Wednesday MidDay Medley Remembers MLK

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 16, 2019

“Remembering MLK”

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. Dr. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death, Dr. King had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 198I.

Mark plays music of the movement from: Mavis Staples, Pops Staples, The Staple Singers, Krystle Warren, Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project featuring Glenn North, Bob & Una Walkenhorst, Kelly Hunt, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Curtis Mayfield, Maceo & The Macks, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, The Swan Silvertones, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

At 11:15 KC based musicians Kelly Hunt and Una Walkenhorst share details about Hunt’s new SongCraft Sessions series, starting January 16, at 7:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with Una Walkenhorst, followed by Scott Hrabko on March 6, Mikal Shapiro on April 11, and Sara Morgan on May 22. The performances will also feature Kelly’s longtime co-conspirator multi-instrumentalist Stas’ Heaney and an occasional rotating band of local musicians. In describing this new series Kelly Hunt said, “When the opportunity for a residency at The recordBar came up, I knew I wanted to do something different with it. Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards new instruments, new styles of writing, arranging and performing. I’ve been craving a public stage that facilitates experimentation, collaboration and community. A place to air out brand new—even unfinished—songs within the context of live performance: a laboratory of sorts. This series is designed to encourage that kind of creative space for both performer and listener—to give the songwriter a unique sounding board for new ideas, and to invite the listener to participate in that creative process. Adv. tickets are $10 and available online at: http://www.therecordbar.com.

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Show #769

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WMM Playlist from Jan. 2, 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 2, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Iris DeMent

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” from her debut Infamous Angel, from 1992. This song was covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos, and many others, it also became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.While Greg Brown was recording this album, lighting hit the studio where Greg Brown he was recording songs for his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track was all that remained of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Pieta Brown’s song ”Remember the Sun.”]

Thanks for tuning into WMM, here on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio, 
I’m Mark Manning. Today we celebrate the birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, & Joni Mitchell.

Iris moved to the midwest, and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights alongside Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney in Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract.

Iris Dement made her recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. The album also included the song, “Let The Mystery Be” a composition that has also been covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Greg Brown, and it was the theme song for the second season of HBO’s The Leftovers.

Today we feature music from Iris DeMent’s six full length albums, her vast collaborative studio work with artists such as: Greg Brown, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Steve Earle, and Kansas City’s own, Gary Kirkland.

And we’ll also feature music from Iris DeMent’s inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan.

Please stay with us.

Full disclosure, I love Iris DeMent. I’ve seen her live in concert over 8 times. I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1995, where she performed her song, “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video-taped the show, and I would replay that song for everyone that came to visit. I wanted everyone to know about Iris DeMent.

I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. By this point I had become a big fan of her music and I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I know you?” Our friendship was able to continue because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who invited me to a holiday party in Iris Dement’s River Market condo where we sang old fashioned hymns, with members of The Wilders. Anne Winter had become a close friend of Iris and even went out “on the road” with her at one point. Because of Anne, I stage managed a show at the Uptown Theatre with Michael Moore, Iris deMent and the Wilders all performing. Anne Winter also helped arranged for Iris to play one of our Big Bang Buffet shows in 1999 at The Hobbs Building. In 2002 Iris agreed to do a benefit show for Friends of Community Radio. At this point she was living in Coleman Heights in Kansas City and invited Linda Wilson and I to a home cooked meal at her house, to talk aver the details of the show. In 2004 Iris and Greg Brown performed together in a show with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” to raise over $10,000.00 for KKFI. Iris never took a penny from any of these shows, and has always been such a generous supporter of 90.1 FM. She recognized as a singer songwriter how important community radio is for independent artists like herself, and she has always given back, to help keep this radio station alive. Because of Iris DeMent’s generosity, and in honor of our dear friend Anne Winter, who we lost in 2009, I vowed to pay tribute to Iris on her birthday, each year, with this radio show.

Influences of Iris DeMent

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

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

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

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

7. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000 [Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]

10:25 – Underwriting

Influences of Iris DeMent

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

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

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

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

Iris DeMent’s first three releases, all on Warner Brothers records, were critically acclaimed, and she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. For her 1992 debut record, John Prine wrote the liner notes.

[Read the liner notes from John Prine]

“One night after receiving a copy of “Let the Mystery Be,” I was listening to the tape while frying a dozen or so pork chops in a skillet. Well Iris DeMent starts singing about “Mama’s Opry,” and being the sentimental fellow I am, I got a lump in my throat and a tear fell from my eyes into the hot oil. Well the oil popped out and burnt my arm as if the pork chops were trying to say, “Shut up, or I’ll really give you something to cry about.” Of course, pork chops can’t talk. But Iris DeMent’s songs can. They talk about isolated memories of life, love and living. And Iris has a voice I like a whole lot, like one you’ve heard before— but not really. So listen to this music, this Iris DeMent. It’s good for you. And if pork chops could talk, they’d probably learn how to sing one of her songs. Then we’d all have something to cry about.”

– John Prine, Songwriter, musician & president Oh Boy! Records

11. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

Iris followed up her debut record with the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and quickly followed with her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs.

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

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

Collaborations

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

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

11:00 – Station I.D.

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

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

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

11:13 – Underwriting

Greg Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

21. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006

In 2004 Iris DeMent independently released her 4th album, and her first in 8 years. It was a collection of protestant gospel hymns that she grew up hearing her mother sing. The album is called “Lifeline” and includes one original song called, “He Reached Down,” a song inspired by a sermon delivered by Rev. Sam Mann at St Mark Church in Kansas City.]

22. Iris DeMent – “He Reached Down”
from: Lifeline / Flariella / November 2, 2004
[Lifeline is the fourth album released by singer-songwriter Iris DeMent, released in 2004, eight years since her previous recording The Way I Should. Lifeline contains many traditional Protestant gospel songs DeMent describes as finding comfort in playing and singing. In her liner notes, DeMent recounts how her mother sang these songs in times of stress looking straight at the sky, “as if she were talking to someone.” DeMent’s rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” accompanies the closing credits of the Coen brothers’ True Grit (2010). Thom Jurek of Allmusic writes: “… [DeMent] claims that for her, too, the music contained here became her lifeline through a season of hardship… While this is far from a full return to form for Dement, it is truly good to have her back.” Music critic Robert Christgau wrote “Her heart cherishes Jesus’ memory, but her mind, voice, and soul remain her own.”]

After Lifeline it would be 8 more years before Iris DeMent would release another album.

Iris gave audiences a taste of her new music during a sold out benefit concert at The Folly Theatre with Greg Brown on November 11, 2011. The benefit was organised by friend Rev. Sam Mann for the St. Mark Child and Family and Development Center. Iris and Greg helped Rev Mann raise over $50,000.00 for the center that serves children and families on the east side in Kansas City.

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

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

In 2015 Iris DeMent released her 6th album, with national acclaim, and a #5 spot on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems. Iris recorded the album with co-producer Richard Bennett in her living room over a five-day period. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and Iris says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

24. Iris DeMent – “Listening to Singing”
from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015
[6th album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends & fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians & friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a 5-days. The result is a pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are rooted in the American South.]

Like Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Iris DeMent has never shied away from lending her voice to justice and social causes. On March 2, 2017 in response to the election and policies of current President Donald Trump, Iris released her latest song “We Won’t Keep Quiet” on You Tube. Written and performed by Iris DeMent with members of the Iowa City community who sang with her, and participated in the Lift the Ban Rally in Iowa City, the Women’s March in Des Moines, and the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The song has not been released anywhere other than You Tube.

25. Iris DeMent – “We Wont Be Quiet”
from: We Wont Be Quiet – Single / Unreleased / March 2, 2017
[Recorded and mixed by Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. The video was made by Mei-Ling Shaw with DC footage by Jordan Sellergren. RESIST!]

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

Happy Birthday Iris DeMent! Thank you for all of the great music and thank you for donating your talents to raise thousands of dollars for non-for-profit charities in Kansas City including 90.1 FM – KKFI. We love you Iris DeMent!

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

26. Iris DeMent – “That’s The Way Love Goes”
from: NPR Studio Cuts / NPR / 2000
[Written by Lefty Frizzell, recorded in NPR Studios Dec. 16, 1997. Iris DeMent learned to sing and play this song from a Merle Haggard record.]

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

Next Week on January 9, Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie featuring short stories about David Bowie from nine of his biggest fans: Michelle Bacon, Barry Lee, Ben Grimes, Cody Wyoming, Krystle Warren, Jesse Bartmess, Marion Merritt, Ian Michael Flanagan Johnson, and Nico Gray. We’ll feature representative tracks from some of the 27 studio albums of Bowie’s career, including songs he wrote or produced for: Lou Reed, and Mott the Hoople, and Bowie songs performed by: Joan As Police Woman, Col. Chris Hadfield, Nile Rodgers and James Murphy and the KC bands: Soft Reeds, and The Band That Fell To Earth. ALSO, Michelle Bacon joins us to share details about The Band That Fell To Earth and the 4th annual tribute to David Bowie with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, at recordBar, 1520 Grand.

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Show #767

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Iris DeMent

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Iris DeMent

WMM presents our annual celebration of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, & Joni Mitchell.

Iris moved to the midwest and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights alongside Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney in Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract.

Iris Dement made her recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. The album also included the song, “Let The Mystery Be” a composition that has also been covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Greg Brown, and it was the theme song for the second season of HBO’s The Leftovers.

We’ll feature music from Iris DeMent’s six full length albums, her contributions to film, her vast collaborative studio work with artists such as: Greg Brown, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Steve Earle, and Kansas City’s own, Gary Kirkland.

We’ll also feature music from Iris DeMent’s inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan.

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

Show #767

WMM Playlist from June 14, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Scott Hrabko and Summer

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For more than 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Keeping alive the tradition of female-owned, independent record stores on Westport Road. Our area independent record stores make available MidCoastal releases from independent KC music artists and labels, while also hosting multiple weekly in-store shows featuring young area and touring bands.

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Pond – “30000 Megatons”
from: The Weather / Marathon Artists / May 5, 2017

4. Pond – “Sweep Me Off My Feet”
from: The Weather / Marathon Artists / May 5, 2017

5. Robert Wyatt – “At Last I Am Free”
from: Nothing Can Stop Us / Thirsty Ear / 1998 [Reissued on Domino 2010]

6. The Como Mamas – “Move Upstairs”
from: Move Upstairs / Daptone Records / May 19, 2017

7. Benjamin Booker Ft. Mavis Staples – “Witness (Edited)”
from: Witness / ATO Records / June 2, 2017

10:25 – Underwriting

8. Nhú De Ped´Bia – “Nós Criola”
from: Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 / Ostinato Records / February 24, 2017

9. Banteay Ampil Band – “Please Take Care of My Mother”
from: Cambodian Liberation Songs / Banteay Ampil Band / Jan 1, 1983
[Reissued by Akuphone / 2017]

10. Julien Baker – “Blacktop”
from: Sprained Ankle / 6131 Records / October 23, 2015

11. London Grammar – “Truth Is a Beautiful Thing”
from: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing / Sony / June 9, 2017

12. Feist – “Pleasure”
from: Pleasure / Interscope Records / April 28, 2017

10:59 – Station ID

13. Jackie Mittoo – “Get Up and Get It”
from: The Keyboard King at Studio One / Univeral / June 5, 2000 [Reissued 2013]

14. Combo Los Yogas – “Que No Muera el Son”
from: Cañabrava Música / Vampisoul – Discos Fuentes / February 10, 2017

15. The Raincoats – “Lola”
from: The Raincoats / Rough Trade Records / November 3, 1979
[Re-released November 9, 2009 on vinyl on We ThRee (the band’s own label in the UK and Kill Rock Stars in the US.] [Reissued by Second WindRecords- 2017]

16. The Flying Lizards – “Money (Edit)”
from: Money – EP / Virgin / April 14, 2008 [originally released as a single July 13, 1979][Written by Barrett Strong originally released in Aug. 1959, then by The Beatles, Nov. 22, 1963]

17. Gene Faith – “Love of a Woman Soul of a Man”
from : Virtue Recording Studios / Tramp Records / May 5, 2017

18. Bob Marshall & The A/Cs – “Big Ladies Man”
from : Virtue Recording Studios / Tramp Records / May 5, 2017

19. Beach Fossils – “Sugar”
from: Somersault / Bayonet Records / June 2, 2017

20. Lewis Parker – “The Glass Ceiling (Main Theme)” [Instrumental]
from: The Puzzle: Episode 2 – The Glass Ceiling (Instrumentals) / King Underground / October 19, 2014 [Reissued by King Underground 2017]

21. Madlib – “Movie Finale”
from: Beat Konducta, Vol. 3 & 4: In India / Stones Throw / August 21, 2007

Marion Merritt, Thank you so much for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:29 – Underwriting

22. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “A Thrill of My Own”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / June 23, 2017
[3rd full length album release and follow up to his 2015 release Biscuits and Gravity. Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar; Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, lap steel, and baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on lead guitar; Josh Arnold on bass & vocals; and Tim Higgins on drums, with guest artists: Brett Hodges on fiddle, Havilah Bruders on vocals, Dan Bliss on guitar, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals, Bart Colliver on piano and accordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin. Recorded in part and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound.]

[Scott Hrabko with Jason Beers and Marco Pascolini play Westport Saloon, Sat, June 17]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Fri, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick.]

11:35 – Interview with Scott Hrabko

Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses rubbibg shoulders with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Scott Hrabko’s 2014 critically acclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making. Now Scott Hrabko is getting set to release his 3rd full length album called Summer, recorded with his band Scott Hrabko and the Rabbitts. Summer is the follow up to his 2015 release Biscuits and Gravity. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Friday, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick.

Scott Hrabko thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Scott Hrabko’s new album, Summer includes:

Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar;
Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, lap steel, and baritone guitar;
Fred Wickham on lead guitar;
Josh Arnold on bass & vocals;
and Tim Higgins on drums,

Summer also includes special guest artists: Brett Hodges on fiddle, Havilah Bruders on vocals, Dan Bliss on guitar, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals, Bart Colliver on piano and acordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin.

Recorded in part and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound.

11:42

23. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Eyes of Bonnie Blue”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / June 23, 2017]

Scott Hrabko performed in coffee houses in the lat 1980s with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg.

Scott Hrabko’s CD Release Show at the Brick on June 23 will include the full band along with special guests: Havilah Bruders and Lauren Krum on background vocals, Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers, Brett Hodges, and Cowboy Bart Colliver on piano and accordian.

Upcoming Shows:

Scott Hrabko with Jason Beers and Marco Pascolini play Westport Saloon, Sat, June 17.

Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Fri, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick.

Scott Hrabko and Fred Wickham play Ollies Local, July 1 for Saturday Storytellers.

11:55

24. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits –”Corrina (Don’t Take The Long Way Home)”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / June 23, 2017

[Scott Hrabko with Jason Beers and Marco Pascolini play Westport Saloon, Sat, June 17]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Fri, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick.]

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

Next week on June 21 we play more New and MidCoastal Releases, Jamie Rich, Austin Williams, and David Weeda join us to discuss the up coming Out Her Now LGBT Film Festival at The Tivoli and the Ordinance Project. Plus members of the band Salty join us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios

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,
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Show #686

WMM Playlist from May 17, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New & MidCoastal Releases +
Sarah Beth Mundy + Lovergurl

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

2. girlpool – “It Gets More Blue”
from: Powerplant / girlpool – Anti / May 12, 2017
[Second album release from girlpool, a folk punk band from Los Angeles, California. Its members are Cleo Tucker on guitar & vocals, and Harmony Tividad on bass & vocals. The band does not have a drummer. Their self-titled debut EP was posted on their Bandcamp account in 2014, and re-released on Wichita Recordings later that year, on November 17. The band released its debut album, Before the World Was Big, on June 2, 2015, also on Wichita Recordings.]

3. Toughies – “Wind”
from: Wind – Single b/w What Are Hands For? / Replay Records / May 13, 2017
[This 5-piece, Lawrence, band formed in February 2015, with Brad Girard on guitar & vocals, Joe Gronniger on bass & vocals, Caroline Lohrenz on drums, Carl Smith on guitar & lead vocals, and Sam Ramer on keyboards & vocals.]

[Toughies play a 7″ Release Show at Mills Record Company, Sat, May 20, at 6:30 PM w/ Momma’s Boy]

4. Kevin Morby – “Aboard My Train”
from: City Music / Dead Oceans / June 16, 2017
[4th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988, and learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River with positive reviews. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His last album Singing Saw was ione of our 116 Best Recordings of 2016]

10:15 – Interview with Sarah Beth Mundy

Sarah Beth Mundy

Sarah Beth Mundy‘s writing is a blend of the intimate and the confessional. She is most known for the two years she devoted to KC’s Dear Diary series, where she performed for audiences her most cringe-inducing teenage diaries. Sarah Beth has also given spoken-word performance across multimedia collaborations, including the 2015 Art Sounds series event “As I See You,” and a multi-artist album currently in production titled “Muses and Mavericks,” curated by Kansas City musician Mark Lauer. Sarah Beth was also one of the writer/performers in our Wednesday MidDay Medley, live stage show at the recordBar, called: “A Story in A Song.” Sarah Beth is a part-time instructor in the English Department at UMKC, where she received her M.A. in English Literature in 2014.

Sarah Beth Mundy joins us to talk about her new monthly series, Hymen In Hysterics – Meditations on Mental Disorder, at The Outburst KC, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO.

I first encountered Sarah Beth Mundy at Dear Diary, at The Fishtank Theatre space at 1715 Wyandotte, which is now called The Outburst KC and owned by Susanna Lee Lucky Deluxe. Sarah talked about feeling comfortable being back in the space where she first bravely shared her intimate and teenage diary entries to a room full of audience members. The intimacy of the space is often a good match for the intimacy of the material.

Sarah Beth Mundy, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Sarah Beth Mundy’s new monthly series, Hymen In Hysterics – Meditations on Mental Disorder, continues at The Outburst KC, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO. The next showcase is Thursday, May 25, at 8:00 PM, featuring comedy, performance art, poetry, and storytelling, from Moe A. Barria, Laura Fred Michael, and Heath Poland.

5. The Whiffs – “Never Be Free”
from: Take A Whiff / High Dive Records / March 1, 2017
[Kansas City based power pop 4-piece band featuring members of Conquerors, Wet Ones, and Nubiles. Zach Campbell on bass & vocals, Rory Cameron on gutar & vocals, Nic Allred on guitar & vocals, Jake Cardwell on drums. Recorded and mixed by Vincent Lawhon at Element Studios, Kansas City, MO]

[The Whiffs play Blind Tiger, 3945 Main Street, Sunday, May 21, at 9:00 pm, with Twen, & TBA]

[The Whiffs play Crossroads Summer Flock Party, Friday, June 2, at 5:00 PM with Arc Flash, Claire Adams, HighWesthus, Dreamgirl, Natural Man and the Supreme Court, Reptil, and Blk Flanl.]

[The Whiffs play Tito’s Sound Machine, Sun, June 18, at recordBar, 1520 Grand w/ St/ Pé, Count Tutu]

6. Schwervon! – “Fuzzy Math”
from: Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / September 30, 2014
[Kansas City based 2 piece rock band, that tour all over the USA and Europe each year. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years before moving to the Kansas City area, where Matt originally came from. Their music and their live shows are exceptional. Generally at live shows, as an added bonus, Matt will read an original poem while Nan performs an interpretive dance inspired by the poem. Matt also performs and records as Major Matt Mason USA , Nan also performs in her collaborative piece, Nan and The One Nite Stands. Easily this is one of my all time favorite area bands!!!]

[Schwervon! play The Brick, 1727 McGee, Fri, May 19, at 9:00 PM w/ Emmaline Twist, Andrew Ashby]

[Schwervon! play Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Thurs, June 1, at 8:00 PM with Cat Tatt]

7. John Moreland – “Lies I Chose To Believe”
from: Big Bad Luv / 4AD / May 5, 2017
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he played with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” John grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.” His “High on Tulsa Heat” was in our 115 Best Recordings of 2015.]

[John Moreland just finished up a European tour and will be touring the U.S. this Summer]

8. Portugal.The Man – “Feel It Still”
from: Woodstock / Atlantic Recording / June 16, 2017
[8th studio album release from the Portland Oregon based band that was originally formed in Wasilla, Alaska in 2004. The new album was produced by Mike D of The Beasty Boys. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Jason Sechrist and Eric Howk. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music together at Wasilla High School.]

[Portugal.The Man play Kansas City at The Midland Theatre, on Friday, June 16.]

10:45 – Underwriting

9. Making Movies – “Brave Enough (feat. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / Expected May 26, 2017
[3rd full length release: from Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. The band is also involved in a music camp they created as a service to the neighborhood that inspired songs. One of the band’s key collaborators on the camp is Clint Velasquez, a gifted music educator with a huge heart for the community. He created a non-profit in Kansas City called Base Academy of Music (B.A.M.) in order to provide quality music education in the inner city at a fraction of the cost of what it would be elsewhere. (B.A.M.) makes starting to learn a musical instrument accessible and affordable for urban youth. The organization believes music education is a reason and a means to succeed and collaborates with local schools and community centers to offer both private lessons and afterschool group programs.]

[Making Movies play recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday, May 26, at 7:00 PM w/ Duncan Burnett X Riot.]

10. Samantha Fish – “Chills & Fever”
from: Chills & Fever / Ruf Records / March 24, 2017
[Growing up in Kansas City, Samantha Fish switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of 15. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting blues bands. Samantha caught the attention of Ruf Records who released her album, Girls with Guitars, which found her co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. That led to her forming her own trio and recording three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015). She was awarded, Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. For Chills & Fever, Fish traveled to Detroit to collaborate with members of the Detroit Cobras, a band popular in the Midwest punk/blues scene. The collaboration included Joe Mazzola on guitar, Steve Nawara on bass, Kenny Tudrick with Bob Mervak on keys, and Mark Levron and Travis Blotsky on trumpet and saxophone. The band covers songs from Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint while also revisiting some earlier demos she cut along with producer Bobby Harlow.]

[Samantha Fish plays the 2-day Memorial Day Weekend Event – Samantha Fish’s Big Summer Kick Off, at CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, on May 26 with Southern Avenue Band, and Brody Buster Band, and the 27th with Dumpstaphunk, and Moreland & Arbuckle.]

11. Big Freedia – “I Heard”
from: I Heard – Single / Queen Diva Music / February 23, 206
[Raised on Josephine Street in uptown New Orleans, Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, was raised by his mother, a hairdresser, and stepfather, a truck driver for Coca-Cola. When Freddie was 15, the family moved to a more upscale neighborhood in New Orleans. Freddie, along with his brother Adam and sister Crystal Ross, were immersed in music at home by their mother, who often sang along to her Gladys Knight and Patty LaBelle records around the house. But it was the Baptist church choir where a young Freddie flourished. ”My mother made sure I never missed practice,” recalls Freedia. It’s no wonder that by the time he was 18, Freedia moved from member to director of the choir. Big Freedia is known as the Queen of Bounce, at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. Big Freedia has gone from a local New Orleans phenomenon to a national one after appearing on the HBO series ‘Treme’ [as herself] and in 2010, she released her debut EP on Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia, produced by NOLA producer BlaqNmilD. The EP featured notables “Excuse” and “Almost Famous; other fan-favorites include “Gin in my System” “Azz Everwhere” and “Y’all Get Back Now.” Shefollowed that up by releasing “Nah Who Mad” and “Booty Whop,” and she was featured on Spank Rock’s “Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar” LP, on the track “Nasty.” She was also featured on “Peanut Butter” with RuPaul. Freedia made her network television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” FADERTV, PITCHFORK TV and has been lauded in press outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Fader, RollingStone.com, SPIN, OffBeat, Chicago Tribune.]

[Big Freedia plays, recordBar, 1520 Grand, on Saturday, May 20, at 9:00 with Childish Adults.]

11:00 – Station ID

Sarah Beth Mundy, Brook Worlledge, Heather Andrews, and Stephanie Bankston on the May 17, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

12. Lovergurl – “La Problema”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 19, 2016
[Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals & songwriting, and Stephanie Bankston on keys & vocals]

[Lovergurl will play a special EP release show, Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.]

11:04 – Interview with Lovergurl

The Kansas City 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. Band members include: Stephanie Bankston on keyboards & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals, Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, and Adam Speer on bass.

The band is getting ready to release their debut EP recording, “The President is A Sex Offender” and will play a special EP release show, this Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.

Stephanie Bankston, Brook Worlledge, Heather Andrews, thanks for being on WMM

Lovergurl keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. She has been playing piano since she was 5 years old, and writing music since her teenge year. Stephanie has also been in various bands since college including” Stephanie’s musical influences include: M83, Passion Pit, Washed Out, LCD Soundsystem, and STRFKR.

Brook Worlledge, is 25 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. (The workers, working-class people, wage earners, the working classes, the common people, the lower classes, the masses, the rank and file, the third estate, the plebeians.) Brook’s influences range from the B52s, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews is also 25. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and moved to Kansas City in 2011 and fell in love with the city. Heather Andrews influences include: Le Tigre, Best Coast, and Wolf Alice.

The band formed in 2016

Ron Knox of The Pitch wrote about the band in the August 16, 2016 edition saying, “Lovergurl takes aim at institutions, social structures and music scenes built by and seemingly for those who undeservedly wield power and privilege — men, rich people, white folks. It’s not rare subject matter; songs laser-focused on real-world issues are commonplace in hip-hop and punk. What’s unusual here is that Lovergurl leans on a sound that borders on straight-ahead pop. “Colorado Springs” couches its call for women’s safety, in the wake of the Planned Parenthood shootings in that city, within moody synths and a crooning vocal line. Another song, the yet-to-be-recorded “Prospect,” points out the irony in the name of the thoroughfare that runs through KC’s marginalized East Side, doing so with ease rather than by brute force.”

Lovergurl’s Electronic Press Kit contains this quote, “Lovergurl are a unique four-piece band whose music meets at the intersection pf Depache Mode and Salem 66 with a stop sign and crossing guard provided by Bikini Kill” – A dude on Facebook

Last year we fell in love with their song. “Colorado Springs” that the band put out as a single track, with three other songs, on the band’s Bandcamp page: http://www.lovergurl.bandcamp.com. This song was inspired by the real life event shooting and 6-hour siege at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left 3 people dead including a 44 year old policeman, and on Friday, November 27, 2015. This is one of 4 singles the band digitally released in 2016. Words and Music by Lovergurl.

None of the single tracks put out last year are on the new EP, which include 4 new songs.

“The President is A Sex Offender” is the name of their new EP.

The new songs contain lyrics about the personal and political, with great melodies and harmonies.

From their Press Kit:

“Kansas City based Lovergurl is the merciless political band you don’t know you needed.”

“Draped in tropical prints and pop melodies, the band have perfected their take-no-prisoners approach with a seamless blend of pop, surf-rock, and punk.”

“Armed with dance-enducing synth lines, moody guitar, and chorus like harmonies Lovergurl render your ears hard, and averting your eyes impossible.”

11:13

13. Lovergurl – “My Body”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 19, 2016

Lovergurl is getting ready to release their debut EP recording, “The President is A Sex Offender” and will play a special EP release show, this Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.

Lovergurl keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston told the Pitch, “I know we just want it to be fun, and also important,” she says. “The unifying thing is the message, it’s our attitude. I don’t know if we belong in the punk scene. We like to scream. We like to confront people. But I don’t know if we belong in that scene. I don’t know if we belong anywhere.”

11:26

14. Lovergurl – “Prospect”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 1Andrews9, 2016
[Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals & songwriting, and Stephanie Bankston on keys & vocals]

[Lovergurl will play a special EP release show, Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre]

15. The Wires – “Banyan”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[Laurel Morgan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Classically trained, she has been playing the violin for nearly 30 years. Laurel graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2005. She has also performed with the Des Moines Symphony, Quixotic fusion ensemble, Musical Theatre Heritage at the Off-Center Theatre and as a member of folk-rock band, ‘In the Pines” that won several Pitch music awards. As a composer, arranger, and musician Laurel Morgan has traveled to Germany, Austria, and throughout the United States, but is based here in KC. Sascha Groschang graduated from Paseo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000, UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2004, and Mannes College – The New School For Music in 2008. She had her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s recital hall, Weill Hall in February 2009. Sascha has recorded or performed with Peter Gabriel, Joanna Newsom, Ashanti, Adina Menzel, Clay Walker, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has also worked for NBC and Rhino Records. She is currently working with Juniper String Ensemble, Saint Joesph Symphony, and is part of the faculty at Missouri Western State University. She also teaches out of her Midtown KC home studio. More info at: cellolady.com. Laurel Morgan & Sascha Groschang are The Wires, an alternative exploration in string sound from KCMO. They compose & perform original music for violin & cello.]

[The Wires play Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd, on Friday, May 19, at 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM for The Westport Center For The Arts – 23rd season of their Brown Bag Concert Series. There will be a reception following with coffee ad cookies provided by Friends of Westport Center For The Arts and Westport Coffee House.]

16. HighWesthus – “The Original”
from: Part III. The ILLU / Independent / October 25, 2016
[Written and produced and performed by HighWesthus, and mixed and mastered ny Leyone Tracks. HighWesthus was born in Chicago and is based in Kansas City. The last official album of the Trilogy Set that began with the May 2015 release, Part I. The Dead, and continued with the November 2015 release, Part II. The Wise. HighWesthus is a freelance multimedia artist living in Kansas City. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Animation. He is one of four owners of Strange Paper Studio, based in Kansas City. HighWesthus specializes in illistration, animation, graphic design, dideo editing, sound editing, music producing, writng anf storytelling.]

[HighWesthus plays Jack Fest May 17, at The Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St, in Lawrence Kansas w/ Tyler Gregory, Kidd Commakahzee, Luther Vincent, Kevin Don Vito Barber, DJ Shwasted.]

[HighWesthus plays the Crossroads Summer Flock Party, Friday, June 2, at 5:00 PM with Arc Flash, Claire Adams, The Whiffs, Dreamgirl, Natural Man and the Supreme Court, Reptil, and Blk Flanl.]

17. Ha Ha Tonka – “Everything”
from: Heart-Shaped Mountain / Bloodshot Records / March 10, 2017
[45th studio album from the band that is based in Springfield, Missouri. Their music is steeped in Ozark folk. Originally from West Plains, Missouri. The band currently consists of: Brett Anderson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; James Cleare on absolutely everything; Lucas Long on bass & vocals; Mike Reilly on drums & vocals; Brian Roberts on guitar & vocals. the band is signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka state park in southern Missouri.]

[Ha Ha Tonka play recordbar, Tommorrow, Thurs, May 18, at 8PM w/ Trapper Schoepp & the Shades.]

18. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “The Ogre’s Waltz”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / September 10, 2016
[3rd full length album release and follow up to his 2015 release Biscuits and Gravity. Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar; Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, lap steel, and baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on lead guitar; Josh Arnold on bass & vocals; and Tim Higgins on drums. with guest artists: Brett Hodges on fiddle, Havilah Bruders on vocals, Dan Bliss on guitar, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals, Brt Colliver on pino and accordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin. Recorded in pat and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Kansas City based, singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Scott Hrabko’s 2014 critically aclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making.]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play Westport Saloon, Sat, May 20, at 8:00 PM, with Playing For Horses, The Vine Brothers]

[Scott Hrabko and lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand will both be featured tomorrow night, May 18, on 90.1 FM’s Local Showcase at 8:00 PM with Diana Linn of The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show.]

[Scott Hrabko will be our guest on WMM on June 14.]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Friday, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick]

19. Mac DeMarco – “This Old Dog”
from: This Old Dog / Captured Tracks / May 5, 2017
[3rd full-length album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mac DeMarco. Following the release of Another One, DeMarco moved from his isolated Queens home to a house in Los Angeles to create the album. The album spawned two singles in January, “My Old Man” and “This Old Dog”, which are the two first tracks on the album. The singles “On The Level” and “One More Love Song” were released in April 2017. The album leaked on April 13, 2017. DeMarco recorded This Old Dog while moving to Los Angeles, he describes the experiences and time it took to develop and make the album: “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quick. But then I realized that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time. And it was weird, because usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.” McBriare Samuel Lanyon “Mac” DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, April 30, 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He has released three full-length studio albums, 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), and This Old Dog (2017) and two mini-LPs, his debut record Rock and Roll Night Club (2012) and Another One (2015). His style of music has been creatively described as “blue wave”, “slacker rock”, or self-described by DeMarco as “jizz jazz”.]

11:52 – Underwriting

20. The Shins – “So Now What”
from: Heartworms / Columbia / March 10, 2017
[5th studio album from The Shins and their first studio album in 5 years. Produced by James Mercer.The Shins were formed in 1996 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band’s current lineup consists of James Mercer on vocals, guitar, songwriter; Jon Sortland on drums; Mark Watrous on guitar; Casey Foubert on guitar; Yuuki Matthews on bass; and Patti King onkeyboards. The band is based in Portland, Oregon.The band was formed by Mercer as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7″ singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It’s Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band’s first two records, Oh, Inverted World (2001) and Chutes Too Narrow (2003) performed well commercially and received critical acclaim. The single “New Slang” brought the band mainstream attention when it was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. Consequently, the band’s third album, Wincing the Night Away (2007), was a major success for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy Award nomination.]

[The Shins play The Midland Theatre, 1228 Main Street, Thurs, June 1 at 8:00 PM with Surfer Blood]

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

Next week on May 24 on Wednesday MidDay Medley, we’ll talk with members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Assassins. Plus, Barry Lee returns to share details about the Signal To Noise benefit for Audio Reader Thetare, at recordBar, Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 PM with Maria The Mexican, The Pedaljets, and Broken Arrows. Also next week, Laurel Parks and Ben Parks of the band Of Tree join us to talk about their new record and Kickstarter Campaign. And KC based musican Noah Davis will play live on the show.

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Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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