WMM Playlist from Feb. 6, 2019

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, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. The Buhs – “Can’t Let Go”
From: Can’t Let Go – Single / The Buhs / February 14, 2016
[The Buhs is a super band collective with singers Julia Haile, Lee Langston, and Anthony Saunders along with emcees Reach and Les Izmore., and Ryan J. Lee, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. IThe band shot a beutiful music video for this song on location in Paris. More info at: http://www.thebuhs.com. Singer Julia Haile is the lead singer for the band Hi-Lux. She also performs with the Julia Haile Trio and The Julia Haile band with guitarist Tim Braun and drummer Brendan Culp.]

[Julia Haile Band plays The Phoenix, 302 West 8th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, Feb 9, at 5:00 PM.]

[Julia Haile plays A Valentine’s Day Show at Y.J.s, February 14, at 7:00 with Port Jen Harris.]

3. Betse Ellis – “Another Night Gone”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of one of Kansas City’s treasured bands The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, that toured nationally and internationally for 15 years, and released 10 albums. In 2011 the band ended. One if the side projects of The Wilders was a band called The Whittlers, made of up of Phil Wade and Tom Livesay who recorded 4 full length albums from 2000 to 2004 while they worked together at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Whitlers were the first to record this song written by Betse Ellis, and released on the finally album, Nobody’s Happy, from 2004, with Tom on Vocals, Ike Sheldon on Piano, Phil Wade on Guitar. The track was recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

10:08 – Winter Fund Drive Co-Hosts: Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt

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. Their debut album, “River Still Rise” was in our Top Ten, of The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. In 2017 their special analog recorded collection of tunes released on cassette called, Tunes We Like, was in our 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is founder of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Records With Merritt features, weekly in-store performances from young and upcoming bands, holds meetings for a vinyl listening club, and was once the location for a wedding. More information at: http://www.recordwithmerritt.com

Marion Merritt thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming. The spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt-signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 40 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. YOU are the reason we are able to stay alive.

10:15

4. Calvin Arsenia – “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[From Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue, KCMO. The first known recording of this song was by the Dixie Jubilee Singers, May 30, 1924. The first known printing of the song was by Clarence Cameron White, 1927, Forty Negro Spirituals, Theodore Presser Co. Philadelphia. “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” is an old spiritual song that was introduced in Albany, Georgia, by Reverend Ralph Abernathy during the summer of 1962 when mass arrests and demonstrations erupted for the second time during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Abernathy taught the song to a mass meeting of the Negro community at Mount Zion Baptist Church, in one night. It immediately caught on and became widely used in the demonstrations. Sources: Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through its songs, edited and compiled by Guy and Candie Carawan.]

[Calvin Arsenia performs in Songs of Freedom: Honoring Black America History & Music, Sunday, February 10, at 7:00 PM, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St, KCMO. This special one-night event celebrates the legacy and resilience of Black People of Kansas City and America. The show includes: spirituals, anthems, songs from the civil rights movement, and classics featuring the voices of Calvin Arsenia & Misha Roberts, with Everett Freeman on piano, Brad Williams on drums, Reggie Watkins on organ, James Ward on bass. Also featuring special guest vocalists: Christopher Barksdale-Burns, Hope McIntosh, and poets: Glenn North and John Baker.]

5. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “Get On The Bus”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. This year the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

[Bob & Una Walkenhorst open for Brewer & Shipley, Saturday, February 9, at 8:00 PM – Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS]

6. Hembree – “Culture”
from: House on Fire / OREAD Records / Expected April 26, 2019
[First single from band’s upcoming full length album debut. This Kansas City based band was formed in November of 2015. Band members include: Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, Eric Davis, Alex Ward and Austin Ward. This new single was written by Isaac Flynn and Eric Davis and performed by Hembree. The track was produced by Eric Hillman and Isaac Flynn and engineered by Joel Martin, Isaac Flynn, and Eric Hillman. The track was mixed by Joe Visciano at Studio 112 in Brooklyn, NY, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Hemree release their debut EP “Had It All” in Nov. 2017.]

10:32 – Underwriting

7. Keaton Conrad – “What Am I Supposed to Do?”
from: Nova / Keaton Conrad / February 1, 2019
[The 2nd full length album from 19 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad who released an original 5-song EP, Panic & Blame. In 2016 he recorded his first full-length LP entitled “Waves” released on Jan. 27, 2017.]

10:38 – Interview with Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad

KC musician and recording artist Keaton Conrad joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Keaton Conrad has received critical acclaim, regarded as “exceptionally promising” by The Kansas City Star, and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” by Ink Magazine. Conrad spent two years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the band ChangeUp, performing all around Kansas City. In 2015,

Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Keaton Conrad has just released his second full length album Nova, on Feb 1.

Keaton Conrad, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

19 year old Kansas Native, Keaton Conrad records all of his own music in his home studio, mixing and mastering it all..

Keaton Conrad recently played an Album Release show for his new record Nova, Friday, February 1, at 7:00 at the Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City with The Moose, and Eems.

Keaton grew up in Olathe, Kansas (as did Calvin Arsenia, and Duncan Burnett). Keaton sang in High School Choir and performed in Olathe North West High School musicals.

