WMM presents Florian Arbenz + Vehicle + Wyndsrfr

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 30, 2021

Florian Arbenz + Clint Hoffmeier & Royce Diamond + Wyndsrfr

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Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Wild Type, We The People, Chess Club, Wyndsrfr, Flare Tha Rebel with Oboi Kong and Bob Pulliam, Kianna White, Jass, Asterales featuring Royce Diamond, Birdie, Vehicle, Florian Arbenz with Nelson Veras & Hermon Mehari, Mdou Moctar, and Joni Mitchell.

Florian Arbenz

At 10:30 Mark talks with Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz who is releasing 12 albums (or “conversations”) with 12 radically different groups of musicians. The first album in the series – recorded from his studio in Basel and accompanied by a feature-length video – features Kansas City’s own trumpeter Hermon Mehari and Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras, released April 23, 2021 on Hammer Recordings. This slightly unusual line up of guitar, trumpet & drums might, at first glance, miss a bass instrument, but despite the challenges involved, the creativity of the musicians, as well as Florian’s addition of custom percussion instruments covering this range, make for a fascinating listen. More information at http://www.florianarbenz.com

At 11:00 musician Clint Hoffmeier and producer Royce Diamond share details about the new release from Clint’s band Vehicle, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, is to be released July 6, 2021. The new album was written, performed and engineered over the last year by Clint Hoffmeier. Vehicle was a project he began twenty years ago in isolation. Clint returned to creating music as a solo artist during the pandemic and it only seemed right to call it a Vehicle album. Although Clint performed all of the music, he did have the guitarist Chris Tady play on the epic 10-minute ending track. The album was mastered with additional mixing by Royce Diamond, with cover art is by Levi Hoffmeier: The Art of Leviathan, and released through Ancient House Productions. http://www.ancienthouseproductions.com

At 11:30 Mark talks with husband & wife Jacob & Danielle Prestidge who in early 2017 packed up everything they owned, sold their home in Kansas City and headed for the west coast. Behind them they left their families, a city they loved, a few library fines and their folk-rock band, (The Blackbird Revue) with whom they had performed over 200 concerts in the previous 2 years. They both knew it was time for a change. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, they set up a home studio, purchased some vintage synthesizers and set about the process of musical reconstruction – building a new sound that captured the neon glow of palm tree sunsets and the visionary spirit of this city of dreamers, while still carrying traces of the longing of midwestern winters. Wyndsrfr was born. Their new album, GOLDEN YEARS was released June 11, 2021 pulling elements of synthwave, post-rock, and ambient music together in their unique blend of vibrant, top down dream-rock, perfect for a nice set of headphones or a sunset drive up the coast. More info at: http://www.wyndsrfr.com

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Show #896

WMM Playlist from June 23, 2021

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 23, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far + Dave Tanner + Quite Frankly + Riley The Musician

WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New Area Musical Releases of 2021…so far. This week we bring you part three, of a three-week series, we’ll play recordings from: Deco Auto, Quite Frankly, Riley The Musician, Passerine Dream, The Grisly Hand, Eems, Wyndsrfr, The Wild Women of Kansas City, Julia Othmer, Redder Moon, Charlotte Bumgarner, Juliette Frost, Collidescope, Silicone Prairie, and The Fey.

  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 Wild Women of Kansas City – “Don’t Let Go”
    from: Live At Pilgrim Chapel 9/26/2010 / Cosmic Cowboy Records / Reissued March 14, 2021
    [Reissued on digital for the first time by Cosmic Cowboy Records, The Wild Women of Kansas City, LIVE AT PILGRIM CHAPEL 9/26/2010 is a 14-track live recording. The vocal quartet included legendary Myra Taylor (1917-2011), Millie Edwards, Geneva Price and Lori Tucker, singing in harmony. More info at: https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-wild-women-of-kansas-city/1557857551 from Bill Brownlee’s Plastic Sax blog: “The Wild Women’s repertoire belied its billing as a jazz group. The 55-minute recording includes readings of the disco anthem “I Will Survive,” Ray Charles’ earthy hit “Night Time Is the Right Time” and the proto-rock gem “Don’t Let Go.” // Backed by an unidentified organist, bassist and drummer, the crowd-pleasing entertainers also perform familiar warhorses like “Sentimental Journey,” “Stormy Weather” and the inescapable “Kansas City.” Edwards sings lead on “What a Wonderful World” and Taylor does her playful Louis Armstrong impression during “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” // The women assert their intent on “Let the Good Times Roll”: “Tell everybody: Wild Women are in town/Sometimes we’re serious, sometimes we got to clown/ We don’t let nobody play us cheap/We got heart, soul- ooh, listen to the beat.” Thanks to the invaluable Live at Pilgrim Chapel 9/26/2010, their vital beat plays on.”]
  1. Wyndsrfr – “Golden Years”
    from: Golden Years / Jacob Prestidge / June 11, 2021
    [First single from Golden Years was released May 14, 2021. In early 2017, husband and wife Jacob and Danielle Prestidge packed up everything they owned, sold their home in Kansas City and headed for the west coast. Behind them they left their families, a city they loved, a few library fines and their folk-rock band, (The Blackbird Revue) with whom they had performed over 200 concerts in the previous 2 years. // They both knew it was time for a change. // Upon arriving in Los Angeles, they set up a home studio, purchased some vintage synthesizers and set about the process of musical reconstruction – building a new sound that captured the neon glow of palm tree sunsets and the visionary spirit of this city of dreamers, while still carrying traces of the longing of midwestern winters. Wyndsrfr was born. // To date, Wyndsrfr’s music has been heard around the world with over 2 million digital streams, as well as features on NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, MTV, CNN, The Discovery Channel and more. // Now, with their new album, Golden Years they offer their most compelling and fully realized vision to date, deftly pulling elements of synthwave, post-rock, and ambient music together in their unique blend of vibrant, top down dream-rock, perfect for a nice set of headphones or a sunset drive up the coast. Jacob and Danielle Prestidge will join us live on WMM on June 30. More info at: http://www.wyndsrfr.com]
  1. Deco Auto – “Hanging On The Telephone”
    from: “Hanging on the Telephone” – Single / Deco Auto / June 13, 2021
    [Kansas City based alternative pop-punk / power-pop trio. Guitar/vocals: Steven Garcia on guitar and lead vocals, Tracy Flowers on bass & vocals, and Pat Tomek on drums. Recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. Written by Jack Lee. Deco Auto writes: “We all love Blondie, and even though this was originally a song by The Nerves, we took inspiration from Debbie and the gang when putting our cover together. It’s been a part of our live set for several years. We recorded this track as part of a campaign to support the Kansas City Hope House shelter. It will be released on a compilation from Revolution Records. When the comp comes out, please purchase it to send funds to this important organization.Deco Auto released their EP ANOTHER GREAT DECISION on April 5, 2919. “Deco Auto is the perpetual opener, the also-rans, the nice-guys-finish-last band in the KC rock scene. Songwriter Steve Garcia is to blame, and he knows it. His songs straddle the line between power pop and pop punk — never casual enough for the former, nor saccharine enough for the latter.” ~ Too Much Rock. More info at: http://decoautokc.bandcamp.com%5D
  1. The Grisly Hand – “Now That You Know”
    from: “Now That You Know” – Single / The Grisly Hand / May 14, 2021
    [Since April 2021 the band has been in the studio working on a handful of tracks, with the intention of releasing singles over the summer & fall, and possibly a full-length release at the end of the year. It has been four and a half years since The Grisly Hand has released new music. The band released Hearts & Stars on November 18, 2016, and Flesh & Gold on October 2, 2015. The band had spent a year with Joel Nanos at Element Recording and decided to split the songs between two CD/digital releases: and also release them both together as a double vinyl album release, called The Grisly Hand, released November 18, 2016 with a new reshuffling of songs for the vinyl LP format. Jimmy Fitzner on guitar & vocals, Lauren Krum on vocals & percussion, Matt Richey on drums, Mike Stover on steel guitar, bass & vocals, Ben Summers on guitar, vocals & mandolin, Dan Loftus on bass, keyboards & vocals. For the double albums the recordings also featured: Rich Wheeler on tenor saxophone, Nick Howell on trumpet, and Mike Walker on trombone. More info at: http://www.thegrislyhand.com]

[The Grisly Hand play The Ship 1217 Union Ave, KCMO in the West Bottoms on Saturday, July 24.]

  1. Silicone Prairie – “Silicone Prairie”
    from: My Life on the Silicone Prairie / Feel It Records / February 5, 2021
    [Direct from Kansas City and encased in a layer of four-track analog glory comes the debut album from Silicone Prairie. You may have enjoyed Ian Teeple in action with Warm Bodies or The Natural Man Band, though Silicone Prairie is where Teeple has been focusing his solo creative energies over the past couple years, culminating in these 13 tracks. A trebly & jittery, landlocked Midwestern punk sound comes into effect straight out of the gate, much in the lineage of Gulcher’s ‘Red Snerts’ comp or the Dow Jones side of ‘Hoosier Hysteria’ – with a dash of hardcore DEVO or even D.L.I.M.C. thrown in for contemporary spuds. But there’s far more to Silicone Prairie – with quantitatively great songwriting and instrumentation bursting any preconceived sub-subgenre bubbles and occupying a kindred creative plain that made just about any Mould, Kirkwood, or Sage composition of the mid-80’s oh so delightful & memorable. Heck, there’s even a synth-heavy instrumental dedicated to electronic pioneer Patrick Cowley. ‘My Life on the Silicone Prairie’ dances across the sonic spectrum, from bedroom jangle to basement devolution, carrying big guitars, sharp synthesizers, and a hopeful grin into 2021 and beyond. A carefully crafted debut alive with the kind of creative rock’n’roll energy that simply cannot be quarantined, now or ever. ‘My Life on the Silicone Prairie’ comes shrinkwrapped in a reverse board sleeve with risograph insert printed at Oddities Prints and download code. Australian vinyl pressing available from Computer Human Records.]
  1. Collidescope – “Thicker Than Blood”
    from: DEEP TAPE / Kansas City Syzygy / December 31, 2020
    [7-track album. Collidescope is essentially a duo that includes: Hadiza. on vocals, beats, & synthesizers; and Madison Monroe on guitar, bass, beats, synthesizers, mixing & vocals. 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 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.acollidescope.bandcamp.com ]
  1. The Fey – “Blind to the Signs (feat. Hakim)”
    from: Palm Tree Shade / The Record Machine / June 4, 2021
    [We last played The Fey’s February 12, 2021 single, “Wolf of The Wild” on March 3. That single followed their single, “Tear It off” released August 7, 2020. The Fey released “Lost In My Head” on August 2, 2019, that followed the band’s July 13, 2018 EP, Strawberry Lemonade. The Fey is a Rock/Soul sextet based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The band has created 3 EP’s under the alias “AZP”, but have recently made a name change to, The Fey. Charles Hull, Founder and Managing Director, Silver Street Records writes, The Fey is: Zach Watkins on lead/backup vocals, keys, percussion; Ishma Valenti on rap vocals; Trey Shotkoske on drums; Michael Rogers on guitars; John Fucinaro on bass, and Ludwing Siebenhor. Additional Backup vocals by Jasmin Ondap and Aly Millanes. Engineered and mixed by James Fleege at Silver Street. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering. Produced by Zach Watkins and James Fleege at Silver Street. Album art by Zach Watkins. More info at wwwtherecordmachine.co]

[The Fey play Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), on Friday, June 25, at 7:00 AM with Lesser Pleasures, and The Royal Chief.]

  1. Eems – “Kinfolk”
    from: Big Fake Smile / Eems / March 17, 2021
    [Eems writes, “in my opinion it is my best body of work in about 6 years. I didn’t try to fit a mold that I thought I had developed over the past few years, the mold of the super happy motivational ukulele player. I got to be me. I got to come from behind that BIG FAKE SMILE. I hope it inspires someone, maybe not everyone but someone. Give it a listen.” More info at: http://www.music.apple.com/us/album/big-fake-smile/1555169479 Eems is Phillip Jackson, a KC based ukulele loop artist, singer songwriter, rapper, pianist, drummer, The resonance of his bright musical sounds, and lyrical calls, are woven through genres of folk, hip hop, pop, and dance influences. He has shared the stage with notable hop hop artists, and KC Folk Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest. For Eems, a ukulele is a jumping off point that leads to an uncharted and often unpredictable world of sound and inspiration. Blending it with loops and effects to achieve a captivating blend of R&B and pop music, Eems has used his unique sounds, voice and sense of humor to reach crowds across the country. Eems has opened up for” Slick Rick The Ruler and GLC form Kanye West’s G.O.O.D music label. Eems released the 8-track SWEET DREAMS on January 10, 2020. Eems also released four new singles in 2020 including: the two song release “Spacelord” on February 29, 2020, “Middle” on May 4, 2020, and “Unbreakable” on October 11, 2020. Eems released his EP DREEMS on June 26, 2018. Eems released ROCKET SHIP EP on August 11, 2017. Eems released IIID on June 17, 2016.]

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. Passerine Dream – “Be Together”
    from: Passerine Dream / DistroKid / May 3, 2021
    [Sidelined from touring in 2020 like everybody else, KC based musician Dave Tanner began demoing new songs and spent the first few months of the hiatus contributing bass and vocals to other people’s recordings. By fall, a routine of tracking and writing evolved into making a solo album, of sorts. As songs were coming together from new and existing material, a few friends offered, or were asked, to lend a hand in their respective areas of expertise. Nine heartfelt songs and a handful of special guests later, the Passerine Dream album was completed in April 2021. “As we went along and tracks came together, we couldn’t help but notice that a theme was emerging,” Tanner said. “This is an album about hope.” // Appearing on certain tracks are power-pop artist Erik Voeks; Marty Scott of Liverpool Legends; John Perrin of NRBQ; Albert Bickley of The Depth and The Whisper; Steve Davis of Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles; and John Countryman of Million Dollar Quartet. // Digital release on May 3, 2021 also kicks off an advance-order campaign for CD and vinyl via bandcamp and at passerinedream.com. // All songs written by Dave Tanner. Additional performing credits are listed in individual track information on bandcamp. // Passerine Dream was mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

10:34 – Interview with Dave Tanner

Dave Tanner plays bass and sings in several Beatles tribute bands. He also writes, records and performs original music with The Depth and The Whisper and Broken Heart Syndrome. Two of our favorite bands on WMM. Dave Tanner was sidelined from touring in 2020, so he began creating new songs. By fall, he had nine heartfelt songs and invited guest artists from several of the bands he plays with, to help complete the album, PASSERINE DREAM as complete in April 2021. Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. More info at: http://www.passerinedream.bandcamp.com

Dave Tanner, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

Special guests for Passerine Dream included:
Erik Voeks
Marty Scott of Liverpool Legends
John Perrin of NRBQ
Albert Bickley of The Depth and The Whisper
Steve Davis of Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles
John Countryman of Million Dollar Quartet.

Generally speaking Dave Tanner is touring all the time, playing in the band Liverpool: A Tribute To The Beatles and other bands, but COVID-19 brought all live music venues to a stop and took Dave off the road. Dave spent the first few months of the hiatus contributing bass and vocals to other people’s recordings.By fall, a routine of tracking and writing evolved into making a solo album, of sorts. As songs were coming together from new and existing material, a few friends offered, or were asked, to lend a hand in their respective areas of expertise. Nine heartfelt songs and a handful of special guests later, the Passerine Dream album was completed in April 2021.

Like so many artists in pandemic times Dave created a new album of music.

Emily Dickenson wrote: “Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul -”

“As we went along and tracks came together, we couldn’t help but notice that a theme was emerging,” Tanner said. “This is an album about hope.

Speaking of feathers, tell us about the title Passerine Dream.

Wikipedia: A passerine (/ˈpæsəraɪn/) is any bird of the order Passeriformes (/ˈpæsərɪfɔːrmiːz/; from Latin passer ‘sparrow’ and formis ‘-shaped’), which includes more than half of all bird species. Sometimes known as perching birds or songbirds, passerines are distinguished from other orders of birds by the arrangement of their toes (three pointing forward and one back), which facilitates perching.

With more than 140 families and some 6,500 identified species, Passeriformes is the largest order of birds and among the most diverse orders of terrestrial vertebrates, representing 60% of birds. Passerines are divided into three suborders: Acanthisitti (New Zealand wrens), Tyranni (suboscines), and Passeri (oscines). The passerines contain several groups of brood parasites such as the viduas, cuckoo-finches, and the cowbirds. Most passerines are omnivorous, while the shrikes are carnivorous.

The terms “passerine” and “Passeriformes” are derived from the scientific name of the house sparrow, Passer domesticus, and ultimately from the Latin term passer, which refers to sparrows and similar small birds.

All songs written by Dave Tanner. Additional performing credits are listed in individual track information on bandcamp. // Passerine Dream was mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

Passerine Dream was released on Dave Tanner’s birthday May 3, 2021.

Dave performs in several bands that play the music of The Beatles and Dave Tanner plays Paul McCartney he told us that playing this music makes him work to be better.

Dave Tanner performs original music in the bands Broken Heart Syndrome, and The Depth and The Whisper with Albert Bickley

Dave Tanner, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

Dave Tanner’s new album, PASSERINE DREAM was released May 3, 2021. Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. More info at: http://www.passerinedream.bandcamp.com

10:47

  1. Passerine Dream – “Hometown”
    from: Passerine Dream / DistroKid / May 3, 2021
    [Sidelined from touring in 2020 like everybody else, KC based musician Dave Tanner began demoing new songs and spent the first few months of the hiatus contributing bass and vocals to other people’s recordings. By fall, a routine of tracking and writing evolved into making a solo album, of sorts. As songs were coming together from new and existing material, a few friends offered, or were asked, to lend a hand in their respective areas of expertise. Nine heartfelt songs and a handful of special guests later, the Passerine Dream album was completed in April 2021. “As we went along and tracks came together, we couldn’t help but notice that a theme was emerging,” Tanner said. “This is an album about hope.” // Appearing on certain tracks are power-pop artist Erik Voeks; Marty Scott of Liverpool Legends; John Perrin of NRBQ; Albert Bickley of The Depth and The Whisper; Steve Davis of Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles; and John Countryman of Million Dollar Quartet. // Digital release on May 3, 2021 also kicks off an advance-order campaign for CD and vinyl via bandcamp and at passerinedream.com. // All songs written by Dave Tanner. Additional performing credits are listed in individual track information on bandcamp. // Passerine Dream was mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]
  1. Redder Moon – “Land of the Blind”
    from: Land of the Blind EP / Redder Moon / June 13, 2021
    [Jeremiah James Gonzales on guitar, bass, analog drums, producing, arranging and composing with new collaborators; Brody Lowe (from Portland, Oregon) on synths and Jill McKeever (For Strange Women) on vocals & lyrics. Music: Jeremiah James Gonzales and Brody Lowe. Vocals, lyrics: Jill McKeever
    (except Favors for Flavors: Vocals and lyrics by Jeremiah James Gonzales and Jill McKeever)
    GLM Records. Mixed/Mastered by David Gaumé © 2021. The band uses layered synths & production with live bass, drums, guitars, and vocals. Redder Moon tends to skirt the line between traditional electronic act and indie avant garde. With washed out guitars, thick bass grooves, and distant reverb soaked vocals, the songs beam with the almost tactile feel of a sound track to a lost movie but with enough dance-ability to pull you out of your seat. In the last few months of 2020, the band has written and recorded an album’s with of songs, over 20 actually, without playing together, and with each member individually recording their parts at home. This was a welcome channel of creation in a time of restraint. The result is a collection that explores everything from synth pop shoegaze, to dark wave indie sounds, with dance undertones and haunting lyrics. More info at http://www.reddermoon.bandcamp.com.]
  1. Juliette Frost – “dull box”
    from: Hush EP / Juliette Frost / May 5, 2021
    [16-year old vocalist, songwriter, & visual artist, Juliette Frost talk about her new 6-song EP on the March 10, 2021 edition of WMM. Created in a 5-day recording session, last December in Los Angeles, with musician, bassist, & producer Dominique Sanders. The songs are written by Juliette, and feature her vocals layered in harmonies, beats & soundscapes. Less than a year ago, on April 18, 2020, Juliette released, Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, her 19-track, debut, recorded in her bedroom, sampling sounds from her own cats meowing and purring, among others. Juliette Frost is the daughter of opera and jazz vocalist Emily Frost and nationally known Hip Hop Beatboxer Adrian “A-Train” Frost. ]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Quite Frankly – “Volcano”
    from: “Volcano”- Single / Quite Frankly / December 24, 2018
    [The band’s second single, after “Roommates” followed by, “Tear It Up” released April 9, 2019. 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. Quite Frankly the Band will be our guests on WMM on June 23. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

[Quite Frankly play The Sandbox, 509 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO June 26 at 8:00 PM]

11:03 – Interview with Quite Frankly

The Kansas City based band, Quite Frankly joins us to talk about their latest single, “Blue/Red” released on May 14, 2021 that we will play, in just a few moments. Bassist Scout Matthews formed this 5-piece band in 2016 when she was in middle school. She is now 17 and this “student band” has become a professional band, with 17-year old Carolyn Armstrong on lead female vocals; 20-year old Jolson Robert on lead male vocals, rhythm guitar & saxophone; 16-year old Eli Peterson on lead guitar; and 16-year old Gavin Robert on drums. Quite Frankly has opened for The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks, LA Guns, and were the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018. Quite Frankly has also been nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. More info at http://www.quitefranklytheband.com

Scout Matthews, Carolyn Armstrong, Jolson Robert, Eli Peterson, Gavin Robert, Thanks for being with us on WMM

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, and purchase sound equipment. Ever since, Quite Frankly the Band has been committed to perfecting its sound, writing their own original music and adding amazing covers.

Scout told The Pitch Kansas City, in a June 7, 2021 article written by Hannah Strader, “We actually originally got in trouble for starting a band and involving everybody in something that wasn’t a School of Rock thing,” Scout says. “People were just coming up and asking me to join, but we got in trouble for excluding people.”

Scout Matthews, Carolyn Armstrong, Jolson Robert, Eli Peterson, Gavin Robert

Singer & multi-instrumentalist Jolson Roberts explained to The Pitch KC, in a June 7, 2021 article written by Hannah Strader, “Gavin was actually in my first band. It’s kind of a natural thing at this point. The thing about growing up in a small town is that you don’t have any other musicians, and I’ve been playing with my brother since I was 15.”

Scout Matthews-Tveit (17) on bass
Carolyn Armstrong (16), on lead female vocals
Jolson Robert (20), lead male vocals, rhythm guitar & saxophone
Eli Peterson (16) on lead guitar
Gavin Robert (16), on drums

We started the show with “Volcano” the band’s second single release from December 24, 2018. The band’s sound has evolved in these last three years and their new song “Blue / Red” is a “departure” form the band’s earlier Rock Heavy sound.

From the The Pitch Kansas City, in a June 7, 2021 article written by Hannah Strader: “Jolson was feeling particularly inspired after breaking out of an abusive relationship. The lyrics, ‘playing songs on a Sunday, you keep calling but I don’t want to hear from you anymore,’ reference a rehearsal gone wrong when interrupted by endless calls from his ex.”

“[director] Griffin Davis edited the video so that when you hear the lyrics, ‘Why’d you show up at my door tonight’, that’s when you see footage of the bruising. He really felt like that was the first punch,” says MJ. Matthews (Momager of Quite Frankly)

Scout Matthews, Carolyn Armstrong, Jolson Robert, Eli Peterson, Gavin Robert, are staying with us. Here is their single “Blue / Red”

10:16

  1. Quite Frankly the Band – “Blue / Red”
    from: “Blue/Red”- Single / Quite Frankly the Band / 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 play The Sandbox, 509 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO June 26 at 8:00 PM]

11:21

“Blue / Red” from Quite Frankly was made into a video for Moment Invitational Film Festival

The video was filmed at the KC Loves mural and shot using iPhones and a drone, per the rules of the Moment Invitational Film Festival. Winners will receive upwards of $150k in gear and prizes among nine categories, including music videos. Finalists will be announced at the premiere, a Livestream held June 26.

Until then, you can catch the video on YouTube.

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 years 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.

Scout Matthews, Carolyn Armstrong, Jolson Robert, Eli Peterson, Gavin Robert, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Quite Frankly the Band released “Blue / Red” on May 14, 2021. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Riley The Musician – “Miss America”
    from: “Miss America” / “I Kissed A Ghost” – Single / Riley The Musician / May 3, 2021
    [Riley The Musician is a non-binary, KC based producer, electronica music maker, producer, & DJ. This single will be on the upcoming album Montana. Riley The Producer released the 5-track EP TEENAGE HEART- THROB on June 29, 2018. Riley The Producer released the 13-track album ART IS DEAD, on June 6, 2019. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY, on July 10, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY DEMOS, on Sept. 4, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 2-track Single, “Iced Out” b/w “Ice Out (Slowed)” on Sept. 16, 2020. Riley The Producer released the single “99” on February 15, 2021.] More info at: https://linktr.ee/rileythemusician%5D

11:33 – Interview with Riley The Musician

RILEY THE MUSICIAN a non-binary 22-year-old self proclaimed “Musician” from Kansas City, MO. Their latest singles: “99” and “Miss America” were released earlier this year, on February 15, and May 3, 2021, leading up to their next album MONTANA, expected later this year. RILEY takes inspiration from a variety of artists, ranging from A. G. Cook, Bruce Springsteen, Sky Ferreira and Passion Pit. RILEY self describes their music as somewhere between Electronic and Indie Pop. Riley The Musician released their debut EP, TEENAGE HEARTTHROB on June 29, 2018, and their debut album, ART IS DEAD on June 6, 2019, and the EP, ANA KENNEDY on July 10, 2020. More info at: http://www.rileythemusician.bandcamp.com

Riley The Musician, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Riley grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

On June 10, 2021 Riley The Musician signed their first record deal for the upcoming album Montana. This is a very special record to Riley. The record label is named Snafu Records and they are based in Sweden. The became aware of Riley The Musician because of their Spotify spins.

The 12-track album will be released later this year.

On Spotify Riley The Musician has 19,223 followers and “99” has gotten 166,785 plays

Riley The Musician wears on Andy Warhol Wig…
On Instagram on February 2, 2021, Riley The Musician wrote:
“I’ve had some time to think over what I’ve been missing out on: being myself.’

“I think now is as good of a time as ever to be honest with you. When I wear the wig, all my self doubt flies out the window. I’ve been struggling with body dysphoria for a long time, and this lead me to the answer. All of my anxiety goes away when I can just be myself with you, and that’s what I’m going to work on doing.”

Riley The Musician, stylized as RILEY THE MUSICIAN, is a pop/hip-hop artist based in Kansas City. They have collaborated with the likes of Jxsh, Ghost Boy Sora, j2ke, téa thomas and pascal delay

Riley The Musician Discography
TEENAGE HEARTTHROB – Debut EP – June 29, 2018
ART IS DEAD – debut album – June 6, 2019
ANA KENNEDY – EP (Demos) – July 10, 2020.
“Iced Out” / “Iced Out (Slowed) – Single – September 16, 2021
“99” – Single – February 15, 2021
“Miss America” / “I Kissed A Ghost” – Single – May 3, 2021

Riley The Musician wrote on Instagram, on December 2, 2020:
“ don’t even know what to say
making music actually changed my life!! i cant put into words how much this means. thank you to my parents for believing in me when i told them i wanted to be a musician. thank you to jessie for helping me get to where i am and loving me. thank you to my friends for going out in the coldest weather ever just to help shoot some videos.
Unbelievable”

socials:
twitter.com/rileythemus
instagram.com/rileythemusician
soundcloud.com/rileythemusician

Riley The Musician videos are directed by Jessie The Artist

RILEY takes inspiration from a variety of artists, ranging from A. G. Cook, Bruce Springsteen, Sky Ferreira and Passion Pit.

Riley’s new album MONTANA was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s album NEBRASKA.

Alexander Guy Cook was born August 23, 1990 He is an English music producer, singer, songwriter, and head of the UK record label PC Music. Since its founding in August 2013, PC Music has represented over twenty artists releasing music within a similar style, in which tropes from mainstream 1990s and 2000s pop music are amplified.[3] This style of exaggerated pop tropes grew to serve as the foundation of microgenre Hyperpop, which Cook is credited for pioneering and popularizing. Cook released his first solo singles in 2014. He has also collaborated with PC Music artists such Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, EASYFUN, Danny L Harle, and felicita. He formed the one-off project QT with musician Sophie and performance artist Hayden Frances Dunham, producing the 2014 single “Hey QT.” Cook came into the public eye as Charli XCX’s creative director[5] and has executively produced her last four projects: Number 1 Angel, Pop 2, Charli and How I’m Feeling Now. Cook was named #12 in the Dazed 100 for “redefining style and youth culture in 2015 and beyond”. He received the Variety Hitmakers Innovator of The Year Award in 2020. In 2020, Cook released his two debut albums 7G and Apple.

Sky Tonia Ferreira was born July 8, 1992. She is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. As a teenager, Ferreira began uploading videos on Myspace of herself singing songs she had written, which led to her discovery by producers Bloodshy & Avant and a recording contract with Parlophone in 2009. She released her first extended play, As If!, in 2011, which combined elements of electropop and dance music. Ferreira’s second EP Ghost (2012), however, incorporated pop with more stripped-down song structures and featured collaborations with Jon Brion and Shirley Manson, as well as the critically acclaimed track “Everything Is Embarrassing”, which she composed with Dev Hynes. After multiple delays and disputes with her record label, Ferreira’s debut studio album Night Time, My Time was released in October 2013, preceded by the lead single “You’re Not the One”, and marked a departure from her former style, incorporating more experimental indie rock with synth-pop elements. The album received critical acclaim. That year, she ventured into the film industry after appearing in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and garnered media attention after being arrested for drug possession. She was exposed to a mainstream audience as one of Miley Cyrus’ main opening acts on her international Bangerz Tour in 2014. While appearing in films and other projects, she released the single “Downhill Lullaby” in March 2019. Ferreira’s earlier work incorporated elements of dance-pop, while her recent projects experiment with acoustic, new wave and primarily indie rock musical styles. Her lyrical content originally incorporated themes of rebellion and teenage romance, and has since evolved to discuss personal insecurities and more mature romantic themes. Outside her work in the entertainment industry, she has modeled for several brands and magazines, including serving as the spokeswoman for the hair care brand Redken in 2014.

Riley The Musician also works as a DJ.

Riley The Musician, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On June 10, 2021 Riley The Musician signed their first record deal for the upcoming album Montana. The 12-track album will be released later this year. Their latest singles: “99” and “Miss America” were released earlier this year, on February 15, and May 3, 2021. More info at: http://www.rileythemusician.bandcamp.com

11:48

  1. Riley The Musician – “99″
    from: “99”” – Single / Riley The Musician / February 15, 2021
    [Riley The Musician is a non-binary, KC based producer, electronica music maker, producer, & DJ. This is the first single of the upcoming album Montana. Riley The Producer released the 5-track EP TEENAGE HEART- THROB on June 29, 2018. Riley The Producer released the 13-track album ART IS DEAD, on June 6, 2019. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY, on July 10, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY DEMOS, on Sept. 4, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 2-track Single, “Iced Out” b/w “Ice Out (Slowed)” on Sept. 16, 2020. Riley The Producer released the single “99” on February 15, 2021.] More info at: https://linktr.ee/rileythemusician%5D
  1. Charlotte Bumgarner – “Honey Touch”
    from: Honey Touch – Single / Manor Records / December 11, 2020
    [Written & performed by Charlotte Bumgarner. Harmony, synth, production, mixing & mastering by Drew Richardson. Charlotte is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Tulsa. She has been playing the local Tulsa scene for about 2-3 years as a solo artist and for about a year with her band Graveyard Party. Charlotte’s sound can be described as a mix of many influences, but is mostly a emo singer/songwriter & folky fusion. Charlotte is also a big activist for female equality & rights and tries to integrate that into my songwriting and my footprint in the scene in general.// In 2018 Charlotte began self-recording and releasing her own music with the single “where are you” and night blooming flowers EP. From then on Charlotte continued playing throughout the local Tulsa scene as well as branching out and touring regionally as much as possible. In the spring of 2020 prior to signing with Manor Records, Charlotte self-released an acoustic set for RSU radio EP that first introduced us to her upcoming single “Honey Touch”. After signing to the label, Charlotte’s plan is to release a three-track single series beginning with this release, followed up by her debut album later in the year 2021. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com]
  1. Julia Othmer – “Fortunate Son”
    from: SEEDS, Volume 2 (LIVE) / Frickin’ Awesome Records / March 20, 2021
    [This is Julia’s 4th full length and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed live covers of her favorite songs of protest and hope, broadcast through streaming social platforms to inspire people to vote on November 3. Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be included on SEEDS. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom. When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com. Julia Othmer joined us onWMM on Nov. 11, 2020.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, June 30 we talk with Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz about his amazing 12 record release of musical “conversations,” We also talk with Clint Hoffmeier about his band Vehicle‘s new release “The Other Side of The Mountain.” And with talk with Jacob and Danielle Prestidge about their new musical project Wyndsrfr.

