The opening performance of St. Louis' Bottoms Up Blues Gang was simple, with only four musicians on stage: Kari Liston (vocalist), Jeremy Segel-Moss (guitarist), Adam Andrews (harmonica) and Dawn Weber (trumpet).
"Folk music is the music of the people," says KDHX DJ Kelly Wells. Here's an inside look at Wells' passion for soulful folk, blues and Americana music as heard every Wednesday on "Steam-Powered Radio," 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central.
Tommy Halloran is "making a living, not a killing." His newly released debut with his new band Guerilla Swing have excited his fans to see a new chapter unfold for a St. Louis veteran who plays some 300 nights a year.
With any Shovels and Rope show, it's not just about two skilled performers throwing genre rules in the trash with a multi-instrumental onslaught that defies logic. Two people shouldn't be able to make that much robust, fevered noise without backup, but they do.
We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
Lists are never perfect. The idea is to remind myself what captivated me throughout the year, and to let others know what they might have missed. And then, I try to say a little more to contribute to thinking about the music of 2013. So, here is what I liked the most on the day that I wrote the list.
With a late-night, Latin-jazz groove and a vocal reminscent of a young Leon Redbone, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing comes into its own on the new track "My Favorite Sin."