Tom Kimmel is the quintessential singer/songwriter. His compositions have been recorded by dozens of musicians including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis… so many more. Tom is also a popular performer in alt-acoustic and folk circles, whether a solo act, performing with friends or as part of the Sherpas (with Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille.) He's been at the Old Settlers Inn many, many times since the series started in the mid-90s. Always an audience-favorite in any configuration.
Listen for music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of country-rock since the 60s – their best known tune probably is Mr. Bojangles.
This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that have been gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Kimmel and others willsing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.
Listen for singer-songwriter Jeff Black's performance at Wichita State University's Art For Your Ears concert. Jeff has several albums to date, has written movie soundtracks and has written tunes covered by such artists as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings and Black Hawk. His latest CD came out in 2012 – titled The Black List.
Hear Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle and Peter, Paul and Mary and many others but there’s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own tunes. Buddy's music is often soft, sometimes complicated, always poetical.
It’s another Best of the Best, the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill. Their performance at the Old Settlers Inn shows off their blend of styles into a fresh and original style.
Listen for Irish tunes with Cathie Ryan and her band. Cathie is an award-winning Celtic performer and Irish American. A beautiful voice, a delightful performer, a great time for listeners whether you're a fan of Celtic music or not! ! At one time Cathie was the lead singer for the group Cherish the Ladies but she's been performing on her own for several years. Cathie has been featured on NPR and on stages around the world – this concert is from her performance at the Old Settlers Inn.
Listen for The Wiyos at the Old Settlers Inn. The Wiyos are described as a modern band reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley and SpikeJones. They're also described as fabulously skilled and inspired kooks. Mostly they're described as fun – so much fun. Enjoy vintage tunes, original songs and lots of audience engagement.
Hear a performance by singer-songwriter Brooks Williams at the Old Settlers Inn. He combines rock, blues and jazz from his American roots with folk music of England, where he now resides. He tours extensively so you may get a chance to see him in person if you’re lucky. In the meantime, enjoy a great performance from right up the road in Mound Ridge, Kan.
Listen for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. The two women shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn and provided backup vocals for each others' tunes. It was a rare chance to see these performers on the same stage.
Celeste Krenz was born and raised in North Dakota and represents a blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and Americana. Sally Barris is now based in Nashville and works as a performer and a songwriter. Many of her songs have been covered by country artists including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride.