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The 10 Best Songs To Come Out Of Kansas City In 2020

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One of Bill Brownlee's favorite songs of 2020 is “Acting Normal” from Kansas City pop trio Blackstarkids.

In spite of the pandemic, a lot of great music came out of Kansas City this year. Here are the songs music critic Bill Brownlee was especially impressed with.

  1. Joyce DiDonato — Tu ben degno sei dell'allor from the album “Handel: Agrippina”
  2. Blackstarkids — Acting Normal from the album “Whatever, Man”
  3. Bobby Watson — Condition Blue from the album “Keepin’ It Real”
  4. Katy Guillen & The Drive — No Control from the EP “Dream Girl”
  5. Flutienastiness — AlterEgo from the album “This Is Me”
  6. Kevin Morby — Sundowner from the album “Sundowner”
  7. The Freedom Affair — I Know Better from the album “Freedom Is Love”
  8. The Black Creatures — Wretched (It Goes) from the album “Wild Echoes”
  9. Hermon Mehari — Eritrea from the EP “A Change for the Dreamlike”
  10. Shy Boys — “Talk Loud from the album “Talk Loud”

Bill Brownlee is a music critic and blogger at There Stands the Glass and Plastic Sax.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.