#COMUSIC – TOP 30 JULY 2022

Top of Trail Ridge Road, RMNP, August 01, 2022

Aug 02, 2022 – At the bottom of the JULY TOP 30 you’ll find TOP “10” charts for 88.9 KRFC Fort Collins, Indie 102.3105.5 The Colorado Sound and eleven other stations around the state that report to Spinitron.

Spin data is pulled weekly on Sundays and may overlap from previous month. Monthly spin data is compiled on the last day of the month.

  • Eighteen debuts (D) for the month.
  • Nine titles stayed from previous month
  • Four titles re-entered the chart. … Including the biggest surprise of the month re-entering at #1.

    A couple of remarkable events took place in July. First – you all set an all time July record for most visits in a month… by far! Second, David Starr‘s Touchstones album came out of nowhere to land at #1… by far! (disclaimer: Starr’s Guitars is a supporter of the Colorado Playlist.)

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3 and eleven stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit non-commercial community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

(-) 1. DAVID STARR Touchstones LP (Sep-21)
(3) 2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Jan-22)
(1) 3.  NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
(7) 4. GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – Stress Dreams LP (Jan-22)
(10) 5. EUFORQUESTRA – While We Still Got Time LP (Jun-22)
D 6. BURY MIA Somewhere Between Where We Are and Where We’ve Been LP (Jan-22)
D 7. BEVIN LUNAMadison and Angelus LP (Jun-22)
D 8. FIRE MOTEL Like the Universe SINGLE (Feb-22)
D 9. LONELY CHOIRI Miss You SINGLE (May-22)
(2) 10. ALYSIA KRAFT – First Light LP (Jun-22)
D 11. SHADY OAKSNumb SINGLE (May-22)
D 11. SUNNNNER Spruce Aly LP (May-22)
(6) 11. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
D 12. AUSTEN CARROLL & THE BETTER NEIGHBORSDIY Nights SINGLE (Jun-22)
D 12. HOLDFAST.Brother SINGLE (Apr-22)
D 12. LONELY CHOIRYou’re Dying SINGLE (Jan-22)
D 12. MOJOMAMA We Are One LP (Jun-22)
D 12. MUSKETEER GRIPWEEDHard Times SINGLE (Jun-22)
D 12. NEON THE BISHOPThe Get Down SINGLE (Mar-22)
D 12. SCHAMA NOELSugar Mom SINGLE (Oct-21)
(-) 12. TRASH CATThe Tide LP (Dec-21)
D 13. LETTUCEUnify LP (Jun-22)
D 13. SHADY OAKS3 AM SINGLE (Jan-22)
D 13. SUNNNNER Sunnnner LP (May-22)
D 14. CODY QUALLSGood Vibes SINGLE (Jun-22)
D 14. JELIE Cope SINGLE (May-22)
(11) 14. MIKE CLARK & THE SUGAR SOUNDS – Moon Rock LP (Mar-22)
(-) 14. ZOE BERMAN Freezing Heat EP (Dec-21)
(15) 15. THE VELVETEERS – Nightmare Daydream LP (Jul-21)
(-) 16. FAST EDDY Take A Look LP (Jan-22)

88.9 KRFC JULY TOP 10
(7) 1. EUFORQUESTRA While We Still Got Time LP (Jun-22)
D 2. BEVIN LUNA Madison and Angelus LP (Jun-22)
(6) 3. MOJOMAMA We Are One LP (Jun-22)
(1) 3. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS The Future LP (Nov-21)
(2) 4. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BANDGet Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
D 5. BLUES CIRCUSOld Time Blues Review LP (Jul-22)
(-) 6. THE COPPER CHILDREN Strange Illusion LP (Feb-22)
(-) 6. THE LUMINEERSBrightside LP (Jan-22)
(3) 7. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BANDDirt Does Dylan LP (May-22)
(-) 8. BIG BROOKLYNEveryone Everywhere LP (Mar-22)

INDIE 102.3 JULY TOP 12
D
1. BURY MIASomewhere Between Where We Are and Where We’ve Been LP (Jan-22)
(5) 2. THE LUMINEERSBrightside LP (Jan-22)
D 3. FIRE MOTELLike the Universe SINGLE (Feb-22)
(1) 3. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATSThe Future LP (Nov-21)
D 4. LONELY CHOIR I Miss You SINGLE (May-22)
D 5. SHADY OAKS Numb SINGLE (May-22)
D 5. SUNNNNER Spruce Aly LP (May-22)
D 6. AUSTEN CARROLL & THE BETTER NEIGHBORSDIY Nights SINGLE (Jun-22)
D 6. HOLDFAST. – Brother SINGLE (Apr-22)
D 6. LONELY CHOIRYou’re Dying SINGLE (Jan-22)
D 6. NEON THE BISHOPThe Get Down SINGLE (Mar-22)
D 6. SCHAMA NOELSugar Mom SINGLE (Oct-21)

105.5 THE COLORADO SOUND JULY TOP 15
(2) 1. GREENSKY BLUEGRASSStress Dreams LP (Jan-22)
(-) 2. THE LUMINEERSBrightside LP (Jan-22)
(-) 3. A.J. FULLERTONOh Frustration SINGLE (Feb-22)
(3) 3. ALYSIA KRAFTFirst Light LP (Jun-22)
(4) 3. EUFORQUESTRAWhile We Still Got Time LP (Jun-22)
(-)3. TRASH CATThe Tide LP (Dec-21)
D 4. BEVIN LUNA Madison and Angelus LP (Jun-22)
(-) 4. BIG RICHARDWalls of Time SINGLE (Mar-22)
D 4. BLAKK MANTRAA Song of the West SINGLE (Jun-22)
(-) 4. BROTHERS OF BRASSEgress SINGLE (Mar-22)
(-) 4. DIRTY SHRINESDigital Ego LP (Sep-21)
D 4. KING CARDINALIn Tall Buildings SINGLE (Jun-22)
(-) 4. PANDAS & PEOPLE Don’t Stop Movin SINGLE (Aug-21)
(-) 4. THE CROOKED RUGSThat! LP (Nov-21)
(-) 4. ZOE BERMANFreezing Heat EP (Dec-21)

KAFM, KBUT, KCSU, KDNK, KDUR, KFFR, KOTO, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KVNF – JULY TOP 10
(1) 1. DAVID STARRTouchstones LP (Sep-21)
(2) 2. THE LUMINEERSBrightside LP (Jan-22)
D 3. JACKSON EMMER90’s Tacoma SINGLE (Jun-22)
D 4. THE CRAGS Watch for the Sun LP (Jul-22)
(5) 5. LETTUCEUnify LP (Jun-22)
(6) 5. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BANDDirt Does Dylan LP (May-22)
(10) 6. ERIK LUNDEWater From a Stone LP (Jul-21)
(3) 7. RYAN CHRYS & THE ROUGHCUTSTears and Blades LP (Jun-22)
(4) 7. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BANDGet Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
D 8. THE MAGIC BEANSUnzipped LP (Jul-22)

CP S16 EP27 2022 – GRAND JUNCTION

View from Colorado National Monument looking north towards Grand Junction and Fruita

AUG 01 2022 – WOW! You all blew the monthly view count out of the park! Thank you for visiting. I’ll get the JULY monthly spins up in a day or two. In the meantime, check out the new music and videos in this week’s MMMM from Twenty Hands High, Dayton Stone & the Undertones, Violet Pilot and Dzirae Gold.

We finally got to visit Colorado Playlist sponsor Starr’s Guitars in Cedaredge! If you’re looking for some nice wood, this is the place. Yeah, they send, but they’d rather you stop by the store. I sat and picked on a few beautiful Larrivee guitars – my favorite since I own two. It was great to meet store manager Candace. Sadly, David Starr wasn’t home this trip. Next time my friend!

Speaking of visiting Cedaredge – we spent a few days in Grand Junction this past week. We went to a show at the Avalon Theater. This is one of the nicest sit-down venues in our state. At just under 1100 seats, the recently renovated state-of-the art theater features comfortable seating, exquisite line of sight, sound and lighting, all experienced while sitting near the back of the orchestra section.

Local blues legend Bobby Walker has opened there for several national stars many times over the years. David Starr will be supporting the classic yacht rock band America coming up on Aug 20.

Another Grand Junction venue worth visiting is the Mesa Theater, about a two minute walk down the block from the Avalon on Main Street. There was a poster up featuring the Tejon Street Corner Thieves from Colorado Springs who recently appeared there. InTheWhale is there on AUG 27.

If you’re partying on Main Street in Grand Junction, there are several very nice restaurants to enjoy. We ate at the Winery, a long standing fine dining restaurant in a “…90 year old building that used to house a horse drawn carriage fire station.” Buyer beware, this is not a budget friendly restaurant.

There’s also the French inspired LeRouge! We enjoyed one of the nicest charcuteries we’ve had anyplace, before the concert. They and the Winery have wonderful wine lists, as you’d expect of the region. And then there’s the British Isles themed Goat and Clover Tavern. You KNOW we ate there! Every picture in the place has a goat in it. Hmmmmm.

The British / Irish Pub inspired menu features bangers and mash as well as corned beef and cabbage …and somehow or other the owners are connected to Elijah Craig bourbon distillers.

I will be returning to Grand Junction to emcee KAFM‘s Annual Radio Daze Music Fest and Fundraiser on Sept 10.

Don’t overlook Grand Junction! Also, the wineries in the area are big supporters of Colorado based acoustic music.

TOP 5 #COMUSIC WKEND 7/31/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.388.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  2. MUSKETEER GRIPWEED – Hard Times SINGLE
  3. GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – Stress Dreams LP
  4. MIKE CLARK & THE SUGAR SOUNDS – Moon Rock LP
  5. FAST EDDY – Take A Look LP

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

Dan FogelbergAs The Raven Flies – Souvenirs (1974)
(D) Twenty Hands HighBack to Wichita (2022)

LVDY Gold (2021)
Wellington Bullings Because I Want To (2020)
Elektric AnimalsHead in the Ground – Channels EP (2022)
Erik LundeSteel Militia – Water From The Stone (2022)
Acoustic JunctionEvery Heart – Strange Days (2000)
Conjunto ColoresPlaneta – Lo Mejor Del Conjunto Colores (2002)
(D) Dayton Stone & the UndertonesCake (2022)

The Still TideHigh Wire – Run Out (2017)
Musketeer Gripweed Rich Man’s Child – More Than Ever (2021)
The Chip Stephens TrioBeans & Weenies – Holding on What Counts (2007)

Sugarloaf Green-Eyed Lady – Best Of Sugarloaf (1975)
(D) Violet Pilot Lazy Lions (2022)

Kind Hearted Strangers Red & Blue – East/West (2021)
A.J. FullertonShe’s So Cold – Kalamath (2017)
Bluebook Shake Shake – Shake Shake (2022)
Richie FuraySomebody Like You (2022)
The Wendy Woo Trio Crisis – Luxury (2007)
Gregory Alan IsakovSalt and the Sea – That Sea,The Gambler (2007)
(D) Dzirae Gold Snooze for an Hour (2022)

piKziL Here’s The News – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
David Starr Every Kind of People – Touchstones (2021)
H2 Big Band BMG – You’re It! (2015)

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CP S16 EP26 2022

Coors Field, July 22 2022 – The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Daniel Rodriguez

July 25, 2022 – WOW .. the TOP 5 blew up this week! No surprise really, since the Lumineers were headlining their first (sold out?) stadium show, in their home town – and featuring two other Colorado acts, Gregory Alan Isakov (a regular headliner at Red Rocks) and Daniel Rodriguez (formerly with Elephant Revival, a former Red Rocks headliner).

David Starr, Euforquestra and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats were bumped out this week. It was also surprising to see Nightmare Daydreams by the Velveteers re-emerge in the TOP FIVE.

With one week to go David Starr, The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Euforquestra and Greensky Bluegrass top the leader board for the #COMUSIC JULY TOP 30 … will it stay that way?

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TOP 5 #COMUSIC WK END 7/24/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.388.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  2. BEVIN LUNAMadison and Angelus LP
  3. GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – Stress Dreams LP
  4. ALYSIA KRAFTFirst Light LP
  5. THE VELVETEERSNightmare Daydream LP

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

Supertramp Give A Little Bit – Even In The Quietest Moments (1977)
(D) The Barlow Mile Marker Blues – New Year, Old Me (2022)

Big Head Todd & the MonstersFortune Teller (2021)
Kyle EmersonBetter – Only Coming Down (2020)
Adrienne OWhat What What (2022)
Lionel Young BandKnock These Blues Around – On Our Way to Memphis: The IBC Sessions (2011)
Brothers KeeperWhy Do You Fall – Todd Meadows (2014)
(D) Gracie BassiePriceless (2022)

Big GiganticThe Little Things – Brighter Future (2016)
Blakk MantraDressed in Dynamite (2021)
Keith Oxman, Jeff Jenkins, Todd Reid, Mark SimonThe Gojon Jazz Messengers – This One’s For Joey (2022)

Laura Veirs July Flame – July Flame (2010)
Sera CahooneUp To Me – From Where I Started (2017)
(D) Musketeer GripweedHard Times – Long Past Time (2022)

DragondeerStay High (2020)
Fast Eddy – Take A Look – Take A Look (2022)
Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds – Warm Me Up – Moon Rock (2022)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown – Hey Mister – Tangled Road Again (2013)
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene – Fever – I Make My Own Luck (2018)
Scott WarrenLeft Out On The Joke – Shadow Bands (2021)
(D) Robert KossSinging Sweetly Up In Harlem – Message Of Love (2022)

Rob DrabkinOh My (It’s A Good Life) – Beautiful Day (2018)
Giant Zero Good Ol’ Days – Shakes Me (2021)
Dana Landry TrioTransfusion – Memphis Skyline (2014)

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Colorado Blues PT 2 – 21st Century Award Winners and Future Legends

In my last post, Blues in Colorado – A Primer, I suggested that most of the blues bands that we see today are of the local garden variety – good enough to please the upper end of suburban GenZ and Boomers with their small kids and grandkids at parks and summer events, and local neighborhood bar and grills.

But that doesn’t really tell the whole story about the state of blues in the 21st century in Colorado and the award winners and future legends who have emerged, regardless of mainstream popularity.

The 21st century opens with Erica Brown emerging in the scene as the First Lady of Blues (Colorado Blues Society) and Denver’s Queen of the Blues (Altitude Network).

Between 1998 and 2008, the Erica Brown Band earned numerous awards, including; Best Blues Band (Westword Magazine) Best Underground Blues Band multiple times (Denver Post) and The Rocky Mountain News’ Best Of (Blues Category).

Among the many projects she appears on, Erica is featured on Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside: The Songs of Willie Dixon” (2016). She began appearing with Dan Treanor in 2008.

A Blues Foundation: Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient, Dan Treanor is a Colorado original. Born and raised in Pueblo, Dan entered the blues world when he was sixteen, playing in the Steel City Blues Band.

In 2004, he got signed to the well respected independent blues label Northern Blues Music. Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee – African Wind (2004) was nominated Blues Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.  Dan has received three Independent Music Award nominations.

In 2013, Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown took home 3rd Place Honors in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. In 2015 they released Born to Love the Blues, which also features Erica’s daughter MJ.

Lionel Young first appears on the scene in the early to mid 90s and is featured on Otis Taylor‘s 1997 debut When Negroes Walked the Earth.

It wouldn’t be until the 21st century, however, that the classically trained violinist comes to the attention of the blues world by making history at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), as the only artist to ever win twice, in the 2008 solo-duo competition and the 2011 band competition.

Cary Morin first showed up on stages in Fort Collins in the 1980s with his band the Atoll.

Now recognized as one of the nation’s leading acoustic blues artists, Cary has performed at renowned venues and festivals around the globe including the Kennedy Center, the Paris Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Blues Festival to name a few.

Cary’s career in Colorado ranks among the most awarded. He’s been honored with the Fort Collins Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) and is a Telluride Blues and Brews Blues Champion (2019).

Cary has also earned Indigenous Music Awards for Best Blues CD for Cradle to the Grave (2017) and for When I Rise (2019) and an Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD for When I Rise.

Colorado Springs artist John-Alex Mason passed away at the age of 35, in October 2011, but not without leaving a lasting legacy as one of the state’s most celebrated bluesmen. In 2001 he won the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition. He released five albums between 2000 and 2011.

The Informants / Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene – Fronted by Kerry Pastine, the Informants fans voted the band as the winner of the Westword Music Award for Best Blues (2008-2010). Their album Crime Scene Queen won the International Blues Competition for Best Self-Produced CD of 2010.

Kerry and her husband Paul (guitar) spun off from the Informants to create the Crime Scene. They earned the 2019 Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Award for Band of the Year, Best Recording for City of Love, Best Female Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Best Live Moment for the City of Love CD release party.

With six albums to their credit since 2004, the modern electric blues inspired Mojomama has been a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge Memphis (2018, 2019) and won several awards from the Colorado Blues Society, including Best Self Produced CD and Favorite Female Vocalist (2015, 2018) and the Members Choice Awards for Best Band in 2019.

The acts I mentioned above represent only a handful of the many blues acts that have crossed the stages of Colorado, from the smallest pubs to the biggest festivals. Upcoming festivals include the Trinidaddio Blues Fest (Aug 22), and the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Sept 16-18).

Touring artists like Cary Morin and Lionel Young act as ambassadors of Colorado blues around the United States, and in other countries.

Erica Brown continues to play a major role in our blues scene today, as does Lionel Young who Erica has teamed up with in a new project called Blues Circus – that also features Erica’s daughter MJ along with John Magnie and Steve Amadee from Del Shamen that Erica participated in.

Time will tell when, where and how far the next group of blues artists in Colorado music history will rise up to claim their place – in Colorado Blues PT3 – Rising Stars and Future Promise.

To learn more about the blues in Colorado visit the Colorado Blues Society and Mile High Blues Society.

#COMUSIC TOP 40 2022 (so far)

So, where are we as of the end of JUNE 2022? Here’s a look at where we are mid-way in the year — and a good idea of what might make the TOP 40 for year-end.

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.388.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

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