Reaching the Whole World

By Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots Producer

“Nashville has my heart,” said Bex Chilcott aka Ruby Boots during her set this week at Roots. I think she spoke in some way for just about all the Australian artists who took the stage this week for our annual night of Down Under overdrive. Aussie Night features artists who have worked very hard and established enough bona fides in their home country to qualify for travel money and promotion from Sounds Australia. And the end of their 10,000 mile journey is Music City, for good reason. Others have come before, from Keith Urban to that sweet O’Shea couple, establishing careers. This is the place where you can put a U.S. career together. And as Bex said, contemporary Nashville with its open-hearted community of creators, is very special. And we’re all about welcoming pilgrims, especially when they’re as talented as these folks.

Rick Price has actually emigrated to Nashville, and I can’t believe he’s been singing and writing in our midst here the whole time Music City Roots has been on the air. This guy’s quite incredible, with a supple and powerful voice that can leap between chest and head with a falsetto that’s tender yet manly. I recently fell for the stomping energy of his opening track on the new Tennessee Sky album called “Work That Fire,” and to make up for the lack of band he got the crowd singing the “on my way home” refrain. His finale was a brave and brilliant a cappella song called “Until We Meet Again.” Playing a well-worn Maton guitar and looking clean in a vest and shirt, he owned the stage and got us off to an energetic start.

I for one am kind of devastated that the next two artists live so very far away. I’d sign on as a fan clubber for both Raised By Eagles and Oh Pep! These Eagles played country rock but sounded almost nothing like that California best-selling band that may or may not have raised them. The rhythms were clean and propulsive. Up to four voices at once made the harmonies lush in a Band of Heathens kind of way. The electric guitar playing by Nick O’Mara, Telecaster and lap steel, was brilliant. But my fondness came from an overall feeling, an ease and cool the band maintained on both the rocking material like “Jackie” or the ambience of “Waiting For Ghosts.” Fly on young Eagles. Fly on.

Pep is an old fashioned word, but Olivia and Pepita who make up Oh Pep! (get it?) have put together a properly modern folk rock band with poetic lyrics, fascinating musical textures and a radiant positive energy. “The Race” had truth-in-advertising briskness and a melody that really sticks in my head. The epic “Tea, Milk & Honey” ended the set with a long introductory passage and then great dynamic playing by the full four-piece band. Pepita’s use of fiddle in unusual ways is another plus. Oh Pep! is embarking on a full US tour, so wherever you are, check em out.

Ruby Boots came on with red hair and a black cowgirl outfit (my favorite color scheme, to adapt Richard Thompson). The five-piece band conspired to make crisp, uptempo country rock that framed Bex Chilcott’s bold voice nicely. This time the fine electric twang and slide came from guitarist Lee Jones, especially on the desert lonesome “Middle Of Nowhere.” That set the table for Mark Moffatt’s St. James Infirmary, about which we knew nothing, because this was their fourth gig. Let’s call it a high quality bar band with good taste in cover choices. I haven’t heard “Poke Salad Annie” in ages, but they came out with that one and it was funky and Southern. Lead singer Greg Mangus can often be found singing fearsomely difficult lead vocals for the Long Players and rock and soul projects in the city, and he was fantastic, with gravel and grease and a massive physical presence. Moffatt played blistering guitar solos. And a night that had been pretty mellow hit a rock and roll climax as it ended. The assembled bands did a joyful version of “Let The Good Times Roll.” Not exactly an Australian anthem. But certainly apropos to the feeling of the night.

Thanks to the AristoMedia family for coming out to help us salute the late great Jeff Walker. Thanks to Dobe Newton for once again shepherding some great Aussie bands and artists our way for a great lineup. It’s fun to have a relationship with a country that’s so very far away. It makes reaching the whole world feel possible.

David Gregory: Finding Faith After ‘Meet the Press’ and Inside the Nation of Islam

David Gregory on Leaving “Meet the Press” and Rediscovering Judaism.  

For most of his life, David Gregory was a secular journalist who didn’t think much about the sporadic Judaism of his youth. But by the time of he parted ways with “Meet the Press,” after facing low ratings in the host chair, that had already started to change. He now found himself thinking back to his earlier years, wondering what he really believed in, and what he would pass down to his children.

A Post-Pope Analysis

Now that the dust has settled a bit after the Pope’s U.S. tour, we’re doing one last reflection on the greater impact of his visit. What seeds have been planted, and will his trip have a lasting effect on American Catholicism? We also get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be part of the inner circle of journalists who traveled with Francis aboard the official papal plane.  Featuring interviews with Rev. Thomas Reese, Jesuit priest and senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter and Sylvia Poggioli, NPR’s senior European correspondent

Justice or Else: The Nation of Islam

The upcoming Justice or Else rally calls for black economic self-sufficiency and an end police brutality and gang violence. But some say these important goals are marred by the group behind the event — the Nation of Islam, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan. We explore the appeal and the criticisms of this controversial faith. With Gregory CarrProfessor of Africana Studies at Howard University and Minister Ishmael Muhammad, the Nation of Islam‘s National Assistant Minister.


ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, The Fall Pledge Drive with guests Whispering Prairie Press, Natasha Ria El-Scari, & Ryan Wilks

It’s the Fall Pledge Drive at KKFI!! We need you to call the station at 888-931-0901 or pledge on line to keep YOUR community station on air! As a special Thank-You gift, ARTSPEAK RADIO offers supporters who pledge $50 during the program, 30 minutes of studio time at the station to record your poetry, spoken word, or prose-only $50!!
(Minor editing, KKFI asssumes no right to the work, and contributor must bring flash drive to download recording.)

Whispering Prairie Press staff, spoken word poet, Natasha Ria El-Scari, and Painter Ryan Wilks discuss their work, events, and launch party.

Wednesday MidDay Medley plays The MidCoast Sound

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

“The MidCoast Sound”
More Hunky Dory Releases of 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley plays more of our favorite MidCoastal full-length or EP releases of 2015. We’ll play representative tracks from: The Grisly Hand, THE ARCHITECTS, Radkey, The Thunderclaps, Iris DeMent, Barrel Maker, Rev Gusto, Ivory Black, Jessica Paige, Betse & Clarke, GAV7D, Victor & Penny, Toughies, Dreamgirl, Sinple, LION, Ernest James Zydeco and Lauren Anderson. We will also play music from Kraftwerk and Ty Herndon.

Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter along with Marion Merritt, 90.1 FM Board Member and owner of Records With Merritt, join Mark for the entire show to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City COMMUNITY Radio.

Timothy Finn of Kansas City Star and INK named Wednesday MidDay Medley “The Best Place to Hear Local Music on the Radio.” If you are a regular listener and benefit from the entertainment and information offered each week, now is your time to help keep this radio show alive.

If you donate to 90.1 FM KKFI’s Fall Fund Drive Show we’ll share with you some very fine “Thank You Gifts.”

$90.00 donation – a 90.1 FM KKFI long sleeve T-shirt
$150.00 donation – a “Guest DJ” for a 1-hour music show
$200.00 donation you can receive both!

If you donate $50.00 or more, on MC/Visa/Discover/AMEX only during Wednesday MidDay Medley, you can choose one of our fabulous “Thank You Gifts” :

A.) The MidCoast Spirit Bag:
* 10% Discount Card (Vinyl Renaissance)
* 15% Discount Coupon (Records With Merritt)
* Discount Coupon (Josey Records)
* Discount Coupon (Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven)
* Box of Incense & 6-pack of Rainbow Tealight Candles (It’s A Beautiful Day)
* Be/Non 7” orange vinyl single “MOI OU TOI” (Haymaker Records)
* Here’s the Roots, Vol. I CD (MudStomp Records)
* Rev Gusto or Empty Moon CD + Shy Boys or Bummer vinyl (High Dive Records)
* Ltd. Edition, WMM Prayer Candle, from Kitschup Creations
* Ltd. Edition 2015 broadcast of “The He Touched Me Gospel Hour”-Bootleg Edition.
(Only 10 MidCoast Spirit Bags are available.)


B.) A voucher for 2 tickets to shows at the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College. For info about Performing Arts Series, (913) 469-4445 or visit
(Only 10 vouchers available.)


C.) Iris DeMent’s “The Trackless Woods” + Ivory Black’s “Ready Get Set” CDs
(Only 10 pairs of CDs are available.)


D.) A pair of tickets to see Ty Herndon in concert at The Folly Theatre, October 23, 8:00 PM. These are donated from The Folly Theatre, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. For ticket information: (816) 474-4444 or (Each single ticket is worth $50.00) Tickets will be held at box office “will call” to pick up the night of the show, or during box office hours.
(Only 3 pairs of tickets available.)


E.) Ltd. Edition, WMM Yellow Prayer Candle, from Kitschup Creations with Shy Boys 7″ vinyl & The ACB’s CD from High Dive Records
(Only 5 sets are available.)

Show #598

Quinton Lucas, KCMO City Council, 3rd District at-large, returns to discuss current issues

Quinton Lucas, KCMO City Council, 3rd District at-large, returns to discuss current issues

Councilman Quinton Lucas represents the Third District at-large. For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Lucas to serve as Chairman of the Housing Committee. In addition, Lucas serves as a member of the following committees: Neighborhoods and Public Safety; Planning, Zoning and Economic Development; Transportation and Infrastructure; Airport.

Hos, producer:  Donna Morrow Wolfe   Co-host, co-producer: Joseph Jackson

The youngest current councilmember, Quinton was born at Kansas City’s Truman Medical Center in the 1980s and spent most of his youth residing in the city’s urban core with his mother and two older sisters. He obtained academic scholarships to attend the Barstow School in South Kansas City and later earned an undergraduate degree from Washington University and a law degree from Cornell University.

After school, Quinton returned home to Kansas City, first working for the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then practicing business law. At age 27, Quinton was appointed to a law professorship at the University of Kansas. Quinton continues to teach and write on topics primarily concerning business law and government regulation. He also volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including serving on the board of directors of DeLaSalle Academy and teaching courses and providing mentorship in area prisons.

In 2011, Mayor Sly James appointed Quinton to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, where he worked with the city planning department, citizens, and businesses to support job growth and development. Quinton has also served on the city’s Charter Review Commission and numerous other civic, philanthropic, and professional organizations.

Since finishing law school, Quinton has lived near the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.

Quinton welcomes your call, email or visit. Understanding the “at-large” and citywide nature of his position, Quinton also is happy to visit you in any corner of Kansas City to support our efforts to build a safe city with strong basic services, growing population, and an outstanding climate for education and entrepreneurship.


Brewheads and KKFI listeners worldwide are in for a special in studio performance by award winning songwriter and Iowa native son Chad Elliott during Diana Linn’s Fall Pledge Drive Show on Tuesday, October 6 between 6 and 8 am.  On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin”, set to release October 13, Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana.  In addition to Chad’s live performance, he and Diana Linn will be the spinning the BEST of Americana/Roots Music and asking for continued support of YOUR community radio station.

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Bruce Burstert, Marc Saviano, Adam Davidson, & Tony Jones

Artist/gallery owner & preservationist, Bruce Burstert talks about his gallery, Museum of The West located at 1323 Union Ave. KCMO with guest host/producer Mark Manning.

Members of Kansas City Zine Con, Marc Saviano and Adam Davidson discuss an upcoming zine fest in KC this weekend. Kansas City Zine Con will feature more than 80 local and regional artists exhibiting zines, chapbooks, mini­comics and other hand­crafted works created in the spirit of do­-it­-yourself publishing. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 11 AM to 7 PM in the Valentine Room at the historic Uptown Theater on 3700 Broadway in Kansas City, MO. Highlighting Midwestern zine artists, the exhibition features hands ­on activities, lectures, panels, and films. Featured artists include zine makers Julia Eff, Jonas Cannon, Vice Versa Press, and locals Charlie Mylie, Luke Rocha, Chuck Munson, Hector Casanova and Kelsey Wroten. Lectures and panels will raise questions about the ethics and mechanics of student zine making, the cultural work that zines perform, and how zines act as counter public. Family friendly activities will showcase a variety of examples of how to bind, fold, and make unique zine covers. The LaBudde Special Collections will accept zine donations to be preserved for a local history archive.

KCAI Interim President, Tony Jones discusses the impact of the recent $25 million gift to the Kansas City Art Institute.
Tony Jones CBE joined KCAI in December 2014 as interim president. Jones is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator and historian of art, architecture and design and a consultant on higher education and the arts. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, he was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London and the Newport College of Art in Wales as a sculptor, painter and art historian. He came to the United States for postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1991, when he took a position as director of the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to SAIC in 1996 and served as president until 2012, when he was named chancellor and president-emeritus. From 1996 to 2012 he also was co-CEO of the Corporation of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other leadership appointments, he was chairman of the department of art and art history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and director of the Glasgow School of Art in the U.K.

Kansas City Art Institute 4415 Warwick Blvd. KCMO 64111

Chris Hedges – Extraction Industries & Sexploitation

The scourge of male violence against women will not end if we dismantle the forces of global capitalism. The scourge of male violence exists independently of capitalism, empire and colonialism. It is a separate evil. The fight to end male violence against women, part of a global struggle by women, must take primacy in our own struggle. Women and girls, especially those who are poor and of color, cannot take part in a liberation movement until they are liberated. They cannot offer to us their wisdom, their leadership and their passion until they are freed from physical coercion and violent domination. This is why the fight to end male violence across the globe is not only fundamental to our movement but will define its success or failure. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed. None of us is free until all of us are free.

Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of many books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and Wages of Rebellion.