CP S13 EP45 2019

MONDAY NOV 18, 2019 –  this was a weekend to go out to some local shows …  Whippoorwill with Courtney Hartman, the Elephant Collective and friends, and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene.  Read the review here.

I got a few messages this week from listeners who wanted to know how they could stream or download the show.  There’s no way to allow for a download, unfortunately, but you can stream the show.  105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth of the program.

I’m still trying to get details, but a post over the weekend caught my attention – it has been rumored that Colorado legend and future Colorado Music Hall of Fame artist, Hazel Miller, has opened a restaurant / blues and jazz focused music venue in Parker called Blu Note Parker.


COLORADO PLAYLIST / SPOTIFY

Don’t forget you can review CP 2019 releases, as well as the CP from the 60s to Today … AND I just added CP 2020 Releases with this week’s new releases.


Weekly Colorado Spins Music Report 

Roots Music Report is the only publication that allows djs and radio stations around the state to post up their weekly spins.  The chart is updated every Monday and normally has 15-30+ songs showing up the weekly updates.

Week Ending Nov 16, 2019

    1. The Lumineers – III
    2. Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene – City of Love
    3. Taylor Scott Band – All We Have
    4. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams
    5. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Over the Line

NEW ADDS – RMR Colorado Album  Chart

    • Mark OblingerHigh Water Line
    • Lucas WolfFalling Into Place
    • The RemindersUnstoppable
    • WhippoorwillGood To Be Around
    • Kelly AugustineLight In the Lowlands

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 … (D) (N) … played on the show with you here.  You vote to KEEP or DELETE 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

Tommy Bolin – Dreamer – Energy (1972/2009)
(N) Whippoorwill – Eventide – The Nature of Storms (2020)

Silver and Smoke – Sting Like A Bee – 30P EP (2018)
Strange Americans – No Punches – Borrow You, Brother (2017)
Leftover Salmon – Songs You’ve Left Unsung (2020)
Whitacre – Seasons – Seasons (2019)
Dressy Bessy – Who’d Stop The Rain – Electrified (2005)
Born In The Flood – If this thing should spill – If this thing should spill (2007)
Jurassic Mark – Older Guys – Jurassic Mark (2019)
(D) Jackie & the Racket – Left To Make the Bed – Tough Luck Cowboy (2020)

The Wood Brothers – Laughin’ or Crying – One Drop of Truth (2018)
Reno Divorce – She’s In Love With the Avenue – Ship of Fools EP (2016)
Keith Oxman – (I’ve Got) Beginners Luck – East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Tommy Bolin – Shakin’ All Night – Live at Ebbets Field 1974 (1997/1974)
(D) Wood Belly – Can’t Get Behind – Man on the Radio (2020)

Gregory Alan Isakov – Chemicals – Evening Machines (2018)
Otis Taylor – Ten Million Slaves – Recapturing The Banjo (2008)
(N) The Still Tide – Keep It (2020)

The Samples – Turning Point – Indian Summer (2019)
The Apples In Stereo – Same Old Drag – New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Five Iron Frenzy – We Own the Skies – Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
The Yawpers – Dancing on My Knees – Human Question (2019)
(N) The Reminders – Unstoppable – Unstoppable (2019)

Rob Drabkin – It’s A Beautiful Day – Beautiful Day (2018)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Jason Klobnak – Through Her Eyes – Friends and Family (2018)

YOUTUBE THIS WEEK

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

the Drunken Hearts have become of the top touring bands out of Colorado today. What once started out as a purely acoustic singer-songwriter project has evolved over the past handful of years into a traveling electric Americana tour de force playing notable festivals such as Electric Forest (MI), FloydFest (VA), Vertex (CO), Fayetteville Roots Fest (AR), Hangtown Music Festival (CA), Bohemian Nights at New West Fest (CO), Northwest String Summit (OR), and the band’s very own YarmonyGrass (CO).


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WEEKEND MUSIC REVIEW NOV 17 2019

Friday night we attended the Whippoorwill album release show at Washington’s in Fort Collins.  The show featured recent North Carolina transplant, Courtney Hartman.  

Saturday night I emcee’d Strings and Stories featuring members of the Elephant Collective in Longmont, presented by the Future Arts Foundation.

After that show ended at a very reasonable 9:30PM, we drifted over to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids for a late night dinner and to catch up with good friends, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene. 

 We didn’t stay long at Oskar Blues.  As usual, the Crime Scene brought a full house, and a rockin’ band to the stage.  Despite a replacement drummer, the band continues to show why they’re one of the best blues based roots rock and roll bands in our scene. The driving energy that comes off the stage is palpable.

The Strings & Stories concert series features national and local musicians in a very intimate and stripped down atmosphere. Musicians will play songs from their catalog and tell their stories. Proceeds from each concert will provide an instrument to a local school in need.”

The Elephant Collective is a production house, artist development agency and music media platform founded by Dango Rose (Elephant Revival). They offer production, collaborative songwriting, and personalized coaching services focused on career growth for musicians. 

The Elephant Collective set featured former founding Elephant Revival members Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law, along with two friends, newcomer Bob Berrick aka Kingdom Jasmine and Jonny Miller aka J Robert Miller from the Lonesome Days.

Dango, Sage and Bridget performed songs from the Elephant Revival catalog as well as songs from their own personal collections.  Each told stories behind their songs.  Sage’s often humorous off-tangent stories proved to be a hit with the sold out audience in the small Firehouse Arts Center performance room.

On the other side of the stage, the very pregnant (35 weeks) Bridget law owned the audience with an angelic (albeit breathy) voice, and stunning violin work.  Bridget also recently released an album with her husband’s Tierro Band.

Strings and Stories is one of the region’s rare actual listening events, and it’s all for a great cause.  Future Arts Foundation is also producing the Bluebird Music Festival next April.  The final S&S show is December 14th, and it’s SOLD OUT… sorry.

Album release shows are very often the most exciting shows a band from our region performs.  Typically, and the case here, it’s when the greatest number of local fans come out in celebration.  Whippoorwill’s crowd and a strong contingent of Courtney Hartman supporters nearly filled the nine hundred seat Washington’s FoCO (a Colorado Playlist sponsor).

Courtney did an adequate job as the opening act, her quiet presence on the stage and intricate compositions perhaps better suited for smaller, quieter, more attentive audiences.  She showed her admirable guitar skills also during Whippoorwill’s set.

Whippoorwill is essentially a trio, featuring Patti Fiasco leader Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals).   The band was rounded out on stage with the album’s producer, J.Tom Hnatow from Kentucky on keyboards and pedal steel, along with the session bass player.

A seasoned leader of the high energy alternative country-rock band Patti Fiasco, that has opened for the likes of Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center, Kraft’s presence dominates.  She prowls and stalks the stage with externalized emotional energy, throwing ball buster level kicks and holding her shimmering silver electric guitar like she’ll seriously mess you up if you try to take it from her.  Everything about Alysia screams “big stage persona.”

Her partner in music and life, Staci Foster, is the internalized muse – and the perfect quiet complement to Alysia’s highly kinetic stage presence.  Staci’s demurely reserved presence is amplified by an equally timid and delicate voice, contrasting suitably against Alysia’s upfront rock and roll attitude.

Drummer and vocalist Tobias Bank fills in all the required spaces, vocally and rhythmically.  Together with Kraft, the three core members of Whippoorwill presented themselves as one of the best country inspired vocal trios on the Front Range today.

There’s little doubt Whippoorwill will be one of the better drawing bands in Northern Colorado in 2020, with Alysia Kraft further cementing her legacy as one of the top female entertainers in our state from over the past decade, regardless of the band she fronts or shares the spotlight with.

Kyle Donovan – Then and Now

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Kyle Donovan is a rare and beautiful talent … with a voice that lifts, he sings notes that feel like fire flies on a moist summer evening alongside a deep and slow moving river … this isn’t mundane … it’s invigorating. Few voices are as pure and unwavering in tone and pitch, or as sweet and sensitive in emotion.

Kyle’s quietly expressive stories of life are reminiscent of the best storytellers … none less than Paul Simon, Kyle’s strongest and most obvious muse. “Then and Now” is a love album – the best kind; it’s inspirational. That the album is self produced, self recorded, self mixed and mastered is testament to Kyle’s unrelenting faith and courage in his immense talent. It simply sounds fabulous.

This is an album for the end of the night – at the quietest possible time of day, and mind and body. It ends with the sweetest lullaby, “No Matter the Distance,” a “honey dipped melody” to the love of his parents, knowing “we will always be here, in your heart.”

Kyle spent three years engineering what really is a masterpiece of a solo debut .. and a strong contender for ALBUM of the YEAR on the Colorado Playlist.

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THE SYMBOLS – CATCHING FIRE

Catching Fire” is the new 2019 Americana soul, blues, jazz, funk inflected release from Northern Colorado trio The Symbols, with husband and wife duo Jasco (guitar and producer) and Mer Sal (bass and lead vocals) standing front and center.  I’ve been waiting for this record since I first privately suggested to Mer Sal some seven or eight years ago that she hadn’t quite found the music that fit her then unaccomplished voice. She has now. “Catching Fire” is the record that sets Mer Sal up among the premier female blue-eyed soul singers in Colorado today.

Jasco and I have known each other since the early 90s when he was in Blind Dog Smokin’ and we played shows together. I’ve always been impressed with Jason’s highly unique voicings and guitar tones. On this album, Jasco’s sparse and inventive lead lines and personally unique guitar tones perfectly complement Mer Sal’s brightly sparkling vocals.

There is exceptional stylistic diversity on this album. “Let’s Be Love” immediately sets the tone with Mer Sal singing “leave your judgement at the door … let’s be love,” hinting at her blues and soul influences. “Shake It,” featuring Alvino Bennett (Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Robin Trower) as producer and drummer, is an insanely sparse pocket dance floor party with Mer Sal flashing her skills as bassist and singing simply about shaking butt on the dance floor. “Walk Beside Me” lays out a beautiful southern blues-jazz groove that slides into the scat filled mid-century “Soon,” both of which give up ghosts of the great Satchmo (check out the intro guitar line in “Walk Beside Me” that damned near sounds like a muted trumpet).

Produced and recorded by Jasco at his Fort Collins studio The Recordium,”Catching Fire” sets the standard against which all other female fronted Americana blues oriented recordings will be measured in the coming year in Colorado.

TEMPA & NAOR PROJECT – EMBER’S FIRE

Oh boy. #fullboxofKleenex #joyfultearjerker = new album from Tempa & Naor Project … Ember’s Fire.

Highly recommended if you like: Nancy Griffith, Roseanne Cash, Brandi Carlile

Tempa is a former Denver blues singer of the highest regard. From 2000-2012, Tempa and the Tantrums was nominated for 5 Westword Music Showcase Awards, winning Best Blues Band in 2006. Tempa hosted an award winning (Best Allcomers Jam, WestWord Awards 2007) open mic and jam session for 8 years – one of which is where we first met Rob Drabkin.

Tempa fell in love and moved to Hawaii, but has always remembered those she was close to in our region. I’m honored to be among those folks – so much love and thank you Tempa ❤

Well, after all these years we have a new album from our friend – and it’s NOT what I would have expected. What any of us who frequented her jams might have reasonably been inclined to expect was a blues album, since that’s what Tempa & the Tantrums were – a blues band. Not so this album. Tempa & Naor seem to have mastered the Americana / country-folk-rock style with Ember’s Fire, their debut.

“Never Meant to Be A Love Song,” is the first radio “hit” on the album, a country song full of claps and folky rap with tasty use of dobro, fiddle, and a stompin’ singalong chorus.  It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if I heard this on KYGO (Denver) or KUAD (Northern Colorado) let alone any of the excellent Americana music shows throughout the state.

The rest of the album is a finely detailed and produced arrangement of love songs and ballads – including a very western sounding “Wyoming Highway” that could have come from Nancy Griffith.

There’s a beautifully restrained subtlety of passion and togetherness in Naor’s fine acoustic guitar work and Tempa’s boldly measured vocals throughout the album.  It’s an album of love songs with Tempa displaying a voice perhaps we could not have imagined a decade ago, nor fully realized if she hadn’t fallen in love and moved to Hawaii.

“Never Meant to Be A Love Song” – shared with permission from Tempa & Naor

 

CP S12 EP40 2018

 Monday Oct 22 2018 … Here in about another two weeks we enter the 2019 release year – which will include any NEW releases submitted for airplay after Nov 1.

2018 has been a rather amazing year.  Currently in the CP song catalog for 2018 there are over 390 song titles … from over 100 LPs alone – not including EPs and single releases.

So far this year I’ve seen more singles released than at any time I’ve done this show over the paste 12 years.  This weekend I spoke with the owners of one of our prestigious studios.  They affirmed they’ve seen more singles being produced than at any time they could recall.

Basically, it’s going to make for an interesting end of year “Best Of.”

Congratulations to Randall Frazier and Elisa Canali.  Randall is the long time production manager and talent buyer for Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox as well as a longtime label owner (Helmut Room), sound and recording engineer, producer, tour manager and musician in the scene.  Randall and Elisa met when Randall took her on as an intern learning sound.  She is now Randall’s assistant and soon to be legally married life partner.  Much love to both …

Ophelia’s has also announced they’re launching a new label based on live recordings that Randall will produce at the venue.  The launch is set for early 2019.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame class for 2018 has been announced.  It’s a night dedicated to AEG’s Chuck Morris, who got started promoting shows in Boulder in the late 60s.  Also being inducted – 97.3FM KBCO, a pioneering station with air talent that reaches back into the 70s and 80s.

The show will include performances by Amos Lee, Leo KottkeTodd Park Mohr & Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd & the Monsters), Isaac Slade & Ben Wysocki (the Fray), Bill Nershi and members of the String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmit & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and the Lumineers.  The house backing band for the show is Chris Daniels & the Kings.  Governor Hickenlooper will be hosting the roast of Chuck Morris.  Dec 3 2018 – The Paramount Theater.  


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

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.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

It shouldn’t be a secret and there’s little doubt that Gregory Alan Isakov is a perennial BEST OF Colorado artist – with a string of exceptional releases, and headlining slots at Red Rocks.  Gregory is in a class of his own in our scene.  This is from his new album Evening Machines.


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, Spotify or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP40

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

HOUR 1

The Astronauts “Competition Couple” from Competition Coupe/Astronauts Orbit Kampus (1997)
The Moonrakers “Trip and Fall” from Anthology (2007)
(D) Hunter Burnette “At Ease” from The Good Life EP (2018)


Coral Creek “Cryin’ Bout My Baby” from Coral Creek (2015)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Look It Here” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(N) The SIR Band “So Cold” from So Cold (2018)


Leftover Salmon “House of Cards” from Something Higher (2018)
Wendy Woo Band “Walk Along the Water” from austerity (2011)
My Body Sings Electric “Step Into the Light” from Changing Color (2011)
(N) Plutinos “Falling Away” from Plutinos EP (2018)


Wildermiss “Carry Your Heart” from Lost With You (2017)
Wonderlic “Moses” from Wunderpus Photogenicus (2016)
Walter Gorra “’til Next Time” from In Due Time (2018)

HOUR 2

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(D) Elyse Miller “Quicksand” (2018)


Paper Bird “Don’t Want Half” from Paper Bird (2016)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) SYCDVK “Oasis In Space” from Lurking Earthlings EP (2018)


Slow Caves “Poser” (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “No Doubt About It” from Unentitled (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Signal In The Sky (Let’s Go)” from Let’s Go (2001)
Edison “Take Me Home” from Lion’s Heart EP (2018)
(N) Magnolia North “Just Like You” from Magnolia North (2018)
Richard Dean “Wild Night On the Bayou” from Vignettes (2017)
Greensky Bluegrass “Miss September” from Shouted, Written Down & Quoted (2016)
Analog Son “CTI” from Funky Mother (2018)


 

 

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)