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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP38

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.



A RARE REVIEW

A disclaimer:  One of the many things I do is service Colorado records to Colorado media, and municipal agencies that put on seasonal (summer) concerts and festivals, and I also book a few here and there.

I’ve known Andy Sydow for several years now. He enlisted my help to get his debut EP out a few years ago.  Recently he advanced me his upcoming new album, Reasons for Departure, due out early in 2018 that I’ve spent many hours listening on my car stereo the past couple of weeks.

Andy has been among the region’s most respected up and coming young musicians; a multi-instrumentalist, who excels as much on slide guitar as his boogie-woogie blues piano chops.  He’s played in support of the likes of Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, Chris Duarte, Tinsley Ellis and others …and appeared at esteemed events and venues such as Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Andy and I have spent many wonderful hours together discussing music – his as well as that of some of his favorite songwriters. Andy’s favorite artists are guys like Jackie Green and Anders Osborne, who he’s opening for on New Year’s Eve at the Caribou Room in Nederland (congrats Andy!)

Some of my favorite singer-songwriters from my generation are guys like Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, and Dan Fogelberg.  Add in elements of what I hear as Cat Stevens, and you begin to catch a bit of what I hear in Andy’s new album.

Reasons for Departure is absolutely beautifully produced by Chris Daniels, whose home studio is where a great deal of Andy’s album was recorded. Chris spent considerable time honing Andy’s vocal performances on this record – which along with the splendid songwriting is what really stands out.

Songs like Reasons for DepartureLonely LoveHearts Go On and Who I Want To Be showcase a songwriter, and singer, ready and able to share airtime with his – and my – favorites from across the generations.

I can’t share it with you yet, but I will say that when people do get it in their ears it will open up tremendous opportunities in Andy’s career and grow his fanbase considerably.

Much love my friend – I can’t wait to share this one with my listeners throughout Colorado.



 VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Sometimes it’s hard to define “Colorado” music .. is a band or artist who once lived here a part of what has defined our sound?  Is a band made up of members from around the country, but where at least one of them is from Colorado a “Colorado band?”  What if a record is made here?  Does that make it Colorado?  Hmmmm…. ponders goat.

Strawberry Fields came about in Denver in 2013, forged out of the pop-punk band Mega Gem.  In 2016, the band appeared at Red Rocks and the Underground Music Showcase in Denver.

Since forming S.R.  principle artist Emi Night has moved to the Eastern Seaboard.  The new EP was recorded in Evergreen, but mixed and mastered elsewhere, as so many Colorado records are.

I’m adding this one to the Colorado Playlist collection ….



I often wonder who’s paying attention – ya know?  I’m curious, how old are you?  How often do you go out to a show NOT at Red Rocks or the Pepsi Center?


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 available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP38

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

HOUR 1

Super Band “Acid Indigestion” from Psychedelic States: Colorado in the Sixties (2007)
The Trolls “That’s the Way My Love Is”  (1969)
(D) Anitra Carr “She Ain’t Me” from 2017 (2017)


Shaley Scott “Style” from Rescue Me (2015)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Gasoline Lollipops “Soul Mine” from Soul Mine (2017)
Retrofette “Skeletons” (2017)
Sixteen Horsepower “Outlaw Song” from Folklore (2002)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
(D) Monocle Band “Medicine” from The Clearing (2017)


Young Ancients “Going Back to Tulsa (Tulsa)” from Fishstory (2015)
John Weeks Band “Closer to Home” from Dark Angel (2017)
(N) Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

The Astronauts “Movin’” from Surf Series: With the Astronauts (1964)
The Chandells “We Are the Ones” from We Are the Ones (1967)
(D) Vincent Colbert “Dark Days” from Dark Days EP (2017) 


Grim & Darling “Congratulations World” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Selasee and the Fafa Family “Time for Peace” from Time for Peace (2015)
(D) The Sparrow and the Fall “Light In the Darkness” from Close At Hand (2017)
High Fiction “Dynamite (feat Ron Miles)” from To Whom It May Concern (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “All the Love You Need” from All the Love You Need (2008)
Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)
(N) Richard Dean “Killin’ Boots” from Vignettes (2017)


Rose Quartz “medicine” from Axis of Love (2015)
James Egbert & Nina Storey “Sound System” from Friction (2017)
Space Orphan “Meeting Spot” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)



NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)



 

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP37

So much going on.  I took some much needed vacation time last week, and visited Durango/Mesa Verde with my girlfriend.  While there we attended the 3rd annual iammusicfest which also hosted the Colorado Music Summit put on by the Music District and Colorado Creative Industries.

Much love to the incredible musicians who took part, including Foxfeather, Chimney Choir, Euforquestra, Hello Dollface, Paa Kow and others.

“…musicians work several jobs to make ends meet. If we can help them increase their quality of life, that’s a good thing for everybody.”— Margaret Hunt, CCI

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.

That statement from Margaret at Colorado Creative Industries carries considerable meaning for me, and is very much a part of the underlying mission of Rocky Mountain Music Relief.

Since launching, following the hurricane that affected Houston, and from which our mission originated, many legacy Colorado musicians and venues have contributed to the cause, with much more to come.

If you’d like to contribute to helping professional working musicians affected by natural disasters in the US, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico please reach out via the website.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Many of our friends do not know about VuHaus, and the efforts that they and a handful of Colorado radio stations have made to elevate Colorado music to an international audience.
From VuHaus.org:  “VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization comprised of public media’s leading Music Discovery stations… that introduces emerging and established artists to new audiences.

Through a website and mobile app, VuHaus aggregates performance videos and interviews from leading “Music Discovery” public radio stations from markets across the U.S.

Unique video channels will include nationally curated playlists, local market playlists, and custom playlists from artists and others. VuHaus will also live video stream concerts and events through our partner stations.By creating exposure for these acts, VuHaus provides a unique window into the country’s most vibrant music scenes.”

Here’s a link to some videos curated by Colorado radio stations, including 105.5 The Colorado Sound, 88.9 KRFC (Fort Collins), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango), KVNF (Paonia), KSJD (Mancos) and KRCC (Colorado Springs).

Thanks to the Mishawaka Amphitheatre and KindDub for including my band GOATZ! in the offerings this month.


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 available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP37

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

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “Face the Fire” from Phoenix (1980)
(D) Paa Kow “African Lady” from Cookpot (2017)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
SHEL “The Latest And Greatest Blueberry Rubberband” from SHEL (2012)
(D) Richard Dean “Wild Night On the Bayou” from Vignettes (2017)


Brent Cowles “9th & Lafayette” from Cold Times (2017)
O’Brien Party Of 7 “King of the Road” from Reincarnation: The Songs of Roger Miller (2012)
Darryl Purpose “Dreams of Life” from Next Time Around (2012)
(N) Tracksuit Wedding “Now or Never” from Now Or Never (2017)
Liz Barnez “Simple Song” from Welcome Back (2015)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from WANDERLUST (2014)

HOUR 2

The Samples “Nothing Lasts for Long” from No Room (1992)
(D) Sofie Reed & Russell Jackson “Glitter Girl” from Rocky Road (2017)
The Yawpers “American Man” from American Man (2015)
Calder’s Revolvers “See to Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Francis and the Wolf “Call of the Wild” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017)
The Apples in Stereo “No One in the World” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
(N) Ryan Dart “Ain’t Quite Heaven” from Pain, Love and Drought (2017)
Andy Hackbarth “Mountains” from Panorama Motel (2015)
Cary Morin “Laid back” from Cradle to the Grave (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP22

It’s summer.  I’m busy – either playing or emceeing or stage managing or attending an event.  Last Thursday I hosted the Blue Canyon Boys as part of Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live in Old Town Fort Collins — this Thursday I have one of my favorite family bands in the state – The Reminders, out of Colorado Springs.  Their brand of hip-hop is some of the most exciting around today, and I’m stoked to be hosting for them.

Don’t forget to let me know whether to KEEP or DELETE new music from this week’s PLAYLIST.  It’s up to you what I ultimately play on the show.  So let me know.

I did receive new music this weekend from Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene that I’ll be adding this week along with something new from Billy Shaddox


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
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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 available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP22

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

HOUR 1

Earth, Wind & Fire “That’s the Way of the World” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
(D) Jesse Manley “Bring Me Home” from Dust (2017) 


Instant Empire “Balloons” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
Flobots “The Rose and the Thistle” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
(D) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Damaged One” (2017)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Kenny Perkins “Last Goodbye” from Wild Frontier (2011)
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
(D) Yonder Mountain String Band “Bad Taste” from Love.Ain’t Love (2017)


Ivory Circle “And I Try” from Isoceles (2015)
Esme Patterson “Find It (feat. Jonny 5, Ian Cooke)” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017)
Cocktail Revolution “Partners in Crime” from Better Reception (2008)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “Moving too Fast” from Sunset Ride (2000)
(N) Matthew Wilburn Skinner “Borderline” from Play for the King (2017)


Jeff Austin “Simple Truth” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Bobby Walker “Rockin’ Pneumonia” from Git It (2009)
Dragondeer “When I See” from Topanga Canyon Sessions – Vol. 1 (2017)
Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Beautiful & True” from Beautiful and True (2016)
Reed Foehl “Rodeo Clown” from Lost in the West (2014)
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake “Evil Eye” from Totem (2015)
(D) Choice City 7 “Falling Down” from Freshman Year (2017) 


Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
Stella Luce “Bleed” from Bleed (2017)
Tom Gershwin “Stompin’ at the Savoy” from Sweet Pastimes (2013)



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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP11

Happy Monday.  New music down below this week in the MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) includes exclusive premieres from upcoming new releases due out in April and May from Andy Sydow, John Statz, Jacob Larson, and Carry Me Ohio, + a new release from Christomo, and a debut from Francis and the Wolf from last fall that I missed in advance of them heading into the studio soon to work on a new full length.

Coming next week = S11 EP12 beginning March 31 new music from Dragondeer, TMULE, Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart, and Todd Adelman and The Country Mile


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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


GOAT ON THE TOWN

Drove up to Fort Collins for this week’s trek to catch some bands in rooms I don’t get to visit very often.  First up was the Drunken Hearts at Hodi’s Halfnote. After that, I stopped by Island Grill, best known for the cover dance bands that frequent there, just in time to catch the Movers and Shakers last set of the night.

The Drunken Hearts at Hod’s Halfnote (Fort Collins)

The Drunken Hearts are an American trad-rock band with a dash of Colorado feel good jam.  Pedal steel player Cody Russell likes reminding me I said they are the hardest working band in Colorado on the show one week.  They are among the hardest working, that’s true.  Just look at their tour schedule.

Hanging out after their set, backstage with Cody, I bumped into Adam Brown from Mosey West, and recently the talent buyer for the Swing Station in LaPorte.  He let me know he and his wife are moving back to their home in Texas, but not before he finishes recording a new solo release.

The Island Grill is known in Fort Collins as a place that books cover bands, and caters primarily to the over 40 crowd.  I was not only surprised at how many people were there at midnight, but actually dancing and having a good time.

Part of that party atmosphere was a birthday party for band trumpet player Scott Sessions.  A major part of it was the stagecraft and showmanship of lead singer Andy Webber, who prowled the dance floor and teased and flirted the ladies like a young modern Tom Jones.

Musically, the band laid out a solid set of dance rhythm and blues from the sixties, classics that everyone could singalong to.  The dance floor was still packed when I left the room at 12:40.  That says a lot as many similarly programmed rooms in the region are empty by 11PM typically.


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 available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP11

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

HOUR 1

The Rainy Daze “Good Morning Mr. Smith” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
The Moonrakers “Time and Place” from Anthology (2007)
(D) Andy Sydow “Who I Want To Be” (2017) 


Megan Burtt “Restless” from The Bargain (2015)
South of France “Washed Up” from Washed Up (2016)
(D) John Statz “Cashmere” (2017) 


Devotchka “The Last Beat of My Heart” from Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Rocksteady” from Rocksteady (2010)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” (2016)
(D) Jacob Larson Band “Aftershock” from Jacob Larson Band (2017) 


Treehouse Sanctum “Pilot & Crew” from Pilot & Crew (2015)
Hello KavitaSunday (It’s a Chrome Tide)” from To A Loved One (2009)
Dana Landry Quartet “Pure Imagination” from Standard Elevation (2015)

HOUR 2

Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
Tommy Bolin “Savannah Woman” from Teaser (1975)
(D) Christomo “Brooklyn Lullaby” from When the Moon Is Right (2017)


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Falling” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Down Down Down” from Dear Somebody (2016)
(D) Francis and the Wolf “Afraid to Live” (2016) 


Flobots “The Rose and the Thistle” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Finnders & Youngberg “Nebraska” from FY5 (2015)
Coral Creek “Mountain High” from Coral Creek (2015)
(D) Carry Me Ohio “Stonewall” from Stonewall (2017) 


Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
The Fray “The Fighter” from Scars and Stories (2012)
Keith Oxman “All Dudes” from Doing All Right (2009)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP07

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1Monday morning.  A recap.  Last week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) was among the most voted in I’ve seen this year so far.  Ginny Mules won big, including not only shear number of votes, but also in its 100% KEEP IT rating, when applied to the total number of votes received.  When fans rally, it’s an indication of fan favor = popularity = something we all strive for.  Popularity, I’ve learned is organic; it happens, or it doesn’t.

Despite the overall popularity of Flobots over the past decade, their new single “Pray” is off to a shaky start, barely managing to break a 50/50 KEEP IT or DELETE IT tie.  Their new album is due out this spring, but I should have more to share in advance in March.

Coming NEXT WEEK / EP08 … the DEBUT of the new Rose Hill Drive album Mania.  After years of speculation that the band had disbanded for good, the trio of two brothers and their best friend that began as children, reemerges not far removed from where they left off, with a guitar fueled, Led Zepplin influenced, hard rock groove sure to put them back at the top of the deck as one of the region’s most popular rock bands – exactly where they left off seven years ago now.    Expect sold out shows and plenty of outdoor festival appearances in 2017.

Also new NEXT WEEK / EP08 = Tiffany Christopher, Shady Elders, Otis Taylor, Deep Pocket Thieves and Bonfire Dub.


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IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

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 available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP07

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

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) Pint & A Half “Drive Drive Drive” from Boomtown Ghosts (2017)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith in a Man” from Like A King (2012)
The Motet “So High” from Totem (2016)
(N) Dearling “Catch Me If You Can Fly” from Inheritance (2017) 


Dubskin “Release Me” from Release from Fear (2011)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
You Me and Apollo “I Don’t Want to Be Loved” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) High Fiction “Dynamite (feat Ron Miles)” from To Whom It May Concern (2017) 


The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady (Live)” from Alive In America (2006)
(D) Tyto Alba “The Worst In You” from In Our Own Time EP (2017) 


Strange Americans “Alamosa” from A Royal Battle (2012)
(N) John Weeks Band “The Blues Just Got More Blue” from Dark Angel (2017)


Richie Furay “Let’s Dance Tonight” from Heartbeat of Love (2006)
The Rifters “I Got News for You” from Architecture of A Fire (2015)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(N) Petals of Spain “Good Life” from Daydream (2017) 


Megan Burtt and Chimney Choir “Rise and Shine” from In Good Company (2014)
The Cannondolls “Bed on Fire” from Crumbs (2016)
Erik Applegate “Standing Room Only” from Two’s Company (2017)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP05

If you’re thinking, “man, Chris is late getting this up today,” you’re right — overslept by 2 hours.  I blame the second beer yesterday.  Yes, I’m a football freak.  I watch just about any game on tv.  But what the Patriots did yesterday was BEYOND amazing.

In this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) I put a repeat up from late in 2016, that we did not get a chance to vote on … so this week’s new music picks include tracks from Michael Hornbuckle, Patrick Dethlefs, Spiral Cell and the Steve Law Band, who we broke open a new track from this week following the success that he had in last week’s poll.  New cuts from Stella Luce and Russ Hopkins are not included in this week’s MMMM due to lack of an embeddable file.

In last week’s MMMM, the Steve Law Band and Shaley Scott pulled the greatest number of votes, with each winning out with those who voted … and in a surprise, Tennis is the first act to score a 100% DELETE.

New releases hitting my desk this week from Selina Albright (soul / r&b), Gasoline Lollipops (rock, alt-country), and Erik Applegate (jazz).


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IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY


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 available on SoundCloud, BandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP05

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

HOUR 1

Jimmy Ibbotson “Saints and Sots” from More Than Mountains (1996)
(N) Michael Hornbuckle “Sweat” from Soulrepo (2016)

String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Jon Snodgrass “Remember My name” from Visitor’s Band (2009)
(D) Patrick Dethlefs “I Was Your Age” from Beauty In the Unknown (2017) 


Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett “Love Grows” from Wailin for Justice (2010)
(N) Russ Hopkins “Pleasant Street” from Kairos (2017)
Achille Lauro “lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
(D) Stella Luce “Bleed” from Bleed (2017)
AdrienneO “Burn” from Elevation (2016)
Xiren “Jesus Was an Alien” from Trip-R (2008)
Jim Stranahan Band “Straight from the Source” from Migration To Higher Ground (2014)

HOUR 2

The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(D) Spiral Cell “Taste” from The Maze In the Tree Rings (2017) 


Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Eurotrash Girl” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
(N) Steve Law Band “What She Gonna Say” from Dancer (2017)

Isa and JoeAlan “Slumlord” from Lifelines (2014)
My Blue Sky “Kick off Them Shoes” from My Blue Sky (2017)
Sherri Jackson “tell me” from Catalyst (2000)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
Instant Empire “Keep Up!” from Keep Up! (2013)
The Apples in Stereo “energy” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Analog Son “Shady Nights” from Stomp and Shout (2015)


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Colorado Playlist – BEST OF 2016 PT2

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1I wish I could name everything I get to play on my show as a BEST OF.  I mean that.  In the TEN years now that I’ve been doing this show, I am still blown away by the greatness of the music that comes from our state.

Let me first of all thank Dani Grant and the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheater, and the folks at Oskar Blues Fooderies for supporting this show in 2016.  I would not be able to do this if not for them and YOUR financial support.

I also want to thank everyone at 105.5FM, KJAC aka 105.5 The Colorado Sound for welcoming me as part of the family, and taking on my old show name.  Host stations now include KJAC (Northern Front Range), KRFC (Northern Colorado), KDNK (Carbondale/Glenwood Springs), KOTO (Telluride), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango/Pagosa Springs), KZYR (Vail), KCMJ (Colorado Springs) and KLZR (Westcliff)

I started this show, and starting booking and promoting bands here, because I got tied of people saying “how come Colorado (Denver) can’t be like ______ (name your favorite ahem – Seattle – etc)”  I mean, really.  And even to this day members of my own family don’t know that certain high profile national level bands are from here.  I have a lot of work to do still … so expect me on the air for another TEN years — AT LEAST!

Picking the BEST OF is not an especially easy task.  I spend several hours a week just listening to music I receive to play on the show.  I scan radio playlists from around the state.  I scan charts including national and instate – like the Roots Music Report Colorado charts.  I look to see who’s doing what, nationally, regionally and locally.  I listen to my colleagues and peers in the “industry” here in Colorado.  And I listen to the fans of the music.

My true hope is that you’ll discover a new band/artist to fall in love with and claim as a favorite yourself.

Here’s what got played in the BEST OF 2016 show.

The Best of 2016 PLAYLIST

HOUR 1

Rob Drabkin “Someday” [single] (2016)
Coral Creek “Way Back” from Coral Creek (2015)
The Drunken Hearts “Want You Back” from Love & Thirst (2016)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Magic Music “Gandy Dancer” from Magic Music (2016)
Elephant Revival “Petals” from Petals (2016)
OneRepublic “Kids” from Oh My My (2016)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” [single] (2016)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Shiny and New” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Big Gigantic “The Little things” from Brighter Future (2016)
Space Orphan “Superphonic” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
The Fray “Singing Low” from Through the Years: The Best of the Fray (2016)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Other Worlds “Sandfly” from Weather Patterns (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Grant Farm “Get in Line” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
FaceMan “Father Time” from Wild and Hunting (2016)
Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2016)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Big Head Blues Club “Hidden Charms” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Ryan A. Fourt “Air Gun (Daisy’s Revenge)” from Big Slick (2016)

TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT

Thanks to my friend, and former Westword music editor Dave Herrera for launching TheTrustedEar.com and contributing news and information about the scene to us each week.

 

THE TOP 3 BEST OF …

After anguishing over leaving stuff out that I really liked, and thought deserved being noticed, I decided to present the TOP 3 releases in each category.  Enjoy.  Links go to playable media: YouTube in most cases.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2016

This one went back and forth feverishly between Bonnie & the Clydes and The Drunken Hearts, and the final tally made it a finish by single digits … so basically, they were pretty nearly tied when I shut down the poll … All in all, thanks to their fans we enjoyed the most robust People’s Choice Poll in years.  Click on links to get to band website.

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

The Drunken Hearts Love & Thirst

FacemanWild and Hunting 

ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

 The Lumineers – Cleopatra  I didn’t like The Lumineers’ Cleopatra when it dropped. In fact, it took me several months of listening to it, and playing it on my show and at 105.5, before I “got it.”  It is a stunning album of really well written folk-rock songs, that stands up well to anything from any prior era.  It went #1 on the Billboard charts.

OneRepublicOh My My  Call me a pop music junkie, but when it’s a good as OneRepublic’s Oh My My, I can never overdose.  Easily one of the best collections of addicting pop/rock in recent memory. (edit jan 4) In particular I can’t seem to get enough of A.I. with Peter Gabriel.

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside  Todd Park Mohr and company, appearing as Big Head Blues Club, rip up the music of Willie Dixon, preserving not only the legacy of the original, but imbuing it with solid craftsmanship from some of our best in the Centennial state.  (edit jan 4) Along the way they enlist the aid of Denver’s Erica Brown and a handful of blues legends.

SONG OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You (Icytat Vocal Mix):  No song this year has had as much of an impact on me as “You.”  SuCh and Icytat won the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for this version of the song.  If you want to catch her live, she’ll be appearing at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver on Fri Feb 3.  She is also getting ready to go into the studio to record a new album in 2017.

The Lumineers – Ophelia:  When I first heard this song last winter I thought I was hearing a dropped track from the band’s debut.  It grew on me.  It’s also one of Colorado’s highest charting songs historically, peaking at #1.

Rob DrabkinSomeday:  I’ve been a fan of Rob’s since meeting him at open stages in Denver over a decade ago.  “Someday” is the song we’ve all been waiting for.  It also appears to be his most popular single so far, reaching over 500,000 plays on Spotify.

BLUES ALBUM/EP

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside

Cary MorinTogether

Johnny JohnstonColorado Blue

COUNTRY ALBUM/EP

David Starr – Love and Sabotage

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

Angie Stevens & the Beautiful WreckBeautiful & True

FOLK ALBUM/EP 

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Elephant RevivalPetals

Gabrielle LouiseIf The Static Clears

FUNK/SOUL ALBUM/EP

The MotetTotem

piKziLSongs From My Third Life

Hello DollfaceWarrior of Light

JAZZ ALBUM/EP

Space OrphanShut Up About the Sun

Ryan A FourtBig Slick

Terri JenkinsFrom This Moment

ADULT POP/ROCK ABLUM/EP

OneRepublic Oh My My

Paper Bird S/T

SHELJust Crazy Enough

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ALBUM/EP

PlumLight Years Dark Years

Eros and the EschatonWeight of Matter

The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse

ROCK/AMERICAN TRAD ALBUM/EP

FacemanWild and Hunting

The Drunken HeartsLove & Thirst

Coral CreekS/T

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You

OneRepublicWherever I Go

Wheelchair Sports CampMary Had a Little Band

 

 

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