News Notes and Spins May 1, 2014

The first “offical” (unofficially speaking) festival weekend of the month has come and gone … with what appeared to me to be record crowds at FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music Experiment) #6.  That at least from my vantage point at Equinox Brewing on Fri and Sat.  On Sunday, my wife and I purchased a vendor space at the Root 40 Music Festival.   Some very good friends also happened to be there.

ParkHouse_logo_squareAward winning producer/engineer John Macy (pedal steel – Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels) and I spent a LOT of time taking about the new “house” he’s in – called Park House, it occupies the space on E. Colfax and Madison (actual address is 1515 Madison) once adorned by the Normandy Restaurant.

John has opened up the NEW Macy Sound Studios in part of the building, and suggested that live recordings and live-streaming shows are in the works.  There are a few videos at the venue website … well worth checking out this “new” venue (guess it’s been open over a year now?) …  and some crazy good artists/bands playing the room.  John also told me he’s remixing the second release from The Congress – and that the new Richie Furay record will be self released sometime this summer.

In a sign to take our mortality, and our health, seriously, both Dan Treanor and Johnny O wound up in the hospital this past month.  Dan and Johnny both seem to be none-the-worse for the heart problems that put a smack-down on our friends, and the out pouring of support from musicians all over the region was genuine and heartfelt by everyone.

Also in news this week … it dawned on me that this is the 30th Anniversary of some auspicious happenings in our scene … 30 years ago Candy Givens from the band Zephyr died after drowning in her hot tub, from a deadly combination of alcohol and Quaalude.

zephyr bathtubZephyr c0-founder David Givens is releasing a number of recordings from the Zephyr catalog, including the 1982 “Heartbeat” record, and a box set that contains the “Rainbow In the Bathtub” record from ’69, a live show from Tulagi’s in Boulder, and a cd of outtakes and demos.  Amazon shows it will be available on May 27, and a limited numbered run is currently available for pre-order.  David also let me know he’s got other Zephyr and Legendary 4Nikators records he’d like to release this year as well.

Other 30th Anniversaries include Chris Daniels & the Kings, who will be releasing a new disc in time for summer that will feature legendary Denver (by way of Phoenix) soul master Freddi Gowdy.  Chris is also finishing up recording the new Magic Music release – from the band that started it all for Chris in the early 70s.  And finally – Airshow Mastering celebrates their 30th anniversary also.  Lots of love to all our friends celebrating this year.

APRIL VIDEO PICKS

Great American Taxi is featured dominantly in this month’s video picks with two tracks from them … Euforquestra, Esme Patterson, Katie Herzig, the Symbols, and Chemistry Club round out the top 7 picks.

TOP 40 Spins APRIL 2014

315 titles tracked 164 (52%) titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(1) 1. EurforquestraFire (self) Urban Contemporary/funk, reggae [February 22, 2014]
(5) 2. The Motet The Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [January 4, 2014]
(14) 3. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the Sun (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(3) 4. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Thirty Tiger) Folk [August 1, 2013]
(D) 5. String Cheese IncidentSong In My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/jamband [March 17, 2014]
(2) 6. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [January 25, 2014]
(R) 7. Nathaniel RatefliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [September 1, 2013]
(4) 8. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [October 1, 2013]
(6) 9. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(R) 10. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (self) Americana/country [November 30, 2013]
(12) 11. Young AncientsY/A (self) Americana/roots [February 22, 2014]
(D) 12. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/AAA [March 29, 2014]
(10) 13. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [November 1, 2012]
(7) 14. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Americana [November 1, 2013]
(R) 15. Monocle BandMonocle Band (self) Folk/folk-rock [September 1, 2013]
(R) 16. Kristina Murray Unravelin’ (self) Americana/country [November 2, 2013]
(20) 17. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(36) 18. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [March 1, 2014]
(R) 19. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [January 10, 2013]
(D) 20. Katie Herzig Walk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [March 21, 2014]
(17) 21. DragondeerDon’t That Feel Good EP (self) Rock [March 14, 2014]
(R) 22. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [July 23, 2013]
(9) 23. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana/folk-rock [December 21, 2013]
(16) 24. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock/AAA [December 1, 2012]
(R) 25. Drag The RiverDrag the River (Xtra Mile Records) Rock/AAA [October 1, 2013]
(32) 25. VariousSpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Rock [December 14, 2013]
(R) 26. Changing Colors Joan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [April 27, 2013]
(18) 27. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [January 20, 2013]
(R) 28. The ReMindersBorn Champions (self) Urban Contemporary/hip hop [November 1, 2012]
(R) 29. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock/AAA [ January 5, 2013]
(8) 29. TallgrassBetter Than Medicine (self) Americana/roots [March 1, 2014]
(27) 29. Yonder Mountain String Band EP13 (Frog Pad) Americana/bluegrass [September 1, 2013]
(26) 30. Mosey WestBermuda (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [November 2, 2013]
(D) 31. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(26) 32. Finnders & Youngberg I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records) Bluegrass [August 1, 2013]
(R) 33. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove (WWR) Rock/jamgrass [February 16, 2013]
(36) 34. TennisSmall Sound (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [November 1, 2013]
(D) 34. Von Stomper Von Stomper (Cottonwood) Americana/roots rock [April 5, 2014]
(13) 35. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana/N’Orleans [June 20, 2013]
(R) 35. Lawn Chair KingsZombies Wake! (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [November 18, 2013]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 APRIL

11. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
15. The Wild After – Lesson Learned EP
19. Five Iron Frenzy – Engine of a Million Plots
21. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
23. Paper Bird – Rooms
24. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
25. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open
27. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
28. The Fray – Helios
29. The Samples – America
30. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
31. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
32. Kristi Stice – Under the Willow
33. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
34. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
35. Megan Burtt & Friends – In Good Company: Vol I: The Colorado Sessions

ADDED TO TRACKING APRIL

Bonnie & the Clydes – Music for the People: Part I EP
Caribou Mountain Collective – ‘Til The Sun Gives Us A Day
Crucifix – The Beginning EP
Dinero – Blind Owl
Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
Von Stomper – Von Stomper
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

STATION BY STATION

Airplay tabulated from March 28 2014 – April 29 2014 for titles released Nov 1 2012 – April 28 2014
STATIONS REPORTING FEWER THAN 10 COLORADO TITLES DO NOT SHOW UP IN THE STATION BY STATION LISTING, BUT ARE INCLUDED IN THE OVERALL SPINS DATA

eurforquestra, fireKAFM (Grand Junction) [20]
1. Eurforquestra – Fire
1. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
2. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
2. Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater
3. The Motet – The Motet

MotetKDUR (Durango) [16]
1. The Motet – The Motet
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
4. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together
5. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

RailsplittersKGNU (Boulder) [20]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
3. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
4. Eurforquestra – Fire

pretty lights_color map of the sunKRCC (Colorado Springs) [12]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

FloodsAndfiresCoverDigitalKRFC (Fort Collins) [100+]
1. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
2. Von Stomper – Von Stomper
3. Mama Lenny and the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
3. Young Ancients – Y/A
4. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Black Beehive

SCI_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

BHTM Black BeehiveKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Honey Don't - Heart Like A WheelKVNF (Paonia) [12]
1. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
1. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
1. Young Ancients – Y/A
2. Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are
2. Eurforquestra – Fire

esmeOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [60]
1. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
2. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP

Katie Herzig_Walk Through WallsTHE COLORADO SOUND [60]
1. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
1. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Drag The River – Drag the River
2. Kristina Murray – Unravelin’
3. Crucifix – The Beginning EP

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

RailsplittersAMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / BLUEGRASS
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream
3. Young Ancients – Y/A
4. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
5. Kristina Murray – Unravelin’

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues/R&B
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
5. Cary Morin – Streamline

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

devotchka_live with CO symIndie/New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Land Lines – Land Lines
5. Paper Bird – Rooms

Stranahan_MigrationJazz/Instrumental
1. Jim Stranahan – Migration to A Higher Ground
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean

Katie Herzig_Walk Through WallsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
2. OneRepublic – Native
3. Ivory Circle – Equilateral
3. Katey Laurel – Periscope
4. The Fray – Helios

SCI_Song In My HeadRock / AAA / ALT
1. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
4. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
5. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP

eurforquestra, fireUrban Contemporary/EDM/Funk/Hip Hop/Soul/Reggae
1. Eurforquestra – Fire
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
4. The ReMinders – Born Champions
5. P-Nuckle – The System

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The Colorado Sound Presents Head for the Hills with guests Grant Farm & Gipsy Moon, at the Mishawaka on May 17.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com Check out this performance from H4TH at the Mish in 2012 ….

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One response to “News Notes and Spins May 1, 2014

  1. Hi Chris,
    I hope you’re well on the mend. You’ve been in my prayers lately.
    Just wanted to let you know, my “Phoenix” Album Release Show is on: June 22, 2014, at: The Oriental Theater. Opening the night with Kenny Cox Band, Chris Daniels & Hazel Miller. 10% of ticket sales goes to benefit Susan G. Komen. They helped me out during my recovery.Also, their Denver based, CEO will be making a presentation at the show.
    If you will please let me know what you need from me to help me promote this, I’d be so grateful 🙏
    My 6th & Final surgery is on May 15th.
    Blessings to you and Pattie 😊
    Love,
    Kate

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