BOY THIS IS TOUGH – Pls Support

“Between April 1 and July 31, Colorado’s music industry lost 8,327 jobs and $344.6 million in sales revenue, according to a report released this week by Denver Arts & Venues. This represents 51% of total employment in the industry statewide and 24% of its annual sales revenue, wrote Colorado State University researcher Michael Seman.

Denver took the hardest hit, with losses in the metro region estimated at 4,525 jobs and $213.7 million in sales revenue — or more than half of all jobs in the region’s music industry and 25% of its annual sales revenue. The majority of these losses at both the state and regional level are in the “musicians, managers and agents” and “live events” sectors of the industry, the report said.

And this is after only six months.”

This article from The Know/Denver Post hit me particularly hard this morning.  I’m a “old timer” in the Colorado music scene.  I’ve been here since the 70s – doing what I do – music and radio.  In fact, music and radio is all I do and all I’ve done since the late 90s when I closed down my previous family owned/operated business.

RADIO can’t replace what we’ve lost.  Not even close.  However, as a fan one thing we can all do is support locally produced independent non-commercial public/community and college radio stations.  There are over 20 such stations in Colorado today. That’s where most Colorado music is heard today.

Today, the Colorado Playlist​ is broadcast by 12 stations and is heard over 24FM frequencies 58 hours a week in Colorado. AND I NEED YOUR HELP. I borrowed heavily to keep Colorado music on the airwaves, since my prime sources of revenue are now gone. At some point I need to generate revenue to pay back the loans and pay the bills.

I’ve reduced my normal ad-support rates by 50% for COVID affected businesses. Want your business mentioned statewide? Email me at coloradoplaylist@gmail.com for information.

If you’d care to make a donation pls do so via PayPal at coloradoplaylist@gmail.com or at Chrisk-2 on Venmo.

Sincerely and with Love,
Chris “K” Kresge
Founder / President / Producer / Host
Rocky Mountain Music Network LLC
The Colorado Sound

The Summer of No Music: Loss of concerts makes Denver question its cultural identity

 

 

 

CP S14 EP31 2020

Monday AUG 10 2020  DOWN TIME may have the most resilient release out this year – maintaining its TOP 5 weekly status, even as Nathaniel Rateliff’s latest falls from the TOP 5.  THREE of this week’s TOP 5 were recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana.

Established in 1989, Dockside is known internationally for its illustrious string of albums by B.B. King, Sixteen Horsepower, and Sunny Landreth to name just a few.  Add Cary Morin, the Gasoline Lollipops and Johnny & the Mongrels to the list — all three of which make this week’s TOP 5.

TOP 5 WK ENDING AUGUST 08

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 12 Colorado radio stations use Spinitron.

COLORADO RADIO (14 stations / 132 titles tracked)

1. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
2. POST TRUTH SERUMModern Victims LP (Mar-20)
3. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy SINGLE (Aug-20)
4. JOHNNY & THE MONGRELSCreole Skies LP (Jul-20)
5. DOWN TIMEHurts Being Alive LP (Mar-20)

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (includes international, national and Internet radio stations irrespective of date / year of release)

Not a lot of movement this week with the TOP 5 essentially remaining the same and recent releases from Kayla Marque and Andy Sydow still maintaining TOP 40 positions. Fifty Dollar Friend jumps back into the TOP 40 at #18 with their debut album In Black & White.

1. REVEREND FREAKCHILD– The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Mar-20)
2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
4. LEE SIMS  A Few More Miles to Go LP (May-20)
5. MOJOMAMA – Red White and Blues LP (May-18)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. NOW OPEN for food, music and movies.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal – Bad (1987) **Caribou Ranch Collection**
(N) Johnny & The Mongrels – Louisiana Girl – Creole Skies (2020)

Coal Town Reunion – 1984 – Stories We Tell (2019)
Angie Stevens & The Beautiful Wreck – Heaven Knows (Revisited) – Beautiful & True (2016)
Vivian – The Warped Glimmer – The Warped Glimmer (2020)
Fifty Dollar Friend – Not Thinking About You – In Black and White (2020)
Zephyr – Don’t Come Back – Heartbeat (1981)
Dan Fogelberg – Phoenix – Phoenix (1980)
(P) Claire HeywoodLetter Day (2020)
Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics – See You Again – From the Sea (2019)
Whiskey Blanket – Rule The Roost (Featuring Macklemore) – No Object (2010)
Keith Oxman – Breeze (Blow My Baby Back) – East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Return To Forever – Sorceress – Romantic Warrior (1976) **Caribou Ranch Collection**
(D) Barry OllmanLockdown Times (2020)


Jill Sobule – Where Do I Begin – Nostalgia Kills (2018)
Trash Cat – Robot Girlfriend – Welcome to Trash City (2019)
Big Gigantic – Friends (feat. Ashe) – Free Your Mind (2020)
The String Cheese Incident – Vertigo – SCI Sound Lab Radio EP (2019)
The Apples In Stereo – Can You Feel It? – New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
OneRepublic – Won’t Stop – Dreaming Out Loud (2007)
(N) Sean Waters & the Sunrise Genius – Moon Down – Easy Graces EP (2020)

Audible – Delicate – First Contact (2019)
Dubskin – That Day Will Come – Light The Dark (2017)
Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk – Slam Dunk (2014)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

The latest from Eldren was filmed in Denver and Japan.  Eldren once again shows off their considerable skills and are recent adds on the Colorado Playlist and at 105.5 The Colorado Sound.

Please help Rocky Mountain Music Relief feed musicians.  Donations of $15 or more receive a #COmusic COVID mask as a thank you. Proceeds will benefit food needy musicians and their families. Please make sure to provide your address so we can mail your mask.

Float Like A Buffalo – Driveway Show Review 8/8/20

Live music is happening in Colorado.  No, it’s not like it was.  There are no rooms packed elbow to elbow, there are no festivals, and this is no Red Rocks or any of the other exceptional outdoor live music venues we typically enjoy every summer.  But there is live music.  

Over the past two weekends I’ve driven over a thousand miles in-state, during which I saw or heard live music taking place in the Poudre Canyon, Grand Lake, Snowmass, Basalt and Buena Vista.

This past Saturday my girlfriend Claire and I hosted a driveway concert at her house in suburbia Brighton with Float Like A Buffalo. At nearly 100 degrees the driveway was hot, and obviously (since we were social distancing) not too many people could be seen, though a few brave souls did hang with us.

The band works hard to fit locally into the spaces carved by the pure funky-soul of the Motet, the jazz infused funk of Euforquestra, and the big horn ska of 12 Cents for Marvin among Colorado’s top tier of horn driven bands.

They do drive some ska inspired music. They do some soul driven music and they do have moments where they exert themselves in the jazz vein. But you’d really have to go back to the late 60s/early 70s bands like Pacific Gas & Electric, Ides of March and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to authenticate Float Like A Buffalo as a horn driven rock band.

One of the songs in their set is being recorded as a single, which I hope is a September release. As I sat and drifted into the music, the groove and essence of the performance took me back to the 1969 CTA debut, and that band’s stellar cover of the Steve Winwood classic I’m A Man… a song Float Like a Buffalo would do an admirable job covering themselves.  

They’ve already played a COVID restricted summer of yard and driveway shows and will be a part of Levitt In Your Living Room on AUG 12.  Next,  they hope that 2021 affords them an opportunity to play to audiences in other states, and around ours (much more likely).  Whoever gets to see them is in for a treat.  

CP S14 EP30 2020

Monday AUG 03 2020 –  Cary Morin’s new album, Dockside Saints, isn’t yet officially available for mass consumption via Spotify or YouTube but that doesn’t mean it’s not getting some love from radio where it jumps to #1 this week in the statewide radio airplay chart.  Charlie Stevens new self titled release (serviced by Rocky Mountain Music Network LLC) makes its debut this week at #3, while Down Time extends its TOP five position another week.

The Video Pick of the Week I Can’t Breathe (Again) Feat. Wil Guice, Chy Reco, Ramond, A Meazy (at bottom of post) is a tribute to the BLM movement.  Created by some of Denver’s top hip-hop producers and emcees, in a state of mourning for black lives taken by police, the video is a stunning local reminder of what we’ve seen on the streets and in the news this summer.

Live music is alive and doing as reasonably well as we might expect during COVID.  A long interior drive this weekend took us into Walden, Winter Park, Grand Lake and Estes Park.  Grand Lake and Estes were of course jumpin.  We heard several acoustic acts singing hits from various small stages.

My friends at the Mishawaka have concerts on the calendar with the likes of the Yawpers (AUG 29) and Patti Fiasco (AUG 28).

Every night at 6pm, Denver’s Swallow Hill is streaming live shows of Colorado and national artists on their Facebook page!  This week’s schedule is: https://swallowhillmusic-eb.ticketfly.com/calendar/

  • Aug 3: Cate Downey
  • Aug 4: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Aug 5: Ross James
  • Aug 6: John McCutcheon
  • Aug 7: Justin Roberts
  • Aug 8: Bret Billings w Greg Schochet & Halden Wofford
  • Aug 9: Taarka

I am happy to support  FOCOMA (Fort Collins Musician Association)  Drive and Jive – a weekly series showcasing some of Northern Colorado’s popular acts.

Please help Rocky Mountain Music Relief feed musicians.  Donations of $15 or more receive a #COmusic COVID mask as a thank you. Proceeds will benefit food needy musicians and their families. Please make sure to provide your address so we can mail your mask.

TOP 5 WK ENDING AUGUST 01

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 12 Colorado radio stations use Spinitron.

COLORADO RADIO (14 stations / 112 titles tracked)

1. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
3. CHARLIE STEVENS Charlie Stevens LP (Jul-20)
4. DOWN TIMEHurts Being Alive LP (Mar-20)
5. WHITEWATER RAMBLEPseudonymous LP (Feb-20)

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (inc international, national and Internet radio; irrespective of date / year of release)

1. REVEREND FREAKCHILD– The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Mar-20)
2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
4. MOJOMAMA – Red White and Blues LP (May-18)
5. LEE SIMS A Few More Miles to Go LP (May-20)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. NOW OPEN for food, music and movies.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Billy Joe Shaver – Fit to Kill and Going Out In Style – I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal…But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday (1981)
Billy Joe Shaver – I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday) – I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal…But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday (1981)
(D) John March – Sweet Lorraine – For Once In My Life, a Tribute to Ted Green (2020)

SUCH – The Real Thing – Wide Nose, Full Lips (2019)
Dream Feed – Push and Pull – Dream Feed (2018)
Two Faces West = Brand New Suit – Brand New Suit (2020)
Del Shamen – Come Back Mountain Jill – Singles 1 to 3 (2020)
Freddi HenchiMoonlightin’ (1974)
Rare Silk – American Eyes – American Eyes (1985)
(D) Jayme Stone – Future Promise – Awake (2020)
South to Cedars – Supernovacaine – Tell Everyone (2019)
Great American Taxi – Dr Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show – Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2016)
Space Orphan – Superphonic – Shut Up About the Sun (2017)

HOUR 2

The Beach Boys – Good Timin’ – 15 Big Ones (1976)
The Beach Boys – It’s O.K. – 15 Big Ones (1976)
(N) Cary Morin – Blue Delta Home – Dockside Saints (2020)

Shovels & Rope – Carry Me Home – By Blood (2019)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Damaged One – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Post Truth Serum – THE DISCOTHEQUE – MODERN VICTIMS (2020)
Jeremy Facknitz – Little Devils – From Those Sweet Ashes (2020)
Lord Of Word And The Disciples Of BassThe Open Door (1996)
The Fluid – On My Feet – Purplemetalflakemusic (1992)
(D) Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Demons – Demons EP (2020)

White Rose Motor Oil – Billings to Pueblo – One for the Ages EP (2019)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy – Lock and Key – Rain Fire (2016)
Paa Kow – Cookpot – Cookpot (2017)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

 

TOP 30 COLORADO JULY 2020

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I’m able to track spins at 14 of those stations that have some kind of searchable online database or use Spinitron.

I tracked 110 releases (LP, EP or Single) for the month of July.  A few were advance singles that I got to share on CP network, or that stations got to share in advance of release dates in July.

Spinitron’s playlist generator was developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US. Record promoters, agents and artists are among those most likely to benefit from Spinitron’s detailed and advanced search function.

TOP 30 TITLES JULY 2020

  • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
  • DATE OF RELEASE = JULY 2019-2020
  • (xxx) = JUNE 2020 position

FELL OUT OF THE TOP 40 in JULY

(2) BOOT GUN That What You Got EP May-20
(6) DRAGONDEER Mirage a Trois SINGLE Jun-19
(8) GHOST GNOTES Ghost Gnotes LP May-20
(9) ADAM ANGLIN Am I Gonna Die Now? LP Jun-20
(11) ANDY FRASCO & THE U.NKeep On Keepin’ On LP Apr-20
(12) AUGUSTUS Color Tv and Tall Tales EP May-20
(13) DRAGONDEER Stay High SINGLE May-20
(14) TENNIS Swimmer LP Feb-20
(15) DRAGONDEER All Day SINGLE Mar-20
(16) TREVOR HALL My Own SINGLE Jun-20
(17) JEREMY FACKNITZ From Those Sweet Ashes LP May-20
(21) KYLE EMERSON Only Coming Down LP Nov-19
(21) KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH 2020 EP Mar-20
(21) LIPTRUCE Liptruce EP Nov-19
(21) SLOW CAVES Walk In The Park SINGLE Jul-20
(21) THE 14ers Mountaintop Folk-Pop LP Jul-19
(22) ANDY SYDOW Wicked Dreams EP May-20
(23) TREVOR HALL Put Down What You Are Carrying (f. Brett Dennen) SINGLE Apr-20
(24) TIERRO BAND TIERRO BAND W/BRIDGET LAW LP Oct-19
(25) THE CATCALLS The Catcalls EP Oct-19
(26) ALEXA WILDISH Alexa Wildish LP Feb-20
(27) DREAM FEED Touch the Flame SINGLE Apr-20
(29) CLAIRE HEYWOOD Python SINGLE Apr-20