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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP44

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.


David Booker’s Prostate Cancer Fundraising Event, Thursday, Nov.30th,7:30pm, The Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO  2199 California St., Denver

David Booker is a local living link to first generation blues legends who moved to Denver from Manchester, England, in 1981. This past June, David was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Since beginning treatment, David has not missed an opportunity to perform.  Over the years, David has himself hosted several benefits for other musicians.

On November 30th, legendary Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Chris Daniels and Freddi Gowdy of Freddi Henchi Band fame (both cancer survivors) are performing as a duo (with special guests) to raise funds to help David’s medical costs. 

Donations can be made anytime at: https:www.gofundme.com/musician-david-booker-fights-cancer prior to Nov. 30th, 2pm.

Early donations are recommended because seating is limited. An early donation is your ticket into the benefit.  After 2PM, if seating is available, donations for admission can be made by cash or check.

All donations are automatically entered to win a $50.00 Chris Daniels & the Kings gift basket. (Must be present to win)

Names of advance donor’s are automatically sent to the promoter of this event, Vera Ptak. Please bring identification for admittance. Questions? Call Vera: 303-241-0814


Bands do not often rise to popularity or acclaim without some level of tribulation.  Beginning with the departure of the band’s guitarist in 2015 and the death of drummer Luke Mehrens’ fiance the same year, the trio has been pretty much hell bent on succeeding on their own terms.  Their new album, “So Cold,” comes out Dec 8th.


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.


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


Beast “Move Mountain (You Got It)” from “Beast” (1970)  – One of Colorado’s best from the late 60s and early 70s. Featured Bob Yeazel and Mike Ferris who moved on to Sugarloaf, and Kenny Passarelli who moved on to Joe Walsh’s Barnstorm. Kenny moved on prior to this album being released.

(N) Deep Pocket Thieves “Sunshine Rise” from Fate (2017)
The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
(N) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Mind” from New World Arisin’ (2018)
Elephant Revival “Ring Around the Moon” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
The Subdudes “Message Man” from Annunciation (1994)
The Fremonts “Tillman’s Wall” from We Don’t Live There (2017)
Gabrielle Louise “Love on the Rocks” from If The Static Clears (2016)
(N) Cousin Curtiss “Honey Bee” from Remember Me When (2017)
Ben Haugland “Big foot” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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Earth, Wind & Fire “Devotion” from Gratitude (1975)
Dianne Reeves “32 Flavors” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Grant Farm “Get in Line” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
Ark Life “Very Fine Friends” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
These United States “I Want You to Keep Everything” from Everything Touches Everything (2009)
(D) SYLVA “The Game” from The Game (2018)

Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
(N) Dearling “Rock Steady” from Inheritance (2017)

Erik Applegate “Get Outta My Head” from Two’s Company (2017)

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

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP39

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.

Rocky Mountain Music Relief


Feat. Richie Furay w/Tori Pater and Friends, Bobby Messano, and Perpetual Motion

7:30-8:30 = Richie Furay
8:45-9:15 = Perpetual Motion
9:30-10PM = Bobby Messano
10:15-11PM = Tori Pater

Friday, October 27, 2017 – 7:30 PM – doors open at 6:30 pm

Swallow Hill – Daniels Hall – 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210



I think I got lost this past week.  Really.  I did get a lot of new music in my inbox – including new releases from Patrick Dune, Tennis, Katie Herzig, Pandas & People, and more … much love to Shilo Gold, whose music I recall playing a few years ago before she moved to Los Angeles, and who recently completed a self-funded tour of Europe.  Her live performance video from the Voice is below.

POLLS – thanks for participating.  I’m trying to get a sense of who we are here — and I can say we’re largely over 45, and like going out to see live music.  Here’s the next on.  I want to know your buying habits.


Many famous (and not so famous) acts have come to Colorado over the decades to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA or NYC.  Among those are acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Eagles, which is undoubtedly the most famous of all such acts.


Chris Daniels and the Kings just released their 15th album, Blues with Horns Vol. 1, which once again features Freddi “Love” Gowdy (Freddi Henchi Band).


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.


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


Zephyr “Sun’s a Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014/1969)
(D) Shilo Gold “Stay With Me Baby (The Voice Performance)” (2017)

OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Dubskin “That Day Will Come” from Light the Dark (2017)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(N) Monocle Band “Sad-Eyed Girl” from The Clearing (2017)
Danny Shafer “My Hometown” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Head for The Hills “Suit and Tie” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Keith Oxman “A Vaunt Guard” from East of the Village (2017)


Firefall “No Way Out” from Firefall (1976)
(N) Cousin Curtiss “Sunset Throwdown” from Remember Me When (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Failing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Katie Herzig “Hologram” from Apple Tree (2008)
(N) The Still Tide “Signal Fade” from Run Out EP (2017) 

(N) Francis and the Wolf “What Is Left” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 

Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
(N) Eamon Alger “Good Together” from Small Fish (2017)

Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Get Tight” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

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

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Colorado Playlist – S10 EP18 2016

It’s Memorial Day.  If you can’t make it to a cemetery or event honoring our lost in battle, please take a moment to reflect on our service men and women.  #VietnamEraVet  Long live our lost fathers, sons and brothers and sisters. RIP.

I got to stage manage this weekend at the Denver Day of Rock and hang out with some very good friends in music and sound, stage and lighting production … particularly the crews from Mighty Fine Productions (Denver) and Nomad Productions (Austin/Denver).

Happy to see Sarah SlatonDustin Morris and Maxwell Hughes, aka Edison pop into my venue, where Dearling and Foxfield Four started things off … also got to meet Kendall B from KS107.5 and Jim Benemann from CBS4 News – two of our guest emcees for the day.

Very honored to have been able to debut new singles this week from the Motet and OneRepublic .. thanks to Dave Watts and the Motet promotion team for advancing the new album Totem due out July 18th.  Once again, the Motet shows why they are a national caliber Colorado funk band with booty shakin’ songs that will make boomers remember the bump, and their kids something very old school to balance out the nu-skool from whence it came.  “Damn!” would have been a dance-hall smash in 1978-1980 .. and it damn sure might be in 2016.

Make sure you vote in this week’s Monday Morning Music Meeting.



As much as I would hope that support comes easily it does not – anymore so than for anyone else in music.  I am deeply thankful to the Mishawaka Amphitheater for sponsoring this program – and to you for dropping a few bucks in the tip jar on occasion.  Thank you.  FUND ME.

If you’re a Colorado business engaged in music, music related activities, hemp, or other earth friendly products message me for information about how you can support this program.


Support for Chris K’s Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Presenting:  The 10th Anniversary Party of the Colorado Playlist AUG 7 @4PM w/ the RailbendersGOATZ! and the Liz Barnez Band.  All Ages.  Tickets $12 Advance / $15 DoS

Check the website for 100th Birthday Special Events and Concerts …


What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen to them again (or for the first time) and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist.

I conceived of this idea a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation.  I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite),Reverbnation, or YouTube.



Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Holly Lovell “Temporary” from Still Frames EP (2016)
Chimney Choir “Motion” [single] (2015)
John-Alex Mason “Riding On” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011)
(N) South of France “Civilization” [single] (2015) 
Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Dianne Reeves “32 Flavors” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Molina Soleil & Aju “Without Papers” from SoulAju (2010)
(N) Pan Astral “Suburban Blues” from Suburban Blues (2016) 
Sixteen Horsepower “The Outlaw Song” from Folklore (2002)
the Railsplitters “Boarding Pass” from The Railsplitters (2013)
Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND “Straight from the Source” from Migration to a Higher Ground (2014)


Chris Daniels & the Kings “When You’re Cool” from Live Wired! (1995)
Lannie Garrett “Pickin’ Up After You” from Comes Love (1995)
(D) OneRepublic “Wherever I Go” from Wherever I Go (2016)

John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Shaley Scott “Style” from Rescue Me (2015)
Mary Flower “Baby Please Don’t Go/Green Onions” from Ladyfingers (2001)
Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Eurotrash Girl” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
(D) The Motet “Damn!” from Totem (2016) 
Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds “Summer Girls” from Round and Round (2013)
(N) Darryl Purpose “When Budddha Smiles At The Elephant” from Still The Birds (2016)
Dragondeer “Castaway” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
Hot Rize “Blue Night” from Bluegrass Roots (2001)
Raincheck “Boogalues” from Raincheck (2012)

GOATZ! News and Shows

Chris K FOCOMX8 2cI put up a rare rehearsal recording this weekend for the song “Sweet Inspiration” that I wrote for my wife before she passed away.  Our very good friend Chris Kennison (pedal steel) is an original “Goat” and played our wedding.  This was the first rehearsal of the new season with him back in the lineup.  Having him back for our summer shows means a lot to me – it’s the first time he and Chris Jackowski (guitar and vocals) and I will perform without our beloved Miss Pattie in the 13 years we’ve played music together.


Acoustic GOATZ! will be appearing at CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina in Longmont SATURDAY JUNE 11 … ALL AGES … NO COVER

The FULL band will be appearing with The Ghost of Joseph Buck at Ziggies in Denver THURSDAY JUNE 16 … 21+ $10 8PM-12 …

SHOWS and more at website or at reverbnation

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Season 10 | EP02 JAN 18 2016

The Broncos won!

It’s my birthday.  Daughter and grand daughter in town from Jersey.  Wife not doing well.  I think I’ll take the day off.  But before I shut down the Goat Den for the day I’ve got this week’s playlist, new music shares from Soundrabbit, Rob Drabkin and Masontown – and the video pick of the week, which features Megan Burtt from her appearance last year with the Colorado Symphony.  Enjoy.

Oh, quick tease — How is Shovels & Rope connected to Colorado?  You’ll have to listen to KUNC this week to find out.

A special intimate acoustic show with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Richie Furay and some local members of his band.  Friday, February 5at 6:30 PM Broomfield Auditorium.  Show info and tickets

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ Fort Collins is seeking an energetic executive director for our evolving nonprofit organization. This is a part-time position with room to grow, ideal for a community-minded candidate with a passion for local music.  INFO

Required: enthusiasm and effectiveness * strong leadership skills and likability * compelling communication skills, public speaking experience * organizational skills * desire to move beyond ideas into execution * ability to develop and manage annual budget.

Preferred: background in the music industry * nonprofit experience with fundraising focus * Quickbooks/accounting experience * business marketing experience * entrepreneurial focus




Mish Logo JPGThe Colorado Sound is supported by The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground – Celebrating 100 Years in 2016.   Come celebrate the Mishawaka’s 100th anniversary with a series of events, specials, community-minded collaborations and concerts, kicking off in January with festivities extending through September 2016.


KUNC 2KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight

JAN 19-22 2016  

  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
  • Wednesday 12:20 pm
  • Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
  • Friday 1:20 pm
  • 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
  • 91.7FM Denver, Golden
  • 102.7FM Boulder
  • 105.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
  • online at KUNC.org




Wood Brothers “Singin’ to Strangers” from Paradise (2015)
(D) Dave Gunders “Too Many Drivers” from Chop Wood Carry Water (2016)
Mollie O’Brien “Sign Your Name” from Tell It True (1996)
Philip Bailey “Love Is Real” from Love Is Real (2010)
(D) Soundrabbit “Paved” from Paved (2016) 
The Fray “All at Once” from How to Save A Life (2005)
Wendy Woo Band “In the Middle” from Tipping Point (2015)
Kate LeRoux “It Doesn’t Matter at All” from Phoenix (2014)
(D) Jay Stott “Dirt & Heartache” from Dirt & Heartache (2016)
Blue Canyon Boys “I want you to want me” from House Full of Sorrow (2009)
Andrew Vogt “Jeep is Jumpin’” from Cats Afoot (2010)


(D) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Wipeout Turn” from Wipeout Turn (2016)
Liz Barnez “Simple Song” from Welcome Back (2015)
John Davis “Eloisa” from Dreams of the Lost Tribe (2002)
You Me and Apollo “Oh My Molly” from You Me and Apollo (2013)
(D) Rob Drabkin “She Comes and Goes” from She Comes and Goes (2016) 
Dan Fogelberg “Face the Fire” from Phoenix (1980)
Lara Ruggles “The Secret Ingredient” from Cynics & Saints (2015)
Natalie Walker “Trust” from Strange Bird (2015)
(D) Masontown “Going Across the Sea” from Masontown (2016) 
16 Horsepower “Single Girl” from Folklore (2002)
John Statz “Queen of the Plains” from Tulsa (2015)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Happy Together” from The Arrival (2015)

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2015 LP/EP/SP Titles

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteOkay .. I have to admit, this has been one seriously messed up year as far as new releases are concerned.  Not only have there been far fewer that I have normally identified by this time of the year, stations have been playing fewer than in the past couple of years.  I’m not sure why this is to be honest.  I realize we don’t track everything .. there’s no metal or rap in this list as nearly all of the stations I survey are of the AAA and/or CMJ format with strong focus on Americana, bluegrass, funk, etc.

I lost all my spin data from Jan through March (Q1) and have only been able to capture spin data in April and May (Q2) … so I have suspended my monthly TOP 40 spins chart for the time being.  With this being my busy season, perhaps I can get back to it again this fall/winter .. we’ll have to wait and see.

There are 138 titles represented in this list.  If you are aware of some titles not on it that should be, please inform me.  I’ve been maintaining this list now for over five years and I’d to keep it as up to date as possible.

Much love,


Amy Kress Secret Music Album
Analog Son Stomp and Shout Album
Andy Sydow Trailhead Album
Anthony Ruptak Between The Hangman and The Halo Album
Audi Y Zentimiento Simplemente Audi Album
Ben Gallagher Heart Shaped Rocks Album
Ben Haugland A Million Dreams Album
Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet The Return Album
Bud Bronson & the Good Timers Fantasy Machine Album
Cary Morin Tiny Town Album
Charles McPherson The Journey Album
Chella & The Charm Chella & The Charm Album
Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone Album
Chuck Pyle Cover Stories Album
Clouds & Mountains Slumber Album
Cracker Berkeley To Bakersfield Album
CRL CRRLL Good Influence Album
Dana Landry Quartet Standard Elevation Album
Dana Landry Trio Memphis Skyline Album
Danielle Ate the Sandwich The Drawing Back of Curtains Album
Dexter Payne Quartet + 1 Pra Voce Album
Eef & the Blues Express All Rivers Run To The Sea Album
Elise Wunder In the Darkness of My Light Album
Equally Challenged EQC2 Album
Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep Album
Finnders & Youngberg Eat The Moon Album
Fox St. Authentic Western Dress Album
H2 Big Band It Could Happen Album
In The Whale Nate & Eric Album
Instant Empire Lamplight Lost Album
J. Miller Band One More High, One More Low Album
Jack Hadley The St. Louis Sessions Album
Jayme Stone Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project Album
Jeff Austin The Simple Truth Album
John Statz Tulsa Album
Judge Roughneck Pick You Up Album
Kenny Knight Crossroads Album
Kyle Hollingsworth Speed of Life Album
Land Lines The Natural World Album
Leftover Salmon High Country Album
Longest Day Of The Year Carapace Album
Max Wagner Gratitude Album
Michael Kirkpatrick Honey Rider Album
Michal Menert Space Jazz Album
Mojomama Mojomama Album
Montropo Follow Me Album
Moors and McCumber Pandemonium Album
More Than Physics Predictions Album
Motion Trap Palebluedot Album
Natalie Walker Strange Bird Album
Otis Taylor Hey Joe Opus: Red Meat Album
Paa Kow Ask Album
Patrick Lee Remixes Vol 1 Album
Paul Mullikin Quintet Time Is Now Album
Pete Kartsounes Unwind Album
Peter Sommer Narrando Historias Album
Quemando Paradise Album
Ragged Union Hard Row to Hoe Album
Richard Dean Accidental Human Album
Richie Furay Hand In Hand Album
Rossonian Late Kids Album
Ryan Chrys Up From The North Album
Sean Curtis Band Kind of Like Wyoming Album
Selasee and the Fafa Family Time for Peace Album
SHEL The Lab Sessions Album
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Totem Album
Stelth Ulvang and as always the infinite cosmos Album
Stereo Twins Good News Album
Steve Kovalcheck Trio Stomping Ground Album
Taarka Making Tracks Home Album
The Echo Chamber Synesthesia Album
The Knew Schmew Album
The Longest Day of the Year Carapace Album
The Montgomery, Hermann, & Quinlan Sextet Hear, Here Album
The Navigators All About the Ride Album
The Railsplitters The Faster It Goes Album
The River Arkansas Golden Light Album
The Seers Deaf In June Album
The Symbols Smile Album
Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways Album
Trout Steak Revival Brighter Every Day Album
Twin Shadow Eclipse Album
Various artists SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together Album
Wendy Woo Band Tipping Point Album
Yonder Mountain String Band Black Sheep Album
Young Ancients Fishstory Album
Zach Heckendorf Speed Checked By Aircraft Album
All Chiefs, No Indians The Danger Mission EP
AMZY We Don’t Walk We Dance EP
Blue Grama Shadows EP
Chemistry Club Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP
Dirty Few Party or Don’t EP
Doves & Wolves Doves & Wolves EP
Edison Ghosts EP
Elin Palmer Elin and Friends EP
Esme Patterson What Do You Call A Woman EP
Gipsy Moon Autumn’s Retreat EP
In The Whale Full Nelson EP
Ivory Circle Isoceles EP
Juno What?! Stranger EP
King Cardinal One A Giant EP EP
Lunde Station Another Country EP
Modern Suspects Modern Suspects EP
Nathaniel Rateliff Closer EP
Pan Astral Color Field EP
Rose Quartz Axis of Love EP
Shaley Scott Rescue Me EP
Sol Pride Love Revolution Party EP
Sour Boy Bitter Girl Mule EP
Stephen Melton S/T EP
Strawberry Runners Strawberry Runners EP EP
The Raven and the Writing Desk Some Get Started EP EP
The Sound and Color The Sound and Color EP
Tim Ostdiek Temporary Home EP
Toad In the Hole Wallflower EP
Wasteland Hop Symbiotic Clock EP
4H Royalty forty-fives Single
Ark Life Very Fine Friends Single
Blue Rider Lightning Single
Chimney Choir Motion Single
Dearling Do You Love Me Single
Dearling Landslide Single
Inner Oceans 8 Cousins / Everything’s Alright (Single) Single
John Common The River Is Moving Single
Kramies The Fate That Never Favored Us Single
Lauren Brombert Love’s Carousel Single
Medic If I Could Stay Single
Mile Heist Club Codename Sugarplum Single
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats I Need Never Get Old Single
Plum Behind Your Man Single
Plume Varia Vernor | Forge Single
Post Paradise Ordinary Single
Racing On the Sun Self Destruct Single
Sunboy Aphrodisia Single
Tennis Easter Island Single
Treehouse Sanctum Pilot & Crew Single
You Me and Apollo Finding Peace Single



The Colorado Sound Presents:  the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Brothers Keeper, the Burroughs, Dr Izzy Band, Our Generation at the 8th Annual  Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival – Sat Aug 1, 12PM-10PM .. ALL AGES & FREE with fireworks and more.  This is the only spirits tasting and competition event I know of regionally.  Sure would be great to see you .. hit the site.

Mish Logo JPGThe Colorado Sound Presents:  Hazel Miller Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddie Gowdy, William’s Reserve, and Goatz! at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Sunday August 9 – 4PM-9PM – $20 – ALL AGES.

This is my band’s first show back since 2009 .. my son’s band William’s Reserve is making their debut — AND so are Chris Daniels & the Kings and the Hazel Miller Band … WHAT!!?? you say?  Seriously?  Hazel and Chris & the Kings have never played the Mish???  Really?  Yep.  fo’reals … be there .. my band kicks it off at 4PM .. doors at 3:30PM.  Hope to see you.

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP3 2015

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteBirthdays are funny – aren’t they?  Happy birthday to me.  There’s a line I crossed – that line that says, “dude you’re old now.”  They’re right you know — I don’t feel “old.”  I know old people — like over 80 old.  I’m not that.   Long way to 80.  Lots of music to do until then.  Will I feel “old” when I turn 80?  I’ll let you know when I get there.  Until then, this is what I got … music … Colorado music.

I did sound for Lionel Young this weekend.  He told me there’s a new album coming out late Feb/early March.  There’s also a new Wendy Woo Band album due out about the same time, if memory serves.  Also coming in two weeks, a conversation with Wendy and her husband Charles in their home on Offstage Beyond the Music.

Word on the street this weekend is that Eck’s Saloon in Denver (Lakewood) has shut down.  Unconfirmed reports suggest they “couldn’t pay the bills.” There is speculation among some that the previous owners will take it over and reopen.  Will see what I can find out Monday.

So, Open Air 1340 AM is set to move to 102.3 FM on Monday Jan 26 — this should be fun.  Look out DENVER!

(EDIT) This move is not unprecedented. In 2005, KCUV / 1510 AM, Denver’s first and only attempt at an Americana format, moved onto 102.3 FM.  The experiment lasted three years.  Better luck to Open Air, a Colorado Public Radio (CPR) station.  Also, Paris on the Platte closed.

I also spoke with John Magnie this weekend (Young Ancients/the Subdudes).  He let me know the new Y/A album will be out late Feb/early March … to tease it here’s a new video.


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

Dusty Drapes & the Dusters “Talkin’ Boogie” from The Red Album (1981)
C.W. McCall “Wolf Creek Pass” from Best Of C W Mccall (1997)
(D) Ben Gallagher “Hungry Ghost” from Heart Shaped Rocks (2015) Zephyr “Don’t Come Back” from Heartbeat (1982)
(N) Strange Americans “The Scene” from That Kind of Luster (2014) Such (Su Charles) “Open Book” from Trial and Error (2014)
The Motet “Like We Own It” from The Motet (2014)
(N) Maxwell Hughes “Pulled One Over” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “The Drawing Back of Curtains” from The Drawing Back of Curtains (2015)
Whiskey Blanket “Pound Boom” from No Object (2010)
Matt Skellenger “Momentum” from New Radio (2014)

Bob Lind “Colorado Line” from Colorado Line (1971)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Uncle Charlie (1970)
(D) Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
The Samples “Wild River” from Return to Earth (2001)
(D) Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddi Gowdy “Funky to the Bone” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
OneRepublic “Love Runs Out” from Native (2013)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Resignation Superman” from Beautiful World (1997)
Jennifer Lane “I’m So Ready” from In A Magazine (2008)
Kate LeRoux “It Doesn’t Matter At All” from Phoenix (2014)
Dana Landry Trio “Frank’s Tune” from Memphis Skyline (2014)

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A REVIEW: Chris Daniels & the Kings feat. Freddi Gowdy – Funky To The Bone

The hardest thing for me to do is write about my friends, especially when my friends and I are personally close and do business together. So, this is my public testament that a) I love everything Chris has ever done, b) he’s a very close friend who I adore as a person, c) I am a very old school Freddi-Henchi Band and Freddi-Henchi & the Soulsetters fan, and d) these are my first thoughts and feelings as I sit and listen for what I’d like to play on The Colorado Sound, and suggest as focus tracks on the album. This is gonna be really hard you know.

Chris and Freddi trade lead vocal duties on this album. Lots of folks today don’t know Fred Gowdy, aka Freddi Gowdy, aka Freddi “Love” Gowdy. Freddi’s legacy stretches back pre-Colorado to the mid-sixties, the genesis of Freddi-Henchi & the Soulsetters aka The Crown Princes of Funk; pre Freddi-Henchi Band for those who remember that Boulder based band.  This album features two classics from that early era, “Funky To the Bone” the title track, and I Want To Dance, Dance, Dance.

The tracks as were presented to me….

It opens with “Funky To The Bone,”  …slips into something that fits nicely next to the Subdudes with “Something You Got” …. and back into the real roots of booty bumpin’ funk “Don’t Let Your Mouth Write No Checks.” …first three songs out of the box and you know you’re not slowing down for the rest …tastefully changes gears as the arrangements sweep across a wide ranging geography of American soul and funk … and big band and gospel…

…gospel – Joy … get on up like you just don’t care and wave your arms to the shear exaltation in Chris’ voice on this track.. one of the most life affirming tracks in Chris’ huge catalog of great songs.

Cool Breeze … the first time i’ve ever heard someone rap in a chris daniels song… wow … nice touch buddy with that late 70s/80s g benson groove thrown in on the backside … big band horns … can i vote for this for arrangement of the decade? one of the greatest lost arts imo is arranging – this qualifies as a class lesson in the subject.

Dance Dance Dance is how it’s done “kids.” throw back out of the Freddi-Henchi & the Soulsetters catalogue. as revelent and groovy as it was in the 70s Freddi! Larry would be proud I think. and omg Doody’s trumpet solo…NICE!

… nice transition … cd gets his NYC meets SF blue eyed soul “Frank” groove on in What A Day .. Chris at his most soulful with a big band horn arrangement that would have fit right in on Louie Louie …

Nobody Knows flashes me back to my Philly roots …Santana / Neville Brothers infused … LTD / Teddy Pendergrast/TSOP …a touch of Philly’s Frankie Beverly and Maze … back to the west side for that tasty guitar solo.


Hey Chris? I’m gonna have a problem finding a focus track buddy.

Much love,

PS .. the band is launching a kickstarter program on Monday Jan 5 to help fund national promotion of this record. The cd release date is Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver. The national release date will be March 1.

PPS .. Bill Payne (Little Feat, Leftover Salmon) on B3 is sick .. seriously.  wow.

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