WMM Playlist from Jan. 30, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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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.

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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
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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.

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Show #771

Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 25 Favorite Singles of 2018

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 MidDay Medley’s
25 Favorite Singles of 2018

#25. Y god Y – “Tired”
from: “Tired” – Single / Y god Y / February 16, 2018
[KC based duo made up of Garrett Marsh on vocals & Joel Martin on music, making “experimental R & B” with influences of 80’s electropop. This is their 3rd single. They released “All Day” Sept. 19, 2017 Produced & recorded by Joel Martin, written by Joel Martin and Garrett Marsh. More info at http://www.ygody.bandcamp.com]

#24. Lava Dreams – “SWEET SWEET”
from: “SWEET SWEET” – Single / Lava Dreams / October 19, 2018
[Written, produced, recorded, and performed by Lava Dreams. Lava Dreams is Kansas City based songwriter and producer Julia Hamilton on guitar, and lead vocals. Hear Queer writes: “In her music, Julia Hamilton of Lava Dreams creates landscapes and terrains to explore. Ambient sound and swimming melodies fill the environments that Hamilton is constructing through song.”]

#23. Payge Turner – “But For Now”
from: Acoustic Vibes – Single / Middleman / February 25, 2018
[3rd Single from KC based singer songwriter originally born in the Caribbean. Payge moved to Colby, Kansas when she was in the 6th grade. She writes, “Ever since I was able to talk, all I ever wanted to do was sing!”]

#22. Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys – “Dreaming of Love”
from: Dreaming of Love – Single / Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys / January 2, 2018
[Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys released their debut EP, Live at The Indiana House, on December 19, 2016. Dylan Guthrie was formerly the lead singer for Pink Royal who left to travel and work in China and is back and has now formed a new six piece band with several of the members of Pink Royal. The band is made up of Dylan Guthrie, Olie Bowden, Alexander Hartmann, Vik Govindarajan, Lucas Parker, and Cody Stuber. Mixed by Jim Barnes. Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc.]

#21. Keaton Conrad – “(If I Told You to) Stay”
from: “(If I Told You to) Stay” – Single / Keaton Conrad / July 20, 2018
[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.][On November 30, 2018, Keaton Conrad is releasing a new single called “Scars and Diamonds”]

#20. Danny McGaw – “You an Me”
from: “You an Me” – Single / Danny McGaw / September 1, 2018
[Manchester, England born Danny McGaw was a footballer, then a street musician, then a bar musician, and then a husband and father living in Lawrence, Kansas, where he released one of our favorite recordings of 2012 called, “Eccles Road.” After that he formed the band, Welles The Traveler with Jason Jones, Dan Hines, Chad Brothers, and Mike West, who produced the group’s debut recording. Eventually Danny and family relocated to California. He has made 10 records in 14 years and records his songs in his home studio.]

#19. Jo MacKenzie – “Stuck”
from: “Stuck’ – Single / Jo Mackenzie/ September 1, 2018
[One of 5 new singles released this year from Kansas City based 15 year old singer songwriter Jo MacKenzie.]

#18. Lovergurl – “Rebel”
from: “Rebel” – Single / Lovergurl / September 14, 2018
[Recorded and mastered with RLT at Audibly Recording. KC based 4-piece band, Lovergurl caught our ear with their synth pop sound and lyrics reflecting social and political messages with hip hop and punk elements. Lovergurl released their EP, The President is a Sex Offender on May 19, 2017. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge, is 27 years old and is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews is also 27. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and moved to Kansas City in 2011 and fell in love with the city.]

#17. Hot Suede – “Forget About You”
from: “Forget About You” – Single / Hot Suede / August 16,, 2018
[Formed October 4, 2017, Hot Suede is a new original rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri showcasing fiery guitar riffs, an equally groovy and thunderous rhythm section, soaring vocals, and unparalleled swagger. Rising from the ashes of juggernaut Cherokee Rock Rifle, guitarists Doug Nelson, Scott Reed, and drummer Brett Southard joined forces with bassist Chad Toney and vocalist Wayne Hutcherson aka Bobby W. Topaz to form an unpretentious rock band with classic undertones and guitar-driven songwriting. On October 12, 2017 Hot Suede released the single “Get What You Came For.” On December 20, 2017 Hot Suede released the single, “Make It Harder.” More info at: http://www.hotsuede.com]

#16. Olivia Fox – “Utah”
from: “Utah” – Single / OLIVIA FOX / February 16, 2018
[Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith make up the KC band, OLIVIA FOX who released their self titled debut EP, June 2, 2017. OLIVIA FOX followed with three singles: “Slow Motion” released Dec 14, 2017, “Utah” released Feb 16, 2018, and “Easy” released June 1, 2018. On November 2, 2018 the band released their EP Renditions, with 4 songs written by The Doors, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and Bon Jovi. OLIVIA FOX call their sound Folk/Pop, a marriage between classic folk vocals & harmonies to modern programmed beats & synth pads.] [Olivia Fox played Middle of The Map + Crossroads Music Fest]

#15. Chloe Jacobson – “True Blue”
from: “True Blue” – Single / Chloe Jacobson / November 16, 2018
[Kansas City, Missouri based singer songwriter. Her soulful, bluesy vocals are colored with the pop cadence of aughts-era emo. Her first album release, titled “Frozen Fruit” is expected to drop in early 2019 following with a midwest tour soon to be announced. More info at: http://www.chloejacobson.online]

#14. The Depth and The Whisper – “Souvenir”
from: “Souvenir” – Single / The Depth and The Whisper / October 26, 2018
[Dave Tanner on bass, guitar & vocals; Albert Bickley on guitar & vocals. Albert Bickley, a Kansas City native, has been writing, recording and performing original music for years. Everything, including other bands he’s been in, have led to this moment and this project. Dave Tanner, a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years from rock and heavy metal to folk and punk. Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner do not believe the world owes them anything, but they know that they have something to give her. The two songwriters and musicians met in 2010 in the music scene of Kansas City, where they both had been active for several years. “When my last band broke up and I wrote new songs again, I immediately thought of Dave,” Albert remembers “I wanted his bass. I just told him to come over when you have time. He played the demos, we listened to it and just said, ‘That’s it! Perfect! ‘”This feeling is very rare.” Dave confirms:” We immediately had great respect and reverence for each other. We are both at the moment. And our music satisfies a deep need in us. We complement each other, we get better. And by that I do not just mean the music. “Because since then an extraordinary friendship has grown between them. “Albert and I started a conversation back then,” Dave explains, “and it never ended.”]

#13. Kelly Hunt – “Dear Sarah”
from: “Dear Sarah” – Single / Never Records / September 14, 2018
[Kelly Hunt performs her adaptation of the Sullivan Ballou Civil War love letter. Sullivan wrote this letter to his wife one week before he was killed at the Battle of Bull Run. This song was recorded by Ted Riederer of Never Records on September 14, 2018. New York artist and musician Ted Reiderer launched Never Records in 2010 as part of a collaborative project with curators No Longer Empty in the former sales floor of Tower Records’ fabled East Village flagship store. One year later, Never Records had expanded to become a mobile record-making lab, using recording equipment and a vinyl record lathe to cut two, four-minute records on the spot for whoever walks in the door (one copy stays behind in the fast-growing library). Never Records opened in Kansas City on August 25, 2018 as part of Open Spaces Kansas City, and ran through October 28th, 2018, in a storefront space in the Crossroads district of Kansas City. The space was located at 1611 Oak St., KCMO. The exhibition was open Wednesday – Sunday, with workshops and special events. Never Records is a combination recording studio and record shop, all operating in one building. The sole proprietor, interior decorator, and engineer is New York-based artist Ted Riederer. Inspired by his own redemptive education at a young age inside the walls of a local record store in Rockville, Maryland as well as the field recording projects of Alan Lomax, Riederer devised his unique community art installation in the early part of this century and has been replicating it with regional variations throughout the world since 2010. Performers from a locale sign up for recording sessions ahead of time, with no auditions necessary. Riederer usually offers three hour sessions, during which he mixes on the fly and cuts vinyl right in front of the artist’s eyes once both are satisfied with a particular take. The recordings are free to the artist, the sessions are open to the public, and you can’t buy anything you see. Ted hasn’t lowered prices by cutting out the middleman. He is the middleman. He is not a vertical operation; he is an elliptical one, a constant feedback loop supplying its own demand. Still, everyone takes something home, even if it’s the barest speck of record shop camaraderie inadvertently inhaled. Within the walls of the Never Records shop, visitors can view a gallery of photographs and artwork from previous temporary establishments in the US and UK, as well as flip through stacks of vinyl representing the hundreds of solo folk artists, punk bands, storytellers, jazz groups, and noisicians who jumped at the chance for a free recording session. Black wooden bins hold a curated selection of records from the growing collection, but these aren’t for sale or even trade. The artist or band is allowed to take their own copy home, and another is added to Riederer’s archives, as well as a digital copy. Riederer encourages bands to use the recording any way they want. There are no fees, royalties, or ownership issues. More information at: http://www.neverrecords.net]

#12. Chase The Horseman – “U Martyr U”
from: “U Martyr U” – Single / Chase the Horseman / June 10, 2018
[Recorded at Element Recording with Joel Nanos and at Chase’s Home Studio. Featuring Lennon Bone on Drums. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more. Chase The Horseman also released the single “Modern Ruins” on Oct 4, 2018.]

#11. Jessica Paige – “Night Train”
from: “Night Train” – Single / Jessica Paige / June 1, 2018
[29 year old Jessica Paige moved to Kansas City from Manhattan, Kansas, after caring for her ailing grandmother for several years. She told CJ Janovy of KCUR News. “After she passed away, I started doing music full time, recorded my album and started touring.” Jessica self-produced my first album “Sweet Nothings” with Nashville-based artists and producers. The album is a reflection of the life-cycle of a relationship; the exciting and insecure beginnings to the lamenting demise of something that was once beautiful. The single released from the album, “Beautiful Life,” is a soul-pop reflection of someone trying to reconcile the conflicting emotions of trying to rescue or walk away from a relationship, while still appreciating how beautiful it is to love, regardless of how things turnout. While working on “Sweet Nothings,” Jessica settled in to Kansas City to start working with a full band and laying the groundwork for her next album.]

#10. Red Kate – “Iraqi Girl”
from: “Iraqi Girl” – Single / Too Much Rock / February 24, 2018
[L. Ron Drunkard on bass & lead vocals, Andrew Whelan on drums & vocals, Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals. The KC based Punk Rock and Roll band, Red Kate has been rocking venues since 2007. In the review of their debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shawn Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” The band’s first full-length album, “When the Troubles Come” was released on Replay Records in 2013. In 2016 the band released their follow up, full – length record, unamerican activities, on Kansas City’s coop record label, Black Site. The band has also released two 7″ split single releases with The Bad ideas, and Stiff Middle Fingers. Red Kate released “Iraqi Girl,” as part of the Too Much Rock – Singles Series, 7” vinyl 45-rpm release, with a B side cover of TSOL’s,” American Zone,” the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree. Too Much Rock, is a music blog created by Sid Sowder in 1997 to share photos, videos & comments of live music shows . The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, and Witch Jail have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. Info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com.]

#9. Remy Styrk – “In Too Deep”
from: “In Too Deep” – Single / Remy Sryrk / June 13, 2018
[20 year old Remy Stryk lives in Leawood Kansas. Originally from Newark, New Jersey. This multi instrumentalist has been writing & recording music for several years. “In Too Deep” is one of 4 singles Remy has released in the last 2 years. Written by Remy Styrk. Mixed & Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Remy Styrk released the EP Sunday, on Jan 25, 2018 a follow up to the Aug 12, 2015 full length album, Telling Stories Through The Basement Door.]

#8. Instant Karma – “Give Me Freedom”
from: “Give Me Freedom” – Single b/w “Shine On” / Sunflower Soul Records / May 11, 2018
[Recorded, mixed, and produced by Chris Hazelton, and mastered by Adam Boose. Instant Karma features Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, Zach Harris on drums. With Caitlin Walker and Grace Sakoulas Griffin-Spain on Background Vocals.]

#7. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Party Line”
from: “Party Line” – Single b/w “Good Guys and Bad Guys” / Too Much Rock / August 3, 2018
[Produced and engineered by Heidi Gluck at 200 Studios, Lawrence, Kansas. The tracks were co-produced, mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern at White Arc in Bloomington, Indiana. Lawrence, Kansas based songwriter, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Heidi Lynne Gluck is a originally from Manitoba, Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern plains of the United States, Heidi quickly became an in demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including: The Roseline, Approach, Josh Berwanger, Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others. In 2015 Heidi released her critically acclaimed EP, Only Girl In The Room, last year on Lotuspool Records. In 2016 Heidi Lynne Gluck released her full length album called, Pony Show, also on Lotuspool, and on vinyl. Heidi Lynne Gluck released “Party Line” with as part of the Too Much Rock – Singles Series, 7” vinyl 45-rpm release, with a B side cover of Camper Van Beethoven’s,”Good Guys and Bad Guys.” Too Much Rock, is a music blog created by Sid Sowder in 1997 to share photos, videos & comments of live music shows . The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, Witch Jail, Red Kate have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. Info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com.]

#6. The Black Creatures – “Elements”
from: “Elements” – Single / The Black Creatures / February 14, 2018
[The Black Creatures are a dark pop hip-hop musical duo from Kansas City, Missouri pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Beomh released their debut album, See No Evil, on December 6, 2017.]

#5. Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Shake Em”
from: “Shake Em” B-Side Single of “Happy Times Waltz” / Rural Grit-Haymaker Records / Oct 26, 2018
[Volume 4 of a 4-part 7″ vinyl release called, Wake Snake Death Dance.This song was written 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).]

#4. Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type – “It Isn’t Love”
from: “It Isn’t Love” – Single / Rachel Mallin / November 9, 2018
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 4-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals. “It Isn’t Love” the latest single from Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type. Mallin wrote, recorded and produced her first album, The Persistence of Vision, in 2014 — a solo effort that spoke to her synthpop sensibilities and landed her on Kansas City radio. That same year, she left the University of Missouri to pursue a music career, and enlisted bassist Justin Walker and drummer Austin Edmisten to form The Wild Type. By mid-2016, the act — with keyboardist Jesse Bartmess and former guitarist Matt Kosinski — released its debut EP, Degenerate Matters, recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin. That same year, The Wild Type earned support slots for acts from Cold War Kids to Metric and The Struts, and widespread recognition in its hometown at festivals such as Middle of the Map and Boulevardia.]

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

#2. Radkey – “Basement”
from: “Basement” – Single / the Century Family / July 31, 2018
[Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of the critically acclaimed rock trio Radkey joins us live in our 90.1 FM studios to talk about their upcoming performance Saturday night at recordBar with Quixotic Performers, as headliners for the 14th Annual Crossroads Music Fest. Radkey was formed in 2010 in St. Joseph, where the brothers were raised. The family moved to Kansas City several years ago. The band has released two full-length recordings — “Dark Black Makeup” in 2015 and “Delicious Rock Noise” in 2016 — plus multiple EPs and singles, and recently were part of a MasterCard advertising campaign on digital billboards in NYC along with a national television commercial that aired during the Grammy Awards that brought the band to the attention of Jack White who asked the band to tour with him. After Crossroads Music Fest the band goes back on the road playing shows with The Damned throughout the United States. In December they’ll go back into the studio to record their next album with producer Bill Stevenson of the California punk rock group Descendents. Then in 2019 they play shows in Amsterdam and Stockholm. “Basement” is one of several singles that band has released this year, including “St. Elwood” released August 24, 2018; “Rock & Roll Homeschool” released October 5, 2018; and “Junes” released November 16, 2018.]

#1. Violet and The Undercurrents – “Still Here”
from: “Still Here” – Single / Violet Vonder Haar Music / November 1, 2018
[Columbia Missouri based band made up of Violet Vonder Haar on lead vocals & guitar; Linda Bott on bass guitar; Phylshawn Johnson on drums, and Lizzy Weiland on lead guitar. The Columbia, Missouri-based quartet is anchored by the intrepid songwriting of Violet Vonder Haar and enriched by the creative energy of her musical counterparts. Raised in a small town at the edge of the Missouri River and nurtured by a thriving folk music-centered community, Vonder Haar started honing her craft as a songwriter, performer and vocalist at an early age. She was inspired by her father, a riverboat captain who introduced her to the music of folk legends and encouraged her journey as an artist. More information at: http://www.violetandtheundercurrents.com]

These are stand alone single releases of 2018 that are not included on any EPs or full length album releases.

In 2018 we’ve played from over 400 New & MidCoastal Releases. In 2018 we’ve played from over 250 MidCoastal New Releases, of these nearly 200 were from full length or EP recordings, and over 50 were single releases. We also conducted over 117 interviews with over 150 different guests, live over our community airwaves.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4 week series: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018. December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th we’ll count down representative tracks from our favorite EPs and full length albums of 2018. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show.

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WMM Playlist from January 25, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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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:
WednesdayMidDayMedley.org
facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM
and kkfi.org

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #405