CP S13 EP27 2019

Monday July 15, 2019 – Rumors started to circulate recently on Facebook (yeah, I know – right?) that Colorado Music Hall of Fame band Sugarloaf had dropped tracks for a new album.  Of course original members Jerry Corbetta (lead singer), Bob Yeazel (guitarist) and Bob Raymond (bassist) have all passed away, so the news of some kind of Sugarloaf “reunion” came as a real surprise.  Turns out the story has a little truth to it .. .from a family of the band perspective.

According to Bob Raymond‘s son Aaron, “We did go into studio with my son (Bailey Raymond aka Kick Stevens) and re-recorded Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You and Texas Two Lane. Clark Hagan (local Denver producer) did the producing.  He also did a recording of Green-Eyed Lady with (original members) Bob Webber (guitar), Bobby Pickett (bass), Myron Pollack (drums) and another guy from Nashville. Sorry I don’t remember his name. Hope to have the two new songs released this winter. We are still working on the vocals.”

Stay tuned …

I reported last week on the wonderful compilation from Longmont’s Wind Over the Earth recording studio’s “Longmont Project” to benefit Longmont High School’s music program.  The new track below from Bridget Law is from that project.

This week, the Boulder Daily Camera has a story on Future Arts Foundation (FAF) and their series called Strings & Stories taking place in Longmont. Future Arts Foundation is “a nonprofit that supplies musical instruments and art materials to public schools and after-school programs.”  Strings & Stories is a concert series put together by FAF and 105.5 The Colorado Sound.

COLORADO PLAYLIST – SPOTIFY

I’ve added many many more classic Colorado hits.  Right now the playlist is at about 100 titles, with only one track per artist or band.  If you have suggestions please message me.


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
DeVotchKa – Moxi Theater, Greeley – July 17, 18

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I just can’t seem to get enough of the new Dressy Bessy album!


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

HOUR 1

Zephyr – The Radio Song – Going Back To Colorado (1971)
Firefall – You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(D) Bridget Law – Deep Blue Sea – The Longmont Project (2019)

Leslie Tom – Born Too Late – Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams (2018)
My Body Sings Electric – Oceancrest – Part 1: The Night Ends (2014)
(D) Lisa Bell – Back Seat – Back Seat (2019)

Mojomama – The Big Easy – Red White and Blues (2018)
The String Cheese Incident – Let’s Go Outside – Song In My Head (2014)
The Motet – Rich In People – The Motet (2014)
(D) Ryan Dart – Dance If You Want To (2019)

New Mexican – Two Hearted – Take It On Our Shoulders (2018)
Brothers Keeper – Why Do You Fall – Todd Meadows (2014)
Jason Klobnak – My August Auburn – Friends and Family (2018)

HOUR 2

The Samples – Close To The Fires – The Samples (1989)
(N) Gingerbomb – Company – Wildfire (2019)
Noe DeLeon – Cold Nights (2018)
The Wood Brothers – Singin’ to Strangers – Paradise (2015)
(N) Dressy Bessy – Fearless – Fast Faster Disaster (2019)

The Beeves – Jamie’s Revenge – Adam & Beeve (2019)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Richie Furay – We Were The Dreamers – Hand in Hand (2015)
(D) Joel Ansett – Cadillac – a place i knew before (2019)

Reno Divorce – She’s In Love With the Avenue – Ship of Fools EP (2016)
The Yawpers – Doing It Right – American Man (2015)
Keith Oxman – Defensive Care – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

CP S13 EP 26 2019

MONDAY JULY 8, 2019 — Happy July 4th, belatedly of course.  I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and got to take in some live music at one of the numerous festivals, municipal events and/or outdoor venues.  I know the storms played havoc with several shows, including Leslie Tom‘s set at Greeley Stampede that unfortunately got rained out after only 30 minutes.

Leslie will be back headlining the Colorado Playlist presents show Well-O-Rama, Aug 17th in Wellington.  I’ll be hosting this new annual event in Wellington, and will be appearing with my band, GOATZ! Also appearing will be the Devil’s Share, Sugar Britches, and Jackie & the Racket.

Wind Over the Earth is a recording studio in Longmont.  On July 1 they began releasing an 18 song compilation benefiting the Longmont High School music program.  The album features cuts from Foxfeather, Shanna in a Dress, Clandestine AmigoTaylor Sims (Bonnie & the Clydes), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) and Natalie Tate to name just a few.  The full album will be released publicly on July 22.  According to studio owner, Mark Venezia, the album will be made available for a donation to the Longmont High School music program.

New this week is the COLORADO PLAYLIST on Spotify.  I’ve tried tying this to the weekly MMMM but it didn’t seem to work to attract regular weekly fans and listeners.  This will be a permanent playlist on Spotify that I’ll update regularly with new releases and older “hits.”  Enjoy

Don’t forget to vote for your favorites of 2010 and 2011 … and soon 2012-2018, as we get closer to the best of the Decade 2010-2019 that will air in early 2020.


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
DeVotchKaMoxi Theater, Greeley – July 17, 18

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

It’s been too many years, IMO, since the Reminders graced us with a new anthem.  Dubbed as Colorado’s the 1st family of hip-hop, the Reminders are among the most enlightened and socially conscious bands in our scene, speaking to truth about not only about our homeland, but the plight of others around the globe.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

HOUR 1

The Christines – Hollow – The Christines (1994)
(D) Shanna In A Dress – Broken Record – The Longmont Project (2019)

Oxeye Daisy – Darling Boy – Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Pill Poppin’ Country Weirdo – Sinners & Saints (2010)
(D) Dragondeer – Mirage a Trois (2019)

Kyle Emerson – May You Find Peace (2019)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Keep It Clean – Saints & Sinners (2010)
Elephant Revival – Rhythm Of The Road – Break In The Clouds (2010)
Jackie & The Racket – Honky Tonk Tears – Goal Digger (2019)
(D) Lucy Daydream – Hellos (2019)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me – Tearing At The Seams (2018)
The Apples In Stereo – Hey Elevator – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
Keith Oxman – Breeze (Blow My Baby Back) – East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Sugarloaf – Texas Two Lane – Best Of Sugarloaf (1975)
(P) White Rose Motor Oil – Billings to Pueblo – One for the Ages EP (2019)
Bobby Walker – My Mabellene – Came Out Swingin’ (2018)
Poco – Drink It In – All Fired Up (2013)
(P) Foxfeather – Black Blue – The Longmont Project (2019)
E.M.K. – To The Room – To the Room (Feat. Coco Bean) (2019)
OneRepublic – Feel Again – Native (2013)
Rob Drabkin – Little Steps – Little Steps (2013)
Float Like a Buffalo – The Day – Back From Nowhere (2019)
(D) The Reminders – Foundation (2019)

Pretty Lights – Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli – A Color Map of the Sun (2013)
Dream Feed – Hey Now – Dream Feed (2018)
Dana Landry Trio – To Wane – Memphis Skyline (2014)

CP S13 EP25 2019

MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019 – Rumors swirled over the weekend concerning former Yonder Mountain String Band founding member Jeff Austin.  Despite numerous social media posts alluding to a possible suicide, official reports emerged that he suffered a undisclosed medical emergency and was is Seattle with family being attended to.  What little information is available, and crowdfunding has been set up at Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

In this week’s show I highlighted some of the best of 2013 in  HOUR 1 and some of the best of 2014 in HOUR 2.  Over the next many weeks I will continue to highlight some of the best of each year as we approach the BEST OF THE DECADE.  With that, I’ve put up two polls already for Best of 2010 and 2011, so you can vote for your favorites from those years.

MMMM this week = Gun Street Ghost, Heavy Diamond Ring, Bobby Messano, Swerve, The Threadbarons, and Brian Bourgault – KEEP or DELETE?


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Not to be confused with the now seemingly defunct Denver hard rock and country cover band called Swerve, this Greeley based original project with the same name, featuring former UNC music grads, is poised to be the Best Emerging New Band of 2019.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

HOUR 1

Hazel Miller – Better Off With The Blues –Westword ’96 Music Awards Showcase(1996)
(D) Gun Street Ghost – Into the Dark – Battles (2019)

Covenhoven – Ghost Of Kerouac – A Kind Of Revelation (2018)
Andy Palmer – Good Son – Hazard of the Die (2013)
(N) Heavy Diamond Ring – Stuck In Motion – S/T (2019)

Float Like a Buffalo – The Day – Back From Nowhere (2019)
Five Iron Frenzy – It Was a Dark & Stormy Night – Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Churchill – The War Within – The War Within EP (2013)
Foxfeather – Not Coming Back (2019)
(N) Bobby Messano – I Don’t Want to Miss You Anymore – Lemonade (2019)

Kyle Hollingsworth – All Falls Apart – 50 (2018)
Patti Fiasco – Oil – Small Town Lights (2013)
Keith Oxman – Reverend Lou Founded the Record Store – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

HOUR 2

Opie Gone Bad – Little House – 1 (1998)
(D) Swerve – Green – Swerve (2019)

Eldren – Still Want More – Miss Information Aged (2018)
The Fray – Love Don’t Die – Helios (2014)
(N) The Threadbarons – Going Out – Songbook for the Weary (2019)

Shannon Ogden – In the Car – Live at Swallow Hill (2019)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – I Get Smooth – Black Beehive (2014)
Leftover Salmon – Better Day – High Country (2014)
Leslie Tom – Honky Tonkin’ – Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams (2018)
(D) Brian Bourgault – Die Alone – Without You (2019)
The Burroughs – Solution – Got To Feel (2018)
Tennis – Needle and a Knife – Ritual in Repeat (2014)
Peter Sommer – The Fruit – Crossroads (2008)

 

CP BEST OF 2011

JUNE 20, 2019 …  I’m a little behind in my goal of getting these annual reviews out, for you to vote on.

Sometime right after the first of the year, I’ll be doing a BEST OF THE DECADE Retrospective ranging from 2010 thru 2019.  Your VOTE will count in determining which of the outstanding records of the past decade have endured as among the best of the decade.

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

TOP 10 BEST OF THE CP FOR 2011

These are the TOP 10 albums from 2011 — which were your favorites?

1. ALBUM of the YEAR  – Devotchka100 Lovers (Epitaph) Genre/style: Adult alternative
Added: December 2010
Sampled tracks: 100 Other Loves, The Common Good, Contrabanda
Notes:  no one should be surprised at the tremendous of this record in 2011, here in Colorado or nationally.  Devotchka has emerged since 2000 as one of the most inspired bands to ever come out of the Rocky Mountain west, and while the critics may not have liked their sixth album as much as the previous one, it garnered nearly 2x the airplay of any other album on this list.

2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds (Ruff Shod Records)Genre/Style: Folk
Added: November 2010
Sampled tracks: Feathers Rise, Barefoot Friend, Rhythm of the Road
Notes: this title clocked in at #14 in the Best of 2010 based solely on taste, because it came out too late in the year to garner much in the way of spins. … making it the #1 recurrent title, as well as the #2 all around title in spins and taste for the year.

3. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self)Genre/Style: Bluegrass, country-folk
Added: April 2011
Sampled tracks: Driftwood, Nebraska, Sold On You
Notes:  “Finnders” is more appropriately spelled Finders, but Mike Finders got understandably tired of folks calling the band F-eye-nders and Youngberg, so they adjusted the spelling so us djs could get it right LOL.  With the addition of 2 new members and the loss of 1, the band now rightly identifies with the five member FY5 moniker and an impressive set of bluegrass and country.  High on the taste factor and in spins.

4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Genre/Style: Alternative adult contemporary rock/pop
Added: *re-entered charts April 2011
Sampled tracks: Same Scar, In My Neighborhood, Love Is A Shark
Notes: originally a December 2009 release locally, the album was rereleased nationally in April 2011. Clocking #16 for 2010, Beautiful Empty comes in #2 in recurrent titles, as well as climbing to #4 for the whole year in spins and taste.

5. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko)Genre/Style: Blues
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Ramblin’ On My Mind, When You Gotta Good Friend, Preachin’ Blues
Notes: we got our first taste of what this album might sound like with the band’s interpretation of Smokestack Lightning off of their Rocksteady album. The featured guests on this album reads like a who’s who, with the late Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musslewhite, Ruthie Foster, BB King and others making appearances.

6. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap (Naked Jaybird)Genre/Style: Blues
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Gone So Long, Ridin’ On, Rolled and Tumbled
Notes: RIP John-Alex (1976-2011). The release of Juke Joint Thunderclap marked a revolution of sorts in the fusion of rap and blues, with Cody Burnside laying down some very cool rap on top of John-Alex’s blistering blues grooves.

7. Tennis – Cape Dory (Fat Possum)Genre/Style: Pop/inde
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Marathon, Pigeon, Seafarer
Notes: Getting nostalgic and bringing back a sound embodying at least part of the 60s feel good sun and surf propelled this album into the top 10 – with nearly all reporting stations reporting high spins and taste.

8. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self)Genre/Style: Bluegrass
Added: July 2011
Sampled tracks: Way Back in the Mountains, With Body and Soul, Hold On Me
Notes: Hold onto this release – Spring Creek has reportedly decided to move onto new projects beginning some time in 2012. Following their success on Rebel Records, the fellas got a new bass player, and decided to record an album that matched their own ideas of how they wanted to sound on record. Produced by the band with Sally Van Meter, recorded at Notably Fine Audio (now Mighty Fine Productions) with Colin Bricker and Mario Castillo at the helm. Masterd by Dave Glasser at Airshow.

9. Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New (Dazzle Recordings)Genre/Style: Jazz
Added: February 2011
Sampled tracks: Zoloft Bounce, Brand New, Feliz
Notes: *serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network* – There were no jazz records in our TOP 20 in 2010, so this is an excellent surprise. “The songs also work as vehicles for some fine soloing from trumpeter Ron Miles, guitarist Matt Fuller and saxophonist Danny Meyer.” (Westword)

10. Whiskey Blanket – No Object (self)Genre/Style: Hip-hop
Added: December 2010
Sampled tracks: Up Up Away, Rule the Roost, Joie De Vie
Notes: *serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network* — one of the most unique hip-hop records to emerge from Colorado in recent memory, all three core members of the band are incredibly educated and skilled classical and bluegrass musicians who expand anyone’s most conservatively held position of what hiphop should sound like. Very high taste factor among the voters. Special guests include Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival)

CP S13 EP24 2019

Monday June 17, 2019 – One of the most consistent issues I hear both musicians and patrons talk about are “empty rooms.”  As a former venue operator, and a life-long performing musician, I get it.  I play in rooms with only a handful of people present.  I’ve booked shows that only a handful of people have attended.  There is no one single answer that will solve this issue.

I’ve performed in support of world renown musicians to empty rooms …as in only ten people, and five of them were associated with the show.  This actually happened to me not long ago, where I played as the opener for an nationally recognized award winning singer-songwriter in front of ten people. I’ve also seen and performed in support of platinum selling bands that drew only a couple hundred people to the show.

Some venues are “concert” rooms – meaning the band is totally responsible for how many people attend – it’s essentially a popularity contest.  If you’re a new band, or an up and coming local band, chances are likely you won’t have many people in “your” audience, and you hope to draw from those who show up to see the headliner – which supposedly does have a local draw.

Some venues are established restaurant / bar / music rooms.  Some have a regular clientele. We all want to play those rooms. Some do not and therefore rely on the popularity of the band  -the band draw.  I’ve managed rooms like that, and performed at more than I can remember.  Sometimes there is a crowd to play to, and in some cases the draw is minimal or not there at all.

My father, who owned a jazz venue in the early 60s, also complained about this issue – both as the owner of a venue and as a professional working musician.  The issue is not new.  However, today the issue is exacerbated by there being many hundreds of places to play in our region, and several thousands of bands and solo acts wishing to perform publicly – both from our own region as well as those out touring.

SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC – It’s the lifeblood of our industry.


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

The debut from the Boulder based band The Beeves was produced by Nate Cook (The Yawpers).


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

HOUR 1

Poco – A Good Feelin’ To Know – A Good Feelin’ To Know (1972)
(D) Scott Slay & the Rail – The Rail – The Rail (2019)

Andy Sydow – Who I Want to Be – Reasons for Departure (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Thy Will Be Done – Unentitled (2011)
(N) Grant Farm – Love and Pain – Broke In Two (2019)

Blue Street Walls – Never Dry Up – Like A Child (2019)
Wendy Woo Band – Unwind – Austerity (2011)
DeVotchKa – Contrabanda – 100 Lovers (2011)
Thom Sumbler And The Exceptions – It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie – There’s One In Every Crowd (2019)
(D) The Movers & Shakers – Pink and Black Cadillac – Live at Sun Studios (2019)

Mojomama – Lazy River – Red White and Blues (2018)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky to the Bone (2015)
Paa Kow – Cookpot – Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

Sweet Water Well – Zoeology – Westword Music Awards Showcase ’95 (1995)
(D) Heavy Diamond RingWild Things (2019)

Liptruce (formerly The SIR Band) – So Cold – So Cold (2018)
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Matter of Time – The Maestro and the Elephant (2012)
(D) The Beeves – Jamie’s Revenge – Adam & Beeve (2019)

The Lumineers – Gloria – III (2019)
Flobots – The Rose And The Thistle – The Circle In The Square (2012)
The Knew – Major Nights – Man Monster (2012)
Kyle Emerson – May You Find Peace (2019)
(D) Dressy Bessy – Stay True – Fast Faster Disaster (2019)
Sarah Snead – All I’ve Got – Wake Tomorrow (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Damaged One – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Ben Haugland – Big Foot – A Million Dreams (2015)

CP S13 EP23 2019

Monday June 10, 2019

According to the Denver Post, in an article dated SEPTEMBER 14, 2018, “Denver’s music industry is growing faster than its energy, aerospace and biotech industries.”  The story was apparently culled from an academic report, “A Quantitative Analysis of Colorado’s Music Industry” (May 2018) authored by Michael Seman, PhD, Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy, University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media.

The essence of the article is that “Statewide, the music industry is responsible for more than 16,000 jobs and just over $1.4 billion in revenue. The most robust components in terms of employment and revenue are “Musicians, Managers, and Agents” and “Live Events” pointing to Colorado’s strength in creating music and showcasing it live.”

Thank you for supporting music FROM Colorado, IN Colorado – on stages and on the air.


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Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?   105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.

You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.


BEST OF THE DECADE 2010-2019

Coming up over the next few months, I’ll be putting up BEST OF YEAR posts starting in 2010.  Your votes for TOP 5 from each year will be placed alongside the TOP 5 BEST of 2019 as the nominations for BEST OF DECADE 2010-2019.  Here’s BEST OF 2010


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

HOUR 1

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Greatest Hits (1995/1972)
(D) Johnny Burroughs – Your Love Makes Me Happy – Day 1 (2019)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Honey – Tearing At The Seams (2018)
Great American Taxi – Poor House – Paradise Lost (2011)
(N) Coal Town Reunion – Heaven and Hell – Stories We Tell (2019)
Lizzie Plotkin – Catch This Train – We Will Sing (2019)
Acoustic Junction – Oh Me Oh My – Strange Days (2000)
Jeff Finlin – Jesus Was A Motorcycle Man – Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
Trash Cat – Robot Girlfriend – Welcome to Trash City (2019)
(D) Dave Tamkin – Bleeding Orange (2019)

Dayton Stone & the Undertones – Hypnotist – Dayton Stone & the Undertones (2018)
The Lumineers – Cleopatra – Cleopatra (2016)
Matt Skellenger – Vitality – Vitality (2019)

HOUR 2

Starwood – You Don’t Have To Cry – Starwood (1977)
(D) Bobby Messano – Lemonade – Lemonade (2019)
Love Stallion – Valentine – Unforgettable Ride (2018)
(D) StillHouse Junkies – Whiskey Prison – Hillbilly Poetry (2019)

Tom Sharf – Angels – Buffalo Nickel (2019)
The Christines – Lost Your Mind – Here It Comes Again (2008)
Soul Merchants – Crowns of Glory – Soul Merchants (2007)
Silver and Gold – Feel A Little Closer – Cold (2019)
(D) David Willis – Water Tower Road – Water Tower Road EP (2019)

Ethyl & the Regulars – I Didn’t Want to Fall – Honest Work (2018)
Coral Creek – Cryin Bout My Baby – Coral Creek (2015)
Garrett Sayers Trio – Diatribe – Thinkbox (2017)

BEST OF THE DECADE – 2010

As we get closer to declaring the BEST of the DECADE on the Colorado Playlist – here’s where we started in 2010, the first year of this blog site.  Here are the TOP 20 of 2010 .. which is your favorite?

#1 – ALBUM of the Year – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints and Sinners (Remington Road)
Genre/Style: Folk, americana
Sample Tracks: New Boots, Losers, Dead and Lonely
Added: August 2010
Notes: 3 months at #1 should be enough to land in the #1 best spot of 2010, but it sure didn’t hurt that 98% of our respondents had it in their top 10 also.  This is what happens after 25 years of marriage, two kids in college, and myriad personal awards and accolades .. . can ya say YOWZA BABY!?  This certainly deserves winning Album of the Year for 2010.

2.  Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss (Rounder)Genre/Style: Rock, folk, modern, alternative
Sample Tracks: Early Spring Till, Brakeman, Whimper and Wail
Added: March 2010
Notes:Nathaniel Ratefliff had an amazing run of success during 2009 and 2010, leaving behind one band (Born In the Flood) slated to be signed to a major rock label, only to be picked up by Rounder Records for the more folk/rock oriented approach he was taking with an entirely separate set of players.  Amazon.com selected In Memory of Loss as the number one album in 2010 that you might have missed

3. Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams – Sinners & Saints (self) Genre/Style: Country, alternative country, retro
Sample Tracks: Tear It Down, Pill Poppin Country Weirdo, Sinners & Saints
Added: August 2010
Notes: After debuting at #3 in our September issue, the Hi-Beams road this one to #2 in statewide airplay for two consecutive months, right behind Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, before settling in at #4 in December.

4.  Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment (self)Genre/Style: Folk, modern
Sample Tracks: Two Bedroom Apartment, El Paso, 17 & 53
Added: June 2010
Notes: Popularity wins when spins don’t. Since it debuted in our July issue, Two Bedroom Apartment more or less settled down in the middle of the pack in spins statewide, peaking at #10 in September.  The album gained top five status in the Best Of by virtue of those who voted her… she’s got crazy loyal fans for sure, especially along the Front Range.

5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread (self)Genre/Style: Rock, indie/alternative
Sample Tracks: All I Have Is You, Everything’s Alright, Love Doesn’t Run
Added: September 2010
Notes: One of the most popular and exciting new rock bands to emerge out of Fort Collins in the past few years, FBR’s last two releases, their debut and this one, have been favorites at stations like KRFC and KCSU (Colorado State University).  If this record were to make it onto playlists at rock friendly stations like KRCC (Colorado Springs), KOTO (Telluride) and KDUR (Durango) it could hang around near the top of the spins charts for many months to come… it’s at least five tracks deep.

6.  Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight (self)Genre/Style: Folk, americana
Sample Tracks: Lost Boys, Dead As a Dead Man’s Bones, Colorado
Added: July 2010
Notes: Paper Bird continues to be one of the region’s most loved and popular americana/folk bands.  The album stayed in the mid-chart region for the past several months, before breaking into the top ten in December.  As the year ends it seems to be picking up steam.  Look for increased chart activity in the first few months of the new year.

7. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol 3. (Telarc)Genre/Style: Blues, trance blues
Sample Tracks: Little Willie, Hands On Your Stomach, Harry Turn the Music Up
Added: May 2010
Notes: Otis is literally a living legend among contemporary Colorado musicians, with a history that goes back to the 70s.  He has released ten albums in the past decade, all of which have been consistently good.  Coloradoans Ron Miles, Larry Thompson and Otis’ daughter Cassie are all featured performers on the album along with Gary Moore on guitar.

8.  Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits (Thirty Tigers)Genre/Style: Rock, roots rock, jamband
Sample Tracks: One of These Days, New Millennium Blues, Get No Better
Added: February 2010
Notes: I grew up on country-rock in the late sixties and early seventies.  It’s no wonder I love this record so much, as it’s full of the sounds of the south and the mountain west.  It  has been a favorite also of our wonderful network of reporting stations throughout the year, anchoring the springtime at # 1 for two months and only failing to make the monthly top thirty once in eight months.

9. Boulder Acoustic Society – Champion of Disaster EP (self) Genre/Style: Folk, americana
Sample Tracks: Shelter, Champion of Disaster
Added: September 2010
Notes: this ep was a stunner. it shows a side of the Boulder Acoustic Society they hinted at in their 2009 Punch release but are only now fulfilling. Expect this one to continue gaining in spins as we enter the new year.

10. Sweet Sunny South – Carried Off by a Twister (2Dolla Reccas)Genre/Style: Bluegrass, americana
Sample Tracks: Ghost of Gram, You Never Even Knew My Name, Mississippi
Added: April 2010
Notes: There have been rumors swirling among some in the americana/bluegrass scene for several months that SSS was calling it a day, allowing members to focus on outside projects like Honey Don’t and Hard Pressed. It been a successful run of four albums for this band, with this one in particular leading the way in popularity among the RMMN reporting stations…. making it the #1 Bluegrass album for 2010.

11. The Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space & Time (Yep Roc) Genre/Style: Rock/Pop, Indie/Alternative
Sample Tracks: Dream About the Future, Dance Floor, No One In the World
Added: April 2010
Notes: the Apples haven’t been an active participating member of the scene here in Colorado on a regular basis for many years. Now based out of Kentucky, Robert and the crew continue to show love for the city and the state from whence they came. It’s nice to see homegrown acts grow up, move on, and stay popular in their hometown.

12. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day (self) Genre/Style: rock, jamband, blues, funk
Sample Tracks: Dyin’ Day, River Risin’
Added: September 2010
Notes: Debut album. We might call this revivalist-rock. Hard working band with a highly energized gospel rock blues vibe that is beginning to gain significant cred around the state. This is the surprise debut hit record of the year…. between the mad crazy loyal fans and the increasing airplay statewide, expect this one to stick around a while. “The final word must go to frontman Jason Downing, whose vocal performance is nothing short of incredible… This really might be the album of the year.” – Conor Hooley Scene Magazine Jan 2011.  “…what makes the album so good is that it’s not a copy. Somehow, while paying solid homage to the Crowes and other bands like them, Musketeer Gripweed has found their own voice. And it’s a powerful one, indeed.” – Local Love – Marquee Magazine – Jan 2011

13. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy (self) Genre/Style: bluegrass, nu-grass, neo-acoustic
Sample Tracks: Blues for Dawg, Goodbye Liza Jane, Diggin’ Hargreaves
Added: April 2010
Notes: a bluegrass “purist” friend of mine said this isn’t bluegrass. Don’t tell that to David “Dawg” Grisman, for whom Grant is the lead guitarist, and for whom Blues for Dawg was written. Incorporating elements of the neo-acoustic movement, including classical and jazz motifs, this instrumental album has consistently been one of the most popular at RMMN reporting stations in 2010.  The album was picked by Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s senior editor, Scott Nygaard, as one of their Essential Albums of 2010.

14. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds (Ruff Shod) Genre/Style: folk, transcendental-folk
Sample Tracks: Feathers Rise, Rhythm of the Road, Barefoot Friend
Added: November 2010
Notes: Break in the Clouds represents the maturation of the “transcendal-folk” sound the band has been developing since their 2009 debut. As it came out in November, I expect to see this record continue to gain in spins for 2011, potentially making it one of the top re-current releases in next year’s Best of edition.

15. Jeff Finlin – The Tao of Motor Oil (Bent Wheel) Genre/Style: Rock, alternative adult contemporary
Sample Tracks: East by West, Hands Off the Wheel, Stones Must Roll
Added: July 2010
Notes: Jeff is a well established Fort Collins singer-songwriter, once signed to a major label, who has traveled the country and England over his years in the business. “Tao” represents yet again Jeff’s ability to weave stories with visually graphic and stunning lyricism. A mid-charter for most of the past six months, if for no other reason than more stations don’t have the album in their collections.

16. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Genre/Style: Rock, alternative adult contemporary
Sample Tracks: Same Scar, In My Neighborhood, Love Is A Shark
Added: December 2009
Notes: John has left us with an amazing array of recordings over the past decade, with his alt-country-folk-rock group Rainville to two solo efforts and now this one with Blinding Flashes of Light that not only showcases John’s voice and songs, but the equally compelling and stunning Jess DiNicola as his vocal partner. Beautiful Empty sped to the top of the spins charts for two months in 2010. You can read more about my thoughts here.

17. Blue Canyon Boys – Mountain Bound (self) Genre/Style: bluegrass
Sample Tracks: No Worries In My Pocket, Rocky Mountain Bound, Don’t Change
Added: July 2010
Notes: One of the most popular and celebrated bluegrass bands in Colorado today, on this, their fourth release in the last five years, the boys show off six new originals and eight bluegrass/country classics. Winner – 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.

18. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime (self) Genre/Style: country, folk, americana
Sample Tracks: Ragtime Blues, Can You Run, Can You Canoe
Added: February 2010
Notes: Produced by bass player extraordinaire Eric Thorin, Romano’s debut is full of some of the region’s top session players, including Sally Van Meter, Betse Ellis, Caleb Roberts, Eben Grace, Todd Moore, John McVey, Mollie O’Brien and others.

19. Dovekins – Assemble the Avery (self) Genre/Style: folk, americana, bluegrass
Sample Tracks: Walks So High, On the Dells (He Smells, She Repels), Waltz (Dictionary_ I)
Added: June 2010
Notes: Assemble the Avery makes the TOP 20 almost SOLELY on the voting of our panel this year – the album has failed to make a significant dent on the spins chart in 2010.

20. Air Dubai – Wonder Age (self) Genre/Style: hip-hop, pop, r&b
Added: October 2010
Sample Tracks: Restless Youth, I Know How, Ten Weeks
Notes: I’m stoked that it made the top 20. I got turned onto this band at a Westword event prior to this year’s Westword Music Showcase in June. I don’t expect to hear this record at most of our RMMN reporting stations, but for those that do air it – PROPS! This is a fun, young, hip, sexy r&b dance record, more likely to be heard on a commercial TOP 40 station (or one of the RMMN college stations like KDUR or KCSU), than a Rocky Mountain public radio station used to airing more acoustic/roots oriented content.