CP S15:EP37 2021

Monday SEPT 13 2021 – I put the mask back on. It’s a reminder that COVID is not over with us. #COMUSIC – support.

To go or not to go – that may or may not be the question. Looking at filled football stadiums on tv yesterday, you’d think we returned to 2019 when not one of us had a concern about COVID.

On the other side of that is the number of show cancellations we’re seeing and the number of venues that now require we be vaxxed or have a neg-COVID test result within seventy-two hours.

Check your local listings for cancellations and what you need to do in order to attend.

What is the sound of Colorado in 2021?

Look at what non-commercial community/public/college radio here and around the country play from Colorado and you’d want to think the sound is based in Americana roots grooves.

If you’re a long time fan and you look at who is appearing at this year’s Westword Music Showcase September 17 & 18 you’ll be surprised to find mostly Urban Alternative (a radio format that focuses on hip-hop, R&B and dance genres) acts.

Case in point: Roots Music Report (Colorado) has the new album from Chris Daniels & Hazel Miller at #1 for the 6th consecutive week, with Reverend Freakchild, The High Hawks, Leftover Salmon and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, A.J. Fullerton, West Side Joe & the Men of Soul, Eddie Turner, Rodney Rice and Nathaniel Rateliff (solo) filling out the TOP 10…

…while Westword is showcasing Dafna, 2MX2, N3ptune, Roka Hueka, Nay Renee, Brothers of Brass, Zanib, Joseph Lamar, Ramakhandra, Neoma, A Meazy, and YaSi on Saturday with less than a handful of more straight-up rock and alternative rock bands.

What’s missing is the sound of Americana – jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk, country-folk, and acoustic roots music with Bison Bone and LVDY the only “Americana” acts represented in the Westword Music Showcase Spotify playlist.

The Westword Music Showcase has certainly changed a lot over the past thirty years, but does Denver really sound that much different from the rest of the state??

The Colorado Playlist & Colorado Sound Present

The Great Salmon Famine – Aggie Theater Sat, Oct 30

The Gasoline Lollipops – Aggie Theater Fri, Nov 26 (day after Thanksgiving)

“Locally Grown” – Family Owned

“Locally Grown” 20/20 EyeVision offers a full range of services and they accept Medicaid at the Orchard Center in Westminster.

TOP FIVE WEEK END SPT 11 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are pulled from published spins of current releases (twelve months old) at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations. Eleven Colorado radio stations currently utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – Survivor SINGLE (Aug-21)
  2. CHRIS DANIELS & HAZEL MILLER– What We Did! LP (Jul-21) **
  3. 2b3 – Jimi LP (Jul-21)
  4. MATTHEW FOWLER – The Grief We Gave Our Mother LP (Sep-21)
  5. COVENHOVEN – “IV” LP (Aug-21)

Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations and featuring advanced search functions for artists and agents.

**serviced to Colorado media by Rocky Mountain Music Network, LLC

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Serving Cedaredge, Colorado for 20 years

HOUR 1

Tim GoodmanNew Romeo (1981)
(D) Covenhoven Everything In Between IV (2021)

Mojomama We Are One – The Corona Tapes (2020)
Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts Modern Outlaw Country – Shovel Full Of Coal (2017)
Reno DivorceHopeless and Dopeless ( 2021)
Jay SilenceWhiskey Breath – Grandma’s 45s (2021)
ELLSWORTHGrowing Pains – ELLSWORTH (2021)
DeVotchKa Curse Your Little Heart – Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Born In The Flood Another Night, Another Place – If this thing should spill (2007)
(D) Andy Frasco & the U.N.Dancin’ Around My Grave (2021)

Lizzy Plotkin Deep Woods Blues – We Will Sing (2019)
Rodney RiceDon’t Look Back – Same Shirt, Different Day (2020)
Ron MilesBinder – Rainbow Sign (2020)

HOUR 2

REO SpeedwagonRidin’ the Storm Out – Ridin’ the Storm Out (1973)
(D) Scott WarrenLeft Out On The Joke – Shadow Bands (2021)

Kyle EmersonBetter – Only Coming Down (2020)
The MotetDamn! – Totem (2016)
Chris Daniels & Hazel MillerBorn Under A Bad Sign (feat. Fred Gowdy and Todd Park Mohr) – What We Did! (2021)
Dragondeer Patient Boy (2021)
Liz BarnezMind Slippin’ – Inkmarks On Pages (1996)
The String Cheese IncidentStay Through – Song In My Head (2014)
(D) Matthew Fowler I’m Still Trying – The Grief We Gave Our Mother (2021)

Slopeside Prove Me Wrong – Shoot the Moon (2018)
Daniel Rodriguez Colorado – Sojurn of a Burning Sun (2020)
2b3 Purple Haze – Jimi (2021)

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CP S15 EP07 2021

FEB 15 2021 – I added a new feature to the show a couple of weeks ago.  Every week I’ll feature one of the incredible stations that air the Colorado Playlist.  This week’s featured station is 88.7FM KRZA Alamosa, “connecting cultures along the Upper Rio Grande.”    Please take a minute to visit their website or drop a note thanking them for supporting Colorado music on their Facebook page.

Andy Frasco & the U.N. held on to the top spot in this week’s spins with Antonio Lopez flashing in at #2 on the heels of all the spins it got statewide this week as a result of being on Middle Class Rockstar with Andy Sydow.

Indie 102.3 hit the debut from Grand Alliance nice and hard this past week, and Wellington Bullings is still a favorite there.  And yes, Colorado stations love jazz – hence the stellar Scenes of Changery from Adam Bodine closing out this week’s TOP 5.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.

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.


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 Andy Eppler.

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 13 2021

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.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
2. ANTONIO LOPEZRoots and Wings LP (Jan-21)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCEThe Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
4. WELLINGTON BULLINGS – Because I Want To LP (Jul-20)
5. ADAM BODINEScenes of Changery LP (Nov-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

CellsUh Oh (1979)
CellsDon’t Change Your Mind (1979)
(D) King CardinalDamn This Old Machine – (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff – What A Drag – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene – Goin’ for Broke – City of Love (2019)
Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)
Johnny & The Mongrels – Louisiana Girl – Creole Skies (2020)
Zuba – Imagine Freedom – The New Cruelty (1996)
Sweet Water Well – Zoeology – Watermelon (1996)
(D) Kid Astronaut – Cosmos – Cosmos (2021)

The Motet – The Truth – Totem (2016)
Post Truth Serum – The Picnic – Modern Victims (2020)
Eric Lilley Trio – Twirler – Joie De Vivre (2019)

HOUR 2

Jonny III – Hey Baby – Rocky Mountain Low: The Colorado Musical Underground Of The Late 1970s (2009)
Kenny Vaughan – Country Music Got A Hold On Me – V (2011)
(D) Mia Stegner – Scribbles – Scribbled Pleas On Yellowed Keys (2021)

Monocle Band – As Fast as I Can – Monocle Band (2013)
The Wood Brothers – Snake Eyes – Paradise (2015)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Andy Eppler – Much Less Under – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
(D) PorloloAre We There Yet (2021)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Glow – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Dream Feed – Hey Now – Dream Feed (2018)
Peter Sommer – Looks Like This – Tremolo Canteen (2010)

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CP S15 EP06 2021

FEB 08 2021 –We’re three months, 1/4 of a year, into the new release year that began in November and already I’m seeing a record number of new releases from here in Colorado.  It may be the result of COVID isolation, or simply that there are more ways to produce new records.

I can say I’m fitting new tracks into show outlines four weeks in advance from now.  This week I managed to get in new music from David William’s Trickster Carousel, Isadora Eden, Zembu, House Painter Music, and The Barlow.   

The big news this past week is that venues will be able to open to 50% capacity, depending on social distancing criteria.

Westword outlined the specifics: “At indoor unseated events, venues can host up to 50 percent capacity — but no more than fifty or a hundred people, depending on the size of the space and using the state’s Social Distancing Space Calculator.

Indoor seated events can have up to a hundred people or 50 percent capacity — whichever is smaller. Outdoor events can have up to 175 people or 50 percent capacity — again, whichever is smaller. Venues operating as indoor restaurants can have 50 percent capacity or fifty people (or even up to 150, based on the state’s calculator).”

The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll see any type of large outdoor gatherings this season.  Major events such as Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, the Greeley Blues Jam and Greeley Stampede have yet to announce one way or another how they will proceed.

Even with more people being allowed into our smaller venues many of our local musicians are still struggling.  Our non-profit, Rocky Mountain Music Relief receives two or three requests a week for help.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


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.


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 Antonio Lopez.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 06 2021

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.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
1. WELLINGTON BULLINGSBecause I Want To LP (Jul-20)
2. ATOMGAWhich One Are You SINGLE (Nov-20)
3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
3. DAVID LADONSo Inert (or Reflections on a Perpetual Campaign Cycle) SINGLE (Jan-21)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Make A Little Magic – Make A Little Magic (1980)
(D) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Cradle to the Grave – Snake Oil (2021)

Kiltro – The Hustle – Creatures of Habit (2019)
Michael Trent – The Winner – The Winner (2010)
(D) Isadora Eden – Ghosts – Allnight (2021)

Monica Marie LaBonteRiver Song (2020)
Acoustic Junction – Think About It – Acoustic Junction (1996)
The Subdudes – Sarita – Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Zembu – Overgrown – Recall (2020)

John Common And Blinding Flashes Of Light – Same Scar – Beautiful Empty (2010)
Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars – Shut Up and Drive – Hymns for the Hardened (2019)
Adam Bodine – Swamp Stomp – Scenes of Changery (2020)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & Fire – Devotion – Open Our Eyes (1974)
(D) House Painter Music – God Was Born In NYC – Scream Inside Your Heart (2021)

DeVotchKa – Let Me Sleep – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby – Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Antonio Lopez – Roots and Wings – Roots and Wings (2021)
Antonio Lopez – ’42 Ford – Roots and Wings (2021)
(D) The Barlow – Horseshoe Lounge – Horseshoe Lounge (2021)

The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Churchill – Change – Change EP (2012)
Ryan A Fourt – Grapple At The Snapple – Big Slick (2015)

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CP 2020 – THE BEST LPs SO FAR

We are just about halfway through the 2020 release year that runs December-November.  This has been a pretty interesting release year.  Overall, I’ve seen a lot more EPs and singles released that I have in prior years.  You can thank Spotify and YouTube for that I think.  Check out what I’ve been playing this year.  And please – like, follow and subscribe.  In the meantime, here are the …

…TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2020 – SO FAR (vote for your favorite below)

There’s got to be no doubt that future Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Nathaniel Rateliff‘s solo album And It’s Still Alright is the presumptive #1 album of 2020 – in every way imaginable.  It’s certainly worthy of Grammy consideration for 2021.

Boulder natives The Wood Brothers return from their Grammy nominated One Drop of Truth with Kingdom In My Mind, once again demonstrating the depth of their Americana dust-bowl sounding roots.  It’s hard enough to get one album nominated for a Grammy.  It’s like winning a Super Bowl, or World Series.  Can the Boulder brothers get there again?

Denver newcomer Andy Frasco brought with him a very nicely produced summertime album, Keep On Keeping On, that captures a bit of the rowdy R&B feel of a Nightsweats album, but doesn’t put the full weight of his considerable songwriting and arranging skills there.  Andy likes venturing off into more pop directions.

This is modern music.  On their first release in three years, Free Your Mind, Boulder’s EDM sensation Big Gigantic turns the page on what it sounds like to fuse jazz, soul, funk, EDM, house and a myriad of other  sonic colors and textures.

Reverend Freakchild is one seriously enigmatic bluesman – no doubt due to his association with Naropa University where he’s studying for a graduate degree.  The Rev’s latest, the Bodhisattva Blues, has been sparring with Nathaniel Rateliff‘s latest for the #1 position in the Colorado titles chart at RootsMusicReport.com.  Oh, and it’s all covers.

WHICH ONE IS YOUR  FAVORITE SO FAR?

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