Sometimes a song hits me hard. Mawule‘s “Black is Beautiful” came to me via email a few weeks ago, and I had to wait to air it – although I listened to it numerous times in my own time and space. Born Ebenezer Yebuah, Mawule, was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. He and his family moved to Denver when he was 10 years old and he’s remained here ever since.
While other Denver hip-hop artists are receiving more praise, and getting signed to bigger, more nationally recognized labels, Mawule’s Black is Beautiful stands out among all the hip-hop tracks I normally receive.
Other than one other cut, from The Longest Day of the Year, “Black is Beautiful” is the only other song in this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting). The other acts did not have shareable embeds for their new cuts.
#cancersucks Colorado legacy bluesman Bobby Walker is the latest in a run of brothers and sisters in the scene the past couple of years who have been diagnosed with and is undergoing treatment for cancer. In Bobby’s case, it’s throat cancer. Bobby is good about posting updates at his FB pg.
Props to the International Blues Society for being there to help out with a major contribution. More than $11,000 has been raised via GoFundMe to offset the costs that Bobby is facing as he deals with everything. We’ve lost a couple of our friends to cancer the past year – and a couple have had successful treatments. I’m hoping we get many more years of Mr. Walker’s wonderful voice. Much love my friend.
TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT
IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
I conceived of this idea as a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation. I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.
In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite), Reverbnation or YouTube.
It’s not a competition. It’s just a gauge of how well you like the songs I added this week. You can select as many as you think I should keep in the “playlist.”
PLAYLIST S10 EP36
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
Mollie O’Brien “Eleezah” from Big Red Sun (1998)
(N) Chain Station “Poorman’s Fight” from Where I Want to Be (2016)
Bobby Walker “Rollin’ Me Back Home” from Feelin’ Good (2013)
Von Stomper “Ain’t Seen It Yet” from Americado (2015)
(D) Mawule “Black Is Beautiful” from Chosen (2016)
Hello Dollface “Face it” from Warrior of Light (2016)
String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Andy Rok & the Real Deal “Staying Home Tonight” [single] (2015)
(D) Jon Snodgrass “1-2-3-4 Won’t Go Down To the Basement No More” from Carpet Thief 7″ (2016)
Fox St. “Somethin About You” from Authentic Western Dress (2015)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)
The Fluid “On My Feet” from purplemetalflakemusic (1993)
(N) SHEL “Moonshine Hill” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Whiskey Blanket “Batto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
(D) Longest Day Of The Year “Help Me Hang On” from Seth & May EP (2016)
The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
The Still Tide “Closer Apart” from Half Empty Rooms (2015)
(D) Foxfeather “The Fox” from Foxfeather (2016)
The Northern Empty “Suzie” from Suzie (2016)
Take to the Oars “Stones & Sticks” from American Volume (2011)
Andrew Vogt “The Derailer” from Cats Afoot (2010)
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Saturday Oct 15 = acoustic band at Cyclehops in Longmont
Saturday Oct 29 = fundraiser for Adoption Dreams Come True, Fort Collins
Friday Nov 4 = Goatz! + Darling Ravens at Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins