LATE … it’s Tuesday morning. Something happened that interrupted my morning yesterday.
Okay .. this is just plain weird. I woke up with the Bangles, Just Another Manic Monday, ringing in my head – and NO, it’s not Colorado music so I have no idea how it got there. But another manic Monday makes sense … if Sunday was my “funday.” I got to hang out with old friends while judging this season’s run to the IBC, put on by the Colorado Blues Society.
Hands down, A.J. Fullerton won best in class for me – playing to the tradition of the blues without interjecting classic rock and/or rhythm & blues and soul into the style. Expect to hear his skillz on the Colorado Playlist in coming episodes.
The CBS/IBC finals will be held on May 2 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden. I will be absent, after experiencing considerable anxiety yesterday from the re-socialization process after the passing of my wife in February. Much love to my friends who will be there competing, and enjoying the musicianship of some of the best of the local blues scene.
BREAK: went to the gym – and did NOT listen to music – I listened to sports talk radio … really Broncos’ talk radio. I’m home now, listening to a preview of the new Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck album, Beautiful & True, her first in seven years.
Right this moment, it’s a revisit on an Angie Stevens standard – Heaven Knows – delivered this go ’round with a far greater sense of urgency and emotional reach than I’ve ever heard from her before.
Angie’s duet with Gregory Alan Isakov, Sweet Emily, is destined to be a “hit” with each artists’ fanbase – and will no doubt insure more new fans for both. It’s definitely one of the most worthy duets in Colorado music, in my memory, delivered as poignantly as only two friends might achieve together.
Angie is surrounded by a new lineup – with the exception of drummer Carlos Newman, who’s been with Angie for over a decade now. Newcomers to the Beautiful Wreck, since we last saw the band, include Ali Frankfurt (bass), Mackenzie Lerchen (violin) and Virginia Brightman (backup vocals). Guests include co-producer John Macy (pedal steel) and former BW keyboardist Jon Wirtz.
It may have taken seven years, but for fans of Angie Stevens and for fans of Colorado Americana-country-folk, the wait is worth it. While she considers the effort “unpolished” and “raw,” Angie delivers the most complete and best overall album of her career, a tribute to her rural South Dakota meets Colorado country heart.
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
Support for Chris K’s Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.
Presenting: The 10th Anniversary Party of the Colorado Playlist on Sunday June 5th … Details TBA, but I can say that my band GOATZ! will be making its second appearance at the Mish, with my very good friend Liz Barnez and others TBA.
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
I did not conceive of this idea so that it becomes a contest to see which bands can rally their troops to vote in a popularity poll, but rather as a new way for you to discover some new music I played on the show, and give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you as a listener likes.
If bands rally their troops to vote for them, it undermines the intent of what I had hoped to achieve. Please don’t do it. I appreciate the site traffic (down since name change, and wife passing), but not at the expense of hearing what the show listeners really do like – or not.
Unfortunately, neither Solomon Cook nor the Grant Farm have embeds available to share with you this week. Tyler Grant informed me that the Grant Farm will be releasing a new video next month, to go with the new single “Fill Your Cup.”
COLORADO PLAYLIST S10 EP12
Earth, Wind & Fire “Reasons” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
(D) Solomon Cook “I’m Tryin’” from Notes Sweet & Low (2016)
John Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” from Mississippi Mile (2011)
Grim & Darling “Quicksand” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
(D) Farmington Hill “Ode to the King” from More Rock Than Eagle Block (2016)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Sister Sweetly” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
Nina Storey “Run for Cover” from Think Twice (2013)
Ivory Circle “Faces and Colors” from Isoceles (2015)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
(D) Grant Farm “Fill Your Cup” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
Nathen Maxwell & the Original Bunny Gang “Working for the Man” from White Rabbit (2010)
Ark Life “What You Want To” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Matt Skellenger “Momentum” from New Radio (2014)
Mollie O’Brien “Sign Your Name” from Tell It True (1996)
(D) Cary Morin “Together” from Together (2016)
Selasee Atiase “Pray for me” from African Gate (2010)
the Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
(D) The Still Tide “Closer Apart” from Half Empty Rooms (2015)
Edison “Be Someone” from Ghosts (2015)
The Motet “123” from The Motet (2014)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
(D) The Burroughs “You Are My Joy” from You Are My Joy (2016)
(N) Blue Rider “Lightning” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Leftover Salmon “River’s Rising” from Euphoria (1997)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)