WMM Playlist from: August 14, 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, August 14, 2013

The Musical World of Sarah Carpenter

Sarah Carpenter joined us as our special guest co-host and guest producer. Sarah shared songs that just absolutely tickle her, with lyrics, and performances from American popular music from before the Rock and Roll era began.

1. Walter Cole – “Mama Keep Your Yes Ma’am Clean”
from: Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 / Old Hat / Oct 4, 05

2. Ruth Brown – “Wild Wild Young Men” (CD #2) (2:32)
from: Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974 [Box Set] / Atlantic Records / Oct. 15, 1991
[Originally released as a single in 1953. Ruth Brown (January 12, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as “Queen of R&B” noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as “So Long”, “Teardrops from My Eyes” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”. For these contributions, Atlantic became known as “The house that Ruth built.” Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians’ rights regarding royalties and contracts, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.]

3. Louis Prima & Keely Smith – “Baby, Wont You Please Come Home”
from: Capitol Collector’s Series: Louis Prima / Capitol Records / May 13, 1991
[Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, songwriter, and trumpeter. He rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his 7-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the 1920s, a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s. Keely Smith was 17 when Louis Prima met her. Her hometown was Norfolk, Virginia. In August 1948, she made a point to stop by the Surf Club in Virginia Beach to visit one of her favorite artists, Louis Prima. To her surprise, he was looking for a new female vocalist to replace Lily Ann Carol. Keely had a bathing suit on and was not allowed into the club until she had proper attire on. Luckily, someone was able to lend her some acceptable clothing and she auditioned. She landed the part and travelled with the band. Louis signed with Columbia records in the fall of 1951 to keep up with the rapid changes in the marketing industry.Throughout the sixteen-month contract his top hits consisted of “Chop Suey, Chow Mein,” “Ooh-Dahdily-Dah,” and “Chili Sauce”. To manage his expenses, he had to drop his big band and play in low-grade clubs to support his horses. On top of it all, he divorced his third wife Tracelene on June 18, 1953. Less than a month later he married Keely, who was half his age. She was open to criticism and he wanted to make her a star. He had to find the style that fit her correctly, especially since rock and roll was emerging. Prima was not against rock’n’roll like some other artists, such as Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. He accepted that the kids had “an instinct for the kind of music that’s fun to listen to and dance to.”


4. Dinah Washington – “So In Love”
from: I Get A Kick Out Of You: Cole Porter Songbook Vol. 2 / Verve / October 22, 1991
[Dinah Washington, born Ruth Lee Jones (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963), was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. Primarily a jazz vocalist, she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music, and gave herself the title of “Queen of the Blues”. She is a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Washington was married seven times. Her husbands were John Young (1942–43), George Jenkins (1946), Robert Grayson (1947), bassist and bandleader Walter Buchanan (1950), saxophonist Eddie Chamblee (1957), Rafael Campos (1961), and pro-football player Dick “Night Train” Lane (1963). She had two sons: George Kenneth Jenkins and Robert Grayson. Washington was an outspoken unapologetic liberal Democrat. She once said, “I am who I am and I know what I know. I’m a Democrat plain and simple, always have been. I’d never vote for a Republican because in my opinion they don’t have what it takes to run any kind of private or public office. That’s all.”Early on the morning of December 14, 1963, Washington’s seventh husband Lane went to sleep with his wife, and awoke later to find her slumped over and not responsive. An autopsy later showed a lethal combination of secobarbital and amobarbital, which contributed to her death at the age of 39. She is buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.]

5. Blossom Dearie – “Give Him The Ooh-La-la”
from: Verve Jazz Masters 51: Blossom Dearie / Verve / March 19, 1996
[Margrethe Blossom Dearie (April 28, 1924–February 7, 2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist, often performing in the bebop genre and remembered for her light and girlish voice. One of the last supper club performers, she performed regular engagements in London and NYC over many years. In the 1970s after a period of inactivity, Dearie recorded the album “That’s Just the Way I Want to Be” (containing the cult song “Dusty Springfield”, an ode to the British pop star co-written by Dearie with Norma Tanega), which was released in 1970. In 1974, Dearie established her own label, Daffodil Records, which allowed her to have full control of the recording and distribution of her albums. Dearie appeared on TV throughout her career, most notably giving her voice to the children’s educational series Schoolhouse Rock! Some of her pieces in this series were written by her good friend Bob Dorough, the jazz singer and composer. Her voice can be heard on “Mother Necessity”, “Figure Eight”, and “Unpack Your Adjectives”. Songwriter Johnny Mercer, gave one of his final compositions to Dearie for the title song of her 1976 Daffodil album, My New Celebrity is You. In 1983, Dearie was awarded the first Mabel Mercer Foundation Award. Her voice and songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several films, including Kissing Jessica Stein, My Life Without Me, The Squid and the Whale, The Adventures of Felix, and The Artist. She continued to perform in clubs until 2006. Dearie died “after a long illness” on February 7, 2009, at her apartment in Greenwich Village, New York City. She was survived by her older brother as well as a nephew and a niece.]

6. Nat King Cole – “When I Grow Too Old To Dream”
from: Northern Exposure: Music From The Television Series (1990-95) / MCA / Sept. 15, 1992
[Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer and musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death from lung cancer in February 1965.]

10:27 – Underwriting


7. Mel Torme’- “It’s All Right With Me”
from: Mel Torme Collection 1944-1985 [Box Set] / Rhino WEA / June 4, 1996
[Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, pianist, and actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.]

8. Louis Prima & Keely Smith – “That Old Black Magic”
from: One For My Baby – Selections From The Great American Songbook / Starbucks / 2009
[Many know bandleader Louis Prima from the 1967 Disney movie, “The Jungle Book.” Prima played the voice of the cartoon ape named King Louie. Tom Clavin, author of That Old Black Magic: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and the Golden Age of Las Vegas, was quoted in an NPR interview saying…”Well, Louis Prima and Keely Smith divorced and the act broke up, and Keely Smith then seemed to come into her own as a singer. She had been doing some solo things. She received a Grammy nomination for, actually, her debut solo album in 1958, but Louis Prima played a part in that. But in 1999, she received another Grammy nomination for an album called “Keely Sings Sinatra.”]

9. Mel Torme’ with The Mel-Tones – “It Happened in Monterrey”
from: Mel Torme Collection 1944-1985 [Box Set] / Rhino WEA / June 4, 1996


10. Shirley Horn – “Get Out Of Town”
from: I Get A Kick Out Of You: Cole Porter Songbook Vol. 2 / Verve / Oct. 22, 1991
[Shirley Valerie Horn (May 1, 1934 in Washington, D.C. – October 20, 2005) was an American jazz singer, pianist. Horn collaborated with jazz greats Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing, something described by arranger Johnny Mandel as “like having two heads”, and for her rich, lush voice, a smoky contralto, which was described by noted producer and arranger Quincy Jones as “like clothing, as she seduces you with her voice”.]

11. Shirley Horn – “Makin’ Whoopie”
from: Light Out Of Darkness (A Tribute To Ray Charles) / UMG / September 21, 1993

12. Fred Astaire – “Night and Day”
from: I Get A Kick Out Of You: Cole Porter Songbook Vol. 2 / Verve / October 22, 1991
[Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award winning television specials, and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films. Gene Kelly, another major innovator in filmed dance, said that “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire”. Classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his influence.]

13. Eartha Kitt – “Je Cherche Un Homme (I Want A Man)”
from: Excellent and Dangerous / BMG International / September 10, 2001 IMPORT
[Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit recordings of “C’est Si Bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”. She took over the role of Catwoman for the third and final season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable due to other commitments. She also voiced Yzma on Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and its television spinoff, The Emperor’s New School, earning five Emmy Awards in the process, the last shortly before her death.]

11:00 – Station ID

14. Louis Jordan – “Look Out Sister, Look Out”
from: Five Guys Named Moe / Decca – MCA / 1992
[Louis Thomas Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering American musician, songwriter and bandleader who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as “The King of the Jukebox.” In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him no. 59 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He scored at least four million-selling hits during his career. After Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Louis Jordan was probably the most popular and successful African-American bandleader of his day. Jordan was a talented singer with great comedic flair, and he fronted his own band for more than twenty years. He duetted with Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Jordan was also an actor and a major black film personality—he made numerous cameos in mainstream features and short films, and starred in two musical feature films made especially for him. He was an instrumentalist who played all forms of the saxophone, but specialized in the alto, in addition to playing piano and clarinet. A productive songwriter, he wrote or co-wrote many songs that became influential classics of 20th-century popular music. Although Jordan began his career in big-band swing jazz in the 1930s, he became famous as one of the leading practitioners, innovators and popularizers of “jump blues”, a swinging, up-tempo, dance-oriented hybrid of jazz, blues and boogie-woogie. Typically performed by smaller bands consisting of five or six players, jump music featured shouted, highly syncopated vocals and earthy, comedic lyrics on contemporary urban themes. It strongly emphasized the rhythm section of piano, bass and drums; after the mid-1940s, this mix was often augmented by electric guitar. Jordan’s band also pioneered the use of electric organ. In the 1940s, Jordan released dozens of hit songs, including the swinging “Saturday Night Fish Fry” (one of the earliest and most powerful contenders for the title of “First rock and roll record”).]

15. John Lee Hooker – “Good Rockin’ Mama”
from: The Big Soul Of John Lee Hooker / Vee-Jay Ltd. / September 21, 1964
[John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally a unique brand of country blues. He developed a ‘talking blues’ style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his blues guitar playing and singing. His best known songs include “Boogie Chillen'” (1948), “I’m in the Mood” (1951) and “Boom Boom” (1962), the first two reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.]

16. Shirley Horn – “Hard Harded Hannah”
from: Light Out Of Darkness (A Tribute To Ray Charles) / UMG / September 21, 1993

17. Eartha Kitt – “Let’s Do It”
from: Excellent and Dangerous / BMG International / September 10, 2001 IMPORT


18. Louis Jordan – “Safe, Sane And Single”
from: Five Guys Named Moe / Decca – MCA / 1992

11:18 – Underwriting


19. The Mourning After – “This is Why”
from: Unreleased recordings / Independent / 2007
[The Mourning After: Amy Farrand, Mark Smeltzer, Chris Devictor, and Sarah Carpenter]

20. The Columns – “Allies”
from: The Columns / Split Oak Records / 2010
[The Columns: Bill Sundahl, Andy Money, Nick Howell, Matt Richey & Sarah Carpenter]

[Bill Sundahl is now playing with The Starhaven Rounders who perform Friday, August 16, 7:00 to 9:00 at the recordBar, 1020 westport Road.]

[Bill Sundahl he is the founder of Spice of Life Productions, The Spring Dance, and The Crossroads Music Festival, and annual event that is scheduled for Saturday, September 14. For more information about the Crossroads Music Festival as tickets become available at noon today, and you can get information at: cmfkc.com]


21. Mark Smeltzer – “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” (CD #21) (4:05)
from: Rural Grit: Last of 04 Before the F4 / Rural Grit / 2005

22. Dirty Mae – “Factory Girl”
from: Unreleased recordings / Independent / 2007
[Song originally recorded by The Rolling Stones. Dirty Mae: David Regnier, Chris Devictor and Sarah Carpenter]

23. The Afterparty – “Girl With All The Cool Names”
from: Under The Rainbow / Independent / August 24, 2006
[David Regnier, Danny Fischer, Josh Mobley, Chris Devictor, Paul Andrews, Sonya Andrews, Amy Nelson, and Sarah Carpenter.]


24. High and Dry – “Spanish Pipe Dream”
from: High and Dry / Independent / August 16, 2013
[Song written by John Prine. High and Dry is a KC based band made up of: Greg Connally on accordian and vocals; Sam Zech on guitar and vocals; Cathy Hawes on mandolin and vocals; and John Yingst on dobro, banjo and vocals.]

[High and Dry is playing a special CD release show, at Mike Kelly’s Westsider, on Westport Road, Friday, August 16, at 8:00 pm.]

You can learn more about Sarah Carpenter’s business at http://www.thecluttermaven.com


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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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WMM Playlist from June 26, 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, June 26, 2013

Akkilles + Sterling Witt
+ Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide & Rabbit Killer

1. Grand Marquis – “Bed Of Nails”
from: Blues and Trouble / Grand Marquis / June 25, 2013
[12 New songs from Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard. Grand Marquis played a special CD Release show last night at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO

[Grand Marquis play Jazz at 39th & State Line, Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 PM]

[Grand Marquis play a CD Release, Fri, June 28, 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St.]

2. Clairaudients – “Like A Song”
from: I’m a Loudmouth, You’re a Puppet / Independent / June 29, 2013
[Music and Lyrics by Clairaudients: Eric Fain – Graphite Neck Electric Bass, Backup Vocals; Brandon Gardner – Electric Guitars; Blaire Geenens – Drumset; Chase Horseman – Grand piano, Backup Vocals, Bigsby Strums; Patrick Robinson – Lead Vocals, Electric Rhythm Guitar; Jordan Thompson – Lead Vocals, Electric Slide Guitar, Backup Vocals. Recorded from January to June, 2013 with Jeff Pickman at Massive Sound Studios. Produced by Jeff Pickman and Clairaudients]

[Clairaudients play a release show Sat, June 29, at Davey’s Uptown w/ We Are Voices and Not A Planet.]

10:10 – Underwriting

3. Sterling Witt – “Built By Design”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

10:15 – Interview with Sterling Witt

In writing about Artist and Musician – Sterling Witt’s recent full length recording, “Sterling Loves U,” music critic – Anthony David wrote in Indie Music magazine, “Originality is a hard thing to come by these days; and not a word we use lightly, but it has to be said – Sterling Witt is IT. Mastering satirical humour throughout, the album is a collection of short, sweet acoustic tunes that are sure to brighten any dull day and leave you with a smile on your face.”

Upcoming tour dates:
6.28.13 – Indianapolis Indiana – the Irving Theater
6.29.13 – Philadelphia PA – The Fire
6.30.13 – New York NY – Googies Lounge
7.1.13 – New Haven CT- Stella Blues Bar
7.2.13 – Boston MA – Avant garde acoustic
7.3.13 – Portland ME – Flask Lounge
7.4.13 – Montreal Canada – Quai Des Brumes
7.5.13 – Cleveland Ohio – Avant garde acoustic
7.6.13 – Detroit MI – Paycheck’s Lounge
7.13.13 – Freeman MO – Sterling Witt’s Birthday Party
7.27.13 – Kansas City MO – Fringe Fest

Sterling gave our Wednesday MidDay Medley listeners a chance to win an a special collection of gifts created by Sterling including an invitation to Sterling’s birthday party on July 13 in Freeman, Missouri.

4. Sterling Witt – “Every Single Second”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

Grand River Records is a record label dedicated to individualistic artistic expression. The physical structure is located in the rural countryside of Missouri near Kansas City. GRR is owned by Sterling Witt.

Artist Allan Winkler plays drums with Sterling Witt.

In the world of Sterling Witt, Art and Music flow together.

Sterling Witt’s new album, “Sterling Loves U” is available through iTunes.
More info at SterlingWitt.com

5. Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

10:30 – Interview with David Bennett and Isaac Anderson

6. Akkilles – “I Went Alone” (Vinyl)
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

Singer/songwriter David Bennett formed the KC based band Akkilles in 2011. David has been recording and performing with a collective of his friends and fellow musicians.

“Something You’d Say” is being released on vinyl!

“Something You’d Say” will be released on Tuesday, July 2.

For more information you can visit: akkilles.bandcamp.com


7. Akkilles – “Leave Your Love”
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

Akkilles includes David Bennett on lead vocals, guitar; Isaac Anderson, on drums; Rachel Pollock on violin, piano, percussion, and vocals; Nick Pick on Bass and vocals; and Jeff Larison on lead guitar and dobro. The band played The Middle of the Map Fest and the Crossroads Block Party.

In April, David Bennett told David Hudnall of The Pitch:

“When I play by myself, I do a lot of loops and effects and play with microphones that accentuate vocals,” Bennett says. “With the band, it’s a little more like straightforward experimental pop. I’m drawn toward what I guess you’d call ambiguous writing, and I like jacking the sound of pop music a little, both musically and lyrically.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time the past few years trying to really learn how to write and record,” Bennett says. “Now it’s getting to the point where I’m recording a lot more and getting a lot of material down. I think there’ll be another Akkilles EP in the fall and maybe another album sometime in 2014. I like doing crummy demos by myself, but it’s also cool to go into a studio with a real band.”

David Bennett has been recording homemade demos as Akkilles. You can learn more about his recordings at SoundCloud, or Bandcamp, where his “Demo Treasure” EP is also available.

8. Akkilles – “Country Boy Deluxe”
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

[Akkilles play The Brick on Sat, July 6, with The Caves, and Margo May.]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Antennas Up – “Coming On”
from: The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

[Antennas Up play the Riot Room, Saturday, June 29.]

10. Radkey – “Pretty Things”
from: Cat & Mouse – EP / Wreckroom / June 4, 2013
[Radkey is a St. Joesph based band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey plays The Bottleneck, Friday, July 12, for Lawrence Field Day.]

11:07 – Underwriting


11. The Uncluded – “Earthquake”
from: Earthquake – Single / Rhymesayers Entertainment / February 12, 2013
[San Francisco based Hip Hop artist & producer Ian Matthias Bavitz aka Aesop Rock with anti-folk singer Kimya Dawson, famous for being one half of the group The Moldy Peaches.]

[The Uncluded play an 18+ over show at the recordBar Wed, June 26 at 10:00 pm w/ Hamell on Trial.]

12. Major Matt Mason USA – “Rockstar”
from: Me Me Me / Olive Juice Music / January 1, 1998
[After 15 years of living in NYC Matthew and Nan Turner moved back to KC and relocated Olive Juice Music to KC and their band Schwervon! has become a big part of the KC music scene!]

11:16 – Interview with Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide, and Rabbit Killer

Three of Kansas City’s most original singer/songwriters: Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide & Rabbit Killer who’ll share the bill for a special concert, Wednesday, June 26, at 8:00 pm, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. We will play from their recordings and have a live performance in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Major Matt Mason USA is Matthew Roth. Matt’s 1998 solo release “Me Me Me” is celebrate its 15th anniversary and Matt will travel to NYC to perform the songs live on Sunday, August 4, at Sidewalk Cafe as part of the Classic Albums Live series during the Welcome to Boog City Festival.

Matthew Roth was a large part of the New York City music community, founding Olive Juice Music; recording, mixing, and mastering music for himself and others, including Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Lewis, Adam Green, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, and Toby Goodshank; and performing live as part of Schwervon! and Kansas State Flower, and solo artist as Major Matt Mason USA.

After 15 years of living in NYC, Matthew Roth and Nan Turner moved back to KC and relocated Olive Juice Music to KC and their band Schwervon! has become a big part of the KC music scene!


13. Major Matt Mason USA – “Tripping Yourself” (LIVE) 


KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010, Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks.

Folkicide is now working on his new album of 13 songs called, “Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings,” engineered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio.

Michael Walker plays trombone on “Seaside Rendezvous” for “Folkicide’s A Night At The Opera,” Michael also plays on Folkicide’s new record too.


14. Folkicide – “Melodic Screams”
from: Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings / Fall, 2013
[You can hear all of his music at: folkicide.bandcamp.com]

Rabbit Killer is Mark Smeltzer who has been playing and making music in Kansas City for over 20 years. Mark has collaborated with Betse Ellis, Amy Farrand, Howard Iceberg, The Wilders, Metatone and many many others. Mark is known for the creation of his own instruments from found objects. He was one of the original members of the band Trouble in Mind, and performs as a solo artist, as Rabbit Killer, The Rural Grit All Stars E.I.O., and is a cofounder of Rural Grit Music Hour every Monday Night at The Brick and also Rural Grit Records a music label that captured many of the early recordings of the Wilders, live performances at the Tic Fest and many area bands. Mark is also an actor and appeared in the film “Two Sisters.”

Mark Smeltzer, told the story of how he came to create the alter ego, Rabbit Killer.

The Rural Grit Happy Hour is one of the longest running shows in Kansas City, this weekly show has been a place for musicians to collaborate for many years, originally starting at The Grand Emporium in the 1990s.


15. Rabbit Killer – “Aligators and Crocodiles” (LIVE)

Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide, and Rabbit Killer will play in concert together, tonight, Wednesday June 26, in an acoustic set at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. KCMO.


16. Dream Wolf – “Astro-Wolf”
from: Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

[Dream Wolf play recordBar, Sat, June 29 w/ Darkside of The Force, Deco Auto, and Scene of Irony.]

[Members of Dream Wolf participate in Sonic Spectrum’s Tribute Series to The Rolling Stones, Sunday, June 30, at the recordBar, with the Cody Wyoming Deal, The Empty Spaces, and members of Dolls on Fire, The Dirty Electric, The Latenight Callers and others.]

17. The Rolling Stones – “Street Fighting Man”
from: Beggar’s Banquet / Decca / Dec. 6, 1968
[Originally titled and recorded as “Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?”, containing the same music but very different lyrics, “Street Fighting Man” is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London’s U.S. embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000.]

18. The Depth and The Whisper – “Highway”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December, 2012
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards.]

[The Depth and The Whisper play the recordBar, Friday, June 28, with John Velge & The Prodigal Sons and Adam Marsland.]


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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #479

WMM Playlist from January 25, 2012

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 25, 2012

I Formed a Band – The Tom Livesay Story

1. Foolish Sad Robot – “I Recorded It”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

2. Foolish Sad Robot – “Personal Rock Song”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay. Performed at The Rhumba Box.]

3. The Whittlers – “Vans”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story” chronicles the musical history of Tom Livesay‘s life, through every band he has played in, starting with The William Jewel Orchestra and Jazz band and following through 24 years of Tom’s life, playing in 12 bands, where Tom played bass, sang lead vocals, played synthesizers & casios, wrote or co-wrote (probably) over 150 songs, recorded (probably) over 200 songs, and engineered or produced just as many tracks, if not more. Tom Livesay has collaborated with a very long list of KC’s best musicians including: Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis & Nate Gawron (who became The Wilders) Amy Farrand, Jeff Brown, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Frazier, Mark Smeltzer, Randy Wolf, Mark Stevenson, Mike McCoy, Jeff Nichols, Mark Reynolds, Stephen DiFranco, Marco Pascolini, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell, Jennifer Appell, and many others…

Tom grew up in Independence, and graduated from Chrisman High School in 1984.

WJC Jazz Band, February 12, 1988, Kansas State Jazz Festival

After High School Tom was accepted into William Jewell College in Liberty, MO where her played saxophone in the William Jewell Orchestra & Jazz Band. It was in this band where he met future longtime collaborators: Jeff Brown (trumpet) & Ike Sheldon (trombone).

1987 – 88 Tom formed The Freshman Senators with 3 friends who needed a bass player. Tom sold his saxophone, and bought a bass.

4. The Freshman Senators – “Butterfly Fan”
from: The Freshman Senators / Independent / 1988
[Originally released on cassette. Re-released as a single w/ 2 other songs on cassette in 1990. Winner of local radio station call in contest. William Jewell Band w/ Tony Zager – Guitar, David King – Drums, Brian Meredith – Guitar & Saxophone, Tom Livesay – Bass. Friend Jeff Brown formed rival band: The Industry.]

1988 after William Jewell College Tom moved to Midtown, near KCAI, and continued with The Freshman Senators.

1989 Tom formed Wig Newton with Ike Sheldon after Ike graduated and moved to midtown. Wig Newton was influenced by bands of the day: Jane’s Addiction, Faith No More.

1990 – 91 Tom formed Knotty Pines with Tony Zager (of Freshman Senators)

5. Knotty Pines – “Zuleika”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1989 to 1991 there was some overlapping between The Freshman Senators, Wig Newton and Knotty Pines. At William Jewel Ike Sheldon had been a vocal music major, in Wig Newton, Ike used his operatic tenor, as well as rapped. We do not have any Wig Newton recordings, but Ike did contribute guest vocals for the Knotty Pines, “Geek Mythology” release, which gives us an example of Ike’s pre-The Wilders vocals.

6. Knotty Pines – “Planet Janet”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Special lead vocals by Ike O. Sheldon. co-written by Livesay/Zager/Sheldon. Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1991 Tom formed The Young Johnny Carson Story with William Jewel Orchestra Members Jeff Brown, Ike Sheldon. The Band’s name came from Ike Sheldon’s dream where he was in a made-for-TV movie, playing the part of a young Johnny Carson.

1992 The Young Johnny Carson Story released “Nerd”

7. The Young Johnny Carson Story – “You’re Too Beautiful”
an unreleased track / Independent / 1992
[Jeff Brown – Guitar & Vox, Tom Livesay – Bass & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Guitar, Bass & Vox]

What happened when Tom Livesay asked Johnny Carson permission to use his name for their “musical project”?

A letter dated March 14, 1994, from Carson Productions read:

Mr. Livesay,

“Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the use of mr. Carson’s name in your musical project. However, I must inform you that it is in the best interests of Carson Productions to unconditionally refuse permission for the use of the name in any form. To persist in doing so will result in immediate litigation. We wish you luck in the persuit of your project, but must insist in your finding a new name.”

– Carson Productiona

1994 the band changed their name to My Childhood Hero and added drummer Amy Farrand to the group.

In the notes, on the cassette release, it reads “We support, Rhumba Box, Gee Coffee, The Dhurries, Shallow, Trouble in Mind, Secular Theme, Danger Bob, Frogpond, and Shiner.”

8. My Childhood Hero – “fiesta ware”
from: The Young Johnny Carson Story Is Now My Childhood Hero / Whiney Piney / 1994 [Jeff Brown – Guitar, Tom Livesay – Bass, Ike Sheldon – Guitar & Bass, Amy Farrand – Drums. Guest artists: Betse Ellis – Violin & Angel, Mark Smelzer – feedback, Phil Wade – Angel. Recorded live to 2-track ny randy Wolf in Mark & Leslie’s attic, February, 1994.]

1991 (while playing with Young Johnny Carson Story, and My Childhood Hero) Tom also started playing bass with the band Cher fronted by Mike McCoy. Tom played with the band on two cassette releases: “By Named Sue” (1991) and “The Gambler” (1992).

9. Cher – “Chop-Chop Life”
from: Boy Named Sue / Independent / 1991
[Released on Cassette. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Jeff Nichols – Drums, Tom Livesay – Bass, Mark Reynolds – Free Bass]

Raucous life shows, sometimes hostile audiences, it was during a Halloween show when 3 of the 4 members quit and walked off stage, in the middle of the set, leaving Mike McCoy alone on stage. Mike eventually reformed the group with Lisa McKenzie on Drums, and Heather Grehan on Bass, and renamed the band Cher UK and rerecorded many of the songs from the two cassette releases, in Minneapolis, for the 1993 release on Red Decibel Records, “She’s A Weird Little Snack.”

1995 – 96 Tom formed, Foolish Sad Robot with Ike Sheldon, Tom’s 8th band in 8 years. With Ike, at least 23 songs were recorded. The band played in many venues & developed a following.

10. Foolish Sad Robot – “Postpone”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs written & recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay.]

1993-95 The Dhurries, formed with Betse Ellis on Violin, and Phil Wade on sitar, drums, & guitar. Phil was into East Indian ragas. The Dhurries played local coffeehouses including Whistler’s Mother in Westport where they became fans of the Young Johnny Carson Story and Foolish Sad Robot. Tom Livesay, Ike Sheldon, Jeff Brown, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade played together a lot in those days.

11. The Dhurries – “Red Ribbon”
from: Yeppers / Barry Lee Compilation for KKFI / 1995
[Betse Ellis & Phil Wade. Originally recorded on Barry Lee‘s radio program, “Signal To Noise,” in 1995. On a Signal To Noise radio show Ike Sheldon joined Betse & Phil to play a “string tune” they’d been experimenting with after Ike started playing his father’s old country records. Some say this was the beginning of The Wilders. A You Tube video of Ike, Betse & Phil on Signal to Noise is on our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook Page.]

1996-97 William Jewell Orchestra members: Tom Livesay, Jeff Brown & Ike Sheldon teamed up with Phil Wade (formerly of the Dhurries and The Pedaljets) and Stephen DiFranco (formerly of Bad Manners) to form a new band: Day Sleeper

12. Day Sleeper – “Meteor (Reprise)”
from: When The Meteor Comes / Independent / 1997
[Tom Livesay (lead vox on this song) – Bass & Vox, Phil Wade – Lead Electric Guitar & Lap Steel Guitar & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Fender Rhoades & Electric Piano, Jeff Brown – Vox & Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar, Stephen DiFranco – Drums. Recorded at The Tic Ranch, Frazier Farm, mixed at band’s house, 3605 Jefferson. Songs written by Jeff Brown & Day Sleeper.]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story.” continues…
A chronicle of the musical history of Tom’s life, through every band he has played in, over the past 24 years.

1995, Phil Wade started listening to bluegrass music.

1996 Ike Sheldon, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade formed The Wilders with Matt Kesler (Phil’s band mate from The Pedaljets) sometimes on Bass.

1997 -1998 Tom moved to Arizona with a friend. While in Arizona Tom recorded some solo recordings using casio keyboards.

13. Tom Livesay – “Jumbo Jet Beat”
from: Tom Livesay’s Greatest Hits / Independent / 1998 [Tom’s solo work.]

1998 The Wilders released the first recording: “Cornbread, Molasses and Sassafras Tea” on Rural Grit Records. Ike started hosting The Rural Grit Hour at The Grand Emporium.

1999 Tom Livesay moved back to KC from Arizona and joined: Snakebite Orphans with Mark Stevenson, Marco Pascolini (of Mr. Marco’s V-7), and Matt Brawl (of Sandoval).

1999 Tom Livesay engineered the recording of The Wilders 2000 release: “The Wilders.”

The Wilders

(Note: In 2011 After 15 years, 10 albums, and constant touring, The Wilders announced last month that they would be taking an extended “hiatus.”)

14. The Wilders – “Righten That Wrong”
from: The Wilders / Rural Grit Records / 2000
[Ike Sheldon – Lead Guitar & Vox, Betse Ellis – Fiddle & Vox, Phil Wade – Mandolin & Dobro & Banjo & Vox, Nate Gawron – String Bass. Rec. Live Dec, 1999, at Randy Wolf’s house. Engineered by Tom Livesay & Randy Wolf. Jeff Brown plays Bass on this song.]

2000 – 2004 Tom formed The Whittlers with Phil Wade

15. The Whittlers – “They Wanted Songs”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

2000-2004 Tom & Phil Wade recorded 4 albums, while working together at The KC Art Intitute.

16. The Whittlers – “Dressed Up and It’s Hot”
from: Sci Fi Runaway / Independent / January – February 2001
[Song includes a guest rap from Ike Sheldon. Album included guests: Betse ellis, Ike Sheldon, Nate & Mary Gawron, Wm. Howell and others.]

17. The Whittlers – “Stuck in Missouri With You”
from: Touch The Artist / Independent / Summer 2002
[Album was made up entirely of covers. This song was made famous by Stealer’s Wheel. Jeff Brown played drums on several tracks. Ike Sheldon played piano and keyboards on several tracks.]

18. The Whittlers – “Another Night Gone”
from: Nobody’s Happy / Independent / Summer 2004
[written by Betse Ellis. Tom on Vocals, Ike on Piano, Phil on Guitar. Recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

2001 Tom Produced albums for: Wm. Howell & played bass for Paul Guinto aka Redbirds

19. Wm. Howell – “Born Again”
from: Sweet Boy / Independent / 2001

2001 Tom released his first solo release with guest appearances from Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Fraizer, Mark Smeltzer, Kim Stanton, Mark Stevenson, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell,

20. Tom Livesay – “Kids Feel Stifled!”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001
[co-written with student in Beijing, Tony Zager & Tom Livesay, Guitar by Tony Zager, cyborg vocal by Wm. Howell. Bass, Vocals & Synthesizers by Tom. Drums by Matt Brawl.]

21. Tom Livesay – “Lover Slash Friend”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [co-written by Ike & Tom. Guitar & Tamborine by Ike Sheldon.]

22. Tom Livesay – “Stripmall Opens”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [cello by Betse Ellis.]

23. Tom Livesay – “ReRelease”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [Guitar by Patrick Frazier]

Present day – Tom is raising his 8 year old daughter Hirut, adopted from Ethiopia.

Recently Tom has been working on new songs.

24. Foolish Sad Robot – “Sad Hour”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

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