CP S12 EP27 2018

Another week and another weekend of live music in Northern Colorado.  The main event this weekend was a benefit for Women In Blues held at the Armory Event Center in Brighton.

Event organizer Kyle Deibler (Memphis West Music) filled me in that W.I.B. is an aspiring national level non-profit (501C3) organization. Colorado women in blues owned the sparsely attended event from the first act on.

Unfortunately, I was not able to stay to see the non-Colorado talent headlining the bill, due to a scheduled show with my own band.

The biggest surprise of the day was a revamped Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene.  Gone are Lance “Romance” Bakermeyer (bass) and Mad Dog Minnick (drums/vocals), who have gone back to the Hillbilly Hellcats with Chuch Hughes.

Lance and Mad Dog provided equal parts of the look, vibe and style to the original Crime Scene lineup – giving the band a unified and uniformed look and sound on stage – matching Kerry AND Pauly Six in performance intensity and style.  Wearing beards, caps, dark glasses and black shirts, the matching colorful fashion statement gone, a potentially darker and deadlier groove may be what we’ll get moving forward from the new rhythm section.

KPCS has a new album dropping very soon – I premiered a new track from the album (a Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood cover featuring Jim Dalton of the Railbenders) in the show this week .. it’s below in the MMMM.

Fresh off her album release show at the Walnut Room in Denver, Cass Clayton opened the show.  She and her airtight band showed considered homage to her obvious influences, that include Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt.

The Crime Scene and Cass Clayton Band were not the only ones appearing with new releases in hand.  Colorado Blues Society 2018 Band Champion, Mojomama, recently released their latest called Red, White and Blues.  Happily for me they included my favorite track on the album, Lazy RiverEef & the Blues Express rounded out the show, showcasing her formidable guitar chops, alongside the Colorado Blues Society 2018 solo/duo Champion Scott Hackler on keys.

The Brighton Armory is an exquisite small venue in our region capable of seating 300, or providing standing room only for 500.  They’ve been adding more and more shows there, produced either by the city of Brighton under the management of Gary Montoya or by independent promoters.

The sound system is more than adequate for the room, and stands out as among the best in the region – equaling those at venues such as the Armory in Fort Collins or the Boulder Theater or the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.  One criticism from me is that the room clearly needs additional baffling and sound absorption panels to knock down the boominess of a near empty room.

In a city that lacks even ONE non-public venue dedicated to live music, the Armory is a wonderful place to catch upcoming shows from the likes of popular regional acts like FACE Vocal Band, or national country acts like John Anderson (coming Oct 28) … and is EASILY accessible to Denver, Thornton, and other north metro communities.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Every once in a while a new artist appears, seemingly out of nowhere.  I cannot even begin to say where or how I heard of Jackson Emmer from Carbondale.  He’s been getting mad praise from the likes of No Depression, POPMATTERS and Rolling Stone, which wrote “Americana songwriters are a dime a dozen these days, but few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.”

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


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP27

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

HOUR 1

The Moonrakers “I’m All Right” from Anthology (2007)
Astronauts “Little Ford Ragtop” from Competition Coupe/Astronauts Orbit Kampus (1964)
(D) Jackson Emmer “Don’t Leave Me Blue” from Jukebox (2018)

Monocle Band “Sad-Eyed Girl” from The Clearing (2017)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Joy” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
(D) Darren Garvey “First of the Year” from Heart Attack Sleeves EP (2018) 
Voodoo Kings “Eyes on You” from Faith & Whiskey (2018)
Churchill “Made a List” from Change EP (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
The SIR Band “Wading” from So Cold (2018)
(D) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Summer Wine (feat. Jim Dalton)” from I Make My Own Luck (2018)  
Patti Fiasco “Blue Eyed West” from Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Glow” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
Paa Kow “African lady” from Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

Poco “You Better Think Twice” from Deliverin’ (1971)
Rick Roberts “She Made Me Lose My Blues” from Windmills / She is a Song (2010)
(D) Gregory Alan Isakov “Chemicals” from Evening Machines (2018)

Kyle Emerson “Post-Egomania” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Thank you” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Dierks Bentley “The Mountain” from The Mountain (2018)

The Railbenders “Hard Road” from The Medicine Show (2018)
SHEL “The Latest And Greatest Blueberry Rubberband” from SHEL (2012)
Paul Galaxy & the Galatix “White Train” from Slingshot (2004)
Francis and the Wolf “Call of the Wild” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
(N) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “Up In Arms” from Long Way Home (2018) 
Pan Astral “Gulf of Mexico” from Suburban Blues (2016)
Rose Hill Drive “Broken by the Storm” from Mania (2017)
Paul Mullikin Quintet “Minor Profits” from TIME IS NOW (2014)

CP S12 EP26 2018

June, July and August are the three HOTTEST months – musically.  There are more outdoor events – ticketed and free – in our region today than is even possible to chronicle, let alone attend.

