KKFI Presents Brewer and Shipley with Special Guests Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter and Danny Cox
MICHAEL BREWER & TOM SHIPLEY are truly two who work as one. Still as passionate as ever, they continue to blend guitars and voices and perform for audiences 40 years after their trademark vocal harmonies and intertwined acoustic guitars carved a unique niche in America's soundboard. Their melodic music and underlying lyrical themes of personal freedom and traditional songs of love still resonate with long time fans while continuing to draw new ones.
Brewer & Shipley's Top 10 hit "One Toke Over The Line" was largely responsible for introducing them to the masses, yet their music careers neither began nor ended with this one song. (back) "One Toke Over The Line" became a hit single record, but that was a small measure of the impact Brewer and Shipley had on people who listened to the sound they had created. Album buyers understood that these men were designers, not pop music freaks, and as prolific as they were, they didn't write songs to any formula. Each album, from Down In L.A. to Heartland, was a meticulously woven tapestry of fabric they had invented one song at a time.
Brewer & Shipley have recorded albums for four different labels, A&M Records, Buddah/Kama Sutra Records, Capitol Records, and their own One Toke Productions. They have created timeless music that has spanned 40 years, 50 states and many countries. Brewer & Shipley ... two guys, two guitars, two great voices still blending as one.
Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter of The Rainmakers
Bob Walkenhorst has been a presence in the music scene for over 25 years. From his early bar days with the band Steve Bob & Rich, to his years of international acclaim as songwriter and lead singer for The Rainmakers, Bob's unique vocals and viewpoints have gathered him a dedicated following. His acoustic performances feature many Rainmakers favorites, as well as new songs from his ongoing songwriting adventures. Joining Bob on guitar and piano is long-time Kansas City musician Jeff Porter, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Their acoustic performances have the strength and professionalism that have come with years in the music business, but maintain the joy and spontaneity of true believers who discover something new every time they play.
Danny Cox was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1967. As a youth, he sang in a church choir together with Rudolph Iseley, and in the 1960s he started his professional career performing on a Hootennany Folk Tour.
Cox has recorded albums for ABC Dunhill, Casablanca, MGM and others. He also partnered a company called Good Karma Productions, run by Vanguard Coffee House (K.C.) owner Stan Plesser, who managed the acts of folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley, Southern rock band The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and his own career.
On January 6, 2008, a fire destroyed his house and livelihood. Several benefit concerts were organized by local musicians, the last of which was "Raise the Roof" in September 25, 2010, enabling Danny Cox and his family to rebuild it.
Cox now writes jingles and works with children's theaters.
September 2011 Cox recorded the long awaited "KANSAS CITY-WHERE I BELONG" at Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City, MO. Produced by Dr. Roger Coleman, filmmaker Benjamin Meade and musician Bob Walkenhorst, the CD (along with a short film entitled "Up Close and Personal" by Benjamin Meade) was released January 2012 by Pilgrim Chapel Music in Kansas City, MO. Included are tracks that Cox wrote more than 30 years ago along with more recent material featuring his son Joseph. The package artwork features several drawings by Cox and was designed by Amy Young.
In 2012 Cox wrote the music, lyrics and starred for the show "Fair Ball", a musical play about the dramatic history and courage of the men and women who played against all odds of racial segregation, including the "Jim Crow" laws, in the Negro Leagues baseball leagues. The musical is a revision of The Monarchs of KC and includies new songs, characters and true stories from a tumultuous and entertaining era of baseball history.
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