News, Notes & Spins – June 1, 2010

The question that is always at the top of my goat-brain is, “how do we get more Colorado recordings aired on more of Colorado’s radio stations?”  I am extremely grateful to the members of RMCR (Rocky Mountain Community Radio) for the efforts they put forth in airing and promoting Colorado music.  Always seems like stations are throwing a party with Colorado music intact – and playing lots of unique Colorado titles on their independently produced programs… so that’s all for that 🙂  There’s lots of News and Notes from our brothers and sisters in RMCR so let’s get right to it…. See you back here on July 1.

NEWS and NOTES

KBUT (Crested Butte) is in the process of installing new digital broadcasting equipment to their main transmitter site on Sunlight Ridge above Crested Butte.  The equipment is scheduled to be installed in early June and will add digital HD radio sideband to their normal analog FM signal.  The upgrade is expected to improve reliability of their broadcast signal and also allow them to better monitor their signal from the KBUT studios.  This upgrade was made possible in large part through a grant from CPB.

KOTO (Telluride) music director Suzanne Cheavens reports:  The folks at KOTO-FM Telluride are looking forward to another fantastic summer of live music in what has often been refered to as “The Festival Capitol of Colorado.”  KOTO will again be broadcasting/streaming the Telluride Bluegrass Festival live all weekend long, June 17-20. Bluegrass stalwarts such as Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien will be on-hand for the four-day gathering, as well as the likes of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Keller and the Keels and a host of other acts to help celebrate the Summer Solstice.

The Telluride Wine Festival has been augmenting it’s world-class celebration of all things wine and food with cool indie acts. This year, Devotchka, Blitzen Trapper, Jackie Greene and Jason Isbell and 400 Unit. I think it will be fun pairing just the right wine with each of these amazing acts! That’s June 24-27.

KOTO is celebrating 35 years on the air this year and the KOTO Doo-Dah concert is going to be one heck of a party in the park. The headline act has yet to be announced but stop by our website, koto.org for that big news, tickets and volunteer opportunities for our July 10 shindig.

I’ll hold off on the rest of the summer for next month’s edition of Chris K’s fabulous music and radio column. Til then, never lose sight of your shadooby.

KSUT (Ignacio) Development Director Beth Warren has exited the building.  Beth Warren has announced her resignation from KSUT after 18 years in various capacities at the station, including Development Director, Business Manager, Executive Director and most recently Community Development Director.  She is probably best known among listeners for conducting some of the most entertaining and compelling interviews heard on local public radio. From her conversations with touring musicians, to features on local non-profits, to her natural ability to banter with anyone about virtually anything, Beth created her own public radio driveway moments.

“My time at KSUT has surpassed anything a normal person should be able to experience.”  said Warren.  “From the very first day, I found myself surrounded by an amazing radio product.  With terrific staff, volunteers and financial supporters, it could only improve year-by-year. As Betty White likes to say, ‘I’m the luckiest broad on two legs.’  I wouldn’t have missed a single moment of it, and I am so grateful to everyone for their friendship and enthusiasm over the years.”

Warren has accepted a six-month position with KNAU-Arizona Public Radio, in Flagstaff, as Development Director.

KAFM (Grand Junction) reports in with a couple of noteworthy events that may not have made it in this column in the past month or two … congrats to station manager Ryan Stringfellow on his recent marriage … and congrats to the station and to development director Judy Craddock, who has returned from working in other non-profit endeavors in the Denver area.

From KVNF (Paonia): Pickin’ In the Park Free Summer Concert Series by Rob Miller

Pickin’ Productions, in conjunction with KVNF, team up with First Colorado National Bank, the Towns of Ridgway and Paonia and a number of other sponsors to bring Western Colorado the third annual outdoor free summer concerts series, Pickin’ in the Park!

Last year the events drew crowds up to 1000 people each evening.  The music was as beautiful and inspiring as the scenery and the cool night air.  The concerts will again be held in the gorgeous town parks of Paonia and Ridgway.  This year KVNF will be broadcasting all the concerts live on the air, including the opening acts!   If you can’t make the concert, just tune in at 6pm each Thursday in July and August and KVNF will bring the sounds of the park to your home.

The series begins on July 8th in Ridgway with the eleven piece Austin, TX sensation, T Bird and the Breaks.  Think Stax Records, choreographed back-up singers, horn section and lots of dancing!  Opening the show is the ever entertaining Two Man Gentlemen Band from Boston, Mass.  On July 15th Bearfoot treats us to some sweet bluegrass and folk music all the way from Alaska, with Durango’s hottest bluegrass outfit Waiting on Trial opening the show.  We close the Ridgway series on July 22nd with indie rockers Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside from Portland, Oregon.  Boulder’s Elephant Revival will open the show.

The series moves to Paonia on Thursday August 5th with an opening set from Paonia’s favorite troubadour, Russ Chapman.  He’ll be followed by Christabel and the Johns, swingy folk music from Knoxville, Tennessee.  On August 12th all the way from Brooklyn, NY will be the Sweetback Sisters,  alt-country dance music, bring your best boots!  The Plowboys from Ft Collins open the show.  August 19th will begin with The Honey Dewdrops from Virginia, followed by world-class jazz with the Ron Miles Quartet.  Ron regularly plays with jazz great, Bill Frisell as well as Elvis Costello.  The series concludes on August 26th with the Caleb Klauder Country Band from Portland, Oregon – soulful, real-deal honky tonk.  Opening will be old-time fiddler Betse Ellis from the Wilders together with KC Groves from Uncle Earl, with their duo called Wild Earl. Visit http://www.pickinproductions.com for more information.

The atmosphere is family friendly, enjoyable for both the youngsters and the elders. The parks provide a seemingly endless shady grassy lawn to lay blankets and chairs on, with plenty of room for the kids to run around, or a game of Frisbee, or some hoola-hooping.  All the concerts include food vendors emphasizing locally grown and prepared food.  You’re welcome to bring a picnic as well.  For the children, both parks have large playgrounds.  In Ridgway “The Fun Lady” will have her costumes and fun available for the kids to enjoy.   In Paonia, there will be a kids activity area featuring local artists each week to work on projects with the kids.  Also, in Paonia there are music scholarships awarded to local youth and there will be a special afternoon music workshop for the kids featuring the Plowboys on August 12th.  All children’s activities are free and open to everyone.

Speaking for Pickin’ Productions, we’re thrilled to be working again with KVNF, as well as the municipalities of Paonia and Ridgway.  Together with local businesses, we form a seemingly unprecedented coalition of profits and non-profits to bring the communities this free series.  Please take the time to thank all parties involved.  We’ll see you in the park!

KVNF Cherry Days Music Swap KVNF loves introducing its listeners to new or unfamiliar music. Usually we do this over the airwaves, but this summer during Paonia’s Cherry Days we’re going to do it in person. KVNF is offering its Talmage Lounge area as a Music Swap arena, Friday, July 2. You can bring in cds, albums, or tapes of music you would like to trade. Leave what you bring and take items someone else has left. It’s a great way to get out of the heat, cool off with a glass of lemonade and take home some new music. We’ll have listening stations available if there’s anything you want to explore before deciding to take it home. So start culling out your musical library now to be ready for the KVNF Cherry Days Music Swap, July 2, 233 Grand Ave. in Paonia.

Boondocker, over at DenverRadio.net reported recently:  On May 25th,  KGNU-FM 88.5 (Boulder) installed a new FM antenna in hopes of better coverage in metro Denver.  KGNU hopes to increase its current 1,000-watt output to 4,000 watts. It will still transmit under the lower wattage until it receives tentative approval from the FCC for signal testing. That testing authority should come in about 6 weeks (roughly mid-July), according to Fuqua. What will follow is 30 days of testing at the higher power, and Fuqua has a cadre of folks in various areas who are set to do the monitoring. Once that’s done, if KGNU and the FCC are satisfied with the results, the station can make the power boost permanent.  To gain tentative approval for the power boost, KGNU had to agree to a directional signal pattern which carves out a notch to the northwest to protect the potential signal of a religious broadcaster who owns the rights to run a repeater on that frequency in Estes Park.  According to KGNU station manager, Sam Fuqua, even if the new, stronger FM signal blankets metro Denver, there is no plan to sell KGNU’s AM signal, which now simulcasts the FM side. He said alternative programming could be aired on 1390.

MUSIC CHART LEGEND

DEBUT = 1st time appearing on chart
(NC) = not charted in previous month
(XX) = last month’s chart position

TOP 40 Colorado Spins – May 2010
(225 titles logged/125 reported as played in May)

(2) 1. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time (Yep Roc) pop/indie
(1) 2. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits (Thirty Tigers) roots rock/americana
(9) 3. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister (2Dolla Reccas) americana
(3) 4. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss (Rounder) folk/modern folk
(12) 5. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime (self) americana/country/folk
(4) 6. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills (self) bluegrass/jamgrass
(DEBUT) 7. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3 (Telarc) blues
(7) 8. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) rock/adult alternative
(8) 9. Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues (SCI Fidelity) bluegrass/new-grass
(20) 10. GT and the Sidewinders – Across America (self) rock/alternative country-rock
(6) 11. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t (2Dolla Reccas) americana
(DEBUT) 12. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy (self) bluegrass/new-grass
(26) 13. Tequila Mockingbird – Luck & Trouble (self) rock
(12) 14. Boulder Acoustic Society – Punchline (Nine Mile Records) rock/roots rock/adult alternative
(DEBUT) 15. 30db – One Man Show (SCI Fidelity) rock/adult alternative
(14) 16. the Motet – Dig Deep (self) funk/r&b/soul/jazz
(5) 17. Euforquestra – Soup (self) world/reggae/ska/funk
(NC) 18. Colcannon – Three Days in May (Oxford Road) world/Celtic
(16)19. Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine (Blank Tape) americana
(20) 20. Hollyfelds – Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo (self) americana/country
(DEBUT) 21. Greg Harris Vibe Quintet – Glass Gold (self) jazz
(DEBUT) 22. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back in My Hometown (Fossyl Records) blues
(NC) 23. Juno What?! – Late Night (self) funk
(NC) 23. Pretty Lights – Passing By Behind Your Eyes (self) electronic/dj dance
(17) 24. Kyle Hollingsworth – Then There’s Now (SCI Fidelity) rock/funk
(NC) 25. Andrea Ball – Dial Tone (self) rock/adult alternative
(NC) 25. the Autumn Film – The Ship and the Sea (self) rock/pop/adult alternative
(15) 25. Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show (Frog Pad) rock/americana
(19) 26. Carbon Choir – High Beams (self) rock/adult alternative
(16) 27. Dave LeMieux & House of Soul – Jazz Shaped (House of Soul) jazz
(11) 27. the Informants – Crime Scene Queen (Wipe It Off!) blues
(NC) 28. the Jurassicasters – The Jurassicasters (Hapi Skratch)  rock/classic rock
(NC) 29. Megan Burtt – It Ain’t Love (self) adult contemporary/pop
(10) 30. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Videsh (self) jazz/world/India
(DEBUT) 30. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful (single) (BIG) rock/adult alternative
(NC) 30. Erik Applegate – Red Skies (self) jazz
(NC) 30. Lelah Simon – Third Week of April (LSM) jazz
(22) 31. the Big Motif – Big Motif (Hapi Skratch) rock/blues-rock/jamband
(DEBUT) 32. Tin Horn Prayer – Get Busy Dying (Suburban Home) rock/alternative roots rock
(DEBUT) 33. Bop Skizzum – Push (self) funk

Fell out of Top 40 – May
(13) Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere
(17) Shel – Try to Scream
(18) Fierce Bad Rabbit – Everything Is Alright
(18) Todd Adelman & the Love Handles – Todd Adelman & the Love Handles
(20) Everything Absent or Distorted – The Lucky One
(21) Chain Gang of 1974 – White Guts
(22) Blue Canyon Boys – House Full of Sorrow
(23) Arliss Nancy – Dance to Forget
(23) Chuck Pyle – The Spaces in Between
(24) Spring Creek – Way Up On a Mountain
(24) The Foot. – Primary Colors
(25) Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck – Queen of This Mess
(25) Matt Morris – When Everything Breaks Open
(25) Six Months to Live – This Is What Happens
(26) Hello Kavita – To A Loved One
(26) Martin Gilmore – Martin Gilmore
(27) Candy Claws – In the Dream of the Sea Life

MAY DROPS (13 months old)
Bad Weather California – Young Punks
Blue Canyon Boys – House Full of Sorrow
Cowtown – No End of Love
Gritch – Sunday Morning Train EP
Keith Oxman – Doing All Right
King For A Day – Ghost In the Mainstream
Weekend Weather – Heat Lightning

MAY ADDS
30db – One Man Show
Arliss Nancy – Truck Stop Roses
Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful (single)
Bop Skizzum – Push
Brooke Northrop – Alive
Davey & the Blu Dog – Play Your Blues Away
David Rynhart – By The Hollow Tree
Frogs Gone Fishing – Act Natural
Greg Harris Vibe Quintet – Glass Gold
the Gromet – Colorado Captain
Jeff Jenkins – The Healing
Jerry Palmer – Cherry Picking
Kinetix – Let Me In
King For A Day – the light is on and shining brightly for the masses
Lisa Bell – Dancing On the Moon
the Mighty Jivesters – Side One
Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
Something Underground – Intention and Release
Tickle Me Pink – On Your Way Down
Tin Horn Prayer – Get Busy Dying
Wire Faces – Wire Faces

SELECT STATION SPINS

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
2. GT and the Sidewinders – Across America
3. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
4. Jaden – Midnight Sky
4. Juno What?! – Late Night
5. Colcannon – Three Days in May
5. Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues
5. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
5. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
6. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
1. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
1. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
1. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
2. Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues
2. Pretty Lights – Passing By Behind Your Eyes
2. Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show
3. Blue Canyon Boys – House Full of Sorrow
3. Boulder Acoustic Society – Punchline
3. Houses – Fall EP
3. Kyle Hollingsworth – Then There’s Now
3. Loose Cannon Bluegrass – Loose Cannon Bluegrass
3. the Motet – Dig Deep
3. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. GT and the Sidewinders – Across America
1. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Smokestack Lightening (single)
2. Colcannon – Three Days in May
2. Euforquestra – Soup
2. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
2. the Motet – Dig Deep
2. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
2. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
2. Tequila Mockingbird – Luck & Trouble

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
2. The Apples in Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
2. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
2. GT and the Sidewinders – Across America
3. Flobots – Survival Story
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere
3. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
4. Chris Daniels & BMaster – We’ll Meet Again
4. Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues
4. Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
4. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t
4. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime
4. Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show

KOTO (Telluride)
1. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
2. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
3. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t
3. Otis Taylor – Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs
4. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful (single)
4. Euforquestra – Soup
4. Lelah Simon – Third Week of April
4. the Motet – Dig Deep
4. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
4. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
2. Colcannon – Three Days in May
2. Dominant 7 & the Jazz Messengers – 14 Channels
2. Ricky Sweum – Pulling Your Own Strings
3. Changing Colors – Ghost of Red Mountain
3. Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
3. Hollyfelds – Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo
3. the Knew – The Knew’s Pulperia
4. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
4. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
4. Leftover Salmon – Celebrating 20 Years of Leftover Salmon
4. Mitguards – Lookin’ For Something True
4. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
4. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
4. Tequila Mockingbird – Luck & Trouble

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
2. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
3. Tickle Me Pink – On Your Way Down
4. The Subdudes – Flower Petals
4. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
5. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back In My Hometown
5. Greg Harris Vibe Quintet – Glass Gold
5. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
5. 30db – One Man Show
5. the Apples in Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time

KSJD (Cortez)
1. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
2. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
2. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t
3. the Beautiful Loser Society – The Long Slow Decline
3. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits

KUVO (Denver)
1. Adam Bodine Trio – The Chauffer
2. Greg Harris Vibe Quintet – Glass Gold
2. Neil Bridge 7+ – “Yes, I Am Still Here”
3. Barbara Ernst – April Child: Mistura Bela (Beautiful Mix)
3. Johnny O. – A Volta
4. Jeff Jenkins – The Healing
5. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Videsh
5. Erik Applegate – Red Skies
5. Keith Oxman – Doing All Right
5. Lelah Simon – Third Week of April
5. Ricky Sweum – Pulling Your Own Strings

KVNF (Paonia)
1. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
2. Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister
3. 30db – One Man Show
4. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime
5. the Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
6. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
6. Honey Don’t – Honey Don’t
7. Otis Taylor – Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs
8. the Beautiful Loser Society – The Long Slow Decline
8. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful (single)

The Colorado Sound
1. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
1. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime
2. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
3. Bop Skizzum – Push
4. 30db – One Man Show
4. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
4. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back In My Hometown
4. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
5. Andrea Ball – Dial Tone
5. the Autumn Film – The Ship and the Sea
5. Carbon Choir – High Beams
5. Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
5. the Lovely & Talented – The New American Fable
5. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
6. Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues

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