If you came looking for this week’s regular post, sorry .. next week.  All the stations ran a repeat of an earlier episode this week. I took a few days off to spend with Mrs Goat for Thanksgiving and did not produce a new show this week.  Instead, welcome to the BEST OF 2015 FAN POLL.

There are HUNDREDS of recordings released in Colorado every year.  I’ve been fortunate over the years to chronicle over 300 releases a year on average.  Below are the TOP 100 that came into my view from Nov 1 2014 to Oct 31 2015.

My list is built from what is played on The Colorado Sound, as well as several non-commercial public and community radio stations around the state that I’ve watched and charted over the past six years.  Not everything or every style of music being made in Colorado is represented.

Stations like Open Air 102.3, 88.9FM KRFC, and 91.5FM KUNC form a trifecta of stations emitting love for Colorado musicians and their music, with coverage spanning the region from Northern Colorado through Denver, and around state, courtesy of KUNC’s 20 regional frequencies.

There’s some stuff missing .. there always is.

I could not find embeds for everything.  I tried to find a single track as a minimum.  Some links without an embed take you straight to the artist website page where you can stream and/or purchase their recordings.

Please do spend a little bit this holiday season on Colorado music … even a few bucks means someone liked it enough to “buy” it.  It’s the knowing that folks care enough to support our music with a “buy” that really matters – not the amount.  So please do support.

So there ya go … please VOTE HERE for your favorites after you’ve had a chance to check things out.


Support has been provided by Fat Pig Society (website coming) A Workers’ Cooperative – Thanks to Fat Pig Society for supplying us with ALL Organic Hemp Infused Coconut Oil to supplement my wife’s cancer treatment.  For more information, until they get their website up, contact me at for information and a referral.

mishawakaThe Colorado Sound is supported by my incredible friends at the Mishawaka Amphitheater … soon to be 100 years old, and yes they have shows year round … during the cold months indoors in the SpokesBUZZ lounge … see for upcoming events.  And, please thank them for supporting Colorado music.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound SUPPORTS SpokesBUZZ … a Colorado 501C3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and to developing the professionalism of our local artists.  More info at ….

SPECIAL EVENT – FRIDAY DEC 11th –> The SpokesBUZZ Band Together Volume 6 compilation cd release party featuring performances by all current artists in our SpokesBUZZ incubator:  American Blackout, Chemistry Club, Eldren, Gasoline Lollipops, Grim & Darling, iZCALLi, Pandas & People, Qbala, Red Fox Run, Slow Caves, The Burroughs and Wiredogs

  • Venue: Hodi’s Half Note
  • Venue Address: 167 N College Ave.
  • City: Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Age: All Ages
  • Ticket Price: $10 Minimum Suggested Donation
  • Doors Open: 7:00pm
  • Set Time: 8:00pm

For information about sponsoring The Colorado Sound please contact me at



please VOTE HERE for your favorites

  1. Amberly Chalberg There Will Come A Day (Americana)
  2. AMZYWe Don’t Walk, We Dance (Rock/Pop) 
  3. Analog SonStomp and Shout (Funk/Jazz) 
  4. Andy HackbarthPanorama Motel (Rock/Acoustic Rock) 
  5. Andy Thomas’ Dust HeartReckless Abandonment (Rock)
  6. Annie BoothWanderlust (Jazz)
  7. AugustusInto Frames (Rock) 
  8. Ben HauglandA Million Dreams (Jazz)
  9. Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Jazz)
  10. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Instrumental, Rock)
  11. Burnt LipsTropical Moon (Reggae/Ska)
  12. Cary MorinTiny Town (Blues) 
  13. Charles McPhersonThe Journey (Jazz)
  14. Chella & The CharmChella & The Charm (Rock) 
  15. Chimney ChoirBoomtown (Americana) 
  16. Chris Daniels & the KingsFunky To the Bone (Blues/Funk/R&B) 
  17. Chuck PyleCover Stories (Folk)
  18. CovenhovenThe Wild and Free (Folk)
  19. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band feat. Erica Brown & MJBorn to Love the Blues (Blues)
  20. Dana Landry QuartetStandard Elevation (Jazz)
  21. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Folk) 
  22. Danny ShaferWeddings, Floods and Funerals (Americana)
  23. Doves & WolvesDoves & Wolves (Folk-rock) 
  24. EdisonGhosts (Folk)  
  25. Eef & the Blues ExpressAll Rivers Run To The Sea (Blues)
  26. EldrenWelcome to Deathville (Rock)
  27. Elephant RevivalSands of Now (Americana) 
  28. Eric GunnisonVoyageur (Jazz)
  29. Finnders & Youngberg (aka FY5) – Eat The Moon (Bluegrass, Country)
  30. Fox St.Authentic Western Dress (Rock, blues) 
  31. Gipsy MoonAutumn’s Retreat (Folk) 
  32. Grandpa’s GunBack Into Town (Americana)
  33. Greg BlakeSongs of Heart and Home (Bluegrass/Country) 
  34. Grim & DarlingBeauty Through Pain (Pop, Adult Alternative) 
  35. Ian CookeAntiquasauria (Alternative) 
  36. In The WhaleFull Nelson (Punk/Metal) 
  37. Instant EmpireLamplight Lost (Rock) 
  38. Ivory CircleIsosceles (Rock) 
  39. Janet FederTHISCLOSE (Alternative) 
  40. Jeff AustinThe Simple Truth (Americana/bluegrass)
  41. Jeff Jenkins OrganizationThe Arrival (Jazz)
  42. John StatzTulsa (Americana, Alt-country-rock) 
  43. Juno What?! – Stranger (Funk/R&B/Soul) 
  44. Kenny KnightCrossroads (Rock)
  45. Kerry Pastine & the Crime SceneLet’s Do This Thing! (Rock, Rhythm & Blues) 
  46. Kevin DooleyTreehouse (Americana)
  47. King CardinalOnce A Giant EP (Americana) 
  48. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (Rock, Adult) 
  49. Land LinesNatural World (Rock, Indie) 
  50. Lara RugglesCynics & Saints (Pop, Adult Alternative) 
  51. Leftover SalmonHigh Country (Rock, jamband) 
  52. Liz BarnezWelcome Back (Folk)
  53. Longest Day Of The YearCarapace (Rock) 
  54. Matt SkellengerNew Radio (Jazz)
  55. Megan BurttThe Bargain (Rock, Adult) 
  56. Michael KirkpatrickHoney Rider (Folk) 
  57. Michal MenertMichal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics 1 (Pop, electro-pop
  58. Michal MenertSpace Jazz (EDM) 
  59. MojomamaMojomama (Blues)
  60. MontropoFollow Me (Rock) 
  61. Natalie WalkerStrange Bird (Rock, Pop) 
  62. Nathaniel RateliffCloser (Folk)
  63. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Rythm & Blues) 
  64. New Ben FranklinsSomething Old, Something New (Americana/Alt-country)
  65. No FencesNo Fences (Americana, Country) 
  66. One Flew WestSelective Memory (Rock/Pop) 
  67. Otis TaylorHey Joe Opus Red Meat (Blues)
  68. Paa KowAsk (Workd, Funk, Jazz) 
  69. Paul Mullikin QuintetTime Is Now (Jazz)
  70. Post ParadiseBring It To Life (Side A) (Rock) 
  71. RailsplittersThe Faster It Goes (Bluegrass)
  72. Red Fox RunRed Fox Run (Rock) 
  73. Richard DeanAccidental Human (Folk, Rock)
  74. Richie FurayHand In Hand (Americana)
  75. Rob DrabkinLive Vol. II (Rock, Adult Alternative)
  76. Rose QuartzAxis of Love (Pop, electro-pop) 
  77. Ryan ChrysUp From The North (Country, Rock)  
  78. Selasee and the Fafa FamilyTime for Peace (Reggae) 
  79. Shaley ScottRescue Me (Rhythm & Blues, Pop) 
  80. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (Rock, Indie) 
  81. Steve Kovalcheck TrioStomping Ground (Jazz)
  82. TaarkaMaking Tracks Home (Folk) 
  83. Taylor ScottA Closer Look, The Second Glance (Blues)
  84. The BurroughsSweaty Greeley Soul (Blues) 
  85. The Echo Chamber Synesthesia (Rock)  
  86. The FremontsThe Fremonts EP (Americana) 
  87. The KnewSchmew (Rock/Punk)
  88. The Sound and ColorThe Sound and Color (Rock) 
  89. The Yawpers American Man (Rock) 
  90. Toad In the HoleWallflower (Rock) 
  91. Todd AdelmanHighways & Lowways (Americana) 
  92. Trinity DemaskElemental (Folk)
  93. Trout Steak RevivalBrighter Every Day (Bluegrass) 
  94. Various artistsJayme Stone’s Lomax Project (Folk) 
  95. Various artistsSpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (Various) 
  96. Von StomperAmericado (Americana) 
  97. Wasteland HopSymbiotic Clock (Hip-Hop) 
  98. Wendy Woo BandTipping Point (Rock, Adult) 
  99. Yonder Mountain String BandBlack Sheep (Bluegrass)
  100. Young AncientsFishstory (Americana) 

please VOTE HERE for your favorites

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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