Ink's fifth annual Middle of the Map Fest returned to Westport and Midtown in Kansas City, Missouri from April 22-25.
Tom Cascino (aka Broke for Free) calls his imaginative remix of Iron and Wine's "Naked as We Came" a "nostalgic" project. While the the music of Sam Beam always inspires remembrances of things past, the forward-looking (and sounding) remix bodes for more beautiful moments to come for the Oakland, California electronic music maker.
Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.
The celebratory, spiritual song "Lift Me Up" arises from Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass' personal desolation. Marriage over, house sold, money gone, future prospects dim, Bass did pretty much the only thing he could do: keep writing and making music.
Grammy award-winning artist Sean Watkins began his ascent into the music industry at the tender age of 12 in the group Nickel Creek. Along with his sister Sara and bandmate Chris Thile, they had humble beginnings playing in a pizza parlor every Saturday night in Carlsbad, California. After playing together for a while they were asked to play in a local festival and have been bringing their eclectic mix of folk and bluegrass music to the masses ever since.