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Arts & AGEing performance in San Francisco!

Please help! We need your financial support!  For the past eight weeks I’ve been working a job that has opened my heart more than I imagined. Arts & AGEing KC hired me to write a song with a group of elders in an independent living retirement village. (It just happened to be the one my own Tiny Grama lives in!) We have had a BLAST! Not only did we write a full song about a mother’s unconditional love for her child and the different stages they both go through, but we also learned American Sign Language for some of the words. Every single one of us has learned and become healthier people because of it. Now Arts & AGEing has been invited to perform a play about ageism, “Dancing With Crows Feet,” that was written and directed by the organizations founder, Deb Campbell, at the International Congress on Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine in San Francisco July 23-27! This is a HUGE honor! The conference only happens every four years. Will you help us get the funds to go? I believe there will be 6 or 7 of us needing airline tickets and hotel fares. Please watch the video on this Indigogo campaign and give how you’re able. THANK YOU! And please JOIN US on April 26, 2017 at the Gladstone Community Center for a performance of our song, as well as exhibitions of other art projects that area retirement homes have participated in as a part of the same Arts & AGEing KC program. More information HERE.

Kasey with her Tiny Grama and another participant in the Arts and AGEing songwriter workshop. February 23, 2017. Photo by Deb Campbell.

Kasey Rausch’s Country Duo at Sun Studio!

PBS Sun Studio Session to air nationwide.

The Country Duo (Kasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini) are honored to have been invited by the legendary Sun Studio (recording home to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis) to film an episode for the PBS Sun Studio Sessions. The duo will return to Memphis, TN on August 13 for a special public concert at Otherlands before filming the television show live in Sun Studio on August 14, 2016. This comes after The Country Duo made an impromptu recording at the historic studio in March of 2016. Look for the 45 RPM vinyl to be released this Fall. The 8th season of the PBS Sun Sessions will begin airing on PBS across the US in the Spring of 2017. Visit the Sun Studio Sessions YouTube Channel to watch episodes from the previous seven seasons including performances and interviews by: Margo Price, Jakob Dylan, Aoife O’Donovan, Justin Townes Earle and many more. Subscribe to Kasey Rausch’s Country Duo email list at to stay updated on upcoming shows and releases.

The Country Duo is Kansas City’s Kasey Rausch and Marco Pascolini. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, a pedal steel, and a passion for good ol’ country music, you’ll hear them play Rausch’s original country folk tunes as well as the classics from Patsy to Merle, Gram to Emmylou. Spring of 2016 found the duo playing in Nashville, Tennessee at the Station Inn with Grammy winners The Roland White Band, watching the Grand Ole Opry from the stage, and touring through Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.
Kasey Rausch is a 4th generation songwriter, musician and co-producer of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM. Her family and musical roots can be found in Parkville, Kansas City, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas (home of the legendary Walnut Valley Festival), and deep Southeast Texas. Rausch’s third album Guitar in Hand (MudStomp Records 2014) debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s weekly entertainment guide. She was named 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM, sharing the stage with Joe Ely, Peter Rowan, Roland White, Kris Delmhorst, Jack Williams and many more.

Marco Pascolini is the stuff of guitar legends. For more than twenty years he has forged his path as one of the most well-respected musicians in Kansas City. Recognized as one of the region’s most influential musicians, his talent across a multitude of instruments has been acknowledged in numerous music media including The Kansas City Star and The Pitch, among others. Be it an electric guitar or a pedal steel in his hands, you’ll find him touring with Kasey Rausch’s Country Duo or on stage in his home town with Mr. Marco’s V7, The Naughty Pines or songwriter extraordinaire Scott Hrabko.

New Song Released with Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra!

Click HERE to download “This Little Crow!” A portion of the proceeds from this song will go towards a college fund for Kasey Rausch’s daughter. Recorded in March 2015 by Rob Nold Audio, Kasey Rausch, with the pride of Kansas City, Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra, “This Little Crow” is a song written by Kasey for all you parents out there who have “babies” about to fly. It’s about being so proud to “cut the apron strings” as you recognize that you’ve raised your young’n up just fine and it’s time to watch them take off in flight. It’s a song for my daughter, Kaya, as she graduates high school in May and takes to the wind for a grand new adventure in life…As of today, April 22, 2015, “This Little Crow” is available for download only through BandCamp (and soon CDBaby!)  We’re asking for $3 per download which is a bit unconventional for a single song price, we know, but here’s what you get for that price:  music to keep for the rest of your life, a warm fuzzy heart for knowing that you contributed to a young woman’s college education fund, AND a bonus goose-bumpy feeling because you also contributed to the direct support of Kansas City musicians. Imagine, you could spend that $3 on a single black cup of coffee and it’s gone in 30 minutes…  Thanks for choosing music and community!  Soon, the song will be available for a typical single song price through iTunes, Amazon and all the usual suspects for downloads,but your support through BandCamp and CDBaby for $3 or more is so greatly appreciated. THANKS!IMG_0641This Little Crow - Kasey Rausch Victor and Penny - Natalie McLaws

Studio time w/ Victor & Penny and a House Concert with John Statz!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 | Studio time! House Concert!

I’ll start the day in the studio of Rob Nold Audio to record a brand new song with special guests Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra (bassist Rick Willoughby and clarinet player James Isaac!)  This will be the first of a new series of singles I’ll be releasing this year.  The songs will be available for download only until the time comes that I have 10-12 songs done.  Then we’ll celebrate with an album release.  What fun!  I’ll be calling on some of my favorite bands and musicians from Kansas City and beyond to record a song with me.  The final album will be filled with some of the most beautiful people and music makers I know.  EXCITING!  


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Kasey Rausch plays solo to kick off the evening then passes the guitar on to John Statz of Colorado to celebrate the release of his new album, Tulsa.

For tickets and information contact ChristianAHankel [at] gmail [dot] com.

About John Statz:  After years of DIY touring everywhere from Eastern Europe to Mexico, the Wisconsinite who now resides in Colorado fell in with fellow Midwesterner Jeffrey Foucault, a critically acclaimed songwriter and veteran of the americana circuit. A fan of Statz’s last album (2012’s Old Fashioned, produced by Bo Ramsey), Foucault offered to produce his next record while the two were on tour together in Colorado.The resulting Tulsa is beautiful blend of soft americana and smooth folk with echoes of The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown. “John writes songs you can’t shake,” says Foucault. “They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.”

“Jeff kicked my ass. He pushed me to crank out well-written songs,” continues Statz. “He’s such a great songwriter himself and I felt like I had to step up my game. And then there is the absolutely amazing band…” The band John speaks of features Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Mark Spencer (Son Volt) on electric guitars and pedal steel, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, Jeffrey Foucault on guitars and vocals, Caitlin Canty singing harmonies and Matt Lorenz on fiddle.