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)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

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 EP49 2020 – BEST OF

Monday DEC 28, 2020HAPPY HOLLY DAZE for the last time in 2020. The Listener Poll was fun; thank you.  It was the first time I ran a silent poll where you didn’t get to see the results as they were taking place. Where I can see it made a difference was in the mad rush of fans of bands to crush the results.

Except for one, it was a balanced result – with only 4 of the TOP 50 not receiving any votes and none receiving only one. Your TOP 12 +1 (my jazz pick) is in Hour 2 below.

Hour 1 took some doing.  There is a lot of airplay worthy music in Colorado.  There has been more airplay worthy music in our state for several years than what can reasonably be played on any show, or radio station.  I picked thirteen I thought had good stories to tell you about.

COMING JANUARY 8TH 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


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING DEC 26 2020

13 stations / 130 titles surveyed.

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 RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  2. KRIS DRICKEYState Change EP (Nov-20)
  3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
  4. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTCrucible LP (Oct-20)
  5. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)

BEST OF 2020 

HOUR 1 – SOME OF THE BEST OF – RANDOM ORDER

David Starr & John Oates (ft. Jim Lauderdale) – Road to Jubilee – Beauty and Ruin (2020)
Gabrielle Louise – Big Unbreakable Heart – The Unending Alteration Of The Human Heart (2020)
Trevor HallPut Down What You Are Carrying (feat. Brett Dennen) (2020)
Rodney Rice – Don’t Look Back – Same Shirt, Different Day (2020)
Tennis – Runner – Swimmer (2020)
Esmé Patterson – All Mine – There Will Come Soft Rains (2020)
Down Time – Not A Complicated Person – Hurts Being Alive (2020)
Thomas Hine – Abandon – Ledgers and Stones (2020)
Reverend Freakchild – I know You Rider (Grateful Dead) – The Bodhisattva Blues (2020)
Kayla Marque – Mercy – Brain Chemistry (Right Brain) (2020)
IlleniumNightlight (2020)
Big Gigantic – You’re The One (feat. Nevve) – Free Your Mind (2020)
Ron Miles – Queen Of The South – Rainbow Sign (2020)

HOUR 2 – BEST OF 2020 LISTENER POLL – RANDOM ORDER

The Wood Brothers – Little Bit Sweet – Kingdom in My Mind (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Barbers and Bartenders – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Claire Heywood – Python – I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream (2020)
DragondeerAll Day (2020)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Alexa Wildish – Magic Hours – Alexa Wildish EP (2020)
Gasoline Lollipops – All the Misery Money Can Buy – All The Misery Money Can Buy (2020)
Kayla RubyI Wish I Was Crazy (2020)
Whitewater Ramble – 3 Minutes 2 Spare – Pseudonymous (2020)
Cary Morin – Jamie Rae – Dockside Saints (2020)
Nathaniel Rateliff – Time Stands – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine – Lady Like (2020)
Steve Denny Trio – Standard Steve – Life in New York (2020)

BEST OF 2020 ON YOUTUBE

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.

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)

TOP 30 OCTOBER 2020

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I’m able to track spins at 14 of those stations that have some kind of searchable online database or use Spinitron.

I tracked 200 releases (LP, EP or Single) for the month of October.  A few were advance singles that I got to share on CP network, or that stations got to share in advance of release dates in July.

Cary Morin and Gasoline Lollipops remain the top 2 album titles for the second month – swapping places at 1 &  2.  All the (D) we see listed come courtesy of Indie 102.3, which stands alone in the number of spins they give their monthly featured artists.  No other station in Colorado even comes close in the number of spins they give #COMusic – though other stations air more unique titles overall.

Spinitron’s playlist generator was developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US. Record promoters, agents and artists are among those most likely to benefit from Spinitron’s advanced search function.

TOP 30 TITLES OCTOBER 2020

    • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
    • DATE OF RELEASE = Sept 2019-November 2020
    • (xxx) = SEPTEMBER 2020 position

(2) 1. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(1) 2. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(13) 3. RODNEY RICE – Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
(D) 4. PARKERCare Not Carry EP (Sep-20)
(-) 5. AUGUSTUSColor Tv and Tall Tales LP (May-20)
(D) 6. GHOST TAPES FIG Pt 1 EP (Sep-20)
(3) 7. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(D) 7. THE MAZLOWSCommunity Locker LP (Aug-20)
(D) 8. PSYCHOLOGIC & KID ASTRONAUTKenopsia EP (Aug-20)
(D) 9. JOSH DILLARDThe Natural World LP (Nov-20)
(-) 10. BISON BONEFind Your Way Out LP (Jul-20)
(D) 11. BIG HEARTS CLUBDear, Nick SINGLE (Aug-20)
(18) 11. TYLER T. – Wildflower LP (Jan-20)
(D) 12. LOKANARide or Die SINGLE (Sep-20)
(11) 13. LAST CALL ROMANCE – Double Funeral, Vol. 1 EP (Dec-19)
(8) 13. JON SNODGRASS – Tace LP (Aug-20)
(-) 14. JAMES LEE BAKER100 Summers LP (Aug-20)
(15) 15. VALDEZSaint Munchausen SINGLE (Sep-20)
(-) 15. WOOD BELLYMan on the Radio LP Jan-20
(D) 16. SCHAMA NOELEternal Feels 2 EP (Feb-20)
(4) 17. THE LUMINEERS – III LP (Sep-19)
(D) 18. MARIA LEVITOVA Netflix Original SINGLE (May-20)
(D) 18. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTOver the Edge SINGLE (Aug-20)
(D) 18. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTTrans Am SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 19. MARIA LEVITOVSugar Paradise SINGLE (Apr-20)
(16) 20. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Apr-20)
(6) 21. THE WOOD BROTHERS – Kingdom In My Mind LP (Jan-20)
(-) 22. TROUT STEAK REVIVALThe Light We Bring LP (Feb-20)
(-) 23. DOWN TIMEHurts Being Alive LP (Mar-20)
(-) 23. BOWREGARD Arrows LP (Jul-20)

The Colorado Sound S8|EP33 2014

HAPPY LABOR DAY.  Here’s the playlist for this week’s show.  I’ll publish the SPT NEWS NOTES & SPINS on SPT 2.

The VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK and the NEW MUSIC SHARE of the week come courtesy of THE CONGRESS.  Enjoy.

Hour 1

The Apples in Stereo “Strawberryfire” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
Born in The Flood “I Am the Walrus” from Mountain Homegrown Vol IV (2005)
The Scones “Wishing Well” from Like Ripples Across the Pond (2014)
The Swayback “Lost Lake Woods Club” from Double Four Time (2012)
Mosey West “Hurricane Eyes” from Bermuda (2014)
Isa and JoeAlan “Slumlord” from Lifelines (2014)
Spoke In Wordz “Sugar Pills” from Sugar Pills (2012)
String Cheese Incident “Stay Through” from Song In My Head (2014)
Jeff Finlin “Jesus Was A Motorcycle Man” from Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
Gabrielle Louise “Oh Caroline” from Cigarettes & Sentiments (2008)
Monocle Band “Falling” from Monocle Band (2013)
Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND “Blues and a Half” from MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND (2014)

Hour 2 

Gary Stites “Lonely for You” from Lonely for You (1960)
Dan Fogelberg “Part of the Plan” from Souvenirs (1974)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Everything About You” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) John Oates “Don’t Cross Me Wrong” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
The Congress “Distance” from Whatever You Want (2012)
(N) Such (Su Charles) “Open Book” from Trial and Error (2014)
Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Crystal Ball” from Living Asleep (2014)
Nina Storey “Think Twice” from Think Twice (2013)
Patti Fiasco “Small Town Lights” from Small Town Lights (2013)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Monsoon Blues” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)