We have Craigslist to thank for the existence of Tidy Hippy. Comprised of KCUR 89.3 Announcer and Arts Reporter Hannah Copeland and actor, director, filmmaker and musician Matthew Dunehoo, Tidy Hippy is what can happen when happenstance leads to artistic collaboration. The duo's recently released Tidy Hippy EP is short in length but filled with memorable songs and exceptional musicianship. It's a pleasure to share their music, stories and recommendations with you on Listen Local.
A multifaceted composer and performer whose range of influences spans everyone from Prokofiev to D'Angelo to Kendrick Lamar to Tchaikovsky, Jamie Searle is a firehose of ideas, inspiration and energy. As leader of My Brothers and Sisters and other music-related projects, Searle's musical knowledge runs deep despite only learning to read music ten years ago. He is also a prolific, award-winning arranger and producer other artists' work and a thoughtful chronicler of his experiences navigating the rigors of the music business. We are extremely fortunate to share the many talents of Jamie Searle with you on Listen Local.
Who are Monta at Odds? Stalwarts of Kansas City's psychedelic and experimental music scene. Mind-bending performers. Founders of the multimedia celebration KC Psych Fest. Fronted by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore, Monta at Odds is a "musical immersion...into the cosmos of Krautrock, electronic, dub, psych and soul" that is heavily influenced by the philosophical issues raised by the intersection of science fiction, creative experimentation and artistic collaboration. We are pleased to share our interview with the multifaceted Dedric Moore that touches on all these subjects and more.
The Matchsellers bring the rich American traditions of bluegrass and folk music to life. Consisting of Kansas City, Missouri's Julie Bates and Indiana native Andrew Morris, The Matchsellers have brought their infectious harmonies and high-spirited songs to fans both nationally and internationally, performing 180 shows a year. They are celebrating the release of their second album, Songs We Made Up, which KCUR hailed as a "rewarding surprise." We are very lucky to welcome The Matchsellers to Listen Local.
Patrick Quinn's first album The Desired Melancholia was built from several years of honing his songwriting craft, resulting in a collection of quietly powerful folk songs. The Spring Hill, Kansas, resident -- who is also an accomplished painter --has established himself as one of Kansas City's foremost singer-songwriters. We are excited to share an exclusive interview with Quinn in which he talks about writing and recording his new album, the Kansas City music community, and his book, music and movie recommendations.
Morgan Cooper, AKA Barrel Maker, and Denzel Williams, AKA Conductor Williams, are the Kansas City hip-hop duo and culture builders BLKFLANL. Built around the interplay between Conductor's intricately arranged beats and instrumentals and Barrel Maker's socially conscious raps, BLKFLANL recently released their second album, BLKFLANL II: For the Imperfect, For the Dilligent, to wide acclaim. We are fortunate to bring you a new interview with Barrel Maker who discusses the new album and shares his book, music and movie recommendations.
We are extremely fortunate to welcome singer-songwriter Kristen May to Listen Local. In addition to her ongoing duties as lead singer for Flyleaf and previously for Vedera, May is enjoying the completion of her first solo album, Conversations. A veteran songwriter and touring musician for the past fifteen years, May describes the well-earned confidence she brought to the creation of her new album as "a pretty vibrant stream of musical consciousness." Enjoy our interview with Kristen, as well as her book, music and movie recommendations and songs from Conversations.
Doby Watson makes his folk-based personal ruminations sound epic. Recalling the haunted sounds of Mark Kozelek, Jason Molina and Leonard Cohen, Watson has toured widely as a performer and has grown as an artist and musical collaborator. He recently released a brand-new song, "Natural Ice", and plans on more upcoming projects, which you can read more about in our interview below with the man himself, in addition to his generous selections of music recommendations.
Kansas City's Justin Wright, mastermind behind the heavy psychedelic band Expo '70, describes his music as "if Black Sabbath played instrumental Pink Floyd." This only begins to describe the ambitious scope of Wright's creative vision. Discovering his discography is like opening a mysterious vault filled with immaculately packaged and consciousness-expanding recordings, each cover lovingly designed by Wright himself. The music of Expo '70 speaks for itself but we are lucky to share an interview with and book, music and movie recommendations from the man himself.
Combining honest lyrics, soulful musicianship and a voice that recalls Sara Barielles and Jewel, the music of Erin Eades has evolved since she began writing songs at 15. After moving to Kansas City three years ago, the city has played a big role in accelerating Eades's presence as an emerging singer-songwriter and performer. We are excited to share an illuminating interview with Eades, as well as her music, movie and book recommendations and some samples of her newest songs.