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Boomerang Sky's debut EP will be released June 11.
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Boomerang Sky, the newest project from Joe Atkinson, is preparing to release a debut EP on June 11.  Atkinson spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt via Zoom about writing, recording, and quarantine listening, and he shared some acoustic songs in a virtual live session.

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Dayton bluegrass six-piece Stringus Khan are set to release their debut album this month, called "Colorado Speed Bump." The band returned to the WYSO studios to play some live cuts and spin tracks from the new album, and talk with host Juliet Fromholt about band happenings since their last visit to the show.

Stringus Khan will celebrate their new album "Colorado Speed Bump" at Blind Bob's on March 13th with California Howdy, ahead of its wide release on March 18th.

EmiSunshine/Evan Miller

The 15-year-old country music star EmiSunshine is currently making a tour of the United States, and making a couple of stops in Ohio along the way. The singer, born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, made a detour to WYSO's studios to talk with Niki Dakota on Excursions about her music career (starting at age 9), her tour behind her latest album Family Wars, and play a few songs live on air.

Utilizing both stages at the Brightside Music and Event Venue in downtown Dayton, the 2020 Sound Valley Winter Music Festival will showcase a variety of local and regional artists including Shrug and The Katawicks, winners of the inaugural Dayton Battle of the Bands. Billy Swayne (Neo American Pioneers), Kyleen Downs and Eman Jones and KB, along with Sound Valley's Zac Pitts, visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the event live on Kaleidoscope.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
McGuff and the Dumpster Fires / Facebook

Playing together for over five years, Dayton's McGuff and the Dumpster Fires have decided this year to close the book on the band, and play one last show at the end of the month to celebrate. McGuff and the Dumpster Fires made a final visit to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope, and to talk with host Juliet Fromholt about the final show, and the history of the band since the beginning.

Mud Run Conservancy

The Mud Run Conservancy is hosting another benefit concert this year to support their efforts to preserve and mantain the waterways of the Mud Run Creek, this event a music festival curated by local musician "Crazy Joe" Tritschler (of Crazy Joe and the Mad River Outlaws). Tritschler, along with Mud Run Conservancy board member Carol Culbertson and volunteer (and WYSO alum) Kathy Estep, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk about the event, play a few tunes, and talk WYSO history through the decades.

Scary Hotel
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Scary Hotel began as a solo poject for songwriter Mikey Chappell, but a move to Dayton gave way to a full band.  The group's first full-length album, Love Like You're Lonely, was released in 2019, and now they're preparing for a lots of live shows in 2020.  Scary Hotel visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about album, upcoming shows, and more.

Ohio singer-songwriter Jack Ballengee-Morris will be performing at The Brightside Music and Event Venue this Wednesday night, opening for Milwaukee, WI-based folk duo Dead Horses. Ballengee-Morris, alongside James Hendrickson on bass and Peter Fox on cello, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk to Niki Dakota about the show tonight and give us a taste of what's to come.

Shane Cooley in the WYSO studio
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Austin-based band Shane Cooley and the Midnight Girls will return to Ohio for a series of late January performances.  Shane Cooley visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Kaleidsocope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the band's forthcoming album, the upcoming shows, and more.

The Paint Splats' Brandon Berry in the WYSO studio
Connor Jameson / WYSO

With two releases late in 2019, The Paint Splats are already beginning to record their next album.  Brandon Berry, the main creative force behind the band, visited the WYSO studios to play an acoustic set live on Kaleidoscope.  He talked with host Juliet Fromholt about evolving as a songwriter, writing, recording and more.

The Paint Splats will perform at South Park Tavern on Saturday, February 1 with Sadbox.

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