WMM Playlist from April 24, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand + Garrett Nordstrom
HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley + Patrick Keizer

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Cayucas – “Jessica WJ”
from: Real Life / Park The Van Records / April 19, 2019
[Cayucas is Zach Yudin and his twin brother Ben Yudin on bass. Cayucas: Pronounced “ky-yook-us”, is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then, the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again. The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.]

[Cayucas play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Monday, April 29, at 7:00 PM for SoundMachineKC w. Cape Francis, and Belle & The Vertigo Waves.]

3. Morrissey – “Wedding Bell Blues”
from: California Son / BMG / May 24, 2019
[Morrissey’s new covers album, his 18th solo studio album has him “putting his own spin on classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jobriath, and Laura Nyro. The golden state has become Morrissey’s adopted home and he’s made some great California friends to join him on the new record. For the 12-track effort, Morrissey enlisted contributions from a handful of special guests, including Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, and Broken Social Scene member Ariel Engle. Additionally, Petra Haden, Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant, and LP appear. Roy Orbison, Jr has already given the cover of his dad’s song the seal of approval “We love Morrissey! Morrissey’s hair, and melancholy and poetic lyrics always reminded me of my Dad. His version of “It’s Over” is great.” The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli. Steven Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, and is professionally known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band the Smiths, which was active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, to a working-class Irish family, Morrissey grew up in Manchester. As a child he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realism and popular music. Involved in Manchester’s punk rock scene during the late 1970s, he fronted the Nosebleeds, with little success. Beginning a career in music journalism, he authored a number of books on music and film in the early 1980s. With Johnny Marr he established the Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled debut album. As the band’s frontman, Morrissey attracted attention both for his witty and sardonic lyrics and his idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy. He was also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto). The Smiths released 5 further albums – including the critically acclaimed Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead – and a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in the Smiths’ separation in 1987. Since The Smiths disbanded in 1987.]

4. Middle Kids – “Real Thing”
from: New Songs For Old Problems – EP / Domino Recording Co / May 24, 2019
[Middle Kids are an alternative indie rock band from Sydney, Australia led by lead singer/guitarist Hannah Joy and her husband, Tim Fitz. Drummer Harry Day fills out the trio. They have released one self-titled EP and an album entitled ‘Lost Friends’, released in Australia on EMI, and Domino Records in the US. They have performed as openers for Ryan Adams, Bloc Party, Cold War Kids and their 2017 tour stops at LouFest, Austin City Limits Fest among others.]

5. Amyl and The Sniffers – “Got You”
from: Amyl and The Sniffers / ATO Records / May 24, 2019
[Debut album from Melbourne, Australia based, 4-piece punk band fronted by singer Amy Taylor who explains of the song, “‘Got You’ is about that feeling you get when you first start seeing someone and you’re excited to see them, no matter what shit they got. You just see them at the pub and it feels like the most exciting thing in the world, like you’re so lucky they’re even there. It’s definitely one of the “sweetest” songs on the album, and less punky. It was kind of inspired by Split Enz.”]

10:15 – Underwriting

Short Round Stringband

6. Short Round Stringband – “Rocky Road Blues”
from: Ain’t No Part of Nuthin’ / Short Round Stringband / March 19, 2019
[From the debut album from the pan-Missouri band with a refreshing approach to old time music: Short Round Stringband is the coming together of two musical couples and a bassist with Kansas roots. The band members are Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more). With deep connections to old-time, country and Ozark tunes and songs, Short Round Stringband takes you on a moving journey through the sounds and stories of the American experience. Their hard driving fiddle tunes will get you out of your seat. Their vocal duets will bring a tear to your eye, and their original songs and inventive new compositions showcase a passion for the depth of tradition and a look to new creative paths. And in between all of that, you’ll laugh at their madcap humor.]

[Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, April 24, 7:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Ave, KCMO with Brett Hodges]

10:20 – Interview with Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke.

Clarke Wyatt is a finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger & John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character. He also plays finger-style guitar, when it suits the musical style & texture.

Betse Ellis joins us to share details about a new project she is involved with as part of the Short Round Stringband! The 5-piece band is in the process of releasing a new 14-track Tribute To Bill Monroe record. They’re also releasing a new video of the song we just heard, “Rocky Road Blues” TODAY! And, Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Ave, KCMO with Brett Hodges.

Betse Ellis thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Short Round Stringband is Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more).

For more info on the band’s Bill Monroe Tribute album you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/aint-no-part-of-nothin

From the band’s Kickstarter page:

Inspiration – Short Round Stringband is a band born of friendship, inspiration, and passion for our musical heroes. Our very first concert together was a tribute to the great John Hartford, an artist who inspired each of us in our musical journeys. When we get together, we listen to music, we examine music, we debate music, and we participate in musical evolution as we pay homage to our heroes and add our own dose of Short Round Stringband to the music they created and perpetuated.

In all this milieu of musical traditions, we didn’t count Bill Monroe as a direct hero for our band. We appreciated his musical contributions to bluegrass, early country, and hillbilly music. We knew the music he played evolved from the musical traditions he experienced from the people around him. We knew he had a knack for innovation and we knew that perhaps his greatest contribution was leading a new generation of musicians to innovate for themselves.

As an old-time band, we don’t think of ourselves as playing bluegrass music (even though those lines are often so blurry). So, as we sat in the campground at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom, IN in the spring of 2017, we laughed and laughed when Clarke “Wildcard” Wyatt said, “You know what we should do? We should record a Bill Monroe tribute album.” As this idea took root, we started to realize how much Monroe’s innovation had trickled down to our individual styles and even band approach.

We headed into the project thinking what we would produce would be so different from Bill Monroe’s own music: an old-time band covering the father of bluegrass. And it was different. And then it wasn’t. In the end, we did just what we think Bill Monroe would have wanted us to do: we followed his lead and then we made it our own. We hope that somewhere out there, Bill’s just shaking his head, smiling knowingly and saying, “That ain’t no part of nothin’.”

Intention – As artists, we often feel compelled to produce music, not so much because we NEED to, but because we HAVE to. We have these songs, these stories, that we are driven to tell, to perpetuate, to share. For the sharing of these stories and songs to be meaningful, we rely on the people that want to hear them, the people that are willing to enter into a musical partnership with us. This partnership is as old as time. This partnership makes art happen. It makes art significant and relevant.

Tribute to Bill Monroe, “Ain’t No Part of Nothin’ – Earlier this year, the band recorded 14 tracks of their favorite Bill Monroe songs and tunes complete with banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolin, upright bass, two-part harmonies, three-part harmonies, four-part harmonies, sad songs, happy tunes, and a gospel number or two.

With support, the band will be able to finish the mixing and mastering of the album tracks, hire a graphic designer to design the packaging, pay licensing fees so the estate of Bill Monroe gets its due, and pay to have the album manufactured. Also, as a companion to this album, we’ll have our very first Short Round Stringband comic zine.

Album’s budget:
MIXING AND MASTERING: $1,800
ALBUM ART, PHOTOS, GRAPHIC DESIGN: $1,500
LICENSING: $700
MAILING COSTS AND KICKSTARTER FEES: $1000
FIRST RUN ALBUM MANUFACTURING: $1,500
TOTAL: $6,500
Extra funding would pay for album promotion.

Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, at 7:PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union with Brett Hodges.

An Old Time Session: Betse & Clarke – with “Ampersand” Brett Hodges – have a nearly limitless catalogue of old time, bluegrass, and early country music, which they perform with an easy sense of being in the moment. These three have developed an intuitive approach to presenting music they love, and this will be their first time to share their music at The Ship.

Betse & Clarke take an audience on a musical field trip. Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley. Long known for her energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character. He also plays finger-style guitar, when it suits the musical style and texture.

Betse Ellis thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

For more info on the band’s Bill Monroe Tribute album you can visit: http://www.shortroundstringband.com or https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/aint-no-part-of-nothin

Allaudin Ottinger and Betse Ellis on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI.

10:34

7. HuDost – “Rise Together”
from: of Water + Mercy / HuDost / April 5, 2019
[8th studio album from Husband-wife-fronted retro-pop art-rock group HUDOST recently partnered with STEREO EMBERS to premiere “Rise Together,” the lead single from their forthcoming full-length album OF WATER + MERCY (due April 05, 2019). The song features an anthemic chorus and finds HUDOST’s Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade co-writing with Jars of Clay lead vocalist Dan Haseltine. Additionally, all the Jars of Clay band members were involved on the single—which was recorded at Grey Matters Studio in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White/White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile).]

HuDost

10:38 – Interview with Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer & Allaudin Ottinger

Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer are the husband-wife founding members of the international, retro-pop art-rock band, HuDost, based in Montreal & Kentucky. HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO tomorrow night, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, with Allaudin Ottinger who also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.

With us on the phone is Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer, welcome to WMM.

With us in the studio is Allaudin Ottinger, welcome bank to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

HuDost returns to KC to celebrate the release of their new album ‘of Water + Mercy’ with special guest Allaudin Ottinger for an evening of song & Sufi Kirtan at Prospero’s Books.

HuDost will be doing songs from their new record as well as even newer interactive world material, selections from their ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album & a couple of numbers from Allaudin’s ‘Vision, Bewilderment & Love’ album at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St KCMO, 7:00-9:30

From HuDost’s promotional materials:

The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer, from Montréal, and Jemal Wade Hines from Kentucky. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).

“When I wrote the beginning lyric to ‘Rise Together,’ I was exploring the ways we all share a common human value and a common thread of life, loss and rebirth, says Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay. “In the face of an ever-divided life, and in light of so many messages pitting us against our neighbors, it seemed like a worthwhile exercise to strip all the market trappings away and get back to the core of what connects us.”

“We met Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay not through music but through our shared work in political advocacy acting on behalf of people living in extreme poverty,” says Moksha Sommer. “Through music and advocacy we have witnessed incredible and real change and know the astonishing power of collective voices on behalf of those who do not have the ability, and sometimes even the rights, to be heard. Songwriting with Dan was a wonderful process of the three of us contributing all that we could and being attached to nothing. I think the result is quite remarkable and reflects the very thing the song is about; rising together through shared vision and action.”

Throughout the eight tracks on OF WATER + MERCY–the eighth full-length studio album from HUDOST–there’s a rich, eclectic blending of pop and rock with a sound that crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey.

From Montreal and Kentucky, HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of sound from the core musicians of Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe consistently since April 2006, HUDOST’s highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, Music City Roots, The Montreal Folk Festival and more. HUDOST have grown and expanded, travelled rocky & glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family.

OF WATER + MERCY follows 2015’s full-length The World Is… a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey of The Church with special guest Jon Anderson of YES–and a World Chant album, Sufi Kirtan. The prolific group have also worked with Grammy Award-winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and Grammy Award-winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus). Produced by HuDost. Co-Production- Dan Haseltine. Mixed by Vance Powell with HuDost & Oz Fritz. Mastered by Pete Lyman

Yogis, kirtan lovers, ecstatic dance fans, and even people who don’t normally listen to sacred music are all raving about Sufi Kirtan by HuDost. In track after track, the neo-folk world rock duo brings heartfelt presence and innovative musical stylings to ancient Sufi mantras of love and healing. And it’s not surprising why. HuDost’s lead composer and singer, Moksha Sommer, has studied 12 different vocal styles from around the world. On Sufi Kirtan, her vocals simultaneously soothe and soar. Her partner in love and music, Jemal Wade Hines, lends a rock sensibility and sonically rich layers of vocals, guitar and synths. It’s official: Sufi Kirtan positions HuDost as a force to be reckoned with in modern mantra music. – Soul Traveler

HuDost return to KC on Thursday to play an album release show at Prospero’s Books w Allaudin + guests then it’s off to Eureka Springs, AK, to play the Earth Fest at the Heart of Many Ways Friday. Saturday will see then in Tulsa at the Woody Guthrie Center’s WGC 6th Anniversary Concerts at Guthrie Green – April 27 with Ramy Essam & many more.

Allaudin Ottinger also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.”

Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer play on Allaudin’s album.

Recorded at Markosa Studios in Kansas City, Kansas with Mark Thies

“…to the Sufi the whole of life is interesting, a constant vision of bewilderment. He cannot explain this to the world because there are no words to explain it.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart.

Jemal Wade Hines, Moksha Sommer, Allaudin Ottinger, thanks for being with on WMM.

10:56

8. Allaudin Ottinger – “Every Single Being Is Of Noble Birth (Peace On Earth)”
from: Vision, Bewilderment And Love / Allaudin Ottinger / August 1, 2018
[Allaudin Ottinger was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart.]

[HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO tomorrow night, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, with Allaudin Ottinger.]

Garrett Nordstrom, Shaun Crowley, Patrick Keizer, Allaudin Ottinger and Amy Farrand on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:00 – Station ID

Mike McCoy

9. Cher UK – “Little Blue Soldier”
from: Little Blue Soldier / Independent / October 20, 2012
[Founded in 1990 by Mike McCoy who grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City playing punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Cher UK reunited to play the Middle of the Map Festival in April 2012. While in KC Mike McCoy gathered up several musicians to record a new Cher UK EP. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums. Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, Bernie Dugan, Lyle Wells of Cher UK & Matt Kesler of The Pedaljets joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 17 2012 to talk about their CD Release show at Davey’s Oct 20.]

[Cher UK play The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.]

Garrett Nordstrom and Amy Farrand on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:04 – Interview with Mike McCoy, Amy Farrand, & Garrett Nordstrom

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and plays in his band Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike has also played in the bands The Service Industry and The American People.

Mike McCoy thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, 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.” Last year Amy’s band Amy Farrand & The Like released their 11-song debut album in April and were nominated for a Pitch “Best of Kansas City” Award.

Garrett Nordstrom is one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed band Maria The Mexican, where he plays guitar. Garrett grew up in Saint Joseph, Missouri and studied political science at Missouri Western University. Garrett serves on the Board of Directors for Midwest Music Foundation, where he is treasurer of the board.

Amy Farrand & Garrett Nordstrom thanks for being with us on WMM.

Mike McCoy, Amy Farrand, and Garrett Nordstrom join us to share information about The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

Mike McCoy called in from Austin Texas, where he was boarding a flight to come to KC.

Mikes new band is called: Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil

Mike talked about how impressed he was with Brianne’s bravery in light of her health issues, and how musicians help each other in times of need. He also talked about his love for the KC Music community.

