CP S12 EP45 2018

Monday Nov 26, 2018 – Did you eat too much?  Over the weekend since last Thursday I read we gain over 2lbs at this time of year. I’m still in recovery mode myself. Best way I know of mitigating that is to go out and experience all that Colorado has to offer at this time of year – including, but not exclusively, Colorado music.  There are some great shows coming up over the next few weeks.


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

FOR MORE GREAT SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG

Join me for 3 more shows with my band in 2018
GOATZ! acoustic – 3 shows…
Sat, Dec 8 at Coal Mine Ave Brewing (Littleton)
Sun, Dec 9 at the Black Buzzard (Denver)
Fri, Dec 14 TRIO at City Star Brewing (Berthoud)


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

As I scoured the inter-webs this past few weeks I came across a review of a “new” player in the scene = Davey Daydream.  He’s not really new.  He moved here to study at CU Boulder from NJ in 2008.  Formerly a bass player and lead singer in bands that did everything from straight ahead pop-punk to experimental prog-rock and a coffee shop singer songwriter, he’s included DJing and producing with elements of EDM and Hip-hop into his repertoire.    A breakout show in Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins could set Davey up as an artist to watch for in 2019 and beyond.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

Don’t forget to let me know if there’s something I should be playing on the show.  I scour Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp to find you the freshest new music from around the state – hope you’ll help out by voting to KEEP or DELETE the new music shares in the MMMM each week.

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Penny for Your Thoughts” from Love It For What It Is (1991)
(D) Lucas Wolf “Horizon” from Falling Into Place (2019)


Tennis “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” from Yours Conditionally (2017)
Wood Brothers “Singin’ to Strangers” from Paradise (2015)
(N) Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs “Queen City Junkies” from Half-Expected Hearbreak (2018)


Magic Music “Bright Sun Bright Rain” from The Magic Music Movie – 40 Years In the Making (2018)
from SHEL (2012)
Katie Herzig “I Will Follow” from Apple Tree (2008)
Andy Ard “Here Comes Another Good Time” from Like That EP (2018)
(N) Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics “See You Again” from From the Sea (2019)  

Jeff Finlin “Babylon” from The Guru In The Girl (2017)
Coral Creek “Mountain High” from Coral Creek (2015)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “I Want to Dance, Dance, Dance” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
(D) Plutinos “So Long” from Plutinos (2019)  


Brent Cowles “9th & Lafayette” from Cold Times (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Kaitlyn Williams “Rain” from Sunset (2019)


Analog Son “Ugly Mug” from Funky Mother (2018)
The Samples “Young & Free” from Rehearsing for Life (2005)
Leftover Salmon “Sing Up to the Moon” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
(D) Boss Eagle “Baby” from The Firebird Album (2018)  

Churchill “Made a List” from Change EP (2012)
The Still Tide “Give Me Time” from Run Out EP (2017)
Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

CP S12 EP41 2018

 Monday Oct 29 2018 Well, that’s it.  October is in the books, and with it the 2018 new release year.  It’s been an exciting year of music – and now it’s time to start working on what records will be considered among the best of the past year.  Be looking for upcoming polls and posts with your chance to vote.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Mortenson and Harrison Goodale, the principles behind Sustain Music & Nature, an amazing organization that recently invited the Burroughs to participate in in Songscapes.  Here’s our chat:  


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Covenhoven  at Swallow Hill Music (Denver) Fri, Nov 9

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

Wildermiss with Silver & Gold and Ivory Circle at the Downtown Artery (Fort Collins) Friday, November 9


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Anyone doubting that the Album of the Year is for 2018?  Oh, and have you heard of Nathaniel’s new candy bar?

“A Little Honey” Handcrafted Chocolate with Honey, Blood Orange, and Marigold

“Inspired by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ “A Little Honey”, this limited edition craft chocolate is a fundraising collaboration between The Marigold Project, Small Batch America, and Fruition Chocolate Works. Made with 74% dark heirloom Costa Rican cacao, organic honey, blood orange, and marigold petals. Packaged in a letterpress sleeve.

Proceeds from ‘A Little Honey’ will benefit The Marigold Project and Denver Urban Garden’s work to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens. DUG knows that in order to make lasting change, the community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of their urban gardens and farms have been started and led by local residents. They currently have over 170 gardens in six counties in the Metro Denver Area.”


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation, Spotify or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP41

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

The Samples “Could It Be Another Change” from Samples (1990)
(N) New Mexican “Broken Horse” from Take It On Our Shoulders (2018) 

King Cardinal “Seventeen” from Great Lakes (2017)
Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
(N) Mojomama “The Big Easy” from Red White And Blues (2018) 
Slopeside “Saratoga” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Flobots “Run (Run Run Run)” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Paul Kimbiris “Song of Summer” from May Day EP (2018)
FY5 “White Colored Pencil” from The Way These Things Go (2018)
Monocle Band “Medicine” from The Clearing (2017)
Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
Keith Oxman “Brothers, Michael and Jean-Marc” from East of the Village (2017)

HOUR 2

Zuba “Universal” from The New Cruelty (1996)
(D) Andy Eppler “Whistles in the Darkness” (2018)  

A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Burroughs “Step into the Music” from Step Into the Music (2018)
(D) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers “End Of Our Lives” from Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)  
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Detonator” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
The Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

CP S12 EP38 2018

 Monday Oct 8 2018 – A special announcement for my NoCO fans — 88.9FM KRFC Fort Collins has added another two hours of the Colorado Playlist on Saturdays from 4PM-6PM.  And if you miss that, you can hear it again on Thursday mornings from 6AM-8AM.  See the Stations and Times page for a full listing.

I’ve been asked a gazillion times if there is a way to stream the show.  COMING SOON – 105.5 The Colorado Sound will be archiving highlights of shows at their website.  Watch for details.

WOMEN CRUSH MUSIC is a nonprofit organization that works with rising women songwriters by hosting showcases, workshops & networking events in now 12 chapters, and 15 cities across the country. They announced the official launch of their Denver/Boulder Chapter WITH A SHOWCASE ON OCT 14TH AT THE MERCURY CAFÉ IN DENVER  lead by new Chapter Leader, Britt Margit featuring Denver artists Sassfactory, Sister Neapolitan, and Mirrors & Lights.


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Covenhoven  at Swallow Hill Music (Denver) Fri, Nov 9

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

Wildermiss with Silver & Gold and Ivory Circle at the Downtown Artery (Fort Collins) Friday, November 9


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


 

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP38

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

Acoustic Junction (Fool’s Progress) “Shack (With A Satellite)” from Fool’s Progress (1997)
(D) Magnolia North “Going Where” from Magnolia North (2018)  


Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts “High Life” from Shovel Full of Coal (2017)
Wood Brothers “Snake Eyes” from Paradise (2015)
(D) Taylor Shae “Nunavit” (2018) 

Paul DeHaven “No Gold” from King of Gold (2018)
Michael Trent “Bad Luck” from The Winner (2010)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Mother’s Daughter” from Always Say Please and Thank You (2000)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Fever” from I Make My Own Luck (2018)
(D) Float Like A Buffalo “She Don’t Care” (2017)  
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “everything about you” from Black Beehive (2014)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra” from Cleopatra (2016)
Analog Son “CTI” from Funky Mother (2018)

HOUR 2

Sherri Jackson “Maple Tree” from Sherri Jackson (1997)
(N) P-Nuckle “Broke” from Voiceless (2018)
Kyle Emerson “Post-Egomania” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Yawpers “Faith and Good Judgement” from American Man (2015)
(N) Cary Morin “Lay Baby Lay” from When I Rise (2018)
Leftover Salmon “Show Me Something Higher” from Something Higher (2018)
The Soul Thieves “Every Day” from Microphone In the Sugarbowl (2000)
Love 45 “Super Hero” from Into The Ether (2009)
Joe Johnson “Snakeskin Dress” from Morgantown (2018)
(N) Gregory Alan Isakov “Dark, Dark, Dark” from Evening Machines (2018)  


Tennis “Never Work for Free” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Annie Booth “Queen bee” from Wanderlust (2014)

CP S12 EP33 2018

MONDAY SEPT 3, 2018 – Happy Labor Day.  We’re getting pretty close to the end of the 2018 release year, which runs November 2017 through Oct 2018.  So we have about three months until I begin tabulating your votes for the Best of show at the end of the year and the Fan Poll for the year.  By the time we get to the end of the “new model” year, I will have shared nearly 300 new tracks with you from here in Colorado.

Contenders for this year’s BEST OF include new and or upcoming new titles from mainstays and obvious contenders such as DeVotchka, Gregory Alan Isakov and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats as well as up and comers  like Oxeye Daisey and Gingerbomb.  Your votes matter, so don’t forget to let me know whether to KEEP or DELETE in the MMMM below.

Debuts this week include new and/or upcoming new releases from alt-rockers Augustus and CITRA – and Americana/alt-country from Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs.  There’s also a new cut from the previously debuted David Starr albumSouth and West.”


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

NEW ARTIST ALERT:  well, she’s not exactly a new artist, but she is relatively new to Colorado.  Turns out award winning NYC vagabond musician/painter Elli Perry has at least temporarily settled down in Fort Collins.  The music video for her song “Burn The River Down” won the award for Best Sound at the New York Independent Film Festival in May.  She’s been in Fort Collins since February according to sources there, and it’s rumored she may be interested in staying a while… as in set down some roots in our Colorado music scene.

NEW TIMES UPDATE

  • 88.9FM KRFC Fort Collins has moved the show from Saturday night at 8PM to Thursday mornings from 6-8AM.
  • KSUT Ignacio/Durango has added HR1 of the show and moved the time from 7PM Saturday nights to 10PM-12AM Saturday nights

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP33

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Hillbilly Hellcats “Rockinest Cat In Town” from Our Brand (1998)
Electric Swingset “TV” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(N) David Starr “Maybe You’re Not the One” from South and West (2018)

SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “What a Day” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Bob Rea “The Law” from Southbound (2018)
RL Cole & the Hell You Say “Mary” (2018)
Churchill “War Within” from War Within EP (2013)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Oxeye Daisy “Where Your Mind Goes” from Oxeye Daisy (2018)
(D) Echoes In Reverie “Now, Cut the Hesitation” from Echoes in Reverie (2018)
Edison “Take Me Home” from Lion’s Heart EP (2018)
Garrett Sayers Trio “Diatribe” from Thinkbox (2017)

HOUR 2

Acoustic Junction “Whereabouts Unknown” from Acoustic Junction (1996)
(D) Augustus “I Got Something for That” (2018)

 

Kyle Emerson “In My Mind” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Blue Rider “Lightning” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
(D) Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs “Already Yours” from Half-Expected Hearbreak (2018)

The SIR Band “Wading” from So Cold (2018)
Paul Galaxy & the Galatix “Road Dog” from Slingshot (2004)
Sixteen Horsepower “Single Girl” from Folklore (2002)
Ivory Circle “See You Through the Stars” from Scalene EP (2018)
(N) CITRA “That’s What She Said” from Mr Copacetic EP (2018)  
Wildermiss “Keep It Simple” from Lost With You (2017)
Paul Kimbiris “Song of Summer” from May Day EP (2018)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Happy Together” from The Arrival (2015)

CP S12 EP28 2018

Just a short note this week.  It’s summer.  We have family in town from New Jersey for ten days.  Gonna make sure we treat them to as much as we can of what CO is all about – including bands, beers, bud and booze.  And grand views, Grand Lake, South Park and Red Rocks of course.

This week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) below has new music for you to vote on from Darren Garvey (Elephant of Revival), Devotchka, the Lumineers, John Grant (the Czars) and Westword Music Showcase Award Winner RL Cole & the Hell You Say.

Next week’s show is already in the can.  It’s a mid-summer review of some of the best of the Colorado Playlist for 2018.  Enjoy.  Hopefully I’ll be back in time for next week’s post.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Jen Korte with her band “the Loss” just won the Westword Music Showcase Award for best folk artist for 2018.  In the meantime Jen is also establishing herself as FAR MORE than folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, indie or any other style outside of metal, punk, country or blues with her latest offering called Lady Gang.

From the website:  ABOUT: ​Lady Gang was given a small loop pedal in 2014 and found herself quickly  falling down the rabbit hole of live looping and beat creation. Empowered by her electric guitar, her voice, a beat machine, and her loop pedal, LADY GANG fuses elements of hip hop and indie rock to create  a sound rich with originality and skill.

…she has been seen in and around Denver as a solo artist as well as a collaborator in Denver’s hip hop scene both as a vocalist and guitarist for Def Knock and through her partnership with Denver’s best MC of 2017, Kitty Crimes, as Nasty Twin.  She has been seen opening the stage for Too Short, The Pharcyde, Mac Lethal and Wax.

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP28

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Gerard McMahon “Hello Operator” from Gerard (1976)
Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” from The Best of (1974)
(N) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Fever” from I Make My Own Luck (2018)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Tell Me Daddy” from Tangled Road Again (2013)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
(N) Darren Garvey “First of the Year” from Heart Attack Sleeves ep (2018)  

Strangebyrds “Star Crossed Lovers” from Star Crossed Lovers (2018)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Great American Taxi “A.M. Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Mojomama “Lazy river” from Red White and Blues (2018)
(D) John Grant “Love Is Magic” from Love Is Magic (2018)

piKziL “Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Wildermiss “Keep it Simple” (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Alpha Centauri “Hard Life” from Alpha Centauri (1977)
(D) Devotchka “Straight Shot” from This Night Falls Forever (2018)

The Motet “the Truth” from Totem (2016)
(D) The Lumineers “Scotland” from C-Sides (2018)

Brent Cowles “How to Be Okay Alone” from How To Be OK Alone (2018)
Dressy Bessy “Call if Even” from Electrified (2005)
Michael Trent “Tell The Truth” from The Winner (2010)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Coolin’ Out (f Lucius)” from Tearing At The Seams (2018)
(D) RL Cole & the Hell You Say “Mary” from Mary (2018)

The Patti Fiasco “Days Gone By” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Oxeye Daisy “Where Your Mind Goes” from Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Keith Oxman “Breeze (Blow My Baby Back)” from East of the Village (2017)

CP S12 EP21 2018

Weeks like this don’t come around too often.  It’s with a tremendous amount of gratitude that I announce the addition of  the Music Programs at Bohemian Foundation as the new sponsor of the Colorado Playlist – including the Music District, the Historic Armory, and Washington’s Fort Collins.

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community. An effective way to build community connections is by coming together to create and enjoy music.

Coming June 17 for a special Father’s Day show = Sierra Hull, a Nashville star on the rise, with Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist Jacob Jolliffe and his band.  Tix etc at www.armoryfoco.com

I’m pretty honored this week to present a Colorado Playlist premiere.  In case you missed the show on the radio airwaves around the state, I presented the premiere of a new Katey Laurel track, Daydream, off her upcoming new EP of the same name dropping on June 26.

Katey has been among my favorite adult contemporary artists in the scene for many years.  Throughout her career she’s exemplified what it means to be a professional – approaching both her song-craft and business with the highest standards, and along the way earning considerable praise and accolades in not only our scene but nationally as well.  Check out her bio.

I was absolutely blown away this weekend when I opened my email and got the message that Head for the Hills was moving forward with a new sound, and a new lineup.  The newest member, Sam (mandolin) is leaving the band and original founding members, Adam, Joe and Matt have decided on keeping it going after 15 years – and embracing sounds far outside their core bluegrass sound it seems, at least based on the video below recorded live at their annual Pickin On the Poudre show at the Mishawaka.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP21

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Dusty Drapes & the Dusters “Talkin’ Boogie” from The Red Album (1981)
(N) Brent Cowles “The Fold” from How To Be OK Alone (2018)


Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
(D) Mojomama “Lazy River” from Red White and Blues (2018) 


Leftover Salmon “Places” from Something Higher (2018)
Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
String Cheese Incident “Let’s Go Outside” from Song In My Head (2015)
(D) Katey Laurel “Daydream” from Daydream (2018)


Edison “Civil War” from Familiar Spirit (2016)
Head for The Hills “Telling Me Lies” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Paa Kow “Meetu Ehum” from Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

Rare Silk “American Eyes” from American Eyes (1985)
(D) Jenny Shawhan “Trouble” (2018)


Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Plum “Behind Your Man” from Behind Your Man (2015)
(D) Broken Land “Black and Blue” from Black and Blue (2018)


Wildermiss “Keep it Simple” (2017)
Blue Canyon Boys “Up on the Hill” from Next Go ‘Round (2012)
Otis Taylor “Banjo Boogie Blues” from Otis Taylor’s Contraband (2012)
(D) SunSquabi “Caterpillar” (2018)


Esme Patterson “Feel Right” from We Were Wild (2016)
Jeff Jenkins “Heavy Eddie” from The Arrival (2015)



June 9 – Laughing Goat (Boulder)
June 12 – Chris K solo at Your Mom’s House (Denver)
June 23 – The Pioneer Inn (Nederland)

Colorado Playlist – BEST OF 2017

Every year I look at what Colorado music is getting plays at stations around the state.  I get feedback from music and program directors, and djs – along with others in the scene and YOU – to come up with what I think is the SOME of the best of the Colorado Playlist for the year.

2017 was a great year for the Colorado Playlist, finishing up 11 years on the air. Thanks to the network of incredible stations that broadcast the show statewide across some 23 FM frequencies… making it the MOST HEARD Colorado music show in Colorado radio history (see list of stations, frequencies and times ) and to our charter supporters – the Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre and Oskar Blues, without whom this show would not be possible.

It is always my hope that you discover a new personal favorite from here at home. Over the years we’ve seen some incredible talent rise up out of our state.  It seems like it happens every year now.


FAN POLL 2017 TOP 10

Our Fan Poll this year was wild.  There were 120 titles to vote on this year, an increase of 40 titles from 2016.  Fans of TiffanyChristopher and Pint & A Half aka Duke and Tami Sheppard waged a pretty fun battle to see who was going to rally.  Pint & A Half’s fans came out on top.

An interesting takeaway was the number of bluegrass and folk inspired bands that rolled up into the TOP 10 of Fan Favs … 5 of the TOP 10 … enjoy.

01. Pint & A Half: Duke and Tami SheppardBoomtown Ghosts

02. Tiffany ChristopherTremendous Heart

03. South to CedarsSunny State

04. The Lonesome DaysThe Lonesome Days

05. Deep Pocket ThievesFate

06. That Damn SasquatchSing My Song

07. AvenhartAvenhart

08. Michael Morrow & The CulpritsRaucous

09. MLIMAMLIMA

10. Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint HighballBourbon & Milk


CP S11 EP50

BEST OF 2017

HOUR 1

Francis and the Wolf “Call of the Wild” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) — Recommended if you like Springsteen or the late Tom Petty.  Based out of the Boulder/Longmont area, this band broke on the scene in a big way leading up to Bolder Boulder last spring.  Expect a new album out in 2018 – hopefully in time for the summer festival season.


Slow Caves “Glares” from Desert Minded (2016) They call themselves synth-punk.  If they had come out in 1981 they would have been called New Wave.  The band got signed to an indie deal with  Cincinnati-based Old Flame Records, performed at Boise’s lauded, Treefort Festival and Austins’ SXSW, and released their Old Flame debut Desert Minded-EP on March 10, 2017.


My Blue Sky “Kick off Them Shoes” from My Blue Sky (2017) – I’m going to have to admit to a certain artistic bias here. MBS is known as the state’s #1 Allman Brothers tribute band.  Gregg Allman‘s final album, Southern Blood is my pick for Album of the Year (outside of Colorado).  The band backed the likes of the iconic blues artist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), as well as  Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Castro, Dany Franchi, and Kara Grainger in 2017!

The Hustle Kings “For What It’s Worth (Again)” from Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (2017) – This song is a personal pick for BEST of 2017.  This new version, that features the production and harmonica of Colorado award winning blues artist Dan Treanor is a testament to the idea of timelessness – a song as politically potent today as it was in 1968.

