Singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says “southern.” Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.
We get to hear one of the Best of the Best (and definitely one of my favorites). It’s a concert and/or performer who was a particular audience favorite. This show features Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Chuck blends his dry humor and performance skills with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.
This is my favorite of all of Chuck's wonderful tunes:
This week we feature 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 (the subject of "Queen of the 88s").
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 with a brief bit of fame in the '80s when they shortened their name to "The Dirt Band." Their best known tune probably is Mr. Bojangles, although some may argue that "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "American Dream" are equally worthy of notice. Like most acoustic "bluegrassy" bands, they have great musicianship, tight harmonies and are a lot of fun to watch. You'll see. This Saturday evening at 7:00.
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!
Christmas Special This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that we’ve gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Kimmel and others will sing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.
Here’s a tune that’s become a classic already – “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon.
This week on New Settlers, 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 works. Buddy's soft, gentle vocals pack a surprising punch as they deliver wry, insightful lyrics. Upbeat ballads, haunting melodies, commentary. So, so good.
Two singer/songwriters shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn - Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris. Celeste Krenz was born and raised in North Dakota; Sally Barris is now based in Nashville and works as a performer and a songwriter whose tunes have been covered by some of country music's top performers. Both women add a touch of "Americana" to their blend of folk and acoustic songs but their styles are quite different. They sounded great together!
This week it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. The group has rebranded to “Keith and Renee” and they’ve been around for about a decade. We recorded them Linesight Gallery in Wichita - fairly early in their career. They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.
Here's an example of them performing live. A bit low-tech but a great example none-the-less.