CP S15 EP14 2021

Monday APRIL 05, 2021 – WOW! Nathaniel Rateliff got knocked off of his perch at #1, falling to #5. A.J. Fullerton now owns the top spot across the state, and among Colorado releases at RootsMusicReport.com. I would expect the TOP 5 to look different next week when Indie 102.3 stops featuring Lady Gang and Ellsworth.

Last minute note: KRZA (Alamosa) is now airing both hours of the Colorado Playlist, from 2 to 4 pm on Monday.

Coming to EP15 = new music from American Morrisey, Jason Abbott, Darryl Purpose, Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Grammy nominated record producer A.J. FULLERTON.

TOP FIVE MARCH 27 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron. Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function.

  1. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  2. LADY GANG – Full Throttle LP (Feb-21)
  3. ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth LP (Jan-21)
  4. DEL SHAMENDel Shamen LP (Oct-20)
  5. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)

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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Chuck Pyle – Rocky Mountain High – Higher Ground…songs of Colorado (2007)
(D) Stop MotionMandy (2021)

Chris Daniels & The Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky to the Bone (2015)
Mark Oblinger – Living Imitation – High Water Line (2019)
Musketeer Gripweed – More Than Ever – More Than Ever (2021)
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021)
The Apples In Stereo – Strawberryfire – Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
Yo, Flaco! – American Music – Goin’ at it (2002)
(D) LVDY – Gold – Gold (2021)

DeVotchKa – Let Me Sleep – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Analog Son – CTI – Funky Mother (2018)

HOUR 2

Joe Cocker – One Word (Peace) – Hymn For the Soul (2007)
Mollie O’Brien – In My Girlish Days – Big Red Sun Blues (1998)
(D) SUCH
All I Want (2021)

Dragondeer All Day (2020)
The Beeves – Jamie’s Revenge – Adam & Beeve (2019)
Tyler T. – I’ll Be Fine – Wildflower (2020)
A.J .Fullerton – She’s So Cold – Kalamath (2017)
A.J. Fullerton – Slippin’ Away – The Forgiver and the Runaway (2021)
(D) G-StylezMillionaire (feat. Melody Stalians) (2021)

Dressy Bessy – Fearless – Fast Faster Disaster (2019)
Jinx Jones – Hot Rod Heartbreaker – Rip and Burn (2010)
Tia Fuller – Fury of Da’mond – Diamond Cut (2018)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

NEWS NOTES and SPINS APRIL 1 2015

Happy Birthday Desktop BackgroundMarch marked the 5th birthday of this blog (March 2010).  April marks the 9th birthday for The Colorado Sound (April 2006 / KRFC) and the 3rd birthday for The Colorado Sound Live365 (April 2012).

March, like Feb and Jan, hit historical highs for page views for the month.  March also hit historic lows for the number of spins statewide for Colorado music, and the lowest number of stations spinning 10 or more titles since I began keeping track, nearly seven years ago now.  I really struggled with  that.  March also registered the lowest number of hours listened to The Colorado Sound Live365, and the fewest number of people streaming the station.

Tracking spins is always challenging.  Several of the smallest stations have no way of measuring or determining what titles they play.  Most of the time there’s no central accounting system in place and there can be over 100 individuals on the air in any given month.  Even some influential stations in the state have no effective means of tracking spins.  That alone presents some interesting challenges, especially if those stations stream online, but that’s an entirely different set of problems best left undiscussed here.

Only seven of the fifteen stations surveyed managed to air ten “currents”  (titles up to 18 months old).  And the difference in the number of over- the-air “exposures” (spins per station x number of station frequencies x number of stations) between the top of the charts and the rest was significant enough for me to tell you about it.

That we had what I think is at or near an historic number of debuts (13) this month is due also, I believe, to the low number of titles being played per station in March.  The number of titles tracked also fell to 187, the first time that number has fallen beneath 200 in over 3 years – although the total number of titles aired is about normal for the month at 108.

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageBill Frisell‘s wonderful “Guitar In the Space Age” rocked the top spot for the 3rd consecutive month, out blasting the stellar new albums by heavyweights like Chris Daniels & the Kings who continued their assault on  the top position for a second month, and the new Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) release, “Hand in Hand,” that debuts at #6 this month.  Jeff Austin manages to jump to #3 with “The Simple Truth,” remaining in the TOP 5 for the second month since his January release.  Hot Rize also holds onto TOP 5 status since being released last September, a tremendous accomplishment to be fair.

Cracker made  the cut for  VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH with California Country Boy (sung by Johnny Hickman) shot as part of the Gondola Sessions at Aspen/Snowmass.  Cracker is David Lowry and Johnny Hickman.  Johnny Hickman lives in Northern Colorado.  He also plays in the Hickman-Dalton Gang with Colorado native picker Jim Dalton, and has maintained a solo project with musicians here in the area.  He has also been very involved with working with and supporting other Colorado acts, such as the Yawpers for whom he produced  the single “Faith and Good Judgement” (SpokesBUZZ Vol. V). And fortunately for all of us here, we’re seeing the band play more here in Colorado.  They just played the Moxi in Greeley recently, and will be appearing at the Mishawaka on June 6 as well as other dates regionally later in the summer.  In the least, Cracker is considered to have a Colorado Connection (CC).

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MARCH VIDEO PICKS

New cuts from Richie Furay, Cracker, and SHEL lead the picks this month that also includes music from Rocky Mountain Celts, along with new hip-hop from Glimmer Twins spin-off Grim & Darling, new electro-pop from  Ronitt, and new country-folk from John Statz, who’s latest album “Tulsa” picked up a few stations in March.  Enjoy.

TOP 40 Spins MARCH 2015

183 titles tracked
Titles tracked = released between Oct 1 2013 and March 27 2015
108 (59%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

bill frisell_guitar in the space age(1) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 18, 2014] (CC)
(3) 2. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues/funk [Jan 15, 2015]
(5) 3. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock/AAA, bluegrass [Jan 2, 2015]
(2) 4. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 15, 2014]
(27) 5. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(D) 6. Richie FurayHand In Hand (ENT ONE Music) Americana/country-rock [March 1, 2015]
(8) 7. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V (SpokesBUZZ) Various [Dec 20, 2014]
(9) 8. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(7) 9. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock/bluegrass [Nov 8, 2014]
(4) 10. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock/AAA [Dec 20, 2014]
(12) 11. 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative [April 26, 2014]
(31) 12. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem  (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(D) 13. John StatzTulsa (self) Americana/country-folk [March 1, 2015]
(21) 14. Rose Quartz Axis of Love [EP] (self) Pop/EDM [Feb 1, 2015]
(18) 15. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(11) 16. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 14, 2014]
(31) 17. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/Adult Contemporary [March 18, 2014]
(30) 18. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana/alt-country-rock [Jan 8, 2015]
(24) 19. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock/AAA [Aug 13, 2014]
(R) 20. Cary MorinTiny Town (self) Blues/folk [Jan 1, 2015]
(D) 21. Jayme StoneJayme Stone’s Lomax Project (Borealis Recording) Folk [March 27. 2015]
(D) 22. TaarkaMaking Tracks Home (self) Folk [March 9, 2015]
(29) 23. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana/folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(D) 24. Dana Landry QuartetStandard Elevation (self) Jazz/Instrumental [March 7. 2015]
(D) 25. Moors and McCumberPandemonium (self) Americana/country-folk [Feb 24 2015]
(R) 26. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 22, 2014]
(19) 27. Young Ancients Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 11, 2014]
(22) 28. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/blues-rock [Jan 25, 2014]
(R) 28. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Rock/AAA [Jan 1, 2014]
(25) 29. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [Jan 13, 2015]
(R) 29. Safe Boating Is No AccidentBonus Features (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 20, 2014]
(D) 30. Trout Steak RevivalBrighter Every Day (self) Bluegrass [March 20. 2015]
(D) 31. Analog SonStomp and Shout! (self) Jazz/Funk [March 7, 2015]
(D) 32. Richard DeanAccidental Human (Coastal Bend) Folk/folk-rock [March 14, 2015]
(D) 33. SHELThe Lab Sessions (Moraine) Folk [March 20, 2015]
(D) 33. Toad In the HoleWallflower (self) Rock/AAA [March 21, 2015]
(6) 34. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [Jan 31, 2015]
(R) 35. Grant Farm Plowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 14, 2014]
(D) 35. In The WhaleNate & Eric (self) Rock [March 9, 2015]
(D) 36. H2 Big BandIt Could Happen (Capri) Jazz/Instrumental [Feb 1, 2015]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 IN MARCH
10. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
13. Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
14. Selasee & the Fafa Family – Time for Peace
15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
16. Euforquestra – Fire
17. Nathaniel Rateliff – Closer EP
17. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
20. The Motet- The Motet
23. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
25. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
26. Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk
26. Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
28. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
31. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
32. AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
32. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
32. The Seers – Deaf in June
33. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep

ADDED TO TRACKING IN MARCH
Amy Kress – Secret Music
Analog Son – Stomp and Shout!
Anthony Ruptak – Between the Hangman and the Halo
Dana Landry Quartet – Standard Elevation
Fox St. – Something About You [single]
In The Whale – Nate & Eric
Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
John Statz – Tulsa
Michael Kirkpatrick – Honey Rider
Modern Suspects – Told You So [single]
Moors and McCumber – Pandemonium
Otis Taylor – Hey Joe Opus Red Meat
Plume Varia – Vernor | Forge
Ragged Union – Hard Row to Hoe
Richard Dean – Accidental Human
Richie Furay – Hand In Hand
Sean Curtis Band – Kind of Like Wyoming
SHEL – The Lab Sessions
Stelth Ulvang – and as always the infinite cosmos
Stephen Melton – S/T
Taarka – Making Tracks Home
Toad In the Hole – Wallflower
Trout Steak Revival – Brighter Every Day

 STATION x STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Oct 2013-March 2015) titles
Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  Stations with minimum 10 “currents” featured in breakout.

chrisdanielsthekings3KAFM (Grand Junction) [15]
1. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Richie Furay – Hand In Hand
4. Paa Kow – Ask
5. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
3. Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

pandas and people cd coverKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. Pandas & People – S/T
2. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
3. Taarka – Making Tracks Home
4. John Statz – Tulsa
5. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone+

chrisdanielsthekings3KUNC (Greeley) [15]
1. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

plum imageOPEN AIR 102.3 (Denver) [30]
1. Plum – Behind Your Man (single)
2. In The Whale – Nate & Eric
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
4. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem

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THE COLORADO SOUND [32]
1. Rose Quartz – Axis of Love
2. Todd Adelmen – Highways and Lowways
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Analog Son – Stomp and Shout!
3. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows

THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365 – TOP SINGLE SPINS
Nathaniel Rateliff – Nothing to Show For
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball
Calder’s Revolvers – I Gotta Know
Richie Furay – We Were the Dreamers
Drew Schofield – Break It Down

RADIO 94.9FM – MARCH ADDS
Brothers Keeper – Why Do You Fall
Cary Morin – Tiny Town
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Something You Got
Fox St. – Somethin About You
Jeff Austin – What The Night Brings
John Statz – Any Town Will Do
Leftover Salmon – Two Highways
Modern Suspects – Told You So
The Motet – Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed
Rose Quartz – Medicine
SHEL – Please Come Home
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Evil Eye
Strange Americans – Rocks Rolls
Tennis – Needle and a Knife
Todd Adelman – Right Before You Said Hello

NEWS NOTES and SPINS – MARCH 1 2015

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SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

RADIO NEWS and NOTES

kgnu logoYou’ve only got a couple of days left to get in on this job opening … KGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See http://kgnu.org/StationManagerSearch for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to job@kgnu.org by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

logo-openairOpen Air 1340 is now Open Air 102.3FM.  And if you haven’t listened, and you’re under 40 and/or you’re into music that you probably have never heard of before, this is a remarkable addition to the FM dial in the Denver metro – extending up just north of Longmont.

KUNC 2Congrats to former Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter Stacy Nick who got laid off at one gig to land another equally impressive role as Culture Arts & Music reporter for 91.5FM KUNC.  On Feb 26th, she posted, “Attn Colorado bands headed to ‪#‎SXSW2015‬: If you haven’t sent in a copy of your latest CD to KUNC yet, do so now. We’re going to be highlighting a bunch of you in the coming weeks. KUNC, 1901 56th Ave. Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634 ‪#‎COMusic‬

support local culture logoArtists Wanted for Support Local Culture Support Local Culture is a joint venture between KRFC 88.9 FM and Noosa Yoghurt. The program provides Northern Colorado arts and culture nonprofit organizations and individual artists with an opportunity to promote themselves through KRFC.  MORE

VIDEO PICKS – FEBRUARY

TOP 40 Spins February 2015

Our TOP 3 this month are exceptional in the number of stations and frequencies cuts from the release were heard on.  Of the 15 stations surveyed, the top 3 appeared on 8, 9, and 7 stations respectively.  No other titles this month appeared on more than 4 stations surveyed.  Of the 15 station/shows surveyed, 8 did not have even the minimum 10 titles necessary to be reflected in the STATION by STATION breakouts.

235 titles tracked – 8 TOP 40 DEBUTS / 16 Adds to tracking
Titles tracked = released between Sept 2013 and Feb 2015
109 (47%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

bill frisell_guitar in the space age(1) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age(Okeh Records) Instrumental [18-Nov-14]
(3) 2. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free(Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(15) 3. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues / r&b / funk [15-Jan-15]
(11) 4. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock [20-Dec-14]
(8) 5. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock / bluegrass [1-Jan-15]
(18) 6. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [31-Jan-15]
(2) 7.  Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock / country-rock / bluegrass [8-Nov-14]
(5) 8. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14]
(4) 9. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock / folk [28-Jun-14]
(23) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West  (NeverFoehl Records) Folk / singer-songwriter [13-Sep-14]
(10) 11. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock / jamband [12-Apr-14]
(27) 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey  (self) Indie/New Alternative [26-Apr-14]
(D) 13. Paul MullikinTime Is Now (self) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Feb-15]
(D) 14. Selasee & the Fafa FamilyTime for Peace (self) World / reggae [30-Jan-15]
(33) 15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]
(12) 16. Euforquestra – Fire (self) Funk / jamband [22-Feb-14]
(D) 17. Nathaniel RateliffCloser EP (Mod y Vi Records) Indie/ Folk [28-Jan-15]
(13) 17. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster(self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(7) 18. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [14-Aug-14]
(R) 19. Young AncientsY/A (self) Americana [22-Feb-14]
(21) 20. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary /  funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 21. Rose Quartz Axis of Love (self) Pop / electronic [1-Feb-15]
(R) 22. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock / blues [25-Jan-14]
(R) 23. Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary / jazz / soul [11-Feb-14]
(R) 24. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(D) 25. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [13-Jan-15]
(R) 25. Nathaniel RateliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Indie / New Alternative / Folk [1-Sep-13]
(D) 26. Gerald AlbrightSlam Dunk (Heads Up Music) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Sep-14]
(D) 26. Gipsy MoonAutumn’s Retreat (self) Folk [1-Feb-15]
(28) 27. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(R) 28. Musketeer Gripweed Floods and Fires (self) Rock / jamband [29-Mar-14]
(R) 29. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana / folk [21-Dec-13]
(9) 30. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Rock / country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(R) 31. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop / adult contemporary [18-Mar-14]
(R) 31. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop / adult contemporary [26-Apr-14]
(19) 31. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [8-Nov-14]
(D) 32. AMZY We Don’t Walk, We Dance (self) Pop / rock [21-Feb-15]
(20) 32.  Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock / R&B [13-Jun-14]
(R) 32. The SeersDeaf in June (self) Rock [27-Sep-14]
(25) 33. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock / pop [19-Jul-14]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 FEB
6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
14. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies
16. Pandas & People – S/T
17. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
17. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
18. Born to Wander – S/T
22. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
24. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
26. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
29. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
30.  Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
30. The Sound and Color – S/T
31. Kate LeRoux – Phoenix
31. Richard Dean – Accidental Human
31. Sofie Reed – Red Hen
32. Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks
32. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

ADDED TO TRACKING FEBRUARY 2015
All Indians, No Chiefs – The Danger Mission EP
AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP
Clouds & Mountains – Slumber
CRL CRRLL – Good Influence
Dearling – Do You Love Me [single]
Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
H2 Big Band – It Could Happen
Juno What?! – Stranger
Land Lines – The Natural World
Patrick Lee – Remixes Vol 1
Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
Peter Sommer – Narrando Historias
Plum – Hello Miss Yellow [single]
Rose Quartz – Axix of Love

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Sept 2013-Feb 2015) titles
Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [17]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Quemando – Paradise

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [+80]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
5. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age

jeff austin simple truthKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR 102.3 FM (Denver) [40]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
3. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
5. Plum – Hello Miss Yellow (single)

BROTHERSKEEPERThe Colorado Sound [40]
1. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

NEWS NOTES & SPINS – FEBRUARY 1 2015

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NEWS & NOTES

2015 kicked off in grand fashion. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall, and Stephen Stills’ Manassas were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and  Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air 1340 AM became Open Air 102.3FM.

30 titles added / 12 debuts charted … I think that’s a record for one month, but don’t quote me on that.  It’s a lot though.

KRFC (Fort Collins) announced the hiring of Charles Hale as new program director. Charles is a KCSU alumnus and in addition to serving on the board of directors he has been a KRFC programmer since 2013, hosting “The Ajax Diner Book Club” Monday nights at 8PM.

The Colorado Sound radio program began its 9th season; the ColoradoSound.com its 6th, and The Colorado Sound Live365 began its 3rd.  The Colorado Sound Live365 posted its best month since last June.  TheColoradoSound.com posted its best non-December month in history.

I became a member of the board of directors for SpokesBUZZ, a tremendous honor for me.

Offstage …Beyond the Music started off the new year with Colorado Music Hall of Fame executive director G. Brown – noted former Denver Post music  critic, KCUV radio personality, Colorado music historian and author of “Colorado Rocks: A Half Century of Music in Colorado” (Pruitt Publishing, Aug 2004).  A newly revised edition will be (according to G) published this spring to coincide with the grand opening of the new location of the HoF at the Trading Post at Red Rocks.    February’s featured guest is Wendy Woo and her husband Charles Snyder.

VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH

All I can say is THANK YOU to the “bootleggers” in the audience at the CMHOF inductions who had decent camera gear.  I heard that the official CMHoF video will be forthcoming soon – but for now, the first five videos are from Poco’s performance at the Hall of Fame induction.  Also included this month:  Young Ancients, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Mama Lenny & the Remedy, Eldren, American Blackout, The Sound and Color, Archive Nights.

TOP 40 Spins January 2015

235 titles tracked
113 (48%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(D) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Instrumental/rock/pop/country [18-Nov-14]
This wasn’t even close.  This is the first time I can recall where an instrumental record debuts atop the monthly spins chart, and it did it by a landslide in number of stations playing, and the total number of spins, and frequencies it’s heard on.  If you listen to public/community/NPR radio anywhere in the state, you hear this record.  It is the most accessible and pop based of all of Frisell’s recordings.

(2) 2. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana, bluegrass, rock [8-Nov-14]
(1) 3. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers)  Americana, bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(4) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock, folk-rock [28-Jun-14]
(D) 5. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14](18) 6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Oct-14]
(3) 7.  TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [14-Aug-14]
(D) 8. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) AAA, bluegrass, pop/rock [20-Dec-04]
(D) 9. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana, country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(9) 10.  The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock, jamband [12-Apr-14]
(D) 11. Brother’s Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) AAA, rock [20-Dec-14]
(17) 12. Euforquestra – Fire (self) AAA, funk, reggae, jamband [22-Feb-14]
(24) 13. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(8) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [1-Aug-13]
(D) 15. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (self) Blues, r&b, funk [15-Jan-15]
(R) 16. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) AAA, acoustic rock, pop [5-Jul-14]
(R) 17. Safe Boating is No Accident Bonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [26-Feb-14]
(21) 17. The Longest Day of the YearCarapace (self) Rock, alt-country-rock [18-Oct-14]
(R) 18. Born to Wander S/T (self) Jazz, folk, vocal [1-Oct-14]
(D) 18. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [31-Jan-15](23) 19. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [8-Nov-14]
(R) 20. Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock, rhythm & blues, soul [13-Jun-14]
(13) 21. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary, funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 22. Cary MorinTiny Town (self) Blues, acoustic/folk [31-Dec-14]
(R) 22. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) AAA, pop [1-Aug-13]
(5) 23. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk, singer-songwriter, pop [13-Sep-14]
(D) 24. Eef & the Blues ExpressAll Rivers Run to the Sea (Blue River Records) Blues [8-Jan-15]
(30) 25. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Indie/New Alternative, pop/rock [19-Jul-14]
(22) 26. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock, jamband [1-Oct-14]
(11) 27. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, rhythm & blues [26-Apr-14]
(R) 28. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Americana, bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(14) 29. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative, folk [5-Apr-14]
(28) 30.  Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock/pop [6-Sep-14]
(D) 30. The Sound and ColorS/T (self) Alternative, rock/pop [1-Jan-15]
(R) 31. Kate LeRouxPhoenix (self) Country, pop [17-May-14]
(D) 31. Richard DeanAccidental Human (self) Folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock [1-Jan-15]
(35) 31. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues, folk, acoustic [20-Jun-14]
(D) 32. Ben GallagherHeart Shaped Rocks (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, americana [1-Jan-15](D) 32. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana, bluegrass, country [1-Mar-14]
(33) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]

ADDED TO TRACKING JANUARY 2015

Archive Nights – 3P-Scribo EP (Rock)
Ashley Raines and the New West Revue – After the Bruising (Americana)
Audi Y Zentimiento – Simplemente Audi (World)
Augustus – The Common Collapse EP (Americana)
Avourneen – Beloved (World)
Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks (Rock)
Champagne Charlie – Devil Bone Crazy EP (Rock)
Chella Negro & the Charm – Chella & the Charm (Indie/New Alternative)
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP (Rock)
Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone (Funk/Soul)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains (Folk)
Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea (Blues)
Equally Challenged – EQC2 (Rock)
Grayson County Burn Ban – three chords (Rock)
Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth (Americana)
Land Lines – The Natural World (Indie/New Alternative)
Lunde Station – Anouther Country (Americana)
Nathaniel Rateliff – Closer EP (Folk)
Pete Kartsounes – Unwind (Rock)
Porlolo – Everything, Barely EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Richard Dean – Accidental Human (Folk)
Selasee & the Fafa Family – Time for Peace (World)
Shady Elders – The Night Air EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Stereo Twins – Good News (Indie/New Alternative)
Susie Fitzgerald – Restless (Americana)
The Sound and Color – The Sound and Color (Rock)
The Windermeres – Anthem Of The Recession Generation (Rock)
Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways (Americana)
Wild High – SDREAMS (Rock)
Wild Wombat – Return 2 Wildstyle (Hip Hop)

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Aug 2013-Jan 2015) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [15]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater
5. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [16]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
3. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
5. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free

leftover salmon_high countryKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows
4. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR CPR (Denver) [30]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
5. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageTHE COLORADO SOUND [32]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
2. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V

The Colorado Sound S9 EP2 Jan 2015

Goat_Logo_color_on_white(Sunday Jan 11) WOW … what a great week in Colorado music and radio.  On Monday Jan 5, Colorado Public Radio announced that they had purchased 102.3FM in Denver, and that Open Air 1340 would move to the new frequency.  Friday night, Jan 9, Manassas, Firefall, Poco, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame class of 2014.

cprLogoDenver has never had a metro grade signal attached to a format that is as dedicated to local music as what we’re about to hear, beginning Jan 27.  And that’s taking nothing away from the efforts made in this region to support local music on the radio going back to the 60s. 950 KIMN is in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame partly for the support they gave to local bands like Boenzee Cryque and others.  KLZ FM, KFML, KAZY, KBPI, KBCO and KTCL have all supported bands from our area going back through our Colorado music and radio history.   None, however, have featured it as prominently as Open Air 1340 does.

What this does for SOME Colorado music regionally is nothing short of amazing. All formats are limited in scope – so no, not all styles of Colorado music will be represented. Based on what Open Air has done to date, I wouldn’t expect any major changes in what they play. However, if people won’t support it financially – by way of sponsorship or membership dollars – others will be reluctant to follow CPR’s lead.  #fingerscrossed  Stations like KRFC and Radio 94.9 in Northern Colorado and Open Air 1340 in Denver are really setting standards for a level of support of local music that we’ve quite frankly never seen before.

img-cmhof-logoFriday night was incredibly special.  A sold out house at the Paramount was on hand for a performance by some of Colorado’s music legends, and relative newcomer and potential future hall of fame member Nathaniel Rateliff who did the opening tribute set to Stephen Stills/Manassas with Jeff Hanna (NGDB), Jock Bartley (Firefall), and Richie Furay (Poco).

Firefall’s impassioned set included original members Jock Bartley and Mark Andes, with fellow original members Larry Burnett and Rick Roberts joining the “newer” lineup for the last couple of songs.  Poco’s set was electrifying – but I’m pretty biased. Supported by the Richie Furay Band, original members Rusty Young, Richie Furay, Paul Cotton, and Timothy B Schmidt turned it up to a level that literally left the sold out room roaring for more, song after song, in a set that included classics Call It Love, Bad Weather, Keep On Trying, Rose of Cimarron,  and Good Feeling to Know.  The only person missing was original drummer/vocalist George Grantham, who fell and did some rib damage a few days before the show.

Among those into folk and country music in Colorado the names Jimmy Ibbotson and John McEuen are staples in the scene, going back to 1970 when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band moved here from Los Angeles.  Jimmy has remained as the sole original member still living in Colorado to this day, and although he left the band in 2004, seeing him on stage made the last 11 years disappear, if only for a couple of songs.  Of all the great things that came out of “the Dirt Band” moving here originally, it was their album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and the title track that has remained as the lasting legacy of their time spent here.

And before we get to the finale, CMHOF executive director G Brown announced that the next induction, coming later this year, will include Dan Fogelberg and Barnstorm (Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli, Joe Vitale).

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

In the current episode running now at the Offstage Beyond the Music page CMHOF executive director G Brown talks about his vision for the hall of fame over the years.  COMING IN FEB – Wendy Woo and her husband Charles and I sit at their dining room table and talk shop.

PLAYLIST S9 EP2 2015

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

HOUR 1

Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “Funky to the Bone” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
Sugarloaf “Colorado Jones” from Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Ride on the Carapace” from Carapace (2014)
Instant Empire “Without Wires” from Instant Empire (2011)
Bad Weather California “Keep It Together” from Back Seats (2013)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Lover/Undercover” from Bonus Features (2014)
The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015)
Paper Bird “Lonely Too Long” from When the River Took Flight (2010)
Finnders & Youngberg “Lonely Too Long” from I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (2013)
(D) Cary Morin “Obstacles to Negotiate” from Tiny Town (2014)
Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “Chasing Light” from The Return (2014)

HOUR 2

Bob Lind “Elusive Butterfly” from Elusive Butterfly (1966)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Good Times, Rock & Roll” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(N) Bill Frisell “Pipeline” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Dressy Bessy “New Song (From Me to You)” from Dressy Bessy (2003)
Leftover Salmon “Get Up and Go” from High Country (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Viceroy Filter King” from Always Say Please and Thank You (2000)
String Cheese Incident “So Far From Home” from Song In My Head (2014)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)