Saturday night my girlfriend and I attended a sold out Mishawaka show – Trout Steak Revival with Gasoline Lollipops and Canyon Collected.  It was the last possible Saturday night I had available this summer to get to the Mishawaka for a show, and the overall experience did not disappoint.  A special surprise that night was the acoustic version of Gasoline Lollipops – the first for the band.

It was pretty evident that the sold out audience was there for the two jamgrass bands.  The Gas Pops met reserved appreciation from a polite audience until they revved up the tempos, allowing Don to demonstrate his formidable lead guitar skills and Clay to demonstrate his ability to own any audience I’ve ever seen him in front of.

By the end of the set, with Clay raging vocally, the audience was sold.  When the band came back on for a quick set of pics by the house photog, the audience thought maybe they were getting an encore …

Lead guitarist Don Ambory broke out a mandolin, the first time I’ve seen that happen – and he played his 1940’s Gibson acoustic for the Gas Pops set.  He also sat in on three songs with Trout Steak, and played electric guitar – his solos in the Trout Steak set were fan favorites as were the ukulele solos taken by Canyon Collected’s Tia Martini. 

Some of us standing in the “VIP” viewing area commented on the presence of the ukulele in the lineup until Tia demonstrably shredded every jam in the band’s 45 minute crowd pleasing set.

Because of the hour forty minute drive home to the Denver metro we didn’t stay for the entire set by Trout Steak Revival, but based on the overall feel of the night, and the thunderous applause during the first half of their set, I have no doubt that the show didn’t end by midnight.  Trout Steak does stand out as one of the best acoustic jamgrass Americana-folk bands in the region today.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

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

Last week I posted the The Best of 2018 So Far.  Beyond the top 5 albums posted, there are some others that stand up well as we’re now beyond mid point of the year.  The new album by Brent Cowles on Dine Alone Records, as well as Covenhoven’s A Kind of Revelation are going to be strong contenders by mid-December when the best of lists for the year come out around the region.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP26

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

HOUR 1

Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady” from Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975)
(D) Paul DeHaven “No Gold” from King of Gold (2018) 


Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Wipeout Turn” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
(D) Joe Johnson “Snakeskin Dress” from Morgantown (2018)
Slopeside “Prove Me Wrong” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Elephant Revival “Rhythm of the Road” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013)
Rusty Young “Down Home” from Waitin’ For the Sun (2017)
(N) Oxeye Daisy “Darling Boy” from Oxeye Daisy (2018) 

The Yawpers “American Man” from American Man (2015)
The Wood Brothers “River Takes the Town” from One Drop of Truth (2018)
Keith Oxman “Brothers, Michael and Jean-Marc” from East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” from The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973)
(D) In The Whale “Highways” from Dopamine (2018)


The Railbenders “Bourbon County” from The Medicine Show (2018)
Katie Glassman & Snapshot “Liza Jane” from Dream A Little Dream (2014)
(N) Covenhoven “Stone and Clay” from A Kind of Revelation (2018)
Strangebyrds “Star Crossed Lovers” from Star Crossed Lovers (2018)
Motet “123” from The Motet (2014)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Wood Belly “Solid Ground” from Solid Ground (2018)
A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from IV (2018)
Peter Sommer “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” from Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017)

Best of 2018 – So Far

This subject has been on my mind for like a month now.  There have been some really excellent albums, EPs and singles put out since December 1 2017.  Here are the top  album picks of the year so far, based on regional non-comm / public radio airplay and my own thoughts on the subject.

Anyone looking for rock or pop will be disappointed – roots, blues, old school rhythm and blues and Americana (alt-country) are the name of the game this year around the state.

I embedded song files.  Go to their youtube channels or other streaming service to checkout full albums.  Better yet – support the band with a purchase.

much love,
goat


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams — no doubt that this album will finish the year at #1 with a strong national showing, and ubiquitous CO airplay.

Leftover SalmonSomething Higher! — scan the non-comm/public radio dial statewide and this album, while not even nearly as popular as Tearing at the Seams, is crazy popular – as it should be since it’s one of the best the band has turned in over the past 25 years.

Wood BrosOne Drop of Truth —many people don’t realize that Chris and Oliver Wood are Boulder natives, and still claim it as home – even when they’re performing elsewhere.  Another HIGHLY played Colorado album around the state.

Reverend FreakchildDial It In! — the “reverend” is a traveler.  He was born in Hawaii and has been in bands in Boston, including an early version of Soul Coughing with Mike Doughty.  Today he’s living in Boulder and attending Naropa University.  For all my blues fans, this one is at the top of the pile. #highlyrecommended

Gasoline LollipopsSoul Mine — Clay Rose is known for being pensive and deliberate – living at the edge of damnation and redemption.  The band is enjoying a banner year in terms of bookings and regional radio airplay.

 

CP S12 EP19 2018

One of the most popular hits in classic rock history, Dream On by Aerosmith, came out three years before some disc jockey decided to play it on the radio – and the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m not saying the same thing is happening this week, but I want to draw your attention to two (D) tracks in this week’s show that came out a year ago and to this point never made it to the show – one from the Motet, and one from a “new” band out of Colorado Springs – Audible.  Let me know what you think of them in this week’s MMMM.

Another (D) track this week is from Andreas Devalera who I shared a stage with several months ago – and whose new release is the work, not of an 18 year old HS grad, but of someone many years older with greater life experiences and time spent on his multiple instruments.

Already proficient on 10 instruments, Andreas is one of those kids voted on as most likely to succeed – and evidenced by such a stunning debut, I’m inclined to agree.  Sorry I don’t have an embed for the song I played.  His cd release show was last night in Denver – so it may take a little while longer before the album is uploaded to your favorite new music streaming site.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP19

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

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Broken Mirrors” from Acoustic Junction (1996)
(D) Andreas DeValera “Falling” from Andreas DeValera (2018)
Coal Town Reunion “eden” from Thought I’d Die In This Place (2017)
(D) Vermillion Road “Gasoline” from Escape EP (2018)

Ivory Circle “Never Let Me Go” from Scalene EP (2018)
Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Everything About You” from Black Beehive (2014)
(D) The Motet “Supernova” (2017)

Dubskin “That Day Will Come” from Light the Dark (2017)
The Dominant 7 “South Corea” from 14 Channels (2010)

HOUR 2

The Fluid “On My Feet” from purplemetalflakemusic (1993)
Retrofette “Skeletons” (2016)
Blue Rider “Sungazer” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “No Doubt About It” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) Audible “Whoa” (2017) 


Kyle Emerson “In My Mind” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Katey Laurel “Only Human” from Periscope (2014)
Monocle Band “As Fast as I Can” from Monocle Band (2013)
(D) Thunder And Rain “Start Believing” from Start Believing (2018)

Antonio A. Lopez “Bluebird” from Cloud 9000 Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Mustangs” from Soul Mine (2018)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)



June 3– Avogadro’s Number (Fort Collins)
June 9 – Laughing Goat (Boulder)
June 12 – Chris K solo at Your Mom’s House (Denver)

CP S12 EP14 2018

For the past twenty plus years my music interests, as a fan/consumer and an industry guy, has been focused on non-theatrical forms of presentation.

Over the past few months, however, my girlfriend – who enjoys musicals – has taken me to the Bug Theater to see presentations of musicals of Evil Dead, Disaster, and Reefer Madness presented by the Equinox Theater Company.  Both Evil Dead and Reefer Madness are award winning and critically praised presentations.

If you haven’t attended a good – or any –  little theater presentation recently, I highly encourage you to see the current presentation of Reefer Madness the musical .. it may not be pop, rock, country, soul or blues – but it sure is one hellova good time in one of Denver’s treasured theaters.

Being a musician fronting my own band, I know how hard it is to get three voices in sync.  Watching the ensemble crew Saturday night, I was amazed at just how much work must have gone into making sure they sang well together – and danced together on such a small stage as that at the Bug.

The house band, which stays behind the scenes, is among the best I’ve heard in the region regardless of style.  The only thing I found lacking was the audio engineer, who failed on several occasions to bring up the mic level on the “narrator,” a main character in the play.  There were also other instances where dialogue was muddied or muffled.  But sitting in row three center stage I was able to make out most of what was being said – most of the time.

