An Evening with Kelley Hunt and Jeff Black

KKFI Presents:

An Evening with Kelley Hunt and Jeff Black

Ernest James Zydeco Duo feat. Barry 'Washboard' Barnes

Fri · December 1, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

KKFI Presents:

Kelley Hunt & Jeff Black

Performing each others songs together!

w/ Special Guests Ernest James Zydeco Duo Feat. Barry 'Washboard' Barnes

6:00p - Doors for VIP & GA

6:30p to 7:00p - VIP Meet & Greet in Gospel Lounge

  • Meet & Greet with Kelley & Jeff
  • Complimentary Drinks(2)
  • Exclusive performance of song or two
  • Reserved seating up front for performance on indoor stage

7:00p to 7:30p - Ernest James Zydeco Duo

7:45p to 9:30p - Kelley Hunt & Jeff Black Duo

Thanks to Kelley, Jeff, Kuckleheads, and YOU! for supporting KKFI -Voice of the Community.

Kelley Hunt
Kelley Hunt
Kelley Hunt's new album, The Beautiful Bones, offers a dozen
superbly crafted songs that blend timeless music with a contemporary perspective –
drawing a bead on modern life with grace, humor and gravity through the earthy poetry
of her lyrics. Those songs are buoyed by a performing style that balances Hunt's
virtuosity with the down-home gospel, soul and R&B that's part of her DNA.
The title track is a perfect example of Hunt's art, with its shimmering guitar and
B-3 organ providing a gorgeously textured canvas for her haunting, soulful voice. And its
storyline is an equally deep illustration of her multi-faceted writing, celebrating both the
joy of life and its impermanence, while quietly reminding that the Earth is a delicate and
mortal place that must be tended to flourish.
"That song was the key to the album's identity," Hunt explains. "I had already
written most of the songs, and felt they were about the things that are important to us all
as people, but 'The Beautiful Bones' connected them. I was inspired by looking out my
kitchen window while I was playing guitar and seeing the bare branches of a tree covered
in snow, and I started to think about the layers we all have in our lives and the
possibilities that come with each of them. Fifteen minutes later the song was done."
Jeff Black
Jeff Black
"His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside"
- No Depression

It's the truth behind what an artist does and the way they choose to do it that defines their art. And while the ways in which audiences get their music has changed, the reasons why a certain kind of artist makes music have remained the same. Call it an uncompromising commitment, an inspired motivation, or just the need to share with and connect to those who listen. For Jeff Black, it is his life's work that has driven him to build a career like few other singer/songwriters in the business. Boston's WUMB listeners voted Jeff Black as one of the top 100 most important Folk artists of the last 25 years.

Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, BlackHawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.

Folklore is the 10th release from the prolific songwriter. Recorded over a 2 day period in Nashville, Tennessee at Arcana Studios, Jeff Black arms himself with a guitar, harmonica and a banjo to traverse the clay-dust roads that trace the cutting edge of pop culture, delivering a collection of modern folk and acoustic classics.
Ernest James Zydeco Duo feat. Barry 'Washboard' Barnes
Ernest James Zydeco Duo feat. Barry 'Washboard' Barnes
Ernest James, a professional zydeco and blues musician for over 15 years, draws on his southern roots to share with his joy in his music. The band’s first shows were in 2004, and they recorded their first professional album in 2008. Their most recent recording, the critically acclaimed "3 Steps from La La,” received Grammy consideration and has drawn accolades from around the globe. 2014 has included several high points, including visiting Europe and headlining the International Cajun and Zydeco Festival in the Netherlands The band also headlined the National Convention for the VFW in St Louis.
Venue Information:
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester Ave
Kansas City, MO, 64120