#936 – April 6, 2022 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Fritz Hutchison + Jenna Rae + Kristie Stremel of Prairie Brigade + Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation

  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 Greeting Committee & Tune Yards – “How Long?(Tune-Yards Remix)”
    from: How Long? (Tune-Yards Remix)” – Single / Harvest Records / March 25, 2021
    [Happiness is…When one of your favorite bands, of all-time, remixes a single by one of your favorite bands from Kansas City…The Greeting Committee’s new single “How Long?” Tune-Yards remix will appear on the trio’s forthcoming deluxe edition of ‘Dandelion.’ Accompanying the remix is a tantalizing animated visual, created by the Singapore-based art director/illustrator Kezia Gabriella. Known for her vibrant imagery that abounds with abstract shapes and unusual characters, Gabriella previously co-directed the video for “Float Away,” another track from Dandelion. Formed in KC in 2014 with Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, & Pierce Turcotte, with Austin Fraser on the road. On September 24, 2021). The Greeting Committee released theit EP, DANDELION (one of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. is a follow up to their Oct. 17, 2019 EP, I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry, and their October 26, 2018, full length vinyl release “This Is It.” The band has previously released the EP “Meeting People is Easy” in 2017, and “It’s Not All That Bad” in 2015.The Greeting Committee released their single “Ada” on August 27, 2021, through Harvest Records / UMG Recordings. “Ada” is a queer narrative inspired by lived experience of a dear friend. Addie wrote, “i knew this wasn’t my story to tell, but instead the story of someone i fiercely admire. to our garden, you are loved. you are loved.” You can listen to “Ada” at: thegcband.lnk.to/ada. The trio is currently in the midst of their headlining Dandelion tour, which concludes with a hometown show at KC’s Uptown Theater on April 9. More info at: http://www.thegcband.com]

[The Greeting Committee play The Uptown Theatre Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 PM, with Raffaella. **ALL GUESTS WILL PROVIDE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE FDA-AUTHORIZED COVID-19 TEST THAT IS DATE AND TIME STAMPED WITHIN 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT OR PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION (14 DAYS PAST THE FINAL VACCINATION SHOT) PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY ADMINISTERED (PHYSICIAN, CLINIC, PHARMACY, ETC.). AT-HOME OR SELF-ADMINISTERED TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.]

Fritz Hutchison photo by Quinn Hernandez
  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”
    from: “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”- Single / Manor Records / February 25, 2022
    [Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. 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 True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on 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. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.]

Fritz Hutchison

11:11 – Interview with Fritz Hutchison

Fritz Hutchison was recently signed by Manor Records. Fritz is a multi-instrumentalist who was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April, 15, 2022 through Manor Records. 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 with True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

For the new record Fritz signed with Manor Records, the same label that released his partner Alison Hawkins band True Lions. Manor Records – Record Store, Bar, Venue, Headquarters are located in Strawberry Hill the same neighborhood where Fritz and Alison Hawkins live and have studios.

“Movie Night” was Written, Performed, and Produced by Fritz Hutchison
Engineered, Mixed, and Produced by Joel Nanos at Element Studios
Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering

“Movie Night” features:
Aryana Nemati – Saxophone
Teddy Krulewich – Trumpet
Trevor Turla – Trombone
BodaciousThang – Vocals on tracks 3, 6, and 10
Zac Jurden – Vocals and Guitar on track 1
Colin Nelson – vocals on track 1
Carmen Dieker – Violin, Backing Vocals tracks 5 and 9
Sascha Groschang – Cello tracks 5 and 9
Kyle Little – Piano on track 8, Organ on tracks 7 and 10
Alison Hawkins – vocals on track 10

Art and Design by Emmett Merrill MY GUY

Fritz Hutchison lists Special Thanks to: his family, Shaun Crowley, Quinn Hernandez, Nik Douglas, Carly Atwood, F.W. Murnau, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush, the Ship, Noah Richmond, Pete Marten, Krewe De Cryptid, and all past attendees of the Project Ya Neck film series.

Performing the bulk of instrumentation himself, this new record mines the eclectic influences of his performance history to produce bold and varied arrangements within a song cycle that contemplates the ever-shifting dynamics of friendships old and new as we age and our lives fray and intertwine in turn.

Fritz Hutchison is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based in Kansas City. He released his debut album Wide Wild Acres in March 2020, receiving positive reviews in the US, Australia, the UK and the Netherlands. Performing nearly all of the instrumentation himself, the album is a warm collection of americana musings and earnest rock and roll, channeling the contemplative spirit of the American Midwest through his many years as a backing musician in genres as varied as Reggae/Ska, Honky Tonk, Jazz Fusion and Indie Rock.

Since Wide Wild Acres, he has released the sweet and sad country single “All the Way From Here (Happy Holidays)” in January 2021 and the unhinged rock rave-up “Zack Attack!” in March.

Fritz Hutchison photo by Quinn Hernandez

Catch Fritz Hutchison on Tour this Spring:

4/15 – Kansas City Album Release @ The Ship
4/16 – Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
4/22 – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
4/24 – Denver, CO @ Skylark Lounge
5/5 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
5/6 – Chicago, IL @ Sofar Sounds
5/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Breman’s Cafe
5/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
5/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Music Record Shop
5/14 – Springfield, MO @ The Royal
5/15 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma @ TBA

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, FRIDAY, APRIL 15, AT 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

Many remember Fritz as a drummer and member of She’s A Keeper. Fritz was still in high school when he first started in that band.

Fritz Hutchison’s debut solo album WIDE WILD ACRES on Center Cut Records was produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos, and recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

10:27

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Apologize (To Your Wife)”
    from: “Apologize (To Your Wife)”- Single / Manor Records / March 25, 2022
    [Second single fromFritz Hutchison’s upcoming album. On February 25, 2022 Fritz released the single “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”. Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. 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 True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on 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. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.]

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Jenna Rae – “Friend in High Places”
    from: “Friend in High Places” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / March 11, 2022
    [Jenna Rae is releasing her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. This is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. Jenna’s began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson’s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.]

10:37 – Interview with Jenna Rae

Jenna Rae is the cofounder of Lost Cowgirl Records. Jenna Rae just released her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. Jenna’s musical life began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between classes and studying for her nursing career she also started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana bands and artists. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson‘s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. On January 3, 2020, Lost Cowgirl Records released “Cosmic Western Duets” from Jenna & Martin. The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com

Jenna Rae, thanks for being with us on WMM.

We just heard music from the new Jenna Rae from COUNTRY LO-FI that is available on vinyl!

Unfit Wives just recently participated in I Heart Local Music’s ABBA Tribute show on April 1, 2022 at the Granada.

Jenna’s voice is unique. Her harmonies in recordings with Unfit Wives, Elexa Dawson, Jenna & Martin, rise above in their authentic, beautiful, honest delivery. Her voice has been compared to Iris DeMent.

Jenna Rae and Martin Farrell Jr. met in Winfield, Kansas at Walnut Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. Both were playing banjo in separate bands at the time and bonded through their love of classic country music.

They started learning Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets and quickly realized their voices nested well together. Determined to recreate classic country sounding music in a new way they started collaborating on a genre they call “Cosmic Western”. This music incorporates bluegrass techniques, gospel harmonies, rock rhythms and experimental classic country sounds.

The duo performs as “Jenna & Martin” wearing coordinated outfits and often times sharing the stage with their standard poodle, Roy Rogers.
Past plays:

We played Deadeye on WMM back on August 2, 2017 and the song “Nothin’ At All” released on July 31, 2016. Produced by Deadeye. Live take studio sessions from Pittsburg, Kansas based band formed by: Meg McCoy on vocals, guitar & violin; Jenna McCarty on vocals & banjo; Jennifer Murphy on saxophone & vocals; and Taylor Rea on percussion, with A. Sheppard on bass. Recorded and mixed by Rob Nold of Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, MO. Deadeye crafts their love of folk, bluegrass, rock, and country into a homemade, heel-stomping musical blend. The group builds their songs with reverence to the Americana music that rings memories of times long-passed in the Midwest. More information at: http://www.deadeyeband.com. Deadeye play the KC Zine Con at Josey Records, Saturday, August 5, 2017 with The New Baboons, Black Market Translation, Gay Girl Cowboy, and Black Creatures.

On September 6, 2017 we played Jenna McCarty and the single, “Love Havin’ Company” an Unreleased track. Kansas City based singer-songwriter who is a guitarist and songwriter for Jenna & Martin with musician Martin Farrell Jr. Back in 2017 jenna was just getting started. She played banjo in the band Deadeye. She also was a guitarist and songwriter for the 6-piece Lawrence based western band Playing For Horses. That year, Jenna & Martin play Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9, at 6:45 at The Living Room Theatre Downstairs, for the Lost Cowgirl Records Showcase.

Jenna began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band.

In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye.”

After four years of nursing, Jenna integrated her musical career into her nursing career.

In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana.

In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. On January 3, 2020, Lost Cowgirl Records released “Cosmic Western Duets” from Jenna & Martin. More info at: http://www.thelostcowgirl.com

Jenna Rae, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Jenna Rae just released her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records.

10:52

  1. Jenna Rae – “Dandelions Dancin'”
    from: Coubtry Lo-Fi / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 1, 2022
    [Jenna Rae ‘s second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. Jenna’s began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson’s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.]
Ezmerelda
  1. Ezmerelda – “Reverser”
    from: “Reverser” – Single / Ezmerelda / April 1, 2022
    [Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com]

[Ezmerelda plays The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms on April 23 with Redder Moon and DJ Apothecary.]

[Ezmerelda will play live on WMM on May 4, 2022]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Prairie Brigade – “Is This How The World Ends?”
    from: “Is This How The World Ends?” – Single / Prairie Brigade / February 22, 2022
    [Debut single from Prairie Brigade a KC band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. Prairie Brigade’s first album will be released April 12, 2022. Info: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com]

11:02 – Interview with Kristie Stremel

Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 100 published songs, a few books, multiple videos, singer, songwriter, producer, and rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has toured all over the world and shared the stages with so many bands, comedians, performance artists, and rock and rollers. Kristie Stremel grew up in a western Kansas off the beaten track for most. She learned to play her father’s guitar with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings songs that he taught her. In 1986, at age 12, she entertained her family with her first electric guitar. At 15, she caught Joan Jett at the county fair and decided to put together a band; it performed at the local skating rink and school dances. Transplanted to Kansas City the summer before high school, she got serious about writing songs. By 21, Stremel was a crowd favorite in one of Kansas City’s most promising bands, Frogpond, which released a 1996 album produced by Everclear’s Art Alexakis. The next year, her growing stockpile of songs led her to form her own band. She named it after the Interstate 70 off-ramp that led to her hometown, Exit 159. The band release one EP and one full length and toured the West Coast twice and received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. After the band broke up Kristie embarked on her solo career. She won another Pitch Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, and signed with a Springfield, Missouri label Slewfoot Records (and one EP) and released three albums and an EP, produced by the late great Springfield, Missouri legend Lou Whitney. After Lou’s passing Kristie created her own recording studio and her own lable and began producing her own recordings. In 2015 Kristie released, Wildflowers, a children’s book of songs and poems with an accompanying CD recording inspired by her son Charlie. In 2016 Kristie released the single “Orlando (Keep Dancing).” in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightcub in Orlando Florida. Her solo albums and single releases continued including a reunion with Exit 159 and on November 13, 2020, Kristie Stremel released SKY CREW her eleventh full length release. Kristie joins us today to share details about her new band, Prairie Brigade who will release their debut album FAILSAFE on April 12, 2022. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

Kristie Stremel, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

In October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. Chris is now in second grade

Stremeltone Records, was first created in her home outside Lawrence, and nw operated in her home outside Eudora, Kansas.

Kristie talked about how thrilled she was to hear about the recent Frogpond reunion, and reformation., and band where she first got her start in the music business.

Prairie Brigade

Prairie Brigade is a super group full of musician Krsitie has worked with in the past with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

Chris Meck from Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, Tiny Horse, The Gaslights played on Kristie’s early Slewfoot solo records produced by Lou Whitney.

John Hobson & Ryan McCall played on Kristie’s 2020 solo album SKY CREW.

Info at: http://www.kristiestremel.com or http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

Kristie Stremel’s Discography

On April 12, 2022 Prairie Brigade release their debut album, FAILSAFE. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel released the instrumental single “Fool’s Gold”

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel released the single “Nighty Night Song.”

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released the single, “Hey”.

On November 13, 2020, Kristie Stremel released SKY CREW her eleventh full length release. Songs were written by Kristie Stremel (Stremeltone Songs ASCAP). Recorded at Stremeltone Studio, Kansas. Mixed by John Hobson. Mastered by Paul Malinowski. Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Lance Gilchrist on drums, Jason Hammond on bass, Ryan McCall on keyboards, and John Hobson on guitar & vocals.

On March 1, 2018 Kristie Stremel released the instrumental single “I Love You.”

On February 14, 2018 Kristie Stremel released the single “Follow Your Freaking Heart.”

On June 16, 2016 Kristie released the single “Orlando (Keep Dancing).” The song was written by Kristie Stremel in response to the Pulse Nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Pulse was hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Latino. About 320 people were inside the club, which was serving last call drinks at around 2:00 a.m. After arriving at the club by van, Omar Mateen approached the building on foot, armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and bypassed security and began shooting and taking hostages. After a three-hour standoff, he was shot and killed by Orlando Police Department officers. It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since the 9 /11 attacks in 2001. “Keep Dancing” was included in the new release SKY CREW. More info at: http://www.kristiestremel.com

On November 28, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single “Lost In You.”

On November 24, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single, ”Lover Be Cool.”

On November 3, 2017 Kristie released the single, “Kansas 1893”

On February 14, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single, “The Shipwreck.”

On November 4, 2014 Kristie released, WILDFLOWERS, her children’s book of song and poems with accompanying CD recording with contributions from Victor & Penny, Kelley Hunt, Ron Megee, Kasey Rausch and more.

On September 6, 2014 Kristie Stremel released the single (and book) “Love Makes A Family”

In April 2014 Kristie released SONGWRITER her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. SONGWRITER was released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. The last track, “It’s Enough” was released early, as a video, featuring photos of couples in partnerships, relationships, marriages, unions, families. The video was Kristie’s response the the KS House of Representatives passing HD 2453 allowing businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers

On November 22, 2012 Kristie Stremel released, “Ten Little Hens” with music and illustrations by Kristie Stremel.

On May 30, 2012, Kristie Stremel released the single, “Don’t Do Crazy Anymore” a duet with James Johan

On August 11, 2010, Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released COLOR OF STARS. Kristie she received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. She has also won the “Best Female Vocalist” in Kansas City awarded by The Pitch Weekly. After a decade of playing music, singer/songwriter Kristie Stremel and her former band mates from Exit 159 (drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler), along with lead guitarist Scott Cameron, reunited to form Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. After a year of writing new material, “Color Of Stars” (Stremeltone Records) was released Aug. 31, 2010. This 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

On June 24, 2010 Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released the single, “Unstoppable.”

On December 18, 2009 Kristie Stremel released the online single “Best Kiss.”

On November 15, 2006 Kristie Stremel released the 14 song album TEN YEARS, Kristie’s own “Greatest Hits” package.

On July 1, 2003 Kristie Stremel released HERE COMES THE LIGHT, a 10 song album recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

On September 25, 2001 Kristie Stremel released ALL I REALLY WANT a 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

In 1998 Exit 159 (Kristie Stremel with guitarist Byron Huhmann, drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler) released the 12 track album, EXIT 159 on Don’t Touch Me Records.

In 1998 Exit 159 (Kristie Stremel with guitarist Byron Huhmann, drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler) released the 6 track EP, LOST ON EARTH.

In 1996 Frogpond (with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass, Megan Hamilton on drums, Kristie Stemel on guitar and backing vocals) released, COUNT TO TEN was the band’s 12-track national debut full length released on Tristar Music – Columbia on CD and vinyl in 1996 with songs written by Heidi Phillips,. Art Alexakis (of the band Everclear) served as producer and contributed backing vocals.

Kristie Stremel, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Prairie Brigade will release their first self-titled album will be released April 12, 2022. with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. More info at: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

11:21

  1. Prairie Brigade – “The Feel Good”
    from: Failsafe / Prairie Brigade / April 12, 2022
    [Debut single from Prairie Brigade a KC band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. Prairie Brigade’s first album will be released April 12, 2022. Info: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com]
The Talking Trees
  1. The Talking Trees – “Total Animation”
    from: “Total Animation” – Single / East of Troost Music, BMI / March 3, 2022
    [This is a follow up to their previous single,”Talking Trees” released on January 7, 2022. The Talking Trees are releasing their new EP, ONCE I WAS BORN on April 22, 2022. The album was recorded and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios, it is the first single from their upcoming EP. The Kansas City based trio made up of: Dirk Liebert on bass, guitar, & vocals; Tommy Capps on keyboards, guitar, & vocals; and Graham Stone on drums & percussion. More info at: http://www.thetalkingtrees.bandcamp.com ]

[The Talking Trees are playing a ONCE I WAS BORN EP Release Show at The Brick April 22, 2022.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. The Black Creatures – “True Friends”
    from: “True Friends” – Single / Center Cut Records / September 17, 2021
    The Black Creatures released their latest single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021.
    [After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album 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 and September 15, 2021.]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. This year, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Awards were given to Andrew Mcilvaine, Harold Smith Jr., and Johanna Winters. Congratulations!]

[The Black Creatures play Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. ]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

11:34 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions & 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 KC 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, and other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – April 9-16, with a Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Funds raised from the Donation Drive will expand MMF’s ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care grants through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

SPRING DONATION DRIVE KICKOFF CONCERT

Our Kickoff Concert happens this Saturday, April 9th, at the RINO in North Kansas City! This live music event begins our week-long fundraiser to support mental health for Midwest musicians, running April 9th-16th. The concert features some of KC’s best talent: The Black Creatures, True Lions, Stephonne, and The Way Way Back.

Spring Donation Drive Kickoff Concert
April 9th, Doors at 7pm, Music at 8pm
The RINO in North Kansas City, $12, TICKETS
*Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours required
*MMF can provide free rapid tests at the door if needed

Representatives from University Health (formerly Truman Medical Center), and NAMI will be at our Kickoff Concert providing information and support. NAMI, or The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a nonprofit organization that provides free mental health support services to individuals living with any form of mental illness & their families.

11:42

Alisön Hawkins of True Lions
  1. True Lions – “Ode to Keytar [feat. Adee Rocket Dancy]”
    from: The Fempire Strikes Back / Manor Records / April 9, 2021
    [2nd single released March 22, 2021 from True Lions debut album, “The Fempire Strikes Back,”. Alisön Hawkins on keytar & vocals; Adee Rocket Dancy on cello & vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, Elizabeth Kosko on drums & percussion; Iona DeWalt on synthesizers; Miki P on guitar & vocals, and Teri Quinn on bass & vocals. 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 February 5, 2019. They followed up with q second EP called. You’re Not Invited, released on November 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 and Alison Hawkins. Tracking & Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman.. Alisön Hawkins was our guest on WMM on April 7, 2021. More info at: http://www.manorrecords.com .]

[True Lions play Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: Stephonne, The Black Creatures and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City.]

11:45

MENTAL HEALTH IS HEALTH

Funds raised during our 4th annual Spring Donation Drive, April 9th-16th, will expand our ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources, offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care assistance through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. Along with your donations, and our corporate sponsorships, we have a very exciting $10,000 matching donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

At Midwest Music Foundation, we believe that a healthy, thriving community of artists contributes to the strength and character of our city. Help us keep the hardworking music community of Kansas City strong and donate through our Facebook Fundraiser running April 9th-16th, and through these sources:

VENMO PAYPAL BECOME A SPONSOR SHOP MERCH links at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH ABBY’S FUND

If you or a family member needs healthcare assistance, please apply for an Abby’s Fund grant. This resource is available to active KC area musicians and music personnel. LEARN MORE AND APPLY at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundatiom.org

Please email our Executive Director, Rhonda Lyne, for more information. rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org

Midwest Music Foundation offers the following services:

-Mental Health Grants to assist with counseling and treatment

-Free Dental Screenings at the UMKC School of Dentistry

-Free COVID-19 Tests

-Mammogram Grants

April 9th at the Rino for our Kickoff Concert!

For more info and full list of sponsors visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Scott Easterday, Website Administrator, Musician
Christopher Tate, Technical Officer, Website Specialist Danielle Anderson, Media Manager

Midwest Music Foundation Board

Chris Meck, Founder
Amber Hulet, President
Eric Barton, Treasurer, General Counsel
Julia Haile, Secretary
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Dr. Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Co-Chair Mental Health for Musicians
Michelle Bacon, Co-Chair Mental Health for Musicians, Diversity Chair
Erin McGrane
Molly Gotobed
Jerry Jones, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eddie Moore
Sonia Hall
Skeet Hanks, Marketing Chair

Rhonda Lyne is Executive Director of Midwest Music Foundation. She is a scientist by day and avid supporter of the arts by night. Rhonda has had an active role with the MMF since the inaugural fundraiser, Apocalypse Meow, in 2008. Inspired by MMF founder, Abigail Henderson, Rhonda is dedicated to the mission of the MMF a nonprofit created to support music & musicians in KC and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians & music lovers. Rhonda is instrumental in MMF’s fundraising, volunteer and event coordination, overseeing the health care fund, and other day to day activities of the organization..

Sondra Freeman, thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – April 9-16, with a Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Funds raised from the Donation Drive will expand MMF’s ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care grants through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

11:54

Stephonne
  1. Stephonne Singleton – “Want Me”
    from: SIS: Side A / Stephonne Singleton / August 7, 2020
    [Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. 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 video for “Want Me” was just released. “Want Me” is part of a new 4-song EP.]

[Stephonne plays Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, April 13 we present “Rhythm and Seoul Radio’ with guest producers: Meighan Peiffer and Patricia Doherty.

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

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