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Kansas Music and Musicians of Note

This is a beginning attempt to provide a listing with links to information on Kansas musicians and music on the Internet. It is far from complete in its coverage of people, places, time and genres.

The information here was provided by librarians primarily from Kansas as a basic resource.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center
http://www.kansasfolk.org/

Kansas Music Educators Association
http://www.ksmea.org/home/index.php

Kansas Music Hall of Fame
http://www.ksmusichalloffame.org/

Kansas State Picking and Fiddling Championship
http://www.kansasfiddlingandpicking.org/

Messiah Festival of Music & Art (Lindsborg, Kansas)
http://www.bethanylb.edu/messiahfestivalofthearts.html

Arts and Entertainment, Topeka
http://cjonline.com/life/arts-entertainment
(provided by the Topeka Capital Journal)

Country Stampede
http://www.countrystampede.com/
(Country music concert held at Manhattan, Kansas, each summer)

Sunflower Music Festival
http://www.sunflowermusicfestival.org/

The Winfield Music Home Page
http://www.ausbcomp.com/~bbott/music/
(Winfield is famous for its Blue Grass Festival)

Walnut Valley Music Festival (Winfield, Kansas)
http://wvfest.com/
Some Kansas bands and singers listed on the site (check under performers): Last Kansas Exit, Spontaneous Combustion, The Plaid Family, Bluegrass Country Boys, Prairie Rose Wranglers, Connie Dover, Live Bait with Mackie Redd,

"They're Playing Our Song: Community Bands in Kansas"
http://www.kshs.org/p/online-exhibits-they-re-playing-our-song-introduction/10555
(A great online exhibit provided by the Kansas State Historical Society of the various bands that have entertained Kansans through the years)
The Society also has a transcription of an article online, "The First Kansas Band" at:
http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-historical-quarterly-the-first-kansas-band/12683

MUSICIANS, BANDS, ETC.

Ann Zimmerman (guitarist, singer and composer)
http://www.annzimmerman.com/

Arnold Moore (blues singer - 1914-2004)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Moore

Brian Lewis (violinist)

http://www.music.utexas.edu/directory/details.aspx?id=147

Byron Berline (fiddler - born in Wichita, Kansas)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Berline

Buck Clayton (jazz musician - 1911-1991)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_Clayton

Carson J. Robison (cowboy musician - 1890-1959)
http://www.kansasfolk.org/stories/sp00307.htm
http://library.pittstate.edu/spcoll/ndxrobison.html

Charles L. Johnson (composer of ragtime and popular music - 1876-1950)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_L._Johnson

Charlie Parker (jazz musician and composer - 1920-1955)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Parker
http://www.kshs.org/portraits/parker_charlie.htm

Chely Wright (country music)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chely_Wright
http://chely.com/

Chester Allen Thomas (jazz musician - born: 1957)
http://www.smooth-jazz.de/Artists4/Thomas.htm

Chuck Mead (country music, member of BR5-49 band)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR549
http://www.lawrence.com/news/2004/jun/15/chuck_mead/

Coleman Hawkins (jazz musician - 1904-1969)
http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/coleman-hawkins/12083
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleman_Hawkins

Dodge City Cowboy Band
http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/dodge-city-cow-boy-band/12037
http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-historical-quarterly-the-dodge-city-cowboy-band/13097

Eva Jessye (choral conductor/director - 1895-1992)
http://library.pittstate.edu/spcoll/ndxjessye.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Jessye

Freedy Johnston (singer and song writer)
http://www.freedyjohnston.com/

Gail Kubik (1914-1984)
http://www.nhptv.org/kn/itv/mcd/kubik.htm

Howard Haskin (operatic tenor)
http://www.howardhaskin.com/

James A. King (operatic tenor - born: 1925)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_King_%28tenor%29

Janelle Monáe (indie pop and soul singer, songwriter)
http://www.jmonae.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janelle_Mon%C3%A1e

Jay Ungar
(Folk musician and composer. Attended Kansas State University)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Ungar
http://cjonline.com/opinion/2011-06-21/letter-kansas-connection
http://www.kstatecollegian.com/news/jay-ungar-and-molly-mason-perform-at-kansas-state-university-1.1880166

Jennifer Knapp (Christian Folk-Rock musician - born: 1980)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Knapp
http://www.jenniferknapp.com/

Joe Walsh (guitarist and rock musician - 1947- )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Walsh

John Joseph (J.J.) Richards (band music)
http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/learning_tools/hall_of_composers/richards.htm

Judy Coder (Western/Cowgirl musician)
http://www.judycoder.com/

Kansas (rock band with members from Kansas)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_%28band%29
Band member: Kerry Livgren
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Livgren
(Other bands which came out of this group, Kansas II and Proto-Kaw are mentioned in this article too)
Article on Kansas from Kansas 150 SLK blog
http://kansas150slk.blogspot.com/2010/05/rock-band-kansas.html

Karen Mueller (autoharpist)
http://www.karenmueller.com/
http://www.karenmueller.com/showrelease.html?id=6

Kelley Hunt (singer and song writer)

http://www.kelleyhunt.com/biography.html

Kelly Wertz (folk musician)
http://www.wertsmusic.com/

Louis T. "Moondog" Hardin (musician and beat poet - 1916-1999)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog

Mark Schultz (contemporary Christian musician)
http://markschultzmusic.com/home/

Marshall's Civic Band (Topeka, Kansas)

http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/mcb/

Martina McBride (country musician - born: 1966)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martina_McBride

Melissa Etheridge (singer - born 1961)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_Etheridge
http://www.melissaetheridge.com/

Central States District Men's Barbershop Choruses
https://www.centralstatesdistrict.com/district_choruses.html
---Orphans (1954 SPEBSQSA Quartet Champions)

Merle Evans (Ringling Bros. Circus band leader/composer - 1892-1987)
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/cherokee/library2/biography/MEvans.html

Ottawa Suzuki Strings
http://www.ottawasuzukistrings.org/

Pleasant Valley Gang
http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/pleasant-valley-gang/12171

Queen Bey (jazz musician)

http://www.queenbey.com/

Samuel Ramey (opera singer - born: 1942)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ramey

Stan Kenton (jazz pianist, and bandleader - 1911-1979)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Kenton

Sweet Adelines Midwest Plains, Region 7 (Women's Barbershop)
http://www.sweetadelinesregion7.com/
---Zing! (2010 International Sweet Adelines Quartet Champions)
---Classic Edition (1998 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions)
---Shondells (1977 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions)

Thurlow Lieurance (1978-1963)
http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/thurlow-lieurance/12131

Topeka Festival Singers
http://topekafestivalsingers.org/main/

OTHER PLACES TO LOOK: Kansas State Historical Society web site
http://www.kshs.org
(Try searches in the search box at the top of the page for terms like: musicians and music)


|     Last modified: Jan 25, 2012