Keaton Conrad is navigating the KC Music Scene while also working through his second year in college at University of Missouri at Kansas City.

More information at http://www.keatonconradmusic.com

10:49

8. Keaton Conrad – “I Think I Fell in Love with You”
from: Nova / Keaton Conrad / February 1, 2019
[Keaton Conrad is a recording artist from Kansas City. He has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” (The Kansas City Star) and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” (Ink Magazine). In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC.]

We are The Voice of The Community – 90.1 KKFI offers 104 different radio programs. 84 of these programs are locally created and produced and hosted and engineered and written by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show, each week. There are 143 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You we not find this kind of representative diversity anywhere else on your radio dial. Or from any singular source on your computer. It is very special. It needs to be nourished and kept alive in a world of corporate, nationally owned, commercial or religious broadcasting. Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlists are very deep, and comprehensive. In one week you can hear over 2000 different songs played, in Blues, Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Classical, World, Americana, Southern Soul, Fusion, Soul, Rock, New Wave, Electronic, Native, Local, Old Timey, Rockabilly, Women’s, Children’s, Gospel, and Experimental. With all of this, you also hear the voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers, and thousands of guests from the community, who share their stories, while broadcasting live from our non-commercial, midtown studios, here at 39th & Main, in the center of our metro, across two states, and many cities, and hundreds of communities, and thousands of radios. At http://www.wednesdaymiddaymedley.org you can find our playlists from the last 8 years.

10:59 – Station ID

9. The Philistines – “1971”
from: The Backbone of Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[KC based rock band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals; Steve Gardels on drums, Rod Peal on guitar; Josh Mobley on keyboard, and Barry Kidd on bass. (For this record Michelle Bacon played bass & backing vocals.) Recorded & mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

[The Philistines play the MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #2, Friday, February 8, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO with Cadillac Flambé, and Momma’s Boy.]

[The Philistines play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, February 9, at 10 PM with Stone Grower, and Sona.]

10. Stacy Busch – “End in Flames”
from: Music from “Mass” / Stacy Busch / Unreleased February, 2018
[28 year old Stacy Busch is Operations Manager for Owen/Cox Dance Group. Stacy is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is a multimedia artist & performer. Her collaborative concert experiences are designed to be provocative and accessible to cultivate broader artistic interest and, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for various social causes. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. She recently partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer.” In 2018, her service with No Divide KC will include partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. Stacy’s work has been performed at: the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Art in the Loop Kansas City, the experimental concert series ArtSounds, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and UMKC Composer’s Guild Concerts. She has partnered with the Kansas City Streetcar, the UMKC dance program, Charlotte Street Foundation and the electronic music non-profit KcEMA. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: Bent Frequency, the Beo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio. She is a two-time ArtSounds Grant recipient, a UMKC Women’s Council Grant recipient and was a CITS Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Stacy received her Masters in Music in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Bachelors in Music in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.]

[Stacy Busch presents, Mass: Live Performance and Art Gallery, Saturday, February 9, 6:00pm Cocktail hour and Art Gallery / 7:00pm Live Performance, at Musical Theater Heritage, in Crown Center, 1800 Central St, KCMO. Multimedia artist and performer Stacy Busch is collaborating with Australian experimental artist Jade Suine and choreographer/dancer Tianna Morton to create Mass, a new music concert and exhibition. The project is born out of Busch’s month long journey at the Listhus Artist Residency in Northern Iceland, in which she experienced silence, isolation and extreme natural landscapes, which allowed Busch to uncover a more honest connection with her artistic voice and connect it to her spiritual practice. The full live performance is an evening length concert of new music largely conceived during her time in Iceland. Suine is providing a series of visual pieces and Morton brings all new choreography to the live performance. This concert event transports viewers to an environment that is unlike any other: the harsh yet breathtaking northern Icelandic landscape, which is meant to stir an ancient connection to the divine within each person and to transport the viewer someplace otherworldly. In this distinct atmosphere, the live performance will push the audience to explore themselves, and foster acceptance and empathy towards others.]

KKFI’s Mission Statement: KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

11:13

11. Todd Albright – “My Money Never Runs Out”
from: Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags / Third Man Records / March 10, 2017
[Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. Playing on 6 and 12 string guitars, Todd brings to life an era composed of, among others—Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, throwing in the occasional John Fahey number for good measure. Todd’s history playing the Blues reaches 23 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn’t in his hands. He first heard the Country Blues at the age of thirteen, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one—the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters.]

[Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.]

11:16 – Interview with Todd Albright

Todd Albright

Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. Playing on 6 and 12 string guitars, Todd brings to life an era composed of, among others—Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, throwing in the occasional John Fahey number for good measure.

Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.

Todd Albright, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Todd’s history playing the Blues reaches 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn’t in his hands.

Todd first heard the Country Blues at the age of thirteen, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one—the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre interpreting the masters.

Todd was playing music in a book store in Detroit, playing transition music between poets. Jack White was in the audience and heard Todd playing and offered him an opportunity to record with Third Man Records.

Todd has performed across the Midwest both as a solo musician and alongside his band of 20 years, The Staving Chain, which specializes in the Delta Blues.

Compelled by the golden age of the blues, Todd upholds the traditions of the masters such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly.

Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. .

11:26

12. Todd Albright – “O Mary Don’t You Weep”
from: Todd Albright Folk Blues Night No. 9 / Todd Albright / February 18, 2014
[“O Mary Don’t You Weep” is a Negro spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War –scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.” It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals. The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead.With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again become popular during the Civil Rights Movement.]

[Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.]

13. Digital Leather – “White Man”
from: FEEET / Digital Leather / January 13, 2018
[“Feeet” is an eclectic compilation of mainly tape-only released songs written and recorded between 2008 and 2018. Ranging from catchy synth-pop to colder dark-wave tunes, these tracks represent a dark journey, where sometimes, despair reigns freely. Sometimes hatred is the only food there is. Sometimes love is an extended nightmare. But it goes further than that. This is the 15th album release from Omaha, Nebraska based Synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona. He used student loan money to buy equipment. He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records. He supported this “bedroom project” with several nationwide and European tours. Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record. In 2009, Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio. Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska, a 5-piece band formed. They toured around and as a band with synth-leads courtesy of The Faint’s Todd Fink. Digital Leather writes: “We design our shifting realities. One minute, things make sense. The next minute, we are unraveled. We must fight to create ourselves or die.” Fueled on desert energy, cheap synthesizers, and 4-track home recorders, Digital Leather began as Shawn Foree’s one-man bedroom project in Tucson, Arizona. The music was intended to be shared with a small circle of friends only. Without warning, that circle grew. Digital Leather has since moved in several stylistic directions, but has always adhered to one law: nothing lasts. Shawn Foree writes: “I just keep writing. Usually I feel like my life is passing me by while I’m holed up in my apartment hunched over a synthesizer. It’s hard to maintain relationships when you live in your head all the time. Some people will treat you like you’re crazy for having an imagination. That’s bullshit on their part, but it still sucks to be chastised for having a brain, especially when it’s from someone you care about. The payoff is worth it, though, even if you lose that someone in the process. The raw energy of honest art, to express yourself in a real way, connects you to something higher than love. Creation is a unique high and I’m addicted to it. This album spans a long period of time and represents these kind of lows and highs well. The tracks have appeared on various small run releases, but now I understand that they belong together. It feels worth it.” The band writes: “We sincerely hope this exceptional collection of dark, outsider pop music feels fresh and alive to you. At least for the time being, before the world blows up.” All music invented by Shawn Foree. Human drum sounds provided by Jeff Lambelet, Sean Ruse, and Gregory Elsasser.

11:32 – Underwriting

In this past year, we’ve featured segments shining a light on: Bach Aria Soloist, KC Gamelan Genta Kasturi, The Workers Revival Festival, Open Spaces Kansas City, The Arts Asylum, KC PrideFest, Midwest Music Foundation and the MidCoast Takeover, Kansas City Public Library, The Midwest Innocence Project, Record Store Day, Folk Alliance International Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Spinning Tree Theatre, Middle of The Map Fest, Shuttlecock Music Events, Clay Platte Montessori, a farm based School, American Jazz Museum, Never Records, KC Fringe Theatre Fest, Late Night Theatre, The Barn Players, Crossroads Music Fest, Lawrence Field Day Fest, Girls Rock! and the Annual Girls Rock! Camp, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Apocalypse Meow, Union Station, Outer Reaches Festival, Plaza Art Fair, Bullseye Records, Black Site Records, Haymaker Records, Squeezebox Theatre, Crossroads KC, The Midland Theatre, Johnson County Performing Arts Series, Voltaire, Datura Records, Too Much Rock, Shelf Life, The Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, The Band That Fell To Earth A Tribute To David Bowie, The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, and more…

11:41

14. Kat King – “Song From Spain”
from: Song From Spain – Single / Kat King / February 9, 2019
[Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single “2017” October 18, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. ]

[Kat King is playing a Single Release Show, Saturday, February 9, at 9:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO with Blue False Indigo, and Chase The Horseman.]

15. Motherfolk – “Die a Little More”
from: Die a Little More – Single / Motherfolk / January 31, 2019
[Motherfolk began as a collaborative effort between Nathan Dickerson and Bobby Paver, two college friends with a penchant for writing songs with one another. In the first year of the project, the two songwriters made frequent trips to Nashville to record their first endeavor. In 2014, their eponymous debut album showcased the duo’s musical prowess through a genre-bending collection of elegantly crafted songs. Since then, Karlie Dickerson, Clayton Allender, Joel Call, and Ethan Wescott have joined Motherfolk’s ranks, and the band has made a name for themselves touring all across the nation. The outfit’s high-energy live performances have won over audiences from coast to coast, and their infectious musical persona has become one of the most exciting rising success stories in the indie scene. In 2016, Motherfolk released their 2nd album, ‘Fold’.]

[SoundMachineKC presents Motherfolk, Stay Outside, Faintheart, Thursday, February 7, at 9:00 PM, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO.]

11:56

16. Akkilles – “Feelin’ My Self”
from: Feelin’ My Self – Single / Akkilles / February 1, 2019
[Kansas City based Akkilles is the recording project of musician and composer David Bennett. Written by Akkilles. Made at Aorist Studios. Mastered By: Duane Trower of Weights & Measures SoundLab. Artwork: Original Photo & Photo Direction by Bryan Koehler (El Rey-Tones). Design: Jim Button (The Beholders). More info at http://www.akkilles.bandcamp.com.]

