CP S15 EP02 2021

Jan 11 2021 – What a difference a week makes.  The WEEKLY TOP 5 is all new this week, with Nathaniel Rateliff finally falling out of the TOP 10.  Cary Morin re-enters at #2 with Colorado roots supergroup Del Shamen at #1.  Alt punk-rockers Bud Bronson & the Good Timers enter the TOP 5 this week with newcomers Jess Parsons and XIUHTEZCATL

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pushing Stay At Home Silent Disco #2  presented by Tyler, The Creative (not the rap artist) on behalf of Rocky Mountain Music Relief, Inc – a CO 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping our community.  We raised over $3000 to help in the cause.

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attend4ing to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Cary Morin.  

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 09 2021

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

1. DEL SHAMEN Del Shamen LP (Oct-20)
2. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
3. JESS PARSONSHear Me Calling EP (Jan-21)
4. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERSManifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
4. XIUHTEZCATLRunway Tapes LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Dean Reed Once Again (1960)
Dean ReedI Ain’t Got You (1960)
(D) Deborah Stafford & Robert JohnsonWhy Can’t We Live Together (2021)

James Lee Baker – Santa Barbara – 100 Summers (2020)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Complicated – The Show (2009)
Jack Hadley – Merry Go Round – Daybreak In Alabama: The Langston Hughes Project (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Toolbag – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
The Apples In Stereo – Dance Floor – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
(D) Robin LewisDeep Blue Water (2021)

DeVotchKa – Curse Your Little Heart – Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Andrew Vogt And His Twirling Zucchinis Distracted By Donuts – Distracted By Donuts (2019)

HOUR 2

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Colorado – The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)
(D) J-CalvinYour Soul Knows (2021)

Augustus – Kick the Doors Down – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
The Drunken Hearts – Broken Things – The Prize (2018)
Dango Rose – Life’s Too Short – Ring Out / Life’s Too Short (2021)
Cary Morin – Lay Baby Lay – When I Rise (2018)
Cary Morin – Nobody Gotta Know – Dockside Saints (2020)
(D) despAIR Jordan – Train Wrecks of the Great Lakes – Before Your Wings Gave Out (2021)
Jill Sobule – Where Do I Begin – Nostalgia Kills (2018)
Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

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CP S14 EP47 2020

Monday DEC 14, 2020 – In 12 days I’ll share the 2020 Listener Poll Playlist with you.  You have 6 days to get your votes in.  Make sure you vote by December 20 at CP 2020 BEST OF LISTENER POLL and CP VIDEO LISTENER POLL.  Enjoy.

2020 has been a truly magnificent year for Colorado music and not just for the music, but for the incredible outpouring of support.

Musicians in our scene DO NOT need to worry about food insecurity on top of other issues they may be facing.  Organizations like DAZZLE and Rocky Mountain Music Relief offer help.  Dazzle Bread & Jam Pop-Up Pantry for Musicians is open every Sunday from 12pm-6pm.   Musicians and music industry personnel can apply for small grants from RMMR.

The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I feature a segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons..


TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING DEC 12 2020

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

230 titles  / 13 stations tracked

    1. HUGH PHILLIPS – It’s Been A Long Time LP (Nov-20)
    2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
    4. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
    5. DONNY BLOTThe T Is Silent LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawakais a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

(D) Johnny & the MongrelsChristmas Angels (2021) 
(N) Musketeer Gripweed – More Than Ever – More Than Ever (2021) 

Deep Pocket ThievesLocomotive (2019) 
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Little Rig – Hard Core Broken Heart (2018) 
Eldren Still Friends (2020)
Big Gigantic – You’re The One (feat. Nevve) – Free Your Mind (2020) 
The Apples In Stereo – Nobody But You – Travellers In Space And Time (2010) 
DeVotchKa – 100 Other Lovers – 100 Lovers (2011) 
(D) Claire HeywoodI Won’t Resign My Love for That Old Dream (2021) 

Finn O’Sullivan – Lipstick Kisses – When The Power Comes Back On (2020) 
Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016) 
Kind DubChristmas Carol of the Bells (2019) 

HOUR 2

Arthur Gee – Plain Talk – The Tumbleweed Records Story 1971-1973 (2017) 
(D) Andy SydowGold Dust Woman / The Chain (2021)

Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020) 
Shovels & Rope – I’m Comin’ Out – By Blood (2019) 
Flobots – The Circle In The Square – The Circle In The Square (2012) 
Edison – Take Me Home – Lion’s Heart EP (2018) 
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021) 
(D) David StarrEvery Kind of People (2021)

Big Head Todd & the MonstersBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020) 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsSanta Baby (2017) 
Paul Mullikin Quintet – Just a Tuesday – Time Is Now (2014)

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CP “Best” Albums of 2020

During the week Dec 26 2020 – Jan 02 2021 I’ll feature a playlist generated by Colorado Playlist listeners and fans who voted for their favorite songs and videos from 2020. You have until December 20th to vote.  Today I’m reflecting on a handful of albums (well, two handfuls).

The Colorado Playlist, Expressly & Explicitly Colorado from the 60s to Today: the biggest hits from the biggest hitmakers and award winners to some of the freshest new talent emerging from around the Centennial state.

Following that dictate, here are my picks for “Best” albums (LP/EP) of 2020.  Each album link goes to the full length album on YouTube.

We can dispense with the suspense of counting down from #10 to #1.  The first album off my lips when someone asks me what’s the best Colorado album of 2020 is Nathaniel RateliffAnd It’s Still Alright.  It’s been #1 for me since the day I first heard it.

Nathaniel writes and sings through the prism of his pain; whether from the pain of his personal struggles with alcohol, or his divorce, or the death of his friend and record producer Richard Swift who passed away from alcoholism. This record is about “…acknowledging the heaviness of all of that and moving forward and still finding joy,” according to Rateliff.

And It’s Still Alright as well as the title track were nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the 2020 Americana Awards in September.


The biggest hits from the biggest hitmakers and award winners to some of the freshest new talent emerging from the Centennial State – in no particular order.

Superstars and hitmakers are sometimes from right next door and we don’t find out until they’re in the hitmaker / major award discussion.  It seems like every year we have at least one Colorado entry in the Grammy Awards and other major music award programs.

Highlands Ranch native / Rock Canyon High School graduate Ingrid Andress is this year’s entry with several major award nominations, including Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Country Song (More Hearts Than Mine) and Best Country Album for her debut, Lady Like.

2020 Nominations: 

      • Academy of Country Music AwardsNew Female Vocalist of the Year.
      • Country Music Association AwardsNew Artist of the Year
      • Country Music Association Awards – Song of the Year – “More Hearts Than Mine”
      • CMT Music Awards – Breakthrough Video of the Year“More Hearts Than Mine”

The music scene in Colorado may be focused on Denver/Boulder and Fort Collins areas, but Paonia and Cedaredge artists produced two of the “best” Americana singer-songwriter albums of 2020, The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart from Gabrielle Louise and David Starr‘s Beauty and Ruin respectively.

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, like Ingrid Andress, Gabrielle’s 9th album since 2006 further solidifies her quiet folk credentials. The album, best suited for quiet snowy nights by a fire, easily falls into the hallowed ground furrowed by fellow Colorado native female songwriters like Jill Sobule, Laura Veirs and Sera Cahoone. *This record was serviced to Colorado radio stations and djs by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC which I own and operate*

Thirty-three miles further west,  Cedaredge multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter David Starr, (Starr’s Guitars) once again enlisted part-time Colorado resident musician and friend John Oates to arrange and produce his 8th album, a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by his grandfather in 1972. The album features guest appearances by John Oates and award winning Americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Heading east back into the metro, Americana-country fans will find plenty to love on the rough hewn twang of Same Shirt, Different Day, the sophomore effort from Littleton resident Rodney RiceSame Shirt got enough national airplay to hit top-forty on the Americana Music Association radio airplay charts and #1 on the RootsMusicReport Colorado album chart. *This record was serviced to Colorado radio stations and djs by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC which I own and operate*


If you listen to my show (and you do, right?) you know I close out nearly every (99%) hour with an instrumental jazz track.  My jazz album of the year nod goes to Ron Miles‘ Blue Note debut, Rainbow Sign.  The album features fellow Colorado native musician, guitarist Bill Frisell, who was directly responsible for introducing the original recordings for this album to Blue Note Records President Don Was.


My dj roots, spinning dance music in clubs and on TOP 40 radio in NoCO from the 1970s through the early 90s, informs my long lasting love and appreciation for modern EDM and R&B albums like the epic Brain Chemistry, the Right Brain, Left Brain dual EP release from pop singer-songwriter Kayla Marque, and the more R&B/Soul oriented EDM release Free Your Mind from Big Gigantic, their first studio album in over three years.

Listen to Kayla’s Right Brain first if you want to listen in the order each EP came out. Right Brain is “…the lighter half of Brain Chemistry. This is my dreamy side.” Marque explainsLeft Brain showcases Kayla’s “…darker space…”

If you preconceive what you think you’ll hear, Brain Chemistry should dispel your preconceptions of what a modern R&B based pop album can sound like.  Kayla’s got mad musical DNA.  Her uncle is Denver native and EWF alum Larry Dunn.

Big Gigantic‘s R&B/soul oriented Free Your Mind succeeds due to the steady EDM, funk, soul and jazz arrangements by founders Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken with emotionally uplifting soul vocals from artists like Pell, Felly, TOBi, Jennifer Hartswick, Louis Futon and The Funk Hunters.

Had they been able to tour there’s no telling just how popular this album would have become.  The album has amassed over 20MILLION plays on Spotify (as of Dec 10, 2020). #roadtripmusic


Over 160,000 plays on Spotify, along with favorable reviews and online debuts from Billboard, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine and other national and local publications set up Whitacre‘s debut album Seasons for national success.

Produced by Denver’s Joe Richmond (Tennis, Churchill), four of the album’s first five songs are radio friendly anthems that fit comfortably alongside contemporaries like the Lumineers and Avett Brothers.

Speaking of Tennis.  Patrick and Alaina formed their own label, Mutually Detrimental, in 2018, and their Five-Points Denver based recording studio where they  produced three outstanding female voiced albums for 2020, including their latest, Swimmer.

Instead of relying on outside producers for their 5th release, they self-produced, moving their retro sixties influenced pop into richer and more expansive production elements and arrangements and moving the duo forward as credible national level producers in their own right.


That’s it … I could of course pick more than 10 to share with you, but these are the ones that rose to the top of the list.  I hope you enjoy each one of these exceptional “Best Of” Colorado albums from 2020.

Happy HOLLYDAZE.
Chris “K” Kresge
aka goat
Founder/President
Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC
The Colorado Playlist

Let’s Dance! A COVID Relief Fundraiser

Stay Home Silent Disco 2 presented by Tyler, the Creative is a way to have fun during isolation while raising money to support Colorado COVID-relief for the arts. I’m thrilled to be supporting the event in their efforts to raise money for three non-profits — $1 for every view that the three streams get! Be sure to RSVP — see you December 18th!

 

CP S14 EP44 2020

Monday NOV 23 2020 – When was the last time you participated in the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM)?  I know it’s been awhile for most of you.  SO!  Here’s your chance to make it up.  From today (Nov 23) until Dec 20, I’ll be accepting votes for this year’s best of.

There are a couple of changes to the format of the listener polls this year.  You’ll see when you go to CP 2020 BEST OF LISTENER POLL and CP VIDEO LISTENER POLL.  Enjoy.

DONATIONS WELCOMED and deeply appreciated.  The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I feature a segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons..  This week’s guest is Julia Mendiolea (Y La Bamba, Inner Oceans, College Homies!)

TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING NOV 21 2020

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

220 titles  / 13 stations tracked

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
2. DAFNA – I LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
3. RODNEY RICE – Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
4. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
5. RON MILES Rainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawakais a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. OPEN FOR RESERVATION DINING and shows.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Lothar and The Hand People – Machines – Presenting… (1968)
Lothar and the Hand People – Midnight Ranger – Space Hymn (1969)
(P) Slopeside – Lay Your Weapons Down – Edge of Nowhere (2021)
Daniel Rodriguez – Colorado – Sojurn of a Burning Sun (2020)
Porlolo– Wasting Time (I Was A Fool) – Porlolo(2018)
Everybody Loves An OutlawI See Red (2020)
CITRAOcean (2020)
Braddigan– Customs – The Captive (2007)
Acoustic Junction – Goodbye World – Strange Days (2000)
(D) The Dirty Chaos – Lines – The Groove EP (2021)

Wildermiss– Supermagical(2020)
Jeff Austin – What the Night Brings – The Simple Truth (2015)
Ron Miles – The Rumor – Rainbow Sign (2020)

HOUR 2

Gretchen Peters – Independence Day – The Secret of Life (1996)
Gretchen Peters – When You Comin’ home (feat. Jimmy La Fave) – Blackbirds (2015)
(D) Thomas Hine – Abandon – Ledgers and Stones (2020)

Esmé Patterson – All Mine – There Will Come Soft Rains (2020)
Rob DrabkinLittle Steps (2013)
(D) Douglas Mann – Burning Bridges – Black Roses on Dark Water EP (2020)

Brent Cowles – Shine – It’s Coals. (2020)
Inner Oceans – Call Through the Wire – I Don’t Mind (2017)
(D) Saint Joe – The People’s Champ – Penmanship (2020)

The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
The Lumineers – Life InThe City – III (2019)
Gerald Albright – Taking Control- G (2016)

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