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Arch City Radio Hour: Cree Rider Family Band / Mr. Marcus Talks St. Louis Rap

Cree Rider Family Band

St. Louisan Cree Rider left St. Louis to travel a bit but came back to St. Louis.  He and vocalist Cheryl Wilson (his fiance, the "family" in "Family Band") formed the Cree Rider Family Band, a group who evokes the sound of country music and the backdrop of bars, booze and bent-but-not-broken relationships.  Cree and Cheryl talk to Nick Garcia about how they came to find their sound, about getting your songs on a cable TV show and why St. Louis is such a good place for a musician / artist to live.  They'll also brought the band to play songs from their recent album "One Night Stand" live in the studio.  This round's on us.

Songs performed:

"Kentucky Wind"

"Plain Jane"

"Break Free These Bars"

Cree Rider Family Band on Bandcamp

Cree Rider Family Band on Facebook
Mr. Marcus

Mr. Marcus, who's no stranger to radio, rap, hip-hop and R&B, joins Nick Garcia to talk about what makes St. Louis a confluence for rap/hip-hop/R&B artists and presents what he thinks is the best of the current St. Louis scene.

Gangsta Gritz/ "Leanin'" 

Ms. Kriss / "Call My Name"

Lil' St. Louis (with Yo Gotti) / "I Can't Cook"

Chingy / "Money Disease"

Mr. Marcus on Instagram (private account)

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.