It has got to be a sign of my age that I am so distressed over the loss of five members of our music community over the past month, and the news that another of our community, Amanda Capper, has what her doctors have said is an “incurable” stage four breast cancer that has spread to her liver. The most recent loss is long time scene drummer Gordon Grip (Men From Mars, Wild Bill Band and many others) who sadly passed away from complications due to a recent stroke.
On a much happier note, Jimmy Ayers daughter posted that his cancer has all but disappeared – leaving huge sighs of relief and smiles thru the long list of well wishers on the post. There is a gofundme account set up to raise funds for Amanda.
A new Colorado super-group on the way …
This picture emerged over the past week on FB. No name yet for this collective, but they are in the studio with award winning producer/engineer John Macy. According to Macy, he “…first met Jock in 1973 when he was with Gram Parsons …and [we] have worked together over the years since. I met the Subdudes in the 80’s and cut some of the demos that got them their Atlantic deal …kinda a homecoming week for me.”
Can only imagine what these five Colorado music legends are conjuring.
LIZ BARNEZ – WELCOME BACK
Much like the ‘dudes in the above photo, Liz and I have been friends in the scene since they all arrived in NoCO in the late 80s and I was doing on-air time at both 96.1 K-SKY and KCSU in Fort Collins. So it has been with some considerable “when’s the next album coming” prodding that I am, thankfully, able to present the radio debut of “Welcome Back” this week …an album that stretches back eight years in the making – 12 songs recorded in Lyons, Colo.; Nashville, Tenn.; Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo.; and New Orleans.
Liz is known as being an exquisite singer-songwriter, on even par with any we may think of as “national” in caliber. Both her 1993 debut and her 2005 “Revealed” showcased her growing maturity as an adult. On “Welcome Back” she has become the adult fully realized. On the title track, she sings as if from the perspective of a parent welcoming her child-self to adulthood / home; “how you’ve grown, just a child when you left, a bird leaving the nest you’ve flown…you were broken, you were cracked …now you’re home, welcome back.”
Here’s a taste:
“Welcome Back” draws on Liz’s Louisiana heritage for a little New Orleans funkiness (Simple Song) to go with some slight Latin and folk influences …with songs that range from rebirth (Welcome Back) to murder (If I Had A Gun) and reacquaints her in the studio with producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist/composer Dave Beegle (Dawg House / Loveland). She is joined on the album by Bryon Holley (drums), Marty Rein (bass), Eric Moon (keyboards), Subudes John Magnie (accordion, harmonies), Steve Amedee (percussion, harmonies) and Tommy Malone (guitar) and others.
Now if you want to hear the full track you will have to tune into 91.5FM KUNC this week.
The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight OCT 13-16
- Liz Barnez
- Jill Sobule
- Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
- Wednesday 12:20 pm
- Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
- Friday 1:20 pm
- 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
- 91.7FM Denver, Golden
- 102.7FM Boulder
- online at KUNC.org
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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
It’s one of those weeks where something light and whimsical just feels right .. thanks Lara for this one 🙂
PLAYLIST S9 EP39 2015
(D) = LP, EP or single debut
(N) = new song spin from previous LP/EP debut
The Samples “Did You Ever Look So Nice” from No Room (1992)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Limon” from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
(N) Von Stomper “El Paso County” from Americado (2015)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014)
Hornbuckle “Complicated” from Virtue & Vice (2013)
Leftover Salmon “Highway Song” from Euphoria (1997)
Finnders & Youngberg “After Tonight” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Cary Morin “Tennessee Jed” from Streamline (2013)
Mercury Project “Fenced In” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
(N) Grim & Darling “Congratulations World” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Charles McPherson “Spring is Here” from The Journey (2015)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Did You Boogie (with Your Baby)” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
Joe Walsh “Midnight Visitor” from Barnstorm (1971)
(N) Lara Ruggles “Moon in My Heart” from Cynics & Saints (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
Richie Furay “We Were The Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2015)
Longest Day Of The Year “Ride On the Carapace” from Carapace (2015)
King Cardinal “Gasoline” from One A Giant EP (2015)
Vices I Admire “The Wicked Sun” from Fables (2013)
Take to the Oars “Stones & Sticks” from American Volume (2011)
(D) Liz Barnez “Welcome Back” from Welcome Back (2015)
Jeff Brinkman “Halo” from Strange (2012)
Tia Fuller “Descend to Barbados” from Angelic Warrior (2012)