Colorado Playlist – S11 EP07

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1Monday morning.  A recap.  Last week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) was among the most voted in I’ve seen this year so far.  Ginny Mules won big, including not only shear number of votes, but also in its 100% KEEP IT rating, when applied to the total number of votes received.  When fans rally, it’s an indication of fan favor = popularity = something we all strive for.  Popularity, I’ve learned is organic; it happens, or it doesn’t.

Despite the overall popularity of Flobots over the past decade, their new single “Pray” is off to a shaky start, barely managing to break a 50/50 KEEP IT or DELETE IT tie.  Their new album is due out this spring, but I should have more to share in advance in March.

Coming NEXT WEEK / EP08 … the DEBUT of the new Rose Hill Drive album Mania.  After years of speculation that the band had disbanded for good, the trio of two brothers and their best friend that began as children, reemerges not far removed from where they left off, with a guitar fueled, Led Zepplin influenced, hard rock groove sure to put them back at the top of the deck as one of the region’s most popular rock bands – exactly where they left off seven years ago now.    Expect sold out shows and plenty of outdoor festival appearances in 2017.

Also new NEXT WEEK / EP08 = Tiffany Christopher, Shady Elders, Otis Taylor, Deep Pocket Thieves and Bonfire Dub.


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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP07

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) Pint & A Half “Drive Drive Drive” from Boomtown Ghosts (2017)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith in a Man” from Like A King (2012)
The Motet “So High” from Totem (2016)
(N) Dearling “Catch Me If You Can Fly” from Inheritance (2017) 


Dubskin “Release Me” from Release from Fear (2011)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
You Me and Apollo “I Don’t Want to Be Loved” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) High Fiction “Dynamite (feat Ron Miles)” from To Whom It May Concern (2017) 


The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady (Live)” from Alive In America (2006)
(D) Tyto Alba “The Worst In You” from In Our Own Time EP (2017) 


Strange Americans “Alamosa” from A Royal Battle (2012)
(N) John Weeks Band “The Blues Just Got More Blue” from Dark Angel (2017)


Richie Furay “Let’s Dance Tonight” from Heartbeat of Love (2006)
The Rifters “I Got News for You” from Architecture of A Fire (2015)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(N) Petals of Spain “Good Life” from Daydream (2017) 


Megan Burtt and Chimney Choir “Rise and Shine” from In Good Company (2014)
The Cannondolls “Bed on Fire” from Crumbs (2016)
Erik Applegate “Standing Room Only” from Two’s Company (2017)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP06

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1Well, Colorado pretty much got shut out of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards last night. There was no Pretty Lights, no Lumineers, no Gerald Alright …all prior Grammy nominated acts …and no Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.  I’m particularly surprised that the Lumineers did not get enough votes to earn a nomination for their album Cleopatra, that went #1 in both the US and Canada last year.

All that said, Denver’s Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) earned another Grammy for his part as a producer on the multiple Grammy winning  “25” by Adele.  Native Denverite Bill Frisell did earn a nomination for Best Instrumental album for Wish Upon A Star, and former Denver resident Rene Marie was nominated in the Best Vocal Jazz Category for her album Sound of Red.  Of course, my pick for album of the year for 2016 went to the Lumineers, for Cleopatra.

Last week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) was interesting.  Seems like we’ve locked in a pretty steady core group of readers who let me know what they like each week … Patrick Dethlef’s “I Was Your Age,” received a resounding “DELETE IT” vote, along with Spiral Cell‘s “Taste.”  Last week’s winners included the emotional “Sweat” from Michael Hornbuckle and what’s turned out to be a very well received release from the Steve Law Band, who have had two KEEP IT tracks voted on over the past two weeks.

This week’s MMMM includes shares from Dearling, Flobots, and Ginny Mules.  The new Flobots album is due out in May.


