Friday, February 23, 2007
Bad Livers- Precious Time
Kansas musician Kirk Rundstrom died yesterday. My friend Tim wrote a wonderful tribute to the man. Kirk is seen to good effect with Split Lip Rayfield in this live performance near Lawrence. Unlike many people I know, I never fell madly in love with the band. My punk-bluegrass heart belongs to the Bad Livers. I'll let this song from their Delusions of Banjer serve as a tribute to Kirk.
Two drummers have also passed. Ian Wallace died yesterday. He played with everyone from King Crimson to Rodney Crowell. Charles Gocher of the Sun City Girls died February 19. I once had a dormitory neighbor from Arizona who claimed the Sun City Girls as his favorite band. That was a rough summer.
Kansas City Click: Many of the region's best indie-rock bands are on the festival-style lineup Friday and Saturday night at The Record Bar for Oxblood Records' debut release party. I'm especially excited about the chance to see the Pedaljets again. Ambitious folk-popper Joel Kraft plays Prospero's Books on Sunday evening.