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Podcast~Johnny Hickman with Jason Larson on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Hickman is best known for co-founding the band Cracker. His fiery lead guitar sound and spirited co-writing gave flavor to that band’s alternative radio hits, including Teen Angst, Low, Get Off This, and Eurotrash Girl. Cracker, founded in 1991 with childhood friend David Lowery, has eight full-length releases to date. Kerosene Hat (1994) remains an alternative music collection staple. Lowery and Hickman together are seen as godfathers of the alternative music scene, who turned gently away from plaid-clad grunge in the 1990s with more countrified and bluesy stylings. Their collaboration with the jam-band Leftover Salmon in 2003 further proved that no one genre could contain them. Prior to his tenure in Cracker, Hickman toured as a solo/folk acoustic performer, had a brief stint in the Unforgiven (a tongue-in-cheek-Western guitar rock band), and co-founded the Inland Empire (California) cult band the Dangers. Influenced by punk rock, surf guitar, and true Bakersfield country, Hickman’s sound is often imitated but never perfected by anyone but he and his signature 1978 Les Paul. Occasionally, Hickman ventures away from solo work and Cracker to spearhead side projects, such as All Thumbs Trio (with moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey, and East Coast guitarist Gibb Droll), and Crazysloth, an Arizona-based band. Film and TV work to date include one full film score for the independent River Red, as well as the placement of Lowery/Hickman songs in several popular films.” ~excerpt from Johnny’s “official” bio for the Palmhenge release, courtesy ReviewNetMedia.

Podcast-Euforquestra on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch-March 2012

Eufórquestra is a seven-member unit that relocated to Fort Collins, CO in Summer 2008 after spending five years in Iowa City, IA. The band’s own brand of High Intensity Global Dance Music is a percussion and horn driven blend of modern music that fuses afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, rock, soca and highlife with traditional sounds from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa and beyond. This is cutting edge music that ignites dance floors across the country with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; With three full-length albums to their name and a relentless tour schedule (averaging over 110 shows annually), Eufórquestra has become one of the hottest bands on Colorado’s live music circuit and has created a national presence with performances all over the country at clubs, theaters, community events, and many great festivals including Electric Forest, Wakarusa, moe. Summer Camp, 80/35, Sweet Pea Festival, NedFest, Groovefest, Montana Beer Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and their own Camp Euforia (hosting the 8th annual in 2011). The band has also been fortunate enough to collaborate with and support many other nationally touring artists including Page McConnell of Phish, Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, the Gin Blossoms, The Motet, John Brown’s Body, Toubab Krewe, Great American Taxi and many more. Eufórquestra’s latest studio album “Soup” was released for free online and has been downloaded over 10,000 times since its release in Fall 2009. After adding new members Ben Soltau and Matt Wright (bass and keys, respectively) the band shows no sign of slowing with multiple album and EP releases in the works and busy 2011 tour schedule. Find them online, spread the word, see them live and find out what they put in that Soup…

Euforquestra with host, Andrew Schneider

Eufórquestra is:
Mike Tallman (Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals)
Ben Soltau (Bass/Vocals)
Matt Wright (Keys)
Adam Grosso (Drums)
Matt Grundstad (Percussion/Vocals)
Ryan Jeter (Tenor Saxophone/Vocals)
Austin Zaletel (Alto Saxophone/Vocals)


Podcast-Chimney Choir on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Fat Tuesday

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Chimney Choir at KRFC. From left - Carl Sorensen, David Rynhart, Kris Drickey & Kevin Larkin

“Since forming in December of 2010, Chimney Choir has released two EPs and embarked on four tours in the US. Although steeped in American and World folk music, the trio is not afraid to experiment – embracing psychedelic synths, performance art, and found percussion (including a Samsonite suitcase, ladder, and a typewriter). Chimney Choir is a true collaboration – members change instruments, blend their voices in harmony, and share lead vocal and songwriting. The critically acclaimed (feather) EP was recorded in an architectural antique warehouse, which gives a hint at the unique character of their sound. Their second EP, (turtle), was released only 3 months later. The new live album, (ladder), was recorded in front of an audience in an old pipe organ chapel and will be released on February 25. The band will be touring throughout the States and Europe in the coming months.”

David Rynhart – guitar, flute, piano, suitcase, vocals
Kevin Larkin – mandolin, accordion, harmonica, suitcase, samples, vocals
Kris Drickey – banjo, guitar, percussion, vocals
Carl Sorensen-drums, laptop
Special thanks to Drew Jostad and Bill Vickerstaff on sound for this show.

Podcast-John Beacher on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Feb. 2012

John Beacher

John Beacher

John Beacher is a gifted contemporary singer-songwriter, performer, and an original artist from New Hope, PA (formerly of Boulder, CO). He has the knack of drawing listeners into his provocative world of song and then astounding them with his vocal improvisations. His extraordinary ability to scat and vocalize in a jazzy, soulful, funky, rap-like style puts him in a category of those who have gone onto national success. His acoustic guitar playing is uniquely percussive and deeply rooted in rhythm. Within his performances there is something for everyone as he weaves in and out of musical genres with ease and cohesion. Lyrically, Beacher takes his listener on a poetic musical journey as he incorporates songs of spirituality, love, and humanity. As a live performer, Beacher has been invited to many music festivals where he was the only solo artist, chosen for his incredible stage presence and ability to captivate his audiences. In more intimate settings you can see and f eel the emotions running through his entire performance. John Beacher is simply a magnetic performer whose attraction to the listener is undeniable and powerful. John Beacher has opened up for the following internationally known musicians including: The Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has also shared a stage with these up-and-coming and established artists including: Danielia Cotton, Fuzz (of Deep Banana Blackout), Paper Bird, and Elephant Revival. John Beacher is often compared to the following contemporary mainstream artists: Dave Matthews, John Legend, John Mayer, Citizen Cope and Jason Mraz. John Beacher currently is host to a popular weekly open mic night called The Beacher Community Stage. He has recently released a 12 song self-released CD which was recorded at the Cutting Room Studios in NYC. His plans are for extensive touring from coast to coast in the next few years using New Hope and Boulder as his home bases.”


Podcast-Victor & Penny on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch- Feb. 2012

Victor and penny 2 2012

Snow falling on Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny at KRFC

Victor & Penny is a Chicago and KC based duo singing music they call Antique Pop on ukulele and a lovely old guitar. Playing vintage instruments with modern sensibility, they bring a fresh twist to music of the early twentieth century and unique arrangements of modern tunes with characteristic charm and good humor. Victor & Penny are touring the USA in 2012.

Victor & Penny is Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane.

Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She currently divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin this year in the soon-to-be-released thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”.

Cindy Schneider (Host), Bill Vickerstaff (Sound), Erin McGrane (Penny), Jeff Freling (Victor) and Drew Jostad (Sound) after the radio show

Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.”

Podcast-Turn 4 on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Turn 4‘s exciting Country sound will rattle your teeth and shake some fillings loose on one song and then touch your deepest regions on the next. Humor and sincerity ooze out of these songs like so much mud, blood and beer after a good barfight.”  – Jason D. Rogers / KRFC

Podcast-Stephen Letnes On KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

“Learning violin at age four by the Suzuki Method then nurturing a passion for piano music, Stephen Letnes learned and played contemporary and classical pieces, from David Lantz to Serge Rachmaninoff to Edvard Grieg. With hyper-sensitive hearing of tone and harmony (born legally blind) coupled with a cavernous memory, he eventually began composing. Tapping the musical disciplines gathered through lessons and performances (following in the footsteps of the masters) compositions poured forth, culminating in three CDs: “A Dim Glow Through a Stained Glass Window”-dedicated to six people who greatly impacted his life; “Incorporio” -music signifying what love is, that it goes where it wishes; and his latest CD, “Labreya”.” Stephen lives in Highlands Ranch,Colorado but grew up in Fort Collins and used to be band-mates with our own Live@Lunch volunteer, Corey (Barnes) Bairre.

Podcast: Seth Glier & Ryan Hommel on KRFC 88.9 FM Live@Lunch

Seth Glier & Ryan Hommel on tour from Massachusetts appeared later that night with Cheryl Wheeler at Avogadros Number. Seth found out that morning his 2011 release, The Next Right Thing, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

“MPress recording artist Seth Glier will grab you…if not with his powerful falsetto or his melodic prowess, then with what Performer Magazine calls his “intoxicating groove.” The 22-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist – who abandoned studies at The Berklee College of Music after one year because he “decided I should be playing for people and not for grades” – aims straight for the gut & has quickly established himself on the national scene performing over 250 shows a year.

In 2010, Glier shared stages with such diverse artists as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, and Edwin McCain. He has appeared as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) and the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX). USA Today recently compared Seth to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel and recommended his track “Lauralee” on their “Listen Up Playlist” (Feb 2011).

The only musical member of his family, Seth was raised on the music of Joni Mitchell, Martin Sexton and Randy Newman, but considers his brother to be his greatest influence. “My brother is autistic and non-verbal. I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them.” Maybe the term ‘old soul’ has meaning after all…”

Podcast: Kailin Yong’s Peace Project Trio on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Kailin Yong’s Peace Project Trio

Brett Bowen: world percussion
James Hoskins: cello, voice
Kailin Yong: violin, voice

You may recognize Kailin Yong from his years performing with The Boulder Acoustic Society. A few years ago he started  a group called the Kailin Yong Peace Project which typically consist of anywhere between 5-12 musicians but also features some of the performers with him as a trio or quartet. They have been putting on Peace Concerts all along the front range. 

“When most performers attempt to integrate a plethora of styles into their sound, they often get in over their head, but Kailin, who came to America by way of Austria and his native Singapore, has the artistic talent and musical breadth to not merely suggest ideas of worldliness, but to actually cull the voices of other nations from his strings. This performance will be the Peace Project Trio with Kailin performing violin and vocals, James Hoskins on cello and vocals, Brett Bowen on middle eastern percussion. Kailin’s much acclaimed Peace Project was formed to promote peace, friendship and cross-cultural understanding through music. The trio will perform Kailin’s original music based on his exploration of diverse cultures. This musicial event is guarenteed to be exceptional.”
– Clark Roberts

Podcast: Wasteland Hop on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Mickey on MC
Steph Jay on MC/Guitar
Nick on Guitar
Brian on Bass
Adam on Drums