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 AndIt’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.
Monday April 27, 2020 – Some of you will will be telling your yet to be born children and grandchildren about how a virus shut down live in person public music shows and events in most parts of the world in the year 2020. The most recent major events to postpone until 2021 = Greeley Blues Jam and Greeley Stampede.
In the absence of the mass gatherings at festivals and concerts, and as a result of inadequate technology, 2020 will be most remembered for personal Facebook Live “festivals” and concerts with multi-act lineups; each act streaming from their respective “stay-at-home” space.
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Reverend Freakchild‘s new album The Bodhisattva Blues slipped into the #1 slot replacing what I was sure would be the sole #1 album of 2020, And It’s Still Alright by Nathaniel Rateliff. Mark Oblinger‘s High Water Line runs up the chart from 46-12. Gabrielle Louise debuts at 17 with her latest, The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart.
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You make a big difference in what gets played on the show. Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM. Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.
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
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Freddi Henchi & The Soulsetters – Fire – Crown Princes Of Funk: The Last Set (2013/1972) Poco – Crazy Love – Legend (1978) (D) Hunter James & the Titantic – Where We Land (2020)
Gregory Alan Isakov – Dark, Dark, Dark – Evening Machines (2018) Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016) (D) Reverend Freakchild – I know You Rider – The Bodhisattva Blues (2020)
Chimney Choir – An Alternate Life – (light shadow) (2020) Carolyn’s Mother – Trouble – Joy (2000) These United States – I Want You To Keep Everything – Everything Touches Everything (2009) (D) Jessica Sonner – I Want You – Still (2020)
Mark Oblinger – Little Bird – High Water Line (2019) The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017) Gumbo Le Funque – Maceo – #PowerLoveFreedom (2016)
Gerard – Hello Operator – Gerard (1976) Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Good Times Rock & Roll – Sons of the Beaches (1975) (D) Andy Frasco & the U.N. – None of Those Things – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
The Reminders – Foundation – Unstoppable (2019) Big Gigantic – Got The Love – Brighter Future (2016) (D) Lola Rising – More Music – Moving Forward (2020)
Gabrielle Louise – House Of Cards – The Unending Alteration Of The Human Heart (2020) Otis Taylor – Ten Million Slaves – Recapturing The Banjo (2008) Drew Emmitt – Long Road – Long Road (2008) (P) The Beeves – Playing Bingo (with people who are angry and somewhat dangerous) – Beauty and The Beeves (2020) Covenhoven – Sirens Of The Sea – A Kind Of Revelation (2018) Katie Herzig – Feel Alive – Feel Alive (2017) Sunsquabi – Fisher Cat – Instinct (2019)
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