I’ve been playing Colorado music on Colorado radio since 1978, but our history of award winning (and award worthy) popular music goes back much further. Over the past ten years, Colorado has experienced one of the most explosive eras in the history of Colorado music …if not THE MOST explosive era.
This past decade has arguably produced the most and the biggest hit-makers and award winners in Colorado music history, along with some of the most memorable music of the past fifty plus years.
I picked 30 titles I thought best represented the Colorado Playlist over the past ten years, 2010-2019. I asked you to order them from 1-30. I was somewhat surprised at the ones you did NOT vote for. Maybe it was the songs I selected from their various releases… hmmm.
- Chuck Pyle – Love Will Find A Way
- Churchill – Change
- Esme Patterson – No River
- Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk
- Otis Taylor – Red Meat
Chuck Pyle, aka the “Zen Cowboy,” passed away at age 70 in 2015 at his home near Palmer Lake. Over his 40 year Colorado music career he released 13 albums, including “The Spaces In Between” in 2010, his only studio release of the decade.
Churchill was a national breakout band from Denver, that broke up in 2013 with two arena shows and a Jay Leno appearance left on the table, after touring successfully with Pink and signing with major label A&M/Octone.
Esme Patterson was a member of the Denver based indie folk-rock band Paper Bird that she parted with in 2014. She released three records from 2012-2016.
All Princes, I (2012)
Woman to Woman (2015)
We Were Wild (2016)
Gerald Albright was nominated for a Grammy for “Slam Dunk;” one of eight total Grammy nominations, and the fourth consecutive between 2010-2014. A Colorado based musician since 2006, he released six albums during the decade 2010-2019
Pushing the Envelope (2010)
24/7 with Norman Brown (2012)
Summer Horns with Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot (2013)
Slam Dunk (2014)
Otis Taylor is the most awarded musician in Colorado music history and was inducted into the 2020 Colorado Music Hall of Fame class on December 3, 2019. Otis released five albums over the past decade –
Clovis People Vol 3 (2010)
My World Is Gone (2013)
Hey Joe Opus (2015)
Fantasizing About Being Black (2017)
Maybe I just picked the wrong songs to represent this incredible body of award winning and popular music. Pick any of these five artists and bands to discover some of the best of Colorado music 2010-2019. And share with your friends, please.
Happy New Year 2020