The Tasty Brew welcomes Lily B Moonflower and Songs of April and Fools

Kansas based songwriter Lily B. Moonflower joins Host Diana Linn by telephone in the 11 am hour of this week’s show.  Lily will be opening for Columbia, Missouri’s Burney Sisters.

Lily B Moonflower is a songwriter with a velvet voice and a performer that finds joy in sharing her lifelong craft, carrying on traditions of roots music, and connecting with the souls of the world thru song. She refers to her style of music as, Folk ‘n Roll With A Twang. Lily’s handscripted lyrics are uniquely crafted and are delivered with grace and grit. She is able to connect with her audience on a profound level and leaves a lasting impression on the folks she meets. Her original songs are like colorful sonic tapestries that uplift any spirit. Her style of writing reflects her genuine soulshine and her unique perspective.

Olivia, Emma, and Bella Burney are a seismic sister trio with an ever-evolving folk/rock/Indie sound. Both older sisters dabbled in instrumental music lessons at an early age (Olivia on piano; Emma on violin) but their interest quickly waned. The traditional childhood music repertoire just wasn’t their jam. Instead, the girls steeped themselves in popular music and daily family singalongs. In this music rich environment, the girls honed their vocal skills and grew conversant with harmony. Learning to sing together was built upon “what sounded right.” And it was magical. The girls’ abilities grew at a pace and proficiency that immediately set them apart—even garnering them an invitation to provide back up vocals on a friend’s album. That serendipitous experience proved to be pivotal.  Both girls agreed, performing was fun, but now they really wanted to play “their own stuff.”

Olivia began to play around on an old guitar at home, but ultimately, it was the one dollar garage sale ukulele that shifted her trajectory. It was now about carving out her own unique sound. Seeing Olivia blaze her own way was formative for Emma. Almost immediately, she picked up the guitar, followed by the bass, banjo and keyboard. And, in a beautiful twist of irony, Emma picked up her PaPa’s fiddle and set her sights on learning as many traditional songs as she could. She succeeded, and she even added cello for added measure and moody texture.

In 2019, the youngest sister, Bella, decided to join her sisters by adding high harmony vocal part on a Christmas single, White Christmas. That production permanently set the stage for a 3rd microphone and sibling harmony that captures the listening ear and hearts of the audience. Not long after that single was released, her instrumental choice became the bass. She would learn on a Hofner bass, bought in part to fit her tiny frame, and as she’s grown to accommodate larger basses, it’s still her favorite choice onstage.

Also highlighted on this week’s show will be songs of April, a new tune from Tasty Brew favorite Sara Morgan and a set from Hayes Carll, Caleb Caudle and Lucinda Williams, all of whom are coming to Kansas City soon for shows at Knuckleheads.  Now that’s Americana!



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