© 2022 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
KCUR FM is currently operating at lower power. KCUR HD1 and HD2 are off air while Kansas City PBS performs repair work. Signals will be restored this afternoon.
Arts & Life

Fiddler Betse Ellis Releases New CD


Betse Ellis, the fiddle player for old-time country band The Wilder, talks about her new CD.

By Alex Smith


Kansas City, MO – Fourteen years ago, fiddle player Betse Ellis joined with fellow local musicians Ike Sheldon and Phil Wade to form the Wilders, a band specializing in the country music of the '20s, '30s and '40s which used to be called hillbilly. Since then, the group, which now also includes bass player Nate Gawren, has recorded four full-length CDs, and they continue to tour extensively in the US and Europe. Ellis has recently released her own solo CD, entitled Don't You Want To Go, as a way to explore more of her folk, blues, rock and even classical influences.

Fiddle player and singer Betse Ellis spoke to Alex Smith. You can hear her perform solo next at the Czar Bar on Wednesday, February 10th.

This story was produced for KC Currents. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast.

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and powerful storytelling.
Your donation helps make non-profit journalism available for everyone.