Colorado Playlist – S11 EP13 2017

New music this week included a cut from “Believe,” the new release from the String Cheese Incident that will be out on April 14, so no way to share the cut with you outside of terrestrial radio – and then only a handful of stations in the state.

Aside from the new String Cheese cut I debuted some fresh alternative pop rock from Compass & Cavern, 2015 Westword Bluegrass Band of the Year That Damn Sasquatch, an Americana track from late last year I just became aware of from Evan Holm & the Restless Ones …and I dug one deeper into the stylistically multidimensional album from Bonfire Dub.


(I know that’s some corny shit .. but what the hell)

Officially, I suppose, I only made it to one show this week – and that only a brief part of two sets (dogs had oral surgery and I couldn’t stay out late Friday).

Thursday evening, a friend and I attended the Westword Music Showcase Nominating Committee Party  … held at the DIME on the UCD campus in Denver, in what proved to be a less than ideal set up with the bar on one floor, and food and entertainment on another – and the booze had to stay on the “bar floor.”

For the nearly two hours we stayed, we were entertained by a rap/hip-hop quartet (bass, drums + 2 mcs) quartet that featured local activist Molina Speaks .. during which most of those who I know as industry “heavies” were upstairs at the bar.

Friday night found me in Fort Collins for dinner and a show and caught me walking into a nearly empty campus area room with a classic rock cover band that honestly needed someone to run sound and a little more time in the rehearsal room …before making my way to Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins to catch some of Tallgrass.

Tallgrass at Avogadro’s Number – April 7, 2017

Anyone who sees that picture and conjures a “bluegrass” or “country” band would be in for quite a surprise if they walked in and heard the band as I did this past Friday night.  In a room that caps out at just over 100 seated, there were about 70 people in attendance at the break based on conversations with the door guys.

Tallgrass does fit the “roots music” genre broadly speaking, with strong influences from Levon Helm (the Band) and other purveyors of American traditional and non-traditional contemporary heartland folk and old-timey music.  But somewhere along the forgotten highways the band has traveled over the years, drummer Adam Morford got “bored” and began experimenting – incorporating a wide display of percussion instruments and electronics.   I was fortunate, despite my brief stay, to catch both sides of one of Colorado’s most interesting “roots music” bands.

mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Cary Morin & Johnny HickmanBuy Tickets Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 PM SpokesBUZZ Lounge Bellvue, CO

The Rolling Stones

In Colorado Music History


I’ve known 3/4 of the Rough Cuts professionally and personally since the early years of the 21st century.  It’s a big UP that Ryan got the magnificent Susan Phelan on bass …the first “new” bass player Ryan’s had in much longer than I can recall.  “Country Music Soundtrack” is from the new release, “Shovel Full of Coal.”  The band’s touring schedule for April is sick – this is what you call a working band today, out on the road, six days a week.


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep


The Doppler Effect “God Is Alive In Argentina” from God Is Alive In Argentina (1966)
Zephyr “Huna Buna” from Zephyr (1969)
(N) The String Cheese Incident “So Much Fun” from Believe (2017)
John Statz “Queen of the Plains” from Tulsa (2015)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Loyal Customer” from The Human Sacrifice (2016)
(D) Compass & Cavern “Mamma Mia” from Before It Begins (2017) 

Katey Laurel “Begin Again” from From Here (2011)
Selasee Atiase “African Gate” from African Gate (2010)
Big Gigantic “Brighter Future” from Brighter Future (2016)
(D) That Damn Sasquatch “This Party Might Be Through” from Sing My Song (2017)

Lionel Young Band “Blues & Boogie Woogie” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
The Drunken Hearts “Want you back” from Love & Thirst (2016)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Heavy Eddie” from The Arrival (2015)


Poco “Kind Woman (Live)” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(D) The Holler! “Monique” from Wildwood (2017)
Michal Menert “Sweet Remorse” from Space Jazz (2015)
Slow Caves “Desert Minded” from Desert Minded (2016)
(N) Bonfire Dub “Pilot” from Gypsy Roots (2017) 

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Spanish Highway” from All the Love You Need (2008)
Yonder Mountain String Band “East Nashville Easter” from Yonder Mountain String Band (2006)
5 & Dimer’s “(I Know) I’m Losing You” from If It’s All A Game (2017)
(D) Evan Holm & the Restless Ones “Long Gone” from Good Old Days (2016) 

Andy Monley “Kites” from Triplight (2006)
Plum “Light Years, Dark Years” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Ben Haugland “Lift” from The Point Of No Return (2012)

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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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