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, June 2, 2021
Bob Walkenhorst + Elexa Dawson + Alisa Jefferson + J Ragland of Quinn’s Laundry Hearse
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Bob Walkenhorst, Sara Swenson, Hannah Norris, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Elexa Dawson, Alisa Jefferson, The Fey, They Call Me Sauce & The Popper, Quinn’s Laundry Hearse, Kadesh Flow, and Bachelor (Melina Duterte aka Jay Som + Ellen Kempner aka Palehound).
At 10:15 KC based Rock & Roll Superstar Bob Walkenhorst talks about his new 12 song album, A THOUSAND WORDS, released on June 1, 2021, Bob’s 68th Birthday. The new album shows the range of Bob Walkenhorst’s gifts as a master songwriter and poet, and the wide open vocal range of a rock and roller who can call upon his expressive voice, giving lyrics with a growl and also rising to sing the high parts of the harmony, singing like a angel in a duet with Una Walkenhorst his equally talented singer songwriter daughter. With Una, Bob recorded the critically acclaimed FOR TOMORROW released October 12, 2018, where they split the difference for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, with special shared musical DNA harmonies. Bob Walkenhorst is a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 1990s, and continue touring and recording new music. With The Rainmakers Bob has released over 12 albums. Bob’s new solo record continues in the musical spirit of FOR TOMORROW. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com
At 10:35 Mark talks with Kansas based musician Elexa Dawson who released, “New Song” on April 2, 2021. Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE was also released on Lost Cowgirl Records. Her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. First recognized as founding member of Weda Skirts, who perform songs influenced by her Potawatomi identity, nature, family, love and loss. She also performs with Heyleon, a cross-pollination of established Kansas musicians. As a rural artist, Elexa values community and for 12 years has produced the Chase County Earth Day Celebration. In 2019, Dawson was awarded the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund and granted funding for her debut album. She performed multiple private showcases at Folk Alliance International in 2020, and was a delegate at the concurrent International Indigenous Music Summit. She’s on the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Touring Roster. In 2020, she was awarded the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Fellowship. She serves on the Matfield Green Works Advisory Council. Elexa is currently a student of sustainable agriculture. More info at: http://www.elexadawson.com
At 11:00 Rock and Roller Alisa Jefferson shares music from her new 10-song solo album, TELL ME, released on June 1, 2021. 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
At 11:30, J. Ragland returns to WMM as a guest to share details about Quinn’s Laundry Hearse, a new indie rock project based out of KC and NYC. Quinn’s Laundry Hearse released their debut self-titled 5-track EP, on April 23, 2021. Quinn’s Laundry Hearse is the musical project of J Ragland who serves as songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist. J. Ragland is originally from Fayetteville North Carolina and is a professional actor who has appeared on stage in musical productions for Spinning Tree Theatre, and Faust Theatre in KC. For more info on Quinn’s Laundry Hearse on Instagram @quinnslaundryhearse or at: http://www.quinnslaundryhearse.bandcamp.com.
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