Howard Iceberg’s ‘Lauren’ is your Folk Alliance International Song of the Day

With the Folk Alliance International Conference kicking off today, we knew we’d need to pick a really spectacular song to end our big FAI song du jour buildup. We landed on one of the conference’s hidden treasures: Kansas City’s own Howard Iceberg. 

If you ask local musicians – particularly the local musicians playing tonight on the FAI’s opening showcase bill – about who is one of Kansas City’s best songwriters, invariably Howard Iceberg’s name comes up. He is spoken of with reverence; his extensive catalog of music – more than 300 songs and several albums – is esteemed as though it were gospel. And in a way, it is. As a part-time lawyer and obsessively compulsive artist, Iceberg has become a community staple. His voice wears its cracks and splinters humbly, and his songs – well, Iceberg is timeless, plain and simple. 

We could have selected any song from Iceberg’s endless batch, but we settled on “Lauren.” 

For more information on the FAI and the upcoming conference, go here

See also:

#23: John Fullbright’s “Gawd Above”
#22: Grant Lee Phillips’ “Walking in the Green Corn”
#21: The Carper Family’s “Foolish Ramblin’ Man”
#20: The Black Lillies’ “The Fall”
#19: Ganstagrass’ “Long Hard Times to Come”
#18: Chuck Mead’s “Girl on the Billboard”
#17: Jordie Lane’s “Feet Fall”
#16: The Howlin’ Brothers “Big Fall” 

#15: Jadea Kelly’s “Lone Wolf”
#14: The Sweet Lowdown’s “Red Shift Blues”
#13: The Stray Birds’ “Time in Squares”
#12: SHEL’s “Lost at Sea” 
#11: Uncle Bonsai’s “Penis Envy”
#10: Miss Tess’ “People Don’t Come Here for Gold”
#9: Baskery’s “The NoNo”

#8: The Farewell Drifters’ “Modern Age” 
#7: Willie Watson’s “Keep It Clean”
#6: Buffalo Tales’ “Puppet Strings”
#5: Sam Baker’s “Slots”
#4: Carolina Story’s “Lonely Without You”
#3: The Lonely Heartstring Band’s “Until I Cross That Line”
#2: Darlingside’s “Terrible Things”

Howard Iceberg is Kansas City’s rock shaman

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