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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP06

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Zephyr “I Am Not Surprised” from Sunset Ride (2000)
(D) Dearling “Wild Blue” from Inheritance (2017)


Grim & Darling “Quicksand” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Jeff Finlin “East by West” from The Tao of Motor Oil (2010)
(D) Selina Albright “Eat Something (feat Kay-Ta Matsuno)” from Conversations (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Failing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(N) Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Johnny Hickman “Another Road” from Tilting (2012)
(D) Flobots “Pray (Extended Version)”– single (2017)


Big Gigantic “No Apologies” from Brighter Future (2016)
OneRepublic “Love Runs Out” from Native (2013)
(D) Erik Applegate “Leave Me Be” from Two’s Company (2017)

HOUR 2

The Samples “Feel Us Shaking” from Samples (1990)
(D) Heartstring Hunters “Rich In Love” from Heartstring Hunters (2016)
John Statz “Queen of the Plains” from Tulsa (2015)
The Lovely & Talented “Subbacultcha” from The New American Fable (2010)
(N) Ginny Mules “Corn Liquor” from Ginny Mules (2017)

The Heyday “Had a Feeling” from Till We See the Sun (2010)
John Weeks Band “Closer to Home” from Dark Angel (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Hey Delila” from Black Beehive (2014)
The Hustle Kings “For What It’s Worth (Again)” from Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (2017)
The Motet “Damn!” from Totem (2016)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP05

If you’re thinking, “man, Chris is late getting this up today,” you’re right — overslept by 2 hours.  I blame the second beer yesterday.  Yes, I’m a football freak.  I watch just about any game on tv.  But what the Patriots did yesterday was BEYOND amazing.

In this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) I put a repeat up from late in 2016, that we did not get a chance to vote on … so this week’s new music picks include tracks from Michael Hornbuckle, Patrick Dethlefs, Spiral Cell and the Steve Law Band, who we broke open a new track from this week following the success that he had in last week’s poll.  New cuts from Stella Luce and Russ Hopkins are not included in this week’s MMMM due to lack of an embeddable file.

In last week’s MMMM, the Steve Law Band and Shaley Scott pulled the greatest number of votes, with each winning out with those who voted … and in a surprise, Tennis is the first act to score a 100% DELETE.

New releases hitting my desk this week from Selina Albright (soul / r&b), Gasoline Lollipops (rock, alt-country), and Erik Applegate (jazz).


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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP05

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Jimmy Ibbotson “Saints and Sots” from More Than Mountains (1996)
(N) Michael Hornbuckle “Sweat” from Soulrepo (2016)

String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Jon Snodgrass “Remember My name” from Visitor’s Band (2009)
(D) Patrick Dethlefs “I Was Your Age” from Beauty In the Unknown (2017) 


Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett “Love Grows” from Wailin for Justice (2010)
(N) Russ Hopkins “Pleasant Street” from Kairos (2017)
Achille Lauro “lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
(D) Stella Luce “Bleed” from Bleed (2017)
AdrienneO “Burn” from Elevation (2016)
Xiren “Jesus Was an Alien” from Trip-R (2008)
Jim Stranahan Band “Straight from the Source” from Migration To Higher Ground (2014)

HOUR 2

The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(D) Spiral Cell “Taste” from The Maze In the Tree Rings (2017) 


Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Eurotrash Girl” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
(N) Steve Law Band “What She Gonna Say” from Dancer (2017)

Isa and JoeAlan “Slumlord” from Lifelines (2014)
My Blue Sky “Kick off Them Shoes” from My Blue Sky (2017)
Sherri Jackson “tell me” from Catalyst (2000)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
Instant Empire “Keep Up!” from Keep Up! (2013)
The Apples in Stereo “energy” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Analog Son “Shady Nights” from Stomp and Shout (2015)


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COLORADO PLAYLIST S11 EP04

We’ve settled in nicely for 2017.  New releases for 2017 include:

  1. B-Suite – S/T (Fort Collins)
  2. Cary Morin – Cradle to the Grave (Fort Collins)
  3. Catfish Kray Blues Band – Ripples (Denver)
  4. Dave Beegle – River of Peace (Loveland)
  5. Eric Staumanis – All Your Passing Through (Fort Collins)
  6. Gasoline Lollipops – Resurrection (Boulder)
  7. Ginny Mules – S/T (Denver)
  8. Great American Taxi – Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (Boulder)
  9. Grim&Darling – Indigo (Denver)
  10. High Friction – to: whome it may concern (Denver)
  11. Homebody – Better Use of Leisure Time (Denver)
  12. The Hustle Kings – Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (Denver)
  13. James Egbert – Friction (Denver)
  14. John Weeks Band – Dark Angel (Denver)
  15. The Lindells – Long Holiday Motel (Delores)
  16. Matt Fuller – City Life (Denver)
  17. Michael Hornbuckle – Soulrepro (Denver)
  18. My Blue Sky – S/T (Denver)
  19. Nathaniel Rateliffe & the Night Sweats – A Little Something More From (Denver)
  20. Petals of Spain – Daydream (Denver)
  21. Rossonian – Late Kids EP (Denver)
  22. Russ Hopkins – Kairos
  23. South to Cedars – Sunny State (Fort Collins)
  24. Spiral Cell – The Maze In the Tree Rings (Denver)
  25. Stella Luce – Bleed (Fort Collins)
  26. Steve Law Band – Dancer (Denver)
  27. 5 & Dimer’s – If It’s All A Game (Denver)

Half of that group came in Nov/Dec .. but even factoring that, it looks like we might be headed for a strong year of over 200 new releases.


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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP04

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Think About It” from Acoustic Junction (1996)
(D) Shaley Scott “Careful” [single] (2017) 


Churchill “The War Within” from War Within EP (2013)
John-Alex Mason “Riding On” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011)
(N) Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
String Cheese Incident “Sometimes a River” from One Step Closer (2005)
(D) Steve Law Band “Free” from Dancer (2017)

Rebecca Folsom “Let’s Be Too Much” from Shine (2004)
(D) Tennis “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” from Your’s Conditionally (2016) 

Andy Hackbarth “My Baby Don’t Run” from Treadmill Horses (2013)
The Railbenders “Whiskey Rain” from Segundo (2003)
(D) Matt Fuller’s Simpatico Trio “Emma Sue” from City Life (2017) 


HOUR 2

The Subdudes “All the Time In the World” from Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Grim&Darling “Alchemy” from Indigo (2017) 

The Apples in Stereo “Dancefloor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Follow Me” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
(D) Pamlico Sound “Getcha Self” from Jive Church (2016)

Brothers Keeper “Cold Rain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
Patti Fiasco “Oil” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(N) 5 & Dimer’s “Stop and Smell the Roses” from If It’s All A Game (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Wasting Time” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Please Don’t Tell Her” from Beautiful World (1997)
Space Orphan “Free Swag” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

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CP S11 EP03

Sorry guys .. on vacation this week in NY/NJ … so no extended post .. here’s what got played this week … cya next Monday.

No new show this weekend …

HOUR 1

Gary Stites “Lonely for You” from Lonely for You (1960)
Dean Reed “Our Summer Romance” from Our Summer Romance (1960)
(D) The Hustle Kings “For What It’s Worth (Again)” from Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (2017)
Andy Monley “somewhere” from Triplight (2006)
Soundrabbit “all I need” from Dont Forget to Remember (2016)
Grim & Darling “quicksand” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
(D) South To Cedars “yellow lines” from Sunny State (2017)
Newcomers Home “hold on” from In the Hour (2004)
(D) Rossonian “Late Kids” from Late Kids EP (2017)
Mercury Project “Refuge” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
Megan Burtt “The bargain” from The Bargain (2015)
Gerald Albright “slam dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

HOUR 2

Beast (Colorado) “communication” from Higher…&…Higher! (1970)
(D) Cary Morin “Dawn’s Early Light” from Cradle to the Grave (2017)
Danny Shafer “Small Town Blues” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Pete Pidgeon & ArcodaTonight I’ll be Staying Here With You” from All the Little Things (2016)
(D) Eric Straumanis “Nicotine” from All your passing Through (2017)
Jon Snodgrass “Perfect Match” from Carpet Thief 7″ (2016)
Beki Hemingway “lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Plum “Love is in the air” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Michael Hornbuckle “Sweat” from Soulrepo (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Weight of Matter” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Whiskey Blanket “Pound Boom” from No Object (2010)
Analog Son “Shady Nights” from Stomp and Shout (2015)

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COLORADO PLAYLIST S11 EP02

Good morning, and welcome to a new year – 2017.

One of my goals each week is to expose you to a handful of new releases from Colorado.  (edit Jan 9) I try to get 3-5 new cuts in each week’s show .. this week I debuted 5 new songs.  The Great American Taxi debut is so new they don’t have anything online yet.   Thanks to GAT for allowing me to share new music on the show before they are officially released it. (/edit)

I would love to meet you.  I will be performing at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont on Friday Jan 20 – for my birthday show … and I’ll be at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins on the 27th with my friends Bonnie & the Clydes.  Come out and party with us.


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IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Tennis has a new album due out soon.  Here’s the first official video.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP02

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

The Astronauts “Baja” from Surfing with the Astronauts (1963)
Boenzee Cryque “Ashbury Wednesday” [single] (1968)
(D) Gasoline Lollipops “Love Is Free” [single] (2017)


Joel Ansett “Kingdom Come” from The Nature of Us (2016)
Tennis “Never Work for Free” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
John Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” from Mississippi Mile (2011)
Covenhoven “The Medicine” from The Wild and Free (2015)
Slow Caves “Desert Minded” [single] (2016)
(D) James Egbert & Nina Storey “Sound System” from Friction (2017) 


Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014)
12 Cents for Marvin “Yellow Raincoat Reborn” from The B-Load (2007)
Ben Haugland “Birds of a Feather” from A Million Dreams (2015)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “We Got the Love” from Heartbeat (1982)
(D) Russ Hopkins “Let It Roll” from Kairos (2017)


Andy Palmer “Grrr” from Sometime Around (2011)
The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
Whiskey Blanket “Men of Straw” from Men of Straw (2017)
Rose Hill Drive “pictures of You” from Americana (2011)
Sofie Reed “Box of Prayers” from Baby Boo Got Gone (2004)
The Congress “Loretta” from The Congress (2010)
(D) Ginny Mules “Stranger Now” from Ginny Mules (2017)


Richie Furay “Let’s Dance Tonight” from Heartbeat of Love (2006)
Lionel Young Band “Blues & Boogie Woogie” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Dana Landry Quartet “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from Standard Elevation (2015)


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Colorado Playlist – BEST OF 2016 PT2

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1I wish I could name everything I get to play on my show as a BEST OF.  I mean that.  In the TEN years now that I’ve been doing this show, I am still blown away by the greatness of the music that comes from our state.

Let me first of all thank Dani Grant and the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheater, and the folks at Oskar Blues Fooderies for supporting this show in 2016.  I would not be able to do this if not for them and YOUR financial support.

I also want to thank everyone at 105.5FM, KJAC aka 105.5 The Colorado Sound for welcoming me as part of the family, and taking on my old show name.  Host stations now include KJAC (Northern Front Range), KRFC (Northern Colorado), KDNK (Carbondale/Glenwood Springs), KOTO (Telluride), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango/Pagosa Springs), KZYR (Vail), KCMJ (Colorado Springs) and KLZR (Westcliff)

I started this show, and starting booking and promoting bands here, because I got tied of people saying “how come Colorado (Denver) can’t be like ______ (name your favorite ahem – Seattle – etc)”  I mean, really.  And even to this day members of my own family don’t know that certain high profile national level bands are from here.  I have a lot of work to do still … so expect me on the air for another TEN years — AT LEAST!

Picking the BEST OF is not an especially easy task.  I spend several hours a week just listening to music I receive to play on the show.  I scan radio playlists from around the state.  I scan charts including national and instate – like the Roots Music Report Colorado charts.  I look to see who’s doing what, nationally, regionally and locally.  I listen to my colleagues and peers in the “industry” here in Colorado.  And I listen to the fans of the music.

My true hope is that you’ll discover a new band/artist to fall in love with and claim as a favorite yourself.

Here’s what got played in the BEST OF 2016 show.

