NEWS NOTES and SPINS – MARCH 1 2015

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

RADIO NEWS and NOTES

kgnu logoYou’ve only got a couple of days left to get in on this job opening … KGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See http://kgnu.org/StationManagerSearch for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to job@kgnu.org by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

logo-openairOpen Air 1340 is now Open Air 102.3FM.  And if you haven’t listened, and you’re under 40 and/or you’re into music that you probably have never heard of before, this is a remarkable addition to the FM dial in the Denver metro – extending up just north of Longmont.

KUNC 2Congrats to former Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter Stacy Nick who got laid off at one gig to land another equally impressive role as Culture Arts & Music reporter for 91.5FM KUNC.  On Feb 26th, she posted, “Attn Colorado bands headed to ‪#‎SXSW2015‬: If you haven’t sent in a copy of your latest CD to KUNC yet, do so now. We’re going to be highlighting a bunch of you in the coming weeks. KUNC, 1901 56th Ave. Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634 ‪#‎COMusic‬

support local culture logoArtists Wanted for Support Local Culture Support Local Culture is a joint venture between KRFC 88.9 FM and Noosa Yoghurt. The program provides Northern Colorado arts and culture nonprofit organizations and individual artists with an opportunity to promote themselves through KRFC.  MORE

VIDEO PICKS – FEBRUARY

TOP 40 Spins February 2015

Our TOP 3 this month are exceptional in the number of stations and frequencies cuts from the release were heard on.  Of the 15 stations surveyed, the top 3 appeared on 8, 9, and 7 stations respectively.  No other titles this month appeared on more than 4 stations surveyed.  Of the 15 station/shows surveyed, 8 did not have even the minimum 10 titles necessary to be reflected in the STATION by STATION breakouts.

235 titles tracked – 8 TOP 40 DEBUTS / 16 Adds to tracking
Titles tracked = released between Sept 2013 and Feb 2015
109 (47%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

bill frisell_guitar in the space age(1) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age(Okeh Records) Instrumental [18-Nov-14]
(3) 2. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free(Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(15) 3. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues / r&b / funk [15-Jan-15]
(11) 4. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock [20-Dec-14]
(8) 5. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock / bluegrass [1-Jan-15]
(18) 6. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [31-Jan-15]
(2) 7.  Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock / country-rock / bluegrass [8-Nov-14]
(5) 8. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14]
(4) 9. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock / folk [28-Jun-14]
(23) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West  (NeverFoehl Records) Folk / singer-songwriter [13-Sep-14]
(10) 11. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock / jamband [12-Apr-14]
(27) 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey  (self) Indie/New Alternative [26-Apr-14]
(D) 13. Paul MullikinTime Is Now (self) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Feb-15]
(D) 14. Selasee & the Fafa FamilyTime for Peace (self) World / reggae [30-Jan-15]
(33) 15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]
(12) 16. Euforquestra – Fire (self) Funk / jamband [22-Feb-14]
(D) 17. Nathaniel RateliffCloser EP (Mod y Vi Records) Indie/ Folk [28-Jan-15]
(13) 17. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster(self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(7) 18. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [14-Aug-14]
(R) 19. Young AncientsY/A (self) Americana [22-Feb-14]
(21) 20. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary /  funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 21. Rose Quartz Axis of Love (self) Pop / electronic [1-Feb-15]
(R) 22. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock / blues [25-Jan-14]
(R) 23. Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary / jazz / soul [11-Feb-14]
(R) 24. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(D) 25. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [13-Jan-15]
(R) 25. Nathaniel RateliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Indie / New Alternative / Folk [1-Sep-13]
(D) 26. Gerald AlbrightSlam Dunk (Heads Up Music) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Sep-14]
(D) 26. Gipsy MoonAutumn’s Retreat (self) Folk [1-Feb-15]
(28) 27. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(R) 28. Musketeer Gripweed Floods and Fires (self) Rock / jamband [29-Mar-14]
(R) 29. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana / folk [21-Dec-13]
(9) 30. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Rock / country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(R) 31. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop / adult contemporary [18-Mar-14]
(R) 31. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop / adult contemporary [26-Apr-14]
(19) 31. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [8-Nov-14]
(D) 32. AMZY We Don’t Walk, We Dance (self) Pop / rock [21-Feb-15]
(20) 32.  Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock / R&B [13-Jun-14]
(R) 32. The SeersDeaf in June (self) Rock [27-Sep-14]
(25) 33. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock / pop [19-Jul-14]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 FEB
6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
14. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies
16. Pandas & People – S/T
17. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
17. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
18. Born to Wander – S/T
22. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
24. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
26. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
29. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
30.  Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
30. The Sound and Color – S/T
31. Kate LeRoux – Phoenix
31. Richard Dean – Accidental Human
31. Sofie Reed – Red Hen
32. Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks
32. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

ADDED TO TRACKING FEBRUARY 2015
All Indians, No Chiefs – The Danger Mission EP
AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP
Clouds & Mountains – Slumber
CRL CRRLL – Good Influence
Dearling – Do You Love Me [single]
Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
H2 Big Band – It Could Happen
Juno What?! – Stranger
Land Lines – The Natural World
Patrick Lee – Remixes Vol 1
Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
Peter Sommer – Narrando Historias
Plum – Hello Miss Yellow [single]
Rose Quartz – Axix of Love

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Sept 2013-Feb 2015) titles
Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [17]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Quemando – Paradise

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [+80]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
5. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age

jeff austin simple truthKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR 102.3 FM (Denver) [40]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
3. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
5. Plum – Hello Miss Yellow (single)

BROTHERSKEEPERThe Colorado Sound [40]
1. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

Job opening: KGNU seeks a Station Manager

kgnu logoKGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See http://kgnu.org/StationManagerSearch for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to job@kgnu.org by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

NEWS NOTES & SPINS – FEBRUARY 1 2015

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.

NEWS & NOTES

2015 kicked off in grand fashion. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall, and Stephen Stills’ Manassas were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and  Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air 1340 AM became Open Air 102.3FM.

30 titles added / 12 debuts charted … I think that’s a record for one month, but don’t quote me on that.  It’s a lot though.

KRFC (Fort Collins) announced the hiring of Charles Hale as new program director. Charles is a KCSU alumnus and in addition to serving on the board of directors he has been a KRFC programmer since 2013, hosting “The Ajax Diner Book Club” Monday nights at 8PM.

The Colorado Sound radio program began its 9th season; the ColoradoSound.com its 6th, and The Colorado Sound Live365 began its 3rd.  The Colorado Sound Live365 posted its best month since last June.  TheColoradoSound.com posted its best non-December month in history.

I became a member of the board of directors for SpokesBUZZ, a tremendous honor for me.

Offstage …Beyond the Music started off the new year with Colorado Music Hall of Fame executive director G. Brown – noted former Denver Post music  critic, KCUV radio personality, Colorado music historian and author of “Colorado Rocks: A Half Century of Music in Colorado” (Pruitt Publishing, Aug 2004).  A newly revised edition will be (according to G) published this spring to coincide with the grand opening of the new location of the HoF at the Trading Post at Red Rocks.    February’s featured guest is Wendy Woo and her husband Charles Snyder.

VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH

All I can say is THANK YOU to the “bootleggers” in the audience at the CMHOF inductions who had decent camera gear.  I heard that the official CMHoF video will be forthcoming soon – but for now, the first five videos are from Poco’s performance at the Hall of Fame induction.  Also included this month:  Young Ancients, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Mama Lenny & the Remedy, Eldren, American Blackout, The Sound and Color, Archive Nights.

TOP 40 Spins January 2015

235 titles tracked
113 (48%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(D) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Instrumental/rock/pop/country [18-Nov-14]
This wasn’t even close.  This is the first time I can recall where an instrumental record debuts atop the monthly spins chart, and it did it by a landslide in number of stations playing, and the total number of spins, and frequencies it’s heard on.  If you listen to public/community/NPR radio anywhere in the state, you hear this record.  It is the most accessible and pop based of all of Frisell’s recordings.

(2) 2. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana, bluegrass, rock [8-Nov-14]
(1) 3. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers)  Americana, bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(4) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock, folk-rock [28-Jun-14]
(D) 5. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14](18) 6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Oct-14]
(3) 7.  TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [14-Aug-14]
(D) 8. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) AAA, bluegrass, pop/rock [20-Dec-04]
(D) 9. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana, country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(9) 10.  The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock, jamband [12-Apr-14]
(D) 11. Brother’s Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) AAA, rock [20-Dec-14]
(17) 12. Euforquestra – Fire (self) AAA, funk, reggae, jamband [22-Feb-14]
(24) 13. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(8) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [1-Aug-13]
(D) 15. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (self) Blues, r&b, funk [15-Jan-15]
(R) 16. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) AAA, acoustic rock, pop [5-Jul-14]
(R) 17. Safe Boating is No Accident Bonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [26-Feb-14]
(21) 17. The Longest Day of the YearCarapace (self) Rock, alt-country-rock [18-Oct-14]
(R) 18. Born to Wander S/T (self) Jazz, folk, vocal [1-Oct-14]
(D) 18. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [31-Jan-15](23) 19. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [8-Nov-14]
(R) 20. Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock, rhythm & blues, soul [13-Jun-14]
(13) 21. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary, funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 22. Cary MorinTiny Town (self) Blues, acoustic/folk [31-Dec-14]
(R) 22. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) AAA, pop [1-Aug-13]
(5) 23. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk, singer-songwriter, pop [13-Sep-14]
(D) 24. Eef & the Blues ExpressAll Rivers Run to the Sea (Blue River Records) Blues [8-Jan-15]
(30) 25. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Indie/New Alternative, pop/rock [19-Jul-14]
(22) 26. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock, jamband [1-Oct-14]
(11) 27. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, rhythm & blues [26-Apr-14]
(R) 28. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Americana, bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(14) 29. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative, folk [5-Apr-14]
(28) 30.  Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock/pop [6-Sep-14]
(D) 30. The Sound and ColorS/T (self) Alternative, rock/pop [1-Jan-15]
(R) 31. Kate LeRouxPhoenix (self) Country, pop [17-May-14]
(D) 31. Richard DeanAccidental Human (self) Folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock [1-Jan-15]
(35) 31. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues, folk, acoustic [20-Jun-14]
(D) 32. Ben GallagherHeart Shaped Rocks (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, americana [1-Jan-15](D) 32. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana, bluegrass, country [1-Mar-14]
(33) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]

ADDED TO TRACKING JANUARY 2015

Archive Nights – 3P-Scribo EP (Rock)
Ashley Raines and the New West Revue – After the Bruising (Americana)
Audi Y Zentimiento – Simplemente Audi (World)
Augustus – The Common Collapse EP (Americana)
Avourneen – Beloved (World)
Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks (Rock)
Champagne Charlie – Devil Bone Crazy EP (Rock)
Chella Negro & the Charm – Chella & the Charm (Indie/New Alternative)
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP (Rock)
Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone (Funk/Soul)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains (Folk)
Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea (Blues)
Equally Challenged – EQC2 (Rock)
Grayson County Burn Ban – three chords (Rock)
Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth (Americana)
Land Lines – The Natural World (Indie/New Alternative)
Lunde Station – Anouther Country (Americana)
Nathaniel Rateliff – Closer EP (Folk)
Pete Kartsounes – Unwind (Rock)
Porlolo – Everything, Barely EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Richard Dean – Accidental Human (Folk)
Selasee & the Fafa Family – Time for Peace (World)
Shady Elders – The Night Air EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Stereo Twins – Good News (Indie/New Alternative)
Susie Fitzgerald – Restless (Americana)
The Sound and Color – The Sound and Color (Rock)
The Windermeres – Anthem Of The Recession Generation (Rock)
Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways (Americana)
Wild High – SDREAMS (Rock)
Wild Wombat – Return 2 Wildstyle (Hip Hop)

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Aug 2013-Jan 2015) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [15]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater
5. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [16]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
3. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
5. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free

leftover salmon_high countryKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows
4. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR CPR (Denver) [30]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
5. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageTHE COLORADO SOUND [32]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
2. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V

The Colorado Sound S9 EP2 Jan 2015

Goat_Logo_color_on_white(Sunday Jan 11) WOW … what a great week in Colorado music and radio.  On Monday Jan 5, Colorado Public Radio announced that they had purchased 102.3FM in Denver, and that Open Air 1340 would move to the new frequency.  Friday night, Jan 9, Manassas, Firefall, Poco, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame class of 2014.

cprLogoDenver has never had a metro grade signal attached to a format that is as dedicated to local music as what we’re about to hear, beginning Jan 27.  And that’s taking nothing away from the efforts made in this region to support local music on the radio going back to the 60s. 950 KIMN is in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame partly for the support they gave to local bands like Boenzee Cryque and others.  KLZ FM, KFML, KAZY, KBPI, KBCO and KTCL have all supported bands from our area going back through our Colorado music and radio history.   None, however, have featured it as prominently as Open Air 1340 does.

What this does for SOME Colorado music regionally is nothing short of amazing. All formats are limited in scope – so no, not all styles of Colorado music will be represented. Based on what Open Air has done to date, I wouldn’t expect any major changes in what they play. However, if people won’t support it financially – by way of sponsorship or membership dollars – others will be reluctant to follow CPR’s lead.  #fingerscrossed  Stations like KRFC and Radio 94.9 in Northern Colorado and Open Air 1340 in Denver are really setting standards for a level of support of local music that we’ve quite frankly never seen before.

img-cmhof-logoFriday night was incredibly special.  A sold out house at the Paramount was on hand for a performance by some of Colorado’s music legends, and relative newcomer and potential future hall of fame member Nathaniel Rateliff who did the opening tribute set to Stephen Stills/Manassas with Jeff Hanna (NGDB), Jock Bartley (Firefall), and Richie Furay (Poco).

Firefall’s impassioned set included original members Jock Bartley and Mark Andes, with fellow original members Larry Burnett and Rick Roberts joining the “newer” lineup for the last couple of songs.  Poco’s set was electrifying – but I’m pretty biased. Supported by the Richie Furay Band, original members Rusty Young, Richie Furay, Paul Cotton, and Timothy B Schmidt turned it up to a level that literally left the sold out room roaring for more, song after song, in a set that included classics Call It Love, Bad Weather, Keep On Trying, Rose of Cimarron,  and Good Feeling to Know.  The only person missing was original drummer/vocalist George Grantham, who fell and did some rib damage a few days before the show.

Among those into folk and country music in Colorado the names Jimmy Ibbotson and John McEuen are staples in the scene, going back to 1970 when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band moved here from Los Angeles.  Jimmy has remained as the sole original member still living in Colorado to this day, and although he left the band in 2004, seeing him on stage made the last 11 years disappear, if only for a couple of songs.  Of all the great things that came out of “the Dirt Band” moving here originally, it was their album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and the title track that has remained as the lasting legacy of their time spent here.

And before we get to the finale, CMHOF executive director G Brown announced that the next induction, coming later this year, will include Dan Fogelberg and Barnstorm (Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli, Joe Vitale).

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

In the current episode running now at the Offstage Beyond the Music page CMHOF executive director G Brown talks about his vision for the hall of fame over the years.  COMING IN FEB – Wendy Woo and her husband Charles and I sit at their dining room table and talk shop.

PLAYLIST S9 EP2 2015

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

HOUR 1

Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “Funky to the Bone” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
Sugarloaf “Colorado Jones” from Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Ride on the Carapace” from Carapace (2014)
Instant Empire “Without Wires” from Instant Empire (2011)
Bad Weather California “Keep It Together” from Back Seats (2013)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Lover/Undercover” from Bonus Features (2014)
The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015)
Paper Bird “Lonely Too Long” from When the River Took Flight (2010)
Finnders & Youngberg “Lonely Too Long” from I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (2013)
(D) Cary Morin “Obstacles to Negotiate” from Tiny Town (2014)
Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “Chasing Light” from The Return (2014)

HOUR 2

Bob Lind “Elusive Butterfly” from Elusive Butterfly (1966)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Good Times, Rock & Roll” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(N) Bill Frisell “Pipeline” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Dressy Bessy “New Song (From Me to You)” from Dressy Bessy (2003)
Leftover Salmon “Get Up and Go” from High Country (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Viceroy Filter King” from Always Say Please and Thank You (2000)
String Cheese Incident “So Far From Home” from Song In My Head (2014)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

The Colorado Sound 2014

Here ya go …you can listen to the TOP 20 recap of the year while you’re reading.  I also broke it down into 5 song segments below if you’re prefer that.  

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteI had a hellova year.  I hope you did too.  Courtesy of KUNC, the Colorado Sound is now on an additional 20 FM frequencies around the state, bringing the total up to 45 hours a week of programming across 33 frequencies.  Check out the stations and times page so you know where to tune in on when you’re up skiing.

Thanks to both KUNC and Radio 94.9 Colorado I had the incredible pleasure this year to sit down and have chats with Chris Daniels, Dave Glasser, Eddie Turner, Richie Furay, and Reed Foehl for the new podcast series Offstage …Beyond the Music.  Coming up the week of Jan 3-9 to start off the new year, Colorado Music Hall of Fame executive director G Brown will be my guest – talking about the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and his books.

colorado rocksG holds the franchise on Colorado music history.  The former Denver Post music journalist is the author of “Colorado Rocks: A Half-Century of Music In Colorado,” and “Telluride Bluegrass Festival – The First Forty telluride-bg-fest-40-book-1_1024x1024Years.”  His life work, when it’s done, will be his history of Red Rocks.  “Colorado Rocks” has been updated for a re-release when the Colorado Music Hall of Fame opens up at the Trading Post at Red Rocks in 2015.

Speaking of …congratulations to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame class of 2014:  the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Poco, Firefall, Richie Furay, and Steve Martin who will all be inducted on Jan 9, 2015 at the Paramount in Denver.

I started this blog to celebrate Colorado music and the stations that support it.  I can’t say enough about the incredible network of stations I track each month.  The number of stations airing Colorado music today in any measure is unprecedented.  The volume of Colorado music aired each month is pretty mind-blowing.  On average, of some 300 titles I track each month, about 45-46% get aired at least once in a month, by at least one station.

When you look below at the STATION BY STATION breakout, one station stands out by the number of titles aired ..not only for the year, but month in and month out, consistently over the past two to three years now.  When KRFC music director Scott Foley sent out the station’s most played titles for 2014, 60% were Colorado titles.  I have been a part of many discussions throughout the years where someone has said that radio should play “local music.”  KRFC is living up to the dream.

