Monday afternoon … still recovering from a weekend that took me to three rooms in three cities, and narrowly missing a drunk driver going northbound in the southbound lane of I25 on Saturday night. He did not survive, I’m sorry to say. Within minutes of me missing him, he was in an accident that shut down I25 at Loveland.
The big news this week is KRFC moving the Colorado Playlist from it’s long held 8PM slot on Saturday night to the 9PM slot on Friday nights … better to serve the live music crowd on a Friday. The other big news is the signing of Brent Cowles to the same label that launched the Lumineers .. much love to Brent who said we might be able to score an exclusive on the new EP “Cold Times” coming in April.
Speaking of new releases – I’ll be debuting the new single from John Statz in next week’s show … produced by Megan Burtt. Not the first time she’s sat behind the board directing the flow in the studio.
Tiffany Christopher scored another home-run in last week’s MMMM, not only reaping the most votes, but also a nearly perfect KEEP decision – seems to me that you just went “eh” at the rest of the selections. Check out this week’s run of cuts below.
GOAT ON THE TOWN 3 NIGHTS 3 BANDS
This going out on the weekends is getting to be a good habit for this goat. Not working isn’t necessarily the most financially positive thing I could be doing, but getting out from behind the sound board and getting out to some local rooms IS a good idea.
Friday night I stopped by the Roost in Longmont to catch a bit of one of my newest Front Range favorites, Francis & the Wolf — the runner up in this year’s Oscar Blues / Bolder Boulder Battle of the Bands. Much respect to the band that won, Francis and the Wolf is an American Trad-Rock band of the first order, resplendent in their Bruce Springsteen meets Tom Petty blue collar swagger.
Saturday night my band GOATZ! shared the evening at Avogadro’s Number (Fort Collins) with the Matt Skinner Trio featuring bassist Ben O’Connor (Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams) and guitarist Michael O’Connor (no relation to Ben). I’ve said many times that Matt Skinner is my favorite country male vocalist in the area. Saturday night confirmed my belief. Matt is as capable of echoing the legends of the past as he is able to stand next to some of today’s most recognized Americana-country up and comers.
I got up early on Sunday morning to meet my brunch date at Opelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver and 4 hours of Gasoline Lollipops. If there’s any doubt left that the “pops” are one of the region’s hottest up and coming bands, put them away – a packed house in Denver is all one needs to move from small room status to bigger rooms like the Bluebird or Gothic in Denver. Along the way Stephen Brackett, aka Brer Rabbit from Flobots, stopped by for some lunch/brunch and hung out for a set.
Ophelia’s is Denver’s hot small restaurant / music venue right now. Talent buyer Randall Frazier has kept some of the region’s top acts moving through there – including Big Head Todd & the Monsters for a NYE show. That says a lot about the room’s cred in the scene. We sat in the lower level next to the mixing station – the sound was perfect – not too loud so that you couldn’t talk and enjoy a great meal. The food there is outrageously good.
Happy to say GOATZ! and Gasoline Lollipops have two shows together this coming spring/summer season – staring with May 20 at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.
NOTE: In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S11 EP10
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
The Astronauts “Money” from Everything Is A-OK (1964)
(D) David Starr “California Dreamin’ (feat. John Oates)” from The Head and Heart (2017)
Kenny Perkins “Last Goodbye” from Wild Frontier (2011)
Todd Adelman “The Devil Is for Drinking” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
(N) Brent Cowles “Lift Me Up” (2017)
Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Terri Jo Jenkins “You Made Me so Very Happy” from From This Moment (2016)
Rose Quartz “Medicine” from Axis of Love (2015)
(D) Taarka “Sun and Rain” from Fading Mystery (2017)
The Lovely & Talented “Death of the Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
Pretty Lights “Around the Block (feat. Talib Kweli)” from A Color Map Of The Sun (2013)
(D) Keith Oxman “Breeze (Blow My Baby Back)” from East of the Village (2017)
The Samples “Anymore” from Here and Somewhere Else (1998)
(D) Strange Americans “Big Black Car” (2017)
The Wendy Woo Trio “I Dont Know” from Luxury (2007)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Treehouse Sanctum “Chacala” (2017)
Subdudes “Poor Man’s Paradise” from Street Symphony (2007)
The SIR Band “Go” from Go (2016)
OneRepublic “kids” from Oh My My (2016)
(N) Leslie Tom “Leavin’ On Your Mind” from Leslie Tom (2017)
The Still Tide “Closer Apart” from Half Empty Rooms (2015)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Janine Santana “Red Clay” from Soft As Granite (2008)
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