#943 – May 25, 2022 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

New & MidCoastal Releases + Amy Farrand + Sam Platt

  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. Major Matt Mason USA – “Stupid Feelings”
    from: “Stupid Feelings” – Single / Olive Juice Music / May 6, 2022
    [Matt Roth on guitar & vocals, Brian Hurtgen on drums, Dane Bridges on bass. Recorded and mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Audio (Shawnee, KS). Produced by Matt Roth and Paul Malinowski. copyright 2022 (Claws Beat Skin BMI) Matt writes, “This is a song about releasing yourself and others from judgment. It’s a celebration of the beautiful messes that we are and that strange peace you feel when you’re cleaning up after the party that trashed your house the night before.”Major Matt Mason USA previously released “Endless Summer” on Movember 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com]
Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones
  1. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Set In Stone”
    from: “Set InStone” / Katy Guillen / May 24, 2022
    [Produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, “Set In Stone” is brimming with vibrant textures, fuzzy electric guitars, and warm vocals. “Set In Stone” marks the beginning of a major life transition for Katy Guillen (pronounced Ghee-En). Written shortly after her longtime band announced their final show, she was struggling to find the next step in her career and personal life, while longing for a past sense of stability. “The song’s vigorous structure and deliberate rhythms convey that feeling of defeat and darkness, but with a sense of resolution and surrender through the guitar solo – a favorite moment on the record for me,” explains Katy. “While it started on shaky ground, coming out on the other side meant starting over and building something new.”It is a taste of what’s to come on their full-length debut album ANOTHER ONE GAINED (due August 19, 2022), a memoir of growth and reawakening by way of heart-wrenching transition and change – loss of her long-time band, end of a romantic relationship and finding herself amidst it all. “Set In Stone” premiered earlier this week on Guitar Girl Magazine. Katy Guillen & The Drive – Katy Gillen (drums) and Stephanie William (drums) – dropped their first EP, Dream Girl, right before the 2020 lockdown, leaving them without opportunities to perform live. In their basement rehearsal space, they spent the year learning home recording and pre-production techniques, gradually crafting a collection of songs from the ground up. The following April, they took the demos to producer/engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. From their work with Ratterman emerged a batch of 15 songs. At the end of 2021, the band released the four-track Battles EP, offering listeners a darker, more simmering edge to their impelling indie-rock sound. Ten more would comprise Another One Gained, the full-length debut due August 19, 2022. Previously Katy Guillen & The Drive released BATTLES EP on December 17, 2021, Recorded at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Ratterman. Produced by Kevin Ratterman, Katy Guillen, and Stephanie Williams. Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. Katy Guillen on vocals, guitar, bass, & keyboarda. Stephanie Williams on drums & percussion. Additional keys and programming by Kevin Ratterman. Album design and photography by Morgan Jones. This is a follow up to Katy Guillen & The Drive’s 7-song EP DREAM GIRL, released March 20, 2020. Katy Guillen & The Drive, is a project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Katy Guillen joined us on WMM on March 18, 2020. More info at: http://www.katyguillenmusic.com]
Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones

Katy Guillen & The Drive U.S. TOUR DATES

JUN 3 / LEES SUMMIT, MO @ Lee’s Summit Downtown Days
JUN 4 / IOWA CITY, IA @ Iowa Arts Fest 2022
JUN 5 / YORKVILLE, IL @ The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
JUN 10 @ LAWRENCE, KS @ The Bottleneck
JUN 24 / APPLETON, WI @ Fox River House
JUNE 25 / MILWAUKEE, WI @ TBA
JUL 7 / JACKSON, MS @ Duling Hall
JUL 8 / BATON ROUGE, LA @ Manship Theatre
JUL 15 / GRAND ISLAND, NE @ Hear Grand Island
JUL 16 / SIOUX CITY, IA @ Vanguard Arts
JUL 31 / COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ Vultures
AUG 3 / VIRGINIA BEACH, VA @ Elevation 27
AUG 4 / RICHMOND, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
AUG 5 / WASHINGTON, DC @ City Winery
AUG 7 / ROCKY MOUNT, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
AUG 19 / DAVENPORT, IA @ Alternating Currents Festival
AUG 20 / LINCOLN, NE @ The Zoo Bar
AUG 26 / KANSAS CITY, MO @ Knuckleheads
AUG 27 / DES MOINES, IA @ xBk Live

Seyko Bond Groves, Misha D Roberts, and Wyatt West
  1. Wyatt West & the Accomplices – “It’s Human Nature”
    from: “It’s Human Nature” – Single / Wyatt West / May 24, 2022
    [Misha D. Roberts: lead vocals, Seyko Bond Groves and Misha D. Roberts, backing vocals, Lawrence Jackson: trumpet, Ryan Jamal Davis: trombone, Ernest Melton: tenor sax, Max Berry: guitars, Thomas “Freight Train” Walker: drums, Wyatt West: piano & keys, Lynn Allred: sound engineer.Iconoclast Wyatt West roams the wide and diverse American music landscape to create a stunning range of music and lyrics. No musical genre is off limits or taboo for his songwriting craft. Wyatt writes: “I’m working on a benefit CD for Hope House using songs I’ve recorded with female singers from here in KC (if I can get everybody’s permission) and this cut will definitely be part of that. We’re probably looking at late fall (Christmas) for that. But this is such a ‘summer cut’ thought I’d try to get it out early for everybody to groove on. Aren’t Misha’s vocals incredible?” More info at http://www.wyattwest.bandcamp.com]

Folk Alliance Spotlight
(Each week, Mark will feature an artist we talked with and heard play live at the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City May 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22.)

Crys Matthews
  1. Crys Matthews – “Changemakers”
    from: CHANGEMAKERS / Crys Matthews / May 26, 2021
    [Winner of the 2022 Folk Alliance International Folk Muaic Award for Song of the Year. Crys Matthews was also an Official Showcase Artist for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, More info at http://www.folk.org. Already being hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality,” Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation called Matthews’s gift “a reminder of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.” She is made for these times and, with the release of her new, hope-fueled, love-filled social justice album Changemakers, Matthews hopes to take her place alongside some of her heroes in the world of social-justice music like Sweet Honey in the Rock and Holly Near. Of Matthews, ASCAP VP & Creative Director Eric Philbrook says, “By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times. // ”Matthews began performing in 2010, but cemented her acclaim at Lincoln Center as the 2017 New Song Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner. That year she also released two new projects—her album of thoughtful songs on love and life called The Imagineers, and her EP called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers, which tackles social justice themes. Matthews also won the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. Loyal fans quickly followed as Matthews racked up performances at large music festivals and prestigious venues across the country including the Sundance Film Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and locally at venues like The Birchmere, TheHamilton, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and Jammin’ Java. In her TedTalk about difficult conversations called “Sing, Don’t Shout—An Alternative Approach” Matthews spoke about being born and raised in a small town in southeastern NorthCarolina by an A.M.E.preacher, and how she witnessed the power of music from an early age. A former drum major and classically-trained clarinetist turned folk singer, Matthews is using her voice to answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to be “a drum major for justice.” // “I believe in hope,” Matthews said. “As a social-justice songwriter, it is my duty to keep breathing that hope and encouragement into the people who listen to my music.” And, from the title track to the last track, Changemakers does just that all while tackling some heavy topics like immigration, the opioid crisis, Black Lives Matter, and gun safety to name a few.“ Ani DiFranco said, “People used to make records as in a record of an event,” said Matthews, “so I hope that these songs will serve as a time capsule, a record of the events of the last four years and what it was like to live through them.” Crys Matthews’s thoughtful, realistic and emotional songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul. More info at http://www.crysmatthews.com]
  1. Jerame Gray – “When The Sun Comes Up”
    from: “When The Sun Comes Up”- Single / Full Tank Studios / May 13, 2022
    [Earlier this year on April 30, 2022 Jerame released the single “Transcendental Medication.” On May 24, 2020 Jerame Gray released the single, “Let Morning Rise.” On January 12, 2020 Jerame Gray released the singles, “Before Long (feat. Kate Gray)” and “What Good Is The Rising Sun” and “Ashes Before Dust.” On Hanuary 12, 2012 Jerame Gray released the EP, KILL CREEK ROAD. Australian born singer-songwriter Jerame Gray’s work has. been described as “Music for the working man, the adventurer, the traveler, and for those with an unsettled spirit.” Jerame has an innate capacity for strong melody and musical arrangements, lyrical storytelling, alluring song development, and a soulfully dynamic vocal delivery. He has an energetic and deliberate approach when melding style, form, and balance into multilayered musical compositions. // Jerame is a proficient writer and performer and his work has been featured in film, numerous international travel documentaries, and in a United States web and television campaign for LMC Trucks. // He is represented by Union Entertainment in Nashville, TN and currently lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, songwriter Kate Gray, and their two children. More info at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jeramegray%5D

