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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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CP S13 EP09 2019

Monday Feb 25 2019

If you missed it, here’s the entire interview with Eddie Roberts, a member of the band The New Mastersounds from England, a Colfax Ave resident the past four years, and a founding partner in the new Denver label Color Red.  Run time = 20 minutes.

Coming up in a future episode, Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee as a member of Firefall – Rick Roberts joins me. Rick and former Zephyr guitarist Jock Bartley formed Firefall in 1974. Rick was also the voice of the Flying Burrito Brothers from 1970 to 1972 and recorded two albums under his own name, before forming Firefall.

New music hit this week from my own band, GOATZ!  Veronique Van Pelt, and Drew Ballantyne.  Fortunately, it was a light week because I still have releases to get to from Amy and the Peace Pipes, Bison Bone and others.

Last week’s MMMM was off the charts .. we set a new five year record for most visits and most views and most votes.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Covenhoven with Kid Reverie – Friday, April 19 at E-Town Hall (Boulder)

SLOW CAVES (Album Release) / One Flew West / Gestalt – Saturday March 23 at Globe Hall (Denver)

The Subdudes for 2 shows Washington’s FoCo – Friday, April 5 and Boulder Theater – Saturday, April 6

The Widow’s Bane at The Bluebird Theater (Denver) Thr, March 7 2019


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


I overheard someone say recently that he wished more bands would do protest songs. Intuit is a violin / cello driven Rocky Mountain acoustic groove-rock band with roots in a diverse range of musical styles.  They’re also a bit political – or at least socially conscious.

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

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier


Rare Silk “Red Clay” from New Weave (1983)
(D) Goodnight Freeman “Devil In this Bar” from Yugen (2019)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Wipeout Turn” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
(N) Brent Loveday and the Dirty Dollars “Shut Up and Drive” from Hymns for the Hardened (2019)

Anthony Ruptak “Good Morning” from A Place That Never Changes (2019)
Mollie O’Brien “the Right Thing” from Things I Gave Away (2000)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “The Spark” from The Spark (2005)
(D) John Bunzli “Back In My Arms” from IV (2019)
Wood Brothers “Happiness Jones” from One Drop of Truth (2018)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Euforquestra “Instant Coffee” from Fire (2014)


Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “Funky to the Bone” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
(N) Eminence Ensemble “Forbidden Fruit” from Real News (2019)

Michael Trent “Tell the Truth” from The Winner (2010)
Analog Son “Ugly Mug” from Funky Mother (2018)
(D) The Yawpers “Child of Mercy” from Human Question (2019)

Otis Taylor “Jump to Mexico” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2016)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from IV (2018)
(D) The Echo System “Out West” from Color Red Sampler (2019)


CP S13 EP08 2019

COMING S13 EP09 FEB 23-March 1 … a conversation with Eddie Roberts of New Mastersounds.  Eddie moved to Denver four years ago.  I talk to him about his new Denver based label, Color Red, and his charity work on behalf of homeless Denver youth.  Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.   Check the stations and times page to see when it’s on near you.

Also  coming up in next week’s show, new music from Goodnight Freeman, John Bunzli, and the Yawpers.

A reminder that the email address is coloradoplaylist@gmail.com.  I’d love to hear from you.  Like Colorado Playlist on Facebook and Twitter.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Gasoline Lollipops at The Gothic Theater (Denver) Fri, Feb 22

The Widow’s Bane at The Bluebird Theater (Denver) Thr, March 7 2019


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


Foxfeather has been teasing us for several months now, by releasing a judicious selection of three new singles since last fall, all of which have done well in our MMMM. Their newest, “Come and Get Me,” is getting regular play at 105.5 The Colorado Sound.  The video debuted at E-Town Hall in Boulder on Jan 26. They’re opening for Gasoline Lollipops and Strange Americans at the Gothic Theater in Denver on Feb 22.

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

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

As usual YouTube did not have every song I played on the show … hope you enjoy what’s there.


Zuba “Trippin’” from South of Eden (1999)
(D) Hunter James & the Titantic “Church” from The Z-Axis (2019)

Gasoline Lollipops “Mustangs” from Soul Mine (2018)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
(N) The Symbols “Walk Beside Me” from Catching Fire (2019)

Devotchka “Let Me Sleep” from This Night Falls Forever (2018)
Yo, Flaco! “Goin’ At It” from Goin’ At It (2002)
12 Cents for Marvin “Russian Roulette” from Change (2006)
(D) Eminence Ensemble “My Own Hell” from Real News (2019)

Francis and the Wolf “Lady Liberty” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
Burroughs “Step into the Music” (2018)
Jason Klobnak “My August Auburn” from Friends and Family (2018)


Psychodelic Zombiez “Babaganouj” from S.A.C. (1996)
(D) Lucy Daydream “RED”(2019)

Rob Drabkin “It’s a Beautiful Day” from Beautiful Day EP (2018)
The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster (2012)
(N) Lucas Wolf “Forgive Me” from Falling Into Place (2019)

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics “See You Again” from From the Sea (2019)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
String Cheese Incident “Got What He Wanted” from ‘Round The Wheel (1998)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “New World Arisin’” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
Reno Divorce “She’s in Love With the Avenue” (2018)
Scott Martin “This Chance” from Alone At Sunset (2018)

CP S12 EP41 2018

 Monday Oct 29 2018 Well, that’s it.  October is in the books, and with it the 2018 new release year.  It’s been an exciting year of music – and now it’s time to start working on what records will be considered among the best of the past year.  Be looking for upcoming polls and posts with your chance to vote.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Mortenson and Harrison Goodale, the principles behind Sustain Music & Nature, an amazing organization that recently invited the Burroughs to participate in in Songscapes.  Here’s our chat:  

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Covenhoven  at Swallow Hill Music (Denver) Fri, Nov 9

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

Wildermiss with Silver & Gold and Ivory Circle at the Downtown Artery (Fort Collins) Friday, November 9

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


Anyone doubting that the Album of the Year is for 2018?  Oh, and have you heard of Nathaniel’s new candy bar?

“A Little Honey” Handcrafted Chocolate with Honey, Blood Orange, and Marigold

“Inspired by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ “A Little Honey”, this limited edition craft chocolate is a fundraising collaboration between The Marigold Project, Small Batch America, and Fruition Chocolate Works. Made with 74% dark heirloom Costa Rican cacao, organic honey, blood orange, and marigold petals. Packaged in a letterpress sleeve.

Proceeds from ‘A Little Honey’ will benefit The Marigold Project and Denver Urban Garden’s work to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens. DUG knows that in order to make lasting change, the community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of their urban gardens and farms have been started and led by local residents. They currently have over 170 gardens in six counties in the Metro Denver Area.”


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 on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation, Spotify or YouTube.


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


The Samples “Could It Be Another Change” from Samples (1990)
(N) New Mexican “Broken Horse” from Take It On Our Shoulders (2018) 

King Cardinal “Seventeen” from Great Lakes (2017)
Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
(N) Mojomama “The Big Easy” from Red White And Blues (2018) 
Slopeside “Saratoga” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Flobots “Run (Run Run Run)” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Paul Kimbiris “Song of Summer” from May Day EP (2018)
FY5 “White Colored Pencil” from The Way These Things Go (2018)
Monocle Band “Medicine” from The Clearing (2017)
Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
Keith Oxman “Brothers, Michael and Jean-Marc” from East of the Village (2017)


Zuba “Universal” from The New Cruelty (1996)
(D) Andy Eppler “Whistles in the Darkness” (2018)  

A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Burroughs “Step into the Music” from Step Into the Music (2018)
(D) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers “End Of Our Lives” from Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)  
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Detonator” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
The Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

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)


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.


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.


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


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)


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)