The Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, presenting BandSWAP Homecoming 2014, by The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, presenting Raven & the Writing Desk with Savage Cabbage and the Covz on Oct 10, and by Colorado Case Company makers of insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.  Pls visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.  Oct 2Homecoming (Denver): Winchester Holiday | Phin | Maxwell Hughes | Amanda Broadway.  

Oct 5 = Homecoming (Fort Collins): The Deadwood Saints | Pandas & People | Bonsoir, Catin | Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters.  The Denver show is free and all ages.  The Fort Collins show is free.  Don’t know if it’s all ages.  I have to assume so, as it’s at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteOk.  I get it.  Everyone needed a break.  Or, everyone got really busy in September … more shows, less time spent online or listening to the radio … more vacations, etc.  Truth is, all metrics were down a skosh this past month.  July and August were bombastic.  September?  Yeah, not so much really.  The blog did better than last year, but not as good as July and August… The Colorado Sound Live365 continues its downward trend that began four months ago.  Listed below are the TOP 5 songs heard this past month.

Total plays statewide were down a bit this past month also.  I’ve never seen so many stations with only 10-12 entries for the month.  We also typically tend to see 50-55, maybe 56% of all titles played. This month rocked down to 46% of 270 tracked releases.  I’ve also changed the reporting rules up a bit:  because of the necessity of stations to publish their playlists online, which nearly all stations do, I only monitor those stations that publish their playlists online.

Today’s recording artists, and those who own the recording, only get paid royalties by way of stations that stream online and pay a performance royalty via SoundExchange for the right to do so.  They do not receive royalties from the performance of their recording via terrestrial airplay.  Only the songwriter and the song publisher receive royalties from terrestrial radio broadcasts/performances.  Stations that air online are required to publish a playlist of their songs and to report those cuts to SoundExchange, on a regular basis.  INFO

Stations that do not comply with that regulation are in effect cheating those who own the recordings they air, and the musicians on those recordings.  In a day when physical content and digital sales continue to trend downward, streaming by any means is fast becoming the way by which recording artists will earn revenue from recordings in the not too distant future — it’s already begun.  Like the lost 8-tracks of lore, owning even an mp3 will seem quaint one day.

There are a number of stations doing membership/fund drives from the 1st thru the 15th or so.  Please make sure you reach out to the stations that air this program and support those you listen to.  And make sure you msg them and request your favorite Colorado releases.  The only way we’ll get more played is if you insist on it.  Support local community radio – and thank them for supporting Colorado artists.

Tons of new releases seemed to flood stations in late August.  I cannot recall the last time we saw so many (D) debuts in the top 40.  Included in the TOP 40 this month, a new release from Kyle Hollingsworth that’s worth a listen to, along with Tennis who cracked the TOP 3 out of the box … check out all the new debuts with whatever Soundcloud or Bandcamp embeds I could find.


SHEL makes our video picks of the month for a new single that is a whole lot poppier than just about anything they’ve done in the past.  This time, instead of a video created BY the band to showcase a new song, this is a video shot at a street concert somewhere… cool song girls.  Other videos featured this month from Strange Americans, Ark Life, Tennis, Reed Foehl, Taarka, Young Ancients, and My Body Sings Electric.

TOP 40 Spins September 2014

  • 270 titles tracked
  • 125 (46%) titles reported as played at least once in the reporting period
  • Stations/shows surveyed: 15
  • (CC) = Colorado Connection
  • (D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
  • (R) = re-enter
  • [date] = Date added to reporting list

