WMM Playlist from Mar. 17, 2021

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

New & MidCoastal Releases + R.I.Peter + Club Sinister + Everett The Grey

  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. The Freedom Affair – “Don’t Shoot”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul / Sept. 25, 2020 / [Released on vinyl March 2021]
    [“Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson, and “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]

[The Freedom Affair plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Saturday, April 10, at 6:00 PM. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

  1. The Roseline – “Seven Hundred Second Chances”
    from: “Seven Hundred Second Chances” – Single / Alt Country Club / April 2, 2021
    [First single and title track from their upcoming record, Seven Hundred Second Chances. The track features Colin Halliburton on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, & aux percussion; Bradley McKellip on mandolin & electric guitars; Colin Jones on bass; Jim Piller on drums; Chase Horseman on piano and organ; and Heidi Gluck on background vocals. It was recorded and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. Lead singer and songwriter Colin Halliburton writes, “This song came together relatively quickly when I brought the acoustic skeleton to the band. It has a comfortable groove and familiarity to it, but we tried to make it all our own with little sonic touches like the sustaining fuzz note and the chimey, vintage vibe of the bridge. Lyrically, I’m exploring the corruptibility of humans and examining my own privilege, while also noting that we should all be aspiring to the greatness of teachers.” // 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. Colin Halliburton joined us on WMM on March 25, 2020. More info at: https://roselinemusic.com/%5D
  1. Goat Girl – “Badibaba”
    from: On All Fours / Rough Trade Records / January 29, 2021
    [The third single “Badibaba” was released on 19 January 2021. L.E.D., the band’s guitarist, said of the single: “Badibaba is a song about environmental catastrophe and the pessimism and self-destruction that this causes to the human spirit. It touches on how the Earth’s existence is controlled by exploitative systems, and the feeling of existential helplessness this induces.” On All Fours is the second studio album by English band Goat Girl. The album was recorded in early-2020 in South London with producer Dan Carey. //Goat Girl are an English post-punk band from South London. Their initial lineup consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Clottie Cream (Lottie Pendlebury), guitarist and occasional lead vocalist L.E.D. (Ellie Rose Davies), bassist Naima Jelly (Naima Redina-Bock) and drummer Rosy Bones (Rosy Jones). UK music magazine DIY describe them as being “imbued with an innate ability to voice the socio-political concerns of their peers with wit and style”. In 2019, bassist Holy Hole (Holly Mullineaux) joined the band, replacing Naima Jelly. // The band played early gigs in The Windmill, Brixton and named themselves after comedian Bill Hicks’ character ‘Goat Boy’. They signed a deal with Rough Trade Records on July 24, 2016 – the day after the UK’s Brexit referendum – and put out a couple of singles prior to the release of their debut album two years later. During this time, they also supported The Fall in their final London show before Mark E. Smith’s death, at the 100 Club on 27 July 2017. // Their self-titled debut album was released in April 2018. Featuring 19 tracks, it was well-received by the music press. Pitchfork described it as “absurd, playful, and more than a little unsettling, sounding at times like a less romantic Libertines,”going on to say the album, “appears daunting but proves to be light and accessible, with plenty of offbeat wit and many an unexpected twist down gothic country roads.” The Guardian called it, “a weird, wily and unpredictable record, getting under the surface of things.” The band played on the John Peel stage at the Glastonbury Festival 2019.]
  1. Chess Club – “On Deck, at Bat”
    from: You’re Lucky I Like You / Black-Site / March 23, 2021
    [All songs written and produced by the members of Chess Club: Cooper Avery on drums, David Krejci on bass, and Griffin Nelson on guitar & vocals. Recorded at Weights + Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. Mixed & mastered by Duane Trower. Vinyl Mastering by Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp. Yonkers, NY. Kansan-Emo-Math-Pop – Sometimes with blast beats. Formed in 2014 Chess Club prides itself on the mantra of DIY or DIE, booking its own shows and producing its own recordings. In that spirit, the band treats every show as if it were a house party, breaking down the partition between performer and crowd to create an up close and personal experience. Chess Club released their 10-song debut album, HIT THE BALL on June 9, 2018 through Black-Site. Chess Club released the 6-song debut EP, HI SAD on Jan. 29, 2016. http://www.black-site.org ]
  1. Greg LaFollette – “Learning To Fly”
    from: Learning To Fly – Single / Late Model Leadfoot Music / February 26, 2021
    [Greg LaFollette’s version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ classic song, Learning To Fly, was released as a single and will also be part of Greg’s upcoming album, THESE DAYS. Singer songwriter, teacher, Greg LaFollette moved to Kansas City from Nashville in the summer of 2020. Greg LaFollette has also played with the Summer Breeze: a Tribute to Yacht Rock with Billy Brimblecom and as well as being in the house band for Thundergong! the annual fundraiser/concert for Steps of Faith Foundation.// Greg LaFollette has had over 2,000,000 plays on Spotify. LaFollette has been involved in more than one hundred records in his career. He has worked with Andrew Peterson, Audrey Assad, Sara Groves, Leslie Jordan of All Sons and Daughters, Robbie Seay Band and many others. He has been featured in multiple prominent podcasts and published in CCM Magazine, The Rabbit Room, Relevant Magazine, and The Gospel Coalition. His previous records have garnered much attention and have been supported by church partnerships across the US. LaFollette has had multiple placements in international advertising campaigns, and has contributed many songs to others’ records. More info at: https://greglafollette.com/home%5D
  1. Valerie June – “African Proverb”
    from: The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers / June Tunes-Concord Records / March 12, 2021
  1. Valerie June – “Call Me A Fool (feat. Carla Thomas)”
    from: The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers / June Tunes-Concord Records / March 12, 2021
    [5th full length album co-produced by Jack Splash and Valerie June. Valerie June Hockett was born January 10, 1982), known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Her sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. She is signed to Concord Music Group worldwide. // Born in Jackson, Tennessee on January 10, 1982, June is the oldest of five children. As a child growing up in Humboldt, June was exposed to gospel music at her local church and R&B and soul music via her father, Emerson Hockett. As a teenager, her first job was with her father, owner of Hockett Construction in West Tennessee, and a part-time promoter for gospel singers and Prince, K-Ci & JoJo, and Bobby Womack. She helped by hanging posters in town. Her father died in late 2016. // June relocated to Memphis in 2000 and began recording and performing at the age of 19, initially with her then-husband Michael Joyner, in the duo Bella Sun. After her marriage ended, she began working as a solo artist, combining blues, gospel and Appalachian folk in a style that she describes as “organic moonshine roots music”, and learning guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar. She became associated with the Memphis-based Broken String Collective. // In 2009 she was a featured artist on MTV’s online series $5 Cover (following the lives of Memphis musicians attempting to make ends meet), and in 2010 she recorded the EP Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, a collaboration with Old Crow Medicine Show. // In 2011 she was honored by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission at the Emissaries of Memphis Music event. She raised funds to record an album with producer Craig Street via Kickstarter.com, raising $15,000 in 60 days. Later that year she relocated from Memphis to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shortly after, record producer Kevin Augunas introduced June to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, which led to the recording of June’s album Pushin’ Against a Stone in July 2011, which was co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Kevin Augunas. // In 2012, June performed with producer John Forté on a collaboration called Water Suites (on the hip-hop-blues song “Give Me Water”), and with Meshell Ndegeocello on the song “Be My Husband”. She contributed The Wandering’s 2012 album Go on Now, You Can’t Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music Volume III. In 2012 she performed in the UK for the first time, playing at Bestival and appearing on Later… with Jools Holland. // She has received substantial radio play in Europe on BBC Radio 6, including a feature on Cerys on 6 with Cerys Matthews. Mary Anne Hobbs of XFM has said of June: “This woman has already touched my heart, she really, really has.” // In February 2013, June was invited to support Jake Bugg on the UK leg of his tour. In March 2013, June performed two nights at South By Southwest. The first performance was on March 14 as part of the Heartbreaker Banquet. On March 16, June performed again, this time as part of The Revival Tour. Rolling Stone June’s second album, The Order of Time one of the 50 Best Albums of 2017, citing “her handsomely idiosyncratic brand of Americana, steeped deep in electric blues and old-time folk, gilded in country twang and gospel yearning….a blend of spacey hippie soul, blues and folk with June’s pinched, modern-Appalachian voice at the center”. In a 2017 interview, Bob Dylan was asked what artists he listened to and respected; June was among the artists he mentioned in reply.More info at: http://www.valeriejune.com]

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. Club Sinister – “Beyond Bleeding”
    from: Club Sinister / Club Sinister / January 22, 2021
    [Self titled debut release from Club Sinister, formed by Alex Horton & Ian Weidner in early 2020. Alex & Ian met in middle school and have been friends ever since. The two spent ten years sharpening their songwriting by playing in a variety of bands from indie rock to metal. While they played together in previous bands, this is their first project as a duo since relocating to Kansas City a few years ago. The duo have always been drawn to darker music and imagery, but the desperate and unsettling nature of the EP really mirrors the the past year that many have experienced. Club Sinister released their 6-track EP, Club Sinister on January 22, 2021. More info at: http://www.clubsinister.bandcamp.com]

10:34 – Interview with Alex Horton & Ian Weidner of Club Sinister

Alex Horton & Ian Weidner, join us on the phone to talk about their band Club Sinister, and their new self titled, debut EP. Alex & Ian formed Club Sinister in early 2020. They met in middle school and have been friends ever since. The two spent ten years sharpening their songwriting by playing in a variety of other bands from indie rock to metal. While they played together in previous bands, this is their first project as a duo since relocating to Kansas City a few years ago. Club Sinister released their 6-track EP, Club Sinister on January 22, 2021. More info at: http://www.clubsinister.bandcamp.com

Alex Horton & Ian Weidner thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Alex Horton is originally from Tulsa Oklahoma.

Ian Weidner went to middle school with Alex but then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for High School.

Alex Horton & Ian Weidner met up again in college at The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

from http://www.secretmeeting.co.uk : Alex says that the seed for the Club may have been planted long ago when the pair met in middle school. After spending their high school careers apart, they met back up in university and were in a rock band together called Colorblind. Ian echoes this, saying that they have always played music together very naturally: ‘If anything, I am surprised that it took us this long to get something new started.’ As if to prove out the sentiment, the band is already about to drop a new self-titled EP to ring in 2021 – mere months after embarking on a new journey that has challenged them to write and see music in different ways.

The two spent ten years sharpening their songwriting by playing in a variety of bands from indie rock to metal. Alex & Ian played in the Norman, Oklahoma band, Colorblind.

While they played together in previous bands, this is their first project as a duo since relocating to Kansas City a few years ago.

Alex & Ian formed Club Sinister in early 2020.

The duo have always been drawn to darker music and imagery, but the desperate and unsettling nature of the EP really mirrors the past year that many have experienced.

from http://www.secretmeeting.co.uk : But it turns out that even lifelong friends with years of musical partnership between them can be surprised while in the act of creating. In the writing of (their song) “Sheol,” Ian says their original aim ended up shifting significantly. ‘We were both relatively sure that it was going to be a more 80’s post-punk style song with fake drums and a driving synth throughout. Obviously, as we continued writing songs, we went in a pretty different direction.’ Alex’s biggest surprise was in the EP’s closing track, Creeping Towards the Deep End, and how it turned out different than originally expected. ‘I thought it was going to be too much of a bummer, but, after some tweaking, we ended up really liking the way it turned out.’

