A series of virtually hosted events celebrating
the rich cultural musical diversity of FAR-West.
Monday, July 19th, 2021, 7-9 PM PDT
FAR-West Community Spotlight on KC Cafe Radio
Hosted by Kathy Forste
Featuring Josie Bello, David G Smith,
Kerry Patrick Clark and Kathy Forste
KC Café Radio has been brewing original music since 2008. KC Café Radio is a 24/7 internet radio station playing original unsigned artists that you would hear in a coffeehouse setting. Boasting over 8,000 songs on their playlist from artists from all 50 states and 20 different countries. KC Café Radio has been a FAR-West Media Partner for the last several in person conferences, providing audio live-streaming and recorded coverage of our Venues Choice Concert, Official Showcases and the Best of the West Awards. Sample the recorded audio of these programs from the 2019 conference in Woodland Hills, CA.
Josie Bello is a songwriter for Country artists who are looking for songs that suit their performance goals and vocal styles. Her music tells stories with themes that are at once timely and timeless. She was born and raised in NYC and currently hails from Long Island, NY. Josie’s two studio albums “Have Purpose Live Long” (2020) and “Can’t Go Home” (2018) have received extensive U.S. & International radio play with the albums and individual tracks appearing on radio charts. https://josiebello.com/home
David G Smith is a 2008 International Song Competition 1st Place Winner. His songs have been featured on TNT, Lifetime Network & Travel Channel. His music is a blend of Folk, Americana, Country & Blues. David is an acoustic solo performer bringing a lyric intensive style featuring guitars & resonator with music and a voice that ranges from dirt-funk to intimate. davidgsmithmusic.com
Kerry Patrick Clark is a musical Norman Rockwell. His palette is a simple 12-note scale, a 6-string guitar and one voice that seeks to sing hope into the human experience. His songs are the compass that points the heart home. Kerry is a former member of the folk group, The New Christy Minstrels, a Martin Guitar Preferred artist and the singer/songwriter of the #1 folk song of 2014 (In A Perfect World) and the #1 Roots Music Reports Holiday Album of 2016 AND 2017 (The Heart Of Christmas)! Kerry’s 9th CD, What A Show is climbing the RMR Folk/Contemporary Folk Charts! kerrypatrickclark.com
Kathy Forste Over the past 30 years she has worked in television and radio in various capacities and now teaches guitar and ukulele full-time in Lee’s Summit, MO. Her live career started in a little coffee shop in Oklahoma City and since then she has played everywhere from Seattle, WA to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. She started KC Café Radio in 2008 as a way to help other singer-songwriters be heard. Kathy is a member of Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Songwriters Group, and a board member of Women on the Rise – A Force in Music. https://kathyforstemusic.com/
FAR-West Community Programming – Born from a union of connection and diversity. Just as a large city has many neighborhoods with distinct flavors, full of unique people drawn together, FAR-West has dozens, maybe hundreds of groups of people with common bonds spread throughout our region.
Commonalities can include cities, rural or suburan locations, many styles of music, or dance, or spoken word arts. It can be a product of age, or appreciation of nature, or of bookstores and the variety of listeners, players and presenters they attract and so much more.
In our Community programming, we will be reaching out all over the West (and possibly even beyond) to present a platform where we can all learn and appreciate more about our region. What are they up to? How do they do it? What can I learn from them? What do I have to offer them to help them with their needs?
Our diversity makes us richer. Knowing about each other makes us stronger. We learn from and inspire each other. Tune into FAR-West Community programming. It’s musical and cultural vitamins for your artistic life.
Press Release: Community
Date: July 2nd, 2021
By: Jeanette Lundgren,
FAR-West Board Secretary
& Communications Director