Wednesday MidDay Medley welcomes Iris DeMent + Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear + Andrew Foshee

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Iris DeMent +
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
+ Andrew Foshee

At 10:00 Mark welcomes back to the show, for their 5th appearance on Wednesday MidDay Medley, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, who will perform live in our 90.1 FM studios. We’ll talk with Madisen and Ruth about their favorite holiday recipes, touring with Sufjan Stevens, meeting Robert Plant, and their upcoming appearance on NBC Television’s Today Show, on Monday, November 23. We’ll talk about their tour through December that ends at the Ryman Theatre in Nashville on December 30th and 31st. And we’ll play their newest single, “Yellow Taxi” from their acclaimed debut album, Skeleton Crew on Glassnote Records. More info at:

At 10:30 Kansas City based singer-songwriter, Andrew Foshee joins us to play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Andrew Foshee’s 2013 release, “Headphones Required” was one of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “113 Best Recordings of 2013.” Andrew Foshee is currently working on a new record with Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Andrew Foshee and his Gosh Darn Band play The Tank Room, 1813 Grand BLVD, on December 5, at 9:00 pm opening for The Grisly Hand. More info at

At 11:15 Mark talks with Grammy nominated singer songwriter, Iris DeMent about her new album, “The Trackless Woods,” her 6th studio album that sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Noted as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova lived through the Bolshevik Revolution, World War I and II, and Stalin. “Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. Iris told us that she spent 5 years writing the songs. The new album was recorded in June, 2014, in her living room in Iowa City, Iowa, with co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), and contributing musicians: Leo Kottke, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, Constie Brown, Bo Ramsey, and others. Through the process of making these poems into songs, Iris was able to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was “just one month shy of being six years old.” Iris said, “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.” Iris DeMent and Pieta Brown play Knuckleheads Saloon, Friday, November 20. More info at:

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