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I brought up the topic of royalties last month in this post.  This month the subject of artist compensation was played out in both the radio world I addressed last month, and in the world of live performances.  You can read about that situation here, but what it boils down to is how artists make money today.

A few months ago I began highlighting only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. In September I added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not provide a “real-time” online playlist are technically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own, and those who perform on a recording. can claim any royalties due from said performance.

Royalties are a major concern today.  As real sales have declined, streaming has increased globally, and here at home.  Terrestrial radio stations that broadcast over the Internet are considered as streaming content.  The performers on the recording earn royalties from that “performance.”  What’s not tracked can’t be paid on.

My hope is that the remaining few stations in the state not participating in offering a running order playlist understand the importance of this issue to the musicians whose music we seem to too often take for granted. Equally to the stations that are not fully implementing.  BRAVO to those who get it.


JOB OPENING – PROGRAM & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – KSUT IGNACIO COLORADO: Four Corners Public Radio, a component of KSUT Public Radio, located in Ignacio, CO (Durango area), seeks a Program and Operations Director who will manage the overall quality and delivery of station programs. Four Corners Public Radio is an award winning Triple A and Americana music station and an affiliate of National Public Radio. Program and Operations duties include programming oversight, traffic log management, automation management and regular air shifts. Candidates should have a strong broadcasting background, experience with radio automation, advanced computer and social media skills and a passion for public radio. A full job description can be found online at KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer. Please send a cover letter and resume to by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.


Thanks to Richie Furay for being my October featured guest on OffStage …Beyond the Music.  You can stream each of the Oct episodes at the Colorado Sound Soundcloud page  … Reed Foehl is my featured guest for November.  You can download weekly episodes at either KUNC or Radio94.9 … or stream them here.


Featuring Gregory Alan Isakov, Chimney Choir, Esther Sparks & Whiskey Remedy, SHEL, Glowing House, Longest Day of the Year, Blue Canyon Boys, Tennis, Kissing Party, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts

TOP 40 Spins October 2014

231 titles tracked
101 (44%) 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

Hot Rize_When I'm Free(5) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(4) 2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(8) 4. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(2) 5. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(15) 6. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(1) 7. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(10) 8. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(12) 9. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(11) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(6) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(7) 12. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(27) 13. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(9) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 15. Analog SonS/T (self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 19, 2014]
(28) 16. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 17. Richie FurayHand in Hand (self) Americana/country-rock [July 12, 2014]
(D) 18. Born to WanderS/T (self) Jazz/vocal [Oct 1, 2014]
(29) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(D) 20. QuemandoParadise (self) World/Latin [Oct 4, 2014]
(R) 21. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(13) 22. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(24) 24. 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(R) 25. Jeff FinlinMy Moby Dick (self) Rock/AAA [May 26, 2014]
(R) 26. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(R) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(35) 28. 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]
(21) 29.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 30. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(31) 30.  Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(R) 31. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (self) Americana/western swing [Nov 30, 2013]
(R) 31. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(R) 32. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(D) 33. Andy PalmerStorm’s Not Coming (single) (self) Rock/AAA [Oct 4, 2018](34) 33. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]
(R) 34. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 35. Maxwell HughesOnly in Dreams (self) Jazz/Instrumental/guitar [August 1, 2013]
(22) 36. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(17) 36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]


14. Paper Bird – Rooms
18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
19. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low
20. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1)
22. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
23. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
25. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean
25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND – Migration to Higher Ground
25. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
26. Von Stomper – Von Stomper
27. Churchill – The War Within EP
28. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP
29. Montropo – Follow Me
30. The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
31. Felonious Smith – Before the Rooster Crows
33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time


…And the Black Feathers – Pink Black and Bruised
Ancient Elk – S/T EP
Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
Born to Wander – S/T
Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy – Love Songs
Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
Gasoline Lollipops – Death
Glowing House – Don’t Know How
Jeremy Flood – What A Long Way Down (single)
Lisa Prank – Crush On the World
Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
Matt Skellenger – New Radio
Pan Astral – Color Field
Quemando – Paradise
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
Stella Luce – Caldera
The Maykit – Moonboy
Traitors to the Queen – You Are Braver Than You Think


[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 The Colorado Sound LIVE365

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKAFM (Grand Junction) [35]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

chainstationKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Born to Wander – S/T
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
2. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

ark lifeOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [30+]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Colfax Speed Queen – Satisfaction Intended
5. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Analog Son – S/T
3. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

toad in the hole - apt 203THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
1. Toad In the Hole – Wiser
1. Kramies – Wooden Heart
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Loaded Gun
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Andy Palmer – Good Son

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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