Host Diana Linn is still recovering from last week’s Folk Alliance International Music Conference in Kansas City. This week’s show will begin to scratch the surface of the new music and artists discovered in the hallways and showcase rooms at the Westin Crown Center.
Joining Diana Linn on the phone to bring KKFI listeners up to date on their music projects and shows will be Savanna Chestnut in the 11 am hour and Leah Sproul at 11:30.
Raised in the boondocks of Kansas, Savanna Chestnut is a Country music singer/songwriter whose music reflects her roots. Growing up in Americus (a small farm town), Savanna developed a love for the sweet, twangy sounds of old school country music, and that is exactly what she aims to bring back to the modern country scene. Savanna started writing and performing around age 13 and she constitently tours around the country playing a wide variety of venues, festivals, fairs and events. She has opened for acts like Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Tanya Tucker, Ned Ledoux, Sunny Sweeny, Ward Davis, Granger Smith, Restless Heart, and Shenandoah and more. Savanna was a contestant on season 20 of The Voice earning a spot on Blake Shelton’s team. Her song “Prairie Fire”, the title track of her most recent album made it to the top 60’s on the Texas Regional Radio Charts in 2020. She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards for 4 years running from 2017 to 2021. Savanna writes her songs for, and about the folks that still love true country music. She brings a traditional sound to the table, with a simple, yet poetic songwriting style.
Leah Sproul comes from a family of European opera stars, suburban church organists, flower child Reggae guitarists, and breezy Western campfire pickers. She was bound to have an eclectic sound and set of influences. She has a voracious interest in music of all genres, having earned a doctorate in music composition from UMKC conservatory. But her mother tongue, the voice where she’s at her most vulnerable and honest, is that of the achy-breaky, belting balladeer. It’s found in country, folk, and those genres that give equal weight to words and music. It’s in the storytelling where some of the deepest human connections are forged.