Bill Brownlee

Associate editor of the newsletter Rock & Rap Confidential, Danny Alexander is a music journalist based in the Kansas City area. He teaches writing and literature at Johnson County Community College. In spring 2016, University of Texas Press will publish his new book Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige.

A legitimate rock star is leading a life of quiet anonymity in Johnson County.

As front man for the abrasive rock band Sevendust, Lajon Witherspoon has spent decades cultivating a rebellious image. When he’s not on stage, though, he embraces tranquil suburban domesticity.

“I've been wanting to be a part of this Kansas City lifestyle for a long time,” he insists. “I don't think people know that I even lived here.”