The Pitch Music Showcase 2013 

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In 140 or fewer characters, my/our sound is ...

A solid rock band with roots embedded in folk and Americana.

What are you liking/not liking about the KC music scene right now?

We love the collaboration and willingness of bands to play genre-bending shows. As our audience trends a bit older, we'd like to see more early shows.

The best song/album I/we heard this year:

The Silver Maggies and the Latenight Callers both put out some stunningly great albums.

The best show I/we saw this year:

Be/Non and Dream Wolf during Homeguard Fest at RecordBar. They absolutely killed it.

What's your favorite local act at the moment?

This is an impossible question.

John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons

What's new and what's next?

We released a single in the fall of 2012, and we've been writing and working on new songs for our second full-length album. Right now, the plan is to start recording in late fall 2013. As always, we don't control our destiny, and the plans are subject to the will of others. I'm planning a little solo motorcycle tour through the South for early fall. Just me and my guitar on a motorbike. It sort of fits the motif of the new album and will be a test run for future small tours.

In 140 or fewer characters, my/our sound is ...

The earnest pop impulse at the heart of rock music written and played to make you forget whatever was on your mind before the first note.

What are you liking/not liking about the KC music scene right now?

I'm liking the diversity of people who are getting involved in local music lately. Not strictly bands but radio stations like 90.9 the Bridge, new venues like Woodside, different civic events, art galleries, schools. All kinds of people from different parts of the city are becoming part of our music scene, and it shows that you can be a part of a music community, and there's no requirement that you be in a band. When you look at self-sustaining music scenes outside of KC, that's something they all share. NYC, New Orleans, Portland, Nashville, L.A., Austin — they involve more people than the band members passing the same $7 back and forth among one another.

The best song/album I/we heard this year:

So far, the best album I've heard this year is Dwight Yoakam's Three Pears. Technically it came out last year, but I just picked it up in January.

The best show I/we saw this year:

Willie Nile at SXSW. I'm actively lobbying them to come to KC. You watch that band play in a bar, and there is as much passion and energy and honesty as any show you see in an arena. Willie's been a favorite songwriter for a while now, but that was the first time I've seen him play live, and he made me want to be Willie Nile if I grow up.

What's your favorite local act at the moment?

I climbed in the van back in March and found a copy of the Tiny Horse album on the console, and it made me really happy. We played it on the road home, and I was watching these military jets passing over the highway while listening to that album and just went somewhere else in my head for a while. Also the Katy Guillen Trio; they are three very good musicians and they are really compelling live.  

Olassa

What's new and what's next?

Recording the final tracks on our first LP, entitled You Can Still Be a Diamond. What's next: Touring to support the album release. (Not to mention the next LP is already written! Stay tuned!)

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