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

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Show #895

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far + Dave Tanner + Quite Frankly + Riley The Musician

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 23, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far + Dave Tanner + Quite Frankly + Riley The Musician

WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New Area Musical Releases of 2021…so far. This week we bring you part 3, of a 3-week series, we’ll play recordings from: Deco Auto, Quite Frankly, Riley The Musician, Passerine Dream, The Grisly Hand, Eems, Wyndsrfr, The Wild Women of Kansas City, Julia Othmer, Redder Moon, Charlotte Bumgarner, Juliette Frost, Collidescope, Silicone Prairie, and The Fey.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Dave Tanner who was sidelined from touring in 2020, so he began creating new songs. By fall, Dave had nine heartfelt songs and he invited several guest artists he has played in bands with, over the years, to help complete the album, PASSERINE DREAM, in April 2021. Special guests include: Erik Voeks; Marty Scott of Liverpool Legends; John Perrin of NRBQ; Albert Bickley of The Depth and The Whisper; Steve Davis of Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles; and John Countryman of Million Dollar Quartet. “As we went along and tracks came together, we couldn’t help but notice that a theme was emerging,” Tanner said. “This is an album about hope. Passerine Dream was mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. More info at: http://www.passerinedream.bandcamp.com

At 11:00 the Kansas City based band, Quite Frankly joins Mark to talk about their latest single, “Blue/Red” released on May 14, 2021. Bassist Scout Matthews formed this 5-piece band in 2016 when she was in middle school. She is now 17 and this “student band” has become a professional band, with 17-year old Carolyn Armstrong on lead female vocals; 20-year old Jolson Robert on lead male vocals, rhythm guitar & saxophone; 16-year old Eli Peterson on lead guitar; and 16-year old Gavin Robert on drums. Quite Frankly has opened for The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks, LA Guns, and were the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018. Quite Frankly has also been nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. More info at http://www.quitefranklytheband.com

At 11:30 we talk with RILEY THE MUSICIAN a non-binary 21-year-old self proclaimed “Musician” from Kansas City, MO. Their latest singles: “99” and “Miss America” were released earlier this year, on February 15, and May 3, 2021, leading up to their next album MONTANA, expected later this year. RILEY takes inspiration from a variety of artists, ranging from A. G. Cook, Bruce Springsteen, Sky Ferreira and Passion Pit. RILEY self describes their music as somewhere between Electronic and Indie Pop. Riley The Musician released their debut EP, TEENAGE HEARTTHROB on June 29, 2018, and their debut album, ART IS DEAD on June 6, 2019, and the EP, ANA KENNEDY on July 10, 2020. More info at: http://www.rileythemusician.bandcamp.com

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Show #895

WMM Playlist from June 16, 2021

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 16, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far (Part 2 of 3-Week series) + Patrick Sprehe + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis

  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. Lava Dreams – “You’re The One”
    from: “You’re The One” – Single / R.I.O.T. LLC / 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 one of several single we’ve played. “Simple Magic” released April 30 as a video, “Surprise!” released March 26, “You’re The One” released February 26, and “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. 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 & singing in several KC bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018. Julia Hamilton is also a filmmaker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Film from Avila Unversity. You can find Lava Dreams on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Google Play, SoundCloud, Bandcamp. Lava Dreams joined us on WMM on April 22, 2020. Info at: http://www.LavaDreamsMusic.com]
  1. Dan Jones and The Squids – “Shook Loose”
    from: Serve Without Delay / Dan Jones / February 5, 2021
    [Recorded Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 in a LIVE STREAMING SHOW at recordBAR, with Paul Malinowski: live sound & recording engineer. Mixed & edited by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, Shawnee KS. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. Dan Jones on guitar & vocals, Matt Ronan on drums & vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass & vocals. All songs by Daniel Sherman Jones (BMI), except “I Wanna Be You” by Ed Cole SERVE WITHOUT DELAY, is the new Dan Jones and The Squids live album of NEW songs, 14 live tracks and 7 home recordings. Their 2019/2020 release, We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, is included. // In 2020 the band didn’t get to play out much, so they hunkered down and worked up a double album’s worth of new tunes. It was a weekly woodshed-workshop that culminated with a live-streamed live-album show on November 13, 2020 at recordBAR. //Jones is among the hardworking lifers with taste and talent, keeping the dream alive that music matters. This is the 7th LP over two decades from Dan Jones, starting in Eugene, OR before returning to his native, non-coastal home. He has supported Mike Watt (who plays Squids on his radio show), Dinosaur Jr., Steve Wynn, John Doe, Tav Falco, Pedaljets, Peter Case, and Minus 5c. // Dan Jones and The Squids released We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, on December 6, 2019. It was Recorded at Temple Sounds in KCMO, 2018-2019. Engineered. by JB Moreland. Produced by Dan Jones and The Squids and JB Moreland. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. With Dan Jones on acoustic & electric guitars, keyboard, lead vocals + drums/bass on “Love/Life”; Matt Ronan on drums, percussion, vocals; Alex Alexander on electric guitar, vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass, vocals; Joey Slab on poem and spiel on “Beach, Please”; Scot Sperry on electric slide guitar on “Love/Life”; Donna Jones on lyrics to “The Violet Man.” Dan Jones joined us LIVE on WMM on March 10, 2021. More info at: http://www.danjones1.bandcamp.com)]

[Dan Jones & The Squids play Gaslight Gardens, 317 North 2nd St., Lawrence KS. Sat. June 19, at 8:00 PM With Harrisonics]

10:06 – Intro / Pledge Break #1

Today WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New MidCoastal Musical Releases of 2021…so far. This week we bring you part two, of a three-week series, we’ll play recordings from: Lava Dreams, Dan Jones & The Squids, Elexa Dawson, True Lions with Calvin Arsenia, Asterales with Heidi Gluck, Bob Walkenhorst with Una Walkenhorst, Quiet Takes, Kat King, Kian Byrne, Kemet Coleman, Kadesh Flow, Making Movies with Calvin Arsenia & Jeremy Kittel, The Black Creatures, The Freedom Affair, and Fritz Hutchison.

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

Betse Ellis. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was a founding member of the acclaimed internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, she is part of the 5-piece, Short Round Stringband, and records and performs with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. In 2020 they released their latest 8-song release, Winter, which was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

10:14

  1. Elexa Dawson – “New Song”
    from: “New Song” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 2, 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 writes: The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song. ”“New Song” is Elexa Dawson on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com Mastered by Brody Wellman Mixing by Peter Oviatt, Moonflower Sounds http://www.moonflowersounds.com. Cover Photo: Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021. http://www.elexadawson.com]
  1. True Lions – “Blue Marble feat. CalvinArsenia”
    from: The Fempire Strikes Back, / Manor Records / April 9, 2021
    [Alisön Hawkins on keytar & vocals, Aryana Nemati on saxophone, Calvin Arsenia on harp & vocals, Claire Adams on guitar, Elizabeth Kosko on drums & percussion, Fritz Hutchison on lead electric guitar, Iona DeWalt on synthesizers;, Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Teri Quinn on bass, plus a sample of Greta Thurnberg’s speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in NYC, Sept. 2019. Recorded at Deep Space Co-op. Tracking & engineering by Ross Brown at Escape Pod Audio. Mixing and mastering by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. In 2019 True Lions released their EP debut, “Cute at Best,” on Feb. 5, 2019. They followed up with a second EP called. You’re Not Invited, released on Nov. 9, 2019. For these recordings True Lions was: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams &Alison Hawkins. Tracking & Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing & Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Info at: http://www.manorrecords.com ]
  1. Asterales – “Beauty In The Distance (ft. Heidi Gluck)”
    from: Beauty In The Distance (ft. Heidi Gluck) – Single / Asterales / March 31, 2021
    [KC based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt. Produced & mixed by Asterales. Vocals by Heidi Gluck. Lyrics by Approach. Mastered by Royce Diamond. Since 2016 Asterales has released the 5-track EP, WORK HOURS on Sept. 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering & mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records. This was followed by the 3-track EP, FRAGMENTS, released Feb. 3, 2017. Asterales released the single A.M. on Feb. 4, 2017. Asterales released the 10-track album, OUTSIDE THE BOX on Oct. 31, 2017. Asterales released the singles: “BRKFST 4 BTLVRS” on Oct. 31, 2017; and “Soft Spheres” on April 21, 2018. Asterales released the 10-track album ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1 on Aug. 14, 2020 on Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the single “ASTR_40”on August 26, 2020. Asterales released the 4-song EP EXTRA JUNK on Dec. 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the singles: “Solstice Song” on Dec. 21, 2020, and “Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” on Jan. 29, 2021. Asterales released the single “Offline” on Feb. 26, 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com]

10:26 – Pledge Break #2

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

10:34 – Underwriting

  1. Bob Walkenhorst – “Secret Life feat. Una Walkenhorst”
    from: A Thousand Words / BAT Records / June 1, 2021
    [Bob Walkenhorst’s new 12 song album comes out on June 1, 2021 on Bob’s 68th Birthday. Bob Walkenhorst will be with us LIVE on the show next week. The new album is beautiful and shows the range of Bob Walkenhorst’s gifts as a master songwriter and poet. The album is also evidence of the wide open vocal range of a rock and roller who can call upon his expressive voice, giving listeners lyrics with a growl and also rising to sing the high parts of the harmony, not in a falsetto, but actually 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 with that was released October 12, 2018, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys. FOR TOMORROW was #2 on WMM’s 118 Best recordings of 2018. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. With The Rainmakers Bob has released over 12 albums. Bob’s solo record continues the spirit of FOR TOMORROW. Bob Walkenhorst was on WMM June 2, 2021. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com]

[The Rainmakers play Johnson County Community College on Aug. 27, 2021 7:00 PM.]
[The Rainmakers play Lindberg’s in Springfield, MO on August 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM.]
[The Rainmakers play Knuckleheads November 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM]

  1. Quiet Takes – “San Fidel”
    from: “San Fidel” – EP / Sarah Magill / March 5, 2021
    [Sarah Magill released “San Fidel” under her moniker, Quiet Takes. Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett and Sarah Magill. Vocals and keys by Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards, David Bennett on guitars and bass, Ian Thompson on additional keyboards & synthesizers, Kyle Rausch on drums, and Bryan Koehler on percussion. Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Cover image by Shawn Brackbill. Sarah Magill released her single “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” on May 1, 2020. . Sarah Magill released Ahem, a 4-song EP, on December 11, 2020. The songs were originally released under her old project name MYRY, in November 2018. Quiet Takes (formerly MYRY) is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC. She performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. MYRY’s first EP, AHEM, was released in 2018. Sarah released four of MYRY’s songs from that 2018 EP release as Quiet Takes singles in 2020. Sarah Magill was a guest on WMM on May 13, 2020. We interviewed Sarah Magill on March 10, 2021. More info at: https://quiettakes.com%5D
  1. Kat King – “Don’t Wanna Lose”
    from: Say What You Mean EP / Kat King / June 9, 2021
    [1st single from 5-track EP recorded with her band. Kat King on guitar, keyboards, & vocals; Derek Melies on guitar & back ground vocals; John McCain on bass; Daniel Cole on drums. 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 Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming on June 26, with Katy Guillen & The Drive.]

10:48 – Pledge Break #3

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

10:56

  1. Kian Bryne – “Morning Glow”
    from: Morning Glow / Kian Byrne Music / December 4, 2020
    [12-song album from Kian Byrne who released the single. “All The Love” on February 7, 2020. Kian Byrne is a Kansas City based multi-instrumentalist. He plays drums in The Elders, and drums for Hi-Lüx, and bass for The New Riddim, and for YUM. This is a follow-up to Kian Byrne’s solo EP “Up & Down” released July 11, 2018, part of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Kian Byrne released the single, “Your Love” April 9, 2021. Kian Byrne released the single, “It’s Yours ‘Til The End” May 1, 2021. Kian Byrne is releasing his new single, “You + Me,” with a video, June 16, 2021. Info at: http://www.kianbyrnemusic.com]

[Kian Byrne plays Second Presbyterian, 318 E 55th St., Kansas City, MO on June 16, at 7:07]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Patrick Sprehe

With James Andrews, Patrick Sprehe is the co-founder of Center Cut Records. Patrick worked as high school teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then Oakland, California, and then Tokyo, Japan. Patrick spent 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette. Where many of KC Rock families sent their kids to school. Center Cut Records have a mission to illuminate the amazing collection of musical talent in Kansas City and solidify its place in the national discussion about sonic art. Center Cut Records has released Calvin Arsenia‘s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019); Fritz Hutchison‘s WIDE WILD ACRES (2020); and they recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures acclaimed album, WILD ECHOES, and the recent singles and videos: “Wretched (It Goes)” and “Negative Zero.” Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE is this Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow at Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

Patrick Sprehe, Thanks for being with us today on WMM

Beginning with a friendship back in high school, James Andrews and Patrick Sprehe discovered a mutual passion for all things music. Countless hours were spent at Ron Rooks’ Music Exchange in Westport arguing over who had first dibs on a prized promotional album, and buying records based solely on intriguing album covers. A few doors down, they could be found at Penny Lane chuckling over one of LeRoi’s “Riding With The King” album reviews in KC Pitch that doled out his infamous “Fly Me” mark of shame. Further treks south took them to Peaches Records to fill the wooden peach crates with the latest releases, with pit stops at Exile Records to score used new wave, punk, and blues cassettes, while drooling over the cheap concert t-shirts unavailable anywhere else in the States.

College came and even though they went their separate ways, they found the time to meet at Anne Winter’s Recycled Sounds to trade in their old tapes for bootleg compact discs. Regular road trips were taken to Love Garden in Lawrence to look for rare vinyl, extended remixes and Japanese imports. Their thirst was insatiable. This led to a new appreciation of local artists to be found at a seemingly endless supply of venues: The Homestead Grays at The Bottleneck or Jazzhaus in Lawrence, The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band at Kiki’s Bon Ton Maison or The Hurricane, or The Sin City Disciples at Davey’s Uptown or The Shadow to name a few. And let’s not forget the late, great granddaddy of them all, The Grand Emporium, that was practically a 2nd home during those years.

More time passed and both of the young men moved away from their families in Kansas City for some time in search of their dreams. Mix tapes and CDs were sent across states and continents. Music and home were never far from their minds though, and they both eventually returned. James Andrews has worked in the publishing business since 1999 and is now part-owner of Andrews McMeel Universal. Patrick Sprehe has been a teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, NC; Oakland, CA; and Tokyo, Japan. He spent the past 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette.

As both men approached 50, their discussions about music led to the decision to make a difference in the Kansas City music community. Not being musicians themselves, both James and Patrick wanted to find a way to give back some of the joy they had felt over the years while finding a way to share the rich, storied musical heritage of Kansas City with the rest of the world. The variety of musical genres found in KC is enormous, and lines are blurred constantly as artists collaborate and create a unique sound which can only be described as Kansas City. Kansas City is truly at the geographical center of America, and they believe it is also at the center of the musical universe.

Several years ago, Jim’s love of vinyl led him to discover Records With Merritt and proprietor, Marion Merritt, who encouraged Jim and Patrick to pursue their dream of creating a record label.

Center Cuts Records has a mission to illuminate the amazing collection of musical talent in Kansas City and solidify its place in the national discussion about sonic art.

James and Patrick were first on the show on September 12, 2018 just prior to Center Cut Records presenting an Album Release Show for Calvin Arsenia’s Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, Saturday, September 15, at 7:00PM.

Taking place two weeks prior to the international launch of the record, the event gives Kansas City friends and supporters an intimate, first listen to Arsenia’s much-anticipated follow up to his 2017 debut album, Catastrophe.
James and Patrick were last on the show on November 18, 2021

Center Cut Records has released Calvin Arsenia’s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019).

Fritz Hutchison’s WIDE WILD ACRES was released in 2020.

They recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures WILD ECHOES (2019 – 2020) full length album digitally and on vinyl.

Center Cuts Podcasts are produced with Chris Mowry.

Patrick Sprehe, Thanks for being with us today on WMM, will you stick around and help us “Pitch?”

Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE is this Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, and The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow at Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

11:12

  1. The Freedom Affair – “Rise Up”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [“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
    “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!” Chris Hazelton joined us on WMM on September 16, 2020.]

[The Freedom Affair play Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE is this Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, and Kadesh Flow at Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming.]

[The Freedom Affair play Crossroads Music fest, Saturdy, September 11, 2021.]

  1. Kadesh Flow – “Elegant”
    from: ”Elegant” – Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / May 21, 2021
    [Written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is one of 16 new singles Kadesh Flow has released so far this year: 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 and 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 and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and mastered by Kadesh Flow. 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 was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]

[Kadesh Flow plays Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, and The Freedom Affair. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com]

[The Phantastics play The Ship 1217 Union Avenue, on Friday, June 25, at 9:00 PM]

11:18 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt & Patrick Sprehe

11:26

  1. The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero”
    from: “Negative Zero” – Single / Center Cut Records / April 2, 2021 [remixed, remastered]
    [All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.” // After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued 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. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020. The Black Creatures were last on WMM on May 26, 2021.]

[The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com]

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Patrick Sprehe.

11:41

  1. Making Movies – “Listening Wind ft. Calvin Arsenia, Jeremy Kittel”
    from: La Cuarentena EP / 3/2 Recordings / February 5, 2021
    [Not long after Making Movies released their newest single “Could You” on January 12, 2021 the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP included a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), love ballad Una Vida, covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available for only three days starting on BandCamp Friday, February 5 through February 7. In regard to the new song “Could You” Making Movies lead singer Enrique Javier Chi writes, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both Kansas City and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV, but we feel like we needed to share it now. In its initial role, it served as a pacifier for me, something that would help me feel a little better when I felt super anxious, so hopefully, it will feel like that for you.” Making Movies is a KC based 4-piece band and made up of : Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Duncan Burnett on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we’ll have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

11:46 – Pledge Break #6

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Patrick Sprehe.

