We had a great conversation with Tacoma based roots musician Kirk Reese this past August. We talked about passing guitars down through generations, playing open mics and how to wander creatively. We also talk about where you should not wander! (Hint: gated communities).
Kirk can often be found performing around town both solo and with the Grit City Pickers!
Andrew Duhon stopped by the KBCS studio on Wednesday, October 4th and we had a terrific conversation about PNW logging roads, how walking in a circle may not take you back to where you started from and being inspired by nature in songwriting as both metaphor and our place within in it. That took us to chatting about kudzu which took us to poems by Robert Frost and James Dickey and even a choice Henry David Thoreau quote from Self Reliance. C’mon now!
You can hear the interview plus 3 live songs above!
We were thrilled to have Paula Boggs Band return to the KBCS Studio for an in-studio performance. Paula and KBCS Music Director, Iaan Hughes, talked about her latest album Janus, and as the album title might imply, delved into beginnings and transitions. Janus is a personal and potent album pulling from Paula’s own history, yet through her exceptional songcraft the music comes alive for all of us in profound ways.
Genre crushing duo Tuck & Patti stopped by the KBCS studio before their show at Jazz Alley for a wide ranging conversation about musical partnerships, early influences, covering Cyndi Lauper, and how music is community; it was all really quite lovely.
Oh! They also played 3 songs live, plus Tuck showed Iaan Hughes what a 13#11th chord, and Patti stunned with a few a cappella bars of “High Heel Blues!”
We spent a nice Friday afternoon hanging out with Willy Tea Taylor this past Friday listening to his tough but tender songs, talking about the lost art of the knuckleball, why he plays tenor guitar, and a shared love for Jim Harrison books.
KBCS Music Director, Iaan Hughes, sat down with This Girl to chat about Diva Ranch: A Country Drag Show at the Tractor Tavern on April 16th. This conversation goes everywhere from country music as Drag performance, to the silliness of Kid Rock shooting beer cans, to the multiple laws being written to ban Drag performances around the country, to the beauty and art of Iris DeMent. They also played a lot of music as This Girl stormed the airwaves, including:
Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”
Yola’s “Faraway Look”
Patsy Cline’s “Leavin’ On Your Mind”
Dolly Parton’s “Just Because I’m a Woman”
The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”
Iris DeMent’s “Let the Mystery Be”
LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue”
Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis”
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn’s “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”
Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow”
Sometimes, rather than beginnings and endings, we need songs about being in the middle of things. That’s just what Abby K. does and does so well. Her latest album is called Where We’re At and we were thrilled that she shared moments from it with us yesterday. She was joined by the very talented Jonathan Plum on guitar and Art Frankel on pedal steel and banjo.
They perform tonight at Slim’s Last Chance!
Jon Pontrello stopped by the KBCS studio recently to play his song about PNW icon Peter Bevis. Peter had a hand in everything from the Fremont Troll, to the infamous Lenin statue, to the ill-fated Kalakala. Jon’s song is wonderful and fitting tribute to a complex person.
We spent a rainy Monday with Sue Quigley and talked bears and god and how sometimes we are…compelled? Goaded? Motivated? Ahh! Inspired! to take new paths.
Sue has curated the 2nd annual Muse Fest: The Power of Women’s Voices on Thursday, April 13th in West Seattle. Think your favorite Art Walk, but with musicians!
Amy Lou Keeler and Lisa Maria, the wonderful Eastern Canadian duo that is Mama’s Broke stopped by the KBCS studio on Monday, April 3rd to chat with music director Iaan Hughes. They talked about love as both briar and rose, song cycles, and going beyond traditional covers when working with old ballads like “Barbara Allen.” They also performed 3 songs! You can hear it here!
Catch them live tonight, Friday, April 7, when they perform at Conor Byrne Pub in downtown Ballard!