CP S15 EP06 2021

FEB 08 2021 –We’re three months, 1/4 of a year, into the new release year that began in November and already I’m seeing a record number of new releases from here in Colorado.  It may be the result of COVID isolation, or simply that there are more ways to produce new records.

I can say I’m fitting new tracks into show outlines four weeks in advance from now.  This week I managed to get in new music from David William’s Trickster Carousel, Isadora Eden, Zembu, House Painter Music, and The Barlow.   

The big news this past week is that venues will be able to open to 50% capacity, depending on social distancing criteria.

Westword outlined the specifics: “At indoor unseated events, venues can host up to 50 percent capacity — but no more than fifty or a hundred people, depending on the size of the space and using the state’s Social Distancing Space Calculator.

Indoor seated events can have up to a hundred people or 50 percent capacity — whichever is smaller. Outdoor events can have up to 175 people or 50 percent capacity — again, whichever is smaller. Venues operating as indoor restaurants can have 50 percent capacity or fifty people (or even up to 150, based on the state’s calculator).”

The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll see any type of large outdoor gatherings this season.  Major events such as Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, the Greeley Blues Jam and Greeley Stampede have yet to announce one way or another how they will proceed.

Even with more people being allowed into our smaller venues many of our local musicians are still struggling.  Our non-profit, Rocky Mountain Music Relief receives two or three requests a week for help.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


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


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 06 2021

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

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
1. WELLINGTON BULLINGSBecause I Want To LP (Jul-20)
2. ATOMGAWhich One Are You SINGLE (Nov-20)
3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
3. DAVID LADONSo Inert (or Reflections on a Perpetual Campaign Cycle) SINGLE (Jan-21)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

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

HOUR 1

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Make A Little Magic – Make A Little Magic (1980)
(D) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Cradle to the Grave – Snake Oil (2021)

Kiltro – The Hustle – Creatures of Habit (2019)
Michael Trent – The Winner – The Winner (2010)
(D) Isadora Eden – Ghosts – Allnight (2021)

Monica Marie LaBonteRiver Song (2020)
Acoustic Junction – Think About It – Acoustic Junction (1996)
The Subdudes – Sarita – Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Zembu – Overgrown – Recall (2020)

John Common And Blinding Flashes Of Light – Same Scar – Beautiful Empty (2010)
Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars – Shut Up and Drive – Hymns for the Hardened (2019)
Adam Bodine – Swamp Stomp – Scenes of Changery (2020)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & Fire – Devotion – Open Our Eyes (1974)
(D) House Painter Music – God Was Born In NYC – Scream Inside Your Heart (2021)

DeVotchKa – Let Me Sleep – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby – Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Antonio Lopez – Roots and Wings – Roots and Wings (2021)
Antonio Lopez – ’42 Ford – Roots and Wings (2021)
(D) The Barlow – Horseshoe Lounge – Horseshoe Lounge (2021)

The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Churchill – Change – Change EP (2012)
Ryan A Fourt – Grapple At The Snapple – Big Slick (2015)

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CP S15 EP05 2021

FEB 01 2021 – Well, that month went by fast.  WOW.  The biggest news as I enter February is that the Colorado Playlist will no longer be aired on the station that it launched from in April 2006, 88.9FM KRFC Fort Collins.  It’s been a great run there, and I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career to have my show be on two or more competing stations in the market simultaneously.

KRFC is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise their signal strength from 3kw to 50,000 watts.  I wish the station and all of my decades long friends there good luck.

On Jan 30, I FINALLY got the license plates I ordered last year! If you see these plates on the highways of Colorado, you’ll know it’s the “goat-mobile.”

If you’re missing going out to see live music, you’re not alone.  There is live music taking place, however.  It’s just not at any of the major venues like the Levitt Pavilion, Red Rocks or the Mission Ballroom.  It’s at small places with 20 to 50 people spaced out 6 to 10 feet apart.  When will see elbow to elbow audiences?  Probably not this year according to several sources I’ve spoken with in the industry.

In the meantime, please visit and support the CIVA (Colorado Independent Venue Association) website.  CIVA has partnered with the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to present monthly panels on issues the local independent venue industry is facing during this pandemic.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


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


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 30 2021

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

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERS – Manifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
2. KATIRIAMientes SINGLE (Dec-20)
3. (tie) CAITLIN CANNONThe Trash Cannon Album LP (May-20)
4. (tie) DANIEL RODRIGUEZ Sojurn of the Burning Sun LP (Jun-20)
5. XIUHTEZCATL – Runway Tapes LP (Oct-20)


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

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

HOUR 1

John Denver – My Sweet Lady – Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971)
(D) The RegularDon’t Let Me Go (2020)

The Patti Fiasco – Saved By Rock And Roll – Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Dispatch – May We All – Phase 1 (2020)
(P) Lady Gang – Trying To Get By – Full Throttle (2021)
CITRAOcean (2020)
Stephen Stills – Circlin’ – Illegal Stills (1975)
Tommy Bolin – Teaser – Teaser (1975)
(D) David LadonSo Inert (2021)

Philip Bailey – Won’t Waste Time – Love Is Real (2010)
Ghost Tapes – Good News – FIG (2020)
The Chip Stephens Trio – Up a Lazy / Sweet Georgia Brown & Dig – Holding on What Counts (2007)

HOUR 2

The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band – Trouble in Paradise – Trouble In Paradise (1975)
(D) Many Mountains – What Used to Be – Endless Time (2021)

Robert Shredford – Queen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Josephina – Black Beehive (2014)
Chella & The CharmGood Gal (2019)
WildermissSupermagical (2020)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
(D) Plume VariaHold On To Me (2021)

DeVotchKa – The Common Good – 100 Lovers (2011)
The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Keith Oxman – Memphis Gene – Doing All Right (2009)

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CP S15 EP03 2021

Jan 18 2021 – Today’s is my birthday.  I went away for the weekend, so I didn’t do any work – including on this blog.  So no TOP 5 this week.  Here’s what I’d like for my birthday.  Please support Rocky Mountain Music Relief, and if you work in the music industry, please apply for aid if you need it.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

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

HOUR 1

Chicago – Feelin’ Stronger Every Day – Chicago VI (1973)
(D) Lawn Chair Kings – New Clothes – Before It All (2021)

Trevor Hall – Put Down What You Are Carrying (feat. Brett Dennen) (2020)
Greensky Bluegrass – Do It Alone – All For Money (2019)
Hugh Phillips – Steel Drivers Lament – It’s Been A Long Time (2021)
The 89s – Apple Of My Eye – Wash Away (2020)
Dianne Reeves – Old Souls – Art & Survival (1994)
Drew Emmitt – Take The Long Way Home – Long Road (2008)
(D) Laykes – Shipwreck Fairytale – Globeville (2021)

Whiskey Blanket – Rule The Roost (Featuring Macklemore) – No Object (2010)
The Wood Brothers – Happiness Jones – One Drop of Truth (2018)
The Motet – Nachez – Breathe (1999)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way – Rocky Mountain Way (1975)
(D) Duke JusticeThe Turn (2021)

Andy Eppler – We Build the Gods – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
Whitacre – Sailor’s Son – Seasons (2019)
Gasoline Lollipops – Lady Liberty – All The Misery Money Can Buy (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Barbers and Bartenders – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Mama’s A Hairdresser – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
(N) Alright Alright – Don’t Worry – Crucible (2020)

OneRepublic – Tyrant – Dreaming Out Loud (2007)
IlleniumNightlight (2020)
Lynn Baker Quartet – Home of the Whopper – Lectrocoustic (2013)

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP S14 EP48 2020

Monday DEC 21, 2020HAPPY HOLLY DAZE! Big news this week = Beginning Jan 04 2021, KRZA Alamosa will be airing the program, starting with one hour from 3-4PM and expanding as interest and time allow. Please reach out with a huge THANK YOU and let your friends in Alamosa know about it.

If you forgot to vote for your favorites of 2020 – guess what?  You’re too late.  The poll closed at midnight.

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

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING DEC 19 2020

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

  1. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
  2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
  4. MUSKETEER GRIPWEEDMore Than Ever LP (Oct-20)
  5. DONNY BLOT – The T Is Silent LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

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

HOUR 1

Tim ChamplinChristmas Cafe (2021)
(D) Firefall – Way Back When – Comet (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff – All Or Nothing – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Wood Belly – Solid Ground – Solid Ground (2018)
(D) Kris Drickey – Crawl Space – State Change (2021)
Dianne Reeves – Christmas Waltz – Christmas Time Is Here (2004)
Corey Harris – Basehead – Greens From The Garden (2009)
Tommy Bolin – Bustin’ Out For Rosey – Private Eyes (1976)
(D) Jack Hadley – My People – Daybreak In Alabama: The Langston Huhges Project (2020)

Opie Gone Bad – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (feat. Jim Dalton) – Opie Gone Christmas (2011)
The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Ben Haugland – Big Foot – A Million Dreams (2015)

HOUR 2

Chris Daniels & The KingsSanta’s Dog House Blues (1994)
(D) Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)

Mojomama – We Are One – The Corona Tapes (2020)
EldrenHazy Days (2019)
Plume VariaHanukkah Light (2019)
Elephant Revival – Birds and Stars – These Changing Skies (2013)
Dango RoseLife’s Too Short (2021)
(P) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers – Life Is A Highway (To Hell) – Manifest Destiny EP (2021)
My Body Sings Electric – Oceancrest – Part 1: The Night Ends (2014)
Big Head Todd & the MonstersI’m Glad (at Christmas Time) (2019)
(N) Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2020)


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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP S14 EP06 2020

Monday Feb 16, 2020 – This has been one of the most heartbreaking weeks I’ve experienced in our scene lately.  Death happens.  The two forms of death in our community that sting the most are suicide and homicide. We rarely understand either – the motivations behind taking a life, your own or someone else’s.  

This past week it was learned that Northern Colorado trumpet player Scott Sessions was found dead in the area of Old Flowers Road and Pingree Park Road in Bellevue, north of Fort Collins. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death as a homicide.  Officials have not released any further details.

Scott was a vibrant supporter of our scene.  The man’s positiveness was infectious.  His boundless positive energy not only showed up in his often scene stealing performances as part of the horn section in the rhythm and blues band the Movers & Shakers, but also when he would introduce bands at events such as FoCOMX …which he did last year when he introduced me and my band, GOATZ!

I didn’t know Scott well.  Our friendship was limited to the times we met at shows – either his band’s (which I have booked at two shows this summer), or some other local music event.  Truthfully, I will miss his engaging personality and infectious positive energy on stage and off.

OFFSTAGE – BEYOND THE MUSIC

I’m not known for doing interviews.  In fact, this interview with Don Strasburg from AEG Live is the first interview I’ve published since February 2019.  Interviews I’ve attempted since with Kenny Passarelli (Joe Walsh, Elton John) and Rick Roberts (Firefall) were scrapped due to operator error.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I’m happy to say I’ve known the Fort Collins’ native sisters collectively known as SHEL since they were backing up their Dad, Andrew, many years ago.  I’ve been able to see four incredible young women blossom into one of Colorado’s musical jewels – totally bright and refreshing.

Eva traveled to India to make the music video for Rainbow with a focus on raising much-needed funds and awareness for some of the world’s most vulnerable women, the widows of Vrindavan, India.

Being a widower, the boyfriend of a widow and the friend of several widows and widowers, I feel some empathy for the plight of these women, who are ostracized from their families and society – becoming “untouchables” in Indian society; forced into an ascetic existence with no one but themselves to rely on financially or socially.  Learn More

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

You make a big difference in what gets played on the show.  Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

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

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play. Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

HOUR 1

The Winebottles – Boston Song – More Than Mountains (Disc 2) (1996)
(N) Alexa Wildish – Weightless – Alexa Wildish EP (2020)

The Drunken Hearts – Wilderness – The Prize (2018)
Jeff Finlin – What’s The Big Idea – Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
(N) Chimney Choir – Golden Age – (light shadow) (2020)

Whippoorwill – Eventide – The Nature of Storms (2020)
Born In The Flood – If this thing should spill – If this thing should spill (2007)
Andy Monley – kites – Triplight (2006)
Wildermiss – Hell or High Water – In My Mind (2020)
(D) Two Faces West – Brand New Suit (2020)

Great American Taxi – We Can Run – Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2016)
Shovels & Rope – Mississippi Nuthin’ – By Blood (2019)
The Echo System – Out West – Color Red Sampler 2019

HOUR 2

Hazel Miller – All The Time In The World – Westword Music Awards Showcase ’95 (1995)
(D) Zach Heckendorf – Lust & Wonder (2019)

John Paul Grigsby – Falling In Line – nothing is new (2018)
GRiZ, Big Gigantic – Good Times Roll (2015)
Finnders & Youngberg – Driftwood – FY5 (2011)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Josephina – Black Beehive (2014)
(D) SHEL – Rainbow (2020)

Brent Cowles – The Fold – How To Be Okay Alone (2018)
The Patti Fiasco – Saved By Rock And Roll – Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Wayne Wilkinson Trio – Jumpin’ at the Woodside – Proceed to Route (2019)

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