James Lee Stanley

It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time – FI Magazine March 1999.

JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.

Make Way for Wolfman

By Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots Producer

I had hoped to be writing prose in praise of Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson at this point, but as we all know, some things are more important than music. So I begin this week by sending our team’s thoughts and prayers out to the rock and roll matriarch instead. Wendell Goodman, Jackson’s husband since 1961 and long time right hand man road manager, passed away unexpectedly in late May, just hours after she’d played gigs in Nashville and Birmingham. She’s thus in the midst of one of life’s most difficult trials and adjustments. We wish Wanda and her family well.

That said, we’ve got another senior roots music star on our lineup, along with a celebrated Rounder Records songwriter and a couple of acts that stepped up to the call when we needed to make some late breaking adjustments. It’ll be a blues-heavy affair and an easy come down from the weekend mayhem of Bonnaroo and CMA Fest. It’s a soundtrack for June in the South.

There’s something poetic about having New Orleans stalwart Walter “Wolfman” Washington and East Nashville’s Mark Robinson on the same bill. Because they both represent the same sturdy, all-American rhythm and blues that pre-dates the birth of rock and roll and that still endures because of its timeless hold on our musical emotions.

Washington, with his wiry frame and gigantic grin, has been a crowd-pleasing mainstay for decades. Back in the 1960s you’d have found him living in and being mentored at the Dew Drop Inn in New Orleans, a boarding house and music haunt, working alongside Ernie K-Doe (his cousin), Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint and others. A long spell of Washington’s career was as guitar player for Johnny Adams and later he set out as a band leader himself.

I kind of figured that Mark Robinson, one of our local experts on the blues, was a Wolfman admirer, so he wrote me back with some great observations: “I saw him several times in the late 70s and early 80s in my hometown, Bloomington, Indiana (with Johnny Adams). He’s a very sophisticated guitar player, with a lot more jazz chording and melodic lead playing than most blues artists. And like a lot of musicians from New Orleans, his style is a gumbo of various styles and influences. I feel like he and I have this in common. And he always grooves hard.”

Not only does Robinson have that eclectic view and that feel for the groove, he’s got himself an inspiring motto that became the title of his first solo album: Quit Your Job. Play Guitar. Sounds like a fantasy, but he made it work, mid-life, in one of the most competitive markets for guitar playing songwriters in the world. His wonderful wife Sue, one of the biggest music fans we’ve ever met, got a job at Vanderbilt Press years ago and he hit Nashville with few connections and just opened himself up to every possibility. Now he’s a respected band leader, record producer and scene maker. On his new album tracking a live residency at the 5 Spot form last Fall, he pushes his band into deeper jam territory than ever before.

“I have been trying to combine our ability to stretch out and jam with excellent, well-written songs,” he told me. “I think The Allman Brothers did this better than anyone. We are trying do something similar, with a pretty broad palette of sonic colors Becoming this kind of band was a natural evolution. Opening up and jamming more just happened.” And I’ll say that parts of the new recording, including Mark’s voice and his interplay with his voluble band mates, reminds me of the dearly departed Col. Bruce Hampton. There’s a wisdom and confidence and trust there that’s not to be overlooked.

Also scheduled for Wednesday night is a very different flavor indeed in the artistry of Sean McConnell. His striking, ultra-melodic and textured self-titled album of 2016 sent me back through his catalog. And there we find a Boston area native who was transplanted to Georgia as a kid. You can hear the natural folkie develop a keen ear for the pop hook and the commercial country scene. He attended MTSU (Go Raiders!) and then landed a publishing deal in Nashville, where he’s had cuts by the likes of Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw. Since about 2010 he’s been as much a part of the Red Dirt scene as Music Row, which is no mean feat. He’s got a stellar, cutting voice and his recent album could be loved by ardent fans of both Americana and country radio. The hooks are that hooky and the songs that sturdy.

Rounding out this week is the return of Nashville’s striking singer songwriter Adrian Krygowski, only this time as half of his new duo-fronted band Adrian + Meredith. He’s a rocker folkie with a hard-edged croon. She’s a fiddler and clogger from Ann Arbor who joined the band and married Adrian. Their own copy does a good job explaining their pulsing, rocking new album. “More Than A Little, the pair’s debut, finds the East Nashville-based duo putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre’s edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.”

So that’s a lot of influences packed into four artists but that’s how it rolls at Roots. You might howl at the moon.

Women Who Choose Rules

Orthodox Judaism: Alissa Gold

As a kid, Alissa Gold never imagined she would become an Orthodox Jewish woman who wears long skirts in the summertime and bakes bread every week for the sabbath. She attended the all-female Wellesley College– bastion of feminism, alma mater of Hillary Clinton– and assumed that Orthodox women were oppressed. But then she took a trip to to Israel, and finally got a chance to meet some. “I was pretty shocked,” she tells us.

Making the Ritual Her Own: Rachell Goldberg

Rachell Goldberg used to see the Jewish ritual of immersing in a mikvah as just another religious obligation–something to check off her to-do list. Nearly every month for thirteen years, she visited a Jewish ritual bath to cleanse herself after her period, a practice commanded in Jewish law. But this time, after enduring seven months of chemotherapy for breast cancer, she’s making the ritual her own. And a health update: Rachell tells us that while she’s not fully in remission, she’s done with chemotherapy and radiation for now.
Produced by Abigail Holtzman, who wrote an in-depth, print version of Rachell’s story for Narratively.

Protestant Christianity: Ekemini Uwan

Ekemini Uwan is a devout, orthodox Christian who admits she doesn’t “check all the boxes” for liberals or conservatives. Her conservative friends bristle at her bold opposition to white supremacy; her liberal friends scoff at her refusal to support gay marriage. And she doesn’t apologize for her embrace of traditional gender roles: women and men are “made distinctly,” she says. “We are different.”

Islam: Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu

Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu are sisters. One wears a hijab (a headscarf) for modesty, and the other doesn’t. Hagiraa tells her sister that she hopes to wear it one day, but right now she doesn’t have the confidence. Her sister understands. “It’s going to be tough but you’re going to get through it,” Fatima tells Hagiraa. “It’s for yourself, and it’s for God and it’s not for anyone else.”

Catholicism: Eve Tushnet

“What I am is someone who is not, say, available for same-sex romantic or sexual relationships,” Eve Tushnet tells us, of her decision to be celibate. Eve is a devout Catholic convert, and takes seriously the Church’s prohibition against gay sexual relationships. But that hasn’t stopped her from forging deep bonds of frienship. “This is different from the friendship you see on Facebook,” she says. “This is a life-shaping form of love.”

Choosing Religion: Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz believes more is less. In his book, “The Paradox of Choice,” he argues that unlimited options don’t make us happier and freer, but in fact they paralyze us. In this podcast extra, he sits down with guest host Emma Green and applies his theory to people who are choosing more rigid and observant religious lives. Barry Schwartz is a retired professor of psychology who has written several books about human nature, decision making, and morality. You can catch his TED talk on the paradox of choice right here.

Marry the Family: Sara and Sajida

After years of falling for men outside of her faith, Sara Rahim has decided she’s done with all that. Now, she’s looking for a Muslim husband… with her mom’s help. In the past, Sara kept finding that no matter how much she cared about someone, if he wasn’t Muslim, she couldn’t imagine building a life together. So, at 25, Sara is looking for a man who will make both her and her parents happy. And she’s taking her inspiration from her parents’ arranged marriage. Produced by Abigail Holtzman. Music composition by Elias Newman. Sara Rahim, Masters of Public Policy candidate at the University of Chicago, specializing in international policy and inclusive development.  Sajida Inam, owner and manager of Yoomna’s Boutique, a Pakistani bridal & designer clothing business in Naperville, Illinois.

Journey To New Life and Truckers Against Trafficking

Journey To New Life – Helping Citizens Returning From Prison

Anyone re-entering the community after prison faces many roadblocks to success. But, for those dealing with the additional challenges of mental illness or prior trauma, substance abuse and a history of incarceration, the journey is even more complex. Unfortunately, they had nowhere to turn for help. Journey to New Life was created to be that place. When former offenders, regardless of their circumstances, successfully reintegrate into the community, they are less likely to commit new crimes — or create new victims. So it’s good for everyone.

Host Teresa Wilke talks with Audrey Harrell of Journey to New Life about their efforts to help those returning from prison to overcome the stumbling blocks that would send them back to prison. They will focus on what is called the Triple Barrier and those difficulties that women find most troubling.

Address – 3120 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri
Phone – (816) 960-4808
Webpage – https://www.journeytonewlife.org/
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/Journeytonewlife/

Truckers Against Trafficking – Everyday Heroes Needed*

Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking exists whenever people are bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. Human trafficking is a booming business and a large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children, many of them forced into the sex industry. They need to be identified and rescued.
Host Beth Pike talks with Laura Cyrus of Truckers Against Trafficking about their mission to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. TAT works with law enforcement to provide human trafficking training and working together on the same page with the trucking industry to fight this crime as well as changing the perspective/mentality that someone seen selling commercial sex is “just a prostitute,” toward the reality that this is a possible trafficking victim and someone who needs your help.

*This is a rebroadcast of an interview aired November 21, 2016

National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-3737-888

Truckers Against Trafficking
Phone – 612-888-4828
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/truckersagainstrafficking/
Website: http://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/

Calendar June 26th, 2017

The JOJR Calendar for June 26th

The public is invited to join the J4A Memorial March Saturday, July 1st 3:30 to 5:30 PM, 35th to 39th Prospect, KCMO. Join in to show your support of the children of our community that have been killed by gun violence.

The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday July 3rd from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights, including protection against cruel and unusual punishment of those that are incarcerated. For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: [email protected]

Collaborations Live! on The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show


This is the week for one of the most ambitious, unique and entertaining fundraising events ever presented by KKFI, #voiceofthecommunity!  Collaborations Live!  June 30 at The Folly Theater.   Host Diana Linn will be featuring the music of a number of the Collaborations Live! artists including Kelley Hunt, Jeff Black, Barclay Martin and Ala Mode.  Bill Sundahl, KKFI’s Special Events Coordinator, will join Diana Linn in the 7 am hour to share the story of how this creative project came to be and how our listeners can participate.  This 100,000 Watt blowtorch of creative insanity is turning 30  and you are invited to help us begin to celebrate that milestone at Collaborations Live!


Learning to Live with Uncertainty with Estelle Frankel

As a young person, Estelle Frankel earned the nickname “Mistress of Catastrophic Expectations,” but with practice she was able grow beyond that habitual negative attitude. She gives an example of how focusing on the next indicated step can lead to less anxiety and increased creativity and energy. She learned this excellent lesson when working with someone who received a diagnosis of cancer. She says this client “taught me to focus on what is known rather than what is unknown.” There are many stages in the treatment of cancer that can cause extreme anxiety, but every day this person put her attention on what was right in front of her, singling out just the next indicated step. This is what saw her through. She has recovered and she’s now thriving and celebrating her life again. Frankel has learned that this is good practice, not just for dealing with cancer, and can serve us anytime we’re stepping into the unknown. She advises us to “focus not on the obstacles but on the open space.” She also reminds us of how out of balance we are with our all our devices, emails, tweets, and Facebook, and counsels that there is very little “white space” in our lives. Frankel suggests that “White space is sacred for the creative process and spiritual journey.” She further recommends that we designate some time each month to take a “wordfast” and cease from being verbal in order to use a different part of our mind that’s more spacious. “Silence is a precious commodity and if we don’t create space for ourselves we’re going to drown in our words.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Estelle Frankel is a practicing psychotherapist and spiritual advisor who blends depth psychology with the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of the Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the United States for over forty years in both academic and religious settings, and was ordained as a rabbinic pastor and spiritual guide by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. 

Estelle Frankel’s books include:

To learn more about the work of Estelle Frankel go to www.estellefrankel.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is a practice that is helpful in dealing with worry and anxiety
  • How are faith and fear related
  • How Passover is a celebration and honoring of the unknown
  • How “true” questions are about opening up to the unknown, and lead to new discoveries
  • How to judge if a therapist is the right one for you
  • How Frankel was once practicing orthodox Judaism and thought she had all the answers
  • Why it is important not to prematurely foreclose on possibilities
  • What is a curiosity journal
  • What is the meaning of Rilke’s poem “The Tower”
  • How the act of contemplating God or Divine Force is not static but a constant unfolding
  • How, in silence, the soul is revived
  • What is the Jewish custom of mourning
  • What is some advice to help us build up our “courage muscle”
  • How to use imagination in service of our courage
  • Why we need to remarry our partners every seven years

Host: Justine Willis Toms          Interview Date: 4/14/2017         Program Number: 3612

Understanding the Principles of the New Communications Landscape with Anton Schwartz

Here we explore the legacy of the late Tony Schwartz with his son, Anton. Tony Schwartz created commercials for more than four hundred corporations, five presidential campaigns, and countless social causes. Hailed as a guru of the newly emerging “electronic media” by Marshall McLuhan, he taught media studies at New York University, Harvard, Columbia, and Fordham. In 2007, the Library of Congress acquired Schwartz’s entire body of work. Bill Moyers has said of him, “He was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century.” And Moyers further added that his interview with Tony Schwartz was one of his favorites and one of the most important of his long career in broadcast journalism. Tony Schwartz was the creator of one of the most famous ads of all time, “The Daisy Ad” which only aired once but was credited for the successful election of Lyndon Johnson over Barry Goldwater in 1964. The ad was one of the first to go viral over the news media. Schwartz understood that viewers don’t come to media as a blank slate; they bring their own experience, biases, hopes, and dreams. He was the pioneer of modern media. Anton describes his father’s philosophy: “It isn’t a manipulation . . . The listener is an active participant in the creation of the message by how they respond to it, by what assumptions, emotions, and knowledge they bring to the table. [The message] reacts with the listener’s feelings, understanding, and knowledge. The listener is an active participant in this process.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Anton Schwartz is a Jazz musician and son of the late Tony Schwartz, who was a pioneer of the communications revolution of the 20th Century.

Anton Schwartz is the editor of the second edition of seminal book on media:

To learn more about the work of Tony Schwartz go to http://www.tonyschwartz.org/books/responsive-chord/.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What happened in the early days (1940s) of Tony Schwartz walking around New York City with a hand-made recording device
  • How did Tony Schwartz first get into advertising
  • What was Tony’s insight in understanding the importance of what the receiver of media brings to the message
  • Why Tony liked to describe his work as “partipulation” rather than manipulation
  • How the viewer is an essential element in the creation of the meaning of an ad or message of communication
  • How ads are targeted to certain demographics
  • How Tony was instrumental in changing the tobacco industry
  • How Tony changed the way focus groups were being used, by adding open ended questions
  • How Donald Trump used free media coverage extremely effectively
  • Why Tony was not a great believer in unpaid media
  • How the sharing of information has exponentially speeded up through the decades
  • Why understanding the mechanisms by which bots and viral media work is imperative
  • How fake news is all about eliciting a response, and how to responsibly respond to it
  • How the content of education is shifting to a multi-media platform that stimulates creativity
  • How everyone is participating in being a marketer

Host: Justine Willis Toms        Interview Date: 4/9/2017        Program Number: 3614

Our Healing Is Enmeshed In Our Culture with David Bedrick, JD, DIPL PW

David Bedrick says that when we want to go for deep healing of some personal issue we must realize that there is a larger culture in which our wounds are embedded. Bedrick claims that no illness is solely rooted in the individual, but for the most part, mainstream psychology does not recognize this dynamic. He says, “We don’t honor the depth of who we are, of where we come from, of the land we live on, of the skin colors that we have, of the histories that we have, of the ancestors we have. All those kinds of things are left out. I recommend [that you] ask yourself: am I male, am I white, am I black, am I gay, and what does that have to do with what’s going on for me? If I’m a woman, does that play into what’s happening for me? If I’m a Jewish person, like me, does that play in to what’s happening for me? That social question is really big. It ties us to the web of relationships.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


David Bedrick, JD, DIPL PW is a teacher, counselor, attorney, organizational consultant, and writer. He’s a practitioner of Process Oriented Psychology, a branch Jungian psychology. He did his clinical training at the Process Work Institute which is inspired by the work of Arny Mindell. Bedrick is a diplomate of the Institute. Currently he maintains a practice as a counselor and coach for individuals and groups. He also speaks and writes on topics ranging from ethics, diversity, and relationships, to dreams, diet, body image, anger, and shame.

He’s the author of:

To learn more about David Bedrick’s work go to www.talkingbacktodrphil.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the difference between the allopathic model of psychology and process oriented psychology
  • How racism, sexism and other prejudices live in a bigger web of history than is carried by a single individual
  • How Western culture has a bias toward energetic people who are highly productive
  • What is an example of the deeper issues that lead to successfully losing weight and keeping it off
  • How Depth Psychology acknowledges that healing is related to cultural patterns of how power is expressed
  • What Bedrick learned from Maya Angelou
  • How America has collective wounds around racism
  • How racism can mean different things to different people
  • Why it is important not to suppress family secrets from one generation to the next
  • What is the story of Bedrick’s mother who had Alzheimer’s at her end of life

Host: Justine Willis Toms         Interview Date: 4/7/2017          Program Number: 3613