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In fact, maybe you should just move to KC, Mr. Obama. Its not the White House, but our cousin has a real nice garage apartment in Blue Springs where you can stay until you find a place. Youd get to remain the most powerful man in the world and all that, but what good is that when youre missing out on all this Kansas City music?
Patriotically, Jason Harper
Fast Johnny Ricker
Sound: Bluesy, psychedelic guitar rock
Origin: Parkville, the late '60s
What have you done for us lately? Shared bills in the last three months with Charlie Musselwhite, Ana Popovic and Johnny Winter.
What gives you the blues? "If I see the blues comin', I walk the other way. But generally, not being able to pursue a personal dream gives me the blues." — Johnny Ricker, guitarist and singer
Sound: Old-school harp blues with the occasional rockabilly dance tune
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, and surrounding areas, 2000
What have you done for us lately? Was KC's 2009 International Blues Competition entrant and released first CD, Devil's Dozen.
What gives you the blues? "Lovin' a woman that don't love you, someone deeply good who's gone too soon," plus house fires, cancer, dogs not living forever like they should, "the envi'nment, the gov'ment and the Disney Channel." — Gabe Hedstrom, drummer
Sound: Funky Chicago blues crossed with Kansas City and West Coast swing
Origin: Mission, 2002
What have you done for us lately? Released third CD at the end of July; gigging four nights a week, with a blues jam every Sunday at Knuckleheads Saloon.
What gives you the blues? "We play the blues because it makes us happy. For a moment, it makes us forget about the bad things that can happen in everyday life." — Brandon Hudspeth, guitarist and singer
Brody Buster Band
Sound: Progressive blues-rock
Origin: Lawrence, 2007 (current lineup)
What have you done for us lately? Recording an album, playing lots of shows around the Midwest.
What gives you the blues? "We don't have the blues; we just make them." — Brody Buster, guitarist and harmonica blower
Sound: Hard-drivin' blues with boogie piano
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 1997 (Mike Sedovic took on "Shinetop" moniker in '99.)
What have you done for us lately? Played last year in Brazil, Ohio and Mississippi and every Wednesday at B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ.
What gives you the blues? "The blues isn't about feeling sad or sorry for yourself. I get the blues whenever I want to have a good time!" — Shinetop Jr.
Trampled Under Foot
Sound: Sultry and smooth like Arthur Bryant's Sweet Heat sauce
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, 2002
What have you done for us lately? Played the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway (the biggest blues festival in Scandinavia) and B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ every Tuesday.
What gives you the blues? "To us, the blues are a way of life. They are in everything. They live and breathe all around us, so we get the blues from everything." — Steve McBride, manager, producer and Zen master
The Calamity Cubes
Sound: "We've been liking the term Thrashicana lately."
Origin: Wichita, 2007
What have you done for us lately? Releasing two new CDs the beginning of August, touring out West.
What brand of beer would you be? "We haven't really found a brand of beer we aren't. Now accepting applications." — Joey Henry, Kody Bramlett and Brook Blanche