CP S16 EP21 2022

June 20, 2022 – To the dads and grandpas and men who raised or co-raised a child – Happy Father’s Day. Yeah, it’s Sunday and I’m at the desk working as usual.

A very good friend of mine got married this past week. Congratulations to Andy & Allie Sydow. Andy has a new album coming out soon produced by Anders Osborne.

Speaking of new releases, I bumped into longtime Colorado blues artist, songwriter and producer Nic Clark at the wedding party (he actually officiated). He let me know he’s got a new album coming out this year also.

TOP 5 #COMUSIC WK END 6/19/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3, 88.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ALYSIA KRAFT – First Light LP
  4. GREENSKY BLUEGRASSStress Dreams LP
  5. MACHETE MOUTHMachete Mouth EP

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

HOUR 1

Townes Van ZandtMy Proud Mountains – Our Mother The Mountain (1969)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandBuy For Me The Rain (1967)
(D) Cary Morin & Ghost Dog Goin’ Down South (2022)

Andy Frasco & the U.N. Dancin’ Around My Grave (2021)
Robert ShredfordQueen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
MaryLynn Gillaspie Dolphin Dance – Secret Language (2022)
The Copper ChildrenPity Party – Strange Illusion (2022)
The Apples In StereoSeems So – Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Big Head Todd & The MonstersRunaway Train – Riviera (2002)
(D) Dead On A SundayStay (2022)

Porlolo I QUIT (2019)
Giant ZeroGood Ol’ Days – Shakes Me (2021)
Keith Oxman, Jeff Jenkins, Todd Reid, Mark SimonKhalid – This One’s For Joey (2022)

HOUR 2

Rick RobertsDeliver Me – Windmills (1972)
Stephen Stills It Doesn’t Matter – Manassas (1970)
(D) Jaiel – Sunshine Lovin’ (2022)

Sarah Slaton Get Up (2021)
The YawpersBeale Street – American Man (2015)
Julian Fulco PerronNot So Fast – In My Garden (2022)
Yonder Mountain String BandInto the Fire – Get Yourself Outside (2022)
Dianne Reeves One For My Baby – Good Night, and Good Luck (Soundtrack) (2005)
The Mercury ProjectFenced In – Soapbox Jive (2004)
(D) Fantasy League Blind (2022)

Lucy DaydreamDizzy – Awake & Dreaming (2019)
Kind Hearted StrangersRed & Blue – East-West (2021)
David Bernot No Problems – Neverending Cycle (2022)

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CP S16 EP20 2022

June 13, 2022Alysia Kraft‘s new solo album “First Light” isn’t out yet, but the popular singer-songwriter has already advanced three singles from her debut solo release – Little River, Cold Mountain, and Hamilton Pool. The singer, known for the bands Whippoorwill and the Patti Fiasco, is one of this month’s featured artists at Indie 102.3; the three tracks will propel “First Light” into the TOP 5 for June.

Did you know your vote in the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) below matters when I get to the end of the year polls? Now is also a good time to review the CP Listener Poll/Top 40 for 2021. We’re only six months away from talking about the Best of 2022.

TOP 5 #COMUSIC SPINS – WK END 6/12/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3, 88.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ALYSIA KRAFT – First Light LP
  4. DESTINO – Starcrasher LP
  5. ELEKTRIC ANIMALS – Channels EP

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

HOUR 1

Open Road I’ve Always Been A Rambler – Open Road (2000)
Mollie O’BrienEleezah – Big Red Sun Blues (1998)
(D) Euforquestra Arizona to Georgia – While We Still Got Time (2022)

The VelveteersCharmer And The Snake – Nightmare Daydream (2021)
DeVotchKa Give Me Something to Believe (2019)
Alysia KraftLittle River – First Light (2022)
New Family Dog6 Feet Under – Halo (2022)
Chris Daniels & The KingsHowlin’ At The Moon – 10 (2005)
Lannie GarrettWhat a Night, What a Moon, What a Boy – Under Paris Skies (2005)
The High HawksTalk About That – The High Hawks (2021)
(D) Adrienne OWhat What What (2022)

Big Head Todd & The MonstersHey Delila – Black Beehive (2014)
Blakk MantraChoose Your High (2021)
Steve Kovalcheck, Peter Sommer, Paul Romaine, Ken Walker – Old Hat – Ghost Orchid (2022)

Joe WalshRocky Mountain Way – Rocky Mountain Way (1975)
(D) Elektric Animals Head in the Ground – Channels EP (2022)

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsSurvivor – The Future (2021)
Wellington BullingsBecause I Want To (2020)
Jyemo ClubIssa Ting (f. the Reminders) (2022)
One Flew WestHoles In My Jeans (2022)
Five Iron FrenzyIt Was a Dark & Stormy Night – Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
12 Cents For MarvinRussian Roulette – Change (2006)
FoxfeatherEnd of My Rope – Nature of Things (2021)
(D) Ace EngferMy Kind of Crazy – Brave & Free (2022)

Dragondeer Mirage a Trois – Mirage a Trios (2019)
Kerry Pastine and The Crime SceneLet’s Do This Thing – Let’s Do This Thing (2015)
Kim Stone BandPurple – Earthschool + (1988)

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#CO MUSIC – TOP 20 SPOTIFY

The biggest hits from the biggest hitmakers in #coloradomusic#comusic to some of the freshest new music in 2022. SPOTIFY spin count as of June 02 2022. Make sure to like the playlist and share!

1. Ingrid Andress (f. Sam Hunt) – Wishful Drinking 50,705,885

2. The LumineersWhere We Are 20,014,095

3. ILLENIUM (f. Trippy Redd) – Story Of My Life 14,950,097

4. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Face Down In the Moment 4,443,624

5. GRIZ, CloZee Color Of Your Soul 3,802,592

6. Big Gigantic, GRIZ Open Your Mind 1,662,797

7. Greensky Bluegrass Grow Together 574,281

8. Neoma Tears at Bae 263,666

9. Judy CollinsWhen I Was A Girl In Colorado 206,678

10. Yonder Mountain String BandInto the Fire 170,432

11. Isabelle FriesJust A Dreamer 165,663

12. The Infamous Stringdusters I Didn’t Know 156,003

13. Dafna Always A Dream 114,125

14. Tejon Street Corner Thieves Whiskey 73,856

15. Neon the Bishop, Kendall James WingertThe Get Down 61,806

16. Fia NyzzStill Love You 58,799

17. The Copper ChildrenPushin’ On 55,328

18. Everybody Loves An OutlawStill Waiting 39,527

19. Mike Clark & the the Sugar SoundsJet Black Cadillac 35,015

20. N3ptune, Rusty SteveBlack Horse 34,616

#COMUSIC – TOP 30 MAY 2022

June 01, 2022 – I added something new for the MAY TOP 30. Beneath the TOP 30 you’ll find TOP 10 charts for 88.9 KRFC Fort Collins, Indie 102.3, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and ten other stations around the state that report to Spinitron.

Only seven titles stayed in the MAY TOP 30, crossing over from APRIL: Seventeen titles were (D) debuts for the month; fourteen of which were featured for the month at Indie 102.3. Six titles re-entered the chart.

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3 and eleven stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit non-commercial community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

Titles are linked to their respective YouTube pages, if available.

(2) 1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
(1) 2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
(D) 3. FIA NYXXRed Umbrella LP (Apr-22)
(D) 4. ANTHONY RUPTAKBackrooms LP (Apr-22)
(D) 5. ONE FLEW WESTThe Blur LP (Apr-22)
(D) 6. THE WHITE MOMSWhite Moms III: Men Working LP (Mar-22)
(D) 7. COMPANIONIf I Were A Ghost EP (Apr-22)
(19) 8. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
(D) 9. JEFF CORMACKModern Love SINGLE (Feb-22)
(D) 10. CONRAD MATANosferatu SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 11. BEAR AND THE BEASTSInto the Kiln SINGLE (Jan-22)
(D) 11. CREPE GIRLSomeone, Someone Real SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 12. ADDIE TONICSeether SINGLE (Dec-21)
(D) 12. JEFF CORMACKWho Are We SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 12. SUITABLE MISS Sunshine SINGLE (Apr-22)
(-) 13. A.J. FULLERTON – Oh Frustration SINGLE (Feb-22)
(D) 14. CREPE GIRLJe T’aime SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 15. BEAR AND THE BEASTSBoat Drinks SINGLE (Mar-22)
(D) 16. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BANDDirt Does Dylan LP (May-22)
(-) 17. ERIK LUNDE Water From a Stone LP (Jul-21)
(D) 18. ELEKTRIC ANIMALSChannels EP (May-22)
(14) 19. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
(8) 20. SWEET VIRGINIA – Leaving Again LP (Feb-22)
(-) 21. BISON BONEThe Lost Weekend EP (Nov-21)
(-) 21. KICK AND THE HUGLadies & Gentlemen LP (Jan-22)
(-) 21. MADDY and KEVTake A Ride EP (Nov-21)
(5) 21. MIKE CLARK & THE SUGAR SOUNDS – Moon Rock LP (Mar-22)
(10) 21. NIC CLARK – Love Your Life: Songs for the Whole Family LP (Jun-21)
(-) 22. AMBAR LUCID Get Lost In the Music EP (Jun-21)
(D) 22. KAITLYN WILLIAMSUnder These Lights (Live) LP (Apr-22)

KRFC 88.9FM FORT COLLINS TOP 10 TITLES MAY 2022
1.NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. ERIK LUNDE –  Water From a Stone LP
3. NIC CLARKLove Your Life: Songs for the Whole Family LP
4. SWEET VIRGINIA – Leaving Again LP
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
5. GRACE KUCHStudio Sessions at Mighty Fine Productions LP
5. GRACE KUCHGot that Style (feat. Ronnie Earl) SINGLE
5. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND –  Dirt Does Dylan LP
6. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP
7. ANIMAL ELECTRICITYTheSameThings LP

INDIE 102.3 TOP 10 MAY TITLES
1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. FIA NYXXRed Umbrella LP
3. ANTHONY RUPTAKBackrooms  LP
4. ONE FLEW WESTThe Blur  LP
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
5. THE WHITE MOMSWhite Moms III: Men Working LP
6. COMPANION – If I Were A Ghost EP
7. JEFF CORMACKModern Love SINGLE
8. CONRAD MATANosferatu SINGLE
9. BEAR AND THE BEASTS –  Into the Kiln SINGLE

105.5 THE COLORADO SOUND TOP 10 MAY
1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. COLE SCHEIFELEThe Hideaways LP
3. CLAIRE HEYWOODCrushed Lemons SINGLE
4. BIG RICHARD BANDWalls of Time SINGLE
4. BLAKK MANTRAA Song of the West SINGLE
4. KING CARDINAL Runaway SINGLE
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
4. ZOE BERMANFreezing Heat EP
5. A.J. FULLERTONOh Frustration SINGLE 
5. ALYSIA KRAFTLittle River SINGLE

KAFM, KBUT, KCSU, KDNK, KDUR, KFFR, KOTO, KRZA, KSJD, KVNF
TOP 10 TITLES MAY 2022

1. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
3. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
4. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND –  Dirt Does Dylan LP
5. A.J. FULLERTONOh Frustration SINGLE
5. BLUMER HAUS Boy Meets Groove LP
5. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERSToward the Fray LP
6. GREENSKY BLUEGRASSStress Dreams LP
7. CHRIS DANIELS & HAZEL MILLERWhat We Did! LP
7. RICHIE FURAY Somebody Like You SINGLE

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REVIEW: JEFF FINLIN – SOUL ON THE LINE

You cannot imagine how excited I was to get some kind of message – via the Innerwebs or some otherworldly means – that Jeff Finlin, “Fin” as he’s known locally in Fort Collins, put out a new album. I mean, I was so excited my heart jumped. I immediately dived into the entire album and haven’t stopped listening since.

You can’t find this album on SPOTIFY – yet. The published release date is June 24. HOWEVER – the album was released on May 19 via Continental Record Services out of the Netherlands on Bandcamp.

Produced by Jeff Finlin.
Recorded By Darren Raddach at Stout Studios, Fort Collins, CO.
Jeff Finlin – Drums, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion, piano
Taylor Tessler – Bass
Joe V. Mcmahan – Electric guitars
Eben Grace – Electric guitars
Eric Straumanis – Electric guitars
Brian Keller – Horns, accordion

Jeff Finlin’s legacy goes back decades. In my case it’s two decades since I first heard his music. Ever since then I have anxiously and quietly pleaded, cajoled and otherwise stamped my goat hoofs for something new.

After all, for as prolific as Jeff as been in his career –  13 critically acclaimed records – I honestly thought another album would never come my way. Silly me; Jeff has basically put out an album every few years. The last, The Guru in the Girl (2017), was a measly five years ago – an eternity it seems in Jeff’s catalogue.

Soul On the Line doesn’t move far from Jeff’s established Americana trad folk-rock style that travels nicely in the car with the likes of John Hiatt, Levon Helm or Bob Dylan. A literary mastermind, Jeff’s songs have taken us on an journey of life filled with vivid imagery. In the lead single, “…we walk the line, years repeating all our tears and time. Compromise our patron saint …hangin’ out with our Soul On the Line.”

Throughout the album, Jeff touches on issues that as he’s said are about “…these extreme and harrowing times we currently live in. Everything about our existence seems to be hanging in the balance.”

In What Went Wrong he ponders, “We all get tired of waiting, waiting on ourselves, so then we go and settle, set our feet in something else and then wonder why we can’t feel nothing here at all; and we’re stuck here on the telephone …wondering what went wrong.”

The songs on this album are not about the hope for the future. Jeff’s reflections and voice are those of an aged muse, tired and worn out from the battering waves of the very life that has inspired so many of his greatest stories in song and verse.

Jeff’s Northern Colorado friends and worldwide fans will love and adore and cherish this album as yet another intimate chapter in our friend’s collection. I’d suggest first timers visit earlier albums like Epinonymous, his highly acclaimed fourth album, before diving into this one.

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