Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
“The MidCoast Sound”
Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Egads Theatre + Barry Lee & The Beatles Tribute Show!
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]
2. Spirit is the Spirit – “Televangelist”
from: Televangelist – Single / The Record Machine / August 14, 2015
[Lawrence, Kansas based 5-piece band known for their beautiful Psychedelic-Folk-Rock sound. Members include: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. The band is currently working on a full length album release.]
[Spirit Is The Spirit play miniBar, Saturday, October 8, with Eros and the Eschaton, and Fullbloods.]
Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She 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 40 years, with 20 plus years playing fiddle. Betse has also worked as a teacher of music for over 15 years. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and now is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist and banjo player Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. The duo spent the first half of 2016 working on their debut album, “River Still Rise” and then went on two separate midwest tours, and a tour of Ireland.
Now back in Kansas City they will celebrate the release of their new album with a special concert event, featuring their full string band, Brushy Creek, with Brett Hodges and Alex Mallett, The Betse & Clarke Homecoming Concert is Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 PM, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd. More information at: http://www.betseandclarke.com
Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis, and used to sing the lyrics to David Bowie’s “We Are The Dead,” at family reunions when she was just a kid. She came to Missouri to go to college. 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 tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For over twelve years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive of the past 11 years to help us raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. And in the spirit of Anne Winter, a renegade who helped launch KKFI, Marion Merritt is keeping the tradition of, female-owned, independent record stores, alive, on Westport Road. More information at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com
In the last 9 months Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 150 guests including:
Brodie Rush, Iris DeMent, Calvin Arsenia, Steve Tulipana, Krystle Warren, Ron Megee, The Philistines, Jessica Paige, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Joshua Allen, Barclay Martin, The Uncouth, Chico Sierra, Victor & Penny, Pink Royal, Michelle Bacon, Ivory Black, Chris Haghirian, Hermon Mehari, Jorge Arana Trio, David Wayne Reed, Nicholas St. James, Instant Karma, Nathan Bowman, Riala, American Slim, Chris Meck, Soul Revival, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type, Brenton Cook, Doby Watson, Margo May, The Sexy Accident, Desmond Mason, Heidi Lynn Gluck, Cat Mahari, Judy Mills, Fally Afani, Calvin Arsenia, Kianna Alarid, Ben Grimes, Nico Gray, Cody Wyoming, Jesse Bartmess, Wendy Scott, The Matchsellers, Ian Johnson, My Oh My, SONIA disappear fear, Crystal Clayton, Teri Quinn, Chase Horseman, Howard Iceberg, Nathan Reusch, Anson The Ornery, The Ovaries-ees, Jen Appell, Kristina Ning, Bill Svoboda and KC Gay Pride, Rae Fitzgerald, Mike Alexander, Patrick Alexander, Sinple, Nedra Dickson, Shaun Crowly, Til Willis, Michael McQuary, Sterling Witt, Britt Adair, Christian LaBeau, Bill Sundahl, Ryan Wilks, Jen Harris, Sondra Freeman, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Spinning Tree Theatre, Stephonne Singleton, Cheri Woods, Adriana Nikole, Beth Byrd, Andrew Foshee, Megan Slankard, Kristen Ford, Don Simon, A,J. Young, Rabbi Moti Rieber, Diane Hightower, Patrick Alonzo Conway, Duncan Burnett, Promise Clutter, Rick Malsick, and more
In the last 9 months, Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured shows & segments about:
Midwest Music Foundation, I Heart Local Music, Black Archives, Jazz Alive!, Girls Rock!, The UMKC Conservatory of Music, Bach Aria Soloists, American Jazz Museum, The Pop Poetry Series at Prospero’s Books, The Kansas City Public Library, Shelf Life, Charlie Parker Celebration, Crossroads Music Fest, Folk Alliance International, Middle of the Map Fest, Westport Roots Fest, KC Fringe Festival, Outer Reaches Fest, Center of The City Fest, Artist Inc., recordBar reopening, The David Bowie Tribute at The Uptown, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, KC Gay Pride, Record Store Day, Lawrence Field Day Fest, Manor Fest, No Wave Fest, Summer Kamp Fest III, Crossroads Summer Block Party, Boulevardia, Plaza Art Fair, The UnPlaza Art Fair, Words of Love, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, Spinning Tree Theatre, The Living Room Theatre, Haymaker Records, The Record Machine, High Dive Records, MudStomp Records, Datura Records, Little Class Records, Middle Class Records, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Revolution Records, Vinyl Renaissance Records, Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 31st & Brklyn, Carnaval, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
3. Betse & Clarke – “In This World”
from: River Still Rise / Independent / July 1, 2016
[Full-length debut album, from folk duo, Betse & Clarke. Betse Ellis on fiddles, violins, viola & vocals and Clarke Wyatt on banjos and cello. Recorded during the Winter-Spring of 2016. Produced by Clarke Wyatt and Betse Ellis. Recorded and mixed by Clarke Wyatt. Final mix assistance from Chad Meise at Massive Sound. “River Still Rise,” is a collection of originals and reworked traditional compositions that are presented “to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.” Betse Ellis writes in the extended liner notes: “The phrase River Still Rise appears in the journals of Meriwether Lewis, and to me, most notably when the Corps of Discovery readied their boats and supplies for the beginning of their river journey. Documenting all the details of the excursion included aspects of the weather, the general demeanor or specific behavior of the crew, and most certainly the level of the river. The river needed to be high enough to be navigable, and in that way, Clarke and I have been putting together our gear and supplies, building our boat, and watching the weather signs for about a year and a half at this point. We made this recording at home with the best gear we could acquire, and with Clarke’s long-built engineering and producing knowledge.”]
[Betse & Clarke play a Homecoming Concert, Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 PM, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd. featuring their full string band, Brushy Creek, with Brett Hodges and Alex Mallett.]
4. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Suddenly Summer Takes A Fall”
from: Kansas City Songs / Independent / September 25, 2016
[26 new songs written by Howard Iceberg and Recorded by Phil Wade at Alluvial Fan Studio; and Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Mixed by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Howard Iceberg on vocals, harmony vocals, guitar & harmonica; Chad Rex on guitar & vocals; Betse Ellis on violin, viola, cello, vocal, mandolin & tenor guitar; Clarke Wyatt on banjo, piano & organ; Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals; Brett Hodges on bass, vocals & mandolin; Phil Wade on dobro, guitar, mandolin, & lap steel, Johnny Hamil on bass; Mike Ireland on vocal & bass, Dan Mesh on guitar; Kasey Rausch on guitar & vocal; Mikal Shapiro on guitar & vocal; Josh Mobley on keyboards; Grisha Sandomirsky on violin; Erin Corriveau on vocals; Mary Pickert on vocals; Brendon Moreland on keyboards. Howard Iceberg writes in the liner notes to this collection: “You can hear a lot of these cats play most Monday nights at The Brick.”All songs written, performed, and recorded in Kansas City.]
5. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out”
from: For Better, or Worse / Oh Boy Records / September 30, 2016
[23rd release from 70-year old folk singer-songwriter, born Oct 10, 1946 and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at 14. He served in West Germany with the U.S. armed forces, by the late 1960s he had moved to Chicago, working as a mailman, writing and singing songs as a hobby. He was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, resulting in Prine’s self-titled debut from Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim, Prine focused on his musical career, recording 3 more albums for Atlantic, and then 3 more albums for Asylum Records. In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy Records. After his battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine’s voice deepened, and he had to relearn his songs in a new key. This helped him rediscover his music. Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.]
10:32 – Underwriting
10:34 – Interview with Barbara Eubank & Samn Wright of Egads! Theatre Company
Barbara Eubank is Company Manager and President of the Board at Egads Theatre Company. She was part of the faculty in Teacher Education at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City and she Studied Elementary and Secondary Education at UMKC. She is a co-founder of Eubank Productions which evolved to become Egads! Theatre Company dedicated to engaging professional and aspiring theatre artists in creative collaboration by producing outlandish, affordable, and high quality live entertainment for both new audiences and seasoned patrons. Egads has become well know for their well crafted productions of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Rocky Horror Show, and new plays and musicals. Barbara Eubank joins us to talk about Egads Theatre Company’s production of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, running October 13 through October 31, at the H & R Block Stage at Union Station.
Samn Wright is a Kansas City based professional actor and singer. Over the last decade, Samn has appeared at Kansas City Rep, The Coterie Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Musical Theater Heritage, The Living Room, Central Standard Theatre, and New theatre Restaurant. He most recently was seen as Steve in Kansas City Actor’s Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He is also the creator of his original zombie rock opera, The SlaughterHouse Opera, and Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder, a one-man show that played KC Fringe last summer after a world premiere in Brighton, England. For Egads! Theatre, Samn Wright played Judas in Godspell, and Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Show, and this month he returns again for the third time in Egads’ remount of their production of Evil Dead the Musical.
In EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, Samn Wright plays the main character of Ash
An All-singing, All-Dancing, Bloody Extravaganza — You don’t have to like zombies, horror movies or even musicals to love this show – you only need to like having a good time! Culled and cultivated from Sam Raimi’s horror classics, this hard-rocking farce follows five college students to an old abandoned cabin in the woods where they unleash an ancient evil force, bent on converting them to Candarian demon zombies. That is, until Ash wields a trusty chainsaw to become a demon-killing-hero in the most frenetic theatrical experience this side of Hell. Blood will spray, chainsaws will roar, limbs will fly, demons will tell bad jokes until you’re all DEAD BY DAWN!!!!
Other EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL cast members include: Chelsea Anglemyer, Zach Faust, Taylor Jennings, Ethan Miller, Korrie Murphy, Brooke Myers, Zachery York, and Jeff Smith.
Steven Eubank is Artistic Director Egads Theatre
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICALis a co-production with EGADS! Theatre Company and Union Station
Egads Board of Directors
Steven Eubank – Artistic Director
Alex Perry – Resident Designer
Barbara Eubank – President
Courtney Perry – Secretary/Treasurer
Sean Hogge – Chairperson
Jeff Eubank – Resident Sound Designer/Vice President
Launched in 2010, Egads Theatre Company is an evolution of Eubank Productions, and it is dedicated to engaging professional and aspiring theatre artists in creative collaboration by producing outlandish, affordable, and high quality live entertainment for both new audiences and seasoned patrons.
Egads Theatre production of Evil Dead The Musical, is running October 13 through October 31, at the H & R Block Stage at Union Station. More info at: http://www.egadstheatre.com
6. The Tamborine Club – “at the time”
from: Chameleon / Independent / October 21, 2016
[Kansas City based psych-pop band with Bryan Lamanno on lead vocals. guitars, kazoo, bass, ukulele; Justin Brooks on Drums; Jeff Mundinger on bass, and Rachael Trader. Mixed / mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Drums recorded by Brett Pippin at Alchemie Audio. All other audio recorded by Bryan Lamanno. All songs written by Bryan Lamanno. for more info: http://www.tambourineclub.bandcamp.com]
[The Tambourine Club play a ”Chameleon” album release show Friday, October 21 at 9:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO with special guests Momma’s Boy.]
10:57 – Station ID
7. David Bowie – “Who Can I Be Now? (2016 Remastered Version)”
from: Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976) / Parlophone Records / September 23, 2016
[Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) is a box set by David Bowie, released on 23 September 2016, which summarises the artist’s “American Phase”. A follow-up to the 2015 compilation Five Years (1969–1973), Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) summarises the period of Bowie’s career from 1974 to 1976 over twelve discs and thirteen LPs. Exclusive to the box sets is The Gouster, a previously unreleased album that eventually became Young Americans, and Re:Call 2, a new compilation of non-album singles, single versions and B-sides that serves as the sequel to Re:Call 1 from Five Years. It also includes remastered editions of Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station (in original and 2010 mixes), David Live (in original and 2005 mixes), and Live Nassau Coliseum ’76, a live album of his 23 March 1976 concert at Nassau Coliseum during his Isolar Tour 1976 in support of Station to Station, previously only available on the 2010 deluxe edition of Station to Station, The box set comes with a hardcover book that includes photos from Eric Stephen Jacobs, Tom Kelley, backup singer Geoffrey MacCormack, Terry O’Neill, Steve Schapiro, and more, as well as liner notes penned by Bowie’s close collaborators Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin and a handwritten note from Bowie about the The Gouster. “Who Can I Be Now?” was not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a bonus track on the EMI/Ryko edition of ‘Young Americans’ in 1990.]
8. Lovergurl – “Colorado Springs”
from: “Colorado Springs” – Single / Independent / March 9, 2016
[Inspired by the real life event shooting and 6-hour siege at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left 3 people dead including a 44 year old policeman, and on Friday, November 27, 2015.One of 4 singles the band digitally released. Words and Music by Lovergurl. Recorded and Mixed by Matt Epstein at Alchemie Audio, Olathe, KS. Kansas City based 4-piece band making music with a message, plays synth pop with hip hop and punk elements. Band members include: Stephanie Bankston on keys, Brook Worlledge on drums, Heather Andrews on guitar, and Adam Speer on bass. More info at http://www.lovergurl.bandcamp.com]
[Lovergurl plays Revolution Records at 18830 Locust Street, Friday, October 7, at 6:30 to 11:00 with Old Man Creaky Bones, Deco Auto, and Nan and The One Night Stands]
9. The Philistines – “1971”
from: Backbone of the Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[Kimmie Queen on lead vocals, Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals, Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass & vocals, Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded & mixed w/ Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios & mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]
[The Philistines play a special set of Beatles psychedelic music for the KKFI Benefit – Beatles Tribute, Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO.]
11:16 – Interview with Barry Lee
90.1 FM KKFI Station Manager – Barry Lee joins us to talk about the KKFI Benefit – Beatles Tribute, Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO. A group of All-Star KC & Lawrence musicians along with headliners The Philistines, to present a The Beatles Tribute show for John Lennon’s upcoming birthday.
Special guests include D. Clinton Thompson from The Skeletons and the Morells along with former Ricky Dean Sinatra lead singer Alan Murphy.
The house band includes Mike Penner from Broken Arrows, solo artist Darrell Lea, Pat Tomek from the The Rainmakers, Dave Tanner from Liverpool, Paul Lemon from Potters Field, and Todd Grantham of The Quivers.
The Philistines will be playing a special set of Beatles psychedelic music.
Barry Lee will be presenting a special Beatles Tribute show on 90.1 FM’s Local Showcase, Thursday, October 6, 8:00 to 10:00 pm.
Barry Lee’s long running radio show, Signal To Noise is now broadcasting from a new night and time, Fridays, at 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
The KKFI Benefit – Beatles Tribute, is Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO.
10. Krystle Warren – “Circles”
from: Circles / Because Music / March 13, 2009
[Krystle Warren is from Kansas City, Missouri. She learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career wowing Kansas City audiences and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played numerous French and Britsh television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle recently created her own music label: Parlour Door Music, to release her new recordings, including: “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording that came from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs, and is releasing the music in two separate releases, in Europe.]
11:31 – Underwriting
11. Andrew Foshee – “Fishing”
from: Corvair / Independent / April 1, 2016
[Produced by Joel Nanos and Andrew Foshee. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Music and lyrics by Andrew Foshee. Performed by Andrew Foshee & His Gosh Darn Band. Andrew Foshee: guitars, lead vocals; Brian James: bass, backing vocals; Phil Spencer: drums, beers. Additional musical contributions from: Mike Stover: pedal steel; Dan Loftus: piano, keys; Christine Grossman: violins and violas on Jesus Christ; Nick Howell: trumpet; Mike Walker: trombone; Marshall Tinnermeier: saxophone; Paris Young: background vocals on The Fight; Coleen Dieker: violin and background vocals on I Am Too Old (For You). Album artwork and layout by: Nanci Lee Ayala Rush at ladymagicunicorn.com] [Andrew Foshee and his Gosh Darn band joined us live on March 30.]
[Andrew Foshee plays The Tank Room, Tonight, October 5, at 8:00 pm, opening for The Invisible World and Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery.]
12. Ruth Acuff – “We Do”
from: We Do – Single / Nation of Love / August 14, 2016
[Ruth Acuff on harp & lead vocals, Jeff Mueller on upright bass & vocals, Drew Lance on percussion & vocals. with, Merry Ellen Kirk, Susan Acuff, Silas Acuff, Mary Leibovich on vocals. Columbia, MO based Ruth Acuff released the EP “To The Moon” in Nov of 2014. She also sings lead in the band The Royal Furs.]
[Ruth Acuff plays a House Concert tonight, at 6:00 PM at The Bauer, 115 West 18th St. with Merry Ellen Kirk, Benja Lyman.]
13. M Bird – “Drive”
from: Mercy Flight / Independent / August 2016
[MBird is Megan Birdsall on vocals & guitar, Michael Smith on guitar, Ben Leifer on bass & vocals, and Matt Leifer on drums. Written by Megan Birdsall and Michael Smith. Produced by Jack Sundrud. Mixed by Bill Halvorson and Jack Sundrud. Mastered by Jim Demain for Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN. Recorded at West End Studios in Kansas City, MO. Engineered by Justin Mantooth]
14. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
Next week, on October 12, we continue with part-two of “The MidCoast Sound” with music from Katy Guillen & The Girls, Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds, My Oh My!, Psychic Heat, The Grisly Hand, and More. At 11:15 traveling singer-songwriters, Caitlin Jemma and Johnny Gleason join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Plus Marion Merritt and Nico Gray join us as co-hosts for the entire show to encourage our listeners to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Fall Fund Drive.
Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org
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