COLORADO BEST OF 2013

Goat_Logo_color_on_white17,000.  That was my goal.  For the year.  For unique page views for all of 2013.  I would have been pleased with that kind of growth over last year’s views.  A reasonable 10% increase.  Doable.  32,700+?  With over 16,000 coming in December alone?  I’ve never seen 16,000 views in a year, let alone a month before.  All I can say is “wow; just wow.”

The Colorado Sound Live365 launched on April 1, and has been a bit a challenge to grow.  December has been the best month, no doubt due to the tremendous number of visits to the website.  In December the station averaged just at 22 streams a day at about a 30 minute average TSL (time spent listening).

Thanks to all who contributed towards the $1200 goal to keep things moving forward thru the end of the current license period on March 31.  That really means a lot, so thank you for that.  We’re still a little short of making the full goal.  Please share the link to the station with your friends.  I’d like to keep this growing into 2014.  Numbers matter.

Since I began this annual rite about five years ago now, I’ve included a “critics’ list” each year – a call out to friends in the business and some select fans and musicians who know what’s up in Colorado.  This year I did things just a little differently.  Instead of a “critics’ list” this year I launched several FAN FAVORITE POLLS.  The overall TOP 20 FAN FAVORITE ALBUM/EPS are below.  Follow the links for the category breakouts.

Best Video 2013
Best Female Vocal Performance (SONG) 2013
Americana / Alt-country / Bluegrass 
Blues / Rhythm & Blues 
Folk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
Indie / New Alternative 
Jazz / Instrumental 
Pop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover 
Rock / AAA / ALT / AOR
Urban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soul 

There are lots of ways to measure the success of a record – sales, airplay, fan favorite, critics’ favorites, etc.  But, generally speaking, it is sales, “radio” airplay, placements (tv shows, commercials, movie soundtracks) and YouTube views that are the visible markers of success.  Sprinkle on some major awards for extra credit.  So, aside from the FAN FAVORITE POLLS and  TOP 40 SPINS this is how things looked to me this year.  

OVERALL TOP 5 2013 

OneRepublic, Native#1 – OneRepublic – “Native.”  Unlike last year’s big breakout hit by the Lumineers, you will not find OneRepublic represented in the TOP 40 below.  The album was not popular with non-comm station djs.  This was a commercial hit.  And a big one at that.

The current single from the album, “Counting Stars,” is one of the band’s most successful, ever.  It is their first top five hit since “Apologize” in 2006, landing at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It has also been a big hit overseas, landing at the top of airplay charts in the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.  Look at the popularity bar based on sales at iTunes – it SMOKED “Apologize” and everything they’ve done since.  The video has had 107,592,715 views and counting.  

pretty lights_color map of the sun#2 – Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World #6 in radio spins in Colorado, #1 COLORADO FAN FAVORITE  Urban Contemporary/EDM/Hip Hop/Soulit peaked nationally at #24 The Billboard 200, #14 Digital Albums, #2 Electronic Albums, #4 Independent Albums + a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album … that’s enough to earn most records “Record of the Year.”  One of the most popular urban contemporary records of the year at radio around the state – with significant airplay stats at KBUT, KRCC, and Radio 94.9 Colorado.  YouTube views = 822,352.  

Elephant Revival_these changing skies#3 – Elephant Revival – “These Changing Skies.”  #3 in airplay statewide for the year, it broke the TOP 20 of the national Americana Music Association airplay charts.  NPR Music/Folk Alley selected it as part of “The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013,” and it was one of NPR Music‘s “10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013.”  It was consistently one of the most played records at our reporting stations statewide, making #1 at several stations statewide throughout the year.

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weatherman#4 – Gregory Alan Isakov  “The Weatherman.”  It managed to crack the top spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, as well as #5 on the Billboard folk charts.  In Colorado it was the undisputed leader in spins per month statewide, landing at #1 for the year, despite it not hitting radio until June. 

otis taylor_my world is gone#5Otis Taylor  “My World is Gone.”  Hitting #4 for the year at Colorado radio, it should come as no surprise that Otis is once again at the top of the page for one of his albums.  The man just cannot stop winning accolades and awards, nominated this year for Blues Foundation Music Awards 2013 Best Contemporary Blues Artist.

FAN FAVORITE ALBUM/EP

Fans definitely came out in support of their favorites.  Fans voted for 142 album/ep titles, and set all time page view records in the process.

1. Kramies – The Wooden Heart (rock) 2. Michael Kirkpatrick – Key to My Cage (folk)
3. Joshua Trinidad – Maritime (jazz)
4. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights (rock)
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant (rock)
6. Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are (folk)
7. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out (jazz)
8. Cary Morin – Streamline (blues)
9. Wire Faces – King Cataract (rock)
10. Post Paradise – Digging Secrets (rock)
11. Joe Johnson – New West Sound (country-folk)
12. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies (folk-rock)
13. The Changing Colors – Joan & the King (indie-folk)
14. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round (bluegrass)
15. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round (rock/indie)
16. Instant Empire – Keep UP! (rock/indie)
17. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize (blues)
18. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (folk)
19. Covenhoven – Covenhoven (rock/indie)
20. Aakash Mittal Quartet w/Ron Miles – Ocean (jazz)

TOP 40 COLORADO AIRPLAY 2013

Here are the TOP 40 most played Colorado records in the past year at our incredible network of stations that have been dedicated to airing Colorado music —
KAFM (Grand Junction)
KBUT (Crested Butte)
KDNK (Carbondale)
KDUR (Durango)
KGNU (Boulder)
KOTO (Telluride)
KRCC (Colorado Springs)
KRFC (Fort Collins)
KRZA (Alamosa)
KSUT (Ignacio)
KUNC (Greeley)
KUVO (Denver)
KVNF (Paonia)
OPEN AIR 1340 (Denver)
Radio 94.9 Colorado (Loveland/Fort Collins).

253 titles were tracked as played Jan 1 – Nov 31 2013.  Only those records that were released between Nov 1 2012 and Oct 31 2013 were considered for the final year end charts.

[ ___ ] = release date
** = serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network

1. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 24, 2013]
2. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [November 13, 2012]
3. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [August 1, 2013]
4. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [January 20, 2013]
5. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [January 1, 2013]
6. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 1, 2013]
7. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock [December 2, 2012] **
8. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May 7, 2013]
9. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [March 1, 2013]
10. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [February 20, 2013]
11. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana [July 1, 2013]
12. Thom ChaconThom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [March 6, 2013]
13. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Bluegrass [February 1, 2013]
14. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [January 10, 2013]
15. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove (self) Rocky-grass [March 29, 2013] **
16. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [March 1, 2013] **
17. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade (self) Americana [December 10, 2013]
18. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [July 1, 2013]
19. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [August 9, 2013] **
20. a. Tom CollinsStick & Poke (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [June 20, 2013]
21. Jon Wirtz Tourist (self) Jazz/Instrumental [April 16, 2013]
22. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
23. The CongressThe Loft Tapes EP (self) Rock [March 16, 2013]
24. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/rock [September 1, 2013]
25. Andy HackbarthTreadmill Horses EP (January Records) Pop/rock [May 5, 2013] **
26. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock [April 23, 2013]
27. Land Lines Land Lines (self) Indie/New Alternative [November 24, 2012]
28. A Boy and His KiteA Boy and His Kite (self) Indie/New Alternative [November 20, 2012]
29. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [July 9, 2013] **
30. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk/rock [June 1, 2013]
31. You, Me and ApolloS/T EP (self) Indie/New Alternative [January 22, 2013]
32. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [March 1, 2013]
33. Wire FacesKing Cataract (Hot Congress Records) Rock [February 7, 2013]
34. Brad GoodeChicago Red (Origin Records) Jazz/Instrumental [February 13, 2013]
35. Trout Steak RevivalFlight (self) Bluegrass [November 22, 2012]
36. Finnders & Youngberg I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP (Swingfingers Records) Bluegrass [August 1, 2013]
37. Wendy Woo Band Live (Woo Music) Pop/rock [June 1, 2013] **
38. The Changing ColorsJoan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [May 20, 2013]
39. Manuel Lopez TrioSearching Out (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz/Instrumental [November 10, 2012]
40. The GrometBarren (self) Rock [November 14, 2012]

STATION BY STATION 

Airplay tablulated from Jan 1 2013 – Nov 31 2013 for titles released Nov 1 2012 – Oct 31 2013

Bobby Walker - Feelin GoodKAFM (GRAND JUNCTION)
1. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
2. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

WWRKBUT (CRESTED BUTTE)
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Trout Streak Revival – Flight
5. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize

devotchka_live with CO symKDNK (CARBONDALE)
1. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
4. Paper Bird – Rooms
5. Halden Wofford & the Hi* Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

Farmington HillKDUR (DURANGO)
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant
5. Wire Faces – King Cataract

paper bird_roomsKGNU (BOULDER)
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
4. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
5. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (COLORADO SPRINGS)
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
2. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
3. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
4. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroKRFC (FORT COLLINS)
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Cassie Taylor – Out Of My Mind
4. Michael Kirkpatrick – Key To My Cage
5. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

bad brad and the fat cats _ eyes on the prizeKRZA (ALAMOSA)
1. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
2. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
3. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
3. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
4. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanKUNC (GREELEY)
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
4. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
5. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

brad goode chicago redKUVO (DENVER)
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Lynn Baker – LectroCoustic

otis taylor_my world is goneKVNF (PAONIA)
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanOPEN AIR 1340 (DENVER)
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Paper Bird – Rooms
4. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroTHE COLORAO SOUND
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
4. Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
5. Churchill – The War Within

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
5. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
4. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
5. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica Brown – Tangled Road

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
5. Kristi Stice – Under the Willow

devotchka_live with CO symIndie / New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
4. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

jon wirtz touristJazz / Instrumental
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
4. gogoLab – Border Patrol
5. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes

rob drabkin_little stepsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
2. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
3. Wendy Woo Band – Live
4. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project
5. OneRepublic – Native

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
5. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. The ReMinders – Born Champions
3. P-Nuckle – The System
4. Selina Albright – Brighter
5. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Blank Space EP

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