Welcome to the Listener/Fan Poll for Best of the Colorado Playlist 2022
Throughout the past twelve months I’ve tracked over 300 titles, LP, EP or Single, at a dozen non-commercial radio stations around the state. What follows here are the nominations for FAN/LISTENER favorites of the year.
The “winners” will be featured in the end of year Best of the Colorado Playlist show, airing during the first week of 2023.
I know fans like to vote for their favorite artists and bands – HOWEVER – Please LISTEN and then VOTE for up to THREE in each category.
Polls will be open through December 15, 2022
BELOW ALBUM of the YEAR you’ll find links to all of the various categories.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The album of the year nominations are based on Colorado radio airplay, national and/or regional success and the opinions of peers and colleagues in radio around the state who weighted in.
The debate was whether to include the Lumineers Brightside and The Future from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. But to deny the top two most aired records in the state as possible fan favorites seemed wrong.
Two of the albums are nominated for a Grammy Award in the Bluegrass category from The Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band. Either has a great chance of winning the Grammy.
Two are solo debuts, one of which is from an artist nominated as Emerging or Comeback Artist/Band of the Year (MaryLynn Gillaspie) and one of which is First Light from Alysia Kraft, the front-person for Patti Fiasco – a popular NoCO band for over a decade.
Lettuce comes in with the third consecutive record made at Denver’s Colorado Sound Studios, completing a loose trilogy starting with 2019’s Grammy-nominated Elevate, and continuing with 2020’s Resonate. Among the mountain stations, this album has been one of the most liked and played.
Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds Moon Rock is the sleeper in the crowd, and one of the biggest surprises of the year. The Pueblo based singer-songwriter also fronts the roots Americana band The River Arkansas.
In full disclosure, Euforquestra and Erik Lunde‘s releases were serviced to Colorado media by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC – the parent company for the Colorado Playlist. Both did exceptionally well, getting spins by independent djs around the state and on internationally based Internet radio.
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