Mike told us that there would be 5 different drummers playing with Cher UK and the only way audiences could know who’ll be playing in Cher UK is to support this fundraiser.

The last time Cher UK played in Kansas City the band consisted of: Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums

The band was originally called Cher. You released many of your first recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK and got a record deal with Red Decible Records from Minneapolis.

In 2004 Mike founded the North vs. South Music Festival, as a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor.

The last time Amy Farrand was with us in the radio was the day you opened for Melissa Etheridge at Crossroads KC.

Amy Farrand and The Like includes: 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.

One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab.

Amy Farrand is a true veteran of the KC music communities, playing in band since the 1980s early 1990s.

Amy listed some of the bands that Brianne has been a part of including: Never Ready, Main Street Saints, No Man’s Band, Fifteen Minutes Fast, and Sugar Britches.

11:19

10. Lushbox– “La Salsa De Partos”
from: Despues De La Operacion Sere Una Niña / Lushbox / 1999
[Lushbox was: Brad Huhmann, Brianne Grimmer, Heather Grimmer, & Wil Plunkett. The 5-song EP was recorded & mixed by Robert Rebeck in December 1998 at Mercy Recording Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. It was mastered in February 1999 at Bridget Sound in San Francisco by Kris Ziakas & Mike McGinn.]

The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO

6:00 PM – DOORS
6:30 PM – MAHOOTS
7:15 PM – KC BEAR FIGHTERS
8:00 PM – GODZILLIONAIRE
8:45 PM – KNIFE CRIME
9:30 PM – DROP A GRAND
10:15 PM – CHER UK
11:00 PM – PAMPER THE MADMAN
12:00 AM. – AMY FARRAND & THE LIKE

Amy Farrand

11:24

11. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Sweet Thing”
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 w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.]

11:27 – Underwriting

12. Mild Cats – “Keep The Cat Out If The Fire”
from: Keep The Cat Out Of The Fire / Conversation – Single / Mild Cats / February 14, 2019
[Two-track single/demo/EP/ Recorded at Parrot Ice Studios, The Tinsel Room, and a secret attic no one can ever know about. Patrick Keizer on guitar & vocals & keyboards, Christina Silvius on viola, Wade Conyers on bass, Quinn Hernandez on drums, Davy Langerak on percussion, and Josiah Hunter on guitar.]

[Mild Cats play Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs.]

13. Momma’s Boy – “Love That Way (Demo)”
from: “Love That Way (Demo)” – Single / Manor Records / June 26, 2018
[Momma’s Boy, is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Jared Bajkowski on bass & vocals. Their debut EP Liquid Courage was released February 25, 2017. Self-recorded in the Momma’s Boy band practice attic. Mixed by Jared Bajkowski, and mastered by Ross Brown. This track was released as part of a series of singles the band has put out over the year. including “Want Me Back” released January 19, 2018 (part of Dead Summer Single Series), and “Asleep On The Floor” on October 12, 2018 (part of Demo Singles Series).]

[Momma’s Boy play Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, and The Rubs.]

Shaun Crowley and Patrick Keizer on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:35 – Interview with Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer

Shaun Crowley is a classically trained guitarist, and has studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Shaun is part of the band Momma’s Boy and is a co-founder of Manor Records, a music label that grew out of Manor Fest, the first festival sized “house show” Shaun and friends produced in their basement featuring 12 bands. Shaun is also organizing the live music at Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms.

Patrick Keizer is from Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from Blue Valley North High School and studied Special Education at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley Josiah Hunter, Davy Langerak, and Bennett Jones on August 23, 2017 when his band at that time, Shortsweather was on the eve of playing Crossroads Music Fest. Shortsweather ended and Patrick is now in the band Mild Cats on guitar & vocals & keyboards, with Christina Silvius on viola, Wade Conyers on bass, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Josiah Hunter on guitar.

Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer joins us to share details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs. Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer thanks for being with us on WMM.

Bennett Jones left this world on October 2, 2018. Patrick and friends wanted to remember him with the release of “The Bennett Tapes” featuring a live un-released track from Shortsweather to be released on Manor Records.

10:41

Davy Langerak, Josiah Hunter, Patrick Keizer, and Bennett Jones of Shortsweather on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

14. Shortsweather – “Fit Dads”
from: Fit Dads – Single / Parrot Ice Studio / January 13, 2017
[1st single from upcoming record Patio Naps, from the KC based alternative indie dreampop surf punk band formed by Patrick Keizer, Davy Langerak, Bennett Jones, Josiah Hunter. Engineered / Produced / Mixed / Mastered / Loved By Jordan Richardson. Written by Shortsweather with Alie Warman.]

We are talking with Shaun Crowley about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs.

Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather.

The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide.

Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners.

More info at http://www.speakup.us

11:56

15. Alice Merton – “Funny Business”
from: Mint / Paper Plane Records / January 18, 2019
[Born on September 13, 1993 in Frankfurt, Germany to a German mother and a British father. Merton’s family moved frequently due to her father’s job as a mining consultant. When she was three months old, Merton moved to Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to Oakville, Ontario, Canada where she was raised until the age of thirteen, learning classical piano and singing. Her family then relocated to Munich. Merton’s return to Germany prompted her to learn German which enabled her to speak with her German grandmother whom she had only seen once annually growing up. While in Germany, Merton wrote her first song and attended a German-language high school before graduating and moving to England. Merton moved frequently in her early life, living in Oakville, Ontario, Connecticut, New York, Munich, Bournemouth, London, and Berlin, among other cities. Through her upbringing, Merton has stated she has felt connected to Canada, England, Germany, and France where her mother lived. In 2013, she started her studies at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in composition and song writing, and met the members of her future band.]

[Alice Merton plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, BLVD. TONIGHT, April 24, at 7:00 with Parker Bossleys.]

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

Next week on May 1, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt returns with musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Plus, we’ll talk with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine

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

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Show #783

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand + HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand
HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley

Mark spins New & MidCoastal Releases from: Mildcats, Short Round Stringband, Momma’s Boy, Cher UK, Amy Farrand & The Like, Shortsweather, HuDost, Allaudin Ottinger, Cayucas, Amyl and The Sniffers, Middle Kids, and Morrissey.

Short Round Stringband

At 10:15 Betse Ellis joins us to share details about the Short Round Stringband‘s new album in the making, an 18 track tribute to Bill Monroe! Short Round Stringband is Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Kelly Wells, and Ryan Spearman. Kelly & Ryan perform as the The Aching Hearts, based in St. Louis, and like Betse & Clarke they play “old time” music. The 4-piece band is in the final weeks of their crowdfunding campaign to produce the new record. For more information or to donate you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/

HuDost

At 10:35 we talk with Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer of HuDost, the husband-wife-fronted retro-pop art-rock group based in Montreal & Kentucky. Their new album, of water + Mercy. HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO with Allaudin Ottinger who also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.”

Mike McCoy

Amy Farrand

At 11:00 Mark talks with musician and rock and roll legend, Mike McCoy and musician, singer songwriter, bandleader, Amy Farrand who share information about BRIANNE-I-FIT, The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

Shaun Crowley

Davy Langerak, Josiah Hunter, Patrick Keizer, and Bennett Jones of Shortsweather on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

At 11:30 Shaun Crowley of Momma’s Boy and Manor Records shares details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, The Rub’s, and Drugs & Attics, Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

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Show #783

WMM Playlist from January 9, 2013

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Birthday Tribute to Iris DeMent

1. Iris DeMent -“Mama’s Opry”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

2. Iris DeMent – “Mama Was Always Tellin’ Her Truth”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record has been critically acclaimed by the music press on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrated the Birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

After a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played open-mic nights in Kansas City, until she moved to Nashville, in 1988, and met producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract.

Dement made her recording debut in 1992, when her independent label offering, “Infamous Angel” won critical acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros. records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993.

We featured the music from all five of Iris DeMent’s full length recordings, plus her additional work with Greg Brown, John Prine, John McCutcheon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, and Gary Kirkland.

10:12 – Influences of Iris DeMent

3. Loretta Lynn & Jack White – “Portland Oregon”
from: Van Lear Rose / Interscope / 2004
[Produced by Jack White of The White Stripes and Racontuers. It was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of country singer-songwriter Lynn and producer White, who performs on the whole album as a musician. At the time, Lynn was 69 and White was 28. The title refers to Lynn’s origins as the daughter of a miner working the Van Lear coal mines. The album was the most successful crossover music album of Lynn’s 45-year career. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Lynn won: Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for her duet with White.]

4. Johnny Cash & Joni Mitchell – “Girl From North Country”
from: The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[A TV music variety show that ran for 58-episodes from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC. It featured many folk/country musicians of the time: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard, James Taylor and Tammy Wynette. It also featured other musicians such as jazz great, Louis Armstrong, who died 8 months after recording the show. Recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, then home of the Grand Ole Opry. The first show featured Joni Mitchell, Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw, Fannie Flagg and Bob Dylan. The show included a “Country Gold” segment that featured legends never seen on network TV such as Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Cash refused to cut the word “stoned” from Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, he stood by his Christian faith “despite network anxieties”, and persisted in bringing on Pete Seeger whose anti-Vietnam song on another network had “caused a firestorm.” He premiered his Man in Black song on an episode filmed at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University’s campus. The show was dumped in 1971 as part of ABC’s so-called “rural purge,” which also claimed that network’s The Lawrence Welk Show.]

5. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.”]

6. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the current Iraq War.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merged with honest stories, of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

7. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[Co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]

8. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000
[Originally recorded October, 1971. ]

9. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
from: For The Roses / Asylum / 1972
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. The title song “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony and her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear and was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:44

Iris DeMent’s first three releases on Warner Brothers Records, were all critically acclaimed, she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

[Mark read the liner notes of “Infamous Angel” written from John Prine.]

10. Iris DeMent – “Our Town”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

11. Iris DeMent – “My Life”
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994

12. Iris DeMent – “The Way I Should”
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996
[Produced by Randy Scruggs]

10:55 – Collaborations

13. Randy Scruggs w/Iris & Emmylou – “Wildwood Flower”
from: Crown of Jewels / Reprise / 1998

14. Nanci Griffith w/Iris – “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[Written by Gordon Lightfoot]

15. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou – “Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris] [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.]

16. John McCutcheon w/Iris – “Over The Garden Wall”
from: Sprout Wings and Fly / Rounder / 1997 [written by AP Carter]

17. Gary Kirkland w/Iris – “Just For Me”
from: Shootin’ The Works on Love / Dark Horse / 2003

11:15 – Collaborations

18. Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band w/Iris – “I’m Still In Love With You”
from: The Mountain / E – Squared / 1999
[Released February 23, 1999. The songs were written by Steve Earle as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996.]

19. John Prine w/ Iris – “In Spite of Ourselves”
from: In Spite of Ourselves/ Oh Boy / 1999 [written by John Prine]

20. Tom Russell w/Iris – “Love Abides”
from: The Man From God Knows Where / Hightone / 1999

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Greg Brown

In the 2002 Iris DeMent did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. I remember when Iris asked us if it was okay that she have a musician friend open the concert for her, we agreed because Iris was donated her talent to the cause of community radio. And then she told us that this musician friend was Greg Brown, who at this point was know all over the country, but had never before played KC.

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East KC.

Grammy Nominated Greg Brown is one of the most respected singer-songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked and toured extensively as musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa.

Greg Brown has release over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by: Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

21. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder”
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003

22. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006 [The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in Kansas City. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”]

23. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[While recording what was to be his next album lighting hit the studio where he was working, and Greg Brown lost the recordings. Greg, used the experience to turn inward and write more songs that comprise his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track is all that remains of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Brown’s daughter Pieta’s song ”Remember the Sun.’]

11:45

The musical score for the Coen Brothers film “True Grit” was created by Carter Burwell. Much of the music was adapted from old public domain gospel hymns. The very last song heard in the film, during the closing credits, is the only piece on the soundtrack that includes vocals. The song was originally written by Elisha A. Hoffman and Anthony J. Showalter, and originally published in 1887. Copyright is now Public Domain. Iris also included an earlier version of this song on “Lifeline” her 2004 independently released album of protestant gospel hymns, she grew up hearing her mother sing. “Lifeline” does include one original song called “He Reached Down” was this song inspired by a sermon delivered by Rev. Sam Mann.

In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air Entertainment Weekly Music editor Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, ‘There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.’ And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”

Her new album “Sing The Delta” has received glowing reviews from the UK publication UNcut, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was in many Top Ten Lists of KC music lovers, including being #1 on our list of The 112 Best Recordings of 2012.

24. Iris DeMent – “Livin’ On The Inside”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our special guest on our Oct 10, WMM.]

11:55

25. Iris DeMent – “Go On Ahead and Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris DeMent’s new record has been critically acclaimed, by the music press on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

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

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A personal note:

I first met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinko’s at West 39th & Rainbow Blvd. in the early 1990s. Iris came in to copy a few of her press clippings and on another visit to make her wedding announcements. Later I discovered her as a singer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien where she performed her song “My Life.” A few weeks later I ran into her at the old Classic Cup Restaurant in Westport. I was nervous and wanted to approach her to let her know how much I loved her music, but she approached me and asked, “How do I Know You?” Our paths crossed again and we bumped into each other at a Patti Smith concert in Lawrence.

Iris performed her song, “Wasteland of the Free,” on stage at The Uptown Theatre to open for Michael Moore, because it was one of his favorite songs.

Iris DeMent played three songs for one of our Big Bang Buffet shows back in 1999, at one of the very first “First Fridays,” at a big show we did at the Hobbs Building during Culture Under Fire. Iris took the stage after an incredible dance performance by David Ollington that ended with his body being absent of all clothing. Iris also volunteered her talent for a benefit for Friends of Community Radio in 2002, at Unity Temple on the Plaza. In 2004, Iris and Greg Brown opened for Amy Goodman (of Democracy Now!), at Community Christian Church, in a benefit for KKFI. Amy is also a huge fan of Iris and Greg. Iris helped raise over $10,000.00 in both benefit concerts she gave for community radio. Iris never took a penny.

A big part of the reason Iris did all of these things, was because Anne Winter was her friend, and Anne asked Iris. Anne was a true mentor who gently challenged us all to rise above life’s mediocrity, and DO something. She challenged us all. But she also LOVED helping to make her friend’s dreams come true. Having Iris play on stage with us at a Big Bang Buffet show was one of those moments for me. Asking me to serve a stagemanager at the Michael Moore show at the Uptown Theatre, was another. Inviting me to sing old time hymns with Iris and Anne, and Ike Sheldon of The Wilders, at Iris’s River Market loft was another. Anne helped to make all of these connections. Anne even went on tour with Iris at one point, to support her friend.

Thank you Iris! …and thank you Anne! I love you both so very much!

WMM Playlist from January 4, 2012: Celebrating Iris DeMent

Wednesday MidDay Medley 
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
 
Playlist from: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
 
Celebrating Iris DeMent & Her Influences

Iris DeMent


 
1. Loretta Lynn  & Jack White – “Portland Oregon” 
from: Van Lear Rose / Interscope / 2004    
[produced by Jack White of The White Stripes and Racontuers. It was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of country singer-songwriter Lynn and producer White, who performs on the whole album as a musician. At the time, Lynn was 69 and White was 28. The title refers to Lynn’s origins as the daughter of a miner working the Van Lear coal mines. The album was the most successful crossover music album of Lynn’s 45-year career. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Lynn won: Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for her duet with White.]  
 
2. Johnny Cash & Joni Mitchell – “Girl From North Country” 
from: The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show / Columbia Legacy / 2007  
[a TV music variety show that ran for 58-episodes from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC. It featured many folk/country musicians of the time: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard, James Taylor and Tammy Wynette. It also featured other musicians such as jazz great, Louis Armstrong, who died 8 months after recording the show. Recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, then home of the Grand Ole Opry. The first show featured Joni Mitchell, Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw, Fannie Flagg  and Bob Dylan. The show included a “Country Gold” segment that featured legends never seen on network TV such as Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys.  Cash refused to cut the word “stoned” from Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, he stood by his Christian faith “despite network anxieties”, and persisted in bringing on Pete Seeger whose anti-Vietnam song on another network had “caused a firestorm.” He premiered his Man in Black song on an episode filmed at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University’s campus. The show was dumped in 1971 as part of ABC’s so-called “rural purge,” which also claimed that network’s The Lawrence Welk Show.]
 
3. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999  
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.”]   
 
10:15 – Influences of Iris DeMent
 
4.  Johnny Cash  – “Ring of Fire” 
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007   
[co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks.  “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]
 
5. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997 
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the current Iraq War.] 
 
6. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000  
[Originally recorded October, 1971. ]  
 
7. Joni Mitchell  – “For The Roses” 
from: For The Roses / Asylumn / 1972 
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.  The title song “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony and her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear and was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]
 
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8. Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – “If I Were A Carpenter” 
from: Classic Country Great Duets / Time Life – Sony / 2004  
[written by Tim Hardin.  Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter Cash during a live show in 1968. Flustered and egged on by 5,000 people in the audience, June finally said “yes.’  The couple then launched into “If I Were A Carpenter” that was then recorded in 1969 after the couple was married] 
 
9. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues” 
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000  [Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]
 
10. Johnny Cash – “I’m Leaving Now” 
from: American III Solitary Man  / American Recordings / 2000  
[written by Johnny Cash with vocals and guitar by Merle Haggard. 3rd album in the American series by Johnny Cash. Between “Unchained” and “Solitary Man,” Cash’s health declined due to various ailments, and he was even hospitalized for pneumonia. His illness forced Cash to curtail his touring. The album American III: Solitary Man (2000) contained Cash’s response to his illness, typified by a version of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, as well as a version of U2’s “One” produced by Rick Rubin, it was a Grammy winner, for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Cash’s version of the Neil Diamond song “Solitary Man”.]  
 
11. Greg Brown  – “Blues Go Walking” 
from: Covenant / Red House Records / 2000 
[his 17th album. NPR wrote that “Greg Brown is both a road poet and a keen observer of the natural world.” Greg Brown says that he likes to think about his work as stories sanded down into songs.]
 
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12. Victoria Williams -“Early” 
from: Going Driftless An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown / Red House / 2002   [features female songwriters incl.: Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Greg Brown’s three daughters & more, who’ve joined forces to record a tribute album, each selecting their own favorite song by Brown to benefit The Breast Cancer Fund.  Iris married Greg Brown on November 21, 2002. ]
 
13. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder” 
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003
 
14. Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band w/Iris – “I’m Still In Love With You”
from: The Mountain / E – Squared / 1999 
[Released February 23, 1999. Songs were written by Earle as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996.]
 
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Iris DeMent was the youngest child of Pat DeMent and his second wife, Flora Mae. (As the baby of the family, she was Pat DeMent’s fourteenth child, and Flora Mae’s eighth.) She was born near the town of Paragould, Arkansas but grew up in Cypress, California, where she grew up singing gospel music.  
 
Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell who we featured in our first hour.
 
In this hour, we will feature music from her debut recording, “Infamous Angel,” as well as its follow-up, the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and we’ll play from her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s more political songs.
 
Also this hour we’ll feature more of Iris DeMent’s collaborations with other artists, singing harmony w/ John Prine, John McCutcheon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Nancy Griffith, Randy Scruggs, and Kansas City Bus Driver – Gary Kirkland.
 
After a series of jobs: as a waitress and typist, Iris Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played at open-mic nights in Kansas City, before moving to Nashville, in 1988, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. Dement did not make her recording debut until 1992, when her independent label offering, Infamous Angel, won almost universal acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros., which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. 
 
15. Iris DeMent -“Let The Mystery Be” 
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
 
16. Iris DeMent – “Easy’s Getting Harder Everyday” 
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994
 
17. Iris DeMent -“The Way I Should”  
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996 
[Produced by Randy Scruggs]
 
11:15  – Collaborations
 
18. Nanci Griffith w/Iris – “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993 
[written by Gordon Lightfoot]
 
19. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou -“Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993  
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris]  [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.] 
 
20. John McCutcheon w/Iris – “Over The Garden Wall”
from: Sprout Wings and Fly / Rounder / 1997  
[written by AP Carter]
 
21. Gary Kirkland w/Iris – “Just For Me”
from: Shootin’ The Works on Love / Dark Horse / 2003 
 
11:30 – Collaborations
 
22. Randy Scruggs w/Iris & Emmylou  – “Wildwood Flower” 
from: Crown of Jewels / Reprise / 1998
 
23. John Prine w/ Iris – “In Spite of Ourselves”
from: In Spite of Ourselves/ Oh Boy / 1999   
[written by John Prine]
 
24. Tom Russell w/Iris – “Love Abides”
from: The Man From God Knows Where / Hightone / 1999
 
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25. Greg Brown  -“Good Morning Coffee” 
from: If I Had Known – Essential Recordings, 1980 – 1996 / Red House / 2003
[Iris married singer-songwriter Greg Brown on November 21, 2002. They now both live together in Iowa.]
 
26. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006   
[The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in Kansas City. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”] 
 
27. Iris DeMent – “Leaning on The Everlasting Arms” 
from: True Grit (Sountrack to the Motion Picture) / Nonesuch Records / Dec. 17, 2010   
[The musical score for the Coen Brothers new interpretation of the True Grit was created by Carter Burwell. Much of the music was adapted from old public domain gospel hymns.  The very last song heard in the film, during the closing credits, is the only piece on the soundtrack that includes vocals.  The track is not available on the CD release, but is available if you download the entire album through I-tunes.  The song was originally written by Elisha A. Hoffman and Anthony J. Showalter, and originally published in 1887. Copyright is now Public Domain. Iris also included an earlier version of this song on “Lifeline” her 2004 independently released album of protestant gospel hymns, she grew up hearing her mother sing.]
 
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27. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 
[orig. 1957]
 
A Personal Note:
 
I first met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinko’s at 39th & Rainbow in KC, KS, in the early 1990s.  Iris came in to copy a few of her press clippings, and on another visit to make her wedding announcements.  Later I personally discovered her as a singer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien where she performed her song “My Life.”  Then I ran into her at the old Classic Cup in Westport.  I was nervous and shy, but she approached me and asked, “How do I Know You?”  Our paths crossed many times again and we bumped into each other at a Patti Smith concert in Lawrence.
 
Iris DeMent played three songs for one of our Big Bang Buffet shows back in 1999, at one of the first First Fridays,  at the Hobbs Building during Culture Under Fire. She took the same stage as the incredible dance performance by David Ollington that ended with his body being absent of all clothing.  Iris also did a benefit for Friends of Community Radio in 2002, and for KKFI in 2004, both times Greg Brown joined Iris in concert.  We were all surprised when Iris and Greg were married several months after their 2002 show at Unity Temple on the Plaza.
 
Iris performed her song, “Wasteland of the Free” on stage at the Uptown, to open for Michael Moore, because it was one of his favorite songs.  She played with Greg at Community Christian Church before Amy Goodman (of Democracy Now), took the stage.  Amy is also a huge fan of Iris.  Iris helped raise over $20,000.00 in both benefit concerts she gave for Community Radio.  She never took a penny. 
 
One of the biggest reasons Iris did all of these things was because Anne Winter was a mutual friend, and Anne asked Iris. Anne was like that really incredible mentor who challenged us all to rise above life’s mediocrity, and DO something.  She challenged us all.  But she also LOVED helping to make her friend’s dreams come true.  Having Iris play on stage with us at a Big Bang Buffet show was one of those moments for me.  Asking me to stage manage at the Michael Moore show at the Uptown Theatre, was another.  Inviting me to sing old time hymns with Iris and Anne, and Ike Sheldon of The Wilders, at Iris’s River Market loft was another.  Anne helped to make all of these connections.  Anne even went on tour with Iris at one point, to support her friend.  
 
Thank you Iris! and thank you Anne!  I love you both so very much!
 
Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #402