Q1 2023 TOP 30 + TOP 10 FEBRUARY

March 01, 2023 – February was a spectacular month. More of you visited and checked out more pages and posts than in any February since 2015!

I decided to mix things up a bit this month.

Every Sunday I survey over a dozen community/public and college stations, which includes spins from the Colorado playlist.

The monthly survey period is from the first week ending with a Saturday through the last week ending with a Saturday.  Titles are linked to its respective YouTube page.

The annual new release year begins in November. Of course, there are titles released in October that make the cut, and I do track all titles for a full calendar year after date of release. My yearly spins are pulled and calculated from December through the next year’s November. So, DEC 2022 – NOV 2023

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.388.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, offering search functions for artists and agents to track airplay.

So, what are the most popular titles so far in 2023?

TOP 10 – FEBRUARY 2023

(3) 1. EUFORQUESTRA – While We Still Got Time LP (Jun-22)
(D) 2. NAHKEEM – It Was All A Dream EP (Oct-22)
(D) 2. YONNAS – Feven LP (Nov-22)
(D) 3. JAIEL the Magical World Of Black Girlhood EP (Apr-22)
(D) 4. KNWLXDGEControl SINGLE (Dec-22)
(D) 5. WILLIAM DUSAN Everyday SINGLE (Jun-22)
(D) 6. DUKE JUSTICE Radio Silence SINGLE (Feb-23)
(7) 7. ALYSIA KRAFT – First Light LP (Jun-22)
(2) 8. JULIAN FULCO PERRON  In My Garden LP (Nov-22)
(D) 9. CHRIS CART3R Lost SINGLE (Mar-22)

TOP 30 Q1 2023 (DEC 22 – FEB 23)

  1. EUFORQUESTRA – While We Still Got Time LP (Jun-22)
  2. ALYSIA KRAFT – First Light LP (Jun-22)
  3. ELEKTRIC ANIMALS – Channels EP (May-22)
  4. JULIAN FULCO PERRON  In My Garden LP (Nov-22)
  5. TRAVIS MCNAMARA – Moon Calendar LP (Mar-23)
  6. THE LUMINEERSBrightside LP (Jan-22)
  7. MIKE CLARK & THE SUGAR SOUNDS – Moon Rock LP (Mar-22)
  8. VINCE HERMAN – Enjoy the Ride LP (Nov-22)
  9. TENNIS – Pollen LP (Jan-23)
  10. STILLHOUSE JUNKIES – Small Towns LP (Sep-22)
  11. MOJOMAMA – We Are One LP (Jun-22)
  12. IZCALLI Rebirth LP (Jul-22)
  13. BARBARAEscape Artist LP (Sep-22)
  15. BEVIN LUNA Madison and Angelus LP (Jun-22)
  16. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSNightmares LP (Oct-22)
  17. HERO TALBOTButterscotch LP (Oct-22)
  18. TRASH. – Ghosts EP (Dec-22)
  19. ANTIBROTH Antibroth LP (Sep-22)
  20. CHLOE SOUTHERN – Last Man on Earth EP (Nov-22)
  21. GRIMMLY – Happiest  SINGLE (Dec-22)
  22. MUSKETEER GRIPWEED Long Past Time LP (Sep-22)
  23. NAHKEEM – It Was All A Dream EP (Oct-22)
  24. YONNAS – Feven LP (Nov-22)
  25. JAIEL – the Magical World Of Black Girlhood EP (Apr-22)
  26. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS Toward the Fray LP (Jan-22)
  27. KNWLXDGEControl SINGLE (Dec-22)
  29. LETTUCEUnify LP (Jun-22)
  30. WILLIAM DUSAN Everyday SINGLE (Jun-22)


Colorado is known for world class jazz, strange as that might sound. Colorado is also known historically for world class vocal jazz. Denver native Dianne Reeves has earned five Grammy Awards and an honorary Doctorate from Julliard for her work in that genre.

Boulder based Rare Silk earned two Grammy nominations for their vocalese / vocal jazz in the early ’80s, and Lannie Garrett blessed area stages into the 21st century with her torch and big band jazz stylizations.

MaryLynn Gillaspie started out with Rare Silk, a vocal quartet that she, her sister Gaile and Marguerite Juneman formed in the late seventies as a trio to sing songs influenced by and in the style of swing-era acts like the Andrews Sisters. Their debut, New Weave, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Vocal–Duo or Group category. Rare Silk ended their run in 1988.

MaryLynn Gillaspie wouldn’t be heard from again until 2012, when she began showing up with local Boulder/Denver musicians, sitting in for a song or two. That gave her the confidence to step into the studio, twenty-five years after Rare Silk ended.

Here’s a collection of songs MaryLynn has recorded since re-emerging in the scene a decade ago.

Secret Language (2022)

To be honest, with the exception of the standards, Dolphin Dance and Fly Me to the Moon, I knew almost nothing about the rest of the songs on the album. They could have all been self-penned for all I knew before opening it up and reading about it.

Fortunately, I listened without any real bias that way – it was a clean listen. And then I looked to see who wrote what.

It’s a shame really that I can’t find any liner notes. It would be nice to see who played what on each track. Based on the bits and pieces I have been able to collect, the notes read like a who’s who of Denver/Boulder talent, produced by Grammy winning Boulder composer and producer Kip Keupper at Coupe Studios.

Dophin Dance is a genuine joy. MaryLynn took the Herbie Hancock tune and wrote an original set of lyrics and a vocal melody for it. She also penned an original set of lyrics to Pat Metheny‘s (It’s Just) Talk. Not limited to being inspired by and influenced by jazz (old or new), MaryLynn turned to King Crimson‘s 1981 album Discipline for an utterly original retelling of Matte Kudasai.

As it stands now, on May 15 2022, MaryLynn’s return to full length “vinyl” (euphemistically speaking) is the stand out jazz album of the year from Colorado. It’s great to hear that voice again after more than THIRTY-FIVE years.

CP S15:EP42 2021

Monday Oct 18, 2021 – The first task when I get up and pour coffee on Monday morning is to sit down and write out the Monday morning blog post. Typically, I scan headlines and my FB newsfeed.

Today’s feed was a sad reminder that a) COVID is still killing people, even those who have been vaccinated, and b) that despite COVID, “…we think this lasts forever … it doesn’t; forgive, love and be good to one another.”

That quote was the last line in a post by Colorado Music Hall of Fame musician and educator Chris Daniels, informing us that veteran Kings bassist Kevin “Bro” Lege is in the ICU at St. Anthony’s, “…getting amazing care …but the outlook is not great.”

Chris didn’t indicate the reason for “Bro’s” condition, but we do know that former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away last night from complications related to COVID.

As Chris Daniels reminds us, “…we think this lasts forever …it doesn’t; forgive, love and be good to one another.”



If you’re accustomed to using http://www.kafmradio.org, you need to change it to www.kafmgj.org. The station’s servers were hacked last week.

Community radio exists because of the support from listeners like you! Please help keep public radio on the air by becoming a sustaining member. See your local community radio station website for more information.

The Colorado Playlist & 105.5 The Colorado Sound Present

The Great Salmon Famine – Aggie Theater – Saturday Oct 30
Dragondeer – Globe Hall – Sunday Oct 31 – featuring 1 set of Dragondeer originals and 1 set of Velvet Underground classics
The Gasoline Lollipops Aggie Theater – Friday Nov 26

“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 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.

  2. THE VELVETEERS – Nightmare Daydream LP (Oct-21)
  3. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside SINGLE (Sep-21)
  4. LITTLE TRIPS Downhill to Paradise LP (Oct-21)
  5. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Dancin’ Around My Grave SINGLE (Jul-21)

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

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


Serving Cedaredge, Colorado for 20 years


Chicago Darlin’ Dear – Chicago VI (1973)
Firefall You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(N) Nathaniel Rateliff & the NightsweatsLove Don’t – The Future (2022)

Whippoorwill Cold Sound – The Nature of Storms (2020)
Leftover SalmonGulf of Mexico – Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
David William’s Trickster CarouselFreak – Snake Oil (2021)
Morsel Sandy Cheeks – Morsel (2021)
Yonder Mountain String BandAngel – Yonder Mountain String Band (2006)
The Samples Radio Song – Return To Earth (2001)
(N) Solohawk I Can’t Forget – Radio Waves and Your Movies (2021)

The RemindersDust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
High Road HomeRunning Kind – Outrun the Seasons (2020)
Blumer Haus Ode To Brubeck – Boy Meets Groove (2021)


Rick DerringerRock and Roll Hootchie Koo – All American Boy (1973)
Joe WalshMidnight Visitor – Barnstorm (1972)
(D) The Unindicted Co-ConspiratorsTo Catch A Thief – Colfax Confidential (2021)

Robert ShredfordQueen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
SUCH The Real Thing – Wide Nose, Full Lips (2019)
Eddie TurnerDignify Me – Change In Me (2021)
A.J. FullertonI Cried – The Forgiver and the Runaway (2021)
Chuck PyleColorado – Camel Rock (1995)
Drew EmmittGypsy In My Soul – Long Road (2008)
(N) Jaguar StevensMagic House Drama – Jaguar Stevens (2021)

The Patti FiascoElvis – Small Town Lights (2013)
Sugar MoonGreat Divide – Special Shade of Blue (2020)
Keith OxmanRocktober Song – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)


%d bloggers like this: