#706 – November 1, 2017 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi of Apocalypse Meow 10
+ Andrew Foshee + Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
from: Surrealistic Pillow / RCA – Victor / February, 1967
[Marty Balin – vocals, guitar, album design, Jack Casady – bass guitar, fuzz bass, rhythm guitar, Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion, Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals, Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder. Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) —as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love”. Two hits from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.]

3. Julia Othmer -“Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)”
from: Hungry Days (Make Me Feel) – Single / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / June 30, 2016
[One several new singles released this year from Julia Othmer, as part of her 10-week new song release, leading up to the January 2018 release of “Sound,” her second full-length 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.” Julia has just returned from an East Coast Tour.]

4. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “Teenage Bodies”
from: Teenage Bodies – Single / Independent / September 13, 2017
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 5-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards. “Teenage Bodies,” the latest single from Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, shows a band solidifying its identity. Mallin wrote, recorded and produced her first album, The Persistence of Vision, in 2014 — a solo effort that spoke to her synthpop sensibilities and landed her on Kansas City radio. That same year, she left the University of Missouri to pursue a music career, and enlisted bassist Justin Walker and drummer Austin Edmisten to form The Wild Type. By mid-2016, the act — with keyboardist Jesse Bartmess and former guitarist Matt Kosinski — released its debut EP, Degenerate Matters, recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin. That same year, The Wild Type earned support slots for acts from Cold War Kids to Metric and The Struts, and widespread recognition in its hometown at festivals such as Middle of the Map and Boulevardia.]

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play Sound Machine KC w/ Yes You Are, and Y god Y, Friday, November 24, at 10:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.]

5. Calvin Arsenia – “Ashes”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[From Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released his EPs, Moments, Prose, and his full length debut, Catastrophe. He has played Folk Alliance International, KC Fringe Fest, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Calvin just finished his 3 month Outlyre Tour playing Portland, San Francisco, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, and Paris.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Apocalypse Meow 10, Sat, Nov 4, at recordBar, at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, IVØRY BLACK, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, 2 stages, and a silent auction & raffles. Apocalypse Meow is a three-day-event starts Fri, Nov 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. The weekend closes on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017, at recordBar, with the Meow Hangover Brunch at noon, and at 4:00 PM Expassionates play live on stage. For more information you can visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow%5D

10:16 – Underwriting

6. Molly Hammer – “TV is the Thing This Year”
from: Out Of This World / Molly Hammer / September 13, 2017
[ For “Out Of This World,” Molly is backed by a terrific ensemble: arranger/producer Joe Cartwright on piano, Todd Strait on drums, Steve Rigazzi on bass, Brad Gregory on saxophone, and Jessalyn Kincaid and Molly Denninghoff on backing vocals.Molly Hammer has been performing in the Kansas City area since 2005. With an eclectic vocal background, she has found her home in the world of jazz and blues, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and others. She has had the privilege of performing with some of the finest jazz musicians in the Kansas City area. She performs regularly at The Green Lady Lounge. Molly is a graduate of the Artist INC program and has also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for both The Royals and The Chiefs.Molly Hammer studied Theatre at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. She is originally from Excelsior Springs, Missouri. She is married to Jeremy Kruse.]

[Molly Hammer Quartet plays The Chesterfield, 1400 Main St on Fri, Nov 3, at 9:00pm – Midnight.]

7. Joesph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival – “Love The Wander”
from: The Greenwood Demos / Joseph Warren / November 4, 2017
[Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival is a unique caravan of midwestern roamers. Joseph Warren Wheeler on vocals, tenor guitar, guitar, & banjo; Bill Wald on bass, Jake Gronbeck on drums & percussion, Eva Louise Hall on vocals. More info at: http://www.thewanderlustrevival.com]

[Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival play a Demo Release Show, Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 PM at Californos 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO with Nuthatch-47, and Instant Karma.]

8. Expassionates – “Big Blue Town”
from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
[Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums. Expassionates began as a recording project in 1998. Scott Easterday had a collection of songs to record. He hired Chad Meise as recording engineer and they set up shop in the historic El Torreon Ballroom for its unique acoustics. The large ballroom is the only surviving jazz hall of its kind from Kansas City’s jazz era. El Torreon was a concert venue, the Cowtown Ballroom, and then a skating rink. After being a recording site for Expassioantes and other bands it became an antiques market and ultimately a church. Chad Meise set up recording equipment and a control room in the historic ballroom. Easterday sang and played guitar and keyboards and hired Kansas City musicians from diverse backgrounds in rock, country and jazz. Bryan Hicks, bass; Ryan Bennett, drums; Marco Pascolini, guitar; Richard Alwyn, harmonica; Mark Southerland, saxophone; Nate Hofer, pedal steel and Jazzbo (Bill Hargrave), trumpet. The resulting album, “Verse, Chorus, Bridge,” was released in December 1998. There was a live release show December 26th at Harlings Upstairs in Kansas City. For the next several years Scott Easterday played solo shows and duo shows with Marco Pascolini, who had played guitar on Verse, Chorus, Bridge, until they decided to find a permanent rhythm section to complete a four-piece band. Bass player Richard Burgess joined Easterday and Pascolini, followed shortly by Sam Platt on drums, who is also a recording engineer. Their first gig as a four-piece was Halloween 2006. The group played hundreds of show dates in and around Kansas City plus Austin, TX for Midcoast Takeover. In addition to the live shows the band teamed up again with recording engineer Chad Meise and drummer/engineer Sam Platt for a new CD album called Landscapes, released in 2008. Rather than growing stale, the four-piece live version of Expassionates decided to call it mostly quits in September 2011, although they continue to play selected shows since then. In 2015 Scott Easterday set about to reintroduce the first album “Verse, Chorus, Bridge” after 17 years. Scott brought together a new band of Kansas City musicians from rock, country and jazz styles to rival the one that recorded the record. Bryan Hicks, bass, and Nate Hofer, pedal steel, return from the original group but this time they are joined by Matt Richey, drums, Troy van Horn, guitar, and Patrick Alonzo Conway on sax and percussion.]

[Expassionates play Apocalypse Meow 10 weekend at recordBar, Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 PM after the Meow Hangover Brunch at noon. Apocalypse Meow is a three-day-event that starts Fri, Nov 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. Apocalypse Meow 10, continues Sat, Nov 4, at recordBar, at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, Calvin arsenia, IVØRY BLACK, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, 2 stages, and a silent auction & raffles. For more information you can visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow%5D

9. Dead Voices – “Trust A Fool”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Kansas City based super group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini.]

[Dead Voices recently played The Ship, with The Ants on September 23]

10:33 – Interview with Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini

Guglielmo Pieragostini and Rebecca Liberty on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini joined us to share a story of Kansas City’s music community. This past summer, Rebecca, a longtime friend of Guglielmo’s family from Fermo, Italy, proposed a music project for Guglielmo to come to Kansas City and experience our music community as an observer, and participant in live performances. In six weeks Guglielmo was able to see and hear over 55 bands, in 25 venues, with invitations to play in live performances with David Regnier, Dead Voices, The Ants, and to jam with Kaye Johnston, Mark Lowrey and Zach Morrow. In just a few days Guglielmo will be flying back home to Fermo, Italy, but before he we want to hear about his experience in Kansas City.

Rebecca Liberty has been a family friend of Guglielmo Pieragostini for over 30 years and has visited Italy quite often.

This summer she proposed a music project for Guglielmo to come and experience Kansas City music and, hopefully, infuse him into the community that supports the variety of music and venue and the abundance of performance opportunities. While he has a band, the chance to play in public is scarce and collaboration hard to come by.

While he would not be able to earn any money during this project, the wealth of information and experience gained as well as exposure to a thriving community that works to support each other would far outweigh a lack of monetary payment.

Guglielmo Pieragostini wrote to us about his life:

I grew up in the small town of Fermo, Italy, near the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family with a great passion for music, so I’ve been exposed to different types of music since I was born from classical to reggae to rock & folk.

I asked my parents if i could get an electric guitar, and i finally got it after a year at the age of 12. I created my first rock band,The Troubles, a year and a half later. I’ve continuously been in a band since then, composing mostly rock music and writing lyrics.

My current band is called Mojave. It’s a Stoner/Doom band that I formed two years ago with my friends Guido Andrenacci on vocals, guitar, & bass; and Lorenzo Mandolesi on drums. Our setlist is divided in two different tunings: Standard (E) and C. When we’re playing in Standard tuning I sing and play guitar and Guido Andrenacci plays the bass, while when we’re playing in C tuning i play the bass and he plays guitar and sings.

We’ve just finished recording a three songs demo before I left Italy to come to KC, and it will soon be available on our social media.

As Fermo is a very small town and has a poor music scene I haven’t been able to perform live a lot of times, also because of the nature of the music i play.

Rebecca Liberty has been a friend of my family over thirty years, and she’s been visiting us off and on over all this time.

Five years ago she visited and we had the chance to speak about music, my band and how hard it was for me to be a musician in my hometown. In that occasion she told me that Kansas City as a great music scene and that the music community is very supportive of each other.

This summer she returned to visit again and she invited me to come experience KC’s music community in real life. She proposed this to me as a music project.

She posted (without my permission) a video of me just jamming on my guitar on her Facebook, and within one or two hours the response was amazing. I rwas really surprised about it, because I didn’t expect it to be so strong and in such little time.

With a second post, she requested a loaner of an electric guitar, because i really didn’t trust to bring mine on the plane. Once again, in just half a day I not only had an electric guitar, but it was almost like the one I play. This made me feel more comfortable, and confirmed that this experience could really work.

Rebecca Liberty Responds

His English writing skills are so great because of MUSIC!!!!

Ha ha ha (without my permission) he writes because he is very shy! Something he has overcome a bit here in KC!!

Marco Pascolini loaned him the electric guitar Fender Jazzmaster

Kaye Johnston loaned him an acoustic whilst he was here.

Chad Bryan from The Ants loaned him electric guitar for rehearsal for the two shows he did with The Ants at Californo’s and Holy Cow.

Rebecca Liberty writes to us about herself:

Who am I? A lover of music and arts and supporter of the community. I am not a musician but do love to sing in the shower!

Thanks to our dear Anne Winter introducing me to many musicians here in town, my connection to the music community was enhanced. Anne also made a point to connect me to Howard Iceberg, leading to an amazing opportunity to sing a few times in public due to his kindness and encouragement. I was also fortunate enough to be recorded on one song, “It’s Not Over Yet”, from Smooth Sailing by Howard Iceberg & the Titanics.

I met with Abigail Henderson and organized a well-woman clinic for female musicians.

Overall, I invest in local music as often as possible rather than national concert tours. I invest time in supporting local musicians in as many ways as possible. Music has saved me on so many occasions. It has given me joy and celebration and solace in times of despair.

I am just trying to give back and this music project with Guglielmo was devised to expose him to the possibilities of life as a working musician as well as the realities of working a “day job” to support the passion of music.

Guglielmo Pieragostini arrived in KC in mid-September and leaves after 6 weeks of infusion into KC’s music community at over 15 venues, hearing over 55 bands and playing in live performances with 2 different bands, in 4 shows, and jamming with local musicians.

This music project provided him with a wealth of information and experiences as well as exposure to a thriving community that works to support each other often across genres.

Guglielmo Pieragostini’s performance diary:


– Westport Saloon with Country Duo + Met Marco Pascolini and Kasey Rausch

– The Ship with Soul Preservers: The Dropout Boogie

-Fall encampment hearing Native American drumming

-The Brick with Rural Grit +Met David Regnier who invited me to play a couple of songs with his band, The Dead Voices at the Ship on Saturday, the 23rd

-Waldo Bar with Country Duo

-It’s A Beautiful Day shop + Got Marco’s guitar from Kasey Rausch

-The Majestic with Mark Lowrey trio + Met Mark Lowrey

-The Ship with Snuff Jazzy time w? Mark Southerland on Sax, Micah Herman on bass, Arny Young on drums

-The Plaza Art Fair

-Ink! Live Stage with Smokey James and the Avalanche

-90.1 KKFI Community Stage with The Matchsellers and Ernest James Zydeco Duo

-The Riot Room with The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band

-The Plaza Art Fair

-Ink! Live Stage with Barclay Martin Ensemble

-90.1 KKFI Community Stage with EEMS

-The Ship with The Ants with Dead Voices +Played with Dead Voices: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Marco Pascolini, Mike Stover; +Met Chad Bryan from The Ants who invited me to sit in with his band

+Went to Kate Johnston’s house, jammed with her, borrowed her acoustic guitar

-The Brick – Rural Grit +Met Brian Frame and Andrew Luker from The Blessed Broke

-Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club with The Irieplaceables + Djama

-The Riot Room with Castle

-The Blue Room with KC Latin Jazz All-Stars +Met Pablo Sanhueza

-The Ship with Pope of Dope

-Knuckleheads Saloon with Country Duo, Broken Arrows, Hadacol

-The Brick with Mike Dillon Band

-Green Lady Lounge with Boogaloo 7 + Met Matt Hopper, Pat Conway and Nick Howell

-Recordbar Outer Reaches Festival Sego, The Hearers , Dead Rider, El Ten Eleven + Met Amy Farrand; +Met Chad Bryan, agreed for band practice with The Ants on the 1st of October

-Green Lady Lounge with Matt Villinger Organ Trio


-Chad Bryan’s house The Ants band practice +Met the Ants:, Chad Bryan, Sean McEniry, David Randall. Brad Nicols

-Recordbar with The People’s Liberation Band

-Pablo Sanhueza’s house with KC Latin All Star Jazz Band Practice +Met KC Latin All Star Jazz Band: Pablo Sanhueza, Evan Hoffman , Antonio Reyes, Trevor Smith, Michael Harris II, Trevor Turla, Teddy Krulewich

-The Riot Room with Tokimonsta

-Chad Bryan’s house with The Ants band practice

-Crossroads – First Friday

-The Ship, Soul Preservers:First Friday ft. Elliot Oliver

-The Davidson’s Backyard Bash, Johnny Green and My Six Gun Hearts

-Californos, GAV7D with The Ants +Played with The Ants +Met Johnny Hamil and Chris Fugitt

-Holy Cow with The Ants part 1 with Special Guest Mike Stover +Played with The Ants and Mike Stover

-The Ship with Honky Tonk Tuesday with The Naughty Pines

-Mini Bar \\Prog Night, The Great Vehicle , Cortegè

-The Ship, The Creighton Organization

+Jam with Marco Pascolini

-recordBar with The Philistines, The Brannock Device

-Green Lady Lounge – Boogaloo 7 +Hang out with Amy Farrand, met Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens of the Stone Age!

-Mid Town KCMO \\Porchfest 2017, KC Latin All Star Jazz Band, Lauren Krum and Fritz Hutchinson

-Recordbar with The Grisly Hand, +Hang out with the band at their place after the show;, +Met Lauren Krum

-MO Brew \\Soulful Sundays with Dj Jocmax, Ataxic

-The Riot Room, \\Jonwayne “Rap Album Two”, with Scotty WuWu Wooton, Emv , Danny Watts, Jonwayne

-The Ship , The Blessed Broke

-The Riot Room, Elder

-The Ship, The Young Lions

-Recordbar, Smokey James and The Avalanche, Tree Machines

-The Ship, Mr Marco’s V7 (original lineup) with Hadacol

-1412 W 12th Street, Apple Cider Jam Brunch Hosted by Camry Ivory and Justin Skinner +Met Kris Bruders and Havilah Bruders

-The Phoenix, Jazz Jam Session, +Played with Mark Lowrey and Zach Morrow

+Jam with David Regnier

-The Ship, Pope of Dope

-The Brick, with Hex Robot: Halloween in Space,Dead Voices Trio & Dually Jukes +Played with Dead Voices


Guglielmo Pieragostini playing live on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10. Guglielmo Pieragostini – “No One Knows” (Live)
A cover of a song from Screaming Trees, played with an acoustic guitar from Kaye Johnston.

Guglielmo Pieragostini’s Reflections on Kansas City:

It’s not easy for me to express in words all the feelings I went through during this music project. I really had no idea what I was going to experience.

The Kansas City music scene is way different than Italy’s especially Fermo’s. Mostly that’s because Fermo is a very small town compared to Kansas City. The main difference is that back in my hometown, we only have music shows on the weekend, and it’s mostly dj sets. It’s quite rare to stumble in a good live show. Sometimes to hear an interesting band we have to go in different towns.

In the first three or four weeks of my staying here, when I was walking around (or being driven around), I still kind of couldn’t believe that I really was here, being able to experience all this live music in this great city. It really felt like a dream to me.

Here in KC I had so many choices for many different shows every night. It was almost unsettling because I was so undecided about where to go. The quality of the music is incredibly high. Maybe I was just lucky, but in the month and a half that I spent here, I never heard bad music.

The most amazing thing is the kindness of KC’S music scene. All these people helped me without asking anything in exchange, and that’s the most precious and invaluable thing about it. I don’t know how else to express this.

First of all, Marco Pascolini is one of the most talented and creative guitarists I had the honor to hear and play with. He really took care of me, loaned me all the gear I needed to play and he was just so happy to do so. He really is one of a kind. He’s the man!! I think I would let someone borrow my guitar but six weeks would be a lot of time and I would need to know the person who has my guitar. Marco showed me a lot of trust to get things started but he wasn’t the only one.

He also co-founded Mr. Marco’s V7, which happens to be one of my favorite KC bands. I got the chance to jam with part of the band! That really was different to be playing with Johnny Hamil on his upright bass along with Chris Fugitt on the drums and, of course, Marco on one of his many guitars! It was so fun to share the passion for music that we all have and it was an honor for me to play with such way more experienced people.

I went to the Brick for Rural Grit and I had never seen anything like that in my life. These people created a tradition to gather to play American Roots music and at the same time there is also space for experimental music with unusual instruments and styles of playing instruments. Kim Stanton and Mark Smeltzer obviously are relentless in the effort to keep it alive and going.

My first Monday in Kansas City and at Rural Grit, I met David Regnier and he almost immediately invited me to play with his band, Dead Voices, at the Ship five days later. It was a unique and very unexpected experience. This never happened to me in Italy and it happened so quickly I was shocked but quite happy.

At The Ship, I played two songs with no rehearsal at all so I was nervous but Marco and David made me feel more comfortable and at ease. They both were willing to take a big risk on me, a stranger… a guitar player from Italy that they barely knew. Being at The Ship for my first time playing in a show was a good start because Dead Voices had a great crowd and the vibe of The Ship is unique.

That same night, The Ants played and I loved them because they were just great. I loved their music. I met Chad Bryan, guitarist & singer of The Ants, who invited me to sit in with his band for an upcoming gig. The guys in the band, Chad, Sean, Brad, & David, really made me feel like a part of a family, practicing with them twice and playing 2 live shows!

Their music blending with lyrics is just so witty and clever and fun to hear and quite enjoyable. Playing with them was awesome because they taught me the basic foundation of their songs but they also told me to bring what I have to add to the songs. They let me loose and that made me feel free to play lead but I also did not take too much space.

I met Mark Lowrey at the Majestic the second week I was here, and I heard him playing with his outstanding jazz trio. He’s such a talented musician! He invited me to his jazz jam session that take place every Tuesday evening at the Phoenix, and finally last week I was able to go. I was very nervous about it because I never played jazz in public before, but Zach Morrow and Mark made me feel welcomed. We played a couple of funky jazz tunes including Chameleon Man by Herbie Hancock.

I was also lucky enough to meet Amy Farrand whom I had heard of and watched some of her videos back home in Italy. She made great music that was powerful and not only could she play electric guitar but she sang well, too. I really wanted to meet her when I got to Kansas City. I am actually quite shy but I introduced myself to her when I went solo to Outer Reaches music festival at The Record Bar. Even though we didn’t get the chance to jam, we hung out together a couple of times and had a great time.

In particular, Amy and I once met up at the Green Lady Lounge, another one of my favorite venues in KC, and we listened to Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, another one of my favorite bands. On that occasion, we met some of Queens of the Stone Age band members, that were just hanging out after their show in town! She was so kind to introduce me as a big fan to Troy, one of the guitarists, we got a picture together! She was very kind to me.

My experience at home is musicians normally have shows only on the weekend in Fermo but in Kansas City I saw that musicians play in a lot of different bands and genres and nearly every night there is some kind of show. Marco Pascolini was an example of this playing in so many shows. I also got to play with Mike Stover in two different shows and I saw him four different times impressively playing guitar, pedal steel, and the bass. There seem to be many musicians in KC do all this while at the same time having a day job.

When I arrived I wasn’t sure I could make it. I didn’t know if I was good enough to play here. It turned out that I could play here and along the way I learned more about myself and music. I became more encouraged to be less shy and more connected. I saw Mark Smeltzer from Freight Train Rabbit Killer play at Rural Grit three times. I told him I liked his experimental instruments and music. Our conversation turned to his philosophy of music which is to not be afraid to express yourself and put your heart out there with the music evolving. I really think this is how all musicians should make music.

I have been inspired to finally write some lyrics on a old riff of mine because of The Ants. It was great to work with David Regnier on song that we ended up playing at The Brick. I have absorbed a lot of new styles and new sounds that I can take back to my band in Italy and I can expand beyond my stoner band with this new experience.

I was very lucky to meet a lot of beautiful, talented, kind, and generous people who helped me out and made me feel welcome. It’s so satisfying to see how people of Kansas City welcomed someone, ME, that lives so far away and comes from a different culture. It was amazing that people can get together so easily and have such a great time playing music. This city really has a great music scene, and I really think that everybody should be proud of it and support it in the best way possible.

When I get back to Italy, I will try to do my best to improve the relationship between musicians in my hometown, and maybe, who knows, someday we will have a great music scene like the one in KC!

– Written by Guglielmo Pieragostini

Guglielmo Pieragostini will fly back to Fermo, Italy on Thursday, November 2, 2017.


11. The Ants – “Calling In”
from: Golden Submarine / Beyond Records / October 13, 2017
[This is The Ants 10th release and their 8th full length album. Band member Chad Bryan says that “It is safe to say they have been under the radar for the past 17 years. We’ve long been a band other bands enjoy, but haven’t really gotten past that and into a larger audience. We’ve been releasing music independently for the past ten years and were on a small label out of Chicago called Sickroom Records prior to that. We’ve been relegated to local and regional work the past several years due to real life obligations. We did quite a bit of touring 2003-2010. The nucleus of the band is a four piece that has been together since 2006. Half of the band lives in Lawrence, the other half in Kansas City.” Band members include: David Randall, Sean McEniry, Brad Nichols, Chad Bryan. More info at WWW.killtheants.com]

[The Ants play a Kansas City record Release show at Holy Cow, Sunday Nov 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Andrew Foshee – “Thunderstorm”
from: Strange Relations / Andrew Foshee / October 31, 2017
[Andrew Foshee on acoustic guitar, vocals, sampling, keys; Jon Estes on classical guitar, electric guitar, standup bass, piano, keys, percussion, string arrangements; Jeremy Fetzer on electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Jack Lawrence on bass guitar; Dave Racine on drums, percussion; Alexis Saski on backing vocals; Jem Cohen on backing vocals; Molly Parden on backing vocals; Liz Estes on viola, violin; Amy Helman on viola, violin; Eduardo DuQuesne on words of encouragement. Produced, engineered and mixed by Andrija Tokic
At The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN. Mastered by John Baldwin At John Baldwin Mastering in Nashville, TN. Additional production and sequencing done by Andrew At Ye Ol’ Basement Studio in Kansas City, MO. Cover art by Mariano Peccinetti. Andrew Foshee is a songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. His knack for cinematic home recordings has lead to several song placements in tv and new media. Earlier this year he teamed up with producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and a high clergy of guest musicians at Tokic’s Nashville studio, The Bomb Shelter, to fully realize his latest project. More info at: http://www.andrewfoshee.com]

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

11:04 – Interview with Andrew Foshee

Andrew Foshee

Strange Relations

Kansas City based musician and songwriter Andrew Foshee joins us to share music from his new record, STRANGE RELATIONS, recorded earlier this year in Nashville, at The Bomb Shelter with producer and engineer Andrija Tokic, who has worked with, Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.

Strange Relations is “a hallucinatory song cycle from the perspective of a human being held captive by aliens in their spacecraft as they attentively study his dreams to better understand the human condition.”

“Previous to a few months ago, for the last six years I had been working as a sales rep and living a relatively comfortable but complacently unengaged lifestyle, making plenty of money but pissing it away on things like cars, going out to eat, and drinking heavily. Maybe a few things I won’t mention either. I would record demos from time to time when I felt inspired, but for some reason I always seemed to lead myself astray from my music right before something good would happen.

During this time I was also in an extremely toxic relationship where I became a jealous, insecure, piece of shit version of myself that eventually ended up going on hiatus from most of my close friends and family, usually drinking myself to sleep at night and becoming overwhelmingly depressed and anxious by the week.

This continued for quite some time until a rather surreal experience I had made me realize I was wasting my life and I needed to make some changes before it was too late. I felt like I had a lot left to experience in life and I had been sitting on a handful of songs I really wanted to share.

The whole Trump thing was also a real wake up call that this little spaceship we’re on could go down at any moment, so I guess I felt a sudden urge to produce.

I don’t want blab on, but the end result was me quitting my job, taking all of my money to Nashville last January, and making a record I always wanted to make.

Through the help of a friend I was able to connect with Andrija Tokic [who has produced records for The Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, The Deslondes, etc ] and we cut the tunes directly to tape at his sometimes creepy, always cozy, analogue home-studio, i.e. The Bomb Shelter.

Andrija ended up putting together this amazing crew of musicians, including Jack Lawrence, Jeremy Fetzer and Jon Esters, and it was a very surreal experience when everything came together in the end.

After things wrapped, I basically headed back home to Kansas City, left my sales job and started renting a room in this big, old house with four other musicians so I could save up some money and get back on my feet.

Honestly, I have never been so tired in my entire life but I have also never felt so alive.”


13. Andrew Foshee – “Honor Among Thieves”
from: Strange Relations / Andrew Foshee / October 31, 2017

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

11:17 – Interview with Andrew Foshee (continued)

Kansas City based musician and songwriter Andrew Foshee joins us to share music from his new record, STRANGE RELATIONS, recorded earlier this year in Nashville, at The Bomb Shelter with producer and engineer Andrija Tokic, who has worked with, Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.

Here is an excerpt from an interview Andrew Foshee did with PlaylistPlay.com:

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with reciprocation. I’ve always had this underlying tendency to try and gravitate towards things I feel connected with on somewhat of a deeper level, and when I finally find them I get really manic. I remember when I was like six or something, sitting in my parent’s bedroom in our old house and Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” came on. My eyes got really big, and my heart rate instantly doubled. I got this weird feeling I hadn’t felt before. I think I started shaking. I was like, ‘Holy shit man. This guy gets me.’ I don’t think I even paid attention to the lyrics, it was just that chord progression coupled with his voice and maybe the way the drums sounded in that bedroom. It just all made perfect sense in a very surreal way, like some sort of alien was speaking to me in this new language I’d never heard, yet I understood every word he was saying.

I think if you try hard enough you can find a common ground with most people, but really connecting is a different story. Music has always been one way for me to feel connected, even if with only myself, and I think that was the day I figured it out.

We live in a very strange world in which we constantly derive meaning and values from a completely nonsensical ethos based in fear and ego. Music helps me challenge these boundaries and make sense of the experiences I’ve had within them, with the hopes that others can relate.”


14. Andrew Foshee – “A Little Mess (Of Our Own)”
from: from the recording sessions of Strange Relations

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

Andrew Foshee, Nathan Corsi, and Sondra Freeman on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

11:29 – Underwriting

15. Nathan Corsi – “falls apart again”
from: 3-Song Demo / Nathan Corsi / October 31, 2017

[Nathan Corsi plays Apocalypse Meow 10 at recordBar, November 4n.]

11:35 – Interview with Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

We fell in love with Nathan Corsi as lead singer and songwriter for the critically acclaimed and award winning Kansas City band Not A Planet. Formed in 2010 the bnd has constantly toured and released “The NapSack” EP in 2011, “The Few, The Proud, The Strange” full length on May 10, 2013, and last year’s EP release, “Smoke Bombs & Cigarettes: The History Of Now.” An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Nathan Corsi moved to Kansas City, by way of New York, after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. Nathan Corsi has recently recorded a 3-song, solo EP of new material and plays Apocalypse Meow this Saturday night at recordBar.

Sondra Freeman and Nathan Corsi join us to share all the details about Apocalypse Meow 10, a three-day-event starting Friday, November 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. and continuing on Saturday, November 4, at recordBar, starting at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, IVØRY BLACK, Calvin Arsenia, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, on two stages. Also featuring a silent auction and raffles with prizes donated from local businesses. The Apocalypse Meow weekend closes on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017, at recordBar, with the Meow Hangover Brunch starting at noon, and then at 4:00 PM Expassionates play live on stage. For more info: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow

Abigail Henderson co-founded Midwest Music Foundation, since her death, four years ago, friends, musicians, collaborators have kept this not-for-profit alive.

Midwest Music Foundation is a part of events all year round: Midcoast Takeover, Middle of The Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and more.


16. Brandon Phillips and The Condition – “Clean and Sober”
from: Apocalypse Meow 10 / Midwest Music Foundation / November 2, 2017
[Brandon Phillips on vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Zach Phillips on bass,and Julie Berndsen (formerly of the Latenight Callers) on backup vocals.This new 34 track compilation of Kansas City Area bands and their most recent recordings, along with a few tracks that representative the 10 years of Midwest Music Foundation and Apocalypse Meow – the annual benefit for Abby’s Fund, named for Abigail Henderson, who co-founded the not-for-profit organization. Midwest Music Foundation unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. ]

11:46 – interview with Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi

Sondra Freeman & Nathand Corsi, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to share all the details about Apocalypse Meow 10, the annual event to benefit Midwest Music Foundation’s – Abby’s Fund.

The Midwest Music Foundation and 90.9 The Bridge are proud to present the 10th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

RockDocs, a collaboration of University of Kansas and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will be on site Saturday and Sunday to offer health and ACA information, screenings, wellness programs, opportunities to discuss health conditions and concerns and arrange follow ups.

Special surprise presentation by Mile Deep Films & Television LLC, The Feral Few, Killer Kite Productions on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Mills Record Company – All ages – 7:00 pm

The Country Duo // Bohemian Cult Revival // Headlight Rivals
Emcee: Michael Byars of KCUR 89.3

Libations provided by our generous partners at Boulevard Brewing Company
We will have MMF free swag, merch for sale, and raffles!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – recordBar – 6:00 pm // Tickets at http://www.therecordbar.com

Too Much Rock Main Stage: Brandon Phillips & The Condition // Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds // Sandoval (reunion) // Split Lip Rayfield
Emcee: Jason Nivens of 98.9 The Rock!

Acoustic Stage: IVØRY BLACK // Nathan Corsi // Calvin Arsenia
Emcee: Mark Manning of KKFI 90.1 FM

The main event on Saturday will also feature A silent auction and raffle will feature an assortment of fantastic items donated by many local businesses.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – recordBar – Meow Hangover Brunch starts at noon

Expassionates at 4 pm

For more information you can visit http://www.midwestmusicfoundion.org.


17. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – “Destination Revolution”
from: Destination Revolution – Single / Independent / January 20, 2017
[A new Music Video from the band featuring this Song premiered January 20, 2017. Recorded by Chris Meck, down the rabbit hole at Whisker Gables, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios, Shawnee, KS. KC based trio with Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, and Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals. Chris Meck and The Guity Birds released their debut full-length, It’s 4 A.M. Somewhere, on April 8, 2016]

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

Next week on Wednesday, November 8, Marion Merritt joins us as Guest Producer and at 11:30 Katy Guillen and the Girls joins us to share music from their new full length release, Remember What You Knew Before.

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

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