The Best of 2016 PLAYLIST

HOUR 1

Rob Drabkin “Someday” [single] (2016)
Coral Creek “Way Back” from Coral Creek (2015)
The Drunken Hearts “Want You Back” from Love & Thirst (2016)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Magic Music “Gandy Dancer” from Magic Music (2016)
Elephant Revival “Petals” from Petals (2016)
OneRepublic “Kids” from Oh My My (2016)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” [single] (2016)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Shiny and New” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Big Gigantic “The Little things” from Brighter Future (2016)
Space Orphan “Superphonic” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
The Fray “Singing Low” from Through the Years: The Best of the Fray (2016)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Other Worlds “Sandfly” from Weather Patterns (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Grant Farm “Get in Line” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
FaceMan “Father Time” from Wild and Hunting (2016)
Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2016)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Big Head Blues Club “Hidden Charms” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Ryan A. Fourt “Air Gun (Daisy’s Revenge)” from Big Slick (2016)

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THE TOP 3 BEST OF …

After anguishing over leaving stuff out that I really liked, and thought deserved being noticed, I decided to present the TOP 3 releases in each category.  Enjoy.  Links go to playable media: YouTube in most cases.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2016

This one went back and forth feverishly between Bonnie & the Clydes and The Drunken Hearts, and the final tally made it a finish by single digits … so basically, they were pretty nearly tied when I shut down the poll … All in all, thanks to their fans we enjoyed the most robust People’s Choice Poll in years.  Click on links to get to band website.

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

The Drunken Hearts Love & Thirst

FacemanWild and Hunting 

ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

 The Lumineers – Cleopatra  I didn’t like The Lumineers’ Cleopatra when it dropped. In fact, it took me several months of listening to it, and playing it on my show and at 105.5, before I “got it.”  It is a stunning album of really well written folk-rock songs, that stands up well to anything from any prior era.  It went #1 on the Billboard charts.

OneRepublicOh My My  Call me a pop music junkie, but when it’s a good as OneRepublic’s Oh My My, I can never overdose.  Easily one of the best collections of addicting pop/rock in recent memory. (edit jan 4) In particular I can’t seem to get enough of A.I. with Peter Gabriel.

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside  Todd Park Mohr and company, appearing as Big Head Blues Club, rip up the music of Willie Dixon, preserving not only the legacy of the original, but imbuing it with solid craftsmanship from some of our best in the Centennial state.  (edit jan 4) Along the way they enlist the aid of Denver’s Erica Brown and a handful of blues legends.

SONG OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You (Icytat Vocal Mix):  No song this year has had as much of an impact on me as “You.”  SuCh and Icytat won the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for this version of the song.  If you want to catch her live, she’ll be appearing at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver on Fri Feb 3.  She is also getting ready to go into the studio to record a new album in 2017.

The Lumineers – Ophelia:  When I first heard this song last winter I thought I was hearing a dropped track from the band’s debut.  It grew on me.  It’s also one of Colorado’s highest charting songs historically, peaking at #1.

Rob DrabkinSomeday:  I’ve been a fan of Rob’s since meeting him at open stages in Denver over a decade ago.  “Someday” is the song we’ve all been waiting for.  It also appears to be his most popular single so far, reaching over 500,000 plays on Spotify.

BLUES ALBUM/EP

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside

Cary MorinTogether

Johnny JohnstonColorado Blue

COUNTRY ALBUM/EP

David Starr – Love and Sabotage

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

Angie Stevens & the Beautiful WreckBeautiful & True

FOLK ALBUM/EP 

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Elephant RevivalPetals

Gabrielle LouiseIf The Static Clears

FUNK/SOUL ALBUM/EP

The MotetTotem

piKziLSongs From My Third Life

Hello DollfaceWarrior of Light

JAZZ ALBUM/EP

Space OrphanShut Up About the Sun

Ryan A FourtBig Slick

Terri JenkinsFrom This Moment

ADULT POP/ROCK ABLUM/EP

OneRepublic Oh My My

Paper Bird S/T

SHELJust Crazy Enough

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ALBUM/EP

PlumLight Years Dark Years

Eros and the EschatonWeight of Matter

The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse

ROCK/AMERICAN TRAD ALBUM/EP

FacemanWild and Hunting

The Drunken HeartsLove & Thirst

Coral CreekS/T

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You

OneRepublicWherever I Go

Wheelchair Sports CampMary Had a Little Band

 

 

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