Overall – if you want to break away from seeing a band perform at one of the many fine music venues, head to the Bug for the current Reefer Madness the Musical presentation.  It’s been one of my favorite music experiences in 2018.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I’ve known Andy Sydow as a friend and consulting client since he graduated from college about six years ago now.  Along the way, I’ve been able to enjoy a young artist mature into his own voice.  Reasons For Departure is his latest release.  This is the title track.

 


MONDAY MORNING
MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP14

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

HOUR 1

Rick Roberts “Deliver Me” from Windmills (1973)
(N) Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “A Little Honey” from Tearing At The Seams (2018) 


OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Hey Delila” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) Reverend Freakchild “Personal Jesus (On The Mainline)” from Dial It In (2018)


(N) Rubedo “Sungazer” from Vaca (2018)


The Lovely & Talented “Death of the Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
The Subdudes “Papa Duke and the Mud People” from Behind the Levee (2006)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Analog” from Something Higher (2018)
Antonio A. Lopez “Bluebird” from Cloud 9000 Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP (2016)
Reno Divorce “She’s in Love With the Avenue” from She’s In Love With the Avenue (2018)
(D) Emily Takahashi “Not Spoken`” from Not Spoken (2018)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “When Love Comes Running” from Heartbeat (Remix 2018) (2018)
(D) Rob Drabkin “It’s A Beautiful Day” from Beautiful Day EP (2018)


Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2017)
Megan Burtt “The Bargain” from The Bargain (2015)
(D) Chloe Tang “Stranger” (2018)


Plutinos “Hand in Hand” from Plutinos EP (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Pill-Poppin Country Weirdo” from Sinners & Saints (2010)
(D) Ryan Chrys “Someday We’ll Never Come Back” from The Catskills (2018)


Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns, Vol 1 (2017)
iZCALLI “I Don’t” from IV (2018)
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran & Thomas Morgan “Jasper” from I Am A Man (2017)



April 27 – Woods Boss Brewing (Denver)
April 28 – FOCOMX (Fort Collins)

CO PLAYLIST – S12 EP06 2018

I don’t often share an older cut in the weekly MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).  This week, I “found” YouTube audio of “Move On” from Opie Gone Bad, who were one of the top local acts in the region for over a decade.  So I included it.

This week’s Video of the Week is included in the MMMM as a new cut for you to vote on.

FY5 has been and is one of my favorite new-acoustic-bluegrass acts since they emerged on the scene over a decade ago, after the Youngbergs (Aaron & Erin) and Finders (Mike & Amy) met in Iowa, and the Finders (pronounced Finnders)  moved to Northern Colorado.  That meeting formed the basis for Finders & Youngberg, which evolved into FY5 with the addition of outstanding fiddle player Ryan Drickey and mandolinist Rich Zimmerman.

Their new album, The Way These Things Go showcases some of the most vibrant songwriting and ensemble performances in the genre in our area, and the impeccable production by Aaron “AA” Youngberg makes it one of the most enjoyable road trip additions in the car this year.


105.5 The Colorado Sound & CP Present

Slow Caves at Lost Lake – Feb 23


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP06

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

HOUR 1

John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads” from Definitive All Time Greatest Hits (2004)
(D) FY5 “White Colored Pencil” from The Way These Things Go (2018)


Gabrielle Louise “Love on the Rocks” from If The Static Clears (2016)
Brothers Keeper “Days Go By” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(N) Kyle Hollingsworth “All Falls Apart” from 50 (2018)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Drag the River “I Remember Now” from Bad At Breaking Up (2009)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
(D) Darling Overdrive “Into the Mystic” from Stranded EP (2018) 


The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
The SIR Band “Wading” from So Cold (2018)
Dana Landry Quartet “Pure Imagination” from Standard Elevation (2015)

HOUR 2

The Monocles “Psychedellic (That’s Where it’s At)” (1966)
The Moonrakers “I Was Wrong” from Anthology (2007)
Gasoline Lollipops “Mustangs” from Soul Mine (2018)
Lumineers “Angela” from Cleopatra (2016)
Leftover Salmon “Get Up and Go” from High Country (2014)
(D) CITRA “Static Erratic” from Mr Copacetic EP (2018) 


Porlolo “Wasting Time” (2018)
Opie Gone Bad “Move On” from Live At Red Rocks (2010)

The Soul Thieves “Every Day” from Microphone In the Sugarbowl (2000)
(N) Crowboy “With My Friends” from Coming Into View (2018)
Patti Fiasco “Days Gone By” from Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Francis and the Wolf “Lady Liberty” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
Ninth + Lincoln Orchestra “Your Cent” from Ninth & Lincoln (2008)