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SoundCheck: Jimmy Rea's Confluence gets the creative juices flowing

Courtesy of Jimmy Rea

Jimmy Rea will be on Studio Live Friday, January 12, 2024 from noon to 1. Be sure to catch him for an in-person concert at Studio Live Social Hour at Mother's Brewing Company from 6-8 pm that same night.

Singer/songwriter/producer Jimmy Rea was recently the recipient of a grant from New Music USA to record an album spanning generations of Ozarks musicians. The result is Jimmy Rea's Confluence, a collection of 12 songs featuring over 20 musicians from the area.

Jessica Gray Balisle, a Springfield native, grew up listening to KSMU. When she's not wrangling operations and compliance issues, she co-hosts live music show Studio Live and produces arts and culture stories. Jessica plays bass in local band the Hook Knives. She and her husband Todd live with their two cats, Ellie and Jean-Ralphio, and way too many house plants.