Up & Coming – March 2010
Andrea Ball – Dial Tone
Genre/Style: Rock, Pop, indie/alternative
Born and raised in Denver, Andrea began studying piano at age eight. She received a music degree at the University of Colorado and has been performing in the Denver area since. Her debut, Dial Tone, is set for a March 23 release. Recorded by John Macy & Nathan Johnson at John Macy’s Studio in Denver. Andrea is one of a couple dozen Colorado acts appearing in two separate Colorado showcases at the 2010 SXSW. The album features Andrea Ball (piano, guitar, vocals), Neil McCormick (bass, banjo), Carl Sorensen (drums, melodica), Dan Craig (electric guitar, vocals), Chris Eagleton (synths), Kailin Yong (strings, saw), Bethany Speer (cello), Jason Klobnak (horns).
Fierce Bad Rabbit – All I Have Is You (single)
Genre/Style: Rock, indie/alternative
Fort Collins based Fierce Bad Rabbit released one of the top indie/alternative rock debut records of 2009 with their self-titled debut that contained the “hits” Everything Is Alright and Sink Like A Stone. According to band leader Chris Anderson, their new album should be out this summer – but in the meantime the new single is available to download for free at their website.
Joel Decatur – Seeking the House-Builder
Genre/Style: Rock, pop
Joel enlisted Kris Smith (James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Josh Ritter) to produce his debut album. Although Joel’s personal description of his music is Americana/Folk, there is nothing on the album that represents either genre. The album features performances by Kris Smith (drums), Matt Tahaney (bass), Sam Kassirer of Josh Ritter’s band (piano, keys, organ and vibraphones); Brad Smith from Blind Melon makes an appearance on bass on the track, Trust. Nick Duarte from Fort Collins’ band Post Paradise adds some guitar and vocals to Bitter Days and guitar on Dancing On Our Graves. Amy Morgan, also from Post Paradise, adds some beautiful cello to the track, I Won’t Ask. Ryan Spraker from Eli “Paper Boy” Reed & The True Loves, banjo on Run, Run, Run. Jason Lawrence from NH band, Flawd, electric violin on two cuts, Bitter Days and Dancing On our Graves.
The Autumn Film – The Ship and the Sea
Genre/Style: Pop, adult alternative
“Like a post-collegiate Fiona Apple jamming with Snow Patrol, [The Autumn Film] serves up a piano-drenched sincerity topped off with a voice that’s wise and heartbroken beyond its years” ~The Onion. Their debut album, Safe and Sound, earned them the praise “Best Band to Come out of Nowhere” by The Westword. The new album is sure to bring them considerably more praise, and hopefully airplay.
The Big Motif – The Big Motif (ep)
Genre/Style: Rock, blues-rock, funk, reggae, jam
What started out as a three piece featuring three high school kids a few years ago has turned into a four piece of remarkable virtuosos who are still “teenagers.” The group ranges from 18-20 years of age, yet founding members Tony Pacello, Hunter Roberts and Jeff Jani have been playing together for 5 years. Originally called The Runnin’ Wild Band, these guys hooked up by winning a Fox Radio / Lewis and Floorwax on-air competition for the best young musicians in Colorado. During the RWB 5 year run, they got the chance to play hundreds of shows inside and outside of Colorado, including sharing the stage with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ted Nugent, and Johnny Winter. Hot off the press, The CD features a blend of styles including blues, jazz, funk, reggae and psychedelic rock, c0-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Beegle.
Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
Genre/Style: Rock, roots rock, americana, jamband
Produced by Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and featuring Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), this is GAT’s second cd following their 2007 debut “Steets of Gold.” Their sound is a concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll. According to the band’s website, the 13 tracks on Reckless Habits gleefully stretch the boundaries of American roots music with a nod to both tradition and the future. …including the likes of Gram Parsons, the Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, and more.