words to describe the incredible artistry behind this song. a single that hits your heart about understanding how it feels to be misunderstood in a world of people that seem to know what they are doing.

IVORY BLUE produces all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand.

Ivory Blue released the video of ‘FAMILY TABLES’ on August 21, 2021 and the track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue is currently finishing the first full length CD/Album ‘Compound Love’ to be released in 2021 as well as the Red Light EP for 2022.

“Family Tables” hit #1 on Banks Radio in Australia the first week of the release. 23 countries have listed on Ivory’s Spotify reports and that after just 1 week released.

Kayden Gorden from The Kayden Gordon Radio Show has asked for a radio interview. The Kayden Gordon show is heard on 60+ stations (FM & Online) across the world.

IVORY BLUE signed with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing on Aug 18th, 2021. This is a new Publishing Company out of the Atlanta GA area. They have big plans for IVORY BLUE. Ben Baeumert. Founder and CEO is an artist himself with many years of experience in the music industry. He’s already been contacted by a large music supervisor company who said that IVORY BLUE’s music is amazing and that they love everything about the artist and wants to pitch the music to Music Licensees for potential TV, Film, commercials etc. That’s exciting news knowing that this will push music to a lot of listeners.

They were going to take over management for IVORY BLUE per my request, but instead partnered up with us to help the business grow and keep me as sole manager for IVORY BLUE and at their request other artists as well. I am therefore going to continue as Devin’s manager (she actually didn’t want me to hand over to another manager so was so happy about that decision) As far as the other artists, I haven’t made a final decision yet.

https://www.ivorybluemusic.com/post/article-links-on-family-tables
https://www.ionindiemagazine.com

Ivory Blue has been on the WMM 15 times since 2015.

Ivory Blue thanks for being with us on WMM.

IVORY BLUE’s new single & video, “Starlit Love Child” was released October 28, 2022, from their forthcoming 2023 album. The new single comes via Dark Spark Music owned and operated by veteran rock manager Vicky Hamilton. More info at: http://www.ivorybluemusic.com

For Wednesday MidDay Medley & Ivory Blue. I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:54

  1. Ivory Blue – “Heavy”
    from: “Compound Love / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / February 25, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. // Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, November 16, we welcome Eddie Moore, Glenn North, and Pure XTC

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Show #967

WMM presents: Tre’ Mutava + IVORY BLUE + Howie Howard

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ivory Blue + Howie Howard + Tre’ Mutava

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Scout Gillett, Flare Tha Rebel with The Belief Cycle & Lauren Williams, Julia Haile, David George Orchestra with Shay Estes & Camry Ivory, Siilk, Kadesh Flow, Tre’ Mutava, M/S Ride, IVORY BLUE and Rufus Wainwright.

At 10:30 we talk with Tre’ Mutava about his latest single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), released on September 30, 2022. The new single follows Tre’s debut album, THE MOVIES released on July 31, 2021. Tre’ Mutava is a 20-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with Howie Howard about his new solo album, FIGHT SONGS from M/S Ride, released on November 1, 2022. Howie has played in several bands including: Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Howie is the founder of Mr. Furious Records that he started in 2004 after graduating from college. Mr. Furious Records puts out 4-5 projects a year. Along with Nate Holt and Royce Diamond, Howie is the co-host and producer of The Long Play Listening Party an area podcast that interviews area musicians and plays from their latest releases. More info at: linktr.ee/thelongplayLP. Howie started his first indie band in 10th grade, Howie grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups the whole time. Howie moved to Kansas City in 2005 and Lawrenc, Kansas in 2015. Howie Howard works as a Quality Systems and Analytics Manager for DCCCA, a Lawrence-based human services non-profit. Howie writes that, “FIGHT SONGS is mostly about his relationship with his spouse Cari Ann Kreienhop. More information at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com.

At 11:30 we talk with IVORY BLUE about their new single & video, “Starlit Love Child” released October 28, 2022, from their forthcoming 2023 album. The new single comes via Dark Spark Music owned and operated by veteran rock manager Vicky Hamilton. IVORY BLUE started writing music at a very young age, creating their unique alt-rock sound, using a tape recorder to superimpose sounds that added to a song production. After starting performances in coffee shops and small venues, they began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, IVORY BLUE settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting a following for their strong vocals and deeply personal lyrics. On July 29th, 2022, and after studying the craft of recording and self- producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with a passionate love for everyone struggling through life, released their first full length album, COMPOUND LOVE. This was followed by their single, “Red Light” and now “Starlit Love Child.” More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic

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Show #967

WMM Playlist from November 2, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sondra Freeman of Apocalypse Meow 15 + The Black Creatures + Maria Vasquez Boyd

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song
  1. Spoon – “On The Radio (Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction)”
    from: Lucifer on The Moon / Sub Pop / November 4, 2022
    [From Spoon’s bandcamp page: Lucifer on the Moon is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s LUCIFER ON THE SOFA. (Feb. 11, 2022). A top-to-bottom rework of the Austin band’s tenth album, it was created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood. // Moon first took shape as a few heady remixes for the singles from LUCIFER ON THE SOFA. Frontman Britt Daniel offered Sherwood two suggestions: “Avoid things that would not be possible on tape” and “Add whatever you want to add, the less modern the better.” The collaboration shouldn’t come as a surprise: dub-inspired production is wound through Spoon’s classic tracks, from “Finer Feelings” to “Inside Out.” Sherwood is a proven collaborator whose resume includes partnerships with seminal artists like The Fall, Jah Wobble, and Mark Stewart. The initial results pleased both parties and Sherwood was invited to work on additional songs. And then a few more. “I got into the melody and the thoughts it evoked in me,” the producer explains. “It just evolved and we eventually found ourselves with a whole album.” // Moon flips Lucifer on the Sofa’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes. The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end. “It wasn’t just a thing where you pick apart this and that and you stay on the grid and you add a delay,” explains Daniel. “He added so much more instrumentation to the tracks that they became different completely versions of the songs. Not just remixes, but companion pieces. A ‘Part II.’”]
  1. The Roseline – “Hot Dice”
    from: “Hot Dice” – Single / RPH Records / November 4, 2022
    [First new music to follow The Roseline’s 8th album, ‘Constancy’ which was #1 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. “Hot Dice” was written by Colin Halliburton and arranged by The Roseline, with: Colin Halliburton on guitars, vocals, aux percussion; Bradley McKellip on guitars; Heidi Gluck on keyboards & vocals; Colin Jones on bass, and Jim Piller on drums. Engineered and Produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording in Kansas City, KS. Mixed by Daniel Knobler at Goosehead Palace in Nashville, TN. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, OR. Colin Halliburton writes: “Hot Dice is a self-deprecating exploration of my tendency to ruin otherwise joyful moments with polarizing political conversation pieces or fatalistic and rambling soliloquies. By the end of the song, I learn to be less of a vibe killer and just tell “a gross joke instead”. Musically, it’s jangly heartland folk-rock that’s been elevated with super chorus-y guitar, great multiple harmony bgvs, and an altered arrangement toward the end of the song that really makes it shine. Obviously I’m biased. In terms of its release, I couldn’t let an entire calendar year go by without releasing some new jams into the world so we’re closing out 2022 with a couple stand alone singles we’re extremely proud of. More information at: http://www.roselinemusic.com // The Roseline are a Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The Roseline released their 6th album GOOD / GRIEF on April 3, 2021. The Roseline released BLOOD on September 29, 2017; and TOWNIE on June 19, 2015. The band has toured the US and Halliburton has completed two European solo tours thus far, taking him through Poland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. In 2021 the band toured Poland. Colin Halliburton joined us on March 25, 2020 and Nov. 3, 2021. Info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com]

[The Roseline play The Brick, Kansas City, MO on Friday, Nov 11.]
[The Roseline play The Whittier Bar, Tulsa, OK on Saturday, Nov 12]
[The Roseline The Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Lawrence, KS on Friday, Nov 25
[The Roseline w/ Austin Lucas play Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Lawrence, Dec 1]
[The Roseline play the Montrose Saloon, Chicago, IL on Friday, Dec 2]
[The Roseline the Orbit Room, Bloomington, IN on Saturday, Dec 3]

  1. Birdie – “Gravity”
    from: Gravity / Birdie / October 12, 2022
    [A new 9-song album release from Birdie. “GRAVITY” was made with Birdie in lead vocals & ukelele, Andy Oxman on guitar, Barb Wilmoth on drums, Dan Carey on bass, with Pat Tomek on drums, Gary Paredes on guitar and Marc Bollinger on bass. This is Birdies’ second full-length album release of 2022. On May 27, 2022 Birdie’s released the 8-song album WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO COOL?. Power pop, punk, and echoes of the girl groups of our time intersect in Kansas City-based band Birdie. This energetic collaboration of local talent brings a fresh take on classic sounds. Birdie released the single “You Can’t Stop Her” on June 13, 2021. Birdie released the 7-track EP, CELLOPHANE HEART on June 4, 2021. Birdie is the musical project of Betsy Schwartze who lives in Stilwell KS. Info at: http://www.birdiesound.com]
  1. GAV7D – “War of WYCO”
    from: Thanks For Everything EXOTICAFREEJAZZMIDDLEASTERN / GAV7D / Nov. 9, 2022 [EXOTICAFREEJAZZMIDDLEASTERN is the 5th and final GAV7D release in the GAV7D series and the second GAV7D release of 2022. EXOTICAFREEJAZZMIDDLEASTERN is a mix between free jazz group (Annie Ellicot vocals, Mark Southerland Sax, Clarke Wyatt Grand Piano, Arny Young Drums) and Extoica Band (Amado Espinoza- Charango, Tina Billberry- Violin, Chris Fugitt- drums, Mark Southerland-Sax, Chris Tady- Guitar). With guest artists: Mike Dillon-Vibraphone, Beau Bledsoe- Guitar and Oud, Christine Brebes- violin. It’s a masterpiece that finishes the GAV7D album collection in the most beautiful and bizarre way combining new sonic concepts with ancient. The debut GAV7D album: “Thanks For Everything” was released June 21, 2015. The double album, “Thanks For Everything – Cartoonoirjazz” was released June 1, 2016. Thanks For Everything Punkfunkpolka was released on May 31, 2019 and included Johnny Hamil on bass, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards, Mikal Shapiro on guitars & vocals, Kyle Dahlquist on accordions & theremins & vocals, Charles “Critter” Sims on drums, and Chad Meise on Hendrix inspired guitars. Written & arranged by Johnny Hamil. Thanks For Everything SoloBassVideoGame was released June 28, 2022. // Johnny Hamil told us that the 5ht and final album in the series, GAV7D “Thanks for Everything – ExoticaMiddleasternFreeJazz,” “reminded me that the outside listener doesn’t hear the whole project like I do, or the concert goer does.” He added “I really feel like it’s my major work of my lifetime, but even better, it tells the story of the KaC music community, which I’m so proud of.” // The GAV7D project is a Five album masterwork by Johnny Hamil. He likes to say he’d rather do this than compose a symphony as it relates more to his bass musical life. The first album is vocals 15 songs composed by Johnny or collaborated with 27 different KC music scene vocalists. Then the idea was to re-imagine what the album would sound like with different group of V7 musicians. Johnny has always written for his band Mr. Marco’s V7. Many of the early members of the band moved back into town so it was on. The first album Cartoonoirjazz is a instrumental homage to Mancini, Ellington, Mingus, and Monk. Features Johnny’s great composing of Jazz melodies and improvisations with his amazIng band members. The second lineup is Punkfunkpolka which is like if a 90s alternative rock band was driven by accordions and theremins. The third version of the band is Exoticamiddleasternfreejazz and is an homage to Martin Deny, Sun Ra, and oud music. It is a magic romp of both improvisations and compositions. Then we have the solo bass video game music album. This album is both electric and upright playing and is breaking new ground for what the bass can do. An. homage to all the great sound tracks of video game music as well as just Johnny’s unique voice on the instrument. // KC based musician, composer, and teacher Johnny Hamil plays in the band Pamper The Madman. Johnny Hamil also plays bass for Mikal Shapiro, and Julia Othmer, and can be heard on the recordings of many KC and Lawrence based artists including Stephonne Singelton. Johnny Hamil collaborates with jazz combos, theatre productions, and is also known for his work with The Malachy Papers. As a teacher of the bass, Johnny Hamil was recently featured on Queer Eye on Netflix. Johnny is a founding member of Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has been reinvented with each new release, changed and evolved with different line-ups. Known for experimental, instrumental music, Johnny told us the music he composes for the band came to him in his dreams. In 2011 the bassist noticed something revolutionary for his creative process when his dreams included lyrics for the first time This set him on a new path to create GAV7D, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but members from the long history of the the band. The concept was to collaborate a vocal version of the compositions with friends and then have various lineups of the V7 family interpret the material in different ways, CartoonNoirJazz, PunkFunkPolka, and FreeeExoticaMiddleEastern. GAV7D premiered at the Folk Alliance International. Chad Meise is a master studio & stage producing and engineering records for Mr. Marco’s V7, Hearts of Darkness, Expassionate, Rex Hobart, MIke Dillon, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and The Country Duo.]

[GAV7D performs Live as Annie Ellicot meetsGAV7D for The EXOTICAFREEJAZZMIDDLEASTERN Album Release Concert, Wednesday, November 9, at 6:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, West Bottoms, KCMO. theshipkc.com]

[Celebrating the fifth GAV7D album release Annie Ellicot (currently off tour with Jeff Goldblum) makes room in her very busy schedule to visit KC to perform the exoticafreejazzMiddleastern album with a epic lineup of V7 members. Mike Dillon on Vibes, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards, Kent Burnham on Drums, Kyle Dalhquist on Trombone & Accordion, Amado Espinoza on Charango & Native flutes, Chris Tady on Guitar, K’Tina on Violin, Arny Young on Drums, and Johnny Hamil as Band Leader & Bassist. This will be a rare KC performance with all of these people present. Annie’s brillant improvising on the album is all one take pieces and she will be performing in the same manner at the show. Come witness some of the most ground breaking genre bending music KC has to offer. Advanced Tickets and reserved tables https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gav7dexoticamiddleeasternfreejazz- album-release-tickets-447997080327 The album GAV7D exoticaFreejazzMiddleastern Thanks for Everything can be purchased at johnnyhamil.com]

10:23 – Underwriting

  1. Pure xtc – “Get Lost”
    from: Shed My Skin 2-Song EP with “Shadow” / Taylor Hughes / September 9, 2022
    [The 2-song Shed My Skin EP follows the Pure XTC single “Shadow: released June 1, 2022. Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021.]

[Pure XTC plays Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals.]

  1. Eddie Moore – “Skatepark Days”
    from: INTUITION / Eddie Moore Music / October 28, 2022
    [This was the second single from the new album. For “Skate Park Days” all Instruments by Eddie Moore, Written & Produced by Eddie Moore . Drums by Jaylen Ward. Recorded at Tribe Studios in Kansas City, and Mixed By Rick Carson, and Mastered by Crayge Lindesay. // “A New Me, A New You” was first single from INTUITION and was released Friday, October 28, 2022. // From Eddie’s bandcamp page:
    “Intuition” is Eddie Moore at his best. Crafted with care and love, Moore draws from his vast array of influences over the years and collaborates with his closest friends to bring a bundle of joy to the listener. There is literally something for everyone on this project. His debut album as a solo artist, Moore took the reins as producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Laying down lush piano, heavy bass, raging synth, and grooves that stick to the ribs. “Intuition” is a unique journey that leaves the listener burning for more. // Eddie Moore released the single, “Love Song” (with Joel Castillo and Bree Cummings) on October 22, 2021. Eddie Moore released “We Chillin’” on April 9, 2021. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We The People released the single, “Single Double” on June 10, 2021. Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drums; and Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. More info at: http://www.wethepeople777.bandcamp.com Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com]

[Eddie Moore plays Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO with MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream in Kansas City, MO, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Mark Manning will Emcee.]

[Eddie Moore will be our guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on Nov. 16 with Poet Glenn North,]

10:33 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions & Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater KC music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, and other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. MMF has provided needed preventative care services through their health clinic events & partnerships with local providers. The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care & insurance info. This event also features an online auction from local vendors & artists. More info at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the 15th Annual Apocalypse Meow.

The history of Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when local musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends and fellow musicians rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her local community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. We have also provided much needed preventative care services through our health clinic events and partnerships with local providers. // The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care and insurance information. This live event will also feature an online auction from local vendors and artists, and lots of fun raising money to support the health of the music industry members of Kansas City.

The event features live performances by notable Kansas City-area bands as a donation of their time and talents to their community; local businesses and artisans donate products and services to the event for auction. All monies raised during Apocalypse Meow go directly to Abby’s Fund for Musician’s Health Care and the production costs of Apocalypse Meow. Performances, business donations, and services are purely voluntary.

“Abby believed that music can take you to where you need to be and that it’s important, and the people that do that need to be taken care of.” – Sondra Freeman

Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care was named for Abigail Henderson (1977-2013).

Death Notice from St. Louis Post Dispatch: Abigail Hope Henderson the Kansas City vocalist who started a nonprofit organization to help musicians pay health-care costs, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 of cancer at her home. She was 35. For more than a decade, Abigail was the lead singler of several area bands: Trouble Junction, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had health insurance, but the cost of the treatments prompted her and husband Christopher Meck, to start the Midwest Music Foundation which raised funds to help area musicians pay health care costs. “Medical bills can throw you into poverty in a week – in one day,” she said. “There’s nothing like standing in your kitchen opening a hospital bill for $63,000.00 in one day and $47,000.00 the next. After a while you don’t want to open them anymore. Who can pay that?”

Midwest Music Foundation – http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Apocalypse Meow is the primary event for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care — providing area musicians and industry workers with essential health care grants.

10:41

  1. The Electric Lungs – “Place To Live”
    from: The ELECTRIC LUNGS / Independent / February 8, 2018
    [Five fast burners recorded at the Dead Horse Sound Company in KCMO. All songs by The Electric Lungs except Nimrod’s Son (originally by The Pixies) and Stay Wild (written by Dead Ven feat. Dead Ven himself on vocals and guitar). Mixed and mastered by Johnny Kenepaske at Dead Horse Sound Co. The Electric Lungs are a KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet The Electric Lungs released their album, Don’t be Ashamed of the Way You Were Made on October 20, 2015, ecorded mastered with Joel Nanos of Element Recording. The Electric Lungs joined us on WMM on April 8, 2015.]

[The Electric Lungs play Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry pros.]

10:43 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

We are talking with Sondra Freeman about Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. MMF has provided needed preventative care services through their health clinic events & partnerships with local providers. The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care & insurance info. This event also features an online auction from local vendors & artists. More info at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH ABBY’S FUND

If you or a family member needs healthcare assistance, please apply for an Abby’s Fund grant. This resource is available to active KC area musicians and music personnel. LEARN MORE AND APPLY at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundatiom.org

Please email our Executive Director, Rhonda Lyne, for more information. rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org

Midwest Music Foundation offers the following services:
-Mental Health Grants to assist with counseling and treatment
-Free Dental Screenings at the UMKC School of Dentistry
-Free COVID-19 Tests
-Mammogram Grants

For more info visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Chris Meck, Founder, Musician and CM2 Audio
Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Danielle Anderson, Media Manager

Midwest Music Foundation Board

Amber Hulet, President, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media
Chris Meck, Founder, Musician and CM2 Audio
Eric Barton, Treasurer, General Counsel, Finance & Fundraising Chair, Organization/Board Development
Julia Haile, Secretary, Education Chair, Musician
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, Chair of Health + Wellness, University of KS Med Center
Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, University of Kansas Medical Center
Michelle Bacon, Co-Chair Mental Health for Musicians, Diversity Chair, Musician
Erin McGrane, Musician
Molly Gotobed, Insurance Program Research Chair, Program Director at the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Jerry Jones, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Health Programs, Movember Foundation
Eddie Moore, Musician
Sonia Hall, President & CEO BioKansas
Skeet Hanks, Marketing Chair

Rhonda Lyne is Executive Director of Midwest Music Foundation. She is a scientist by day and avid supporter of the arts by night. Rhonda has had an active role with the MMF since the inaugural fundraiser, Apocalypse Meow, in 2008. Inspired by MMF founder, Abigail Henderson, Rhonda is dedicated to the mission of the MMF a nonprofit created to support music & musicians in KC and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians & music lovers. Rhonda is instrumental in MMF’s fundraising, volunteer, event coordination, overseeing the health care fund, and day to day activities of the organization.

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Apocalypse Meow 15, is Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals.More info: midwestmusicfoundation.org

10:51

  1. Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream – “Cuts Like A Knife”
    from: “Cuts Like A Knife” – Single / myowndamnrecords / August 12, 2022
    [The first single from Nathan Corsi’s new rock band featuring Kansas City veterans Chris Meck, Tom Hudson, and Benjamin Hart. Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream released their second single, “Hits You Twice” on September 28, 2022. Nathan Corsi has one of the best voices in Kansas City music. With Steve Tulipana he fronts The Band That Fell To Earth paying tribute to David Bowie in this annual project created by Michelle Bacon. Nathan toured for nearly a decade with his band Not A Planet who released critically acclaimed EP, NAP on December 1, 2011; the album, THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE STRANGE on May 10, 2013; SMOKE BOMBS & CIGARETTES: THE HISTORY OF NOW (EP) on September 9, 2016.]

[Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream play Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry pros.]

  1. MellowPhobia – “Need”
    from: “Need” – Single / Jackal And Hide Records / September 2, 2022
    [Music and Lyrics by Tillie Alexandra Hall, Producer Tillie Alexandra Hall. Recording Engineering by Justin Mantooth. Mastering by Pete Maher. Adam McKee on drums. MellowPhobia were formed out of the indie alt-rock scene of Pittsburgh, PA. Now residing in their home city of Kansas City, producing a highly original sound that they describe as “landlocked surf rock”. Socially conscious lyrics, and hook laden tunes keeps the crowd jumping. The band revolves around songwriter and guitarist Til who provides the distinctive vocals to all MellowPhobia tracks. On June 23, 2021 MellowPhobia released their EP IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? This EP was pat of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. In July 2018 MelloPhobia released the 3-song EP LISTEN. More info: http://www.mellowphobia.com Tillie Alexandra Hall of MelloPhobia was our guest on WMM on Oct. 20, 2021 AND August 31, 2022.]

[MellowPhobia plays Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry pros.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. The Black Creatures – “Lazarus”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [This new album follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. // From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.” // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

11:05 – Interview with Jade Green and Xavier Martin

Jade Green and Xavier Martin are The Black Creatures. The two began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal their background in opera, and their honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and DJ.

Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine.

The Black Creatures recently were the recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellowship Grant and Award.

The Black Creatures released their new album By Thy Hand on Center Cut Records on August 12, 2022

Just a few weeks ago Jade and Xavier completed performances in the world premiere of Christian A. Walker’s “What Came With Spring” for the Owen/Cox Dance Group, October 7 thru 9 at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO http://www.owencoxdance.org

Jade Green, (They/Them) and Xavier Martin (He/Him) Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on your incredible work with “What Came With Spring” Owen/Cox dance Group’a world premiere choreographed by Christian Warner in collaboration with The Black Creatures.

Five Dancers + 10 tracks from The Black Creatures = 90 Minute Dance Premiere

Owen/Cox Dance Group and The Black Creatures and Director & Choreographer Christian A. Warner, created the amazing theatrical production, WHAT CAME WITH SPRING at Union Station (October 6, 7, and 8.) When your favorite Kansas City dance company decides to collaborate with your favorite Kansas City band, the result is one of the most moving, beautiful, and important works of art created in Kansas City this year! Xavier Martin and Jade Green prove why they are proud recipients of the 2022 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows. And they make it look and sound so good. These are two of the hardest working artists in Kansas City, and they are both incredibly unassuming and human in their journey. Their music continues to tell the story of the world we are living in with social and political lyrics delivered by two young, incredibly gifted musical artists, who mirror each other so very beautifully. There is no equivalent to this band. The Black Creatures are a true original. The Owen/Cox Dance Company has brought their music to new levels with Christian A. Warner’s impeccable storytelling through movement, putting Jade and Xavier into the tableau, into the scene, placing them into so many parts of the stage, while all the while allowing their live singing voices to ring clear and true. Thank you to the beautiful dancers. This show will live on in my heart and mind forever!!!!

Our most played artists in 2022 are The Black Creatures. Wednesday MidDay Medley was the first radio show to play their music. They have been frequent guests on our show. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. The Black Creatures released their self-produced, debut album, See No Evil, on December 6, 2017. The Black Creatures released their single Elements on February 14, 2018. Our playlists show that we first played The Black Creatures on March 14, 2018. Since that date we have championed this band. We first saw them live at InterUrban ArtHouse on July 10, 2019 as part of a Celebration of Queer Identity where Mark was also a performer. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, was self released by the band on September 30, 2019. WILD ECHOES was #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. WILD ECHOES was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut Records in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine for 2020. // Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. // The Black Creatures released their new album By Thy Hand on Center Cut Records on August 12, 2022. // Jade and Xavier just completed performances in the world premiere of Christian A. Walker’s “What Came With Spring” for the Owen/Cox Dance Group October 7, 8, & 9 at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO.

Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”

11:12

  1. The Black Creatures – “A Perch of My Own Choosing”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [This new album follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures began working together in 2013.]

11:17 – Interview with Jade Green and Xavier Martin

Jade Green and Xavier Martin are The Black Creatures. The two began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal their background in opera, and their honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, & pop. Xavier Martin started as a violinist, and has transition-ed into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, DJ.

Jade Green, (They/Them) and Xavier Martin (He/Him) Thanks for being on WMM

The Black Creatures Discography

The Black Creatures “Mouth 2 Mouth” – Single, June 5, 2016.
The Black Creatures released their debut album, See No Evil, Dec. 6, 2017.
The Black Creatures “Elements” – Single, February 14, 2018
The Black Creatures “Silver Tears” – Single, June 19, 2018 with additional voices provided by AniMal (Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales) , Barbara Solomon , Kassidee, Quaranta , Adres Va Cortas
The Black Creatures “Dare” (Gorillaz Cover)” – Single, August 8, 2019
The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Turn” – Single, October 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Quartz (Twilight)” – Single, November 13, 2019
The Black Creatures – “SHINE” – Single, December 11, 2019
The Black Creatures- “Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” – Single, January 8, 2020
The Black Creatures – “To Whom It May Concern” – Single, January 22, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Arcade Love” – Single, February 5, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Run Up” – Single, February 19, 2020.
The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”- Single [Center Cut], July 17, 2020 [remastered]
The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album (Remastered] August 28, 2020 [Center Cut]
The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero” – Single/Video [Center Cut]
The Black Creatures – “FRIENDS” – Single/Video [Center Cut]
The Black Creatures – BY THY HAND – album August 12, 2022

BY THY HAND was produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco) The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and video.

SOCIALS:
https://www.theblackcreatures.com/
https://smarturl.it/wildechoes
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_KKKYdsM2Jq4iKm_UkStQ
https://www.facebook.com/theblackcreatures
https://www.instagram.com/theblackcreatures/

The Black Creatures recently were the recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellowship Grant and Award.

The Black Creatures are a multifaceted music duo from Kansas City. Gleefully playing with elements of soul, hip-hop, and EDM, they’re here to tell inter-dimensional stories – through all-original, lyric-heavy songs and live performances. They share real stories from a less-explored perspective, while others are spun from fantastical vantage points. Influenced by neo-soul sirens like Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys, wordsmiths like Da Brat and Tech N9ne, and composers a la Daft Punk and Robert Glasper, they make music that defies genre and tradition in an effort to break generational curses. The idea is that society’s hexes, long bound up by the threads of anti-black repression, insincerity, and envy, can be uncrossed by doing what has not been done before. They aim to honor the past, celebrate the present, and transcend the expectations of the future by creating consistently unique songs, videos, images, and interactive live performances.

Jade Green performs with: Arquesta Del SolSoul. a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. They call themselves: African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.

Jade Green & Xavier Martin, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:25

  1. The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothing”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [This new album follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. // From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.” // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. Blondie – “Maria”
    rom: No Exit / Beyond Records / February 15, 1999
    [No Exit is the seventh studio album by the American rock group Blondie. This song was Blondie’s comeback single, their first since “War Child” in July 1982. The song peaked at number eighty two on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, becoming the band’s sixth chart-topping song in that country. It also peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland..]

11:33 – Interview with Maria Vasquez Boyd

Maria Vasquez Boyd, is a mother, grandmother, friend, writer, artist, published poet, teacher, trailblazer, daredevil, traveler, lover, angel, radio show host & producer. Maria is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has also taught in the Design/Illustration Department and for for the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place. She is a contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes. Maria is host and producer of ARTSPEAK Radio, heard every Wednesday at Noon, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. ARTSPEAK Radio is celebrating 10 Years on the air! Maria Vasquez Boyd is the author of THE WEIGHT OF RECOGNITION her new book of poetry published by Spartan Press in September 2022. Maria joins us to discuss Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1 & 2. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is presenting a Day of The Dead Altar Installation in Kirkwood Hall, on view through November 7, 2022. The altar installation features our Abuela (Grandmother) at home, created in collaboration with local artists, students, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.

Maria Vasquez Boyd, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

First, CONGRATULATIONS on ARTSPEAK Radio celebrating 10 Years on the air!

Second, CONGRATULATIONS on the publishing of your brand new book of poetry THE WEIGHT OF RECOGNITION published by Spartan Press in September 2022.

THE WEIGHT OF RECOGNITION contains 60 of her poems and has forewords by Missouri Poet Laureate Maryfrances Wagner and Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina, among others. “I am really, really honored by this,” she says. “I never expected something like this to happen.”

Boyd stopped writing temporarily in 2021, when she learned she had a serious heart condition that would require open-heart surgery. “I used to write almost every day,” she says, “but last year was such a strange journey for me. I started giving things away; I stopped writing. Ultimately, I made peace with things.”

Recently, however, Boyd found out that her heart functionality has gone from 20% to 55% and she will not need a transplant after all. “I believe in prayer and healing and good support,” she said.

Third, CONGRATULATIONS on being featured by writer Elisabeth Kirsch in KC Studio Magazine in a piece titled: Maria Vasquez Boyd: The Art of Filling Needs. https://kcstudio.org/maria-vasquez-boyd-the-art-of-filling-needs/

Boyd grew up in South Kansas City, the youngest of three sisters, with one younger brother who died years ago. Although both Boyd’s parents were children of Mexican immigrants, she did not grow up speaking Spanish, nor knowing much about her ancestral culture. Determined to change that, she made it a point that her daughter Whitney learn Spanish and become immersed in such customs as Mexican folkloric dance, which she learned to perform professionally.

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, is celebrated during November 1 & 2.

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art presented a Day of The Dead Festival, over the weekend and has a Day of The Dead Altar Installation in Kirkwood Hall, on view through November 7, 2022. The altar installation features our Abuela (Grandmother) at home, created in collaboration with local artists, students, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.

November 2 is also Maria Vasquez Boyd’s Birthday…

11:43 – A Happy Surprise Birthday for Maria Vasquez Boyd

Today we want to recognize those who have gone on to a new spiritual plane, but we also want to recognize someone from our living family that we love and admire so very much.

Maria Vasquez Boyd HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Chad Brothers brings in cake with candles. KKFI staff: Chad Brothers, Darryl Oliver, Kelly Dougherty, volunteers John Todd, Julia, Phil Bauer, and others, along with Maria’s two sisters, brothers in law, and husband, all sing Happy Birthday to Maria.

11:44 – Barry Lee pre-recorded a Birthday Message for Maria Vasquez Boyd.

Barry Lee is the host of the long running and acclaimed radio program Signal To Noise, now broadcast Thursday Mornings from 10:00 AM to Noon on 90.1 FM

  1. Barry Lee – “Maria Birthday Message”

11:46 – Miguel Morales sends love to his friend Maria

Miguel Morales is a award winning poet and journalist who grew up in Texas working as a migrant and seasonal farmworker. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow, a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, and a VONA/Voices alum, and The Latino Writers Collective. Miguel is the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. Miguel is one of the editors and contributors to: Fat & Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives. Miguel has also bravely worked as an activist for equality.

Miguel Morales writes:

Happy Birthday Maria!

Your Miguelito adores you and on this soon-to-be national holiday, I just wanted to send you the most sincere blessings and mostly good wishes.

You are a terrific friend & I recognize the value of our friendship more & more each year.

I thank you for all the times you had me on your show, more times than I can remember and probably more times than I deserve.

Our on the air conversations are real and they mirror our real-life conversations – except without all the cussing and the delicious tacos.

Your work as an artist and as an art-letic supporter knows no bounds. You’ve touched many in our community, at least that’s the rumor.

You’re always so generous with your time. You’re not the kind of artist who keeps opportunities to themselves, you share them with others letting them know where and how to apply. You have an understanding of an artist’s work, and you connect them with people and organizations that can offer resources and other opportunities. You see partnerships and make them happen.

I’m also grateful for the work we do with the migrant farmworker students in Waverly, Missouri. It’s a project we’ve been doing for probably 10-15 years. It’s a cause that’s dear to my heart and I’m so happy that we do it together.

Our friendship is effortless, and honest, and like no other.

I say all these things because I love you, I respect you, and I know that if I don’t give you credit, you’ll cut me. She’ll do it, dear listeners, I swear she will.
On behalf of all those who love and fear you, Happy Birthday!

Your Miguelito.

11:50 – Whitney Boyd

Whitney Boyd is an elementary education teacher, she also helps rescue dogs for Chain of Hope. Whitney is the daughter of Maria Vasquez Boyd and the mother of Maria’s two-year old grand daughter Luna. Whitney is in the classroom right now, but she pre-recorded a special message, for her mom.

  1. Whitney Boyd – “Mom Birthday”

Happy Birthday Maria Vasquez Boyd we love you!

A Big THANK YOU to some of the beautiful friends of Maria: Miguel Morales, Barry Lee, and Whitney Boyd. For Wednesday MidDay Medley and for Maria Vasquez Boyd, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:56

  1. Mariachi El Bronx – “I Would Die 4 U”
    from: Purplish Rain / Spin Media / June 23, 2009
    [Purplish Rain is a compilation of Prince covers released by Spin magazine for readers of its July 2009 issue. The album contains cover versions of songs from Prince’s 1984 Purple Rain album, in the same track order as the original, on the occasion of the album’s 25th anniversary. It was not a physical album and was available in its digital format up to September 30, 2009.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, November 9, we welcome singer songwriter ‘Tre Mutava, Howie Howard, and Ivory Blue.

Thank you to ALL of those who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley during of KKFI 90.1 FM Fall Fund Drive!!! Between our two on-air shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we have raised a grand total of $3041.00 from 50 individual donors!!! THANK YOU!

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Show #966

WMM presents Apocalypse Meow 15 + The Black Creatures + Maria Vasquez Boyd

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sondra Freeman of Apocalypse Meow 15 + The Black Creatures + Maria Vasquez Boyd

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Roseline, Eddie Moore, Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream, GAV7D featuring Annie Ellicot & the V7 Crew, The Black Creatures, pure xtc, Birdie, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, Blondie, Mariachi El Bronx, and Spoon.

At 10:30 we talk with Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation about Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. MMF has provided needed preventative care services through their health clinic events & partnerships with local providers. The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care & insurance info. This event also features an online auction from local vendors & artists. More info at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

At 11:00 Mark talks with Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal their background in opera, and their honest lyrics are both personal and political. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, and engineer. The Black Creatures released their self-produced, debut album, SEE NO EVIL, on December 6, 2017. The Black Creatures released the single “Elements” on February 14, 2018. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, was self released by the band on September 30, 2019. WILD ECHOES was #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. WILD ECHOES was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut Records in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine for 2020. Charlotte Street Foundation announced the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures. The Black Creatures released their new album By Thy Hand on Center Cut Records on August 12, 2022. Jade and Xavier just completed performances with Owen/Cox Dance Group and Director & Choreographer Christian A. Warner for, WHAT CAME WITH SPRING at Union Station. Christian A. Walker created a new 90-minute piece with 5 dancers and 10 tracks from The Black Creature, and placed Jade and Xavier into the scene, while allowing their live voices to ring clear and true.

At 11:30 we talk with Maria Vasquez Boyd, writer, artist, published poet, teacher, radio show host & producer. Maria is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has also taught in the Design/Illustration Department and for for the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place. She is a contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes. Maria is host and producer of ARTSPEAK Radio, heard every Wednesday at Noon, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. ARTSPEAK Radio is celebrating 10 Years on the air! Maria Vasquez Boyd is the author of THE WEIGHT OF RECOGNITION her new book of poetry published by Spartan Press in September 2022. Maria joins us to discuss Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1 & 2. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is presenting a Day of The Dead Altar Installation in Kirkwood Hall, on view through November 7, 2022. The altar installation features our Abuela (Grandmother) at home, created in collaboration with local artists, students, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.

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Show #966

WMM Playlist from October 26, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The MidCoast Sound with The Lone Stranger + Liz Chidester + Marion Merritt + Nico Gray

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Plains – “Problem With It”
    from: I Walked With You A Ways / ANTI- Records / October 14, 2022
    [Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson recorded this one-time collaboration country album. Plains began out of Crutchfield’s and Williamson’s mutual love for each other’s music and after trading albums (Saint Cloud and Sorceress, respectively) in early 2020. Feeling that it was time to have a separate project that could reflect a different side of her creative inspirations, Katie felt that Jess was the perfect fit for a collaboration, and they set off to create I Walked With You A Ways. Written between Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Marfa, the album was recorded in Durham, NC Produced by Brad Cook, with Katie Crutchfield on Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar; Jess Williamson on Lead and Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar; Brad Cook on Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Bass; Phil Cook on Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ, Dobro, Banjo, Electric Slide; Spencer Tweedy on Drums, Percussion; Andrew Marlin on Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar; Libby Rodenbough on Fiddle; Alex Farrar on Electric Guitar. Engineered by Jon Ashley with Additional Engineering by Alli Rogers and Brad Cook. Mixed by Alex Farrar and Mastered by Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge, NY.]

[Plains are on a US tour. They play The Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. tonight Oct. 26, 2022. Their tour ends on Nov. 19, 2022 when Plains play Knuckleheads Saloon, Kansas City, MO.]

  1. Joni Mitchell – “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio”
    from: For The Roses / Asylum / November 1972
    [Joni Mitchell originally wrote the song in response to her record label’s desire for her to write a hit song. Mitchell reveals her purpose on lines such as, “And I’m sending you out this signal here, I hope you can pick it up loud and clear”. She believed that including words in the song about radio themes would convince stations to play the recording. The song was recorded in preparation for Mitchell’s upcoming fifth studio album in Hollywood, California, United States at A&M Studios. Although Graham Nash, David Crosby, and Neil Young all contributed to the recording session for the song, only the harmonica piece performed by Graham Nash was included on the official release. “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” was released as a single in November 1972 via Asylum Records. The song became Mitchell’s first top-ten hit in Canada, reaching the tenth position on the RPM Top Singles chart. Additionally, the single became her first top-forty hit in the United States, reaching number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside North America, “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” peaked within the top-forty on the Australian Kent Music Report chart. The single was included on Mitchell’s fifth studio effort For the Roses, which was issued in November 1972. Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony & her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.”]

