Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

A tight trio, with a solid driving rhythm section led by rocking guitar leads and passionate vocals. Eclectic, modern blues with an edge.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Trampled Under Foot is awesome. They have done so much over the years, and they are stellar musicians. I'm also a Mark Lowrey and Nace Brothers fan.

What's your favorite KC venue?

I'm very, very fond of Knuckleheads and B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ. The Trouser Mouse is a great venue out east, and Llywelyn's Pub in south Johnson County is a lot of fun, too.

Grand Marquis

What's new?

We're real proud of our new vinyl-CD combo, The Sun Session, that we recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. It's been getting a lot of airplay, and they've been flying off the shelves at our live shows. The CD also includes video, pics and the story behind the recording, so it's been great to offer something for the audiophile (in the 45 rpm record single) in addition to making great use of technology to give our fans more than previously possible.

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

We play the kind of music that brings people together from every generation and background: racially, socioeconomically, etc. It's unifying music in the divisive world we live in. You can describe it as blues, swing, jazz or roots because it is all of those things. It's got as strong a local flavor as your favorite KC barbecue, with just the right amount of New Orleans influence to make you crave beignets for dessert. I would like to think we have taken Kansas City's heritage and moved it forward, swinging into the 21st century.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

The Latenight Callers have great panache and are great at supporting the live-music scene when they are not playing. Hearts of Darkness is unique and a real asset to the scene. It's good to see good guys like Hipshot Killer and the Rumblejetts nominated. The blues category is truly stacked with talent that is recognized nationally and internationally in the blues scene. Most cities are envious of our local talent, and the competition for our International Blues Challenge representative spot is probably the hardest to earn of any spot in the nation.

What's your favorite KC venue?

Jazz has been our home on Thursdays for about 13 years, so they are like family. Californos' ballroom has been the perfect host for our legendary "jazz battles" (next one: August 26); it's kind of a hidden gem in the music scene. The club scene in KC is ever-dynamic with the new Chesterfield Club and Kill Devil opening, both downtown at 14th and Main. There are a couple of new blues clubs out on 135th Street in OP, like Quasimodo. It's exciting to see the demand for live music out there.

What do you like about KC as a music town?

This is the perfect town for us to thrive; we're staying here to help KC return to the big music city it was in the first half of the 20th century! Looking forward to more musicians moving here because it's a great scene; the current blues scene is already nationally envied.

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