Grant Sabin & the Juke Joint Highball “Homesick” from Bourbon & Milk (2017) For Bourbon & Milk, Colorado Springs bluesman, a protege of the late John-Alex Mason, enlists the aid of Southern Colorado Americana/country-folk singer-songwriter Joe Johnson on rhythm guitar and Kevin Ott on drums to produce what is undoubtedly one of the best blues albums of 2017.

Cary Morin “Laid Back” from Cradle to the Grave (2017) Cradle to the Grave is the final episode in a string of acoustic folk-blues releases over the past several years by longtime Fort Collins music icon Cary Morin and one that has garnered him considerable praise across the country, as he spent what seems like most of the year on the road.  Expect a FULL BAND (read: electric) record from Cary in 2018.

Otis Taylor “Twelve String Mile” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2017) There’s not much I can say about Otis that hasn’t been said a gazillion times.  He is a Colorado legacy artist, and one of the most prolific over the past twenty years.  On his latest he continues to advance what he calls trance-blues – and continues to reflect on the trauma of being black – from the past to the present.

Flobots “Carousel” from No Enemies (2017) Flobots have never shied away from political activism and on No Enemies they espouse a world view that is as much about community as it is the issues that divide us.  Stripped down to a much tighter rap-rock production, the album also features Denver’s gospel singers Spirit of Grace, and community youth group the 303 Choir.

Andy Palmer “Black Moses (Harriet Tubman)” from The Switch (2017) – Andy Palmer is a heavy weight who displays a subtle touch of austerity on his third full length – co-written with Amberly Chalberg.  On The Switch Andy seems to reach to the past and folk icons like Woody Guthrie and Greenwich Village activist Dave Van Ronk, not in style, but in substance – as Andy continues to reflect on justice and injustice and calls up the spirit of Harriet Tubman among others.


Trout Steak Revival “Spirit” from Spirit to the Sea (2017) On their fourth release over the past eight years the Emmy Award winning and Westword Bluegrass Band of 2017 rips with articulate and virtuoso artistry, turning their bluegrass roots towards more mystical coloring, exemplified by the stunning album cover and songs like Spirit, with each of the five members taking a turn on vocals throughout the album.


The Railsplitters “Everyone She Meets” from Jump In (2017) The Railsplitters are destroying what it means to be bluegrass – investing themselves in directions that strangle the traditional and hug the inevitable evolution of the style. Vocalist Lauren Stovall is enticing, a siren encouraging us to “jump in” and be enveloped by instruments focused on where the style is leading us … far away from its origins.

Keith Oxman “A Vaunt Guard” from East of the Village (2017) – Due to its spontaneity I’ve always found jazz to best be enjoyed in an intimate setting in a small room with a good Malbec. On his ninth album for the Colorado based Capri Jazz, tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman directs a soulful organ based trio featuring Jeff Jenkins (B3) and Todd Reid (drums) … on a record where six of the ten tracks are first takes – a feat in itself.

HOUR 2

Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017). Being a taxi, GAT has had one driver (Chad Staehly) and several passengers including original founding member Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Todd Snider and others. On this latest effort, produced by Tim Carbone, the lineup includes Coloradoan Arthur Lee Land on guitars and vocals.

Kyle Emerson “Post-Egomania” from Dorothy Alice (2017) Nostalgic retro-based music doesn’t always work.  Too often it appears as a thin shadow of the core influences it’s drawn from.  Exceptions in Colorado over the years have included the Apples In Stereo early albums shaped after Pet Sounds era Beach Boys.  Enter Kyle Emerson who shows us the depths of the influences he draws on, without being mundane.


Petals of Spain “Daydream” from Daydream (2017) Petals of Spain has proven to be one of the most enigmatic outfits in our scene over the past several years.  They have no website, only one review written about them since 2013 and they don’t seem to be an active live performance band – nonetheless they brought forth one of the most lushly produced and musically sophisticated pop records of 2017.


The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017) The Still Tide put out one of my TOP 5 favorite releases of 2017, based on the number of times I put a song in the show, and the rotation of Colorado releases played in my convertible sports car as I cruised around the twists and turns in the mountains this past summer.  Engineer/drummer Joe Richmond’s (Churchill, Tennis, Brent Cowles) rhythms and production along with Jacob Miller‘s guitar and Nate Meese’s consistent bass playing works in bringing out a luminous quality in multi-instrumentalist Anna Morsett‘s singing and songwriting.


Face Vocal  Band “Back and Forth” from Big Time EP (2017) – When a band sells 7000 seats at Red Rocks on a Sunday (Aug 6), with no outside promotion, a day after performing a free festival event in the market – then proceeds to set a Red Rocks record for most albums sold by a single band at a single show – and THEN donates OVER $30,000 to Colorado public schools for music education – damned well straight they make my BEST of Colorado 2017.  #micdrop

A.J. Fullerton “Oh, Frustration” from Kalamath (2017) At the 2017 Colorado Blues Society  “Members’ Choice Awards” A.J. won an unprecedented 8 awards for:  Best Guitarist – Best Solo/Duo – Best Band – Best Male Vocals – Best Slide Guitar – Best Songwriter – Best Acoustic Act – Best Local Recording (“Kalamath”) .. ADD Best of the Colorado Playlist 2017.  A.J. is as much one of our top blues players as he is one of our most outstanding up and coming singer-songwriters.


Tiffany Christopher “Somewhere Behind the Sun” from Tremendous Heart (2017) #2 Fan Poll Favorite 2017 (see above)

Pint & A Half “Drive Drive Drive” from Boomtown Ghosts (2017) #1 Fan Poll Favorite 2017 (see above)

Brent Cowles “Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)” from Cold Times (2017) I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to say I think Colorado Springs native Brent Cowles (pronounced Coals) is well on his way to being as much a household name among Colorado music fans as Nathaniel Rateliff or the Lumineers.  Working with members of the Still Tide on his debut, and on stage, Brent got signed to Dine Alone Records, (Dashboard Confessional,  Jimmy Eat World) and came out with one of the most invigorating singalong releases of the year.

Gasoline Lollipops “Love is Free” from Resurrection (2016) Gasoline Lollipops has been one of the most celebrated and talked about up and coming bands in our region during 2017 – performing at Red Rocks, and embarking on their first European tour, while raising funds and recording and releasing a 2018 album in December (Soul Mine).  Resurrection received copious spins at radio around the state – but no more than what they received thanks to stations like KRFC (Fort Collins) and 105.5 The Colorado Sound (NoCO).

Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns, Vol. 1 (2017) Blues With Horns, Vol 1 is the third album by Chris Daniels (Colorado Music Hall of Fame) & the Kings featuring former Freddi Henchi Band founding member Freddi “Love” Gowdy.  The album also features former Estes Park resident Sonny Landreth on slide guitar and John Magnie (Subdudes) on keyboards.

I’ve been playing Chris’ records on various radio stations in NoCO for as long as I can remember going back to the late 80s. This is, by far, the highest charting record of the band’s illustrious career since launching in the early 80s.  National Contemporary Roots Music Report Top 50 Radio Singles Chart “Sweet Memphis” # 1 (October 14) …

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Damaged One” from New World Arisin’ (2017) ALBUM OF THE YEAR – I’ve been a BHTM album fan since their self released 1989 “Another Mayberry.”  Over the years the band has slipped around various styles, best evidenced by their blues releases as Big Head Blues Club, and albums like Black Beehive and Rocksteady where they toyed with reggae, pop and soul grooves.

If any of us were expecting more of the same from one of Colorado’s most legendary legacy bands we were in store for a HUGE surprise, as the band dove straight down to the depths of their loudest, most raucous rock album of their 30+ year career …an album they teased us with one single at a time for a year before dropping a ten ton load of Boulder rock on us all at once late in 2017 – good thing too cuz I don’t think we could have withstood the crush all at one time.

Garrett Sayers Trio “Diatribe” from Thinkbox (2017) Jazz means different things to different ears.  In the case of the Garrett Sayers Trio, it’s a trip into funk, hip-hop and electronica with an overflowing abundance of intricate arrangements.  The genre bending arrangements, sans any vocals, is at once as accessible as it is mind boggling – a delightful listen – especially late at night when deep thought and introspection is a desired exercise.