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

Next week on February 13 Marion Merritt is back as out Guest Producer, playing her latest sonic discoveries and sharing information for her musically encyclopedic brain.

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

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WMM presents Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, Keaton Conrad & Todd Albright

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, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

Mark plays The MidCoast Sound from: The Philistines, Calvin Arsenia, Bob & Una Walkenhorst, The Buhs, Akkilles, Kat King, Hembree, Stacy Busch, Betse Ellis, Keaton Conrad, Digital Leather, Todd Albright, and Motherfolk.

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley for the entire show as our special guest co-host.

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt, longtime contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley, and founder of Records With Merritt, also joins us as special co-host with Betse to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Winter Fund Drive Show.

Keaton Conrad

At 10:35, Mark talks with Kansas City recording artist, Keaton Conrad who has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” by The Kansas City Star, and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” by Ink Magazine. Conrad spent two years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the band ChangeUp, performing all around Kansas City. In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Keaton Conrad has just released his second full length album Nova, on Friday, February 1.

Todd Albright

At 11:15 we talk with Third Man Records recording artist, Todd Albright a Detroit, Michigan based, twelve-string finger-style guitarist who specializes in country blues. Compelled by the golden age of the blues, Todd upholds the traditions of the masters such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly. Todd’s history playing the blues reaches over 25 years. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. Todd Albright plays Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.

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WMM Playlist from Jan. 30, 2019

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 30, 2019

Brad Cox, Jennifer Owen & Krystle Warren
+ Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis & 20 Years Rural Grit
+ Drew Black & Killer City

Kim Stanton, Betse Ellis, Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, and Jennifer Owen on the January 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

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

2. Ex Hex – “Cosmic Cave”
from: It’s Real / Merge Records / Expected March 22, 2019
[Second album from three piece band formed in Washington DC in 2013. The band consists of Mary Timony lead vocals & guitar & songwriting, Betsy Wright on bass & songwriting, and Laura Harris on drums. Ex Hex released its first album, Rips, on October 7, 2014 on Merge Records. The band opened for Speedy Ortiz in Montreal in 2014. Ex Hex performed at Coachella 2016. The band takes its name from one of Timony’s solo albums. Mary Timony has been an important member of the bands: Helium, Wild Flag, Autoclave, and Mary Timony Band. She writes most of Ex Hex’s songs.]

3. Radar State – “Strays”
from: Strays / Wiretap Records / January 11, 2019
[Radar State features Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary, Berwanger) and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids, Blackpool Lights) trading off lead and rhythm guitar duties, with Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) on bass, and Adam Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits) on drums. Berwanger, Pryor, and Suptic all take turns on lead vocals.]

[Radar State play a Record Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, February 1, doors at 7:30 with The Whiffs, and Hip Shot Killer.]

4. Jeff Tweedy – “I Know What It’s Like”
from: WARM / dBpm Records / November 30, 2018
[Solo debut of Wilco frontman and producer of recent Mavis Staples albums. This new record was released just weeks after Jeff Tweedy’s memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” was released.]

5. Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”
from: Remind Me Tomorrow / Jagjaguary / January 18, 2019
[5th studio album from Sharon Van Etten (born February 26, 1981 in Belleville, New Jersey and lived in Nutley, NJ before moving to Clinton as a pre-teen. Later, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ended up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits. Van Etten moved to New York City in 2005. Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released. Before her studio debut, she worked at Astor Wines and as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records. Van Etten’s debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, 2009, on Language of Stone, and was manufactured and distributed by Drag City. This is her third album from Jagjaguar]

6. Keaton Conrad – “I Think I Fell in Love with You”
from: I Think I Fell in Love with You – Single / Keaton Conrad / Jan. 11, 2019
[Keaton Conrad is a recording artist from Kansas City. He has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” (The Kansas City Star) and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” (Ink Magazine). In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. ]

[Keaton Conrad plays an Album Release show for his new record Nova, Friday, February 1, at 7:00 at the Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City with The Moose, and Eems.]

7. Miki P – “Home”
from: Dome of Swallows / Miki P/ September 1, 2018
[Debut full length album from Miki P containing 10 original songs. Kansas City, Missouri Miki P. She started playing guitar in middle school,. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including the band American Slim. She wrote songs for their first full-length album Irreplaceable in the Spring of 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. She also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments and using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She has played Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, the Record Bar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest.]

[Miki P plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, Tonight, Wed, Jan 30, at 10 w/ Jackson Grimm, & Dylan Moses]

10:29 – Underwriting

8. Killer City – “Summer Drug”
from: Summer Drug / Killer City / November 16, 2018
[Kansas City based musician Drew Black joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat.]

[Killer City plays Fat Tuesday, Mar 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.]

9. Killer City – “Invisible Ship”
from: Summer Drug / Killer City / November 16, 2018
[Kansas City based musician Drew Black joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat.]

[Killer City plays Fat Tuesday, Mar 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.]

10. Mikal Shapiro – “Everybody’s Baby”
from: The Musical II / Mikal Shapiro / May 26, 2018
[“Everybody’s Baby” is her pop song she wrote, but all the songs on The Musical 11 are great. The sequel to Shapiro’s 2015 concept album “The Musical.” Mikal Shapiro, on vocals & guitar, Chad Brothers on vocals & guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, and Matt Richey on drums. Special guests include: Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Tina Bilberry on viola & violin, Damon Parker on keyboards, and Lauren Hughes on vocals. Engineered and co-produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the U.S. and has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. KC Star and Tim Finn declared her album “The Musical” to be one of his top five releases of 2015. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union.]

[Mikal Shapiro plays with Claire Adams and Betse Ellis at Ca Va, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave, Thurs. January 31, at 9:00 PM.]

[Mikal Shapiro & Musical Band play Californos, Sat, Feb 2, 9PM w/ Under The Big Oak Tree, Gullywasher.]

11:42 – Interview with Drew Black

Drew Black

We just heard new music from Kansas City based musician Drew Black who joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat. Killer City will be playing Fat Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.

Drew Black, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Killer City formed in late 2017 as Drew Black and Dirty Electric dissolved.

Drew just felt it was time to move on from that band and force himself to write new songs. It was either going to be artistic suicide or a rebirth. Luckily, it was a rebirth.

Band members include:

Zach Hodson who played guitar in Drew Black and Dirty Electric now plays drums in Killer City.

Byron Humann, who also plays in Knife Crime and the Cure tribute band Magnificent, plays bass.

Alex Yoffie from Martian Martian Martian and Appropriate Grammar plays lead guitar.

Drew Black describes Killer City as goth stoner rock with a dance beat. He says “We sound rootsy and furious… and we’re loud.”

Drew Black, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Killer City will be playing Fat Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.

10:55

11. Krystle Warren – “I Don’t Know”
from: Sing Me The Songs Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle / Nonesuch / June 21, 13
[Features highlights from three concerts in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle. Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of Sing Me the Songs also will be donated to the Foundation. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson (Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man) and produced by Luson and Teddy Wainwright. Candid interviews with McGarrigle’s family and friends are paired with rousing performances of her music.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Krystle Warren – “Station ID”

11:00 – Interview with Krystle Warren, Brad Cox and Jennifer Owen

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, and Jennifer Owen on the January 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen join us to talk about Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” from the darkly comic world of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht brought to life with dance, music and vocalists Krystle Warren, Shay Estes, and Leigh Adams. The program also features the Owen/Cox’s piece, Letterbox, described as “a beguiling union of music and dance.” All performances are on the main stage of the MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Performances are: Friday, February 1 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00pm. For Tickets or information: http://www.owencoxdance.org

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen thanks for being with us on WMM

Krystle Warren began her musical career in KC in 2001 collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label – Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played “Later with Jools Holland,” garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music to release her double album: “Love Songs,” from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty. Krystle released, Three The Hard Way last year, co-producing by Ben Kane (D’Angelo). Three The Hard Way was #1 on WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Composer and arranger Brad Cox is co-founder of Owen/Cox Dance Group and founder and director of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, a musicians’ collective dedicated to the performance of new large ensemble jazz music. Cox’s musical influences range from liturgical chant and traditional folkloric music to popular music and free jazz, with a particular interest in the communal aspects of music making. A composer in the uniquely American Ellington tradition, he has dedicated his work to forming creative collaborative relationships with musicians and to writing music for those musicians. Cox studied composition at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance under James Mobberley and Gerald Kemner and is a recipient of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Award and the 2009 Tanne Foundation Award.

Brad Cox is currently active with the following ensembles: The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City–a musicians’ collective dedicated to the creation and performance of new large ensemble jazz. //// Owen/Cox Dance Group–a contemporary dance ensemble lead by Jennifer Owen focussed on creative collaborations among dancers, musicians, composers and visual artists. //// Brad Cox Octet–an eight-piece ensemble made up of two saxophonists, two bass players, two drummers, and two keyboardists

Jennifer Owen is Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including two commissions by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and works commissioned by Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has also created nine new works for Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Owen enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender’s Arena.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation with a mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs

11:14

13. Barclay Martin, Krystle Warren, Lauren Krum – “An Old Letter”
from: unreleased recordings of songs from the show / written by Brad Cox

We are talking with Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen join us to talk about Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” at the MTH Theater at Crown Center, Feb 1-3.

“What Keeps Mankind Alive?” is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) which premiered in Berlin in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The title refers to the central line from the finale of act 2, “Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?”. In the opera, the two stanzas of the strophic piece are sung by Macheath and Mrs Peachum and the final line is sung in fortissimo by the chorus. It is an agitprop socialist anthem expressing that the comfortable lifestyle enjoyed by the rich is paid for by the suffering of the masses. The lyrics begin: “You gentlemen who think you have a mission / To purge us from the seven deadly sins / Should first sort out the basic food position / Then start your preaching, that’s where it begins.” The song ends with the conclusion, “For once you must not try to shirk the facts / Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.”

The song has been covered by Tom Waits (on the 1985 album Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, and again on the 2006 album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards), the Pet Shop Boys (as a B-side on the single “Can You Forgive Her?” and on the 1995 compilation album Alternative), William S. Burroughs (in the 1994 documentary September Songs – The Music of Kurt Weill), and others. The opening chapter in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume III: Century is named “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”.

Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht is brought to life with dance, music and vocalists: Krystle Warren, Shay Estes, and Leigh Adams. The program also features the Owen/Cox’s piece, Letterbox, described as “a beguiling union of music and dance.” All performances at the MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., KCMO. Friday, Feb 1 and Saturday, Feb 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, Feb 3 at 2:00pm. For info: http://www.owencoxdance.org

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Interview with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton

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. Their debut album, “River Still Rise” was in our Top Ten, of The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. In 2017 they released a special analog recorded collection of tunes released on cassette called, Tunes We Like, was in our 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Betse & Clarke play Westport Saloon TONIGHT, January 30 at 8:00 PM with the Urban Pioneers

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

KIm Stanton

Kim Stanton is Executive Director of Rural Grit who with Mark Smeltzer, Principle Musician of Rural Grit is the mom of Noah. Kim is also a teacher in Kansas City with over 25 years of experience in classrooms. Kim received her Bachelor in Science from Northwest Missouri State University in 1987. Kim is also an angel, who volunteers herself for many non-profit community organizations, and who helps so many of her friends, is a huge supporter of the area music community.

Kim Stanton, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis are with us to share details on The Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show is Monday, February 4, at 6:00 at the Brick 1727 McGee, KCMO.

Trouble in Mind, formed in Maryville, MO in 1990 created Rural Grit Records and produced shows at The Grand Emporium that led to the creation of “Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour” starting Feb 1, 1999, until 2004 when the show moved to Mike’s Tavern, and then to The Brick where “Rural Grit Happy Hour” has been ever since.

Rural Grit is dedicated to the promotion, performance, and preservation of roots music.

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:39

16. Betse Ellis – “Question to Lay Your Burden Down”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013
[2nd solo release from renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. This recording was number 3 on WMM’s list of The 113 Best Recordings of 2013.]

[Betse & Clarke play Westport Saloon TONIGHT, January 30 at 8:00 PM with the Urban Pioneers]

[Mikal Shapiro plays with Claire Adams and Betse Ellis at Ca Va, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave, Thurs. January 31, at 9:00 PM.]

11:42 – More Interview with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton

Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton have a busy week

The Bridge 90.9 Tim Finn Thursdays – Thursday, January 31 from 4-5pm

Winter Potluck Gathering – Saturday, February 2 from 6-9pm @ First Lutheran Church (basement) 6400 Stateline Road, Mission, Kansas – Potluck. BYOB. Space for instruments. Stage for inpromptu performances. It’s a lowkey, winter Tick Fest.

Westport Saloon- Saturday, February 2 from 12-2am – Rural Grit All-Stars

Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show – Monday, February 4 from 6-9:30pm @ the Brick – Leo & Roger Eilts will host this Opry style evening. Wear your fancy duds, finery or superduper stage clothes. 20 slots available if you’d like to participate. Kim will finalize the playlist on Sunday, February 3. No guarantees for drop-ins. If you want to participate, let me know via email: kimruralgrit@gmail.com.

List of interested participants

Jason Beers // Betse & Clarke // Brett & Susan // David Regnier // Dually Jukes // Paul & Nancy // Val & Tim // Kasey Rausch // Mikal Shapiro // Sean Ewbank // Kelly Hunt // Howard Iceberg // John Greiner // Barry Lee // Scott Stanton // Bob & Diana // High & Dry // Grassfed

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:50

14. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Flowers in May”
from: Kansas City Songs / Independent / September 25, 2016
[26 new songs written by Howard Iceberg and Recorded by Phil Wade at Alluvial Fan Studio; and Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Mixed by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Howard Iceberg on vocals, harmony vocals, guitar & harmonica; Chad Rex on guitar & vocals; Betse Ellis on violin, viola, cello, vocal, mandolin & tenor guitar; Clarke Wyatt on banjo, piano & organ; Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals; Brett Hodges on bass, vocals & mandolin; Phil Wade on dobro, guitar, mandolin, & lap steel, Johnny Hamil on bass; Mike Ireland on vocal & bass, Dan Mesh on guitar; Kasey Rausch on guitar & vocal; Mikal Shapiro on guitar & vocal; Josh Mobley on keyboards; Grisha Sandomirsky on violin; Erin Corriveau on vocals; Mary Pickert on vocals; Brendon Moreland on keyboards. Howard Iceberg writes in the liner notes to this collection: “You can hear a lot of these cats play most Monday nights at The Brick.”All songs written, performed, and recorded in Kansas City.]

We are talking with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton about The Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show is Monday, February 4, at 6:00 at the Brick 1727 McGee, KCMO.

Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton thanks for being with us again on WMM

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:55

15. Freight Train Rabbit Killer -“The Tree of the Knowledge of Good + Evil”
from: Old Man of the Mountain – 7″ Single / Haymaker Records / 2018
[Side A of Volume 2 of a 4-part 7″ vinyl release called, Wake Snake Death Dance. Written by Eve Sheldon. Arranged by Mark Smeltzer. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Organica Studios with Andrew Crowley who also played keyboards. Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer).]

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

Next week on Feb 6 Betse Ellis will be back with us for the entire show with our other special co-host Marion Merritt of our Winter Fund Drive Show with guests Keaton Conrad, and Todd Albright.

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

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Show #771

History of Rural Grit Happy Hour

Rural Grit Happy Hour History- Rural Grit Happy Hour–What it started as…what it is today. – On August 23, 1998, the band Trouble In Mind was scheduled to play a Sunday night gig at the Grand Emporium. Three weeks before the gig, the other two scheduled bands cancelled and we were asked if we wanted to try and fill the night. What an exciting prospect…one whole night, designed by us, we couldn’t resist the lure. For a number of years, we had been putting on the legendary 15 hour Tick Festival out in the middle of nowhere, so we knew we could round up musicians and put on a show. In addition, we had also recorded the Tick Fest that summer and wanted to release the music. So, we moved into high gear, rounding up the musicians who had played at the Tick Fest, mastered a 90 minute cassette for release and advertised.

R.G. Records presented the 49th Annual Santa Rosa Tick Fest Tape Release Party, with Trouble In Mind, The Wilders, The Kemps, Sandoval, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, The Santa Rosa Stringband. It turned into a 5 1/2 hour show with main acts- acoustic & electric, in-between acts, to acts standing on chairs in the audience to battery powered amp wielding musicians mingling with the crowd.

Roger Naber, owner of the GE, asked us for a monthly show. After discussion, we decided that we could do it every 4 months. The next show was scheduled for Sunday, January 1, 1999. It was crazy to take on the odds of having a successful show on the day after New Year’s Eve but we decided to try. We even ended up competing with a snowstorm, but the musicians and audience still showed up to participate.

Not long after the success of the January 1st show, Roger, who had just returned from Austin where he had attended a variety of Happy Hour shows at clubs, like the Continental Club, contacted Kc, who had lived in Austin and was familiar with how the Happy Hour shows ran. They discussed Rural Grit putting on a weekly Happy Hour Show. We decided to do it—we’d have a weekly event at the GE, a reputable club; we would have a regular venue for our artists to perform; we could meet more musicians. After some discussion and sweet persuasion, Ike Sheldon (The Wilders and Trouble In Mind) agreed to host the weekly Happy Hour. ..Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour at the Grand Emporium.. began on the first Monday of February in 1999.

..Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour (RGHH) every Monday 6:00-8:00.. –In the beginning, we featured local bands–artists that were part of Rural Grit or networked with Rural Grit artists. Attendance was sparse during the first several months–what in the hell did we think we’re doing? We realized that what we were offering was too much like every other show offered in Kansas City. We decided to make the Happy Hour more like our big shows–constant music of a wide variety with some element of the unorthodox each night. We wanted to create a situation where musicians and music lovers were the regulars.

Our mission statement (Rural Grit is dedicated to the promotion, performance, and preservation of roots music and strives to provide opportunities for like-minded individuals to further their artistic causes.) provided the road map for the RGHH. We decided to keep the RGHH acoustic in nature and the focus on what we called Roots Music. The stage plot designed was a single mic set up, a large single diaphragm microphone. This eliminated the need for the full-time sound engineer (Randy, Little John, Jenna, Conrad, Mark) to take music time away using multiple mic set ups. We noticed that with the single mic, artists were placed in a situation where they had to listen to each other with out monitors and they were able to quickly get on and off the stage. There was usually a bass mic and an extra 57 as a spot for quiet instruments, however, these were seldom used.

To create a music, party-like atmosphere and check out booking prospects, the “Inbetweens” were created to allow artists who were not featured that evening to participate. “Duets & Trios” night (every 3rd Monday) was an opportunity for beginners to interface with skilled amateurs to professional road-dogs and for all artists to test new material/instruments. “Theme Nights” (to name a few popular ones were: Murder Ballads; Singer/Songwriter, Food; Death, Disaster and Destruction; Trainwrecks and Catastrophes; Outlaws and the Women Who Loved Them, Guilty Pleasures) and “VS” nights (as in Hank Williams Sr. VS Robert Johnson or Johnny Cash VS Muddy Waters) were created to add variety and encourage learning new material. “Electric Freakout” (every 5th Monday) was a night for our musicians who also played electrically to rock out. Occasionally we had touring bands featured, which opened the need for opening acts, in response the “Rural Grit All-Stars” were created. This is a changing group of artists who frequent the RGHH and can be tailored to compliment the touring band. We also put on two 6 hour shows a year–The Winter Tick Fest and The Anniversary Show.

By the end of 2002, the consistent touring of The Wilders kept Ike and company at the Happy Hour less, but by that time, we had met another wave of crazy, musician types who sure did like getting together and exploring musical roots firsthand. All the time The Wilders were beginning to trek across the country, spreading Rural Grit recordings far and wide. At this time we changed the name officially to the Rural Grit Happy Hour.

At the beginning of 2003, the Rural Grit Happy Hour was still in full swing, providing musicians with a unique networking opportunity and the audience with variety each week. Roger extended our hours and the RGHH was the only gig of our format offered on Monday nights. The RGHH had become a place where musicians connected and created new bands, where young bands came to spread their wings, and old timers came back to reconnect with the young. In addition, there was a core loyal following among musicians, patrons and staff. Amazing Grace was there each Mondays feedin’ us soul food; it went well with the soul of the music. It was real, honest, it was music from the heart for the heart. We felt like we had actually done something good, something to be proud of and something that was continuing to grow.

In May of 2004 a series of unforeseen events took place: Roger had cut a deal to sell the Grand Emporium. The new owners planned to rip out everything, down to the studs–nothing would remain the same except the stage. We did not want the RGHH to end but where to go after 5 years and 3 months. Memorial Day- a day we usually take off-would be the last day the GE’s doors would open and the RGHH would be the final event at the GE. We decided to put on a Big Show–Memoriam at The Grand Emporium–everyone was coming together for the last show, flyers were posted, radio and print interviews. Everything was high energy, people were exited. Musicians and fans alike had begged, pleaded, demanded that the RGHH go on somewhere else. We thought , “o.k. but where?” Where indeed. Venues from across the city were courting us. We didn’t want to make a decision in such a short period of time, so it was decided that we would “take a summer vacation” at Mike’s Tavern playing theme shows and scout out a permanent venue.

The Saturday night before the last show at the GE was when the second of a series of unforeseen events took place. A F4 tornado cut a deadly path through Daviess County MO, home of the Santa Rosa Tick Festival and the magical Tick Ranch studio. Dale, Mary and cousin Jeff made it out alive, but some folks just down the road did not. As for the studio, (really an old farm house) the main record room was amazingly just fine but the roof above the engineer’s room was ripped off and 7 inches of rain was dumped inside. It would rain 5 more inches that week and another funnel cloud would threaten two weeks later. However, 40 yards away an earth contact home was destroyed. Now not only were we looking for a new venue, but we had less than 2 months to repair the studio and clean up the debris to get ready for Tick Fest. Ever cleaned up after a F4 tornado–it’s one hell of a job! The final RGHH at the GE was a huge success–over 150 patrons and 50 musicians closed the GE in Rural Grit style.

At the end of our summer vacation at Mike’s Tavern, we decided to move to The Brick. So the RGHH continues on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m. at The Brick. We keep to the same format that we used in the past. There are featured bands/artists with “Inbetweens”. Every third Monday of the month is Duets & Trios night. Every fifth Monday is the Electric Freakout. We still have theme nights or vs nights. We still use a single mic. We still encourage the networking between musicians.

The Rural Grit All-Stars are regular participants of the Rural Grit Happy Hour. Their consistent attendance and participation at the Rural Grit Happy Hour has honed their ability to easily connect musically with each other. At the RGHH we use a single mic and no monitors—artists need to listen to each other to connect. Quite often I witness a combination of artists that hit a musical “zone”. Magical-beautiful-inspiring. These moments create a bond that musicians crave to create again and again. It draws them together. It draws their music together. It strengthens their sense of a musical community, parlaying into an extended family that provides support in a multitude of ways for each artist’s existence.

As time has gone on our core group of participants has decreased then altered due to touring, raising families, moving and various other life crop ups. However, we still have a small group of folks that show up every week to create a bit of magic. Old-timers drop in occasionally and newbies give it a whirl. Over the last few years there have been numerous happy hour shows started throughout the city. It’s quite a different story now then when we began this adventure. It has been exciting to see artists who started at the RGHH, networked with the musicians there and went on to create their own band/scene. Most of them are still playing out today. The goal of the RGHH is to continue to network like-minded musicians together and provide opportunities for a little musical magic to occur.

WMM presents: Krystle Warren & Owen/Cox Dance Group + 20 Years of Rural Grit + Killer City

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Drew Black & Killer City
+ Brad Cox, Jennifer Owen & Krystle Warren
+ Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis & 20 Years Rural Grit

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Radar State, Killer City, Krystle Warren, Mikal Shapiro, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Miki P, Keaton Conrad, Ex Hex, Sharon Van Etten, Jeff Tweedy, and more.

Drew Black

At 10:30 Kansas City based musician Drew Black joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat. Killer City will be playing Fat Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.

Krystle Warren

At 11:00 Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen join us to talk about Owen/Cox Dance Group‘s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” from the darkly comic world of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht brought to life with dance, music and vocalists Krystle Warren, Shay Estes, and Leigh Adams. The program also features the Owen/Cox’s piece, Letterbox, described as “a beguiling union of music and dance.” All performances are on the main stage of the MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Performances are: Friday, February 1 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00pm. For Tickets or information: http://www.owencoxdance.org

KIm Stanton

Betse Ellis

At 11:30 Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis share details on Rural Grit’s 20th Anniversary. We’ll play music from Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Trouble in Mind, formed in Maryville, MO in 1990 the band that created Rural Grit Records and produced shows at The Grand Emporium that led to the creation of “Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour” starting February 1, 1999, until 2004 when the show moved to Mike’s Tavern, and then to The Brick where “Rural Grit Happy Hour” has been ever since. Rural Grit is dedicated to the promotion, performance, and preservation of roots music. The Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show is Monday, February 4, at 6:00 at the Brick 1727 McGee, KCMO.

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #771