CP S13 EP30 2019

Monday August 5, 2019 – I am in the heat of festival season.  This past weekend I produced and hosted the 12th Annual Carbon Valley Music Festival in Dacono, CO.  It was the most successful in our 12 year run with easily over 4000 (est.) in attendance.

This coming weekend I will emcee the Mountain Ave Stage at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest for my 15th season.  The following weekend I will produce, host, and perform at Well-O-Rama in Wellington CO, the first of what I hope will be another continuing series of shows I’m involved with.

All that said, this week’s PLAYLIST is all about Bohemian Nights.  I presented 24 of the 80 acts scheduled to perform this year. See YouTube playlist below.

In other news:  I got an email from a station that ran the show early on for six months, and dropped it.  A new manager at that station stated they’d like to re-add it, scheduling permitting.  #fingerscrossed #CrestedButte

We’re up to 36 followers on our Spotify Playlist .. are you one??


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show? You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure. They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon. You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state. See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
Gasoline Lollipops at Washington’s FoCo Fort Collins Friday, October 4
Gasoline Lollipops “Unleaded” (all acoustic) at Swallow Hill Music Denver Saturday, November 9

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Kayla Marque is a significant rising “star” in our scene.  Songs like Fold In Half represent a mature, ready for national attention talent.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

HOUR 1

Poco – Call It Love – The Essential Poco (2005/1989)
Head for the Hills – Darkness Meets the Day – Say Your Mind EP (2019)
Wildermiss – Keep It Simple – Lost With You EP (2017)
Retrofette – Skeletons (2017)
Kyle Hollingsworth – All Falls Apart – 50 (2018)
Otis Taylor – Blue Rain In Africa – My World Is Gone (2013)
Liz Barnez – Welcome Back – Welcome Back (2015)
Bonnie & the Clydes – The Storm – Music For The People: Part 1 (2014)
The Milk Blossoms – Supermoon – Dry Heave the Heavenly (2018)
The Reminders – Foundation (2019)
Jeff Finlin – What’s The Big Idea – Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
Tia Fuller – Soul Eyes – Diamond Cut (2018)

HOUR 2

The Subdudes – Sarita – Primitive Streak (1996)
Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball – Spider Blues – Bourbon and Milk (2017)
AJ Fullerton – She’s So Cold – Kalamath (2017)
Analog Son – Ain’t Lyin – Black Diamond (2017)
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Little Rig – Hard Core Broken Heart (2018)
Wood Belly – Solid Ground – Solid Ground (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – No Doubt About It – Unentitled (2011)
Slow Caves – Out of State – Falling (2019)
Oxeye Daisy – Where Your Mind Goes – Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Foxfeather – Clap Hands (2019)
Boss Eagle – The Vine – The Firebird Album (2018)
The Still Tide – Give Me Time – Run Out (2017)
Paa Kow – Cookpot – Cookpot (2017)

CP S13 EP29 2019

Monday July 29, 2019 – OK – it’s not every day that you wake up to the Governor of the State of Colorado, Jared Polis, sharing an old Denver Post interview from 2016, and saying how much he loves the Colorado Playlist.  Seriously?  I was giddy like a 13 year old and got weak knees for a second (yes, I told him that… the weak knees part). #starstruck #fanboy

If you haven’t been, I highly encourage stepping over to Colorado Music Experience .  Since leaving the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as executive director a few years ago, G Brown has launched what I consider to be the official and quintessential online archive of Colorado music history.  His daily posts about events, birthdays and more are part of my everyday browsing experience.

We’re up to 30 followers to the Colorado Playlist on Spotify and 110 songs, including recent adds from SUCH, Selina Albright, Gerald Albright, Tia Fuller, Bill Frissell


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show? You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure. They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon. You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state. See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
Gasoline Lollipops at Washington’s FoCo Fort Collins Friday, October 4
Gasoline Lollipops “Unleaded” (all acoustic) at Swallow Hill Music Denver Saturday, November 9

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

There are days when I’m amazed that people don’t know who this incredible artist is, or that he’s Colorado thru and thru.  Here’s his latest.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

HOUR 1

The Teardrops – Sweet Sweet Sadie (1966)
Trolls – I Don’t Recall – Psychedelic States: Colorado In The 60s (2007/1969)
(D) Bo DePena – Making My Way Back to You (2019)

Reverend Freakchild – Hippie Bluesman Blues – Dial It In (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Rocksteady – Rocksteady (2010)
(D) Flyin’ Hot Saucers – Stargazer (2019)

Lucas Wolf – Horizon – Falling Into Place (2019)
Judy Collins – Wings of Angels – Bohemian (2013)
Euforquestra – Solutions – Fire (2014)
(D) The 14ers – Nashville – Mountaintop Folk-Pop (2019)

Selina Albright – Highest High – Conversations (2018)
Wildermiss – Keep It Simple – Lost With You EP (2017)
Brad Goode Quintet – Who Parked the Car? – That’s Right! (2018)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough – Raise! (1981)
(D) 2MX2 feat Kid Astronaut – Live You Love You (2019)
Ivory Circle – See You Thru the Stars – Scalene EP (2018)
Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene – Let’s Do This Thing – Let’s Do This Thing (2015)
(N) Oxeye Daisy – Girls Are the New Boys – They Say You’re A Demon (2019)

Anthony Ruptak – Black Water – A Place That Never Changes (2019)
FY5 – Driftwood – FY5 (2011)
Leftover Salmon – Western Skies – High Country (2014)
(D) The Born Readies – Mean Genes (2019)
Love Stallion – Big Rock Radio – Unforgettable Ride (2018)
The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights – Small Town Lights (2013)
The Echo System – Out West – Color Red Sampler 2019 (2019)

CP S13 EP28 2019

Monday July 22, 2019 …. Really, I’m not here. I’m fishing with my grandson. But the show must go on and I’m doing my part, even if it’s from the lake.

I’ve added a couple more titles to the Colorado Playlist on Spotify. Please let me know if there’s something I’ve overlooked. I’m up to 102 titles from 102 artists and bands. And, I’m up to 27 followers the last I looked. I’ll tinker with this for months and perhaps years to come. Please share with your friends.

WORTH REPEATING: Wind Over the Earth is a recording studio in Longmont. On July 1 they began releasing an 18 song compilation benefiting the Longmont High School music program. The album features cuts from Foxfeather, Shanna in a Dress, Clandestine Amigo, Taylor Sims (Bonnie & the Clydes), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) and Natalie Tate to name just a few. According to studio owner, Mark Venezia, the album will be made available for a donation to the Longmont High School music program.


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show? You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure. They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon. You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state. See the stations and times page for that info.
105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
Gasoline Lollipops at Washington’s FoCo Fort Collins Friday, October 4
Gasoline Lollipops “Unleaded” (all acoustic) at Swallow Hill MusicDenver Saturday, November 9

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Kyle Emerson released a new single this past week. I’ll have it on the show next week. Here’s the video.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

HOUR 1

Poco – You Better Think Twice – Poco (1970)
Boenzee Cryque – I’ve Never Known A Girl – Psychedelic States – Colorado In The ’60s (2007)
(D) Mark Oblinger – Little Bird – High Water Line (2019)

Dragondeer – When I See You – If You Got The Blues (2018)
David Starr – Love and Sabotage – Love and Sabotage (2016)
Brianna Straut – Blood Runs Deep – La Mano (2019)
Float Like a Buffalo – The Day – Back From Nowhere (2019)
Andy Monley – kites – Triplight (2006)
The Czars – Killjoy – The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People (2001)
(D) Oxeye Daisy – How Do You Know – They Say You’re A Demon (2019)
Kid Reverie – Run – Kid Reverie (2018)
Francis & the Wolf – Call of the Wild – Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
Annie Booth – Tiger Dance – Wanderlust (2014)

The Apples In Stereo – Glowworm – Fun Trick Noisemaker (1995)
(D) Copper Leaf – Mirrors – Symbolic (2019)

RL Cole & The Hell You Say – Mary (2018)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy – Lock and Key – Rain Fire (2016)
(D) Kind Dub – Limited Time (feat. Sarah Slaton) (2019)

Lola Rising – Gravity (2019)
Bonnie & the Clydes – The Storm – Music For The People: Part 1 (2014)
Bad Weather California – I’ll Reach Out My Hand – Sunkissed (2012)
(D) Stray Suns – Drink, Dance, Funk – Until Further Notice (2019)
Velveteers – Eyes Tell Lies – The Velveteers (2018)
Winger – So Long China – Better Days Comin’ (2014)
Emily Takahashi – Schumann’s Shoes – Not Spoken (2017)

CP S13 EP27 2019

Monday July 15, 2019 – Rumors started to circulate recently on Facebook (yeah, I know – right?) that Colorado Music Hall of Fame band Sugarloaf had dropped tracks for a new album.  Of course original members Jerry Corbetta (lead singer), Bob Yeazel (guitarist) and Bob Raymond (bassist) have all passed away, so the news of some kind of Sugarloaf “reunion” came as a real surprise.  Turns out the story has a little truth to it .. .from a family of the band perspective.

According to Bob Raymond‘s son Aaron, “We did go into studio with my son (Bailey Raymond aka Kick Stevens) and re-recorded Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You and Texas Two Lane. Clark Hagan (local Denver producer) did the producing.  He also did a recording of Green-Eyed Lady with (original members) Bob Webber (guitar), Bobby Pickett (bass), Myron Pollack (drums) and another guy from Nashville. Sorry I don’t remember his name. Hope to have the two new songs released this winter. We are still working on the vocals.”

Stay tuned …

I reported last week on the wonderful compilation from Longmont’s Wind Over the Earth recording studio’s “Longmont Project” to benefit Longmont High School’s music program.  The new track below from Bridget Law is from that project.

This week, the Boulder Daily Camera has a story on Future Arts Foundation (FAF) and their series called Strings & Stories taking place in Longmont. Future Arts Foundation is “a nonprofit that supplies musical instruments and art materials to public schools and after-school programs.”  Strings & Stories is a concert series put together by FAF and 105.5 The Colorado Sound.

COLORADO PLAYLIST – SPOTIFY

I’ve added many many more classic Colorado hits.  Right now the playlist is at about 100 titles, with only one track per artist or band.  If you have suggestions please message me.


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
DeVotchKa – Moxi Theater, Greeley – July 17, 18

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I just can’t seem to get enough of the new Dressy Bessy album!


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

HOUR 1

Zephyr – The Radio Song – Going Back To Colorado (1971)
Firefall – You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(D) Bridget Law – Deep Blue Sea – The Longmont Project (2019)

Leslie Tom – Born Too Late – Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams (2018)
My Body Sings Electric – Oceancrest – Part 1: The Night Ends (2014)
(D) Lisa Bell – Back Seat – Back Seat (2019)

Mojomama – The Big Easy – Red White and Blues (2018)
The String Cheese Incident – Let’s Go Outside – Song In My Head (2014)
The Motet – Rich In People – The Motet (2014)
(D) Ryan Dart – Dance If You Want To (2019)

New Mexican – Two Hearted – Take It On Our Shoulders (2018)
Brothers Keeper – Why Do You Fall – Todd Meadows (2014)
Jason Klobnak – My August Auburn – Friends and Family (2018)

HOUR 2

The Samples – Close To The Fires – The Samples (1989)
(N) Gingerbomb – Company – Wildfire (2019)
Noe DeLeon – Cold Nights (2018)
The Wood Brothers – Singin’ to Strangers – Paradise (2015)
(N) Dressy Bessy – Fearless – Fast Faster Disaster (2019)

The Beeves – Jamie’s Revenge – Adam & Beeve (2019)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Richie Furay – We Were The Dreamers – Hand in Hand (2015)
(D) Joel Ansett – Cadillac – a place i knew before (2019)

Reno Divorce – She’s In Love With the Avenue – Ship of Fools EP (2016)
The Yawpers – Doing It Right – American Man (2015)
Keith Oxman – Defensive Care – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

CP S13 EP 26 2019

MONDAY JULY 8, 2019 — Happy July 4th, belatedly of course.  I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and got to take in some live music at one of the numerous festivals, municipal events and/or outdoor venues.  I know the storms played havoc with several shows, including Leslie Tom‘s set at Greeley Stampede that unfortunately got rained out after only 30 minutes.

Leslie will be back headlining the Colorado Playlist presents show Well-O-Rama, Aug 17th in Wellington.  I’ll be hosting this new annual event in Wellington, and will be appearing with my band, GOATZ! Also appearing will be the Devil’s Share, Sugar Britches, and Jackie & the Racket.

Wind Over the Earth is a recording studio in Longmont.  On July 1 they began releasing an 18 song compilation benefiting the Longmont High School music program.  The album features cuts from Foxfeather, Shanna in a Dress, Clandestine AmigoTaylor Sims (Bonnie & the Clydes), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) and Natalie Tate to name just a few.  The full album will be released publicly on July 22.  According to studio owner, Mark Venezia, the album will be made available for a donation to the Longmont High School music program.

New this week is the COLORADO PLAYLIST on Spotify.  I’ve tried tying this to the weekly MMMM but it didn’t seem to work to attract regular weekly fans and listeners.  This will be a permanent playlist on Spotify that I’ll update regularly with new releases and older “hits.”  Enjoy

Don’t forget to vote for your favorites of 2010 and 2011 … and soon 2012-2018, as we get closer to the best of the Decade 2010-2019 that will air in early 2020.


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12
DeVotchKaMoxi Theater, Greeley – July 17, 18

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

It’s been too many years, IMO, since the Reminders graced us with a new anthem.  Dubbed as Colorado’s the 1st family of hip-hop, the Reminders are among the most enlightened and socially conscious bands in our scene, speaking to truth about not only about our homeland, but the plight of others around the globe.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

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

HOUR 1

The Christines – Hollow – The Christines (1994)
(D) Shanna In A Dress – Broken Record – The Longmont Project (2019)

Oxeye Daisy – Darling Boy – Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Pill Poppin’ Country Weirdo – Sinners & Saints (2010)
(D) Dragondeer – Mirage a Trois (2019)

Kyle Emerson – May You Find Peace (2019)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Keep It Clean – Saints & Sinners (2010)
Elephant Revival – Rhythm Of The Road – Break In The Clouds (2010)
Jackie & The Racket – Honky Tonk Tears – Goal Digger (2019)
(D) Lucy Daydream – Hellos (2019)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me – Tearing At The Seams (2018)
The Apples In Stereo – Hey Elevator – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
Keith Oxman – Breeze (Blow My Baby Back) – East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Sugarloaf – Texas Two Lane – Best Of Sugarloaf (1975)
(P) White Rose Motor Oil – Billings to Pueblo – One for the Ages EP (2019)
Bobby Walker – My Mabellene – Came Out Swingin’ (2018)
Poco – Drink It In – All Fired Up (2013)
(P) Foxfeather – Black Blue – The Longmont Project (2019)
E.M.K. – To The Room – To the Room (Feat. Coco Bean) (2019)
OneRepublic – Feel Again – Native (2013)
Rob Drabkin – Little Steps – Little Steps (2013)
Float Like a Buffalo – The Day – Back From Nowhere (2019)
(D) The Reminders – Foundation (2019)

Pretty Lights – Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli – A Color Map of the Sun (2013)
Dream Feed – Hey Now – Dream Feed (2018)
Dana Landry Trio – To Wane – Memphis Skyline (2014)

CP S13 EP25 2019

MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019 – Rumors swirled over the weekend concerning former Yonder Mountain String Band founding member Jeff Austin.  Despite numerous social media posts alluding to a possible suicide, official reports emerged that he suffered a undisclosed medical emergency and was is Seattle with family being attended to.  What little information is available, and crowdfunding has been set up at Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

In this week’s show I highlighted some of the best of 2013 in  HOUR 1 and some of the best of 2014 in HOUR 2.  Over the next many weeks I will continue to highlight some of the best of each year as we approach the BEST OF THE DECADE.  With that, I’ve put up two polls already for Best of 2010 and 2011, so you can vote for your favorites from those years.

MMMM this week = Gun Street Ghost, Heavy Diamond Ring, Bobby Messano, Swerve, The Threadbarons, and Brian Bourgault – KEEP or DELETE?


Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?  You can now stream them on demand! 105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.  You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:
Brent Cowles – Bluebird Theater, Denver – Oct 12

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Not to be confused with the now seemingly defunct Denver hard rock and country cover band called Swerve, this Greeley based original project with the same name, featuring former UNC music grads, is poised to be the Best Emerging New Band of 2019.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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

HOUR 1

Hazel Miller – Better Off With The Blues –Westword ’96 Music Awards Showcase(1996)
(D) Gun Street Ghost – Into the Dark – Battles (2019)

Covenhoven – Ghost Of Kerouac – A Kind Of Revelation (2018)
Andy Palmer – Good Son – Hazard of the Die (2013)
(N) Heavy Diamond Ring – Stuck In Motion – S/T (2019)

Float Like a Buffalo – The Day – Back From Nowhere (2019)
Five Iron Frenzy – It Was a Dark & Stormy Night – Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Churchill – The War Within – The War Within EP (2013)
Foxfeather – Not Coming Back (2019)
(N) Bobby Messano – I Don’t Want to Miss You Anymore – Lemonade (2019)

Kyle Hollingsworth – All Falls Apart – 50 (2018)
Patti Fiasco – Oil – Small Town Lights (2013)
Keith Oxman – Reverend Lou Founded the Record Store – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

HOUR 2

Opie Gone Bad – Little House – 1 (1998)
(D) Swerve – Green – Swerve (2019)

Eldren – Still Want More – Miss Information Aged (2018)
The Fray – Love Don’t Die – Helios (2014)
(N) The Threadbarons – Going Out – Songbook for the Weary (2019)

Shannon Ogden – In the Car – Live at Swallow Hill (2019)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – I Get Smooth – Black Beehive (2014)
Leftover Salmon – Better Day – High Country (2014)
Leslie Tom – Honky Tonkin’ – Ain’t It Something, Hank Williams (2018)
(D) Brian Bourgault – Die Alone – Without You (2019)
The Burroughs – Solution – Got To Feel (2018)
Tennis – Needle and a Knife – Ritual in Repeat (2014)
Peter Sommer – The Fruit – Crossroads (2008)

 

CP BEST OF 2011

JUNE 20, 2019 …  I’m a little behind in my goal of getting these annual reviews out, for you to vote on.

Sometime right after the first of the year, I’ll be doing a BEST OF THE DECADE Retrospective ranging from 2010 thru 2019.  Your VOTE will count in determining which of the outstanding records of the past decade have endured as among the best of the decade.

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

TOP 10 BEST OF THE CP FOR 2011

These are the TOP 10 albums from 2011 — which were your favorites?

1. ALBUM of the YEAR  – Devotchka100 Lovers (Epitaph) Genre/style: Adult alternative
Added: December 2010
Sampled tracks: 100 Other Loves, The Common Good, Contrabanda
Notes:  no one should be surprised at the tremendous of this record in 2011, here in Colorado or nationally.  Devotchka has emerged since 2000 as one of the most inspired bands to ever come out of the Rocky Mountain west, and while the critics may not have liked their sixth album as much as the previous one, it garnered nearly 2x the airplay of any other album on this list.

2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds (Ruff Shod Records)Genre/Style: Folk
Added: November 2010
Sampled tracks: Feathers Rise, Barefoot Friend, Rhythm of the Road
Notes: this title clocked in at #14 in the Best of 2010 based solely on taste, because it came out too late in the year to garner much in the way of spins. … making it the #1 recurrent title, as well as the #2 all around title in spins and taste for the year.

3. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self)Genre/Style: Bluegrass, country-folk
Added: April 2011
Sampled tracks: Driftwood, Nebraska, Sold On You
Notes:  “Finnders” is more appropriately spelled Finders, but Mike Finders got understandably tired of folks calling the band F-eye-nders and Youngberg, so they adjusted the spelling so us djs could get it right LOL.  With the addition of 2 new members and the loss of 1, the band now rightly identifies with the five member FY5 moniker and an impressive set of bluegrass and country.  High on the taste factor and in spins.

4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Genre/Style: Alternative adult contemporary rock/pop
Added: *re-entered charts April 2011
Sampled tracks: Same Scar, In My Neighborhood, Love Is A Shark
Notes: originally a December 2009 release locally, the album was rereleased nationally in April 2011. Clocking #16 for 2010, Beautiful Empty comes in #2 in recurrent titles, as well as climbing to #4 for the whole year in spins and taste.

5. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko)Genre/Style: Blues
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Ramblin’ On My Mind, When You Gotta Good Friend, Preachin’ Blues
Notes: we got our first taste of what this album might sound like with the band’s interpretation of Smokestack Lightning off of their Rocksteady album. The featured guests on this album reads like a who’s who, with the late Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musslewhite, Ruthie Foster, BB King and others making appearances.

6. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap (Naked Jaybird)Genre/Style: Blues
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Gone So Long, Ridin’ On, Rolled and Tumbled
Notes: RIP John-Alex (1976-2011). The release of Juke Joint Thunderclap marked a revolution of sorts in the fusion of rap and blues, with Cody Burnside laying down some very cool rap on top of John-Alex’s blistering blues grooves.

7. Tennis – Cape Dory (Fat Possum)Genre/Style: Pop/inde
Added: January 2011
Sampled tracks: Marathon, Pigeon, Seafarer
Notes: Getting nostalgic and bringing back a sound embodying at least part of the 60s feel good sun and surf propelled this album into the top 10 – with nearly all reporting stations reporting high spins and taste.

8. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self)Genre/Style: Bluegrass
Added: July 2011
Sampled tracks: Way Back in the Mountains, With Body and Soul, Hold On Me
Notes: Hold onto this release – Spring Creek has reportedly decided to move onto new projects beginning some time in 2012. Following their success on Rebel Records, the fellas got a new bass player, and decided to record an album that matched their own ideas of how they wanted to sound on record. Produced by the band with Sally Van Meter, recorded at Notably Fine Audio (now Mighty Fine Productions) with Colin Bricker and Mario Castillo at the helm. Masterd by Dave Glasser at Airshow.

9. Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New (Dazzle Recordings)Genre/Style: Jazz
Added: February 2011
Sampled tracks: Zoloft Bounce, Brand New, Feliz
Notes: *serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network* – There were no jazz records in our TOP 20 in 2010, so this is an excellent surprise. “The songs also work as vehicles for some fine soloing from trumpeter Ron Miles, guitarist Matt Fuller and saxophonist Danny Meyer.” (Westword)

10. Whiskey Blanket – No Object (self)Genre/Style: Hip-hop
Added: December 2010
Sampled tracks: Up Up Away, Rule the Roost, Joie De Vie
Notes: *serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network* — one of the most unique hip-hop records to emerge from Colorado in recent memory, all three core members of the band are incredibly educated and skilled classical and bluegrass musicians who expand anyone’s most conservatively held position of what hiphop should sound like. Very high taste factor among the voters. Special guests include Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival)