MMMM – Monday, March 29, 2010

(30 second samples of this week’s featured releases)

Lots of great music this week.  I attended day one of the UMX (Ultimate Music Experience), the official auditions for the 39th Annual CHUN People’s Fair, which is slated for June 5 and 6 this year.  Man there were some great performances, especially from the likes of the Congress, Other Side of Clearview, Quillion and other Denver/Front Range area acts.  On top of that, I’m in the middle of a major home remodel – so I loaded up the iTunes player and went to town on new music this week.  Here’s my five new featured titles for March 29, 2010.  Enjoy 🙂

The Rouge – Lady Luck (single)
Genre/Style:  Rock/alternative
Websitehttp://www.myspace.com/therougeband
Notes: Produced by long time Fort Collins resident singer-songwriter and producer Christopher Jak at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins.  Unsubstantiated report from a highly regarded source this week that the Rouge inked a deal with Atlantic Records.  April Fools or not we’ll see soon I’m sure.  In the meantime, this band is yet another in a long running line of success stories emerging out of Colorado.

The Foot. – Primary Colors
Genre/Style:  Rock
Websitehttp://www.myspace.com/findthefoot
Notes: This band came out of the woodwork this past week thanks to Dave Herrera who blogged about them in Backbeat (Westword).  The full album is available as a free download… and so far the word among local music afficienados has been nothing less than stellar.  I expect a long ride for The Foot.’s debut in 2010.

Jon Ridnell – Reliance
Genre/Style:  roots rock, r&b, blue-eyed soul
Website: N/A
Notes: I had the pleasure of mixing the band that Jon fronts, Black Dog, recently.  Unlike the trio that I mixed sound for, Jon’s solo album is a much bigger endeavor.  Produced by award winning Sally Van Meter, the album features the highly praised talents of Sally, Eric Thorin, Eric Moon, and Dave Watts… with a great list of special guests from the region.

Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
Genre/Style:  Americana, folk, bluegrass
Websitehttp://www.reverbnation.com/thehauntedwindchimes
Notes: Officially, this is the band’s debut full length recording.  Their previous effort was an ep/split called Vice/Versa that came out I believe in 2008.  Full of great harmonies and songwriting that calls to mind the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, this band from Pueblo has been packing in sold out crowds in SoCo and is set to expand state wide.

Dave Lemieux And House Of Soul – Jazz Shaped
Genre/Style:  Jazz, Contemporary Gospel
Websitehttp://www.myspace.com/davelemieuxandhouseofsoul
Notes: I’ve always got to throw some jazz into the mix and this record has captivated me since I first received a copy of it.  Recorded live at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, this is an extremely spirited performance throughout and even includes spoken word/hip-hop influences.  Move beyond the jazz on this record and the band infuses influences ranging from Andrea Crouch to the Winans.. and according to their bio even the music of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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