For her 40th Pledge Drive in support of KKFI, Tasty Brew Music Host Diana Linn is pulling out all the stops for a powerhouse two hours of Americana and Roots Music. Returning to the Tasty Brew and joining Diana via phone at 10:30 am Central will be songwriter Eli Lev. At 11:00 Central, plans are to have the amazing Sara Morgan and Kelly to perform live in the studio to lend support for KKFI, their community radio station!
Award-winning singer-songwriter and global citizen Eli Lev’s empathic writing and infectious folk-based sensibility has been his universal passport around the world. Over the last five years, the Maryland-based artist released his epic debut, Four Directions, which compiles four conceptual EPs (All Roads East 2017, Way Out West 2018, Deep South 2019, True North 2021) into one 20-song statement. The indigenous traditions he learned during his time as an eighth grade English teacher on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona were his inspiration for the critically-acclaimed tune tome. Together, the series imaginatively and intrepidly connects spheres and generations within a body of work that is irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and down-to-earth authentic. Eli grew up in the diverse suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, where a blending of incongruous backgrounds made an indelible impact on his pan-culture perspective. Prior to music calling Eli, he studied in Bloomington, Indiana, taught in the US, and lived in Tel Aviv and Andorra, before returning to the US to get a Master’s Degree in English Education.
Sara Morgan has been dazzling country music listeners “in the know” for nearly a decade, according to “Saving Country Music”. From the small town of McGehee, Arkansas all the way to WSM 650 AM in Nashville, TN, she has “taken the stairs” on her journey, some of them with Diana Linn, as she meticulously climbed each step while enchanting audiences across America along the way.
The daughter of an opera singer and a saxophonist, Kelly Hunt was raised in Memphis, TN amidst a motley mélange of musical influences ranging from Rachmaninov to Joni Mitchell to Mississippi John Hurt. She grew up singing in choirs, poring over poetry books, and writing her own music as a matter of course, first on piano then 5-string banjo. After being introduced to the banjo in college while studying French and visual arts, Hunt began to develop her own improvised style of playing, combining old-time picking styles with the percussive origins of the instrument. After college, Hunt embarked on a rambling path through career pursuits in farming, French breadmaking, and visual arts, ultimately landing in Kansas City.
Sara and Kelly will be performing a very special show together at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Friday Night October 13.