Mark Manning: “I was in the front row, center, to see Joni Mitchell LIVE in concert, on October 25, 1998, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Being in the front row, it was almost as if Joni was singing directly to me. I could look right into her eyes. Joni performed next to a small waist high table with water, and an ash tray holding a lit cigarette with smoke trailing and curling upward from the stage, high into the giant vast arena of United Center, where I had watched the Chicago Bulls play 6 of the championship seasons on television. Now I found myself in the front row, with a broken leg from a theatre injury at The Midland Theatre. A broken leg was not going to prevent me from being present at this concert with my friend Cary. Joining Joni on-stage was, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, famed trumpeter Chris Botti, and former husband, and producer, bassist Larry Klein “pushing melody lines through Mitchell’s odd, chiming chords on guitar, the music was both spacious and assertive.” (Chicago Sun Times review) Joni’s delivery was perfect, singing older songs in a different octave than she originally sang them, as her voice has deepened over the years. Her phrasing and quality of singing was still stellar, professional, true to the spirit of each song. Joni was on the bill with Dave Alvin who opened the night and Bob Dylan and his band closing the show. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life. I cried through Joni’s entire set. This was the set list for Joni:

  1. Big Yellow Taxi
  2. Just Like This Train
  3. Night Ride Home
  4. The Crazy Cries of Love
  5. Free Man in Paris
  6. Harry’s House
  7. Black Crow
  8. Amelia
  9. Hejira
  10. Face Lift
  11. Sex Kills
  12. The Magdalene Laundries
  13. Moon at the Window
  14. Trouble Man
  15. Comes Love
  16. Woodstock

[Joni Mitchell is scheduled to join Brandi Carlile for a live concert called “Echoes Through the Canyon” shows at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. Brandi Carlile will perform the first show in George, WA is on June 9, 2023 with Joni Mitchell headlining on June 10, 2023 with “the Joni Jam,” featuring a lineup to be announced. This news comes after the 78-year-old singer-songwriter delivered her first full live show since 2000 with a surprise set at Newport Folk Festival, where she played alongside Carlile, Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig of Lucius, and more.]

[Heartland Song Network presents For the Roses: a Joni Mitchell Tribute on November 18, 2022, 6:00 Doors, 7:00 PM Show, at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., KCMO featuring: Leah Sproul, Julia Othmer, Erin Eades, Kate Whitefield, Havilah Bruders, Mikal Shapiro, Scotch Hollow (Carley Verbeck and Mark Verbeck), Kelly Dougherty & David Luther, Lindsey Lasswell & Julie Bennett Hume, Jill Westra & Mark Franzke. A Benefit for Heartland Song Network http://www.heartlandsongnetwork.org]

10:07 – Intro / Pledge Break #1

Thanks for tuning into WMM on 90.1 FM KKFI. I’m Mark Manning. Today WMM celebrates “The MidCoast Sound” spinning some of our favorite recent MidCoastal Releases from: Julia Haile, Eddie Moore, Plains, Flare Tha Rebel, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kevin Morby, The Black Creatures, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Jerame Gray, Olivia Fox, Lone Stranger, and Liz Chidester. This is part-two of a 2-week series. We started with Plains and Joni Mitchell.

We take break to encourage YOU to support 90.1 FM KKFI. To help me, are my friends…

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West in 1978. For 16 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. With her partner Ann Stewart, Marion is the proprietor of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, that features new vinyl releases, in-store performances,, and was once the location for a wedding. More information at: http://www.recordwithmerritt.com

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Nico Gray, has been an Associate Programmer on our WMM team for over 10 years, helping us with shows about Glam Rock, David Bowie, and multiple Fund Drive shows, and serving as Guest Producer for 12 different shows. Nico has recently become a full fledged Programmer at 90.1 FM completing months of training, and a written test. Nico Gray is now the Host & Producer of “Radio Nicopisa” currently broadcast on Fridays 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI, until it can find a home in the daytime line-up. Radio Nicopisa is the second spin-off show from Wednesday MidDay Medley following in the footsteps of ARTSPEAK Radio with Maria Vasquez Boyd who also first started as a “Guest Producer” on WMM, and who we mentored over the years as she found her own show and time slot and is now celebrating 10 Years on the Airwaves of KKFI. Nico Gray is also a writer, performance artist, and has worked as an actor with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, 8th St. Cafe Theatre, Actor’s Craft, and Big Bang Buffet. He appeared in HBO film “Truman” and in the Robert Altman film, “Kansas City.” Nico was also in an early short film of John McGrath that had a small role played by Emmy Award Winner Jason Sudeikis. Nico is currently a marketing & advertising consultant with Union Station and the Marketing Director for Fringe Festival KC.

Nico Gray, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio is Non-Commercial, and that means that three times a year, we interrupt our regular programming, to ask our listeners, to help us continue our unique, 24-7 programming. For 33 years 90.1 FM KKFI has been on the air. While the spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt-signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 40 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. We’re non-profit, but we still have to pay the electric bill, the rent on our fully accessible production studios and offices, insurance, staff, royalties, production expenses. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need YOU, our listener, to take a moment and call 888-931-0901 and donate to keep us alive! Our volunteers are waiting to hear from YOU right now.

KKFI is “The Voice of the Community” Our Kansas City area Community Speaks Through our Airwaves.

So Far in 2022 on WMM we conducted over 103 interviews with 108 special guests: Kianna Alarid White, Cale Parks, Nico Gray, Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, Rose Brown, Ivory Blue, Klaartje Van Lue, Ernest James Zydeco, Julia Othmer, Julie Bennett Hume, Mikal Shapiro, Leslie Pories, Matt & Melissa Weinman of Dimension Bill Edwards, Oliver Hall, Jeremiah James Gonzales and Brody Lowe of Redder Moon, Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, Nick Robertson, Travis McKenzie, Andrew Woody of The Creepy Jingles, Jennifer Owen of Owen Cox Dance, Nate Holt of Asterales, Isaac Flynn of Hembree, D Rashaan Gilmore, Luke M. Harbur aka Music By Skippy, Fritz Hutchison, Jenna Rae, Kristie Stremel, Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation, Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty, Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures, Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, Chad Brothers, Kristopher Bruders and Mark Smeltzer of Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Jnabe, Jessica Salley, Brodie Rush of Be/Non, Shaun Crowley, Nilko Andreas, Amy Farrand, Sam Platt, Stacy Busch & Kalli Siringas of No Divide KC, Taylor Avazpour, Jessica Ayala and Les Izmore of Arquesta Del Sol Soul, Luke Petet, Chris Haghirian, Stephonne, Dedric Moore, Scott Hrabko, Just Angel, Vi Tran. KKFI Board President Catina Taylor, KKFI Interns: Yassi Armer-Shabazz, Zoey Harris, and Kotah Kauffman, Lee Walter Redding, Chalis O’Neal, Tucker Slough, Major Matt Mason USA, Brook Worlledge, Stephanie Bankston, Mia Morrow of Boxknife, Cooper Scott of Jean Claude and The Eclairs, Kadesh Flow, Dr. Sonia Hall, Necia Gamby, Kelly Hunt, Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor of Lazy Projector, Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl, Bill Sundahl, Nick Carswell of Carswell & Hope, Tillie Alexandra Hall of MellowPhobia, Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Diane Patterson. Kiley Sutter, Steve Tulipana, Miki P, Rachel Lovelace, Ryan Wise, AJ Knudson, and Jimmy Girod of LYXE, Trent Michael Munsinger of You Monster You, Judith G. Levey, Mike McCoy, Heather Grehan, & Lisa McKenzie of Cher U.K., Brie Howard-Darling, Patti Quatro, Mia Huggins, of Fanny, Nita Norris, and Jackie Nugent, Brenton Cook of Outer Reaches Fest, Mark Ronning of Les Bons Bons Electriques, Lotta Williams, and Chris Hudson, The Lone Stranger aka Zachary Phillips, Liz Chidester.

10:15

  1. Julia Haile – “Heavy Rotation”
    from: “Heavy Rotation” – Single / Julia Haile / September 30, 2022
    [One of two new singles released by Jullia Haile and September 30, 2022. Julia Haile is a singer and songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Her natural talent and musical education have fueled a career of exciting performances and beautiful music. From leading Neo-Soul band Hi-Lux and international collaborations to solo works, Julia’s goal is create meaningful musical experiences for all. Julia’s work with Hi-Lux included Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Dan Loftus on bass, (and prior to that Pete Leibert on bass) and Kian Bryne on drums. Hi-Lux is a Modern-Soul band that blends and bends the boundaries between soul, rock n roll, reggae, and funk. This group aims to create music that pays tribute to their myriad of influences (Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings). but also claims a spotlight of its own in the musical world. Hi-Lux released the singles, “Revolution” and “Get What You Give” on February 28, 2020, through The Record Machine. Hi-Lux released the single. “Don’t Blame Lee” (featuring Lee Scratch Perry) on April 20, 2018. Hi-Lux released the 7” vinyl single, “”Dance With My Baby” b​/​w “Don’t Blame Me” on January 5, 2018 through Sunflower Soul Records. Hi-Lux released their 6-track, self-titled EP, Hi-Lux on January 2, 2018. All 6 songs had previously been released as singles..]The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com and http://www.juliaHaile.com]

[Julia Haile Quintet plays Second Edition of the @collectifmirr International Exchange! November 17 at A LA Dynamo n Paris France featuring Hermon Mehari and Alessandro Lanzoni -Arc Fiction.]

  1. Eddie Moore – “A New Me, A New You”
    from: “ A New Me, A New You” – Single / Eddie Moore Music / September 10, 2022
    [The first single from Eddie Moore’s new Solo album INTUITION to be released Friday, October 28, 2022. Eddie Moore released the single, “Love Song” (with Joel Castillo and Bree Cummings) on October 22, 2021. Eddie Moore released “We Chillin’” on April 9, 2021. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We The People released the single, “Single Double” on June 10, 2021. Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drums; and Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios. More info at: http://www.wethepeople777.bandcamp.com Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020. More info at http://www.eddiemooremusic.com]

[Eddie Moore plays Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO with MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream in Kansas City, MO, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Mark Manning will Emcee. // The history of Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when local musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends and fellow musicians rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her local community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. We have also provided much needed preventative care services through our health clinic events and partnerships with local providers. // The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care and insurance information. This live event will also feature an online auction from local vendors and artists, and lots of fun raising money to support the health of the music industry members of Kansas City. // More information at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org]

[Eddie Moore will be our guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on Nov. 16 with Poet Glenn North,]

  1. Jerame Gray – “When The Sun Comes Up”
    from: “When The Sun Comes Up”- Single / Full Tank Studios / May 13, 2022
    [Earlier this year on April 30, 2022 Jerame released the single “Transcendental Medication.” On May 24, 2020 Jerame Gray released the single, “Let Morning Rise.” On January 12, 2020 Jerame Gray released the singles, “Before Long (feat. Kate Gray)” and “What Good Is The Rising Sun” and “Ashes Before Dust.” On Hanuary 12, 2012 Jerame Gray released the EP, KILL CREEK ROAD. Australian born singer-songwriter Jerame Gray’s work has. been described as “Music for the working man, the adventurer, the traveler, and for those with an unsettled spirit.” Jerame has an innate capacity for strong melody and musical arrangements, lyrical storytelling, alluring song development, and a soulfully dynamic vocal delivery. He has an energetic and deliberate approach when melding style, form, and balance into multilayered musical compositions. // Jerame is a proficient writer and performer and his work has been featured in film, numerous international travel documentaries, and in a United States web and television campaign for LMC Trucks. // He is represented by Union Entertainment in Nashville, TN and currently lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, songwriter Kate Gray, and their two children. More info at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jeramegray%5D

10:25 – Pledge Break #2 – Champions & Challengers

Our WMM Fall Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Nico Gray

KKFI’s Development Director – Kelly Dougherty is here for Champions & Challengers where you can DOUBLE your donation.

Our Champion is: Jim Svetlic & Daniel Pul

If we can match this challenge in these 7 minutes, we can double all of those donations up to $100.00!

Today on WMM we are celebrating The MidCoast Sound with 12 of our Favorite recent MidCoastal Releases. 90.1 FM KKFI’s non-profit organization and governing body is the MidCoast Radio Project. MidCoastal is where we are, on the coasts of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers with a music community that spans the Kansas City Metro region and west to Lawrence and Topeka and south to Olathe and east to Columbia and North to St Joseph. Not necessarily the reach of our 100,000 watt signal but definitely the reach of our community.

WMM and KKFI are committed to featuring artists under-represented in other media, and that includes the music community that lives within Kansas City and Lawrence and the area radiance of our 100 watt signal. The story of Kansas City’s Arts and Music Community is our primary objective on WMM, where for 18 years we have shined a light on this music and the artist who create it and that story also include the music labels who help get this music out into the community and beyond Kansas City. That story also includes the recording studios where this music is engineered and mastered.

Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM was the first to play the recordings of: Calvin Arsenia, and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and Krystle Warren, and The Black Creatures and KD Kuro, The Shy Boys, The Salvation Choir and Ivory Blue and so many others. We were the first to interview these artists live on the radio and bring their music to a wider audience.

WMM Plays New & MidCoastal Releases. Timothy Finn Kansas City area music writer named WMM “The Best Place to Hear Local Music on the Radio. and the Best Place to hear area musicians talk about their music.”

10:33 – Underwriting

  1. Flare Tha Rebel – “Playground (feat. The Belief System and Leigh Adams)”
    from: Summer You, Summer Me. / Shafer / October 21, 2022
    [“Rosé All Day” was the lead single from Flare Tha Rebel’s new EP. Playful, yet meaningful, the song is about an empowered woman of which a man is pursuing. Lines within the song such as “and if she’s a tease she can do that ya’ll / she don’t owe you nothing man, please back off”, attempt to change the at times degrading scenarios of this power dynamic. The narrative is done in the backdrop of fun and lighthearted warm weather days, cool summernights, and, of course, plenty of rosé. Continuing with Flare’s Art to Empower initiative, “Rosé All Day” aims to raise funds and awareness for a nonprofit, which this time is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Abuse (MOCSA). Career and love brought hip-hop MC Flare Tha Rebel back to his hometown of Kansas City, MO, which created a second wind of new music. Noted by The Pitch, “As a member of hip-hop collective Anti-Crew, Flare Tha Rebel made quite an impact on the Kansas City hip-hop scene. After making the leap from KC to Chicago in the late ‘00s, he’s now back…” Known for a highly energetic live performance, Flare has shared the stage with artists such as Chance the Rapper, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Lethal, Nappy Roots, and CES Cru. Although hip-hop at the core, Flare Tha Rebel’s versatility remains as he balances music with socially progressive themes that are still enjoyable enough to raise a glass to at a party. There’s also a duality to Flare’s approach. Many of his songs are connected to his Art to Empower initiative, raising awareness and funds for a variety of social justice causes and nonprofits. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pullian were guests on WMM, Aug. 11, 2021. Flare The Rebel released the EP, The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged on July 9, 2021. The recording was #9 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com]

[Flare Tha Rebel with Woodland Ave play (birthday bash) at Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave. KCMO on Friday, November 11, at 7:00 PM with Lava Dreams and DJ Skeme.]

  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Six Second Sunz (Radio edit)”
    from: Arquesta Del SolSoul / Arquesta Del SolSoul / August 16, 2022
    [7-track, debut album. They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. Aa KC-based Cosmic music collective teleporting through Indigeneity, Decolonization and Freedom. Their sound brings a multidimensional portal of Rhythm and Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and spacetime bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. More information at: http://www.arquestadelsolsoul.bandcamp.com http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D
  1. The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothing”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [This new album follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal their background in opera, and their honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. // From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.” // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

[The Black Creatures will be our guests NEXT WEEK on November 2, at 11:00 AM]

10:46 – Pledge Break #3

Our WMM Fall Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt, and Nico Gray

Our most played artists in 2022 are The Black Creatures. Wednesday MidDay Medley was the first radio show to play their music. They have been frequent guests on our show. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. The Black Creatures released their self-produced, debut album, See No Evil, on December 6, 2017. The Black Creatures released their single Elements on February 14, 2018. Our playlists show that we first played The Black Creatures on March 14, 2018. Since that date we have championed this band. We first saw them live at InterUrban ArtHouse on July 10, 2019 as part of a Celebration of Queer Identity where Mark was also a performer. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, was self released by the band on September 30, 2019. WILD ECHOES was #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. WILD ECHOES was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut Records in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine for 2020. // Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. // The Black Creatures released their new album By Thy Hand on Center Cut Records on August 12, 2022. // Jade and Xavier just completed performances in the world premiere of Christian A. Walker’s “What Came With Spring” for the Owen/Cox Dance Group October 7, 8, and 9, 2022, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO. // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”

10:53

  1. Kevin Morby – “This is a Photograph”
    from: THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH / Dead Oceans / May 13, 2022
    [A single release from Kevin Morby’s upcoming 7th album. From http://www.rollingstone.com: “In January 2020, songwriter Kevin Morby witnessed his father collapse from a medical event while visiting his childhood home in Kansas. In a state of shock, the singer spent the evening looking at old family photos and fixated on an image of his father as a young man, looking, as Morby states, ‘full of confidence.’ The experience forced Morby to confront both the idea of mortality and the passage of time — and, after an extended sojourn in Tennessee, these reflections came together in the form of his upcoming album, This Is a Photograph. To mark the announcement, the singer released the record’s eponymous single, accompanied by a music video directed by Chantal Anderson. Produced by frequent Morby collaborator Sam Cohen, This Is a Photograph was primarily written in Memphis’ historic Peabody Hotel, where the singer-songwriter holed up in search of inspiration and self-realization amongst the city’s dark past.” Morby will also embark on a 65 City tour of Europe and North America through the majority of 2022, which starts May 20 in Madrid, Spain and wraps Nov. 12 in Vancouver, BC. On October 16, 2020 Kevin Morby released SUNDOWNER, ranked #20 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2020 and was the 6th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. SUNDOWNER was the follow up to his 2019 release OH MY GOD. Kevin Morby released CITY MUSIC in 2017. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album HARLEM RIVER. His 2nd album STILL LIFE was released in 2014. His album SINGING SAW was in WMM’s The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album CITY MUSIC was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018.]

[Kevin Morby plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, KCMO, on Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 PM with Coco.]

10:56 – “Live in our 90.1 FM KKFI Studios here is The Lone Stranger”

  1. The Lone Stranger – “Shotgun” (LIVE)

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with The Lone Stranger

The Lone Stranger is the new musical project of Zachary S. Phillips known for his longtime work in the bands, Gadjits and Architects where he played bass guitar and toured all over the country with his brothers Brandon, and Adam. For the Lone Stranger Zach played 99% of all the music, and wrote, arranged, engineered, produced and performed every note of every song with the exception of one “cover” song. This record contains Ska, Reggae and a bit of Hip Hop. Zachary is in the process of finishing the mixing, mastering, and manufacturing of a limited run of his first solo effort with the help of Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Recording studio.

Zachary Phillips thanks for being with us on WMM.

History: The Gadjits were a ska and rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri. Their sound was influenced by The Clash, The Who, AC/DC, Elvis Costello, The Stooges, and The Rolling Stones.

Brandon, Zach, and Adam Phillips come from an artistic family, their father was a jazz musician and their mother an art teacher. The brothers started by playing AC/DC covers, but moved on to original songs and a broader range of influences. The group was formed in 1991 when 14-year-old Brandon led his younger brothers Zach and Adam into a seedy bar in Kansas City to play their first gig to the small crowd of locals.

The band released the debut album, Da Gravy on Yo’ Grits, on their own JoCo Ska label. They went on to perform support slots for the Skatalites, Rancid (band) and Let’s Go Bowling. Heidi Blobaum joined on keyboards, replaced a year later by Hillary Allen.

At Ease was released in 1998 on Epitaph Records attracting attention from Tim Armstrong of Rancid (band). The Gadjits appeared on the Vans Warped Tour later that summer.

Wish We Never Met was released in 1999 on Hellcat Records.

Today Is My Day was released in 2002 on Thick Records. Featuring Brandon Phillips (vocals, guitar); Zach Phillips (vocals, bass); Mike Alexander (guitar); Hilary Allen (Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Adam Phillips (drums).

In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist and a new band, The Architects, was formed.

Gadjits Discography

Full-length albums

  • Da Gravy On Yo Grits (JoCo Ska, 1997)
  • At Ease (Hellcat Records, 1999)
  • Wish We Never Met (Hellcat Records, 2001)
  • Today Is My Day (Thick Records, 2002)
  • Our Time To…” (RCA Records, 2003) (left unreleased after RCA dropped the band)

Singles, EPs and split releases
Yes I Are (VMS Records, 2001)
Someday Driver (Thick Records, 2001)

Compilation appearances
‘Gangster Girl’ & ‘Sassy’ on ‘Skank For Brains – Saturday Matinee’ comp (Beach Records)
‘Beautiful Girl’ on the ‘Give ‘Em The Boot’ compilation (Hellcat Records, 1997)
‘Bad Gadjit’ on the ‘Give ‘Em The Boot Vol. II’ compilation (Hellcat Records, 1999)
‘One Stones Throw (From A Riot)’ on ‘Give ‘Em The Boot Vol. III’ (Hellcat Records, 2002)


The Architects are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band was formed by previous members of the punk and ska band The Gadjits, brothers Brandon, Adam, and Zach Phillips, and Mike Alexander.

In June 2004 the Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed. The brothers added Gadjits guitarist Mike Alexander, and this lineup recorded the band’s debut album, Keys to the Building, released on the Anodyne label in 2004. Revenge followed in 2006, described by Allmusic as ” a solid rock offering with enough soul and punk urgency to keep things interesting from start to finish”, and Vice in 2008. Keenan Nichols had replaced Alexander in Oct. 2007. They signed to Frank Iero’s Skeleton Crew.

In 2013 they started releasing the Border Wars graphic novel/EP series, on which they worked with illustrator Mallory Dorn.

Musical style and influences: The Tucson Weekly described the band’s music as “a dynamic, explosive combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies”. They were described as “dirty rock & roll tinged with Southern heart and gritty, passionate attitude” by Allmusic. Their influences include AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, and Meat Loaf.

Band Members
Brandon Phillips – lead vocals/rhythm guitar (2004–present)
Adam Phillips – drums (2004–present)
Zach Phillips – bass guitar/backing vocals (2004–present)
Mike Alexander – guitar (2004–2007)
Keenan Nichols – lead guitar/backing vocals (2007-2014)[11]
Adrianne Verhoven – keyboards (2004,2009-2010)

The Architects Discography

Albums
Keys to the Building (October 2004), Anodyne
Revenge (March 2006), Anodyne
Vice (May 2008), Anodyne
The Hard Way (June 2009), Skeleton Crew
Live in Los Angeles (October 2012), Skeleton Crew
Border Wars Episodes I & II (2017), Gran Cala Vera/Wolffang Funk

EPs
Border Wars Ep 1 (April 25, 2014)
Border Wars Ep 2 (September 9, 2013

Compilation appearances
“Promises” included on First Blood (2007), OxBlood

“There was a certain style of songwriting and performance that I had always wanted to do but had never taken the plunge.” Says Brandon Phillips, central figure in Kansas City, Missouri’s brand new pop-soul group, Brandon Phillips and The Condition. In response to that unscratched artistic itch, Phillips began writing and recording in 2015 with the help of his brothers Zach Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits) and Adam Phillips (The Gadjits, The Architects, Radar State) and enlisting the help of various KC area musicians to flesh out a sound that was equal parts Get Happy-era Elvis Costello and early Motown.

In 2016, the first, official lineup of BP+C came together and started rehearsing for their first batch of shows. The pedigree of the lineup then, now and always – including members of bands like The Architects, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, The Roseline, The Gadjits, Hi Lux and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

Zachary’s bother Brandon Phillips also creates music through his project Mensa Deathsquad and Other Americans

10:03 – “Live in our 90.1 FM KKFI Studios here is The Lone Stranger”

  1. The Lone Stranger – “It’s Nice To Meet You” (LIVE)

11:07 – More Interview with the Lone Stranger

The Lone Stranger is the new musical project of Zachary S. Phillips known for his longtime work in the bands, Gadjits and Architects where he played bass guitar and toured all over the country with his brothers Brandon, and Adam.

For the Lone Stranger Zach played 99% of all the music, and wrote, arranged, engineered, produced and performed every note of every song with the exception of one “cover” song. This record contains Ska, Reggae and a bit of Hip Hop.

Zachary is in the process of finishing the mixing, mastering, and manufacturing of a limited run of his first solo effort with the help of Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Recording studio.

Zachary Phillips thanks for being with us on WMM.

10:10 – “Live in our 90.1 FM KKFI Studios here is The Lone Stranger”

  1. The Lone Stranger – “Coming To Get You” (LIVE)

11:14 – Pledge Break #4

Our WMM Fall Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Nico Gray

What 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio means to YOU. Where can I find out about what is happening in my community?

LGBTQIA, Urban, Labor Rights, The Environment, The Kansas City Visual & Literary Arts , The Performing Arts, Women’s Issues, Native American Issues, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Classical, Hip Hop, Folk, Women’s Music, Indie Rock, Pop, Electronica, Punk…the answer is KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio. The Voice of The Community

Along with our National Public Affairs shows like Democracy Now and Alternative Radio we offer more locally produced public affairs programs than anywhere else on the dial.

We offer programs specifically produced for the LGBTQIA Community, Women’s Issues, Native American News and Culture, Middle Eastern Music and Information, Latino Programming, African American Public Affairs and Community News, Labor and Worker’s Unions, our prison population and justice system, environmental programming, Visual and Literary Arts, and Performing Arts.

Just remember what you don’t have to hear when you are tuned to 90.1 FM KKFI!

No commercials, we do have brief underwriting announcements, recognizing those who financially contribute to support non-profit community radio.

At KKFI there is no automated robot playing the same 40 songs in a “rotation,” based on a formula, created by a singular programmer of the robot. KKFI is the opposite of a robot.

There is always human being on the end of the phone line anytime you call 816-931-0901.

90.1 offers 100 different radio programs. 82 of these programs are locally, produced, hosted, engineered and written by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show, each week. There are 61 local music shows and 21 locally produce News, Public Affairs, Arts & Talk shows.

There are 140 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs.

You will not find this kind of representative diversity anywhere else on your radio dial. Or from any singular source on your computer. It is very special. It needs to be nourished and kept alive in a world of corporate, nationally owned, commercial or religious broadcasting.

Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlists are deep, and comprehensive. In one week you can hear over 2000 different songs played, in Blues, Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Classical, World, Americana, Southern Soul, Fusion, Soul, Rock, New Wave, Electronic, Native, Local, Old Timey, Rockabilly, Women’s, Children’s, Gospel, and Experimental.

With all of this, you hear the voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers, and thousands of guests from the community, who share their stories, broadcast live from our non-commercial, midtown studios, at 39th & Main, in the center of our metro, across two states, a collective of communities, and thousands of listeners.

11:21

  1. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Discoloration”
    from: ANOTHER ONE GAINED / Katy Guillen / August 19, 2022
    [This is the first single from ANOTHER ONE GAINED produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. This is brimming with vibrant textures, fuzzy electric guitars, and warm vocals. “Set In Stone” marked the beginning of a major life transition for Katy Guillen (pronounced Ghee-En). Written shortly after her longtime band announced their final show, she was struggling to find the next step in her career and personal life, while longing for a past sense of stability. “The song’s vigorous structure and deliberate rhythms convey that feeling of defeat and darkness, but with a sense of resolution and surrender through the guitar solo – a favorite moment on the record for me,” explains Katy. “While it started on shaky ground, coming out on the other side meant starting over and building something new.” ANOTHER ONE GAINED is a memoir of growth and reawakening by way of heart-wrenching transition and change – loss of her long-time band, end of a romantic relationship and finding herself amidst it all. “Set In Stone” premiered earlier on Guitar Girl Magazine. Katy Guillen & The Drive – Katy Gillen (drums) and Stephanie William (drums) – dropped their first EP, Dream Girl, right before the 2020 lockdown, leaving them without opportunities to perform live. In their basement rehearsal space, they spent the year learning home recording and pre-production techniques, gradually crafting a collection of songs from the ground up. The following April, they took the demos to producer/engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. From their work with Ratterman emerged a batch of 15 songs. At the end of 2021, the band released the four-track Battles EP, offering listeners a darker, more simmering edge to their impelling indie-rock sound. Ten more would comprise Another One Gained, the full-length debut due August 19, 2022. Previously Katy Guillen & The Drive released BATTLES EP on December 17, 2021, Recorded at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Ratterman. Produced by Kevin Ratterman, Katy Guillen, and Stephanie Williams. Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. Katy Guillen on vocals, guitar, bass, & keyboarda. Stephanie Williams on drums & percussion. Additional keys and programming by Kevin Ratterman. Album design and photography by Morgan Jones. This is a follow up to Katy Guillen & The Drive’s 7-song EP, DREAM GIRL, released March 20, 2020. Katy Guillen & The Drive, is a project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Katy Guillen joined us on WMM on March 18, 2020. http://www.katyguillenmusic.com]

[Katy Guillen & The Drive are getting set to go back out on the road in November and December. Katy Guillen & The Drive play Knuckleheads on November 23 in support of Danielle Nicole.]

[Katy Guillen & The Drive opened for FANNY for their one-night-only reunion concert from Fanny+ (June Millington, Brie Howard-Darling, Patti Quatro, and Mia Huggins) at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.]

11:25 – Underwriting

  1. Liz and The Lovelies – “The Great American Chestnut Tree”
    from: “The Great American Chestnut Tree” – Single / Liz Chedester / October 2, 2020
    [Liz Chidester and classical guitarist and actor Nilko Andreas. Liz Chidester released her debut record, PEOPLE PUMPING PEDALS in 2014, and the EP, OTTER HILL in 2015. She was awarded as NPR’s Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, and Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015. With friends she created the band Liz & The Lovelies and released the EP, PROGRESS INTO SIMPLICITY in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC. Their single “My Way/Your Way” was a finalist in the Folk/Americana category in the Great American Song Competition 2018. During the pandemic, Liz continued to perform solo releasing her EP, OTHERSIDE OF THE DARKNESS TIMELINE in late 2021, when she began collaborating with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas. ]

[Liz Chidester plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Ave, KCMO Westside on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Doors at 5:30 PM, show at 6:00 PM with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas.]

11:30 – Interview with Liz Chidester

LIZ CHIDESTER is an Americana singer/songwriter originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitar Liz Chidester released her debut record, PEOPLE PUMPING PEDALS in 2014, and the EP, OTTER HILL in 2015. She was awarded as NPR’s Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, and Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015. With friends she created the band Liz & The Lovelies and released the EP, PROGRESS INTO SIMPLICITY in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC. Their single “My Way/Your Way” was a finalist in the Folk/Americana category in the Great American Song Competition 2018. During the pandemic, Liz continued to perform solo releasing her EP, OTHERSIDE OF THE DARKNESS TIMELINE in late 2021, when she began collaborating with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas.

Liz is a member of the Recording Academy and the Folk Alliance International. She is a proud graduate of James Madison University‘s School of Music.

Liz Chidester, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We first met Nilko Andreas in May when he was in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference and the Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. While he was here in KC Liz Chidester was acting in “The Old Man and The Old Moon” features music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co. and is directed by Stuart Carden. May 3 – 22, 2022, at the Spencer Theatre.at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Andreas recenty returned to Kansas City starring in the Music Theater Heritage Man Of La Mancha, a collaboration with Ensemble Ibérica, that ran October 6 through October 23. Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician

Liz Chidester plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Ave, KCMO Westside on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Doors at 5:30 PM, show at 6:00 PM with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas.

LIZ CHIDESTER is an Americana singer/songwriter originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record ‘People Pumping Pedals ‘in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP ‘Otter Hill’, an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. She was awarded as NPR’s Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.

Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the Americana band LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. The Lovelies included Mike Fletcher (bass), Zach Finch (drums), Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin), and Kevin Schwarzwald (violin), Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), and Lauren Vogel (violin, vocals)

They released their first EP ‘Progress into Simplicity’ in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and they competed as one of the final four bands in Brooklyn’s 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in 2018. Their single “My Way/Your Way” was a finalist in the Folk/Americana category in the Great American Song Competition 2018.

During the pandemic, Liz and the Lovelies lovingly took a pause as Liz continued to perform solo with her cellist Lewis Rawlinson, releasing “the great american chestnut tree” in fall 2020 after it was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Created during the pandemic with Chicago producers Matt Griffo and Liam Davis, her 2021 singles include “Gift That Moved You”, “Whiney Whiteboy Punk Song” and “Sun Sup feat. Frances Luke Accord”.

Her latest solo EP ‘otherside of the darkest timeline’ released in late 2021. She began collaborating with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas in the fall of 2021 and continues to perform in NYC, Chicago, and across the US.

Liz is also a critically acclaimed and award winning actor, a Company Member of the feminist equity musical theatre company Firebrand Theatre and an Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theatre. She is also a teaching artist at the historic Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL.

http://www.lizandthelovelies.com

Nilko Andreas: Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician performing on such prestigious stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle in Germany, The Strathmore Hall In Bethesda, Jay Priztker Pavilion in Chicago, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena, Museum of fine arts in Houston TX, Gandhi Hall in Geneve, Switzerland Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Palacio Foz in Portugal, Unesco Concert Hall in Paris, Surabaya concert Hall In Indonesia, Shenzhen Symphony Hall in China , Museo Belber Gimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. Recipient of many international awards including the “Recognition award” by the city of New York for his contributions to the Arts. Mr.Guarin has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic orchestra of China, Surabaya Symphony orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and Barra Mansa orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble The rebow ensemble of NY, The metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.

He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker and Eduardo Garcia Barrios, Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.

Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America.

He began playing Cello at the age of five at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, he holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan school of Music in NY where he graduated on Classical Guitar, Composition and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, Nilko Andreas has given master classes and conferences on Classical Music at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte and Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University In Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, And Redes 2025 in Tijuana, Mexico. Among others.

As a composer, Nilko Andreas has written music for independent films, theatre, Dance and solo artists. His score for silent film “Pancho Villa’s Revenge” was celebrated at the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell”, won him several honors, awards and rave reviews. Recently he was comissioned by Mordance to write a piece for chamber ensemble that was premiered in NY at the Sheen Center to great reviews.

Upcoming engagements include soloist with in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra under Mto. Solomon Tong, and Concerto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo with the Varsaw Philharmonic in Poland on Feb 2019. Artistic residency, , European tour with German Violist David Inbal during the 2019 season. and concerts with Cellist Serafim Smigelskiy and Violinists Blanca Gonzalez , Concerts in NY with Pianist Hyemin Kim, solo concerts in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, as well as a Concert at Carnegie Hall with the Azlo Orchestra on Nov 2020. Soloist with the Villa-lobos Guitar concerto and the WHCO in New York under Chris Whittaker. He is the Founder and Artistic director of the Latin American Chamber Music society of New York and Artistic Director at AZLO productions.

“Nilko Andreas is a gifted Musician, and a great performer”.- Rafael Puyana, Paris 2009. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

Lis Chidester thank you for being with us on WMM.

Liz Chidester plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Ave, KCMO Westside on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Doors at 5:30 PM, show at 6:00 PM with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas.

11:40

  1. Liz Chidester – “All It Would Take”
    from: “Otherside of the Darkest Timeline” – Single / Murmuration Records / October 29, 2021
    [Liz Chidester released her debut record, PEOPLE PUMPING PEDALS in 2014, and the EP, OTTER HILL in 2015. She was awarded as NPR’s Newsong Songwriting Competition 2014 Mid-west Finalist, and Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist 2015. With friends she created the band Liz & The Lovelies and released the EP, PROGRESS INTO SIMPLICITY in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC. Their single “My Way/Your Way” was a finalist in the Folk/Americana category in the Great American Song Competition 2018. During the pandemic, Liz continued to perform solo releasing her EP, OTHERSIDE OF THE DARKNESS TIMELINE in late 2021, when she began collaborating with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas. ]

[Liz Chidester plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Ave, KCMO Westside on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Doors at 5:30 PM, show at 6:00 PM with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas.]

11:43 – Pledge Break #5 – Champions & Challengers

Our WMM Fall Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Nico Gray

Our Champion is: Chad Brothers

If we can match this challenge in these 7 minutes, we can double all of those donations up to $100.00!

We offer loads and loads of information about what is going on in the community. Not only does this show interview 150 guest each year, not only do we play nearly 900 different songs with more than half of those being locally produced, but we also shine a light on area not-for-profit theatre companies, art museums & galleries, area festivals, service organizations, area record labels and record stores, the area music scene, arts scene, theatre scene, literary arts scene, political action scene.

In just this past year, we’ve featured segments shining a light on: The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, Owen Cox Dance Group, KC Bass Workshop, The Record Machine, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, High Dive Records, Center Cut Records, Manor Records, The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, Lost Cowgirl Records, KC Irish Fest, The Crossroads Music Fest, MixMaster Music Conference, Too Much Rock, Midwest Music Foundation, Apocalypse Meow, filmmaker Morgan Cooper, Charlotte Street Foundation, Inter Urban ArtHouse, Lemonade Park, Weights and Measure Sound Lab, Innovation Festival, Bio Kansas, Les Bons Bons Electriques, Outer Reaches Fest, The Greater Philipino Association of Kamsas City, Queer Narratives Fest, No Devide KC, Boulevardia, Gay Pride, Folk Alliance International, The Band That Fell To Earth, Studios Inc., Charlotte Street.

11:50

  1. Olivia Fox – “Let Me Down Slow”
    from: “Let Me Down Slow” – Single / Olivia Fox Music / September 23, 2022
    [Let Me Down Slow is produced by Tyler Banks, their longtime producer, drummer and now add co-writer to the list. “Tyler has always been a crucial part to our overall sound and production. We’ve worked together a certain way for so long, that it is so nice to create these new batches of songs from the ground up with him. That’s really made the songwriting process so enjoyable to have everyone now involved. And you can feel that in the music,” says lead singer Flynn.The Kansas City based band, OLIVIA FOX is Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith. The trio released their full length album “Carbon” on August 23, 2019. The band has previously released multiple singles and two EPs. OLIVIA FOX create music that is a unique marriage between classic folk instrumentation, vocals, and harmonies to modern programmed beats and synth pads. OLIVIA FOX were all brought together through their manager David “DJ” Lee. In 2019 year Lauren had a baby boy, Aubrey got married, and Tiffany adopted a new doggie. // Their album CARBON was Produced by Tyler Banks. Co-Produced by David “DJ” Lee. All Songs written by Lauren Flynn, BMI, Except “Blame” written by Lauren Flynn and David “DJ” Lee. All Vocals by OVFX. Additional vocals on “Not Going Down” by: Kianna Alarid, Jessica Paige, Jo Mackenzie, Kat King, Nicki White, Natalie Norman, and Crystal Rose. All drums, synths and programming by Tyler Banks. All Violin by Tiffany Smith. Acoustic guitars by Lauren Flynn. Acoustic guitars on “Across the Water” and “Carbon” by Katy Guillen. Acoustic guitars on “Easy” and “Utah” by Josh Johnson. Piano on “Little Bird” and “Elevator Doors” by Jess Hughes. Album artwork: Chet Flynn. OLIVIA FOX were last on WMM on April 4, 2018 and Nov. 13, 2019. Info at http://www.weareoliviafox.com]

[Olivia Fox played the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, 2022, on the Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:52 – Pledge Break #6

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt and Nico Gray

KKFI’s Mission Statement: KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

KKFI’s Philosophy Statement: KKFI is committed to diversity in programming and discourse and seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and collaboration among volunteers and staff.

Marion Merritt and Nico Gray, Thank You!

Thank you to ALL who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley during of KKFI 90.1 FM Fall Fund Drive! Between our two on-air shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we have raised a grand total of $3041.00 from 50 individual donors!!! THANK YOU!

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, November 2 – we welcome Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation sharing the details about Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream in Kansas City, MO, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. We also welcome The Black Creatures, and writer, artist, radio show host & Producer Maria Vasquez Boyd.

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Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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