MMMM – Monday April 26, 2010

Every Sunday, I do at least two things.  Edit my show, the Colorado Sound, for our affiliate stations, and put together the MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).  And every week I am still amazed at the quality of music and recordings that cross my desk, or come in via email.  This week is pretty much no exception, with releases that cover the gamut from funk-rock, to soft-pop, americana-c0untry-folk, and nu-grass-jazz.  Lots of flavors in the basket this week…  so do enjoy — and thanks for supporting Colorado music.

Also, congratulations to all the winners at this year’s FoCoMA Peer Awards.  Another excellent year and another excellent presentation.  🙂

Bop Skizzum – Push
Format – EP CD
Genre/Style: funk, r&b, rock
Website: www.bopskizzum.com
Notes:
Bop Skizzum is the band that Flobots guitarist Andy “Rok” Guerrero started before joining the Flobots.  It’s nice to have him back doing some Bop Skizzum stuff.

Andy Hackbarth – {the last love song}
Format – LP CD
Genre/Style: pop, adult contemporary
Website: www.myspace.com/andyhackbarth
Notes: Andy grew up in Colorado.  Like others before him, namely folks like Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom, he went to Nashville (2006) to learn songwriting and performance skills.  He loves pop.  He’s got an excellent voice and the kind of looks that young girls swoon over (do they still swoon?).  Hackbarth emerged as one of the brightest young stars on the touring circuit in 2009, playing over 150 shows from, quite literally, coast to coast. It included stops such as the legendary Bitter End in New York, the historic Fox Theater in Colorado, the Hotel Café in California, as well as Venice Beach and Nokia Plaza as part of the Los Angeles Triathlon.  Andy has opened for Jimmy Wayne, Lonestar, Katie Armiger, Buddy Jewell, Due West, Blue County, and many others. He was named to the “Top 10 New Artists” list by Soundsugar, and is the winner of several major competitions, including that of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). Andy was also recently selected as a finalist and Honorable Mention Awardee in the International Songwriting Competition (from a pool of over 15,000 applicants).  Hackbarth’s song, “We Ain’t Done Yet”, was featured by Major League Baseball during the World Series and aired on over 40 major radio stations. He is also the co-founder of the Nashville-based non-profit, Songs for the Cure (www.SongsForTheCure.org).

Matt Campbell – How Can I Love You/Gunfighters
Format – 7″ single
Genre/Style: Americana, country-folk
Personnel:
Matt Campbell – guitars, vocals
Mike Wolf – Electric guitar
Dennis Bigelow – upright bass
Chris Kennison – pedal steel
Ben Brown – drums
Produced by Mike Wolf
Recorded by Chris Kennison at Seldom Fed Studios, Fort Collins CO
Mastered by Jim Wilson, Airshow Mastering
Notes: Matt Campbell no longer lives in Colorado.  He moved to Chicago a couple of years ago.  However, he’s still a Coloradoan and the personnel are all from Colorado – mostly NoCo… and he has a brother living in Telluride – so hopefully KOTO will pick up on this release.

Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
Format: LP CD
Genre/Style: Neo-acoustic, bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, “dawg”
Website: www.myspace.com/grantgordy
Produced by: Grant Gordy & Jayme Stone
Personnel:
Alex Hargreaves (fiddle)
Paul Kowert (bass)
Dominick Leslie (mandolin)
Jayme Stone (banjo)
David Grisman (mandolin) – special guest
Recorded by Mario Casillio at Notably Fine Audio Denver
Mixed and Mastered at Airshow Mastering Boulder
Notes: Grant is now the David Grisman Quintet guitarist.  That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?  World class acoustic music all the way around, impeccably produced and recorded.

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