#553 – November 26, 2014 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand
+ MidCoastal and New Releases
+ Guest DJ Tim Willis

Tim Willis joined us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour. For more than 30 years Tim has worked for a large KC-based law firm. Tim Willis grew up in St. Joseph, MO, and was dazzled as a child by the eclectic mid-60s music scene. He worked part-time in a record store for 8 years. Tim has never lost his life long passion for music and for record stores, and public and community radio.

1. The Starkweathers – “Danny Taylor”
from: 5-Song [EP] / Faye Records / 1994
[“Though largely unknown, Kansas City’s Starkweathers were among the best ND bands around. As fans of both Merle Haggard and Joe Strummer, frontman Rich Smith and bassist Mike Ireland sang unironically, in gorgeous Louvin Brothers-styled harmonies, about the lives and loves of America’s dispossessed. At their finest – Ireland’s mournful “Danny Taylor” from their Faye Records 5-Song EP – the Starkweathers combined a lefty vision with an unabashedly twangy rock ‘n’ roll.” – David Cantwell, No Depression Spring 1996. With drummer Paul Lemon and guitarist Mike Lemon.]


2. Donny Hathaway – “What’s Going On”
from: Donny Hathaway Live at the Bitter End / Rhino Records / 2014 (orig. 1972)
[Recorded Aug. 24-30, 1971 at The Troubadour in Hollywood & Oct. 1971 at The Bitter End in NYC. Produced by Arif Mardin (side 1) and Jerry Wexler & Arif Mardin (side 2). Donny Edward Hathaway was born Oct. 1, 1945. He was a jazz, blues, soul, & gospel vocalist & musician. Hathaway contracted w/ Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his 1st single for the Atco label, “The Ghetto, Part I” in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine “marked him as a major new force in soul music.” His collaborations w/ Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the duet, “Where Is the Love” in 1973. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. On January 13, 1979, Hathaway’s body was found outside the luxury hotel Essex House in NYC; his death was ruled a suicide.]

3. Stew – “Reeling”
from: Naked Dutch Painter / Smile Records / 2002
[Mark Stewart (born August 16, 1961), known by his stage name Stew, is a singer-songwriter and playwright from Los Angeles, California. In the early 1990s, he formed a band called The Negro Problem and later went on to release albums under his own name. His 2000 release Guest Host was named Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and his 2002 album, The Naked Dutch Painter and Other Songs, repeated that feat. He toured in support of Love’s Arthur Lee in 2002 and in 2003 he was invited to take part in the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series of concerts. Starting in 2004, he began writing the book, lyrics and music (with Heidi Rodewald) for his semi-autobiographical rock musical Passing Strange, produced with the support of the Sundance Institute and The Public Theater, which won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Passing Strange had successful runs at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, in the fall of 2006, and off-Broadway at The Public Theater in New York City during the spring of 2007. It received critical praise from both the New York Times and Variety and opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in February 2008 under the aegis of producer Liz McCann and the Shubert Organization. The play garnered seven Tony nominations in 2008, with Stew receiving four nominations and winning the award for Best Book. The play closed in July 2008, with Spike Lee filming the final performances for a feature film which screened at the Sundance Festival in Jan. 2009.]


4. Moondog and the London Saxophonic
– “1st movement from Toot Suite No. 1 in F Major”
from: Sax Pax for a Sax / Atlantic Records / 1994
[Born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999). Moondog was a composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of 16. In New York from the late 1940s until he left in 1972, he could often be found on 6th Avenue between 52nd and 55th Street wearing a cloak and Viking-style helmet, sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silent and still. He was widely recognized as “the Viking of 6th Avenue” by thousands of passersby and residents who had no idea that this seemingly homeless eccentric standing on “Moondog’s corner” was a respected and recorded composer and musician. He was not homeless however, or at least not often; he maintained an apartment in upper Manhattan and had a country retreat in Candor, NY, to which he moved in 1972. He partially supported himself by selling copies of his poetry and his musical philosophy. In addition to his music and poetry, he was also known for the distinctive fanciful “Viking” cloak that he wore. Already bearded and long-haired, he added a Viking-style horned helmet to avoid the occasional comparisons of his appearance with that of Christ or a monk, as he had rejected Christianity in his late teens. He developed a lifelong interest in Nordic mythology, and maintained an altar to Thor in his country home in Candor. In 1947 Hardin had adopted the pen name “Moondog” in honor of a dog “who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of.” In 1949 he traveled to a Blackfoot Sun Dance in Idaho where he performed on percussion and flute, returning to the Native American music he first came in contact with as a child. It was this Native music, along with contemporary jazz and classical, mixed with the ambient sounds from his environment (city traffic, ocean waves, babies crying, etc.) that created the foundation of Moondog’s music. In 1954, he won a case in the New York State Supreme Court against disc jockey Alan Freed, who had branded his radio show, “The Moondog Rock and Roll Matinee”, around the name “Moondog”, using “Moondog’s Symphony” (the first record that Moondog ever cut) as his “calling card”. Moondog believed he would not have won the case had it not been for the help of musicians such as Benny Goodman and Arturo Toscanini, who testified that he was a serious composer. Freed had to apologize and stop using the nickname “Moondog” on air, on the basis that Hardin was known by the name long before Freed began using it.]

5. Amanda Shires – “Look Like a Bird”
from: Down Fell the Doves / Lightning Rod Records / 2013
[From her 5th solo release. Amanda Shires (born March 5, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and violin player. She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, in a duo with Rod Picott, and has released four solo albums. Following her parents’ divorce, Shires’ childhood was divided between the Texas cities of Lubbock and Mineral Wells. She acquired her first violin at the age of ten from a pawn shop in Mineral Wells. At the age of 15 she joined the Texas Playboys, the former backing band for Western swing legend Bob Wills.]

10:29 – Underwriting


6. Richard Thompson – “Beeswing”
from: Two Letter Words / Flypaper Records / 1996
[available as a download from Richard’s web site]
[Richard John Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live throughout the world. Father of Teddy Thompson, Kamila Thompson with ex-wife Linda Thompson. Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music. On 5 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen. Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson’s compositions include such diverse talents as Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham Parker, The Pointer Sisters, Maura O’Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, Loudon Wainwright III, The Futureheads, Jeff Lang, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.]

7. Sam Baker – “Angel Hair”
from Cotton / Music Road Records / 2012
[Sam Baker was born in 1954 in Itasca, Texas. He attended Itasca High School, where he played varsity football. In 1986, Baker was traveling by train to Machu Picchu in Peru when a bomb placed on a luggage rack above his head by the Shining Path guerrilla group exploded, killing seven other passengers including the three people who had been sitting with him. Baker was left with numerous injuries, including brain damage, a cut artery, and blown-in eardrums. His injuries required 17 reconstructive surgeries. He has a constant case of tinnitus and the fingers of his left hand were left gnarled. He did retain enough dexterity to grasp a guitar pick and over time, re-taught himself to play his guitar left-handed. Previous to the bombing, Baker had worked as a bank examiner and whitewater river guide.]


8. Willie Wright – “Nantucket Island”
from: Telling the Truth / self-released / 1977 (rereleased by Numero / 2011)
[Born William C. Gathright, July 7, 1939, a soul singer and songwriter. He was born in Belen, Mississippi. In his teens he sang with friends George Bragg and Harry Jensen in a Harlem, New York City doo-wop group, The Persuaders. Later, the three formed the Willie Wright Trio. Wright then began performing as a solo singer and songwriter in clubs in Greenwich Village, and also played flute with The Three Degrees. He turned down offers to sign with a major label, and according to his current record label “deliberately chose artistic freedom over the sharecropper’s existence to which many of the best artists of his generation were subjected.” He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued to sing in clubs, setting up his own label, Hotel Records, in 1969, and releasing a single. In the early 1970s, he released his first album, Lack of Education, which mostly contained cover versions of other musicians’ songs, including Curtis Mayfield’s “Right On For The Darkness”. In 1976 he began performing for tourists and vacationers at Nantucket. He decided to move there, and started to write more songs. The following year he recorded a second album, Telling the Truth, in New York. The album was described by Allmusic as “a deeply personal set that delved into Wright’s attitudes about his life, his relationships with women, and the children he’d fathered but left behind”, and featured “spare, intimate arrangements…[and] austere production… dictated by the fact it was recorded in a single day.” He again released the album himself, and mainly sold it at performances. In the early 1990s he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he continued to perform. He retired from live performance in 2002, after recording and releasing a live album, Brother Bill. “Right On For The Darkness” was included on several compilation albums of rare soul music, and was recognised as a highly collectible record, but Wright remained a relatively obscure figure until 2011, when Telling the Truth was reissued on CD by the Numero Group. The interest that this generated led Wright, despite the onset of Parkinson’s disease, to record a new album, This Is Not A Dream, in Burlington, Vermont. The album was issued by Green Coil Records in 2012.]

9. Suba – “Felicidade”
from Sao Paulo Confessions / Ziriguiboom / Nov. 1, 1999 [Six Degrees Records / 2001 / US]
[São Paulo Confessions is an album by the Serbian-born musician Suba—his musical account of life in that humid, foggy, and manic megalopolis. Core musicians on the album are then 21-year-old vocalist Cibelle, and veteran percussionist João Parahyba; additional musicians include mangue band Mestre Ambrósio, and guitarists Roberto Frejat, Edgar Scandurra, and Andre Geraissatti, and vocalists Katia B., Taciana, Joana Jones and Arnaldo Antunes. Suba died just a few days after the release of his album São Paulo Confessions, and shortly before the completion of Bebel Gilberto’s acclaimed Tanto Tempo, the biggest selling Brazilian album outside Brazil.]


10. The Campbell Brothers – “Jump for Joy”
from: They All Played for Us / Arhoolie Records / 2012 (compilation)
[Chuck Campbell – pedal steel guitar, Phillip Campbell – electric guitar & bass, Carlton Campbell – drums, Darick Campbell – lap steel. The ensemble features prominent pedal steel guitar and began as the house band for a House of God Keith Dominion congregation. The pedal steel player, Chuck, uses his own tuning schema. They released several albums on blues label Arhoolie Records in the late 1990s and early 2000s before signing with Ropeadope Records, releasing Can You Feel It? in 2005. The album reached #26 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. The group often features guest vocalists, including Denise Brown, Katie Jackson, and Malcolm Kirby.]

Special Guest - Kasey Rausch and Guest DJ - Tim Willis on the November 26, 2014 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Special Guest – Kasey Rausch and Guest DJ – Tim Willis on the November 26, 2014 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Kasey Rausch

11. Kasey Rausch – “103”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Chris DeVictor: upright bass, Caleb Gardner: mandolin, Molly Healey: violin, Kim Rausch McLaws: 1st harmony vocals, Kasey Rausch: 2nd harmony vocals, Ethan Ridings: acoustic guitar. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, Missouri.]

Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from Kansas City based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. Kasey plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wed., Nov. 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1


12. Kasey Rausch – “The Gospel of Winfield”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Chad Brothers: acoustic guitar, Jimmy Campbell: banjo, Chris DeVictor: upright bass, Caleb Gardner: mandolin, The Gospel Choir (Chad Brothers, Rob Nold, Kasey Rausch): chorus vocals. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, Missouri except Jimmy Campbell’s banjo on “The Gospel of Winfield” was recorded by Jimmy Campbell at Sweet Pea Studios in Wichita, Kansas.]

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wed., Nov. 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1


13. Kasey Rausch – “My Piney Wood Home”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Written by Kasey Rausch. Arranged and performed by The Naughty Pines. Richard Burgess: electric bass, Betse Ellis: fiddle, Marco Pascolini: pedal steel, Sam Platt: drums. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Sam Platt in Linwood, Kansas except: Betse Ellis’s fiddle on “My Piney Wood Home,” was recorded by Rob Nold Audio.]

11:28 – Underwriting


14. Gardienne – “Man on the Moon”
from: Walking Trees EP / Independent / January 7, 2014
[Gardienne is KC-based artist Alyssa DeGraff. Her debut release “Walking Trees” features an indie artist’s dream team: impeccable guitar tones and overall production by Josh Scott of JHS pedals, on guitar & production, the string-quartet stylings of Jeremy Larson of the bands: Sucre, Sleeping at Last, and a stellar mix crafted by Chad Howat of the bands: Paper Route, Brooke Waggoner, Kye Kye. More info at: gardienne.bandcamp.com]

[Gardienne plays The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Saturday, November 29, 8:00 pm, with Pagentry, Vela, and Paris is Burning]

15. Phylshawn – “Across The Tracks”
from: Across The Tracks [EP] / Nation of Love / August 9, 2014
[Columbia, MO based Phylshawn Johnson is a singer, songwriter, drummer with the band Violet and the Undercurrents, teacher, producer, engineer, label manager for The Nation of Love Records. In 2009, Johnson started an independent label, The Nation of Love, as a way to give artists such as herself, Violet Vonder Haar, Ruth Acuff, and other songwriters a place to create freely and have the support of a musical community. More info at: http://www.nationoflove.com]

[Phylshawn Johnson’s band Violet and the Undercurrents will play The Nation of Love Label Showcase, Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 8pm, at Coda, 1744 Broadway Blvd, with: Ruth Acuff. Zorya, The Future Kings.]

16. Mykki Blanco – “A Moment with Kathleen” (feat. Kathleen Hanna)
from: Gay Dog Food / UNO NYC / October 28, 2014
[Michael Quattlebaum Jr., is better known by his feminine stage name Mykki Blanco, an American rapper, performance artist, and poet. His father was an IT specialist before becoming a psychic. His mother, Deborah Butler, was a paralegal at the North Carolina Patent and Trademark Office. Quattlebaum’s parents divorced when he was two years old. As a child, he lived in San Mateo County, California, near his paternal grandparents, before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 15, Quattlebaum won an Indies Spirit Award for the performance collective he founded, Paint In Consciousness Experimental Theater, in Raleigh. When Quattlebaum was 16, he ran away from home, before moving to New York City. He then spent time in California, before winning a full scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but dropped out of college after two semesters in 2006. He also briefly attended the Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Quattlebaum’s book of poetry From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys was published on OHWOW’s imprint on June 17, 2011. Quattlebaum’s persona Mykki Blanco began as a teenage girl character for a YouTube video in 2010, but evolved into a musical and performance art piece. Blanco’s name is inspired by Lil’ Kim’s alter ego Kimmy Blanco. Her influences consist of Lil’ Kim, GG Allin, Jean Cocteau, Kathleen Hanna, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Marilyn Manson and Anaïs Nin. She is also inspired by the riot grrrl movement and queercore, namely the director Bruce LaBruce and the drag queen Vaginal Davis.]

17. TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot”
from: Seeds / Harvest Records / November 17, 2014
[Formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York. The core lineup has been Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/bass/loops), Jaleel Bunton (drums/vocals/loops/guitars) and Gerard Smith (bass/keyboards) as official members. Seeds is the 5th studio album. It is the band’s first album since the 2011 death of their bassist, Gerard Smith. Seeds was recorded in LA, at guitarist Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism home studio. Sitek also produced the record. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe explained, “It was nice to be somewhere where you’re not exactly on the clock and worried about how much everything is costing you. It was pretty much the same situation as when we started making music.]


18. She’s A Keeper – “Wannabe”
from: Wannabe Single / Independent / November 6, 2014
[1st single from upcoming EP release Westside Royal expected in January 2015. Kansas City based band includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin.]

[She’s A Keeper play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., Saturday, December 6, with The Elders in a benefit for 90.1FM KKFI featuring 2 shows in one night! EARLY SHOW – Doors: 6pm Performance: 7pm to 9pm Opening act – She’s A Keeper. LATE SHOW – Doors: 9:30 Performance: 10pm to Midnight.]

19. Royalphonic – “Hit It”
from: We Three Kings / Independent / November 3, 2014
[Erin Bopp- vox & bass, Mikal Shapiro – vox & guitar, Brad Williams – drums, and Elgin Smith – bar/tenor sax]


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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

Next week on December 3 – we’ll welcome four special guests who’ll share their favorite musical releases of 2014. Guests include: Tim Finn, Music writer at The KC Star and Ink Magazine; Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt; Chris Haghirian, from Ink, and KC Star; and Natalie Gallagher, Music Editor of The Pitch.

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