CP S15 EP17 2021

Monday April 26, 2021 – I usually put most of this blog post together on Sunday nights and write final thoughts here on Monday morning. BUT – “today” is Saturday April 24. I’ll be on the road the next two days. I’ll also be on the road next weekend, when I travel to Durango for the Tico Time RV Resort Bluegrass Festival.

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 Chris Zacher, founder and executive director for the non-profit music venue, Levitt Pavilion and chairperson for the Colorado Independent Venue Association.

TOP 5 APRIL 24, 2021

The Colorado super-group Del Shamen, featuring John Magnie and Steve Amadee from the Subdudes, Nick Forster from E-Town and Hot Rize and Jock Bartley of Firefall fame, take top position thanks mostly to spins in Fort Collins and Paonia. Otherwise, other than shifting a notch or two, the TOP 5 looks the same as last week.

Valdez stays near the top thanks to the top two regional independent music stations, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and Indie 102.3, both of which have been featuring cuts from Wishbones the past two weeks. Same goes for *John Grant (honorary Coloradoan via the Czars and local family). Grant has a new single out that I’m sure both stations will give some love to.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are pulled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  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. DEL SHAMEN – Del Shamen LP (Oct-20)
  2. VALDEZ – Wishbones LP (Apr-20)
  3. JOHN GRANT – Boy From Michigan SINGLE (Mar-21)
  4. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  5. WEST SIDE JOE & THE MEN OF SOUL – Keep On Climbin’ LP (Apr-21)

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.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Boenzee Cryque Still In Love With You Baby (1967)
Poco – Crazy Love – Legend (1978)
(D) Darryl PurposeGentle Arms of Eden (2021)

Gregory Alan Isakov – Chemicals – Evening Machines (2018)
The Apples In Stereo – Dream About the Future – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
Jenny ShawhanLike A Charm (2021)
Big Head Todd & the MonstersFortune Teller (2021)
The Films – Strange Hands – Don’t Dance Rattlesnake (2006)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Hold On – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
Robert Shredford – Queen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
(D) Kid ReverieWild West (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Look It Here – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Mojomama – The Big Easy – Red White and Blues (2018)
Keith Oxman – For Darcy and Lenny – Doing All Right (2009)

Boenzee Cryque Sky Gone Gray (1967)
Poco – A Good Feelin’ To Know – A Good Feelin’ To Know (1972)
(D) Andy Sydow – Just One More Time – Time, Love, Everywhere (2021)

Wood Belly – Man on the Radio – Man on the Radio (2020)
Sarah SlatonDance In the Sun (2019)
Duke Justice The Turn (2021)
Tennis – Needle and a Knife – Ritual in Repeat (2014)
(D) Flobots Roshni (2021)

The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Sweet Memphis – Blues, With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

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CP S15 EP12 2021

MONDAY MARCH 22, 2021 – In Colorado music history — that’s something you hear at the top of each hour of the show. This week it was Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom that was highlighted in HR1.

Elton was a regular at Caribou Ranch Recording Studio in the early 70s. His 4th #1 hit was written during an eight day recording session for Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, but did not appear on that album.

Instead, it appears on his 1977 Greatest Hits album. He wrote the song for Billie Jean King while she and her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms, were in Denver for a tennis league playoff series. More at Colorado Music Experience.

You ever try to learn something new on the fly? WordPress decided to get rid of the classic editor I’ve been using for 12 years. LMAO. This hurts a little, since I’ve resisted using the newer format in favor of what I’ve known. Oh well.

Let’s try something new this week. Instead of a poll asking if you like a song or not, beginning this week the question will be, “What’s Your Favorite This Week?” See following the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM).

New music this week from Pie Lombardi, Wheelchair Sportscamp, Aaron Bibelhauser & FY5, and Kind Dub f. Sarah Joelle.

STATION OF THE WEEK

kffr 88.3fm

winter park

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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 Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Chris Daniels.

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.

TOP FIVE MARCH 20 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
  2. LADY GANG – Full Throttle LP (Feb-21)
  3. ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth LP (Jan-21)
  4. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  5. ANDY SYDOW – Wicked Dreams EP (May-20)

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.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Elton JohnPhiladelphia Freedom (1974)
(D) Pie LombardiSome People (2021)

Whippoorwill – Eventide – The Nature of Storms (2020)
The Still Tide – Give Me Time – Run Out (2017)
King Cardinal Damn This Old Machine (2021)
Five Iron Frenzy – Renegades – Until This Shakes Apart (2021)
Braddigan – Customs – The Captive (2007)
Leftover Salmon – Sing Up to the Moon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
(D) Wheelchair Sports Camp YESS I’m a MESS (2021)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Glow – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Jon Wirtz – Watching The World Wake Up – Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Stephen Stills – Circlin’ – Illegal Stills (1975)
(D) Aaron Bibelhauser & FY5Time In And Out (2021)

Rodney Rice – Don’t Look Back – Same Shirt, Different Day (2020)
The Copper Children – Roots – Speaking In Spirits (2019)
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021)
Wildermiss – Hell or High Water – In My Mind (2020)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – All For The Love Of Lill – Louie Louie (2001)
(D) Kind Dub Stay Kind (feat. Sarah Joelle) (2021)

Fierce Bad Rabbit – Matter of Time – The Maestro and the Elephant (2012)
DeVotchKa – Angels – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
Art Lande – A Decimeister Winds Up – Resist the Eel Panda (2020)

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.

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The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated and will help to keep the program on the air.

CP S15 EP09 2021

March 01 2021 – Twenty days officially until spring! If things keep going as they have been there’s a good chance for expanded audiences at shows this summer.

We may not see fully packed music venues until late in the season, but I’m happy to be co-presenting some live shows with my home station, 105.5 The Colorado Sound.  Make sure to visit my FB pg for information.

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Grand Alliance hold onto the top two spots this week, with the latest from Five Iron Frenzy pushing its way into the #3 spot.  I fully expect to see Rateliff’s “Redemption” hold onto that top spot for the next few months.  The rest of the TOP FIVE will likely disappear by next week.

BIG NEWS this week = KSJD (Cortez, CO) will begin airing HR2 of the show on March 13th at 2PM.

FEATURED STATION OF THE WEEK

COMMUNITY RADIO FOR THE GRAND VALLEY

KAFM is the only local community radio station in Grand Junction, Colorado.  KAFM is a member-supported, community radio station dedicated to excellence and diversity in musical, cultural and public service programming, broadcasting on 88.1 in Grand Junction and  96.9 in the peach and wine country of Palisade,

KAFM hosts at least 12 concerts per year of varying genres keeping a mix of local Grand Valley favorites and national touring acts.  The concerts are recorded live in Studio D, their digital recording studio, and are streamed  live on the KAFM Youtube channel.

Track what KAFM djs spin on their Spinitron page, here.


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 and 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 Shawn Eckels.

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 27 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. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCE – The Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
3. FIVE IRON FRENZYUntil This Shakes Apart LP (Jan-21)
4. DUKE JUSTICEStartup/The Turn SINGLE (Feb-21)
5. WELLINGTON BULLINGS – Because I Want To LP (Jul-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

Poco – Kind Woman (Live) – Poco Live (1974)
(P) The PhirejetsMy Superstar (2021)
Gabrielle Louise – Don’t Touch Me – The Unending Alteration Of The Human Heart (2020)
Trout Steak Revival – I Am – Spirit to the Sea (2017)
(N) Five Iron Frenzy – Renegades – Until This Shakes Apart (2021)

Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)
Boa and the Constrictors – No Good Woman – Snake Eyes (1998)
Mollie O’Brien – Eleezah – Big Red Sun Blues (1998)
New Family Dog – 6 Feet Under – Halo (2020)
(D) Mawule & CodakolorRed Light (2021)

The Apples In Stereo – Dance Floor – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
Blakk Mantra – Perhaps We’ll Live – Welcome to El Rey Blvd (2020)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

Boulder – Travelin’ Man – Boulder (1979)
Dusty Drapes & the Dusters – Cielito Lindo – The Red Album (1981)
(D) Guy Margalit4YOU (feat. Dafna) (2021)

Alright Alright – Don’t Worry – Crucible (2020)
Michael Trent – Bad Luck – The Winner (2010)
despAIR Jordan – Train Wrecks of the Great Lakes – Before Your Wings Gave Out (2021)
Duke JusticeThe Turn (2021)
AMZY – Sorry (Not Sorry) – Worlds Of Our Own (2018)
(D) Joshua DairenWho I Am (2021)

Megan Burtt – Other Side Of Lonely – It Ain’t Love (2009)
Wood Belly – Man on the Radio – Man on the Radio (2020)
Ben Haugland – Big Foot – A Million Dreams (2015)

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CP S15 EP01 2021

Jan 04 2021 – HAPPY 2021!  Welcome to Season #15! WOW.  I hope we can celebrate together this April, which is the official birthdate of the show in 2006.  Of course, COVID will have a say in whether that event takes place or not.

A big welcome to new fans of the show listening in at KRZA Alamosa and KFFR Winter Park.  That brings the Colorado Playlist to 27 FM frequencies a week and 60 total hours of programming.

Due to the 27 frequency reach the CP has, it factors heavily into the weekly and monthly charts I publisher here, as well as the Colorado singles and album charts at RootsMusicReport.com.

I am very surprised to see the wonderful new album from Ron Miles hitting TOP 5 again this month, without any spins at all from two of our leading stations.  This is the 2nd time Rainbow Sign has pushed its way onto the weekly chart.

NEW POLL FORMAT – Instead of voting 1-5 for new tracks for the show, you can simply say you like it, don’t like it or say MEH-It’s OK.  Let’s see how that works.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now.  The Stay Home Silent Disco will put a nice chunk of change in our account.

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 Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd & the Monsters)

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 02 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.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  2. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
  3. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
  4. RON MILESRainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
  5. BISON BONEFind Your Way Out LP (Jul-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 Electric Prunes – Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers – Good Old Rock and Roll (1969)
Big Bird & The Steam ShovelWhat’s Happening (At The Psychiatrist Club) (1968)
(D) Pandas and PeopleBad Honey (2021)

Dafna – Let U Go – I Love You (2020)
OneRepublic – Future Looks Good – Oh My My (2016)
Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2021)
Musketeer Gripweed – Rich Man’s Child – More Than Ever (2021)
piKziL – Can’t Get Started – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
The Samples – Warm & Sunny – Black & White (2004)

(D) Cass ClaytonMake Believing (2021) – Cass Clayton is a very good personal friend of mine. She serves on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Music Relief, a Colorado non-profit we started in 2017 to help artists struggling financially due to natural catastrophes. She’s also been directly involved with helping serve food-insecure members of our music community via Bread & Jam at Dazzle @ Bau’rs (Denver). AND she’s maintained a busy studio schedule along with all the other things she can think of to keep the music going. 

Kyle Emerson – Are You Lonely – Only Coming Down (2020)
Scott Martin – Pam – Alone at Sunset (2018)

HOUR 2

Eighth Penny MatterRain (1968)

(D) Ramakhandra – Kujira – Ramakhandra (2020) – Ramakhandra snuck up on me this past month when 303 Magazine named their S/T debut as Album of the Year for 2020. Up to that point, I’m sorry to say, I hadn’t heard of them. Recently, 303 music editor Kori Hazel and I noted between us that they are (unofficially) a band to watch for in 2021 and beyond.  

SHELRainbow (2020)
Slow Caves – Glares – Desert Minded EP (2017)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
The Railbenders – Hard Road – The Medicine Show (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Hey Delila – Black Beehive (2014)
MojomamaPoint Of View Blues (2020)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Pine Box – Always Say Please And Thank You (2000)
Jason Klobnak – Through Her Eyes – Friends and Family (2018)

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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.

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)


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