[Check out Jerame Gray’s wife Kathryn Gray’s book, The Gardener At Fossil Cottage)

Boxknife
  1. Boxknife – “The Tower”
    from: “The Tower” – (Single) / Squarestab Records / May 20, 2022
    [Debut Single from Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City made up of Stephanie Bankston, Britt Wild, Mia Morrow, and Brook Worlledge who formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.

[Boxknife play RecordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, on Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 PM opening for JAY ASTON’S GENE LOVES JEZEBEL with Rosegarden Funeral Party.]

10:29 – Underwriting

Amy Farrand
  1. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Not Gonna Cry”
    from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
    [Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand plays over a dozen intruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms, with The Utilitarians.]

10:35 – Interview with Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows, and she is licsensed to has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.” In April 2018, Amy’s band Amy Farrand & The Like released their 11-song debut album and were nominated for a Pitch “Best of Kansas City” Award.

The last time we talked with Amy on the radio, was April 1, 2020, while she was stranded in Italy after traveling there to help a friend move back to the U.S. In her second week of visiting her friend, the Coronavirus hit hard and citizens were ordered to quarantine themselves at home. Amy was stuck in Italy for 4 months, and when it was time to come home her friend ended up staying Europe.

On April 1, 2020 in the U.S. there were 4085 deaths due to Covid 19, and 189,785 confirmed cases. As of today there have been over 1 million deaths in the United States due to Covid.

Amy came back to her home town that was shuttered, venues were closed, friends out of work, Davey’s Uptown lost to a fire. Amy decided to turn her efforts in ward, and as she put it, “do the work, on myself, to work out those things that have been haunting me my whole life.” She says that she is happier now than she has ever been in her whole life. She is 70 pounds lighter. Amy says as she did the work, the weight just went away, gradually over the last year and a half. Amy’s hair is naturally curly, her smile as big as ever. Amy Farrand is real. One of the most real people you will ever meet. She is honest and hardworking and a walking history of the last 25 years of the Kansas City Music Community.

Amy talked with us about how she left home at the age a fifteen, and got her own apartment in midtown. She talked about going to Recycled Sounds to buy posters to decorate her new, self-made home. Recycled Sounds owner, Anne Winter asked Amy if this was for her bedroom, Amy replied that it was for her new apartment. Anne asked, “How old are you?” When Amy replied “15” Anne’s mouth fell open, and that is when Amy felt Anne’s maternal energy, looking after her, even though as Amy mentioned, “she wouldn’t hire me to work at the store.” Amy said, “I would slip my application in while Billy Smith was working there, but Anne didn’t want to hire me, and it’s probably just as well, because I probably would have just spent my entire paycheck on records.”

One of Amy’s first band’s was My Childhood Hero, the reformation and new identity of the previous band, The Young Johnny Carson Story, a band formed by Eve Sheldon, Tom Livesay, and Jeff Brown in 1991. In 1994, after receiving a “deceased and desist” letter from Carson Productions, the band changed their name and added drummer Amy Farrand to the group.

Amy talked with us about picking up a guitar and playing for the first time in years. She talked about finding her voice again. Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.

Amy Farrand & The Like are
Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar
Steve Tubbert on bass
Felix Dukes on drums
Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals
Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet
Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals.

Amy Farrand thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Amy Farrand & The Like play their first show in almost 3 years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.

10:51

  1. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Baby (Radio Edit)”
    from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
    [Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand plays over a dozen intruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.]

  1. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Love In Remission”
    from: “Love In Remission” – Single / Drop Out Records / March 25, 2022
    [Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. This new single is a follow up to “Stand Down” released Jan. 21, 2022. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their debut album, ALIGNED on Drop Out Records on Oct. 6, 2017. “About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, & keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.” The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Fear or Faith” on June 7, 2019 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Pulse” on April 17, 2020 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Beat Me To The Punch” on Drop Out Records on Oct. 29, 2021. Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us on WMM on Feb 5, 2020 and June 26, 2019. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves will release their album, LORELAI on May 28, 2022. The band will play an Album Release show at RecordBar May 28, at 7:00 PM, with Not A Planet, and Doule Drag. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. The Bobby Lees – “Dig Your Hips”
    from: Hollywood Junkyard EP / Ipecac Recordings / June 17, 2022
    [Woodstock, New York based band with Macky Bowman on drums, Nick Casa on guitar, Sam Quartin on vocals & guitar, Kendall Wind on bass. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Bleached, The Raconteurs). “ “Check out The Bobby Lees… The future is minimal proto slash punk!” – Debbie Harry // “It’s so great to welcome The Bobby Lees to Ipecac. Take no prisoners, DIY rock and roll. Can’t wait to share these tunes with the world,” – Mike Patton // “When our A&R guy, Henry Rollins, brought The Bobby Lees to our attention we did not hesitate. A great band, great people with the right attitude. Honored to be a part of the future of this band.” – Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman More info at: http://www.thebobbylees.com]

[The Bobby Lees play MiniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 PM with The Whiffs]

11:03 – Interview with Sam Platt

KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist (Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, & Maya Coppola) and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work. Sam will share a track from a recording session that took place at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just heard brand new music from The Bobby Lees

Sam Platt is from Carthage Missouri School, graduated 1986, and spent that summer playing tympani and throughout Europe with the U.S. Collegiate Wind Ensemble.

After 3 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he moved to Boston to finish his degree at the Berklee School of Music.

In 1991 Sam moved back to KC, received Master of Arts in Music at UMKC. He started playing 3 nights a week with Billy Meynier & James Albright at The Majestic Steakhouse.

Sam moved to Laguna Beach in 1995 and worked in a recording Internship at Future Post. He taught at Capistrano Valley High school and worked at music stores in Orange County and Burbank.

Sam then taught jazz and toured in the summers at the Chopin School of Music in Warsaw Poland.

In 1996 Sam Platt bought Redhouse Recording in Lawrence Ks, and began recording music, commercials, and audio for video. Sam sold the studio to the Getupkids in 2003.

Platt currently plays with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Foster, Gary Foster, Micheal Urbaniak, Matthew Garrison, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Doug Talley, Milt Abel, Nathan Granner, and Gerald Trottman. Rock bands include Pendergast, Ricky Dean Sinatra, Kristie Stremel, The Naughty Pines, The Sunflower Colonels, Kasey Rausch, Fred Wickham Hadacol Caravan, the Billybats, duo with Jason Vivone went to IBC finals in Memphis.

Sam platt has previously served as head of audio at the American Jazz Museum, just finished 6 weeks of streaming bands 6 nights a week.

His recording clients have included: The Bach Aria Soloists, James Clay, Sequira Costa, Micheal W. Smith, Anhauser Busch, all audio recorded, edited and mastered over 10,000 files for the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum, FedEx, Second Story Productions, the Speed Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, Disney, John Deere, Dairy Queen, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Baker University, and Southwest Airlines.

He has composed music for Slim 4 Life, Frontier Broadband, Dish Network, John Deere, Grundfos, Seimans, and Liquid 9 Advertising Agency.

One of the band’s Sam Platt has played with is Expassionates

Scott Easterday conceived Expassionates’ first release, “Verse, Chorus, Bridge,” as a studio project. In July 1998. He assembled seven local musicians: Scott Easterday on vocals, guitar, keyboard; Bryan R. Hicks on acoustic bass; Ryan Bennett on drums, Marco Pascolini on Electric 7 acoustic guitar; Nate Hofer on pedal steel guitar; Richard Alwyn on harmonica; Mark Southerland on tenor saxophone; Jazzbo (Bill Hargrave) on trumpet. Produced by Scott Easterday. Engineered by Chad Meise. Recorded at El Torreon, aka The Cowtown Mallroon, 31st and Gillam, KCMO, July 1998, 102 degrees. Mixed at Nove Coast. Mastered by Lynn Allred at Barry Music (KCMO) on Halloween Day. The country-rock-lounge jazz experiment that resulted in music unlike anything else at the time.

Nearly 10 years later Expassionates reassembled as a 4-man band led by Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums to record Landscapes, released November 22, 2008.

Scott Easterday & Bryan Hicks play live at The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer at 1615 Oak Street, KCMO, Friday, May 29, at 7:00 PM playing all the songs from the EXPASSIONATES : Verse Chorus Bridge, and some more.

Expassionates (Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums) play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1t 6:00 PM with Fred Wickham Caravan.

11:11

  1. Expassionates – “Movin’On”
    from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
    [Scott Easterday-guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini-guitar, Richard Burgess-bass, and Sam Platt-drums. Expassionates will have their last show, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:00pm, recordBar, KCMO.]

[Scott Easterday & Bryan Hicks play live at The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer at 1615 Oak Street, KCMO, Friday, May 29, at 7:00 PM playing all the songs from the EXPASSIONATES : Verse Chorus Bridge, and some more.]

[Expassionates play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 6:00 PM with Fred Wickham Caravan.]

  1. Fred Wickham Caravan – “Just Because You Can”
    from: Town Without Soul / Black Site Records / October 29, 2021
    [The first single released August 27, 2020, from the Fred Wickham Caravan’s debut LP tells of a place we all know, that city where something just ain’t right Fred Wickham on vocals & guitar, Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, Bart Colliver on piano & accordion & vocals, Richard Burgess on upright bass & vocals, Fred Wickham, Jr. on mandolin, Matt Brahl on drums & percussion. Music and lyrics by Fred Wickham. Produced by Fred Wickham Caravan. Recorded at The Nutthouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Engineered by Jimmy Nutt. Mastered by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios in KCMO. Fred Wickham is best known for his work with Hadacol, the Kansas City based quartet that released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for ferocious live shows across the country. The Caravan, formed to support the solo album, Mariosa Delta, blends country, soul and rock & roll into a sound that can only be called pure Americana. Info at: http://www.fredwickhamband.com Fred Wickham Caravan played and Album Release show with The Roseline is Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6:30 pm,at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101. Fred Wickham joined us LIVE on WMM on October 20, 2021.]

[Fred Wickham Caravan play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1t 6:00 PM with Expassionates.]

11:19 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

We are talking with KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Sam Plays Green Lady Lounge

Platt is currently playing with Ken Lovern’s Organ Jazz Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio

Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ

11:25

  1. Ken Lovern’s O.J.T. – “OJT Theme (Full Version)”
    from: OJT Organ Jazz Trio / Jazz Daddy Records / October 20, 2005
    [Ken Lovern’s OJT Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ. Ken Lovern is a professional musician who works at Green Lady Lounge. He graduated from UMKC in 1984. He studied Law at The University of Kansas from 1992 to 1995, He currently lives in Mission, Kansas with his wife Jamie Ledbetter who he married in December 29, 2005.

[Ken Lovern’s OJT Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ plays Green Lady Lounge – Main Floor, 1809 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Thursday, May 26, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, May 27, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

WE are talking to KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist (Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, & Maya Coppola) and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work.

Sam will share a track from a recording session that took place at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Ondist is a recording project created by Corbin Dooley with singer songwriter Maya Coppola (Imani’s sister) and Nick Poortman.

Corbin Dooley signed Nine Inch nails to TVT Records in 1990. He managed Blur, and Tekronic.

Kansas City based drummer, producer and engineer Sam Platt told us about how he grew up in Carthage Missouri where Corbin Dooley would visit during summers, staying with is grandparents. Sam explained that recently Corbin with Ondist has been traveling around the country, recording songs. Corbin asked Sam to put a band together for some Kansas City sessions. It was such a success that Corbin has been back twice to record. Corbin flew in producer Nadir Omawale from Detroit and Luke John from Memphis. Recordings took place at Weights and Measures with Duane Trower.

For this track: Claire Adams on lead vocals, Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar.

Sam Platt told us that over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers. Corbin Dooley narrowed down a few for Claire Adams to sing. From these recordings and others 14 songs ended up on No Coincidence. Sam Platt flew to LA to record and played on tracks with Nick Gaffeney a drummer from New Zealand. Sam said the rest of the albums sounds like it mostly features the Kansas City musicians, or played/programmed by Corbin, Nick and Maya.

11:37

  1. Corbin Dooley – “Pinea”
    from: Affection / Bikiniwax Records / September 18, 2020
    [Recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release. In 2020, Ondist has released three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on August 14, and Mise en Place on November 13 totaling 41 songs, plus a 26 track Acapellas & Instrumentals Release on July 3, plus a 4-song EP entitled Resound on February 28, plus 9 singles. Ondist is Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, and Maya Coppola are Ondist. With divergent backgrounds rooted in Arkansas, New Zealand, and New York, the trio connected in Los Angeles. Recording in Malibu, Dallas, Kansas City, and Las Vegas brought environmental influences to the center of the Ondist sound, which is united by its cinematic vision of hope. Several of the tracks for all three albums were recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Corbin Dooley signed Nine Inch nails to TVT Records in 1990. He managed Blur, and Tekronic. We interviewed Maya Coppola on the October 7, 2020 on WMM.]
Corbin Dooley
  1. Brian Lopez – “Remedios”
    from: Remedios – Single / Dust and Stone Records / may 2, 2022
    [Brian Lopez: Vocals, Guitars, Synths // Gabriel Sullivan: Drums, Bass // Vassili Caillosse: Pedal Steel. Recorded at Dust and Stone Recording Studio (Tucson, AZ). Produced by: Gabriel Sullivan. Engineered by: Frank Bair. Assistant Engineer: Saul Millán . Mixed by: James Saez at The Audio Labs (Los Angeles, CA).. Mastered by: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering (Los Angeles, CA). Executive Producer: Corbin Dooley. Written and arranged by Brian Lopez (Brian Lopez Publishing / SESAC) Brian Lopez is an internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. A classically trained guitarist, Lopez has toured as a solo artist, with his psychedelic cumbia/rock band XIXA, and as a sideman for internationally renowned artists Calexico, KT Tunstall, Giant Sand, Orkesta Mendoza, Mexican Institute of Sound and more. Lopez has released 2 EPs, and 3 studio albums. More info at: http://www.brianlopezofficial.com]

11:48 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

We are talking to KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
Platt currently playing with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Foster, Gary Foster, Micheal Urbaniak, Matthew Garrison, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Doug Talley, Milt Abel, Nathan Granner, and Gerald Trottman. Rock bands include Pendergast, Ricky Dean Sinatra, Kristie Stremel, The Naughty Pines, The Sunflower Colonels, Kasey Rausch, Fred Wickham Hadacol Caravan, the Billybats, duo with Jason Vivone went to IBC finals in Memphis.

Served as head of audio at the American Jazz Museum, just finished 6 weeks of streaming bands 6 nights a week.

His recording clients include: The Bach Aria Soloists, James Clay, Sequira Costa, Micheal W. Smith, Anhauser Busch, all audio recorded, edited and mastered over 10,000 files for the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum, FedEx, Second Story Productions, the Speed Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, Disney, John Deere, Dairy Queen, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Baker University, and Southwest Airlines.

He has composed music for Slim 4 Life, Frontier Broadband, Dish Network, John Deere, Grundfos, Seimans, and Liquid 9 Advertising Agency

Sam Platt Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:54

  1. Jackie Myers Angel – “I’ve got A Plan (Live)”
    from: Clementine (Live) / Jackie Myers / April8. 2020
    [Jackie Myers may have the Midas touch for groove, conjuring up musical styles ranging from soul, jazz and modern R&B each time the talented pianist places her hands on the keys. Daytrotter’s Pat Stolley says of Jackie’s music “It reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s jazz period.” The finesse on her chosen instrument plays complement to what the Austin Chronicle describes as “her earthy lungs” – beautiful, captivating, complex, and always with an edge.// 017 saw Myers featured on a Daytrotter session which was lauded as one of the best of that week’s releases by the site. She also produced and composed for the project “Silent Films Out Loud,” A Buster Keaton tribute that commissioned new scores for several short films, which were played live in tandem with a screening of the films at Austin’s premier theater – The Stateside at the Paramount. Myers also produced and performed in a live recreation of Carole King’s Tapestry at Stubb’s. Last but not least, Myers released her album Third which has enjoyed a fair amount of airplay and success throughout the year. // hird! was recorded in Austin at 5th Street Studios (White Denim, Leon Bridges) and features guitarist Michael Brinley (Black Joe Lewis) and Eduardo Torres (Black Joe Lewis, La Mafia) on drums. The album was meticulously crafted by Myers, with its arrangements and orchestrations of original compositions and unique covers planned track by track. “We’d start the sessions with me handing out sheet music. It wasn’t a ‘This is in Bb minor, go!’ type thing at all,” explains Myers. The 11 tracks on Third! range from “the answer to the Doo-wop era” to the “uncharted territory of synths,” exploring a wide array of subject matter from notorious criminals and existential perils to childhood nostalgia. The album saw airplay on several radio stations including KXCI, KMUZ, KAFM, KHUM, NPR affiliate stations: KCUR and KGOU and is the regular rotation on KLOI even a year later. // The Instrumental One, Myers most recent release is a live album she was invited to record at the prestigious venue The Green Lady in Kansas City, MO. The album was featured in KC’s music Magazine The Jam; and received a positive review by music columnist Roger Atkinson. // NEW LIVE ALBUM – The Myers Swingset – The State of This City – Out Now!!

[Jackie Myers plays solo at Corvino Supper Club, 1830 Walnut, KCMO, Tonight, Wednesday, May 25.]

[Jackie Myers plays solo at Tom’s Town, KCMO, Tonight, Thursday, May 26.]

[Jackie Myers Quartet plays solo at Corvino Supper Club, 1830 Walnut, KCMO, Tonight, Fri, May 27.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 1 we talk with Stacy Busch about her multi media production, When / Time, Taylor Avazpour shares a new single and talks about Gay Pride, and Les Izmore shares new muic fromhis bandArquesta Del Soul Sol.

Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones

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