Zuni Mountain

The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo based out of Brooklyn, NY. Connor McGinnis and Matt Campbell formed the group in early 2014. They recorded their first EP in East Nashville in late May over two days, and released it in August 2014. The five song EP consists predominantly of two acoustic guitars, and two part harmonies with Connor singing the leads, and Matt accompanying. Dobro and piano are the only other accents on the recording, leaving the sound spare, with little more than is necessary to deliver the song. The lyrics hesitate to dip into the abstract, and instead paint the sound with ordinary images that allow the listener to arrive at something larger on their own.


Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Kasey Rausch “Guitar in Hand” + Guest DJ Tim Willis

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand
+ MidCoastal and New Releases
+ Guest DJ Tim Willis

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Kasey Rausch, Royalphonic, Phylshawn, Gardienne, She’s A Keeper, The Conquerors, Mykki Blanco, TV On the Radio, and others.

At 10:00, Tim Willis joins us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour. Tim grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was dazzled as a child by the eclectic mid-60s music scene. He worked part-time in a record store for eight years. Tim will share music from: The Starkweathers, Stew, Moondog, Bob Dylan and the Band, and The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, and possibly from: Sun Ra, Amanda Shires, Sam Baker, Donny Hathaway, and The Grateful Dead.

At 11:00 Mark talks with Kasey Rausch, on her birthday, and we’ll share music from her brand new full length recording “Guitar In Hand” being released through Mudstomp Records. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9:00am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wednesday, November 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1 KKFI.

Kasey Rausch GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Show #553

Thank you KC Alt./Indie Music 2014

On the Local Showcase for Thanksgiving we give thanks for the great music released in 2014 by local Kansas City bands such as Wells the Traveler, Sara Swenson, Jorge Arana Trio, Rooms Without Windows, Nicholas St. James, The Sexy Accident, Spencer Mackenzie Brown, The Big Iron, and Carswell & Hope, Winston Apple, Uncanny Valley, Invisible World, Morningglories, Outsides, Old Sound, and Sterling Witt , Margo May, The Perfect Pursuit, Ready Astronaut, Shy Boys, Phil Neal and the Wornalls, Scruffy & the Janitors, Claire & the Crowded Stage, Attic Light, Empty Moon, Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats, Attic Wolves, and more, time allowing.

Project Censored

Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, joins the program to speak about their annual list of the 25 most censored news stories in the corporate media, specifically the environmental issues.



Race & Caste in the U.S.

A string of shootings of young African Americans has generated national and international attention. While these killings are nothing new, the proliferation of cellphones cameras and social media raised public awareness. Systemic questions are being asked. What is the role of racism? The numbers are depressingly familiar. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Blacks are more likely to go to jail than to college. The Sentencing Project reports, “Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences.” Outside the prison walls is an economy that cannot generate jobs paying decent wages. Affordable housing? What’s that? Programs alleviating poverty are cut back and simultaneously the coercive functions of the state are beefed up. Local police are armed to the teeth with the latest weapons while underfunded schools are crumbling.

Program #ALEM002. Recorded in Columbus, OH on September 14, 2014.

Michelle Alexander is a professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is the author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow.

NEA Heritage Awards Concert 2014, 11/26/2014

American Routes celebrates the 2014 National Heritage Fellows live in concert from George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Nick hosts the evening of music and stories, honoring the nation’s finest practitioners of traditional arts. This year’s honorees include Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle, Tejano singer and musician Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, powerhouse gospel blues trio the Holmes Brothers, Omaha tribal elder and musician Rufus White, and more. We’ll also here music from past recipients in our annual celebration of America’s most treasured artists and tradition bearers.