Star Sessions featured Kansas City singer-songwriter Crystal Rose with host Timothy Finn at the Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine District on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Rose draws vocal inspiration from powerhouse singers and songwriting inspiration from soul and blues artists. She has performed all over Kansas City, and released her first single “Come Alive,” available on iTunes, in 2016. This song is titled "Summer Love."
Star Sessions featured the country, folk and old-time music of guitarist Scott Hrabko with host Timothy Finn at the Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine District on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. With his band, the Rabbits, Hrabko has released two albums, “Gone Places” and “Biscuits and Gravy.” His music is available at scotthrabko.com. This clip features the song "Baby You Know Me."
The opening of the Truman is causing some concern among promoters and venue owners about whether KC can support so many concert spots, yet everyone says 2017 has been a really good year for the music market.
Tom Petty’s career spanned 40 years during which time he released 13 studio albums with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, three solo albums, two Mudcrutch albums, and two albums with the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He was nominated for 18 Grammy awards and won three. (Video includes photos from the Kansas City Star archives and the Associated Press)
Star Sessions featured the Ozarks music of Betse & Clarke on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 with host Timothy Finn at the Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine District. In 2016, Betse & Clarke self-released their debut full-length album, “River Still Rise,” which, along with their EP, “Bird Notes,” is available at betseandclarke.com. This song is titled "Uncle Henry…Goodbye".
Guest host Ian Cummings took over the Beer Hour chair Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at Kansas City Bier Company for a chat with former Kansas City police detective and local mob expert Gary Jenkins. In this clip, Jenkins describes a 1970s covert operation to investigate mob activity at the Villa Capri restaurant.
Rapper Cardi B discusses success, her new album and that time she met Beyonce. Billboard magazine reported this week that “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by rapper Cardi B will dethrone Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” from the top of the chart. It’s possible the song would have never happened without her music producer, Anthony “J. White Did It” White of Kansas City, Kan.
Star Sessions features the music of Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys. Host Timothy Finn talked with the musicians Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at the Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine District. The band plays a soulful mix of sounds from the ’60s and ’70s with some contemporary accents, and they expect to release their debut album in 2018. This clip is of their song "Nicole".