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)


THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP S14 EP47 2020

Monday DEC 14, 2020 – In 12 days I’ll share the 2020 Listener Poll Playlist with you.  You have 6 days to get your votes in.  Make sure you vote by December 20 at CP 2020 BEST OF LISTENER POLL and CP VIDEO LISTENER POLL.  Enjoy.

2020 has been a truly magnificent year for Colorado music and not just for the music, but for the incredible outpouring of support.

Musicians in our scene DO NOT need to worry about food insecurity on top of other issues they may be facing.  Organizations like DAZZLE and Rocky Mountain Music Relief offer help.  Dazzle Bread & Jam Pop-Up Pantry for Musicians is open every Sunday from 12pm-6pm.   Musicians and music industry personnel can apply for small grants from RMMR.

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.


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I feature a segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons..


TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING DEC 12 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.

230 titles  / 13 stations tracked

    1. HUGH PHILLIPS – It’s Been A Long Time LP (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. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
    5. DONNY BLOTThe 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

(D) Johnny & the MongrelsChristmas Angels (2021) 
(N) Musketeer Gripweed – More Than Ever – More Than Ever (2021) 

Deep Pocket ThievesLocomotive (2019) 
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Little Rig – Hard Core Broken Heart (2018) 
Eldren Still Friends (2020)
Big Gigantic – You’re The One (feat. Nevve) – Free Your Mind (2020) 
The Apples In Stereo – Nobody But You – Travellers In Space And Time (2010) 
DeVotchKa – 100 Other Lovers – 100 Lovers (2011) 
(D) Claire HeywoodI Won’t Resign My Love for That Old Dream (2021) 

Finn O’Sullivan – Lipstick Kisses – When The Power Comes Back On (2020) 
Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016) 
Kind DubChristmas Carol of the Bells (2019) 

HOUR 2

Arthur Gee – Plain Talk – The Tumbleweed Records Story 1971-1973 (2017) 
(D) Andy SydowGold Dust Woman / The Chain (2021)

Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020) 
Shovels & Rope – I’m Comin’ Out – By Blood (2019) 
Flobots – The Circle In The Square – The Circle In The Square (2012) 
Edison – Take Me Home – Lion’s Heart EP (2018) 
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021) 
(D) David StarrEvery Kind of People (2021)

Big Head Todd & the MonstersBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020) 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsSanta Baby (2017) 
Paul Mullikin Quintet – Just a Tuesday – Time Is Now (2014)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP “Best” Albums of 2020

During the week Dec 26 2020 – Jan 02 2021 I’ll feature a playlist generated by Colorado Playlist listeners and fans who voted for their favorite songs and videos from 2020. You have until December 20th to vote.  Today I’m reflecting on a handful of albums (well, two handfuls).

The Colorado Playlist, Expressly & Explicitly Colorado from the 60s to Today: the biggest hits from the biggest hitmakers and award winners to some of the freshest new talent emerging from around the Centennial state.

Following that dictate, here are my picks for “Best” albums (LP/EP) of 2020.  Each album link goes to the full length album on YouTube.

We can dispense with the suspense of counting down from #10 to #1.  The first album off my lips when someone asks me what’s the best Colorado album of 2020 is Nathaniel RateliffAnd It’s Still Alright.  It’s been #1 for me since the day I first heard it.

Nathaniel writes and sings through the prism of his pain; whether from the pain of his personal struggles with alcohol, or his divorce, or the death of his friend and record producer Richard Swift who passed away from alcoholism. This record is about “…acknowledging the heaviness of all of that and moving forward and still finding joy,” according to Rateliff.

And It’s Still Alright as well as the title track were nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the 2020 Americana Awards in September.


The biggest hits from the biggest hitmakers and award winners to some of the freshest new talent emerging from the Centennial State – in no particular order.

Superstars and hitmakers are sometimes from right next door and we don’t find out until they’re in the hitmaker / major award discussion.  It seems like every year we have at least one Colorado entry in the Grammy Awards and other major music award programs.

Highlands Ranch native / Rock Canyon High School graduate Ingrid Andress is this year’s entry with several major award nominations, including Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Country Song (More Hearts Than Mine) and Best Country Album for her debut, Lady Like.

2020 Nominations: 

      • Academy of Country Music AwardsNew Female Vocalist of the Year.
      • Country Music Association AwardsNew Artist of the Year
      • Country Music Association Awards – Song of the Year – “More Hearts Than Mine”
      • CMT Music Awards – Breakthrough Video of the Year“More Hearts Than Mine”

The music scene in Colorado may be focused on Denver/Boulder and Fort Collins areas, but Paonia and Cedaredge artists produced two of the “best” Americana singer-songwriter albums of 2020, The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart from Gabrielle Louise and David Starr‘s Beauty and Ruin respectively.

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, like Ingrid Andress, Gabrielle’s 9th album since 2006 further solidifies her quiet folk credentials. The album, best suited for quiet snowy nights by a fire, easily falls into the hallowed ground furrowed by fellow Colorado native female songwriters like Jill Sobule, Laura Veirs and Sera Cahoone. *This record was serviced to Colorado radio stations and djs by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC which I own and operate*

Thirty-three miles further west,  Cedaredge multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter David Starr, (Starr’s Guitars) once again enlisted part-time Colorado resident musician and friend John Oates to arrange and produce his 8th album, a collection of songs inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by his grandfather in 1972. The album features guest appearances by John Oates and award winning Americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Heading east back into the metro, Americana-country fans will find plenty to love on the rough hewn twang of Same Shirt, Different Day, the sophomore effort from Littleton resident Rodney RiceSame Shirt got enough national airplay to hit top-forty on the Americana Music Association radio airplay charts and #1 on the RootsMusicReport Colorado album chart. *This record was serviced to Colorado radio stations and djs by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC which I own and operate*


If you listen to my show (and you do, right?) you know I close out nearly every (99%) hour with an instrumental jazz track.  My jazz album of the year nod goes to Ron Miles‘ Blue Note debut, Rainbow Sign.  The album features fellow Colorado native musician, guitarist Bill Frisell, who was directly responsible for introducing the original recordings for this album to Blue Note Records President Don Was.


My dj roots, spinning dance music in clubs and on TOP 40 radio in NoCO from the 1970s through the early 90s, informs my long lasting love and appreciation for modern EDM and R&B albums like the epic Brain Chemistry, the Right Brain, Left Brain dual EP release from pop singer-songwriter Kayla Marque, and the more R&B/Soul oriented EDM release Free Your Mind from Big Gigantic, their first studio album in over three years.

Listen to Kayla’s Right Brain first if you want to listen in the order each EP came out. Right Brain is “…the lighter half of Brain Chemistry. This is my dreamy side.” Marque explainsLeft Brain showcases Kayla’s “…darker space…”

If you preconceive what you think you’ll hear, Brain Chemistry should dispel your preconceptions of what a modern R&B based pop album can sound like.  Kayla’s got mad musical DNA.  Her uncle is Denver native and EWF alum Larry Dunn.

Big Gigantic‘s R&B/soul oriented Free Your Mind succeeds due to the steady EDM, funk, soul and jazz arrangements by founders Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken with emotionally uplifting soul vocals from artists like Pell, Felly, TOBi, Jennifer Hartswick, Louis Futon and The Funk Hunters.

Had they been able to tour there’s no telling just how popular this album would have become.  The album has amassed over 20MILLION plays on Spotify (as of Dec 10, 2020). #roadtripmusic


Over 160,000 plays on Spotify, along with favorable reviews and online debuts from Billboard, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine and other national and local publications set up Whitacre‘s debut album Seasons for national success.

Produced by Denver’s Joe Richmond (Tennis, Churchill), four of the album’s first five songs are radio friendly anthems that fit comfortably alongside contemporaries like the Lumineers and Avett Brothers.

Speaking of Tennis.  Patrick and Alaina formed their own label, Mutually Detrimental, in 2018, and their Five-Points Denver based recording studio where they  produced three outstanding female voiced albums for 2020, including their latest, Swimmer.

Instead of relying on outside producers for their 5th release, they self-produced, moving their retro sixties influenced pop into richer and more expansive production elements and arrangements and moving the duo forward as credible national level producers in their own right.


That’s it … I could of course pick more than 10 to share with you, but these are the ones that rose to the top of the list.  I hope you enjoy each one of these exceptional “Best Of” Colorado albums from 2020.

Happy HOLLYDAZE.
Chris “K” Kresge
aka goat
Founder/President
Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC
The Colorado Playlist

CP S14 EP46 2020

Monday DEC 07, 2020 – As I sat down this morning to polish up this week’s post, news hit my social media feed that Denver’s most famous jazz club, El Chapultepec, has closed or is closing. Either way, it’s one of the most significant tragedies in this year of COVD that we just lost a place that has been open since the day after Prohibition ended in 1933.

Stay Home Silent Disco 2 presented by Tyler, the Creative has been reschedule for JANUARY 08 2021.  It’s a  way to have fun during isolation while raising money to support Colorado COVID-relief for the arts. I’m thrilled to be supporting the event in their efforts to raise money for three non-profits, including Rocky Mountain Music Relief — $1 for every view that the three streams get! Be sure to RSVP — see you JANUARY 8, 2021

COMING DEC 26 … The CP 2020 Best Of. Make sure you vote by December 20 at CP 2020 BEST OF LISTENER POLL and CP VIDEO LISTENER POLL.  Enjoy.

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.

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I feature a segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons..

TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING DEC 05 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.

230 titles  / 13 stations tracked

    1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    2. HUGH PHILLIPSIt’s Been A Long Time LP (Nov-20)
    3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
    4. SARAH SLATONGet Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
    5. WHITEWATER RAMBLEPseudonymous LP (Feb-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

The LumineersBlue Christmas (2016)
The Apples In StereoHoliday Mood – Oh Santa! New & Used Christmas Classics from Yep Roc (2007)
(N) The Beeves – Mercy Be – Beauty and the Beeves (2021)

Tyler T. – Feather In the Wind – Wildflower (2020)
Monocle Band – Medicine – The Clearing (2017)
The Dendrites – No Money No Sunshine – Lunchin’ with the Dendrites (2020)
Mama Lenny and the RemedyParty Girl (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Healing – S.A.C. (1996)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Limon – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
(D) Hugh Phillips – Hi-Ways – It’s Been A Long Time (2021)

Wood Belly – Man on the Radio – Man on the Radio (2020)
Wendy Woo Band – Walk Along the Water – Austerity (2011)
Annie Booth – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Festive! (2016)

HOUR 2

Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene – Ride Santa Ride – It’s a Crime Scene Christmas! (2015)
Shaley Scott – Christmas Time Without You – Shaley Scott Christmas (2019)
(D) The Wrecklunds – Moon Over Broadway – Moon Over Broadway (2020)

Kyle Emerson – May You Find Peace – Only Coming Down (2020)
Yarrow – Bad Memories – Sit Tight (2018)
Dafna – Let U Go – I Love You (2020)
Big Head Todd & the Monsters Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020)
Whitewater Ramble – Hollow (With Chris Pandolfi Of Infamous Stringdusters) – Pseudonymous (2020)
(D) JoFoKeCount (2021)

The BurroughsLove and Unity (2020)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown – Wang Dang Doodle – Tangled Road Again (2013)
Steve Denny Trio – August in June – Life in New York (2020)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

COLORADO TOP 30 NOVEMBER 2020

December 1, 2020 -EDIT DEC 02 2020 … Before I posted up yesterday, I forgot to link the releases to their respective YOUTUBE location.  That’s now done.  Enjoy.

By now it should come as no surprise the incredible success of Nathaniel Rateliff‘s solo LP And It’s Still Alright.  Not only did it bounce back to #1 this month, but I’m 100% positive it will be #1 for 2020.

New Artist to Watch For, Dafna, a student at CU Boulder, DEBUTS at #2 thanks mostly to it being the most played Colorado release at Indie 102.3 this past month. Colorado supergroup Del Shamen, featuring members of the Subdudes, Hot Rize/E-Town and Firefall debuts at #4 with their self-titled debut.  Debuting at #8, Ron Miles Rainbow Sign is the first JAZZ album to land at #1 in a WEEKLY TOP 5 (wk end 11/28)

Those of us in the arts are the epitome of “small business.” My hope is that you’ll support musicians, artists, and local community radio this holiday season. Your support is deeply appreciated.  The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I track spins at 11 of those stations thanks to Spinitron, developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US, and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

TOP 30 TITLES NOVEMBER 2020

  • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
  • DATE OF RELEASE = Oct 2019-November 2020
  • (xxx) = OCTOBER 2020 position
  • 220 titles / 13 stations tracked

(7) 1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(D) 2. DAFNA – I LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
(1) 3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(D) 4. DEL SHAMENDEL SHAMEN LP (Oct-20)
(2) 5. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(3) 6. RODNEY RICE – Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
(D) 7. ZACH HECKENDORFHAWK TALK LP (Sep-20)
(D) 8. RON MILES – Rainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
(31) 9. RON MILES – Rainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
(D) 9. NAT TATESongs for the Trees LP (Oct-20)
(D) 10. ZEMBURecall EP (Mar-20)
(D) 11. FERN ROBERTSMeet Them At the Door LP (Oct-20)
(D) 12. JOHN LENSINGTalk to Me SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 13. SYDNEY CLAPGolden Air SINGLE (Aug-20)
(15) 13. VALDEZ – Saint Munchausen SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 14. ROSSINIParty People SINGLE (Sep-20)
(-) 15. WILDERMISSSupermagical SINGLE (May-20)
(13) 16. LAST CALL ROMANCE – Double Funeral, Vol. 1 EP (Dec-19)
(33) 16. MUSKETEER GRIPWEEDMore Than Ever LP (Oct-20)
(50) 16. JOHNNY & THE MONGRELSCreole Skies LP (Jul-20)
(D) 17. SARAH SLATONGet Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
(18) 18.ALRIGHT ALRIGHT –Crucible LP (Oct-20)
(-) 18. BRENT COWLESIt’s Coals. LP (Sep-20)
(38) 18. DANIEL RODRIGUEZSojurn of the Burning Sun LP (Jun-20)
(D) 18. DOUGLAS MANNBlack Roses on Dark Water LP (Nov-20)
(D) 18. SAINTJOEPenmanship LP (Feb-20)
(15) 18. WOOD BELLY – Man on the Radio LP Jan-20
(-) 18. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N.Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
(55) 19. KING CARDINALBluebird Day SINGLE (Aug-20)
(-) 20. ESME PATTERSONThere Will Come Soft Rains LP (Mar-20)