Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. Listen for tunes from Anne Hills, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, Brooks Williams, Tom Prasada-Rao and others, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn and other venues in and around Wichita.
It's another from the Best of the Best series this week on the New Settlers' Radio Hour: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Zoe plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads to world beat to vaudeville. And she sings a song about pie – does it get any better?
Here's one of her quirkier numbers performed live as part of the Front Porch House Concerts.
This week we hear from singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn from a recording at Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. His performance features blues and roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says “southern.” Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller. You can hear an example of "That's Life" above.
This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour we hear from R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Kelley was born and raised in Kansas and continues to live in Lawrence though she spends a lot of her time touring the U.S. and the world. Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style can be traced to her beloved early piano teacher and subject of her song "Queen of the 88s", Mary Burke Norton.
Check out a live performance of "Queen of the 88s" below:
New Settlers' Radio Hour features Zoo Tunes this week. We'll hear a compilation of performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series. This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more. Great shows, great crowds – check it out!
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 60's with a brief bit of fame in the 80's. Their best-known tunes are probably "Mr. Bojangles"--see a live performance above--and "American Dream." Amazing musicianship, tight harmonies and so much fun!
It’s another Best of the Best feature with the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill. Their performance at the Old Settlers Inn shows off the duo's ability to blend styles into a fresh and original sound.
This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour, it's Buddy Mondlock - a gentle voice, a gentle soul, an amazing and dynamic songwriter and performer. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle and Peter, Paul and Mary - so many others - but there¹s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn.