A Musical Life

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12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Musical Life: Jonathan Eaton

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Jonathan Eaton has recorded and performed with a wide variety of Wichita bands over the last 20-plus years including ULU, Local Band, The Mess, Tom Page Trio, Order 66 and, perhaps most notably, Softie. He also once performed a show as a member of Split Lip Rayfield with his brother Jeff, a founding member of that group. Eaton lives in Wichita with his wife and children and thanks his family for their continued support.

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5:48 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Jansen

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Matt Jansen is a Wichita-based drummer who has performed and recorded with a variety of bands including 10 Sugar Charlie and, most recently, Paper Street. He is also a sound engineer and manager at Midwest Drums & Percussion.

“My name is Matt Jansen and I’ve made money from music in a variety of ways. I’ve played the drums. I’ve gotten paid for selling musical instruments, for running sound, for recording music. Playing music? That’s probably the most satisfying but the least lucrative.

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12:36 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Musical Life: Zack Roach

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Zack Roach is a Wichita-based musician who has recorded acclaimed albums with both Spirit of the Stairs and Senses Fail. You can hear him on several Spirit of the Stairs recordings, including Lambo Doors and with Senses Fail on Renacer

“My name is Zack Roach. I play guitar in Divorce Corpse, Spirit of the Stairs, and Senses Fail.

The first song that I learned was by Counting Crows. It was that really giant hit.

I wanted to learn some Metallica but it was way above my skill set at that point.

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12:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Musical Life: Tom James

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A native of Oklahoma City, Tom James has lived in Denver, Boston, and rural Kansas. “My musical roots grew from folk albums my older sister gave me when I was in high school, watered by the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, late night parties after shows at the Denver Folklore Center, and then the Market Street Forum in Wichita,” he says. James hosted the monthly Acoustic Jam at Grandma’s Farm for nearly a decade and has been attending the Artichoke Songwriters Circle since shortly after its inception more than a decade ago.

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12:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Musical Life: Ant Avery

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Anything worth possessing is worth sacrificing, even fighting for, and your career is no exception to the rule. For the Wichita, Kansas native Antimosity, the nine years that he has been grinding to maximize his full potential as a hip hop recording artist has been well worth the wait. The charismatic wordsmith is well prepared for everything coming his way, because he worked hard to get here.

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12:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Byron J. Love

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Byron J. Love performs under that name as a solo artist. He is a past member of Boys Beware, My Why, and Rex Bennet Fight Scene. Although he continues to gig in the Wichita area, his current focus is in the visual realm, focusing on video and motion graphics as well as ICT Channel 13.

I am Byron J. Love. I am sort of a singer-songwriter type person. It’s hard for me to call myself a musician because I can do it but I know real musicians and those guys are amazing. I have the ability to play music and write songs, so I do it, but I’m not a touring musician.

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12:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Lalanea Chastain

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Lalanea Chastain has been performing music since she was a teenager, focusing on blues and jazz, although she is comfortable in most genres. “I’ll sing virtually anything,” she says. She lives in Wichita, where she is currently honing her guitar skills.

My name is Lalanea Chastain. I’m a local singer. My latest project is with the blues band Yale Street Players. I also play with a cover band, Blue Eyed Soul. I started playing music with my family.

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4:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Shawn Craver

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After a series of events including California, trains, and Indian reservations, Shawn Craver came to Wichita in October of 2008. An unexpected emergency left him with a difficult choice to make about his life and shortly after, he played fiddle for the first time and founded the band Raging Sea. As Raging Sea progressed, Shawn picked up his original instrument, the guitar, in a post-punk/folk style that took him back to his beginnings as a rocker.

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12:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Thayne Coleman

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Thayne Coleman has recorded two albums as frontman of The Travel Guide. He’s also a member of the Wichita collective The Wonder Revolution in which he plays drums. The Travel Guide is working on a new studio album that should be released later in 2014. Coleman counts, among his influences, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, and John Updike.

My name is Thayne Coleman. I play guitar, and sing for a band called The Travel Guide, and I play drums in a band called the Wonder Revolution.

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A Musical Life
6:26 am
Fri January 24, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Hamer

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Matt Hamer is a member of the band Coriander. The group has just issued the album Old Invitations

My name is Matt Hamer and I play guitar and sing in a band called Coriander.

I got my start in music playing trumpet in fifth grade and learned guitar later on.

I started playing music in church and that’s how I started playing music in front of people, gaining comfort there.

Jeff Tweedy from Wilco… Wilco is my favorite band so I have to resist the urge to copy them all the time. A guy named Dustin Kensrue who’s in a band called Thrice.

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