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run(3) 1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(4) 2. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(D) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]  (2) 4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(D) 5. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(6) 6. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014] 7
(D) 7. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014] (D) 8. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (1) 9. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 10. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 11. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 12. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(13) 13. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(29) 14. Paper BirdRooms(self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(6) 15. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(26) 17. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(38) 18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman  (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(D) 19. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana [March 1, 2014]
(D) 20. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Pop/rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(20) 21. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 22. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(R) 22. Safe Boating is No AccidentBonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 26, 2014]
(D) 23. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]  (14) 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(19) 25. Aakash Mittal QuartetOcean(self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 13, 2013]
(R) 25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BANDMigration to Higher Ground (self) Jazz/Instrumental [June 13, 2014]
(D) 25. Steve Law BandOld Oak Tree (self) Rock [Sept 27, 2014]  (R) 26. Von StomperVon Stomper (self) Rock [April 26, 2014]
(R) 27. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [April 27, 2013]
(R) 27. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 28. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 28. DragondeerDon’t That Feel Good EP (self) Rock [March 14, 2014]
(D) 29. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]  (D) 29. MontropoFollow Me (self) Folk/folk-rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (D) 30. The Deadwood Saints6th and Trinity (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Sept 27, 2014]
(28) 31. Felonious SmithBefore the Rooster Crows (self) Blues [Aug 2, 2014]
(25) 32. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(39) 33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 10, 2014]
(D) 34. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]  (R) 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]

8. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
10. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
11. John Oates – Pushing A Rock Uphill
12. The Patti Fiasco – Small TownLights
15. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
16. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
17. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
18. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
21. SuCH – Trial and Error
22. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
23. My Body Sings Electric – Pt I The Night Ends
24. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
27. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
28. AdrienneO – Lines EP
30. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
31. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
32. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
34. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
35. Drag The River – Drag the River
36. Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
37. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry

A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
Hot Rize – When I’m Free
Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
Montropo – Follow Me
Gumbo le Funque – Funky Way
John Oates – Good Road to Follow
Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
Matt Mahern – Test of Time In the City
Teresa Storch – Come Clean
Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
The Seers – Deaf in June


A few months ago I began listing only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. I’ve added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not list a playlist are techically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own and those who perform on a recording can claim any royalities due from said performance. [XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, The Colorado Sound radio show and Radio94.9 Colorado.

BHTM Black BeehiveKAFM (Grand Junction) [23]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
4. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Paa Kow – Ask

Tennis_ritual in repeatKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Euforquestra – Fire
4. The Motet – The Motet

RailsplittersKGNU (Boulder) [18]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires

euforquestra, fireKOTO (Telluride) [10]
1. Euforquestra – Fire
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
2. The Motet – The Motet

a shoreline drive_sunriseKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
3. Euforquestra – Fire
3. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [70]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West
3. Deadwood Saints – 6th Street and Trinity
4. Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
5. Young Ancients – Y/A

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. 3 Twins – De Nada
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKVNF (Paonia/Grand Valley) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Wendy Woo Band – Live
3. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Eurforquestra – Fire

ark lifeOPENAIR 1340 (Denver) [31]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
3. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir – “3”
4. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP

RADIO 94.9 COLORADO (Loveland/Fort Collins/Greeley)
I don’t have a reliable way of counting spins from Radio 94.9 Colorado, the only commercial station in CO dedicated to airing one Colorado track per hour.  Their system doesn’t allow for the kind of tracking I require for charting.  However, here is what they added in September.

AdrienneO – Take It In
Ark Life – Let Your Heart Break
Calder’s Revolvers – I Gotta Know
Drew Schofield – Breakdown
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball
John Oates (w/Ryan Tedder) – Stone Cold Love
Katie Herzig – Drug
Mosey West – Hurricane Eyes
Reed Foehl – The Killing
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby
Strange Americans – Dirty Shakes
Tennis – Never Work for Free
The Wild After – Meant for You
Whiskey Blanket – Blatto Nox
You Me & Apollo – Ghosts

1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
1. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
3. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

This is the first time I’ve posted the monthly TOP 5 tracks, as heard on The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  The spins are totally arbitrary.  It’s all pretty mysterious to me actually.  All I can do is sit back and watch what you all listened to each month.  I just fill the playlist.

1. Ryan D White – Love Story
1. The Railbenders – Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
1. Covenhoven – A Love Sincere
1. The Congress – Loretta
2. Knocean – Against the Wall



Author: goat

I've been on the air in Northern Colorado since 1978. The Colorado Playlist is broadcast on 30 FM frequencies in the state. I am also a musician, talent buyer and business consultant. Email me at

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