Thank you Marion Merritt, and Patrick Sprehe, and Betse Ellis!
Thank you to everyone who donated!

11:52

  1. Kemet Coleman – “Eyes On The Street (radio edit)”
    from: Eyes On The Street / Kemet Creative / May 21, 2021
    [Kemet Coleman is a Kansas City based musicians and is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet is also a core element of The Marcus Lewis Big Band for Brass & Boujee. Kemet is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet is known for his unprecedented collaborations with UMKC, KC Streetcar and The Kansas City Royals. He is also highly regarded for his impresario role within the Sly James for Mayor Campaign in the 2010-2011 where he created the first ever KC mayoral candidate rap song. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. In 2020 Coleman contributed his song, “The Virus” to the compilation, Kansas City Syzygy, music created by over 25 Kansas City-based musicians in the middle of the map of a pandemic. “The Virus” is his comment on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as the virus that is racial injustice in America that has received global attention during the past months. All proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone has a safe, accessible, affordable home. The new EP is a follow up to Kemet’s August 1, 2020 release, BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL.]

[The Phantastics play The Ship 1217 Union Avenue, on Friday, June 25, at 9:00 PM]

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Zack Attack”
    from: “Zack Attack” – Single / Center Cut Records / April 2, 2021
    [Recorded and mixed by Ross Brown. Mastered by J Ashley Miller. Horns by Aryana Nemati and Teddy Krulewich. Spoken Word intro by Noah Richmond. Background vocals by Noah, Richmond, Ross Brown, Zac Jurden, and Charlie Hutchison. Art by Collin Rausch. Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres through Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P and Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians has left Fritz poised to launch his own solo career as a singer-songwriter.“Fortunate Flaws” features Ian Teeple on bass, and Coleen Dieker on strings. All other instruments: drums, guitar, piano and vocals are performed by Fritz Hutchison. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays Raj Ma Hall, 2829 E &th St., Kansas City, on Saturday, July 10, at 4:00 PM]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 23, we continue with part-3 of our 3-week series WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021…so far. We also welcome Special Guests: Dave Tanner who talks about his new release Passerine Dream. We also welcome the amazingly talented kids in the Quite Frankly The Band! AND, we will talk with Riley The Musician!!!!

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

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Show #894

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021…so far (Part 2 of 3-Week series)

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 16, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far (Part 2 of 3-Week series) + Patrick Sprehe + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis

WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New Area Musical Releases of 2021…so far. This week we bring you part two, of a three-week series, we’ll play recordings from: Lava Dreams, Dan Jones & The Squids, Elexa Dawson, True Lions with Calvin Arsenia, Asterales with Heidi Gluck, Bob Walkenhorst with Una Walkenhorst, Quiet Takes, Kat King, Kian Byrne, Kemet Coleman, Kadesh Flow, Making Movies with Calvin Arsenia & Jeremy Kittel, The Black Creatures, The Freedom Affair, and Fritz Hutchison.

At 11:00 we talk with Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. Patrick has worked as High School teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, NC; Oakland, CA; and Tokyo, Japan. He spent 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette. Center Cut Records have a mission to illuminate the amazing collection of musical talent in Kansas City and solidify its place in the national discussion about sonic art. Center Cut Records has released Calvin Arsenia’s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019); Fritz Hutchison’s WIDE WILD ACRES (2020); and they recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures WILD ECHOES. Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE is this Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, and The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow at Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

One of WMM’s longtime contributors, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business in KCMO, joins us as our special guest co-host. We also welcome Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke who also joins us as special guest co-host. Betse & Marion will encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, or visit http://www.kkfi.org to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Spring Fund Drive Show.

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Show #894

WMM Playlist from June 9, 2021

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 9, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far (3-part series) + Marisa Butler + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis

  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. Alyssa Murray – “two peaches”
    from: Half and Half / LYSSA / May 14, 2021
    [2nd single from Alyssa Murray’s new EP, HALF & HALF, an indie, electronic album with equal parts vocal tunes & half beats. “Combining a keen songwriting sense with a playful display of sonic influences in a juxtaposition of synth and song.” Written, performed, & produced by Alyssa Murray. Recorded between July 2020 through January 2021 using Korg Minilogue XD and Sequential Prophet Rev2 with Adam Schlozman on bass (track 3) and John Kizilarmut on drums (track 3). Mixed & Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab KC. Info at: http://www.wmsoundlab.com or http://www.alyssamurraymusic.com ]

[Alyssa Murray plays the FMK Social Gallery, 2201 Lexington Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, in the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood on Friday, June 25, at 7:00 PM.]

[Alyssa Murray plays Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room on Sat, July 31, 9:00 to 11:30 pm.]

  1. Cuee – “Ain’t Going Back (feat. Joel Leoj)” [Radio Edit] (CD #3) (2:46)
    from: Ain’t Going Back (feat. Joel Leoj) – Single / Cuee / February 14, 2021
    [Follow up to “Who’s Back “ single released August 12, 2020. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cuee is a 27 year old Lawrence based hip-hop artist emcee, and educator. In the last 5 years Cuee has wowed audiences in Lawrence and KC for his critically acclaimed musical releases and live performances. Cuee exhibits an energetic and fun, yet smooth and motivational edge to his style of music. Drawing major influence from hip-hop artists such as Jay Z, Kanye West and Chance The Rapper, one could see why his storytelling essence fuses with harmonic flows. His fan favorites include Shook, Blessed, and Feeling Lucky from Cuee’s 2018 album, Shameless. Cuee is currently working to release an new album titled, “Gospel.”Cuee received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Cuee is also a recently graduate of Artist Inc. Cuee was our guest on WMM on August 12, 2020, March 3, and May 5, 2021 to share music from his new album! More info at: http://www.officialcuee.com]

[Cuee plays Lawrence Pride on Saturday, June 12, at 4:00 PM at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 East 6th Street, Lawrence Kansas with The Creepy Jingles and more! All Ages Show]

10:06 – Intro / Pledge Break #1

Today WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New MidCoastal Musical Releases of 2021…so far. We bring you part one, of a three-week series, with recordings from: The Roseline, Monta At Odds, Rob Rice with Teri Quinn & Stephen Roper, Knife Crime, Rachel Cion, Eddie Moore, Christena Graves, Approach with Heidi Gluck, Nan + the One Nite Stands, Lee Walter Redding with Stephonne, Stik Figa, Other Americans, Sam Wells, Riley The Musician, and Jillian Riscoe. We started with Alyssa Murray and Cuee.

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

Betse Ellis. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was a founding member of the acclaimed internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, she is part of the 5-piece, Short Round Stringband, and records and performs with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. In 2020 they released their latest 8-song release, Winter, which was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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. YOU are the reason we are able to stay alive. You can visit us at http://www.kkfi.org, or call 888-931-0901 to support Kansas City Community Radio 90.1 FM.

90.1 FM KKFI is “The Voice of the Community” Our Kansas City Community Speaks Through our Airwaves. So far in 2021 on WMM we’ve conducted 60 live interviews with 65 special guests: Sam Wells, Barry Lee, Lily B. Moonflower, Jeremiah James Gonzales, Jill McKeever, Charlotte Bumgarner, Martin Farrell Jr., Mikal Shapiro, D. Rashaan Gilmore, Chritena Graves, Hadiza., Alisa Jefferson, Marion Merritt, Betse Ellis, David Luther, Cuee, Robert Moore, Sarah Magill, Dan Jones, Juliette Frost, Club Sinister, R.I.Peter, Everette The Grey, Nico Gray, Katy Guillen, Rhonda Lyne, Chris Hudson, Jamie Searle, Nan Turner, Stacy Busch, Claire Adams, Allisön Hawkins, Jen Harris, Vaness Aricco, Rob Rice, Sherman Brennemen, M.G. Salazar, Michael JC Taylor, Matt Weinman & Melissa Weinman, Aaron Rhodes, Judy Mills, Byron Huhmann, Shawn Stewart, Fally Afani, Calvin Arsenia, Greg LaFollette, Erin Keller, Lee Langston, Connor Leimer, Enrique Chi, Alyssa Murray, Jillian Riscoe, Dylan Pyles, Remy Sryrk, Xavier Martin & Jade Green of The Black Creatures, Bob Walkenhorst, Elexa Dawson, Jeremy Ragland and more to come

10:14

  1. Approach – “Call You feat. Heidi Gluck”
    from: Merely, Minutes In A Day {Section 2: Antique Mall} / Datura Records / Dec. 4, 2020.
    [Produced, Sequenced, Recorded, Photography, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray aka Approach aka Sean Hunt. Approach writes: “Antique Mall” is fitting title for a album that has sat in the vault over 5 years. When the recording of this album was finished, I realized it didn’t compliment the sonics of the season. I felt like waiting until the sonic coloring matched the vibration of the times would be the best move. 5 years later a time capsule of love is ready to be revealed. Please enjoy your tour around of my “Antique Mall.” // This new Approach release is a Follow up to Merely Minutes, In A Day from Datura Records released February 4, 2019. Produced, Sequenced, Recorded, Photography, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray. Artwork & Design By: The Art My Life Imitates. Legendary Kansas based emcee/producer Approach has been in the game for almost 20 years. He’s released almost a dozen records and traveled the world over the span of his career. He’s also the cofounder of Datura Records, a hip hop label started in 2000 that he helps curate the roster for. Info: http://www.daturarecords.bandcamp.com]
  1. Stik Figa – “Felt Like It”
    from: Stik Figa EP / Stik Figa / April 2, 2021
    [From Stik Figa’s bandcamp page: “Stik Figa returns with quicstrike release for Bandcamp Friday! 3 unreleased tracs for my real supporters that you won’t find anywhere else! Thank you all for continuing following me on this music journey.” All songs written and performed by Stik Figa. Track one, “Stik Figa” was produced and mixed by Calvin Valentine and recorded by Joshua Browning @ Lucky Seven Studios; Lawrence, KS. Track 2. “Felt Like It” was produced by Mike Hurst and recorded and mixed by Sean Patrick @ Twlvs Studio; Fort Worth, TX. Track 3. “JYLND Freestyle” was produced by Mike Hurst and recorded and mixed by Sean Patrick @ Twlvs Studios; Fort Worth, TX. photography and layout by Well Cultured. // Stik Figa is rapper from Topeka, KS who cut his teeth on the Kansas City rap scene for close to a decade. Making a name for himself as a charismatic performer and premier lyricist in the region, releasing 9 solo albums and multiple collaborations // Later partnering with notable independent hip-hop label Mello Music Group releasing collaboration with L’Orange, “The City Under the City” and straight forward hip-hop album Central Standard Time. More info at: http://www.stikfiga785.bandcamp.com]
  1. Rachel Cion – “Gunpowder Baby”
    from: WANTED! – EP / Rachel Cion / May 4, 2021
    [The 3-song EP/Single, WANTED! includes the tracks: “Gunpowder Baby”, “What You’ve Done”, and “Heist”. Rachel Cion is Rachel Cionetti an Olathe, Kansas based singer-songwriter who has posted multiple songs on her SoundCloud page. We last played her single, “One More Time 35mm” on November 14, 2018 five days after it was released. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/rachel.cheeto%5D
  1. Other Americans – “Kink Wave”
    from: Paranoid Fiction / Gran Calavera Records / February 9, 2021
    [8-song EP follow up to the band’s Oct. 19, 2019 release OA2. O.A. released their debut EP, Other Americans on June 29, 2018. Julie Berndsen on lead vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Brandon Phillips on guitar, Michelle Bacon on bass. Produced by Brandon Philllips. Engineered by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Recording Studios in KC. All remixes by Mensa Deathsquad. Hailing from KCMO and Lawrence, KS, the electro-alternative OTHER AMERICANS are comprised of members of The Architects, Latenight Callers, The Philistines, Radar State and Brandon Phillips & The Condition. Other Americans is a virtual Midwestern supergroup. The cohorts first crossed paths in when a mutual friend and matchmaker introduced Brandon Phillips to vocalist Julie Berndsen “We were all looking for something new to do musically, recalls Brandon. “The way I remember it, a mutual friend (KC music producer Joel Nanos) told me that Julie was looking to start something new and I sent her a note about it. We had tacos to see if we liked each other.”]

10:26 – Pledge Break #2

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

10:34 – Underwriting

  1. Lee Walter Redding – “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)”
    from: “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)”-Single / Lee Walter Redding & Stephonne /Apr. 9, 2021
    [Lee Walter Redding told me that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley and hearing Stephonne for the first time. WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004. Lyrics and music by Lee Redding. Vocals and raw emotion on Elephant Man by Stephonne. Mixing and mastering by Justin Skinner. Lee Walter Redding writes: “Elephant Man” is inspired by young, black men diagnosed with schizophrenia and the issues they face dealing with stigma and difficulty fitting into a society that makes little room for those with severe mental health challenges. This is something that Stephonne felt deeply connected to and was gracious enough to put his full heart on display for the world to hear. // Kansas City based Lee Walter Redding was raised on 60s rock, steeped in 90s Britpop ennui, and guided by contemporary neo-soul, Lee Walter Redding weaves dry humor into vibrant sonic textures that sway from wistful to chaotic. Think 2010s Nick Lowe fronting The Velvet Underground. On warped vinyl. // Stephonne grew up in KCK. He released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.” The album was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Stephonne was born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. He has performed in multiple shows for Late Night Theatre. Stephonne told John Long of Camp Magazine “I was surrounded by records, and my parents always had music on.” A special video for “Want Me” was released in 2020. Stephonne joined us on WMM on July 15, 2020]
  1. Christena Graves – “Give Me A Minute”
    from: Finding My Footing / Christena Graves / February 11, 2021
    [Christena Graves writes songs in order to make sense of her world. Her lyrics are a mixture of a heartfelt acknowledgment of the pain and suffering in life, balanced by the steadying force of committed relationships. Growing up in a coastal area of western Michigan, Christena draws from her deep connection with the natural world to help frame the difficulty of the human emotional landscape. “Nature brings focus for me. I rely on it to color my lyrics.” She found her musical beginning learning to sing harmonies with her older brothers and sisters. Music was an important part of her family and they would often sing hymns together. She fondly remembers the day her oldest brother sat her on the kitchen counter and taught her to sing harmony to Jingle Bells. It was a moment that gave fuel to her love of singing. // After leaving Michigan to attend college in Missouri, she met her husband Brandon and joined the band Waterdeep as the keyboard player. After touring for several years, she stepped away from the band to raise their children. Songwriting became a release to help process the struggles of life. Eventually, she was writing songs for her church community and helping lead music on Sunday mornings. Once the kids were old enough, Christena and Brandon decided to form a new project and return to making music in a bigger way. // 2019 marked the beginning of the Christena Graves Band and the ground work being laid for her return to the music industry. In mid 2020 Greg Lafollette, a long time musical friend, moved back to KC from Nashville where he had built a successful career as an artist and producer. Greg offered his help to record a collections of songs that have become her new record. The album is titled, Finding My Footing. A nod to the difficulty of reengaging in a music business that has changed dramatically over the last 20 years but also a humble acceptance that life can be hard at times but it is important to keep moving forward. // The release of Finding My Footing marks her first full length solo album since 1996 and her first project ever as a band leader. The songs are stories of loss, fear, struggle, and joy. “This project ended up being much more than just making a good record. I spent a lot of time in self reflection—maybe I should call it a mid-life moment. I questioned my ability and worth as an artist, as a woman, and a human. It has been difficult to go through but I am learning so much about myself. I am happy with where I am and I am proud of what I’ve said with this album.” More info at: http://www.christenagravesmusic.com]

[Christena Graves returns to WMM on July 7]

  1. The Roseline – “Joy”
    from: “Joy” – Single / Alt Country Club / May 7, 2021
    [The Roseline is releasing their second single “Joy” off their upcoming record ‘Constancy.’ The track features Colin Halliburton on lead vox/acoustic guitar/aux percussion, Bradley McKellip on electric guitars, Colin Jones on bass, Jim Piller on drums, and Heidi Gluck on organ and background vox. It was recorded and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. 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. Colin Halliburton joined us on WMM on March 25, 2020. More info at: https://roselinemusic.com/%5D

10:48 – Pledge Break #3

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

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.

10:56

  1. Nan & the One Nite Stands – “Yeah (Radio Edit)”
    from: High – Caliber / Nan Turner / February 19. 2021
    [All songs by Nan Turner. Initial Engineering on 2 and 5 by Mark Ospovat @ Speakersonic Studios, Brooklyn and on 1,3,and 4 by Pat Tomek @ Largely Studios, KCMO. All songs co-engineered, mixed, and co-produced by Chase Horseman @Element Studios, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. // “Yeah” is track 1, on this 5-song EP // The One Nite Stands who played on these songs! Lizz Weiler on bass on 1, 3, and 4; Pat Tomek on drums on 1, 3, and 4; Mark Ospovat on bass on 2 and 5; Don Dawn + Tracy Flowers on backing vocals on 2, 4, and 5; Chase Horseman on keyboards, guitar, and co-production on 1-5. // Thanks to Mark O, Pat, Chase, Ian, Lizz, Don Dawn, Tracy, Peter Gallagher, and Frida the Dog. Xtra BigThanks to: Chase Horseman for sonic textures + production magic. Kimya Dawson, Bertrand “BP” Perrot, MMM, and Sun Ra for Tour Dawg “Space is the Place” Inspiration. // Follow up to the single “Desert Nights” released May 22, 2020, written by Nan Turner, and recorded by Mark “Dragon” Ospovat @ SpeakerSonic Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Additional recording and mixing and production by Chase Horseman @ Winky World Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. On July 12, 2019, Nan Turner released her solo EP, Champs and Losers, Version 2. Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced at Winky World in Kansas City, by Chase Horseman. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. Ian Dobyns plays drums and Chase Horseman plays bass. Nan Turner is also one half of the critically acclaimed band Schwervon! Nan has been called the “Lucy Ricardo of Indie Rock. Her music has been described as “Tone Loc meets the Velvet Underground.” More Info at: http://www.nanturner.bandcamp.com ]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Marisa Butler

Marisa Butler grew up in Kansas City, but she has lived Brooklyn, New York where she worked for Big Apple Circus, Madison Square Garden, served as Operations Development Coordinator at Coalition for the Homeless, and Studied Urban Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies where she received her Masters of Arts in Urban Studies in 2015. Here in Kansas City Marisa works as a Substance Abuse Specialist at reStart Inc. Marisa Butler is also the new host & producer of “The Mixtape with Marisa,” airing Friday mornings 6:00 to 8:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. In 2002, during her senior year of high school, the radio bug bit her, when she did her first Guest DJ at KKFI. Marisa went on to work at her college radio station KTRM, (Kirksville’s TRU Alternative) for 5 years. She produced her own weekly specialty show for 4 years, and served as Station Manager for a year. Marisa produced a weekly interview program where college professors would play their favorite music. Marisa also served as Music Director for a year and a half, putting together the music for the daily format shifts.

Marisa Butler, Thanks for being with us today on WMM

Marisa Butler Career History:

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at reStart Inc.
May 6, 2021 – Present

Former General Manager at Burdolski Auto Werks
July 2015 – April 2021 — Shawnee, Kansas

Former Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at Big Apple Circus
August 2014 – June 2015 — Brooklyn, New York

Former Operations Development Coordinator at Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
September 2011 – January 2014 — New York, New York
Coordinating between departments of operations and development. Managing special projects such as Project: Back to School, Holiday Toy Drive, volunteer recruitment, and distribution of In-Kind donations. Children’s Holiday Party and Toy Drive
Organized a drive that raised over 3,000 toys and put on a holiday party for children in shelters.

Former Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director at Coalition for the Homeless
January 2009 – September 2011 — New York, New York
Manager of In Kind Donations – Coordinating the collection and distribution of in-kind donations at Coalition for the Homeless. Project Back to School
raising 3,000 backpacks for homeless children in New York City.

Former Guest Relations Coordinator at Madison Square Garden
September 2008 – December 2008 – New York, New York

Former Publicist for Bravo Johnson at Stone Junction Inc.
February 2008 – December 2008 — New York, New York

Former Station Manager at KTRM
May 2006 – May 2007 — Kirksville, Missouri

Former KTRM music director at KTRM
January 2005 – May 2006 — Kirksville, Missouri

College
Studied Urban Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies
MA, Urban Studies Class of 2015

Studied Art at Truman State University – Class of 2007

High School
Went to Notre Dame de Sion School, Kansas City – Class of 2002

Marisa writes: “My biggest influences is probably college radio and indie music from the late nineties and early aughts, but I also enjoy classic country, rockabilly, old rock and roll, prog, techno, doo wop, soul, reggae, and hip hop. I remember my mentor and college radio professor told us the best shows weave songs together triggering a positive response in the body’s natural rhythms, or at the very least not disrupting those rhythms. It is always my goal to just play just good and unique music that blends one song to the next.”

The Mixtape with Marisa is a blended variety of music tailored to be the soundtrack of your day. You may hear something you’ve loved that you haven’t heard in years, or something brand new that you never thought you’d like. Marisa is constantly in search of good music, whether it be finding b-sides or rare cuts, trolling in the dollar bin at the local record store, finding the best local and regional music, or dusting off that record she found in her mom’s basement, her goal is to make a musical tapestry that will help move your day along and keep you engaged. LISTEN LIVE ON KKFI – Every Friday at 6:00am

Marisa Butler, Thanks for being with us today on WMM

Marisa Butler is the new host & producer of “The Mixtape with Marisa,” airing Friday mornings 6:00 to 8:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

11:11

  1. KNIFE CRIME — “Lump Sum”
    from: Lovely Gary / Black-Site / April 13, 2021
    [After spending months at Massive Sounds studio with producer Paul Malinowski in 2019 and then waiting out the worst of the pandemic’s stranglehold, Knife Crime’s debut album, Lovely Gary, is ready. Finally. // Knife Crime is a band of four veterans of Kansas City’s music community. Going back to the early 1990s, founding brothers Byron Huhmann on guitars, piano & lead vocals; Brad Huhmann on bass & vocals, have played with a small legion of bands, including TV Fifty, Onward Crispin Glover, the Dark Circles, Truck Stop Love, Red Kate and Lushbox. Jake Cardwell on drums & percussion came aboard in 2012, and has played drums for Reflector, the Belles, the Caves and the Conquerors. In 2018, multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah James Gonzalez on guitar & vocals joined, bringing along a resume that includes Elevator Division, Monta at Odds, Be/Non, Umberto, Rhunes and Redder Moon. Songs by Knife Crime. Recorded & mixed by Paul Malinowski, at Massive Sound Studios, Shawnee, KS Mastering by Mike Nolte, Eureka Mastering, Portland, Oregon. Additional mastering & lacquer cutting: Chris Muth, Taloowa Corp., Yonkers, NY. Vinyl Manufacturing: Kindercore Vinyl, Athens, GA. // Follow up to their single release “Falcon” on January 8, 2020. Produced by Knife Crime. Mastered by Dave Gaume at Element Recording Studios. Knife Ccrime is a 4-piece Kansas City based band formed on January 19, 2011. More info at: http://www.black-site.org]

11:14 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis.

Where can I find out about what is happening in my community? 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 also 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 very brief underwriting announcements, recognizing those who financially contribute to support non-profit community radio, but we will never tell you to “go out and buy” something. We inform and educate, but we don’t sell things. We give your news, stories, music, culture and we let you decide what you want to do with that information. We are probably some of the only free airwaves left on the dial. We are non-profit.

We have no automated robot playing the same 40 to 80 songs in a “rotation,” based on a formula, created by a programmer of the robot. KKFI is the opposite of a robot. There is always human being on the other end of the phone line anytime you call. 90.1 offers 104 different radio programs. 85 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 55 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. What is this worth to you?

11:22

  1. Monta At Odds – “When I’m Gone (The Republic Tigers Remix)”
    from: When I’m Gone – Single / The Record Machine / May 14, 2021
    [Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers wrote: My band The Republic Tigers released a new remix/reimagined song yesterday. It’s a Monta At Odds song featuring Teri Quinn. I got to sing on it with her.” Teri Quinn’s vocals soar, driven into the air by The Republic Tigers’ full sound explosion without betraying Monta At Odds’ cosmic vibe. The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine. Monta At Odds released their latest single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // 2020 finds the addition of acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the band’s lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The group released Zen Diagram in May of 2020 as a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind. // This single is a follow-up to the December 18, 2020 released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich. Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram last year on May 1, 2020. Monta At Odd’s seventh full-length album, Peak of Eternal Light, is to be released in 2021 on The Record Machine. In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on Oct 19, 2018. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D
  1. Jillian Riscoe – “People in The Real World”
    from: People in The Real World – Single / Avenue Record Company / March 5, 2021
    [Singing and performing since the age of 7, Jillian has had her share of success. The Kansas City native singer/songwriter and musician has toured and performed across the United States, including the NAMM show, major sporting events, the Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project, and the CDBaby DIY Musician’s Conference. She has received regional music awards, secured national radio airplay, and opened up for artists like Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Lisa Loeb, Everclear, Tantric, Stabbing Westward. Jillian Riscoe is learning to fly again. The award-winning soulful rock and pop vocalist is writing new songs about resilience and courage. It’s all a part of her own recovery from a difficult relationship that endured the deep throws of abuse and alcoholism. // But far from internalizing her struggles, she is using music to share her story and connect with others. “I love that with music, there are infinite possibilities of creation and self-expression,” says Riscoe. “Music has been there for me through everything, and I hope mine can be there for others as well.” More information at: http://www.jillianriscoe.com]

[Jillian Riscoe plays Grinders in The Crossroads 417 E. 18th, KCMO, June 19, for Stratgazers Summer Jam, June 18 & 19.]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Betse Ellis.

In just this past year, we’ve featured segments shining a light on: La Resistencia, Art As Mentorship, The Phoenix, The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, MidCoast Takeover, Spinning Tree Theatre, The Pitch Kansas City, Owen Cox Dance Group, Bandwaggin KC, KC Bands Together, The Green Line Initiative, Black Lives Matter, The Queer Narratives Festival, KC Bass Workshop, Folk Alliance International, KC Writer’s Workshop, Kansas City Syzygy, Shuttlecock Music Magazine, I Heart Local Music, The Tenth Voice, The Record Machine, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, High Dive Records, Center Cut Records, Manor Records, Polyvinyl Records, Lost Cowgirl Records, Sunflower Soul 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, Indigenous Agriculture, and more.

11:39

  1. Sam Wells – “For The Deflated”
    from: For The Deflated / French Exit Records / December 31, 2020
    [Debut EP from Kansas City, based singer songwriter Sam Wells who has shared stages with Betsy Phillips, Kelly Hunt, Andrew Ryan, The Zack Pietrini Band, and The Phantastics. She was featured as a composer and performer in the Kansas City Repertory Theater production of “Ghost Light” performed on the lawn of The Nelson Atkin Museum of Art in October, 2020. Sam has also performed in Troostival (2020), Kansas City Porchfest (2019) and Jamdemic. In 2019, Wells released her debut single “Lesson Learned.” In early 2020 Wells released her second single “Sugar” producer and engineered by Riley Corbin at the Lawrence Kansas Public Library recording studio. It was only a decade ago, Sam Wells sat in her bedroom learning the Corrine Bailey Ray classic “Put Your Records On”. This was all it took to ignite a lifetime love affair with music. With her smooth and sultry voice and the warm tones of a baritone ukulele, she shares stories of love, loss and everything in between. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Wells has lived in Lawrence, but now calls KC home. Info at: http://www.whoissamwells.com. Sam Wells was on WMM May 13, 2020 and January 20, 2021.]
  1. Rob Rice – “Thinking of Another (feat. Teri Quinn & Stephen Roper)”
    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 Rice last 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 was on WMM on April 14, 2021]

11:46 – Pledge Break #6

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Betse Ellis.

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11:53:47

  1. Eddie Moore – “We Chillin'”
    from: “We Chillin’” – Single / Eddie Moore Music / April 9, 2021
    [Some chill piano vibes to relax or study to written and produced by Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on piano and Morgan Faw on alto sax. Mixed By Pajmon Porshahi. 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 is a genre-defying quartet comprised of keyboardist Eddie Moore, bassist/producer Jason Emmond, drummer Zach Morrow, and turntablist/producer Kethro. Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020.]
  1. Riley The Musician – “I Kissed a Ghost”
    from: “Miss America” / “I Kissed A Ghost” – Single / Riley The Musician / May 3, 2021
    [Riley The Musician is a non-binary, KC based producer, electronica music maker, producer, & DJ. This is the first single of the upcoming album Montana. Riley The Producer released the 5-track EP TEENAGE HEART- THROB on June 29, 2018. Riley The Producer released the 13-track album ART IS DEAD, on June 6, 2019. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY, on July 10, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY DEMOS, on Sept. 4, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 2-track Single, “Iced Out” b/w “Ice Out (Slowed)” on Sept. 16, 2020. Riley The Producer released the single “99” on February 15, 2021.] More info at: https://linktr.ee/rileythemusician
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, June 16, Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis return as Co-Hosts. We also welcome Special Guests: James Andrews & Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records! And we bring you Part 2 of our 3-week special: WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021…So Far, with music from Kadesh Flow, The Black Creatures, Making Movies with Calvin Arsenia, and more!

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

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Show #893

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far (3-part series)

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 9, 2021

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 …so far (3-part series) + Maria Butler + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis

WMM Celebrates the hundreds of New MiidCoastal Musical Releases of 2021…so far. This week we bring you part one, of a three-week series, we’ll play recordings from: Cuee, The Roseline, Monta At Odds, Rob Rice with Teri Quinn & Stephen Roper, Knife Crime, Rachel Cion, Eddie Moore, Christena Graves, Approach with Heidi Gluck, Nan + the One Nite Stands, Lee Walter Redding with Stephonne, Alyssa Murray, Stik Figa, Other Americans, Sam Wells, Riley The Musician, and Jillian Riscoe.

At 11:00 we will chat with Marisa Butler the new host & producer of “The Mixtape with Marisa,” airing Friday mornings 6:00 to 8:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. In 2002, during her senior year of high school, the radio bug bit her, when she did her first Guest DJ at KKFI. Marisa went on to work at her college radio station KTRM, (Kirksville’s TRU Alternative) for 5 years. She produced her own weekly specialty show for 4 years, and served as Station Manager for a year. Marisa produced a weekly interview program where college professors would play their favorite music. Marisa also served as Music Director for a year and a half, putting together the music for the daily format shifts.

One of WMM’s longtime contributors, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business in KCMO, joins us as our special guest co-host. We also welcome Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke who also joins us as special guest co-host. Betse & Marion will encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, or visit http://www.kkfi.org to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Spring Fund Drive Show.

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Show #893

WMM Playlist from June 2, 2021

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

  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]
  • Bachelor, the new project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound)
    1. Bachelor – “Stay in the Car”
      from: Doomin’ Sun / Polyvinyl recording Company / May 28, 2021
      [Album Notes from http://www.bachelortheband.bandcamp.com: Bachelor, the new project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound), is not a band, it’s a friendship. // You could say the friendship began in 2017 when Duterte and Kempner first met in a Sacramento green room and experienced love at first sight. Having been mutual fans of each other for years at that point, putting each other’s songs on playlists and scouring YouTube for live videos, they both remember starting that night as nervous wrecks intent on making a good impression. That proved extremely easy, and their anxious facades quickly faded into geeky fandom as they unabashedly yell-sang lyrics from the crowd during each other’s sets. // A year later, Kempner visited Duterte’s home studio in Los Angeles to mess around and record for fun. They hadn’t really hung out much since the two shows they did in 2017, but they kept in touch by hesitantly texting and replying to Instagram posts. Now together in LA, the jitters Kempner and Duterte fought the first time they met were back, but this time they weren’t born of insecurity, but of excitement. The two spent a few hours writing and recording their first song together, “Sand Angel,” a seductive slow-burner that unfurls like a lucid dream. Kempner’s arid lead vocals are punctuated by Duterte’s spry harmonies, lending the track a rare dynamism that could only mean one thing: they had to write an album together. // In January of 2020, the duo packed the entirety of Duterte’s recording equipment into two cars and headed to a rental house in Topanga, CA where over the course of two weeks, they wrote and recorded their debut album Doomin’ Sun. The house had a living room with a baby grand piano in it which they turned into a live room by pushing all the furniture against the walls and setting up drums and amps. The ad hoc studio set up offered the comfort required for ideas to flow freely, uninhibited by any preordained schedule. // In this space, Kempner and Duterte hybridized their individual songwriting talents, producing a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess. On the bass-heavy rock song “Stay in the Car,” the duo paint a yearning portrait of a woman in a supermarket parking lot, a barely-contained desire oozing out of cotidian descriptions like: “She burns out of the market/ Plastic bags digging into wrists/ Blood stuck in her fingertips.” The heavy bass makes another appearance on “Anything At All,” a track with a chorus so playful it could be a schoolyard taunt, defying the darker lyrical themes heard on the verses. // A typical day at the house in Topanga consisted of the two late-sleepers slumping down to the kitchen at around 11AM to drink canned ice teas and make lunch before they started messing around with instruments, crafting pitch riffs and chord progressions. After Kempner and Duterte sussed the form of the song and tracked the basics, they’d spend a couple of hours apart. During that time, Kempner wrote lyrics in the backyard treehouse while Duterte worked her producer magic, or Duterte wrote lyrics on the back patio while Kempner came up with guitar parts. When they regrouped, the duo shared what they’d worked on, made dinner, and watched an unreasonable amount of TV for the rest of the night. //About halfway through their stay in Topanga, Buck Meek and James Krivchenia of Big Thief came by the house. Meek brought guitar pedals and a beautiful old Martin acoustic to generously lend to the project, and Krivchenia elevated a few of the songs by tracking drums while Duterte’s partner Annie Truscott (Chastity Belt) recorded strings to accentuate moments on the album. Aside from those contributions, Kempner and Duterte spent most of their time in isolation, a fitting precursor to the remainder of the year, but the songs on Doomin’ Sun are anything but isolating. These songs tell stories that will surely be recognizable to listeners, especially when they offer up interpretations of modern life. “Drivin’ on to the next town/ Keeping the rubber side down/ But the danger is in my phone/ And the drug of an endless scroll,” Kempner sings on the downcast, country-inflected “Sick of Spiraling.” // Kempner and Duterte had arrived in Topanga with no songs written and no solid plan, but after two short weeks, they had finished the 10 songs that make up Doomin’ Sun. That much work in so little time may sound exhausting, but it wasn’t, it was blissful and freeing. On the album’s powerful opener, “Back of My Hand,” it’s possible to hear echoes of Bachelor’s foundation in the opening verse, “I’m your biggest fan/ Got your song in my head/ And your poster’s above my bed,” but the song soon hits a more sinister register as it goes on, “You date the beauty queens/ I see their bodies in magazines/ Sharp jaw size 0 jeans/ I skip a meal/ I drink some tea.” // There was a lot of pain that went into the record, especially around themes of queerness and climate change inspired by the red skies and wildfires subsuming Australia at the time. However, when the duo did shed tears during the creative process, they weren’t tears of sadness, they were tears of laughter. When Kempner and Duterte look back on those weeks, what they remember first is shortness of breath and the inability to track vocal takes without falling to the floor howling. They couldn’t remember a time they’d ever been so delirious with creativity, so overwhelmed with joy.]
    Hannah Norris
    1. Hannah Norris – “Will I?”
      from: Will 1? – Single / Hannah Norris & the Band / May 14, 2021
      [We last played Hannah Norris & The Band’s single “Ego Death” on August 28, 2019, just before the band played the 15th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, 2019. Hannah Norris & The Band began in June of 2016 at the Wild West Fest in Hays, KS. Hannah Norris is from Hays Kansas but is now based in Lawrence, Kansas. Hannah Norris is known for her incredible live performances her power house vocals & deft guitar playing.]

    [Hannah Norris & The Band play Replay Lounge, 946, Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS., on Friday, July 9, at 6:00 PM, with The Frightened Stag.]

    1. Bob Walkenhorst – “Day After Tomorrow”
      from: A Thousand Words / BAT Records / June 1, 2021
      [Bob Walkenhorst’s new 12 song album comes out on June 1, 2021 on Bob’s 68th Birthday. Bob Walkenhorst will be with us LIVE on the show next week. The new album is beautiful and shows the range of Bob Walkenhorst’s gifts as a master songwriter and poet. The album is also evidence of the wide open vocal range of a rock and roller who can call upon his expressive voice, giving listeners lyrics with a growl and also rising to sing the high parts of the harmony, not in a falsetto, but actually 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 with that was released October 12, 2018, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys. FOR TOMORROW was #2 on WMM’s 118 Best recordings of 2018. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. With The Rainmakers Bob has released over 10 albums. Bob’s solo record continues the spirit of FOR TOMORROW. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com]

    10:15 – Interview with Bob Walkenhorst

    KC based Rock & Roll Superstar Bob Walkenhorst joins us on the phone to talk 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 10 albums. Bob’s new solo record continues in the musical spirit of FOR TOMORROW. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com

    Bob Walkenhorst, thanks for being with us on WMM.

    Happy Belated Birthday Bob Walkenhorst!

    Congratulations to Bob, on his new album, A THOUSAND WORDS.

    The new songs are all beautiful. This album feels like a continuation of the spirit in the songs from, FOR TOMORROW, your album of duets with Una Walkenhorst from 2018.

    This is Bob’s second solo album, and his comes 18 years after his first solo album, THE BEGINNER, from 2003.

    The past 15 months have been devastating to the music industry. The cover of Bob’s new album is an interior shot with Bob sitting before two open, skylight windows. This is Bob’s attic studio where he created all of the songs for A THOUSAND WORDS.

    Bob has determined Sept. 1, 2021, as his safe-to-play-again date for solo house concerts.

    The Rainmakers play Johnson County Community College on August 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

    The Rainmakers play Lindberg’s in Springfield, MO on August 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

    The Raimakers play Knuckleheads November 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Along with your music Bob is also a painter of hundreds of works, many have been been presented in gallery shows, almost all of the piece are exterior scenes of trees, farming, bodies of water.

    From Bob’s website: “Musician, songwriter, artist, and also an author, Bob Walkenhorst’s second book, Whirlybird Day, was published November 19, 2020. A book of connected short stories, the connection being that they all happen on the same day, in the same small Missouri town. While it is fiction, it is woven from the people and situations and attitudes Bob knew growing up. And yes, there really was a Whirlybird Day. And there really was a Cecil. In the town of Shorter, Missouri, lives are turning —like the big blades of the helicopter visiting the town fora summer festival — some slowly rising, others spinningtoward the ground. Look closely at these people — themysteries and coded messages of life are in the detailsand the mundane, in small decisions and hidden events. Here are nine stories of lives on that single day —a former baseball star who comes back to lead the parade,a woman who drifts between dementia and magic, a localmusician who may have played his final gig, a DJ whotries to come home but has trouble finding the way, acollege girl anxious to leave her roots. Snapshots of lives,all turning, changing, happening — on Whirlybird Day.”

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

    Bob Walkenhorst has spent most of his life as a musician, as lead singer and songwriter for the critically acclaimed rock band, The Rainmakers. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Bob and the band have released 9 albums over their 30+ year career, and continue to tour and record.

    Bob’s songs gained attention for their lyrical content – thoughtful, humorous, witty, with insightful social commentary. This interest in the power of words eventually led to the publication of a book of Bob’s song lyrics – Scribbling On the Walls of the Mansion – published in 2019. And now Whirlybird Day – published in 2020.

    Bob grew up in the small town of Norborne, Missouri, and also spent years in Maryville and Branson. These years of small town life served as the inspiration for the stories in Whirlybird Day.

    Bob lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Michele Sewell, two daughters and two granddaughters nearby.

    Bob Walkenhorst is a Kansas City-based singer, songwriter, musician, and painter. After growing up in his hometown of Norborne, Missouri, he became a founding member of the popular Midwestern U.S. roots rock band The Rainmakers. In the Kansas City area, he currently gives weekly performances and participates in art gallery shows. For some shows, he is joined by his daughter Una.

    As the singer/songwriter of his band, The Rainmakers, from 1986 to 1996, Walkenhorst’s discography included five full-length studio albums, one live concert recording, and one “best-of” album. After the dissolution of the band, he released his first solo album, The Beginner, in 2003. In 2009, Walkenhorst and fellow Kansas City musician Jeff Porter released an album entitled No Abandon, under the moniker Walkenhorst and Porter. The Rainmakers reformed in 2011 and have since released three more albums.

    Throughout his career as a musician, Walkenhorst has maintained a reputation for producing clever and provocative lyrics, which have garnered him wide critical acclaim. In discussing the self-titled debut of The Rainmakers, Billboard called them “a band with a rarity: a genuinely witty songwriter.” A 1987 review in the Washington Post cited the cleverness while also noting irreverent humor. On a very different note, a review from later that year in the Chicago Tribune observed, “Walkenhorst’s lyrics are preoccupied with morality, although he avoids a moralizing tone.” Over three decades later, in 2018, the Richmond (Missouri) News said, “His unique vocals and viewpoints have garnered him a dedicated following, through more than 30 years in the music scene.”

    Perhaps the best-known fan of The Rainmakers and Walkenhorst was Stephen King, who included lyrics from the songs “Downstream” and “Drinkin’ on the Job” in The Tommyknockers. In Gerald’s Game, King excerpted “One More Summer”—citing Walkenhorst by name—and adopted Walkenhorst’s character “The Lakeview Man” in service of the story.

    Bob Walkenhorst, thanks for being with us on WMM.

    Bob Walkenhorst’s new 12 song album, A THOUSAND WORDS, was released on June 1, 2021. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com

    10:28

    1. Bob Walkenhorst – “Wrapping Around”
      from: A Thousand Words / BAT Records / June 1, 2021
      [Bob Walkenhorst’s new 12 song album comes out on June 1, 2021 on Bob’s 68th Birthday. Bob Walkenhorst will be with us LIVE on the show next week. The new album is beautiful and shows the range of Bob Walkenhorst’s gifts as a master songwriter and poet. The album is also evidence of the wide open vocal range of a rock and roller who can call upon his expressive voice, giving listeners lyrics with a growl and also rising to sing the high parts of the harmony, not in a falsetto, but actually 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 with that was released October 12, 2018, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys. FOR TOMORROW was #2 on WMM’s 118 Best recordings of 2018. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. With The Rainmakers Bob has released over 12 albums. Bob’s solo record continues the spirit of FOR TOMORROW. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com]

    10:33 – Underwriting

    1. Elexa Dawson – “New Song”
      from: “New Song” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 2, 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. For “New Song” Elexa Dawson on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com Mastered by Brody Wellman Additional mixing by Peter Oviatt, Moonflower Soundswww.moonflowersounds.com.. Cover Photography: Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals http://www.lifeleakvisuals.com // Elexa Dawson writes: The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song. // http://www.elexadawson.com]
    Elexa Dawson

    10:38 – Interview with Elexa Dawson

    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

    Elexa Dawson, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

    Elexa Dawson lives in the Kansas Flint Hills with her 9 year old daughter.

    Elexa Dawson became known, as part 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 for “New Song” Elexa Dawson writes “The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song.

    Elexa Dawson has released her new single and debut album through Lost Cowgirl Records. For “New Song” Elexa Dawson was on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com

    Elexa Dawson identifies as a “rural artist.” Elexa values community and for 12 years produced the Chase County Earth Day Celebration. Elexa is currently a student of sustainable agriculture.

    In 2019, Dawson was awarded the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund and granted funding for her MUSIC IS MEDICINE.

    Elexa Dawson 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. She serves on the Matfield Green Works Advisory Council. In 2020, she was awarded the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Fellowship.

    Recently former Presidential Candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was fired from CNN for his comments on Native American culture. Santorum gave a speech in April at an event of a conservative organization named the Young America’s Foundation where he said: “We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

    Elexa responded saying, “I was absolutely aware of that quote, and that he made that. So much of what our culture is, in America today, even with the residential schooling that my great grandmother, that I was raised in close contact with, was a survivor of one of those schools. She was a survivor because we know from what has just been discovered, up in our traditional territory, a mass grave was found, where 215 children were sent to school, and never returned home. And so, even with all of this, and even with all of the disease, and the imposition of Christianity, and these things, that so much still remains. Not only our bodies and beings, because we are still here, but as you said, the food, and the agriculture, even our place names in Kansas. We have so many places in Kansas that are names that come from indigenous languages. And some of our words even come from indigenous languages. So there is so much that is left, and I can only chalk up this ignorance to first of all, our industrialized school system, that does not prioritize the truth, but rather prioritizes patriotism. And then also, the kind of a disdain to admit that this country has made mistakes, and continues to make mistakes, with their treatment of indigenous people. So yeah, I think there is a movement to create awareness around these things. That is one of the reasons I am involved with sustainable agriculture, because I am specifically interested in indigenous agricultural practices, and indigenous foods, and the life-ways that surround those things, because our languages are all connected to the land. So that is why I am involved in that, is to be a part of this, what we Potawatomi think of as, the seventh generation, which is where we go back and collect those things that our ancestors left. And sometimes that means picking up trama, and healing it. And sometimes that means picking up a tool that hasn’t been found in generations, and learning to make that tool and use it. So there is so much that is involved, but it really does comeback to the land, and the abundance of the land, and for me that is where I want to focus, on food and our connection to food, and our health and things like that, that all come for our relationship with food.”

    Elexa Dawson, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

    Elexa Dawson 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. More info at: http://www.elexadawson.com

    10:52

    1. Elexa Dawson – “Circle Song”
      from: Music Is Medicine / Lost Cowgirl Records / December 6, 2019
      [Elexa Dawson’s song “High Place” from her 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. Elexa Dawson on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com Additional mixing by Peter Oviatt, Moonflower Sounds http://www.moonflowersounds.com. Mastered by Brody Wellman. Cover Photography: Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals http://www.lifeleakvisuals.com // Elexa Dawson writes: The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song. // http://www.elexadawson.com]
    1. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – “I Could’ve Sworn”
      from: It’s Not a Burden (Original Songs from the Documentary Film) / Youngest Daughter Records / May 28, 2021
      [Danielle Ate The Sandwich is Danielle Anderson Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a national touring, folk singer/songwriter, known for her original songs, Youtube videos, composing the soundtrack to the HBO documentary, ‘Packed in A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson,’ and The 24 Hour Album Project, where she writes and records an album in one day, live streaming the process to her fans. She has released over ten albums. It’s Not A Burden is a powerful and brilliant film about the joys and pain of raising elderly parents. The songs are produced by Joanna Katcher. This year Danielle Ate The Sandwich has also released the 7-song album, 24 HOUR ALBUM (2021), on April 25, 2021. The 7 songs on this album were written and recorded in 24 hours on April 24th-25th, 2021, during Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s 6th annual 24 Hour Album. This project challenges the artist to write, record, produce, and release a new album in just twenty four hours. Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a national touring, folk singer/songwriter, known for her original songs, Youtube videos, composing the soundtrack to the HBO documentary, ‘Packed in A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson,’ and The 24 Hour Album Project, where she writes and records an album in one day, live streaming the process to her fans. More info at: http://www.danielleatethesandwich.com.]

    11:00 – Station ID

    1. Alisa Jefferson – “These Are Days”
      from: Tell Me / Alisa Jefferson / June 1, 2020
      [10-song solodebut album, TELL ME, 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]
    Alisa Jefferson

    10:04 – Interview with Alisa Jefferson

    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, mixed, and produced by Alisa Jefferson and Andy Oxman of SoundWorks Recording Studio, in 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. More info at: http://www.alisajeffersonmusic.com

    Alisa Jefferson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    All lyrics, instrumentation, vocals, melodies, song content for TELL ME was written and created by Alisa Jefferson.

    TELL ME was recorded, 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.

    David Luther sings and plays guitar on the song “Six.” Radial Red bandmate Barb Wilmoth plays drums on “Steering the Fear,” & “Democracy Stands” and back up vocals on “Love Conquers All.” Kim Williams plays guitar on “Love Conquers All.” Andy Oxman plays guitar on “Bitter,” “These Are Days,” and “Steering The Fear.”

    Alisa Jefferson grew up in the KC area. 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.

    Radial Red a female-fronted original Kansas City rock trio with Barb Wilmoth on drums & backing vocals, and Scott Mitchell on guitar & backing vocals. Radial Red started when Barb Wilmoth found Alisa Jefferson through the Kansas City Women’s Music Network. Barb has been playing drums for seven years, before that she played bass. Alisa met Scott through the insurance industry and knew he played guitar. Radial Red played for four years at KC Pride Fest at Berkeley Riverfront Park.

    Radial Red’s debut 7-song EP, RADIATE on June 1, 2015.
    Radial Red released the album, MOVING SKIES on December 12, 2020

    Alisa Jefferson has played numerous Festivals and Special Events:
    KC Pride Festival – June 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
    LikeMe Lighthouse Fundraiser – September, 2015
    HRC Battle of the Bands – January, 2016
    LikeMe Lighthouse Prom – May, 2016
    Arts In The Park Festival – June, 2019, 2021
    North KC Music Festival – June, 2019
    Swift Mile Street Festival – September 2017
    Cause for Paws – June 2019

    Alisa performed on the side stage with Joan Jett and Heart at Starlight Theatre with KC band, Mad Libby. – Joan Jett, Ann & Nancy Wilson are perfect icons for Alisa Jefferson

    Alisa Jefferson has played numerous venues:
    ° VooDoo Lounge, KC, MO
    ° Macken Park, North KC, MO
    ° Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, KC, MO
    ° The Roxy, Shawnee, KS
    ° Uptown Arts Bar, KC, MO
    ° The Bay, Warrensburg, MO
    ° Café’ Acoustic Concert Hall, St. Joseph, MO
    ° Unplugged, St. Joseph, MO
    ° Scene KC Rock Bar, KC, MO
    ° Coda, KC, MO
    ° Mini Bar, KC, MO
    ° Woody’s, KC, MO
    ° Danny’s Bar & Grill, Lenexa, KS
    ° Ollie’s Local, KC, MO
    ° Mike Kelly’s Westsider, KC, MO
    ° The All Star Rock Bar, N. KC, MO
    ° The Point, KC, MO
    ° Brookside Farmers Market, KC, MO
    ° Red Door, Leawood, KS
    ° Bier Station, KC, MO
    ° Gail’s Harley-Davidson, Grandview, MO
    ° Rino, NKC, MO
    ° Bar K Dog Bar, KC, MO
    ° Paul and Jack’s Tavern, NKC, MO
    ° The Brick, KC, MO
    ° Scissors & Scotch, Overland Park, KS
    ° Lost Evenings Brewery, Lenexa, KS

    Alisa with play live at the Mission Sidewalk Sale on June 19, 2021

    90.1 FM KKFI has been playing Alisa’s music on WMM, The Tasty Brew, and Under The Radar, and also on 90.9 The Bridge on Eight One Sixty.

    “Tell Me” is 10 new songs including the track, “Bitter”

    Alisa Jefferson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    Alisa Jefferson released her new 10-song solo album, TELL ME, on June 1, 2021. More info at: http://www.alisajeffersonmusic.com

    11:16

    1. Alisa Jefferson – “Bitter”
      from: Tell Me / Alisa Jefferson / June 1, 2020
      [10-song solo debut album, TELL ME, 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]
    1. The Popper & They Call Me Sauce – “Kansas City Lights”
      from: Kansas City Lights / The Popper / May 28, 2021
      [New album from Royce “Sauce” Handy, in collaboration with legendary KC rapper, The Popper. After several meetings in public Sauce met The Popper at his store, IMKC Clothing Company, a local clothing and apparel line based in Kansas City at 1809 Vine St., Kansas City, MO. The two went into the studio and created a new up beat record that was done in classic mixtape style. They Call Me Sauce told Nick Spacek in a May 28, 2021 editiion of The Pitch KC, “we got some of the hottest up-and-coming artists on there, Suli-4Q and YGKC. Then we got a DJ Big Baby and DJ Fresh, these classic mixed tape and DJ mainstays. Fresh was one of the first. He’s a core DJ, one of the first people to host hip hop shows and big hip hop shows in Kansas City and stuff, and that’s the Popper’s brother, so I’m like, ‘Yo, this makes so much sense.’ And then, to have Tech on there and then Brian B. Shynin and Shay Moore from Hot 103—we wanted to make sure we were representing all of those things mixed together, as well.” The album starts with an intro from Brian B. Shynin is Co-host of The Morning Grind with Shay & Shyne on Hot 103 Jamz. More information at: https://www.thepitchkc.com/they-call-me-sauce-and-the…/ Royce “Sauce” Handy is a rapper, songwriter, beat maker, designer, teacher, MC, business owner, social media manager, husband, father, and community organizer. He has worked with AdHoc Group Against Crime, Teens in Transition, Storytellers Inc., Arts Tech, Mid-America Regional Council, UMKC, Rep. Brandon Ellington, and former KC Mayor, Sly James. He is co-owner of The Rap Asylum, We are RAP, and owner of Melanin Connoisseur. In 2017 Sauce released his EP, Summer Sauce, part of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017. In 2018 Sauce released Soul Food 4. In 2019 his collective NuBvckCity w/ Kartez Marcel, Mae C, & VP3 released “All Night” / “Alive”. This was #1 on WMM’s 39 Favorite Singles of 2019. In 2020 They Call Me Sauce released 5 Singles including “Make You Sing [feat. Love, Mae C]” on March 27, 2020. Sauce was on WMM on April 29, 2020]
    1. Kadesh Flow – “Elegant”
      from: ”Elegant” – Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / May 21, 2021
      [Written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is one of 16 new singles Kadesh Flow has released so far this year: 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 and 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 and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and mastered by Kadesh Flow. 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 was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com]

    [Kadesh Flow plays Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow and also featuring: The Black Creatures.]

    [Kadesh Flow plays Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Black Creatures, and The Freedom Affair. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com]

    [The Phantastics play The Ship 1217 Union Avenue, on Friday, June 25, at 9:00 PM]

    11:28 – Underwriting

    1. Quinn’s Laundry Hearse – “Quinn’s Laundry Hearse”
      from: Quinn’s Laundry Hearse / Quinn’s Laundry Hearse / April 14, 2021
      [Hello. Welcome to Quinn’s Laundry Hearse. Bedroom recording quality, sad lyrics, poorly mixed vocals, lackluster instrumentation, we’ve got it all. 5 demo songs for your consideration. music & lyrics by j.ragland. album cover photo by helen graham. contact: aundryhearse@gmail.com or InstaGram: @quinnslaundryhearse @j.ragland kcmo or http://www./quinnslaundryhearse.bandcamp.com%5D

    11:36 – Interview with J. Ragland of Quinn’s Laundry Hearse

    Our next guest, 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.

    J. Ragland welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    There is an actual Quinn’s Laundry at 552 East 99th Street, serving the Grandview, MO area. Along with coin operated washers and dryers. The business also offers pick up and delivery. To make their deliveries they use a giant white hearse with “Quinn’s Laundry” painted on the sides of the automobile.

    J. Ragland is originally from Fayetteville North Carolina, but his family moved to Dodge City, Kansas where he graduated from High School.

    J. Ragland is also a professional actor who has appeared on stage in musical productions for Spinning Tree Theatre, and Faust Theatre in KC.

    We last had J. Ragland on WMM on January 29, 2020 with Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst and actor Dakorra Hagar to share details about Spinning Tree Theatre’s KC premiere of “Girlfriend” based on Matthew Sweet’s 1991 album “Girlfriend.” “Girlfriend” seemed like one of those theatre experiences that was an overlap between j Ragland’s worlds of Theatre and Rock & Roll.

    Quinn’s Laundry Hearse recently did a live show at The Black Box on Saturday, May 1.

    Quinn’s Laundry Hearse is based in KC and NYC, is that because J Ragland has plans to move to New York City to continue to pursue his theatre and music career.

    Since the EP, Quinn’s Laundry Hearse has released, “Strawberry Moon.” May 7, 2021.

    J. Ragland thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    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. http://www.quinnslaundryhearse.bandcamp.com.

    11:48

    1. Quinn’s Laundry Hearse – “Secondhand Silhouettes” (CD #14) (3:36)
      from: Quinn’s Laundry Hearse / Quinn’s Laundry Hearse / April 14, 2021
      [Hello. Welcome to Quinn’s Laundry Hearse. Bedroom recording quality, sad lyrics, poorly mixed vocals,lackluster instrumentation, we’ve got it all. 5 demo songs for your consideration. music & lyrics by j.ragland. album cover photo by helen graham. contact: aundryhearse@gmail.com or InstaGram: @quinnslaundryhearse @j.ragland kcmo or http://www./quinnslaundryhearse.bandcamp.com%5D
    1. Sara Swenson – “The Moment You Fall Asleep”
      from: “The Moment You Fall Asleep” – Single / Sara Swenson / June 4, 2021
      [One of two new singles Sara Swenson is releasing on Friday, June 4, 2021. These follow an earlier release this year called “I Wont Let You Feel Alone” that Sara wrote and is featured in her husband Michael Price’s film “The Hidden Pandemic” that aired on Kansas City PBS, about the mental health crisis in KC. The song and the film also features Mark Lowrey’s piano playing. To see a trailer for “The Hidden Pandemic” you can visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkd7046rPtU. Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sara Swenson has released some of our most played and favorite recordings of the last 16 years. Her self titled debut album was at the top of our list of WMM’s 100 Best Recordings of 2009. In 2010 Sara Swenson released her second full length recording, “All Things Big and Small” again working with Don Chaffer in Nashville who added new layers to Sara’s great songs and voice. In November of 2011, Sara released her 5 song EP called “Never Left My Mind,” featuring her band at the time, The Pearl Snaps. In that time frame, she also picked up two Kansas City Singer-Songwriter of the Year awards, performed with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and placed a song on the season finale of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Then after the school year ended in 2012, Sara Swenson left her job as a High School English and Journalism Teacher in Platte County High School, and left the Kansas City music scene, and flew off to the United Kingdom, where she got married. In the spring of 2014, Sara returned to Kansas City and performed for the Folk Alliance International Conference. On July 18, 2014 she released her 4th album, RUNWAY LIGHTS that captures snapshots of her 18-month experience of living abroad, moving from dating, to marriage, and sorting through the accompanying transitions and emotions. Produced by Don Chaffer in Nashville. Since 2014 Sara has performed less frequently and has been raising her family. More info at: http://www.saraswenson.com]
    1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
      from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

    Next week on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – we present Part One of a 2-part special, WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2021 So Far! We also talk with Marisa Butler, the new host & producer of the Friday morning radio program, The Mixtape, that airs from 6:00 to 8:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI. ALSO: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis join us as special guest co-hosts to encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, or visit http://www.kkfi.org to support 90.1 FM KKFI – KC Community Radio during our Spring Fund Drive Show.

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

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    Show #892

    WMM presents: Bob Walkenhorst + Elexa Dawson + Alisa Jefferson + J Ragland of Quinn’s Laundry Hearse

    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

    Bachelor

    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).

    Bob Walkenhorst

    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

    Elexa Dawson

    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

    Alisa Jefferson

    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

    Quinn’s Laundry Hearse

    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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    Show #892

    WMM Playlist from May 26, 2021

    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, May 26, 2021

    New & MidCoastal Releases + The Black Creatures + Dylan Pyles + Remy Styrk + David Luther

    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. Wyndsrfr – “Golden Years”
      from: Golden Years / Jacob Prestidge / June 11, 2021
      [First single from the band’s album. The single of Golden Years was released May 14, 2021. From http://www.wyndsrfr.com: In early 2017, husband and wife Jacob and Danielle Prestidge packed up everything they owned, sold their home in Kansas City and headed for the west coast. Behind them they left their families, a city they loved, a few library fines and their folk-rock band, (The Blackbird Revue) with whom they had performed over 200 concerts in the previous 2 years. // They both knew it was time for a change. // Upon arriving in Los Angeles, they set up a home studio, purchased some vintage synthesizers and set about the process of musical reconstruction – building a new sound that captured the neon glow of palm tree sunsets and the visionary spirit of this city of dreamers, while still carrying traces of the longing of midwestern winters. Wyndsrfr was born. // To date, Wyndsrfr’s music has been heard around the world with over 2 million digital streams, as well as features on NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, MTV, CNN, The Discovery Channel and more. // Now, with their new album, Golden Years they offer their most compelling and fully realized vision to date, deftly pulling elements of synthwave, post-rock, and ambient music together in their unique blend of vibrant, top down dream-rock, perfect for a nice set of headphones or a sunset drive up the coast. Jacob and Danielle Prestidge will join us live on WMM on June 30. More info at: http://www.wyndsrfr.com]
    Bob Walkenhorst photo by Chip Duden http://www.chipduden.com
    1. Bob Walkenhorst – “Secret Life (feat. Una Walkenhorst)”
      from: A Thousand Words / BAT Records / June 1, 2021
      [Bob Walkenhorst’s new 12 song album comes out on June 1, 2021 on Bob’s 68th Birthday. Bob Walkenhorst will be with us LIVE on the show next week. The new album is beautiful and shows the range of Bob Walkenhorst’s gifts as a master songwriter and poet. The album is also evidence of the wide open vocal range of a rock and roller who can call upon his expressive voice, giving listeners lyrics with a growl and also rising to sing the high parts of the harmony, not in a falsetto, but actually 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 with that was released October 12, 2018, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys. FOR TOMORROW was #2 on WMM’s 118 Best recordings of 2018. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. With The Rainmakers Bob has released over 12 albums. Bob’s solo record continues the spirit of FOR TOMORROW. More info at: http://www.bobwalkenhorst.com]
    1. Dylan Pyles – “A Train Called Solitude” from: A Train Called Solitude / Manor Records / May 28, 2021
      [ Dylan Pyles releases music as a solo artist and plays in KC-based hardcore band Canyons. He released POPULAR SONGS FOR THE HEART, in 2019 and EVIL MUSIC FOR AN UGLY WORLD in 2020. Both records were written and recorded by Pyles at his home. On his solo records, he plays all the instruments, but performs live with friends. Pyles has been playing since he was 16, in a variety of bands, and as a solo artist for over a decade. His current projects range from country-tinged singer-songwriter tunes to instrumental guitar music. Pyles is also a manager and record buyer at Mills Record Company and co-owner of Wise Blood Books in Westport, KC. More info at: http://www.dylanpyles.bandcamp.com. ]
    Dylan Pyles by Film Soup Productions (Quinn Hernandez & Wayne Moots)

    10:15 – Interview with Dylan Pyles

    Kansas City based musician, singer, songwriter, Dylan Pyles shares information about his new album, A TRAIN CALLED SOLITUDE, coming May 28, on Manor Records. Dylan Pyles releases music as a solo artist and plays in KC-based hardcore band Canyons. He released POPULAR SONGS FOR THE HEART, in 2019 and EVIL MUSIC FOR AN UGLY WORLD in 2020. Both records were written and recorded by Pyles at his home. On his solo records, he plays all the instruments, but performs live with friends. Pyles has been playing since he was 16, in a variety of bands, and as a solo artist for over a decade. His current projects range from country-tinged singer-songwriter tunes to instrumental guitar music. Pyles is also a manager and record buyer at Mills Record Company and co-owner of Wise Blood Books in Westport, KC. More info at: http://www.dylanpyles.bandcamp.com.

    Dylan Pyles, thanks for being with us on WMM.

    A TRAIN CALLED SOLITUDE, comes out Friday, May 28, on Manor Records.

    We talked with Dylan about the poetry and metaphor of his new album, asking him about the autobiographical quality of his lyrics. Dylan let us know that “solitude” is something he enjoys and needs, while also observing that during the pandemic solitude meant that many folks were lonely.

    Both records were written and recorded by Pyles at his home. On his solo records, he plays all the instruments, but performs live with friends. Pyles has been playing since he was 16, in a variety of bands, and as a solo artist for over a decade. His current projects range from country-tinged singer-songwriter tunes to instrumental guitar music.

    The recording process of A TRAIN CALLED SOLITUDE was similar to you last release, Evil Music for an Ugly World, Dylan created and recorded most of the album during April, May and June 2020 during the “solitude” of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Dylan Pyles by Film Soup Productions (Quinn Hernandez & Wayne Moots)

    Dylan Pyles Discography

    Dylan Pyles -“A Train Called Solitude”- May 28, 2021.
    Dylan Pyles -“Evil Music for an Ugly World”- February 21, 2020.
    Dylan Pyles -“Popular Songs for the Heart,” (20-tracks) – September 20, 2019.
    Dylan Pyles -“Solo Acoustic Guitar Vol. 1” (6-song EP) – September 20, 2019.
    Dylan Pyles -“You Have a Problem but You Are Not a Problem” (19-track) – Dec 2018

    Dylan Pyles in interested in many types of music – psychedelic rock and country garage sounds.

    Kansas City based musician, singer, songwriter, Dylan Pyles joined us on the phone. Last time Dylan was on the show was on March 18, 2020, just as the COVID-19 Pandemic was shutting everything down. Dylan was one of the last in-studio guests we’ve had in our 90.1 FM Studios and one of the last to play live in our studios.

    Live music, for 14 months has mostly been gone.

    Dylan Pyles is a music scholar, record buyer at Mills Record Company, and co-owner and manager of Wise Blood KC a bookstore in Westport. Wise Blood was opened just two months before the pandemic. Recently Wise Blood moved from its Westport Road location to inside Mills Record Company into a part of the record store that wasn’t being fully used. The bookstore actually gain in square footage from its previous location.

    Record Store Day is coming up on June 12, and that is an unusually busy day for independent record stores. Last year because of COVID, Record Store Day was divided into three “Drops” or three different days. This year Record Store Day is divided up into two “drops” or 2 days, June 12 and July 17.

    Dylan Pyles, thanks for being with us on WMM.

    A TRAIN CALLED SOLITUDE, comes out Friday, May 28, on Manor Records. Manor Records will also offer a cassette release. More info at: http://www.dylanpyles.bandcamp.com

    10:27

    Dylan Pyles by Film Soup Productions (Quinn Hernandez & Wayne Moots)
    1. Dylan Pyles – “Ten Thousand Houses”
      from: A Train Called Solitude / Manor Records / May 28, 2021
      [The recording process of A TRAIN CALLED SOLITUDE was similar to you last release, Evil Music for an Ugly World, Dylan created and recorded most of the album during April, May and June 2020 during the “solitude” of the COVID-19 Pandemic.]

    10:28 – Underwriting

    1. David Luther – “Home To Kansas City”
      from: “Home To Kansas City” – Single / Grand Central Bell Records / February 3, 2021
      [Recorded and produced by David George and Pat Tomek (The Rainmakers). He released his debut EP David Luther in 2009, recorded in Nashville with Nielson Hubbard and Garrison Starr. On 2017 David Joined David George & A Crooked Mile serving as a touring guitarist and back up vocalist. David is releasing several singles this year including the release of “The World’s Gonna Change,” a previous collaboration with Academy Award and Golden Globe winning songwriter Tom Whitlock. Info at: http://www.thedavidluther.com]

    10:34 – Interview with David Luther

    Singer songwriter David Luther joins to talk about his new single, “Home To Kansas City” released through Grand Central Bell Records on February 3, 2021. The song was recorded and produced by David George and Pat Tomek (The Rainmakers). David is releasing several singles this year including the release of “The World’s Gonna Change,” a previous collaboration with Academy Award and Golden Globe winning songwriter Tom Whitlock. More info at: http://www.thedavidluther.com

    David Luther, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

    When did you first start playing guitar and writing songs?

    Where were you when you got the idea to write, “Home To Kansas City”?

    In 2017 David Luther joined David George & A Crooked Mile serving as a touring guitarist and back up vocalist, also collaborating on “We All Come Together” David George’s “We Are The World” epic anthem for the pandemic.

    Work with David George that led you to asking him to record and produce “Home To Kansas City”? and how did Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers get involved.

    David George also helped you make the music video for the song.

    David Luther

    The David Luther bio information reports that you are releasing several singles this year including the release of “The World’s Gonna Change,” a previous collaboration with Academy Award and Golden Globe winning songwriter Tom Whitlock.

    David Luther released his debut EP, David Luther, in 2009, recorded in Nashville with Nielson Hubbard and Garrison Starr.

    David Luther is a single dad with two sons who are 14 and 11 years old.

    In an article in INKansas City Magazine, written by Michael Mackie you revealed that you have watch the entire series of the acclaimed television show The West Wing at least 60 to 70 times.

    David Luther, thank you for being with us today on WMM.

    David is releasing several singles this year including the release of “The World’s Gonna Change,” a previous collaboration with Academy Award and Golden Globe winning songwriter Tom Whitlock. More info at: http://www.thedavidluther.com

    David Luther with Tuc Watkins

    10:48

    1. David Luther – “With Us Love”
      from: David Luther – EP / David Luther / July 22, 2011
      [David Luther’s debut EP, David Luther, was recorded in Nashville with Nielson Hubbard and Garrison Starr. Info at: http://www.thedavidluther.com]
    1. Passerine Dream – “Driver”
      from: Passerine Dream / DistroKid / May 3, 2021
      [Sidelined from touring in 2020 like everybody else, KC based musician Dave Tanner began demoing new songs and spent the first few months of the hiatus contributing bass and vocals to other people’s recordings. By fall, a routine of tracking and writing evolved into making a solo album, of sorts. As songs were coming together from new and existing material, a few friends offered, or were asked, to lend a hand in their respective areas of expertise. Nine heartfelt songs and a handful of special guests later, the Passerine Dream album was completed in April 2021. “As we went along and tracks came together, we couldn’t help but notice that a theme was emerging,” Tanner said. “This is an album about hope.” // Appearing on certain tracks are power-pop artist Erik Voeks; Marty Scott of Liverpool Legends; John Perrin of NRBQ; Albert Bickley of The Depth and The Whisper; Steve Davis of Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles; and John Countryman of Million Dollar Quartet. // Digital release on May 3, 2021 also kicks off an advance-order campaign for CD and vinyl via bandcamp and at passerinedream.com. // All songs written by Dave Tanner. Additional performing credits are listed in individual track information on bandcamp. // Passerine Dream was mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]
    1. Rachel Cion – “Gunpowder Baby”
      from: WANTED! – EP / Rachel Cion / May 4, 2021
      [The 3-song EP/Single, WANTED! includes the tracks: “Gunpowder Baby”, “What You’ve Done”, and “Heist”. Rachel Cion is Rachel Cionetti an Olathe, Kansas based singer-songwriter who has posted multiple songs on her SoundCloud page. We last played her single, “One More Time 35mm” on November 14, 2018 five days after it was released. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/rachel.cheeto%5D

    11:00 – Station ID

    1. Remy Styrk – “Boy”
      from: “Boy” – Single / Remy Styrk / November 5, 2020
      [Written, produced, and recorded by: Remy Styrk (@remystyrk). Background vocals: Alexis Black + Danzell Capers. Bass solo: Abram Shaffer. Mixed by: Ben Soiefer of Sandblast Productions. Mastered by: Colin Bryson of The Bunker Studio. Remy writes about this new release: “The number of times someone or something washed my hands clean, stood me back up, and gave me another try is unmeasurable. throughout my life i’ve experienced death, drug addiction, anxiety, abandonment, and pure fear. some days are filled with 5 to 7 panic attacks. others are quiet, however a moment of “calm” from complete mental and physical exhaustion seems unbearable, almost more dangerous than a day of anxiety. 2020 has been a catalyst for me. igniting everything i’ve been shoving under the bed and breathing life into a debilitatingly unpredictable fire. the biggest question every time i step outside my front door is, ‘will i make it back home alive today?’” 21 year old Remy Stryk lives in Leawood, Kansas, originally from Newark, New Jersey. This multi instrumentalist has been writing & recording music for several years. Remy Styrk is a sci-fi and thriller film composer composer living in KC. His work is informed by his life experiences, and his life experiences have been a tragic journey on a compact time frame. Styrk was born in Newark, NJ to a homeless heroin addict in February 1999. He doesn’t really know who his parents were, because he wound up in a semi-closed adoption. After birth, he was in the hospital for three weeks, clinging to life. At the age of 14 months, he was adopted by a couple, the husband, a fashion photographer and wife, a creative director, Tom & Deborah. When 9/11 happened and the family wanted to get away from the East Coast. Styrk’s adopted father Tom got a job at Hallmark in Kansas City, Missouri and the family relocated here. Sadly, not long after making the move, Remy’s adopted mother Deborah passed away from a sudden brain aneurysm. Tom quit his job at Hallmark to come home and take care of his kids in this terrible time. Remy’s father was pursuing a photography gig full time during this period, and that set the tone for his kids. Push through everything. Never give up. Dedicate yourself to what you love and work towards it each and every day. Remy began pursuing music. His family that supported his goals. At an early age they got him a guitar, and by age six he was already learning the drums. Remy found folk music, thanks to the relocation into KC. Folk music was new to Remy, and based entirely in storytelling. Remy leaned into that hard, because the storytelling allowed him to process his mother’s death, and the series of other traumas in his life. Remy told Brock Wilbur of The Pitch Kansas City, “I grew up black in a predominately white school system,” Styrk says. “I felt like an outcast but it didn’t make me want to give up on who I was. It pushed me to work harder on being who I want to be. I won’t change for anyone.” Styrk started playing with local bands. He moved from the DIY scene into rock and indie, but then found the famous KC blues scene– and his place within it. This series of genre dabbles prepared him perfectly to start scoring for film. In 2020 Remy was a guest on WMM on May 27, where he talked about his latest interactive recording project, “Of My Own Design” his 9-minute interactive album structured like an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Remy create pieces of music that all fit together to tell a story both musically and visually. He is asking listeners, to imagine and create the visual story. Scene descriptions can be between 2 sentences and 2 paragraphs. All will be posted on his website: http://www.remystyrk.com/interactive. “In 2019 Remy release “Winter/Summer” In 2018 Remy released “In Too Deep” one of 5 singles Remy has released in the last 2 years. Remy Styrk released the EP Sunday, on Jan 25, 2018 a follow up to the Aug 12, 2015 full length album, Telling Stories Through The Basement Door.]

    11:03 – Interview with Remy Styrk

    22-year old Remy Styrk is a composer & creator. He makes short films about personal stories. These films are what he is thinking, feeling, experiencing, trying to figure out, and living. Remy writes, “Think old school MTV; just music & visuals.” Remy joined us on the phone to talk about his new film & musical compositions. Remy recently released the single “Boy” on Nov. 5, 2020; the single “Closer To” on January 16; the single “Personalia”- Single on February 1, 2021; the single “The Smell of Burning” on March 1, 2021; and the EP ANOMALOUS on March 1, 2021. Remy Styrk lives in Leawood KS. Info at: http://www.remystyrk.com

    Remy Styrk Thanks for being with us on WMM

    Remy recently released the single “Boy” on November 5, 2020. Remy writes about this new release: “The number of times someone or something washed my hands clean, stood me back up, and gave me another try is unmeasurable. throughout my life i’ve experienced death, drug addiction, anxiety, abandonment, and pure fear… 2020 has been a catalyst for me. igniting everything i’ve been shoving under the bed and breathing life into a debilitatingly unpredictable fire.”

    We last talked to Remy exactly a year ago on May 27, 2020 about “Of My Own Design” his 9-minute interactive album structured like an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Where Remy created pieces of music that all fit together to tell a story both musically and visually, and asked listeners, to imagine and create the visual story.

    Remy’s Patreon Page: http://www.patreon.com/remystyrkmusic

    Remy Styrk Discography

    ANOMALOUS – EP / March 1, 2021.
    “The Smell of Burning”- Single / March 1, 2021.
    “Personalia”- Single / February 1, 2021
    “Closer To” – Single / January 16, 2021
    “Boy” – Single / November 5, 2020
    OF MY OWN DESIGN – Album / May 4, 2020
    “Over It” – Single / April 17, 2020
    PARTICLE EVOLUTIONS – Album / March 24, 2020
    CHIOU – Original Mmotion Picture Soundtrack – March 15, 2020
    PADS AND DRONES – Album / January 3, 2020
    “Winter/Summer.” – Single / 2019
    “In Too Deep” – Single / June 13, 2018
    SUNDAY – EP / January 25, 2018
    “Feel So Old” – Single / November 10, 2017
    “October” – Single / October 17, 2017
    “17” – Single / September 1, 2017
    TELLING STORIES THROUGH THE BASEMENT DOOR – Album / August 12, 2015

    WMM first heard of Remy when he was 12 or 13 through a through a youth songwriting contest sponsored by Money Wolf

    Remy Styrk is a 22-year-old film composer living in KC. His work is informed by his life experiences, and his life experiences have been a tragic journey on a compact timeframe.

    Styrk was born in Newark, NJ to a homeless heroin addict. He doesn’t really know who his parents were, because he wound up in a semi-closed adoption. After birth, he was in the hospital for three weeks, clinging to life. He survived and was adopted by his forever parents: Tom & Deborah.

    9/11 happened and the family wanted to get away from the coast. Styrk’s adopted father Tom got a job at Hallmark in KC and the family relocated here.

    Just after making the move, Deborah passed away from a sudden brain aneurysm.

    Tom quit his job at Hallmark to come home and take care of his kids in this terrible time. Remy’s father was pursuing a photography gig full time during this period, and that set the tone for his kids. Push through everything. Never give up. Dedicate yourself to what you love and work towards it each and every day.

    Remy began pursuing music. And he was spoiled. Because he now had a family that supported his goals with 100% of their efforts. At an early age they got him a guitar, and by age six he was already learning the drums.

    Remy found folk music, thanks to the relocation into KC. Folk was new to him, and based entirely in storytelling. Remy leaned into that hard, because the storytelling allowed him to process his mother’s death, and the series of other traumas in his life. Of which, aforementioned, there were many.

    Remy told Brock Wilbur of The Pitch Kansas City, “I grew up black in a predominately white school system,” Styrk says. “I felt like an outcast but it didn’t make me want to give up on who I was. It pushed me to work harder on being who I want to be. I won’t change for anyone.”

    Styrk started playing with local bands. He moved from the DIY scene into rock and indie, but then found the famous KC blues scene– and his place within it. This series of genre dabbles prepared him perfectly to start scoring for film.

    “Of My Own Design” his 9-minute interactive album structured like an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Remy wants to create pieces of music that all fit together to tell a story both musically and visually. He is asking listeners, to imagine and create the visual story. Scene descriptions can be between 2 sentences and 2 paragraphs. All will be posted on his website: http://www.remystyrk.com/interactive.

    We are talking with 22-year old musician and film composer and now film maker Remy Styrk .

    “Follow what you’re curious about,” Styrk says.

    Remy listens to what the movie wants. He follows what the picture says it needs, rather than inserting his own wishes into the situation.

    “That’s what I strive to do as an artist,” Styrk says. “As an outsider, I’m just adding what is beneficial to a project. My whole mission is to never overpower what I’m working on. Just complimenting the project.”

    “If what I do doesn’t fit with the project it becomes irrelevant.”

    The 21-year-old is taking part in many projects, both released and on the horizon, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

    Remy Styrk photo by Tom Styrkowicz

    Listen to Remy

    soundcloud.com/remystyk/first-light
    soundcloud.com/remystyk/ellis-by-spec-trailer-audio
    soundcloud.com/remystyk/prague

    Remy Styrk Thanks for being with us on WMM

    To learn more about Remy’s work in music and film you can visit: http://www.remystyrk.com

    10:16

    1. Remy Styrk – “The Smell of Burning”
      from: “The Smell of Burning” – Single / Remy Sryrk / March 1, 2021
      [22-year old musician and film composer Remy Styrk joins us to share details about “Of My Own Design” his 9-minute interactive album structured like an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Remy wants to create pieces of music that all fit together to tell a story both musically and visually. He is asking listeners, to imagine and create the visual story. Scene descriptions can be between 2 sentences and 2 paragraphs. All will be posted on his website: http://www.remystyrk.com/interactive. ]
    1. Dreamgirl – “Sometimes”
      from: “Sometimes” – Single / Dreamgirl / May 12, 2021
      [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 ther September 25, 2020 single release “All You Wanna Do Is Dance.”]

    [Dreamgirl play Lemonade Park, Saturday, June 5, at 7:00 PM with The Moose, We The People, and DJ Jonisthenwblk presented by The Pitch and District. Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

    1. Kemet Coleman – “Eyes On The Street (radio edit)”
      from: Eyes On The Street / Kemet Creative / May 21, 2021
      [Kemet Coleman is a Kansas City based musicians and is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet is also a core element of The Marcus Lewis Big Band for Brass & Boujee. Kemet is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet is known for his unprecedented collaborations with UMKC, KC Streetcar and The Kansas City Royals. He is also highly regarded for his impresario role within the Sly James for Mayor Campaign in the 2010-2011 where he created the first ever KC mayoral candidate rap song. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. In 2020 Coleman contributed his song, “The Virus” to the compilation, Kansas City Syzygy, music created by over 25 Kansas City-based musicians in the middle of the map of a pandemic. “The Virus” is his comment on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as the virus that is racial injustice in America that has received global attention during the past months. All proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone has a safe, accessible, affordable home. The new EP is a follow up to Kemet’s August 1, 2020 release, BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL.]

    [Kemet Coleman plays Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow and also featuring: The Black Creatures.]

    1. Riley The Musician – “I Kissed a Ghost”
      from: “Miss America” / “I Kissed A Ghost” – Single / Riley The Musician / May 3, 2021
      [Riley The Musician is a non-binary, KC based producer, electronica music maker, producer, & DJ. This is the first single of the upcoming album Montana. Riley The Producer released the 5-track EP TEENAGE HEART- THROB on June 29, 2018. Riley The Producer released the 13-track album ART IS DEAD, on June 6, 2019. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY, on July 10, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY DEMOS, on Sept. 4, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 2-track Single, “Iced Out” b/w “Ice Out (Slowed)” on Sept. 16, 2020. Riley The Producer released the single “99” on February 15, 2021.] More info at: https://linktr.ee/rileythemusician

    [Riley The Ghost will be on WMM on June 23, 2021]

    11:28 – Underwriting

    1. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
      from: “wretched (it goes)” – Single / Center Cut Records / July 17, 2020 [remastered]
      [“wretched (it goes)” was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. Recently released as a single in collaboration with Center Cut Records who remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album. Although it is basically the same record, the sound quality is improved. Center Cut Records plan to release the full remastered album on August 28 2020. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. The band joined us on the radio on the August 26 edition of WMM. “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. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020.]

    [The Black Creatures play Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow.]

    [The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com]

    The Black Creatures

    11:04 – Interview with Jade Green & Xavier Martin

    Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who recently played The Ship last weekend and coming up will play the Troostival Street Tour, at the Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee AND they will also play SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. The event is sponsored by Center Cut Records. The Black Creatures recently released their single “Negative Zero” on April 2, with a music video that was the continuation of a story from their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, originally released on The Black Creatures 2019/2020 album Wild Echoes. Wild Echoes landed at #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019, after being remastered and reissued by CenterCut Records in 2020 and was named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City. The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

    Jade Green & Xavier Martin welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    We talked with you both on the show last August 26, 2021 after Center Cut Records signed The Black Creatures to their label and remastered and re-releasing your album Wild Echoes on Friday August 28, 2020. I had the honor of seeing you all play a Center Cut Records Showcase on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM with Kadesh Flow, and Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 PM with Calvin Arsenia, at Lemonaid(e) Park. That was one of the few live performances for the band in the last 14 months.

    Congratulations on being signed to Center Cut Records

    We just heard “wretched (it goes)” thaty was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. In 2020 the band released as a single in collaboration with Center Cut Records who remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album. Although it is basically the same record, the sound quality is improved.

    Jade Green & Xavier Martin who were our guests on the September 25, 2019 edition of WMM. “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.

    Xavier Martin is DJ/Writer/Producer/Rapper/Singer at The Black Creatures

    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.

    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 play Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow.

    The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

    The latest single is Negative Zero” released through Center Cut Records on April 2, 2021
    All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.”

    The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records.

    All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone.

    The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.”

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

    The newly remastered album Wild Echoes is available in digital format and on vinyl at your neighborhood record store. The Black Creatures play Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow.

    The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

    For WMM, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

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    1. The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero”
      from: “Negative Zero” – Single / Center Cut Records / April 2, 2021 [remixed, remastered]
      [All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.” // After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued 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. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020.]

    [The Black Creatures play Troostival Street Tour, Union Station Streetcar Stop, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Brass & Boujee – the chart toping hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow.]

    [The Black Creatures play a Center Cut Records SUMMER SOULSTICE at Lemonad(e) Park, Friday, June 18, with The Freedom Affair and Kadesh Flow. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com]

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

    Next week on Wednesday, June 2 we welcome special guests: Bob Walkenhorst, Elexa Dawson, Alisa Jefferson, and Jeremy Ragland

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

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