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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Katy & Go-Go

What's new?

Katy & Go-Go recently became Katy Guillen & Kelsey Cook & Tim Braun (official band name TBA!).  Both Go-Go and I are in multiple projects, and one of Go-Go's bands has been touring more often the last couple of months and will be in the months to come, making him unavailable to play with me. We decided that my songs and the music need to continue onward. With the new band, we will most likely release an album within the next year. 

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

Lick-driven soulful rock.

What's your favorite KC venue, and why?

The Brick, because not only does it always have great food and music but Sheri Parr gave Katy & Go-Go our first steady gig, which allowed us to build our first steady following. Also, RecordBar for their professionalism and respect for the artist.

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

I have stayed in Kansas City because it has been a solid foundation for me my whole life. I grew up playing music in Kansas City and have met and played with a multitude and variety of amazing local musicians — everything from the blues at B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ with John Paul and Bill Dye to flamenco with Beau Bledsoe. My roots are here in the relationships I've cultivated with the artistic community.

Also nominated: Linda Shell & the Blues Thang, Trampled Under Foot


COUNTRY/ROCKABILLY

Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company

What's new?

We're in the early stages of putting our third record together. Since our last release, we've put together a ton of new material — a lot of upbeat honky-tonk shuffles, a few ballads, even some western swing tunes. We've narrowed it down to what we feel are the best songs and just finished laying down the foundations for most of them. 

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

We play traditional-styled honky-tonk country but try to keep it fresh. It's a type of music that's still as powerful and relevant as it ever was, but a lot of folks don't even realize that they would like it. Nashville has repurposed the "country" genre, and that current stuff is a turnoff to a lot of people. I call what we do honky-tonk. I'd love it if I could call it country and not be confused with Taylor Swift. 

 What do you like about KC as a music town?

I'm not a Kansas City native, so I didn't know what to expect when I moved here four years ago. What I found was an exciting, cultured community that went out of its way to support the arts. From First Friday events to fantastic music venues to most any kind of restaurant you can imagine, KC's definitely got a healthy dose of culture. Also, being so central, all sorts of bands come through the area all the time. We've made and maintained tons of friendships due to that.

The Crybaby Ranch

What's new?  

Nothing too new to speak of. Still plugging along and learning a few new tunes here and there. We are hoping to record our first album together this fall. We recorded a one-song demo almost two years ago — it seems we're finally ready to commit to a full-length.

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

Oh, we'd hope the critics would say something about how we're an energetic six-piece and how we're a standout with harmonies and fun arrangements of classic western swing, honky-tonk and rockabilly songs as well as some swell original tunes by the three muses in the group. And maybe something about how there's really no one like us in KC. And how Lucky Lindy tears it up on guitar. And how you can't help but dance when listening to us.

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