Charisse Lowe Kahler
Charisse's Favorite Web Sites
- The Handlebar in Greenville, SC.
Formerly in an old mill -wood floors,
brick, incredible acoustics, they have recently moved to a bigger building.
The beauty of the place was a bar and restaurant area completely separate
from the concert hall which sat 250 people. Anyone who is a name in acoustic
music has played there. I opened for Greg Brown, Maura O'Connell, and Mickey
Newbury there. Love the place, love the owners, John Jeter and Kathy
- Be Hear Now in Asheville, NC.
Bar's in the same room which makes it a little
but great acts. Played there several times.
- Old Settlers Inn at Moundridge, KS.
A small place with the best and most
loyal audience I've ever seen. And boy, do they make great soup! Two sets
with dinner in between. Miner Seymour books great talent and sells season's
tickets for OSI. The place is so popular you need to get your request in for
seats as soon as you receive the mailer - or you'll lose out! Maybe one of
these days, Miner will book me....maybe an opener?
- The Iron Horse at El Dorado, KS.
Another small venue with a great audience,
owned by Don Koke, a player in his own right.
- Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS.
One of my favorite towns here in Kansas, and
this wonderful old theatre is booked by a number of different groups. I saw
Cheryl Wheeler and Susan Werner there under the auspices of West Side
- The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita.
One of 5 remaining 'atmospheric' theatres.
Gonna take about $4M to put it right, but a new heating system, plumbing,
and seats have been installed over the last few years making it viable
again. Saw Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch, and Kitty Wells there. Talk about your
great room acoustics - this place is phenomenal!
- The Artichoke in Wichita on Murdoch.
The "Choke" is the only acoustic
you can have a beer, and absolutely the best sandwiches in town! Pat and Juanita
truly love music, and are righteous in their bookings! I played there last
February - my first official gig in Wichita. Hey, I need to call Pat....
Musicians & Songwriters
- Susan Werner
Songwriting is flawless, singing is divine. Pretty good
pianist and guitar slinger, too. Fav Susan song? St. Mary's of Regrets and
Your Old Mistake.
- Patty Griffin
Great writing chops - you may not recognize the name -but
you may recognize the song "Let Him Fly" from the Dixie Chicks second CD.
Patty wrote it, and Natalie sings it just like Patty - 'cause as my producer
says ' you can make it different, but you can't make it better!" Fav: Poor
Man's House and Let Him Fly.
- Dee Carstensen -
plays the harp, a little more on the pop side, but
intelligent lyrics and cool melodies. Did I mention that she plays the
harp??? Fav: I Want A Savior of My Own
- Pierce Pettis
Folkie turned Nashville writer when Garth covered one of his
tunes. We all hope for that kind of a break. My favorite Pierce song is
- Shawn Colvin -
Great writer, great guitar chops. After Shawn all the new
girl singers suddenly sounded like her. I love almost everything she's
- Chris Smither:
Yeah, the guitar slinger who wrote "Love You Like A Man"
that Bonnie Raitt recorded. Thoughtful songwriter. Add his "Live As I'll
Ever Be CD to your collection. It's been in my car player for 9 months
- Mary McCaslin
No new CDs, but remasters from the late 60s and early 70s - an
under-rated songwriter! I own every album she ever made. Her song "Young
Wesley", and Dust Devils" are favorites.
- The Queen, Joni Mitchell.
She can do no wrong. I love everything she's ever
done. The latest CD of torch songs blew me away.
- Tim Buckley -
he's been dead since 1975 - but put your hands on the
remastered CDs, he was a great songwriter with a passionate voice. Tim died
of a heart attack at 28. Father of the belated Jeff Buckley. .
- Tim Hardin -
wrote "If I Were a Carpenter". Great unique voice and style.
Long gone, find the remasters...
- Laura Nyro
She was out there before just about anyone else. Soulful and
emotional, tough lyrics. One of my favorite albums of all time is her "New
York Tendaberry". It's raw and it tears you apart. My heart broke when she
died of cancer.
- Jesse Winchester -
Been around a long time. Real R&B quality to his writing,
beautiful voice. Everyone records his material from Winona to Emmylou.
- Gillian Welch:
love her for that Appalachian sound.
- Gordon Lightfoot
a great songwriter, check out the old stuff like Canadian
- Larry McDoniel One of our favorite guitar pickers is Larry McDoniel from Derby, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita. Larry can play anything from blues to folk to rock to bluegrass. He’s got a mighty nice stable of guitars, and I have forever labeled him “The Guitar Devil” because he converted me to a Taylor player…. Larry was the guiding force behind our now defunct trio Thursday Night Therapy, and recorded the homemade CD “He’s Gone to Tucson” for me in my former Wichita living room. If Steve and I ever make it back from Arizona, TNT will no doubt ride again….. Larry recently paid me the ultimate compliment by working up a beautiful instrumental version of my song Storm Season, and adding it to his repertoire. We love ya, Larry and Teresea!
- John Hartford
- Dirk Powell clawhammer banjo, fiddler
- Tim O'Brien
- J. P Fraley, fiddler
- Norman Blake
- Michele Turner
The best undiscovered clawhammer player in the US. Maybe
the world! In fact, if angels play clawhammer banjo, she may be the best up
there when she knocks on Heaven's door
She just might show up at Winfield
. She is with The Blue Ridge Rounders and now plays bass with them.
- Dwight Diller
Dwight has a very melodic style that sounds much like Michele Turner's style.