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Kansas City songwriter Amanda Fish has just proclaimed herself "Free." That's the title song on her newly released sophomore album, after 2015's "Down in the Dirt."

The record reflects Fish's literal and philosophical growth. The older sister of another Kansas City singer, Samantha Fish (who has a few more records to her credit), Amanda started playing music at 18 but set that aside to earn a living. By age 25, she was working as a security guard and unhappy, so she quit to go into music full time.

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Kansas City blues and soul singer Danielle Nicole has a new release, her second solo album, called "Cry No More." For this latest recording, Nicole said she trusted herself and took some chances. She wrote nine of the 14 tracks, including a song about her late father, "Bobby." 

Before she fronted her own band, Nicole sang and played bass in Trampled Under Foot, a blues trio with her brothers, Kris and Nick Shnebelen. 

Clint Ashlock

The Hammond B-3 organ is one of the most recognizable sounds in American music. Kansas City musician Chris Hazelton plays that instrument on his new record, Soul Jazz Fridays, recorded live with his band Boogaloo 7, at the Green Lady Lounge.

Hazelton spoke with the Fish Fry about the history of soul jazz music in Kansas City.

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Today, the Ethics Professors take on what's been a prickly issue for Shawnee Mission schools. Should teachers be allowed to wear safety pins in classrooms?

You know Chuck Haddix as host of KCUR's Fish Fry, but his day job is director of UMKC's Marr Sound Archives. He finds truly surprising audio clips while working there, and he shares some with us in this edition of Up to Date. "It's like Christmas everyday," he says.

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In late July, blues band Levee Town released its first recording in five years. Guitarist and vocalist Brandon Hudspeth has been with Levee Town since the beginning.

A transplant from Oklahoma, Hudspeth moved to the Kansas City area when he was 19. He played in bands, such as The MO City Jumpers, before co-founding The Cobalt Project — and some of the members of that group went on to create Levee Town. 

Though he's known for his blues playing, Hudspeth also has jazz chops.

The Fish Fry, KCUR's blues, jazz, soul, R &B and zydeco program which airs every Friday and Saturday night, turns 30 this year. We talk with host Chuck Haddix about how he got his start and what it takes to party, public radio style, week in and week out.

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Holiday Fish Fry

Dec 27, 2012
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Roll back your Christmas rug for an abbreviated holiday public radio party.

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 James "Yank" Rachell (March 16, 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an American country blues musician, dubbed an "elder statesman of the blues." - Wikipedia

Danny Cox was born in CincinnatiOhio and moved to Kansas CityKansas in 1963.

Mardi Gras At The Fish Fry

Feb 18, 2012

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The Mardi Gras celebration begins this weekend in New Orleans and on tonight's Fish Fry!

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Taj Mahal, Otis Redding, The Mar-Keys

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Ten new albums that have been enjoying quality time with KCUR's Chuck Haddix in 2010

 

Chuck Haddix has been hosting KCUR's The Fish Fry every Friday and Saturday, 8 pm - midnight, since 1985. Haddix is also the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 250,000 sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at The University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Chuck's Top Ten Album Picks for 2010

We can't have a public radio party without Chuck Haddock and his top music picks from this past year.

Chuck Haddock serves up the best in blues, r&b, soul, jumpin' jazz and zydeco on The Fish Fry, every Friday and Saturday night, 8 pm - midnight.

 

 


1.Derek Trucks
Already Free

2. Naomi Shelton and
the Gospel Queens

What Have You Done My Brother

 

Harmonica virtuoso Jason Ricci tells of his influences and idols in the blues, including a very unique encounter with a legend of the Mississippi delta sound.

Fish Fry Host Chuck Haddix talks with Jason Ricci about his influences, idols, and what it's like to play 300 shows a year.

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Listen to hundreds of hours of The Fish Fry in the program archives

Kansas City-born Mark Dufresne talks with Fish Fry host Chuck Haddock about his introduction to the blues, his early days of clubbing, and the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Kansas City , Mo. – Mark Dufresne talks with Fish Fry host Chuck Haddock about his introduction to the blues, his early days of clubbing, and the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1953, he started playing harmonica in his early 20s.

There's a brick building at 31st and Gillham, which has stood for more than eight decades. Most of the time it's been known as the El Torreon, but for three years in the early '70s, it was transformed into the Cowtown Ballroom.

Kansas City, MO – Listen to the extended interview in the Fish Fry archives

One of Kansas City's legendary jazzmen, Alaadeen, stopped by The Fish Fry to talk about his career and the 25th anniversary re-release of The City Light Orchestra's album "Raised Spirits."

Kansas City , Mo. – One of Kansas City's legendary jazzmen, Alaadeen, stopped by The Fish Fry to talk about his career and the 25th anniversary re-release of The City Light Orchestra's album "Raised Spirits."

The Fish Fry's Chuck Haddix talks with blues man Frank Ace, a frequent musical guest at BB's and other area clubs.

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Cedric Burnside, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Bluesman Lightnin' Malcolm is one of the leading younger generation artists on the scene today.

Kansas City, Mo – North Mississippi Hill Country blues artists Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm joined us on The Fish Fry for a chat about their new CD "2 Man Wrecking Crew" and the influence of Cedric's grandfather, the great R.L. Burnside.

KCUR's Chuck Haddix welcomed funk singer Marva Whitney to The Fish Fry, where she talked about her start in Kansas City Kansas and working with the late great James Brown.