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Arch City Radio Hour: Songbird Cafe STL / Steve St. Cyr Interview

(Courtesy of Mike Schrand)


Interview with Steve St. Cyr, producer of Songbird Cafe, a St. Louis-based concert series with singer-songwriters performing their material in a stripped-down, intimate, in-the-round performance space.  Host Nick Garcia and St. Cyr discuss how a business trip to Nashville inspired the creation of Songbird Cafe.  We'll also play a few examples of some performances from the Songbird Cafe which took place at St. Louis Public Radio's home in Grand Center this past December.


"Worn Hands" /Jenny Roques

"Chester and the Tarot Card Queen" / John Wendland (w/Andy Ploof)

"Sugar In The Gourd" / Ryan Spearman

Mike Schrand began his radio career at St. Louis Public Radio as a live recording intern from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as Jazz ‘Till Dawn producer and host and weekend announcer, occasional engineer for Jazzstream With Walter Parker and Jazz Unlimited and Morning Edition engineer and producer. From 1992 to 1995, Schrand worked in the corporate world, but returned as a weekend announcer in 1995. In 1996, Schrand was hired as St. Louis Public Radio Traffic Director and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in 1998 and Program Director in 2001. In his spare time he writes, sings, and plays bass in the local roots quartet Salt Of The Earth, and enjoys down time with his family in St. Louis City.
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