A sparse audience of sleepy-looking loners and softly chatting couples sat at the high tables on the edges of the main room at the Old Rock House. The local guys of Tone Rodent climbed onstage, each of them either tuning strings or tweaking knobs or putting on a good don't-give-a-shit face.
Another Record Store Day is in the books, and what a day it was.
Samuel Fickie opened with a set of introspective tunes full of romantic import. His tone was lovelorn with sparkling bits of darkened humor complete with elements of local St. Louis insight twisted atop.
Chris Hansen has been involved in the music business his entire professional life, and he loves it.
"Wake Up," the B-side to new single "A Day Longer" by Cassie Morgan, begins as a quiet statement that builds to a full-blown declaration. The sound is dreamlike, but the singer is wide awake to a world of sound.
Sun shines fierce on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. The business district bustles with affluent types and prom-goers.