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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP19

Two shows, two nights, two nearly sold out rooms.  That’s the kind of action I like to see locally.  I went to see Andy Palmer‘s cd release show that included performances from Joe Sampson and Anthony Ruptak – that was Friday night at the Walnut Room.  It was standing room only, mostly do to the limited seating available to begin with.  Andy played with an all star lineup of local musicians that included the likes of Greg Harris on vibes and Carl Sorenson on drums, who seems to play with everyone in town.

Besides bumping into a veritable who’s who of local musicians, and music industry types who I hadn’t seen in some cases for years, the show itself was nearly flawless, and really displayed a side of Palmer we haven’t really been exposed to in the past several years, as he turned in his rock grooves for a more contemplative singer-songwriter style closer to alternative folk.

My band Goatz! and Gasoline Lollipops played a show on Saturday night at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.  I’m hoping this is not the last show I get to do with my friends, who are exploding on the scene, and will (with little doubt IMO) one day be playing far larger rooms.

Gasoline Lollipops – Avogadro’s Number May 20

This time next Monday I’ll be thick into the Bolder Boulder so there will not be a new post.  I’ll be back in two weeks.

Beginning June 1st I’ll be back hosting the Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live Series in Old Town Square Fort Collins.  June 1 = SHEL.

June 17 I’ll be hosting the inaugural Wellington Downtown Concert Series with the Matt Skinner Band and My Blue Sky.


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IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

Support for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon. 11th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist – Buy Tickets … and from Oskar Blues Brewery – supporting Colorado music for 20 years.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP19

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

HOUR 1

The Moonrakers “I’m All Right” from Anthology (2007)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
(N) Andy Palmer “Black Moses (Harriet Tubman)” from The Switch (2017) 


The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) King Cardinal “Seventeen” (2017) 


Somerset Catalog “Landing Gear” from Lonely Fang (2016)
Dianne Reeves “Midnight Sun” from When You Know (2008)
Devotchka “I Cried Like a Silly Boy” from Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
(N) One Flew West “All In My Head” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017) 


Shaley Scott “Style” from Rescue Me (2015)
piKziL “Here’s the News” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Keith Oxman “A Vaunt Guard” from East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Dave Beegle “Monsters” from Clear the Tracks (2000)
(N) Matthew Wilburn Skinner “Play for the King” from Play for the King (2017)
Lara Ruggles “Moon in My Heart” from Cynics & Saints (2015)
Bad Weather California “Keep it Together” from Back Seats (2013)
(N) Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts “Killer” from Shovel Full of Coal (2017) 


Big Head Todd & The Monsters “New World Arisin’” from New World Arisin’ (2016)
Leftover Salmon “Here Comes the Night” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
(N) Flobots “Blood In the River” from No Enemies (2017)


SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Rob Drabkin “A Bird Lost” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Heavy Eddie” from The Arrival (2015)



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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP16

Right up front I want to thank Oskar Blues Brewery for becoming a major sponsor of this show.  Oskar Blues has been part of my family for a decade and I’m ecstatic that they believe enough in the show to support it.

OB is celebrating 20 years in Lyons this coming weekend with a killer lineup that includes Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Gasoline Lollipops, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams and many others.  Of special note – Sunday will be a legends of Colorado blues artist showcase I intend to be present for.

It’s been a very very long time since I stayed up until 4AM.  I managed to land a room to mix for the FoCOMX weekend, and we landed a prime 9:15PM Friday night slot for the band at the Mainline Ale House – one of the nicer restaurants and music venues in Old Town Fort Collins.  What was planned to be outside on the rooftop, fortunately was moved indoors into a room that was more than adequate for live music.

Stationed for sound duties at East Coast on Linden St, for both nights, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of singer-songwriters and folk singers, and DJs creating often unique mixes of various styles of appropriate music made for dancing.

I spent 16 years mixing music in dance clubs in the 70s and 80s.  Several of those years were here in Northern Colorado, in Fort Collins and Greeley.  I was thrust back to those years as I watched the lineup of local mix masters employ their craft.

I marveled at how other than technology, nothing much has changed in the art of mixing music for a dance crowd – and how the “hit” still matters most when you want to get people on the floor.  One dj did not employ that knowledge, and paid the price of a near empty room that lacked energy.

Michelle Petrie Trio – FoCOMX 9 – East Coast

Festivals like FoCOMX are motivated by allowing space for a diversity of people who make music – from neophyte stage performers to unequivocally well rehearsed, polished, and professional legends of music along the Front Range.

Two acoustic acts I thought showed a lot of promise were the Michelle Petrie Trio and PoorBoy, who will undoubtedly be changing their name.   PoorBoy is recording their second EP with Justin Roth in Fort Collins.

String Theory on Friday was one of the most creative acts of the weekend – featuring electric bass with harp (not harmonica – a real harp; a small laptop version).


Jinx Jones – In Colorado Music History

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

Pickin’ on the Poudre with Head For The Hills and Paper BirdBuy Tickets Saturday, May 13 Show at 8 PM (Doors at 6 PM)


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

David Starr lives in Cedaridge CO, where he owns a guitar store and hangs out with the likes of John Oates, who produced David’s new album.  One of Colorado’s best country-folk / Americana songwriters.


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP16

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

HOUR 1

Poco “Heart of the Night” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(D) Kyle Emerson “Wise Blood” from Worth It EP (2017) 


Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
(D) Avifauna “Olive Ridley” from The Gyre (2017) 


The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Young Ancients “Cheap Guitar” from Fishstory (2015)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “The Other Side” from The Other Side (2014)
(D) Tyller Gummersall “Rocky Mountain Man” from Long Ride Home (2016)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
(D) SVC DVK “Jazz” from Aubrey (2017)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) The Coteries “Reason in the Road” from Reason In The Road (2017) 


Todd Adelman “Cold Mississippi Blues” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) The String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from Believe (2017)
(N) OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Nobody Knows” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Jeff Finlin “Sugar Blue” from Alive and Retrospective Volume 1 (2006)
(D) Bison Bone “Anymore” from History of Falling (2017)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Lionel Young Band “Knock These Blues Around” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Jim Stranahan “Blues and a Half” from Migration to a Higher Ground (2014)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP15

So I did not make it out to see any live music this weekend. Instead, a friend of mine and I found a lovely out of the way, small town diner to have brunch at – and the green chili was to die for.  I was planning on seeing a show Saturday night but wound up having dinner at a friend’s house.

I emcee’d the Earth Day celebration in Fort Collins on Saturday, and did manage to catch the Waido Experience, and Matthew Mahern – aka P-Man.  Matt will be performing with four acts at this year’s FOCOMX this coming weekend.  I hadn’t seen Michael Waido and his guys for 8 years, as we all went in life directions – Waido with kids now .. that sort of things. So it was nice to catch up.  Anyone who knows P-Man already knows he’s a staple of the Fort Collins scene.

I was not able to secure embeds for two of this week’s  MMMM entries – the new single from Andy Palmer, and the new Head for the Hills, which drops May 12.  That said, there are some tasty nuggets this week from Tennis, Debajo del Agua, Analog Son with Devon Parker, and shark dreams.


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Pickin’ on the Poudre with Head For The Hills and Paper BirdBuy Tickets Saturday, May 13 Show at 8 PM (Doors at 6 PM)

Kenny Vaughn – In Colorado Music History


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP15

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

HOUR 1

The Moonrakers “I Don’t Believe” (1965)
The Rainy Daze “Blood of Oblivion” (1967)
(D) Andy Palmer “The Switch” from The Switch (2017)
Morning Bear “Traveling” from Take Flight EP (2015)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
(N) Tennis “My Emotions are Blinding” from Yours Conditionally (2017)


piKziL “I Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Dan Treanor, Creighton Holley, Kyle Roberts “Southbound Train” from American Primitive (2010)
Richard Dean “Blue Coal Miner” from Accidental Human (2015)
(D) Head for The Hills “Waiting for You” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Brothers Keeper “Chamberlain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
Cocktail Revolution “Partners in Crime” from Better Reception (2008)

HOUR 2

Old Soul “Oldest Religion” from Old Soul (1996)
(D) Debajo Del Agua “Mundo Al Reves” from Mundo Al Reves (2017) 


Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
(N) Analog Son “Big Easy (feat. Devon Parker)” from Black Diamond (2017) 


Hello Dollface “Face it” from Warrior of Light (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
Musketeer Gripweed “Nine Pound Hammer” from Floods and Fires (2014)
(D) Shark Dreams “EZPZ” from deeep (2016) 


Pan Astral “Gulf of Mexico” from Suburban Blues (2016)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Peter Sommer “Looks Like This” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)

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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.

GOAT ON THE TOWN

(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

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In Colorado Music History


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 

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.


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP13

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP11

Happy Monday.  New music down below this week in the MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) includes exclusive premieres from upcoming new releases due out in April and May from Andy Sydow, John Statz, Jacob Larson, and Carry Me Ohio, + a new release from Christomo, and a debut from Francis and the Wolf from last fall that I missed in advance of them heading into the studio soon to work on a new full length.

Coming next week = S11 EP12 beginning March 31 new music from Dragondeer, TMULE, Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart, and Todd Adelman and The Country Mile


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

In Colorado Music History 


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


GOAT ON THE TOWN

Drove up to Fort Collins for this week’s trek to catch some bands in rooms I don’t get to visit very often.  First up was the Drunken Hearts at Hodi’s Halfnote. After that, I stopped by Island Grill, best known for the cover dance bands that frequent there, just in time to catch the Movers and Shakers last set of the night.

The Drunken Hearts at Hod’s Halfnote (Fort Collins)

The Drunken Hearts are an American trad-rock band with a dash of Colorado feel good jam.  Pedal steel player Cody Russell likes reminding me I said they are the hardest working band in Colorado on the show one week.  They are among the hardest working, that’s true.  Just look at their tour schedule.

Hanging out after their set, backstage with Cody, I bumped into Adam Brown from Mosey West, and recently the talent buyer for the Swing Station in LaPorte.  He let me know he and his wife are moving back to their home in Texas, but not before he finishes recording a new solo release.

The Island Grill is known in Fort Collins as a place that books cover bands, and caters primarily to the over 40 crowd.  I was not only surprised at how many people were there at midnight, but actually dancing and having a good time.

Part of that party atmosphere was a birthday party for band trumpet player Scott Sessions.  A major part of it was the stagecraft and showmanship of lead singer Andy Webber, who prowled the dance floor and teased and flirted the ladies like a young modern Tom Jones.

Musically, the band laid out a solid set of dance rhythm and blues from the sixties, classics that everyone could singalong to.  The dance floor was still packed when I left the room at 12:40.  That says a lot as many similarly programmed rooms in the region are empty by 11PM typically.


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP11

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

HOUR 1

The Rainy Daze “Good Morning Mr. Smith” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
The Moonrakers “Time and Place” from Anthology (2007)
(D) Andy Sydow “Who I Want To Be” (2017) 


Megan Burtt “Restless” from The Bargain (2015)
South of France “Washed Up” from Washed Up (2016)
(D) John Statz “Cashmere” (2017) 


Devotchka “The Last Beat of My Heart” from Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Rocksteady” from Rocksteady (2010)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” (2016)
(D) Jacob Larson Band “Aftershock” from Jacob Larson Band (2017) 


Treehouse Sanctum “Pilot & Crew” from Pilot & Crew (2015)
Hello KavitaSunday (It’s a Chrome Tide)” from To A Loved One (2009)
Dana Landry Quartet “Pure Imagination” from Standard Elevation (2015)

HOUR 2

Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
Tommy Bolin “Savannah Woman” from Teaser (1975)
(D) Christomo “Brooklyn Lullaby” from When the Moon Is Right (2017)


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Falling” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Down Down Down” from Dear Somebody (2016)
(D) Francis and the Wolf “Afraid to Live” (2016) 


Flobots “The Rose and the Thistle” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Finnders & Youngberg “Nebraska” from FY5 (2015)
Coral Creek “Mountain High” from Coral Creek (2015)
(D) Carry Me Ohio “Stonewall” from Stonewall (2017) 


Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
The Fray “The Fighter” from Scars and Stories (2012)
Keith Oxman “All Dudes” from Doing All Right (2009)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP09

Well, this week is a little different.  There are more videos in this week’s post than I think I’ve ever included before for one.  And more news to share with you.  News of my own to announce this week:  the Colorado Playlist is coming to 106.9 KHEN LPFM Salida.  I will know in a week or two what day and the it will air.  I am now also the new entertainment coordinator for the historic Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, and a new 10k coming on Labor Day to Fort Collins called Fortitude.

So you set a CP MMMM record for most votes in a week, and the most votes for one song in a week for Tiffany Christopher‘s “Somewhere Behind the Sun.”

The week, I’ve featured another new track from Tiffany Christopher, along with something from new Colorado by way of Texas country artist Leslie Tom, reggae from Bonfire Dub, along with new cuts from former Pandas and People guitarist Grayson Erhard and deeper tracks from the new Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollops releases.  Don’t forget to vote and SHARE (please, and thank you).


GOAT on the Town

As I’m taking some time off from being cooped up in a room every Friday and Saturday doing sound, I’ve been able to get out to check out some other rooms and bands.

mbs-dickensThis weekend I caught a set from 2 x Leftapalooza winners and #5 TOP TEN Tribute Bands in Colorado (Westword), My Blue Sky, at the Dicken’s Opera House in Longmont and the cover country and hard rock band Swerve at the Wild Game Longmont.

There’s a good reason why MBS is considered one of the TOP 5 tribute bands in Colorado – not the least of which are their flavorful and articulate recreations of the music of the Allman Bros Band family tree… including Gov’t Mule.

If I wasn’t doing a show of my own on March 11, I would easily be back at the Dicken’s to catch Great American Taxi.

The 300 capacity room is among the best under 500 cap rooms in the region, with a clean line of sight into a deeply set old stone and brick back wall, a reasonable amount of seating and a spacious “dance floor.”  I’m a bit of a sound and production snob, so I have to say the sound and lights are adequate.

I couldn’t stay for My Blue Sky‘s Gov’t Mule set as I set out to catch a set by Swerve at the new entertainment facility, the Wild Game Longmont.  If I thought that the Dicken’s sound was adequate, the Wild Game’s sound needs remedial attention.

The Wild Game is not a music venue.  It’s a family entertainment facility with a kids’ game room, eight bowling lanes, an adult gaming area and food, some of which appears more exotic than your typical bar grub.

Extreme boominess makes the room itself too loud, without a band playing.  Lack of a house sound system and engineer leaves the task up to the band to do from stage.  Expect unpredictability, especially since most bands today don’t pack pro level sound gear.

This is the second weekend in a row where I’ve gone out to see a cover rock band.  Swerve knows their audience – people who listen to the likes of KYGO and 103.5 The Fox in Denver .. and 99.1 KUAD and 107.9 The Bear in NoCO.  They played the hits… professionally and proudly.  They managed to mix their own pro-level small sound system exceedingly well given the overall loudness and boominess of the room.



May I Introduce to You:  

A couple of years ago I had lunch with a documentary film maker, Caryn Sanchez, who wanted to do a documentary on Colorado music.  You can keep up with developments at SoundsLikeColorado.com … Here’s a preview of what’s to come.


NEWS & NOTES

Congrats to one of Northern Colorado’s most popular bands, Patti Fiasco, for being selected to open for Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center.  They were selected from ten finalists in our region by Bon Jovi management.  They will be appearing at the Pepsi Center on April 14.

And congrats to my buddy Tyler Grant and his band the Grant Farm for securing a slot supporting the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks on July 23.


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IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Normally I get an audio track to play on the show before I receive a new video .. but this week, the new video from Strange Americans dropped into my news-feed and I couldn’t NOT make it my Video Pick of the Week.  Just as I was writing this week the band sent me copies of two new singles, Big Black Car and No Punches.


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, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP09

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

HOUR 1

Firefall “Mexico” from Firefall (1976)
(D) Tiffany Christopher “Pirates” from Tremendous Heart (2017)

Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Montropo “Letter to Mary” from Follow Me (2015)
(D) Leslie Tom “Hank You Very Much” from Leslie Tom (2017) 

Romano Paoletti “Can You Run” from Story of a Lifetime (2010)
Brother Wild “Leave it all behind” from White Flag (2016)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
(D) Bonfire Dub “One Stone” from Gypsy Roots (2017)

Toad In the Hole “Drifting” from Wallflower (2015)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
Keith Oxman “Sir Thomas B.” from Doing All Right (2009)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1971)
(D) Grayson Erhard “Manifest” [single] (2017) 

El Toro de la Muerte “Things in My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Natalie Walker “Trust” from Strange Bird (2015)
(N) Otis Taylor “Jump to Mexico” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2017)

piKziL “Brand New Soul” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Born in The Flood “I am the Walrus” from Mountain Homegrown Vol IV (2005)
String Cheese Incident “45th of November” from One Step Closer (2005)
(N) Gasoline Lollipops “Jesus Ain’t Dead” from Resurrection (2017) 

Elephant Revival “Ring Around the Moon” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
Rossonian “Garuda” from You Are Your Own Dentist (2013)
(D) Garrett Sayers Trio “Beat Car” from Thinkbox (2017)


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Colorado Playlist – S10 EP14 2016

As I sit here thinking about this radio show, I am blown away by the overwhelming opportunity we in Colorado music have to amplify our voices and declare the brilliance of what we have for talent, skill and accomplishment in our state.

This week’s show focused on part of that sense of accomplishment.  Ten Colorado bands are headlining Red Rocks this year — something I believe is a first in Red Rocks and Colorado music history.  That also does not include the number of Colorado acts, or acts who are part of our history, who are playing in support or are playing on Film On the Rocks (FotR).

FotR, historically, has been the one event on the “rocks” where local bands have played.  I got to most of the headliners, and a couple of those who are there in support (Joe Walsh), or at FotR (Megan Burtt).

Chris K FOCOMX8 2cLast weekend I performed for the first time as a musician at the 8th Annual Fort Collins Music Experiment (FOCOMX8) with my band GOATZ!  There were over 250 acts from the region playing in over 25 rooms around the city, and by 1030, when I left on Saturday night, they nearly all had lines outside their doors.

For seven of the past eight years, I’ve seen the “show” from one room – as one of the festival soundguys.  To witness the event as another musician, and as a fan, was really special.  Thanks to Greta Cornett and Peggy Lyle and their incredible team of volunteers.  I see now why so many of my musician friends rave about this event.

Last night I attended the Fort Collins Musician Association Peer Awards.  Based on what I heard walking around the room it was the most well attended awards ceremony of the past few years.  It was the first one I’d been to in maybe six years.

I have to give it up to new Aggie owner Scott Morrill and his crew – the Aggie felt like a brand new room, and the new sound system is KILLER… excellent sound from FOCOMA soundman of the year – Dean Curtis.  Even old owner Scoo Leary who was a presenter mentioned the new sound from stage – class act brother.

Heard around the room – Shaley Scott is working on a new album with a possible September release  date.  Cary Morin is “feelin’ a whole better” to steal a phrase from a classic Byrds tune, after being laid up recently with major health issues.

AJ FULLERTONThe Colorado Blues Society held their IBC (International Blues Challenge) finals at the Buffalo Rose on Sunday.  The John Weeks Band won the band competition with A.J. Fullerton taking the solo/duo category.  Both will take the trip to Memphis next January.  Congrats to everyone – and a shout out to Kyle Deibler for his incredible efforts in keeping all of this going.

SPOKESBUZZ announced its new lineup of incubator bands.  Congratulations to AltasHolly LovellLast Call RomanceMoon FrogOne Flew West and Silver & Gold  … follow band links to learn more.


REVIEW – TOGETHER – CARY MORIN

carymorinCary Morin is by far one one of the most awarded and celebrated solo artists on the Front Range – winning two CBS solo/blues awards and a FOCOMA Peer Award.  His new album “Together” is currently the #1 most played at KRFC Fort Collins.

“Together” shows Cary spinning off some of the blues he’s shown the past couple of solo releases, as well the more Americana influenced work with Young Ancients, and reaching into his singer-songwriter roots; displaying yet one more facet of his skill at storytelling, and creating meaningful emotion.  In a brief conversation, Cary expressed his desire to get back to some of his roots musically – but for as long as I’ve known him, his roots are far deeper than anything most of us can imagine.

There’s more country-folk here than we’ve heard in previous releases.  Far more folk, both musically and lyrically .. and that’s not to say there isn’t any blues on this disc … “Prisoner” is the prime example – leading off with the line “I had to leave the place where I was born.  I had to to travel, I didn’t know where I was going.”

I can’t imagine not liking something Cary puts out — this time there’s just more of Cary to like.  A superior finger picking guitarist, with stories to tell, just doesn’t need a band to make it work.  The rest of us who try can only drool in envy.


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Presenting:  The 10th Anniversary Party of the Colorado Playlist AUG 7 @4PM w/ GOATZ!, the Liz Barnez Band and more.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

I conceived of this idea 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.

If artists/bands rally their troops to vote for them, it undermines the intent of what I had hoped to achieve.  I appreciate the site traffic but not at the expense of hearing what the show listeners really do like – or not.  So while I encourage sharing, please remember the intent of this poll.

What you’ll find below are new songs debuted on the show this week … listen to them again (or for the first time) and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist.

HOUR 1

Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
(D) Darryl Purpose “Hours in a Day” from Still The Birds (2016) 
Jeff Finlin “American Dream #109” from Epinonymous (2004)
Dressy Bessy “Anyone can see” from Holler and Stomp (2008)
(D) Whippoorwill “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” from Good to Be Around (2016) 
Mollie O’Brien “When I’m gone” from Things I Gave Away (2000)
Instant Empire “Dead Air” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
Yo, Flaco! “Rent (f. Ron Miles)” from The Skinny (2004)
(D) James and The Devil “Flight of the Moth” from Show Me Everything (2016)


Railsplitters “Tilt-a-whirl” from The Faster It Goes (2015)
No Fences “Big & Rich” from No Fences (2015)
County Road X “The Milk Princess” from From Seed to Stem (2004)

HOUR 2 – BANDS PLAYING RED ROCKS 2016

Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” from The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra” from Cleopatra (2016)
Elephant Revival “Peace Tonight” from Petals (2016)
Devotchka “100 Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Live at Red Rocks 2015 (2015)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “S.O.B” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Big Gigantic “The Little Things (feat. Angela McCluskey)” [single] (2016)
String Cheese Incident “Outside and Inside” from Outside Inside (2001)
The Motet “Like We Own It” from The Motet (2014)
Megan Burtt “Fast as I Go” from The Bargain (2015)
Ben Haugland “Birds of a Feather” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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