A great week as this year’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame class was announced by executive director G. Brown. Congrats to Caribou Ranch, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Firefall, and Poco. There is a considerable amount of history among those four acts, each of which contributed something significant to Colorado music history. It will be great for folks from around the world to see and hear what these bands brought to Colorado when they visit Red Rocks over the years to come. G has yet to announce the details of the show, scheduled for Jan 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.
When I spoke with Richie Furay for our Offstage Beyond the Music podcast, he said he’d be a part of it. I’m sure Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts from Firefall will be present, and as well, Kenny Passarelli who did some time with Manassas, and who still lives and produces records here regionally. Jimmy Ibbotson from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still lives here, so I’m sure he’ll be a part of things also. Beyond that, I have to wonder if we’ll get to see Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman from Manassas or John McEuen or some of the other guys from “the Dirt” band. It’d be a hellova show for us baby boomers for sure if as many living members of the bands as possible were able to participate. Most of those guys are mid to late 60s and older now (Richie is 78) now and were instrumental in our lives in the 60s and 70s.
NEWS & NOTES:
EMAIL OR FACEBOOK?
One of my clients emailed me this week and asked my opinion about promoting a show. He asked which is a better method – email or facebook. What do you think? To add to the complication, an article hit just as I was hitting the publish button that underlies the confusion and lack of ease with which musicians and bands and others of us in the music promote our shows etc. According to an article published Nov 17 in Digital Music News, “Facebook will be reducing the amount of “overly promotional” posts from Pages in newsfeeds starting in 2015. Posts that aren’t paid ads will become less visible if they meet the following criteria:
- “Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
- Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
- Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads”
To go with that, “…you can no longer offer incentives to get page likes.”
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
Some friends introduced me to this “new” single from OneRepublic, off their Native album. There’s a story here worth our attention.
OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC
The 3rd installment of my conversation with Reed Foehl. If you’d like to download it go to KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado pls. I’m only allowing streaming from here.
(D) = debut of single, ep, or lp
(N) = new song from previously debuted ep or lp
The Czars “What I Can Do For You” from Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (1970)
Space Team Electra “Saints Are Bleeding” from The Vortex Flower (2001)
(D) The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(N) Silent Bear “Red Colorado Night” from The Green Lion (2014)
Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Manassas “Colorado” from Manassas (1972)
Firefall “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” from Firefall (1976)
Poco “When It All Began” from Legacy (1989)
(N) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
Hazel Miller Band “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)