Alex Horton & Ian Weidner thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Club Sinister released their 6-track EP, Club Sinister on January 22, 2021. More info at: http://www.clubsinister.bandcamp.com

10:47

  1. Club Sinister – “Creeping Towards the Deep End”
    from: Club Sinister / Club Sinister / January 22, 2021
    [Self titled debut release from Club Sinister, formed by Alex Horton & Ian Weidner in early 2020. Alex & Ian met in middle school and have been friends ever since. The two spent ten years sharpening their songwriting by playing in a variety of bands from indie rock to metal. While they played together in previous bands, this is their first project as a duo since relocating to Kansas City a few years ago. The duo have always been drawn to darker music and imagery, but the desperate and unsettling nature of the EP really mirrors the the past year that many have experienced. Club Sinister released their 6-track EP, Club Sinister on January 22, 2021. More info at: http://www.clubsinister.bandcamp.com]
  1. J. Jerome – “Through My Skin (feat. Melissa Backstrom)”
    from: Through My Skin (feat. Melissa Backstrom) – Single / Chromatic Contact / Feb. 19, 2021
    [J. Jerome is the moniker of Jamie Searle the band leader of My Brothers and Sisters and his former band It’s Over. Melissa Backstrom Searle is married to Jamie and also is a lead singer for My Brothers and Sisters. J. Jerome is released the new single “Steady One” on January 19, 2021. J.Jerome released the 5-track EP Blap Kit, on February, 21, 2021. MY BROTHERS & SISTERS released reimagined version of the song, “Folsom Prison” (Johnny Cash) on February 26, 2021. Jamie Searle will be on WMM on March 31, 2021. More info at: http://www.jsearlemusic.com or http://www.jjeromechromatic.bandcamp.com]
  1. Blondie – “Picture This”
    from: Parallel Lines / Chrysalis Records / September 23, 1978
    [Blondie is an American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band were pioneers in the American punk and then the new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although highly successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “Rapture” and “The Tide Is High”. The band became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles, incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music. // Blondie disbanded after the release of its sixth studio album, The Hunter, in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin. The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with “Maria” in 1999, exactly 20 years after their first UK No. 1 single (“Heart of Glass”). // The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie has sold around 40 million records worldwide and is still active. The band’s eleventh studio album, Pollinator, was released on May 5, 2017. // Parallel Lines is the third studio album by American rock band Blondie. It was released in September 1978, by Chrysalis Records to international commercial success. The album reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1979 and proved to be the band’s commercial breakthrough in the United States, where it reached No. 6 in April 1979. In Billboard magazine, Parallel Lines was listed at No. 9 in the top pop albums year-end chart of 1979. The album spawned several successful singles, notably the international hit “Heart of Glass”. “Musically, Blondie were hopelessly horrible when we first began rehearsing for Parallel Lines, and in terms of my attitude they didn’t know what had hit them. I basically went in there like Adolf Hitler and said, ‘You are going to make a great record, and that means you’re going to start playing better.'” said Mike Chapman, in an interview for Sound on Sound, recalling Blondie’s initial musical inexperience. In February 1978, Blondie released their second studio album Plastic Letters. It was their last album produced by Richard Gottehrer, whose sound had formed the basis of Blondie’s new wave and punk output. During a tour of the west coast of the US in support of Plastic Letters, Blondie encountered Australian producer Mike Chapman in California. Peter Leeds, Blondie’s manager, conspired with Chrysalis Records to encourage Chapman to work with Blondie on new music. Drummer Clem Burke recalls feeling enthusiastic about the proposition, believing Chapman could create innovative and eclectic records. However, lead vocalist Debbie Harry was far less enthusiastic about Chapman’s involvement as she knew him only by reputation; according to Chapman, her animosity towards him was because “they were New York. [He] was L.A.”. Harry’s cautiousness abated after she played Chapman early cuts of “Heart of Glass” and “Sunday Girl” and he was impressed.

11:00 – Station ID

  1. R.I.Peter – “In Your Eyes”
    from: In Your Eyes – Single / Manor Records / February 26, 2021
    [2nd single form R. I.Peter’s up coming 12-track album release, SOFT SERVE, coming out March 19, 2021 from Manor Records. Earlier this year R.I. Peter released the single, “Green House” on February 5, 2021. On April 10, 2020 R.I.Peter released the singles: “Cruis’n” and “Rising Sun” through Manor Records. Kansas City based musician and songwriter Peter Beatty also plays in the band Momma’s Boy, and before that was in Rev Gusto that was formed with Jerry Frederick, Sam Frederick, Shaun Crowley; and Quinn Hernandez on drums while they were in high school at Saint James Academy. Peter studied at University of Kansas. Peter released the debut EP solo project R.I.Peter on July 5, 2019. Manor Records described R.I.Peter’s music saying, “It’s like if you took video game music and mashed it with Fleet Foxes or something. electronic pop ambient america folk mystic Both of the songs were written by Peter Beatty. More info t http://www.manorrecords.com .]

[R.I.Peter and Manor Records are hosting a SOFT SERVE Listening Party, on Friday, March 19, at 8:00 PM. Go to: ripeter.party]

11:04 – Interview with R.I.Peter / Peter Beatty

Peter Beatty joins us to talk about his musical project: R.I.Peter and his new 12-track album, SOFT SERVE, to be released from Manor Records on March 19, 2021. R.I.Peter has already released the new singles: “In Your Eyes,” and “Green House” in February. Kansas City based musician and songwriter Peter Beatty also plays in the band Momma’s Boy, and before that was in the band Rev Gusto. Peter studied at University of Kansas. Peter Beatty released his debut EP solo project R.I.Peter on July 5, 2019. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

Peter Beatty, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We last talked with Peter on April 22, 2020 after the release of his cassingles: “Cruis’n” / “Rising Sun” on Manor Records. These singles followed his self titled 5-song EP debut, that was released July 5, 2019. And now R.I.Peter is back with the release of his new 12-track album, SOFT SERVE, from Manor Records on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Prior to the COVID-19 shut-down R.I.Peter had been touring with Chloe Jacobson.
Last March Peter’s restaurant work ended because of COVID-19 shut downs, Peter devoted nearly 8 months creating the songs for SOFT SERVE.

Promo photos for Peter’s release were shot by Quinn Hernandez, who is also the drummer in the band Momma’s Boy. All the promo material sent out about the new release has been sent by Shaun Crowley who plays guitar in the band Momma’s boy. We talked with Peter about how does it feel to have a music label run by band-mates from all of these years. They are like brothers. They’ve played together since high school at Saint James Academy.

Mark talked with Peter about the efforts Manor Records is making to release new music and introduce new artists. Manor Records is a young Kansas City based record label, with many young artists, bringing a new generation to the area music community. Peter shared how great it is as a member of Rev. Gusto and Momma’s Boy to be part of something that grew bigger and became influential and a resource for so many artists.

SOFT SERVE cover

On SOFT SERVE Peter played almost every instrument on every track. Momm’s Boy band mate, Jerad Bajkowski played bass on one of the tracks.

SOFT SERVE will be released this Friday, March 19, through Manor Records. People can learn more about R.I.Peter and SOFT SERVE at http://www.ripeter.bandcamp.com. The new album will also be released on a limited edition cassette.

R.I.Peter and Manor Records are hosting a SOFT SERVE Listening Party, on Fridy, March 19, at 8:00 PM. Go to: ripeter.party

We’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Warm weather is coming and safe social distancing – outdoor venues are opening. As more and more people get vaccinated we are getting closer to returning to a new normal. Peter said what he is most looking forward to is a hot sweaty mosh with his friends.

Peter Beatty, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

SOFT SERVE will be released this Friday, March 19, through Manor Records. People can learn more about R.I.Peter and SOFT SERVE at http://www.ripeter.bandcamp.com.

11:17

  1. R.I.Peter – “Green House”
    from: “Green House” – Single / Manor Records / February 5, 2021
    [1st single form R. I.Peter’s up coming 12-track album release, SOFT SERVE, coming out on March 19, 2021 from Manor Records. Earlier this year R.I. Peter released the single, “In Your Eyes” on February 26, 2021. On April 10, 2020 R.I.Peter released the singles: “Cruis’n” and “Rising Sun” through Manor Records. Kansas City based musician and songwriter Peter Beatty also plays in the band Momma’s Boy, and before that was in Rev Gusto that was formed with Jerry Frederick, Sam Frederick, Shaun Crowley; and Quinn Hernandez on drums while they were in high school at Saint James Academy. Peter studied at University of Kansas. Peter released the debut EP solo project R.I.Peter on July 5, 2019. Manor Records described R.I.Peter’s music saying, “It’s like if you took video game music and mashed it with Fleet Foxes or something. electronic pop ambient america folk mystic Both of the songs were written by Peter Beatty. More info t http://www.manorrecords.com ]