One of the greatest joys for me in 2014 was emceeing the 10th Annual Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, and fronting for the likes of Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Richie Furay, who I also got to host at the 8th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival to go with the Samples.  All in all, it was one of my most satisfying concert seasons.  Thanks especially to my friends at CHUN (Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods) in Denver for the 10 years I represented them at the annual People’s Fair, and to the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association for the opportunity to host their stages in 2014.

As the year wound down I also received an incredible invitation to join the board of directors for SpokesBUZZ.  I am very excited for the opportunity to help so many great acts work towards realizing their own dreams in this crazy music thing we do…

Support Provided By

I owe a huge thank you to some very special people without whom this show, and the accompanying Live365 station, and Offstage …Beyond the Music would not be here today.  First, thanks to Steve Law DDS and Denver area musician, for his contribution last winter that kept The Colorado Sound Live365 on the air for the few months I needed some funding.

Thanks to my friend Chuck Grewe, who once shared the stage with me in a band in the 90s, and his brother Bill.  They own Colorado Case Company.  And a very special thank you to Dani Grant and her husband Matt Hoven, owners of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre and Chippers Lanes, respectively.  Dani is also the founder and driving force behind SpokesBUZZ.  To each of my incredible friends – thank you.

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.

BEST RE-ISSUE(s) 2014

zephyr, box set 2014 Before I can even get to the charts I have to acknowledge two records I got my hands on this year that are at the TOP of my THANK YOU list for the year:  Zephyr/The Deluxe Edition “box set” that includes both the original 1969 Zephyr album remastered + select live cuts, rehearsals and more

…and as a gift from both Eddie Turner, and subsequently a remastered version from David Givens, I got two copies Zephyr, Heartbeatof Zephyr/Heartbeat that came out originally in 1982, and was stuffed into basements when bandleader Candy Givens died in 1984.

Eddie gifted me with original vinyl that I had cleaned up and digitized by Kevin Clock at Colorado Sound Studios.  Kevin was the engineer on the record originally.  Thanks to David for an advance of a newly remastered version that he suggested may be reissued in 2015.

I believe David has plans to reissue the entire Zephyr collection, including what many think of as the best album from Zephyr, “Sunset Ride.”  Personally, I put “Heartbeat” at the top of the list, but to each his own: both albums have considerable charm, shaped less by Candy’s stylistic changes than the two guitarists who shaped the music Candy sang over, Jock Bartley (Firefall) on “Sunset Ride,” and Eddie Turner on “Heartbeat.”  “Sunset Ride” is decidedly jazzier, while “Heartbeat” has a bit more of the new-wave sound that was emanating from the early 80s.

One great band – three great guitarists – Tommy Bolin, Jock Bartley, Eddie Turner.   No doubt slated for future induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

 TOP 20 FAN FAVORITE TITLES 2014

The one thing about fan favorite polls is that an act’s fans really want you to pay attention to what they like – so they rally around their “candidate.”  Sometimes, bands don’t know these polls are even taking place, and at other times they don’t care about polls so they don’t tell their fans.  Regardless of all of that, these bands’ fans came out and threw down to see their favorite win the Fan Favorite prize of 2014.  This year fans voted for 85 unique titles.  Here are the top 20.

1. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (country)
2. Kristina MurrayUnravelin’ (country)
3. Dave PerronFoot to the Pedal (folk)
3. SlopesideOne Land Town (acoustic-rock)
4. Gumbo le FunqueFunky Way (blues, funk)
5. KnoceanKnocean (reggae)
6. Deadwood Saints6th and Trinity (rock, alt-country-rock)
7. Bonnie & the ClydesMusic for the People: Part I EP (country)
7. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (country)
7. Mama Lenny & the RemedyTime (You’re Doing Fine) (rhythm & blues)
8. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (rock/blues)
8. Fierce Bad RabbitLiving Asleep (rock/pop)
8. Reed FoehlLost in the West (rock/singer-songwriter)
9. AdrienneO Lines EP (rock/alternative)
9. Ark LifeThe Dream of You and Me (rock/folk-rock)
9. EuforquestraFire (funk/reggae)
9. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (bluegrass)
9. J. MillerOne More High, One More Low (country-folk)
9. The FrayHelios (rock/pop)
9. You, Me and Apollo Sweet Honey (rock/blues)
9. Young AncientsS/T (Americana/blues)

THE TOP 50 2014

I made some changes to how I did the TOP 50 most aired titles this year.  Instead of only listing records that came out between Nov 1 2013 and Oct 31 2014, I went back and ran the numbers for titles that were entered into tracking from May 2013 to Oct 31 2014.

#5-1 

1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
2. EuforquestraFire (self) Funk/reggae [Feb 22, 2014]
3.  Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/blues [Jan 25, 2014]
4.  The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/jamband [April 12, 2014]
5. The Motet – The Motet (self) Funk [Jan 4, 2014]

#10-6 6. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
7. Nathaniel Rateliff  – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
8. Gregory Alan Isakov  – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
9. Tennis  – Ritual in Repeat (Communion Records) Pop/Indie [Aug 14, 2014]
10. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) EDM [July 2, 2013]

#15-11 11. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/folk [June 28, 2014]
12. The Railsplitters The Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
13. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk/americana [Dec 21, 2013]
14. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Rock, blues, alternative [April 26, 2014]
15. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Country/americana [Nov 1, 2013]

#20-16 16. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock/pop [Sept 6, 2014]
17. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
18. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires (self) Rock/blues [March 29, 2014]
19.  A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
20.  Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feby 22, 2014]

21. Katie Glassman & Snapshot Dream A Little Dream (self) Americana/western swing [Nov 30, 2013]
22. Mosey WestBermuda (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [Nov 2, 2013]
23. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
24.  Chimney Choir – (compass) (self) Folk/alternative folk-rock [June 1, 2013]
25. Monocle BandS/T (self) Folk/pop [Sept 1, 2013]
26. Rob Drabkin Little Steps EP (self) Rock/pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
27. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records) Americana/bluegrass [Aug 1, 2013]
28. VariousSpokesBUZZ Vol. IV: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Various [Dec 14, 2013]
29. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
30. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock/country-rock [July 23, 2013]
31. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
32. TallgrassBetter Than Medicine (self) Rock/Americana [March 1, 2014]
33. Cassie Taylor Out of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues/rhythm and blues [May 18, 2013]
34. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk/folk-rock [June 1, 2013]
35. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
36. DragondeerDon’t That Feel Good EP (self) Rock [March 14, 2014]
37. Grant FarmPlowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 10, 2014]
38. Head for the Hills Blue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
39. Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary/jazz/soul [Feb 11, 2014]
40. Drag The RiverDrag the River (Xtra Mile Records) Rock/alt-country-rock [Oct 1, 2013]
41. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Western Branches (self) Americana/bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
42. The Wild AfterLesson Learned EP (self) Rock/pop [Jan 4, 2014]
43. John Oates Good Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA/Americana [Sept 13, 2014]
44. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Ameicana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
45. Mama Lenny & the RemedyTime (You’re Doing Fine) (self) Blues/rhythm and blues [Dec 7, 2013]
46. Megan BurttIn Good Company: Vol I: The Colorado Sessions (self) Various [Nov 1, 2013]
47. Joe JohnsonNew West Sound (Blank Tape) Americana/country-folk [Aug 1, 2013]
48. Yonder Mountain String BandEP13 (Frog Pad) Americana/bluegrass [Sept 1, 2013]
49. Kristina MurrayUnravelin’ (self) Americana/country [Nov 2, 2013]
50. Five Iron FrenzyEngine of A Million Plots (self) Rock/alternative [March 1, 2014]

TOP 5 STATION BY STATION 2014

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKAFM (Grand Junction) [65]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in my Head
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Black Beehive
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live At The Mesa Theater
5. The Motet – The Motet

RailsplittersKBUT (Crested Butte) [30]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

euforquestra, fireKDUR (Durango) [45]
1. Euforquestra – Fire
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
5. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

RailsplittersKGNU (Boulder) [70]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
5. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

pretty lights_color map of the sunKRCC (Colorado Springs) [30]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise

Young AncientsKRFC (Fort Collins) [250]
1. Young Ancients – Y/A
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Various Artists – Spokesbuzz Vol. 4
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
5. You Me & Apollo – Sweet Honey

RailsplittersKRZA (Alamosa) [20]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
3. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
3. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
4. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [25]
1. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
4. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
5. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

BHTM Black BeehiveKUNC (Greeley) [25]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. 3 Twins – De Nada

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKVNF (Paonia) [40]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream
3. Euforquestra – Fire
4. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
5. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [85]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

wild afterTHE COLORADO SOUND [175]
1. The Wild After – Lesson Learned EP
2. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
3. The Motet – The Motet
4. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
5. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

AN HOUR OF MY FAVORITE VIDEOS

I don’t know about you but I don’t have the time to really sit and watch a lot of music videos.  They really are destination viewing.  Here’s about an hour’s worth that I’ve assembled from throughout the year that I particularly like.  They’re not in any real order, except how I felt like mixing them as a set.

Included in the set:  Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Head for the Hills, Gregory Alan Isakov, SHEL, Taarka, Young Ancients, Ark Life, Strange Americans, My Body Sings Electric, Katie Herzig, Rob Drabkin, and Hot Rize.

NEWS NOTES & SPINS DEC 1 2014

 Support Provided By

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.

NEWS & NOTES

For all intent and purposes, November concludes the year.  Any music that gets released in November is labeled as the following year, so we’re already into the 2015 season.  The big music news this month was the release of the new Leftover Salmon album “High Country,” featuring new permanent member Bill Payne (Little Feat).  I can’t recall off the top of my head what the last album was that debuted at #2.  The album was released on November 28, but the band made sure that djs around the state were serviced early enough to share the love pre-Thanksgiving. Outside of that one album the top 18 spots remained about as it was last month.

The biggest news of the month came from G. Brown at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  Richie Furay let us in on part of the secret in October, during Offstage …Beyond the Music, when he let us know that Poco and he would be inducted into the hall this year.  G finally released the rest of the lineup for the Jan 9 gala:  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Manassas, Poco … with special nods to Richie Furay and Steve Martin among others.  G. Brown will be my guest on Offstage …Beyond the Music in January – no doubt we’ll be talking a lot about the Hall of Fame.

VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

I don’t watch very much television.  Most of what I watch is late night stuff like the local news, a half hour of Jimmy  Kimmel, and about twenty minutes of the Daily Show, before I fall asleep.  Sometimes I watch on demand episodes of shows like Gotham — but almost never do I watch talent shows – so I had no idea this summer that a local kid was on America’s Got Talent, nor did I know he made it to the TOP 5 finalists in September, before being eliminated. That’s okay; TOP 5 is enough to propel the take off of a career if played right.  With that, here’s a video playlist of Miquel Dakota, from Monument, Colorado … enjoy

 TOP 40 Spins November 2014

270 titles tracked
125 (46%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

Hot Rize_When I'm Free(1) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 2. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana/jamband [Nov 8, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(5) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(10) 5. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 6.Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman(Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(6) 7. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(14) 8. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 9. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(2) 9. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head(SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(30) 10. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(11) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(29) 12. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(22) 13. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 14. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(26) 15. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires(self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(12) 16. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(8) 17. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 18. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [Oct 1, 2014]
(19) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(30) 20. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(D) 21. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2014]
(16) 22. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(D) 22. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock/jamband [Oct 1, 2014]
(D) 23. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 24. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]
(D) 25. Ark LifeVery Fine Friends (single) (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 26. Drag The RiverDrag the River (Xtra Mile Records) Rock [Oct 1, 2013]
(R) 27. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(4) 28. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 29. Chimney Choir – Motion (single) (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(32) 30. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(R) 31. Moors & McCumberAgainst the Grain (self) Americana/folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(36) 32. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(D) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet The Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 22, 2014]
(34) 33. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 34. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Sept 6, 2014]
(21) 34. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(D) 35. Lauren BrombertLove’s Carousel (single) (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Nov 8. 2014]
(R) 35. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues [June 20, 2014]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / NOVEMBER

15. Analog Son – S/T
17. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
18. Born to Wander – S/T
20. Quemando – Paradise
23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
24. Pandas & People – S/T
25. Jeff Finlin – My Moby Dick
27. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
28. Wendy Woo Band – Live
31. Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream
31. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
33. Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
33. Paa Kow – Ask
35. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

ADDED TO TRACKING / NOVEMBER

Annie Booth – Wanderlust
Ark Life – Very Fine Friends (single)
Ben Markley/Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
Brad Goode – Montezuma
Chimney Choir – Motion (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Dream A Little Dream of Me (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Someone Like You (single)
Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
John Statz – Tulsa
Lauren Brombert – Love’s Carousel (single)
Leftover Salmon – High Country
Parlor Pickers – Joliet Street Shakedown
Silver & Gold – Compression
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
The Echo Chamber – Synesthesia
Zach Heckendorf – Speed Checked by Aircraft

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKAFM (Grand Junction) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Born to Wander – S/T
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [21]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gasoline Lollipops – Death
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

leftover salmon_high countryKRFC (Fort Collins) [100]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
5. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRZA (Alamosa) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
1. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Tennis_ritual in repeatOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [25]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Montropo – Follow Me
3. The Outfit – Station Wagon Apocalypse

leftover salmon_high countryThe Colorado Sound [35]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

rob drabkin_little stepsTHE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS NOV
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Nothing to Show For
1. Good Gravy – Isn’t It Funny
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Josephina
3. Justin Roth – Rise

 

 

 

 

NEWS NOTES & SPINS – NOV 1, 2014

 Support Provided By

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.

Goat_Logo_color_on_white

A SORE SUBJECT

I brought up the topic of royalties last month in this post.  This month the subject of artist compensation was played out in both the radio world I addressed last month, and in the world of live performances.  You can read about that situation here, but what it boils down to is how artists make money today.

A few months ago I began highlighting only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. In September I added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not provide a “real-time” online playlist are technically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own, and those who perform on a recording. can claim any royalties due from said performance.

Royalties are a major concern today.  As real sales have declined, streaming has increased globally, and here at home.  Terrestrial radio stations that broadcast over the Internet are considered as streaming content.  The performers on the recording earn royalties from that “performance.”  What’s not tracked can’t be paid on.

My hope is that the remaining few stations in the state not participating in offering a running order playlist understand the importance of this issue to the musicians whose music we seem to too often take for granted. Equally to the stations that are not fully implementing.  BRAVO to those who get it.

KSUT

JOB OPENING – PROGRAM & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – KSUT IGNACIO COLORADO: Four Corners Public Radio, a component of KSUT Public Radio, located in Ignacio, CO (Durango area), seeks a Program and Operations Director who will manage the overall quality and delivery of station programs. Four Corners Public Radio is an award winning Triple A and Americana music station and an affiliate of National Public Radio. Program and Operations duties include programming oversight, traffic log management, automation management and regular air shifts. Candidates should have a strong broadcasting background, experience with radio automation, advanced computer and social media skills and a passion for public radio. A full job description can be found online at ksut.org. KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer. Please send a cover letter and resume to rob@ksut.org by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

Thanks to Richie Furay for being my October featured guest on OffStage …Beyond the Music.  You can stream each of the Oct episodes at the Colorado Sound Soundcloud page  … Reed Foehl is my featured guest for November.  You can download weekly episodes at either KUNC or Radio94.9 … or stream them here.

VIDEO PICKS FOR OCTOBER

Featuring Gregory Alan Isakov, Chimney Choir, Esther Sparks & Whiskey Remedy, SHEL, Glowing House, Longest Day of the Year, Blue Canyon Boys, Tennis, Kissing Party, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts

TOP 40 Spins October 2014

231 titles tracked
101 (44%) titles reported as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

Hot Rize_When I'm Free(5) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(4) 2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(8) 4. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(2) 5. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(15) 6. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(1) 7. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(10) 8. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(12) 9. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(11) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(6) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(7) 12. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(27) 13. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(9) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 15. Analog SonS/T (self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 19, 2014]
(28) 16. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 17. Richie FurayHand in Hand (self) Americana/country-rock [July 12, 2014]
(D) 18. Born to WanderS/T (self) Jazz/vocal [Oct 1, 2014]
(29) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(D) 20. QuemandoParadise (self) World/Latin [Oct 4, 2014]
(R) 21. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(13) 22. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(24) 24. 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(R) 25. Jeff FinlinMy Moby Dick (self) Rock/AAA [May 26, 2014]
(R) 26. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(R) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(35) 28. 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]
(21) 29.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 30. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(31) 30.  Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(R) 31. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (self) Americana/western swing [Nov 30, 2013]
(R) 31. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(R) 32. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(D) 33. Andy PalmerStorm’s Not Coming (single) (self) Rock/AAA [Oct 4, 2018](34) 33. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]
(R) 34. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 35. Maxwell HughesOnly in Dreams (self) Jazz/Instrumental/guitar [August 1, 2013]
(22) 36. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(17) 36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / OCTOBER

14. Paper Bird – Rooms
18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
19. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low
20. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1)
22. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
23. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
25. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean
25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND – Migration to Higher Ground
25. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
26. Von Stomper – Von Stomper
27. Churchill – The War Within EP
28. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP
29. Montropo – Follow Me
30. The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
31. Felonious Smith – Before the Rooster Crows
33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

ADDED TO TRACKING / OCTOBER

…And the Black Feathers – Pink Black and Bruised
Ancient Elk – S/T EP
Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
Born to Wander – S/T
Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy – Love Songs
Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
Gasoline Lollipops – Death
Glowing House – Don’t Know How
Jeremy Flood – What A Long Way Down (single)
Lisa Prank – Crush On the World
Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
Matt Skellenger – New Radio
Pan Astral – Color Field
Quemando – Paradise
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
Stella Luce – Caldera
The Maykit – Moonboy
Traitors to the Queen – You Are Braver Than You Think

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKAFM (Grand Junction) [35]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

chainstationKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Born to Wander – S/T
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
2. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

ark lifeOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [30+]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Colfax Speed Queen – Satisfaction Intended
5. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Analog Son – S/T
3. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

toad in the hole - apt 203THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS IN OCT.
1. Toad In the Hole – Wiser
1. Kramies – Wooden Heart
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Loaded Gun
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Andy Palmer – Good Son