Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The Matchsellers + My Oh My + Don Simon & MudStomp Records + Spinning Tree Theatre

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference
+ The Matchsellers + Don Simon & MudStomp Records + My Oh My + Spinning Tree Theatre’s 13


In anticipation of the, Folk Alliance International Conference, Mark features music from: The Matchsellers, Under The Big Oak Tree, Kasey Rausch, Julian Davis, Pirates Canoe, We Banjo 3, and The Jellyman’s Daughter. We’ll also feature new music from: My Oh My, and Wyatt West!

At 10:15, Mark talks with company members of Spinning Tree Theatre, about the KC professional theatre premiere of, 13, an original musical with music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish & Robert Horn. Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of 13 features 13 of KC’s brightest stars-to-be in an explosive and heartwarming evening of song and dance. The show is Rated PG-13, and presented at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO and running February 11 thru 28, Wednesdays thru Sundays. For tickets or more info: 816-569-5277 or www.spinningtreetheatre.com

At 10:30, A.M. Merker and members of My Oh My, join us in our 90.1 FM studios. My Oh My is a 3-woman, 5-man band from Kansas City, that plays “a big, bearhugging blend of Americana, classic rock and folk.” The band includes: Stephen Berry on guitars; Grant Buell on keyboards; Sarah Dolt, Stephanie Gaume & Melissa Geffert on vocals; Jason Harper on bass; Jacob Horpinjuk on drums, A.M. Merker on lead vocals. The band’s second release, the EP, Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way, was released December 12, 2015. The new music was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording, KCMO. My Oh My plays The Brick, Saturday, February 13, with Pocket Vinyl, and 40 Watt Dream. More info more at: http://www.myohmy.bandcamp.com

At 11:00 The Matchsellers will play live in our 90.1 FM studios and share information about their new record, “Songs We Made Up” to be released Friday, February 12, 2016. The Matchsellers is a bluegrass duo that began in the streets of former East Germany and now crisscrosses the US Interstate system year-round. In 2012, Julie Bates and Andrew Morris met while working as English teachers in Leipzig, Germany. Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, Missouri, and Morris grew up playing electric blues guitar in the dive bars of Warsaw, Indiana. The Matchsellers play a special CD Release Party on Friday, February 12, at 6:30 PM, at Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Rd, KCMO. More info at: http://thematchsellers.com/

At 11:30, Don Simon, of MudStomp Records, joins us to share music and information about Mudstomp Records Private Showcases, February 17 through 21st, at Folk Alliance International Conference, at The Westin Crown Center. MudStomp is also presenting, the Saturday Afternoon Stomp Celebrates International Folk Music, Saturday, February 20, at 3:00 pm, at Coda, 1744 Broadway, KCMO, with Delaney Davidson from Christchurch, New Zealand, and The Jellyman’s Daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland. More info at http://www.mudstomp.com/ or http://www.folk.org

Show #616

Susan Clark

Susan Clark began her path as a musician at the age of six, inspired by her older brother’s studies as a jazz pianist. Susan quickly began playing piano, flute and guitar.  However, it is her soulful voice that is perhaps her best instrument. Over the last 30 years Susan has played in many bands across the country encompassing a wide array of genres including jazz, folk and blues.  As a vocalist, she has performed on many album projects for other musicians and has also composed and performed on several jingles, both on the local and national level.

Susan was named a finalist in Kerrville’s New Folk Songwriting Series in 1991, 1993 and 1995, taking first place in 1998 and returning again in 2006. Take Me Home, Susan’s 1999 release was showcased by the  National Folk Alliance, and earned several first place awards from New Mexico’s premier music competition, The Mic Line Awards. Susan’s album, Waitin’ For The Wind, was awarded the prestigious title of Best CD of Year, along with awards for Best Song and Best Producer at the 2007  New Mexico Music Awards.

In addition to Susan’s songwriting success, she works in several Albuquerque nursing centers, using music as therapy with seniors who are challenged by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In 2009, Susan became the music director at The Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living in Albuquerque, where she performs almost every Sunday with a trio, often showcasing her original work.

In April of 2013, s released “Sunlight of the Soul,” her first album of original inspirational songs.  Susan recently received an Honorable Mention for her song, “Stand as You Are Able” at the 2014 Empower Music Posi Awards and was invited to Orlando to present her music to an audience of enthusiastic positive music fans.

Here’s what people are saying about the new album–

From Eddie Watkins Jr.:

 “The most impressive thing to me about the music is your voice.  I am in love with your voice! My favorite songs are Pray, Come and Fill me and my most favorite is Simple Song! You are as good as anyone out there.  You are really talented and I just wanted to chime in on the CD.  

From Award-winning, Positive Music songwriter, recording artist and performer Robert Anderson:

“You gifted me with your ‘Sunlight …” CD at the POSI fest in Orlando last week.  Not only is your production/producer, musician roster and artwork solid and inspiring, but your songwriting, vocals, and piano/guitar playing are wonderfully spot-on.  Most people don’t realize what a huge challenge it may be to complete a quality recording project … well done!”

From Margaret Callahan, Client Services Specialist,CBRE, Brokerage Services, Albuquerque, NM:

“OMG—Thank you  so much for your CD, Sunlight of the Soul.  It saved my emotional life!!!! I put it in my car player and after listening to your music and lyrics…. “Let go let God,” “You are where you are supposed to be” and “Come and Fill Me,” etc…. my entire attitude changed. I sat in the car and listened to the entire CD and felt at peace.”

God and Government: Pagans and Muslims in Germany, Plus Women at the Western Wall

Making Room for Pagans and Muslims in Post-Holocaust Germany

We travel to Germany for the latest edition in our God and Government series. A largely Christian country, with a history of genocide against Jews and other minorities, Germany is now taking in thousands of Muslim migrants. Rolf Schieder, chair of Practical Theology and Religious Education at Humboldt University in Berlin and Esra Özyürek, chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the London School of Economics explain Germany’s approach to balancing “church and state” and how this relationship plays into the country’s changing demographic. But first, reporter Jacob Resneck introduces us to Germany’s pagans, as they seek to reclaim some of their symbols from their country’s Nazi past.

Gender Politics at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Jerusalem’s Western Wall, or Kotel, is one of the holiest sites in Judaism, but recently it’s also been the site of a women’s rights dispute. Prayer at the Wall is regulated according to Orthodox tradition, meaning  women are not allowed to read from the Torah, wear prayer shawls, or sing out loud. The Israeli government has now formalized a separate prayer space where women can pray as they choose– a compromise that some say amounts to separation, not equality.  Featuring Debra Nussbaum Cohen,  correspondent with Haaretz.

President Obama’s First Visit to a US Mosque

Obama’s recent speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore marked his first presidential visit to an American mosque. Our own Maureen Fiedler reflects on Obama’s call to respect religious pluralism and to end Islamophobic rhetoric.

Back to the Roots on The Tasty Brew

Since 2010, Diana Linn has been bringing you new, never before heard on the radio in Kansas City, Americana artists to the Tasty Brew Music Radio Show.  This week is no exception with in studio guests folk artist Steve Sterner and classical guitarist turned bluegrass junkie John Svoboda.  The recorded selections will be the bedrocks of Americana/Roots Music…. Greg Brown, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Shaver and many many more.  Tune in to listen and learn how you can score some tickets to the 2016 Folkfest or passes to the Jenni Finlay Promotions Official Showcase of Artists at Knuckleheads during Folk Alliance!

Civil Liberties in Missouri

Join host Craig Lubow to hear about the state of Civil Liberties in Missouri with his guest Jeff Mittman, Director of the Missouri Chapter of the ACLU.

How to be a Good Ally in the Fight Against Racism

Janet Brown Moss Awaken has worked in the Kansas City area as an “agent for change” since 1972.

Founder of BridgeWorks, Janet has done contract consulting, training and project management for corporate, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, faith communities, school districts and medical schools.

BridgeWorks helps folks across lines of difference work together to make a difference.