[R.I.Peter and Manor Records are hosting a SOFT SERVE Listening Party, on Friday, March 19, at 8:00 PM. Go to: ripeter.party]

  1. Rob Rice – “Swipe Right (feat. Clint Ashlock & Eva Louise Hall)”
    from: and the Devil’s Threesome / Mongrel Manor Records / March 21, 2021
    [Another song from the debut EP of Rob Rice titled, and the Devil’s Threesome to be released March 21, 2021. Singer/songwriter Rob Rice is a Kansas City native with a spark of millennial magic, his dusty acoustic music transitions from barn-burning ballads to soothing serenades, all of which contain notes of love, loss, and lust whilst learning to live with oneself through it all. On his debut EP and the Devil’s Threesome, Rob humbly assumes the role of choirmaster to a caravan of iconic Kansas City artists and musicians (12 in total) to create unique trios for each song, meditating and musing on the woes and wins of yesteryear. With instrumentation ranging from harp (Calvin Arsenia) and cello (Ezgi Karakus) to piano (Mark Lowrey) and layered vocals (Miki P), the collection remains cohesive with Rob’s compelling vocal melodies, introspective lyrics, and folky guitar. // and the Devil’s Threesome is a collection of six original songs Rob has composed and recorded that features a female and additional male accompaniment to showcase (hence the Devil’s Threesome. We first played Rob Ricelast year when his track “Serial Lover” was part of the KC Syzygy Compilation released July 17, 2020. Info at: http://www.robricemakesmusic.com Rob Rice will be with us on WMM on April 14, 2021]
  1. Lava Dreams – “You’re The One”
    from: “You’re The One” – Single / RIOT / February 26, 2021
    [Solo artist Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton writes songs influenced by pop, soul, RnB, jazz, trap, house, funk, reggae, rock, and world music. Lava Dreams is planning to release an 11-song album later this year and will be releasing a new single every month leading up to the release. This is the 2nd single and follow up to, “The Amazing Wave” released January 8, 2021 through R.I.O.T. LLC Music and produced by Duncan Burnett. Lava Dreams released their debut EP “Good Energy + Focus” on June 13, 2020. Written by Lava Dreams and produced by Duncan Burnett. Solo artist Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton is from Kansas City, MO, her guitar-based music is both dreamy & electric. Lava Dreams began writing lyrics and melodies as a young child. Growing up, she learned to play her first guitar chords from her father – who played around the house and in local bars. After playing guitar and singing in several Kansas City bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018. Julia Hamilton is also a film maker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Film from Avila Unversity. You can listen to Lava Dreams on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or at LavaDreamsMusic.com. Lava Dreams joined us on WMM on April 22, 2020. More info at: http://www.LavaDreamsMusic.com]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Everett The Grey – “Riddles (Radio Edit)”
    from: “Riddles” – Single / Alex Hill / February 3, 2021
    [Everett The Grey is a genre-bending musician based out of Kansas City who fuses elements of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music to create a unique scenery of sound. Everett The Grey is also know as Alex Hill, a musician and medical student at Kansas University Medical Center. Everett The Grey released the EP, PARAGON, in 2019, and is currently working on his follow up album, I Don’t Want Your Help, is set for release in 2021. Everett The Grey has been featured in The Pitch and played over on 90.1 The Bridge.]

11:34 – Interview with Everette The Grey

Everett The Grey, is a genre-bending musician based out of Kansas City who fuses elements of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music to create a unique scenery of sound. Everett The Grey is also know as Alex Hill, a musician who is also a medical student at University of Kansas School of Medicine. Alex is in his third year at KU studying to become a Physician. Alex studied Pre-Medical Biology at Pittsburg State University where he also studied Philosopy and chemistry and graduated in 2017. Everett The Grey released the debut EP “Paragon” on May 31, 2019. His follow up album, I Don’t Want Your Help, is set for release in 2021. Everett The Grey has been featured in The Pitch and played over on 90.1 The Bridge.

Everette The Grey thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Everette The Grey is the moniker of Alex Hill, who grew up in Joplin, Missouri. He studied Pre-Medical Biology at Pittsburg State University where he also studied Philosophy and Chemistry and graduated in 2017.

Alex moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he is in his third year of studying to become an Emergency Room Physician.

Alex shared with us the balancing act between medical school and a music career, and that he is also a dad of a young son and baby daughter. He shared that he has a strong work ethic and that he puts his children first, before everything else.

Everett The Grey singles “Riddles” and “Pillow Cases” will both end up on his upcoming album, I Don’t Want Your Help, set for release in 2021?

Everett The Grey records his tracks, at a recording studio in Joplin, Missouri. He played almost all of the instruments and wrote all the music.

Everett The Grey talked about the music scene in Joplin.

Everett The Grey embrace multiple genres of music in his songs. On stage he is seen fronting the band playing electric guitar and singing. The electric guitar was his first instrument. His mom gave him a Guitar Hero and an electric guitar when he was in Middle school. He played in heavy mental bands in high school.

Everett The Grey thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Everett The Grey released the single “Pillow Cases” on December 18, 2021 and the single “Riddles” on February 3, 2021. Both songs will be on his new album I Don’t Want Your Help, set for release in 2021. And you can learn more about his earlier releases at: http://www.everettthegrey.bandcamp.com

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  1. Everett The Grey – “Pillow Cases (Radio Edit)”
    from: “Pillow Cases” – Single / Alex Hill / December 18, 2020
    [Everett The Grey is a genre-bending musician based out of Kansas City who fuses elements of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music to create a unique scenery of sound. Everett The Grey is also know as Alex Hill, a musician and medical student at Kansas University Medical Center. Everett The Grey released the EP, PARAGON, in 2019, and is currently working on his follow up album, I Don’t Want Your Help, is set for release in 2021. Everett The Grey has been featured in The Pitch and played over on 90.1 The Bridge.]
  1. Joy Zimmerman – “We’ll Hold The Light”
    from: “We’ll Hold The Light” – Single / Cultivate Joy Records / January 25, 2021
    [We’ll Hold the Light – Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered: Duane Trower, Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. Joy Zimmerman on vocals, guitar & violin, Ryan Dugan on guitar, bass, & harmony vocals; Beau Bledsoe on dobro; and Christine Broxterman on cello. Joy Zimmerman writes: “We’ll Hold the Light is a song of gratitude for the brave, selfless work of health care workers and first responders every day and especially during this pandemic. Facing unprecedented and life-threatening conditions, they have provided steadfast care for us all. I was inspired to write this song from my front row seat to heroism. My spouse, Linda, is an anesthesiologist at a Level 1 Trauma Center, safety net hospital, so I have witnessed the toll of long, stressful shifts within an overtaxed medical system.” // “Working all night at the hospital is like time out of time. The outside world, which includes your loved ones and friends, goes on without you. You miss dinner, bedtime, gatherings of friends, special events. And you are immersed in trauma, illness, grief, loneliness that those outside your work life will never know. The chasm between the two parts of your life sometimes feels immense…” ~Dr. Linda Dill // Joy Zimmmerman continues: “How do health care workers and first responders handle the sights and sounds they experience, the vicarious trauma, the grief? Let’s make sure our gratitude is backed by a strong commitment to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), mental health services and other support. I encourage you to join me in making a donation to your local YMCA Covid-19 Emergency Child Care Services for Essential Workers. These program offer child care and other services at 1,000 sites nationwide for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders. https://www.ymca.net/emergency-child-care-services. Joy Zimmerman released her 12-song album, PUZZLING BRUSH, on February 12, 2021. We’ll Hold the Light is available for free download at joyzimmermanmusic.com. Please share with healthcare workers and first responders in your world.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Nico Gray joins us as Guest Producer. AND, at 11:30 Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams of Katy Guillen and The Drive, join us live.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1

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