CP S15 EP06 2021

FEB 08 2021 –We’re three months, 1/4 of a year, into the new release year that began in November and already I’m seeing a record number of new releases from here in Colorado.  It may be the result of COVID isolation, or simply that there are more ways to produce new records.

I can say I’m fitting new tracks into show outlines four weeks in advance from now.  This week I managed to get in new music from David William’s Trickster Carousel, Isadora Eden, Zembu, House Painter Music, and The Barlow.   

The big news this past week is that venues will be able to open to 50% capacity, depending on social distancing criteria.

Westword outlined the specifics: “At indoor unseated events, venues can host up to 50 percent capacity — but no more than fifty or a hundred people, depending on the size of the space and using the state’s Social Distancing Space Calculator.

Indoor seated events can have up to a hundred people or 50 percent capacity — whichever is smaller. Outdoor events can have up to 175 people or 50 percent capacity — again, whichever is smaller. Venues operating as indoor restaurants can have 50 percent capacity or fifty people (or even up to 150, based on the state’s calculator).”

The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll see any type of large outdoor gatherings this season.  Major events such as Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, the Greeley Blues Jam and Greeley Stampede have yet to announce one way or another how they will proceed.

Even with more people being allowed into our smaller venues many of our local musicians are still struggling.  Our non-profit, Rocky Mountain Music Relief receives two or three requests a week for help.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


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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 Antonio Lopez.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 06 2021

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. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
1. WELLINGTON BULLINGSBecause I Want To LP (Jul-20)
2. ATOMGAWhich One Are You SINGLE (Nov-20)
3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
3. DAVID LADONSo Inert (or Reflections on a Perpetual Campaign Cycle) SINGLE (Jan-21)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks🙂

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

HOUR 1

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Make A Little Magic – Make A Little Magic (1980)
(D) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Cradle to the Grave – Snake Oil (2021)

Kiltro – The Hustle – Creatures of Habit (2019)
Michael Trent – The Winner – The Winner (2010)
(D) Isadora Eden – Ghosts – Allnight (2021)

Monica Marie LaBonteRiver Song (2020)
Acoustic Junction – Think About It – Acoustic Junction (1996)
The Subdudes – Sarita – Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Zembu – Overgrown – Recall (2020)

John Common And Blinding Flashes Of Light – Same Scar – Beautiful Empty (2010)
Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars – Shut Up and Drive – Hymns for the Hardened (2019)
Adam Bodine – Swamp Stomp – Scenes of Changery (2020)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & Fire – Devotion – Open Our Eyes (1974)
(D) House Painter Music – God Was Born In NYC – Scream Inside Your Heart (2021)

DeVotchKa – Let Me Sleep – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby – Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Antonio Lopez – Roots and Wings – Roots and Wings (2021)
Antonio Lopez – ’42 Ford – Roots and Wings (2021)
(D) The Barlow – Horseshoe Lounge – Horseshoe Lounge (2021)

The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Churchill – Change – Change EP (2012)
Ryan A Fourt – Grapple At The Snapple – Big Slick (2015)

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CP S15 EP01 2021

Jan 04 2021 – HAPPY 2021!  Welcome to Season #15! WOW.  I hope we can celebrate together this April, which is the official birthdate of the show in 2006.  Of course, COVID will have a say in whether that event takes place or not.

A big welcome to new fans of the show listening in at KRZA Alamosa and KFFR Winter Park.  That brings the Colorado Playlist to 27 FM frequencies a week and 60 total hours of programming.

Due to the 27 frequency reach the CP has, it factors heavily into the weekly and monthly charts I publisher here, as well as the Colorado singles and album charts at RootsMusicReport.com.

I am very surprised to see the wonderful new album from Ron Miles hitting TOP 5 again this month, without any spins at all from two of our leading stations.  This is the 2nd time Rainbow Sign has pushed its way onto the weekly chart.

NEW POLL FORMAT – Instead of voting 1-5 for new tracks for the show, you can simply say you like it, don’t like it or say MEH-It’s OK.  Let’s see how that works.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now.  The Stay Home Silent Disco will put a nice chunk of change in our account.

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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 Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd & the Monsters)

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 02 2021

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. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  2. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
  3. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
  4. RON MILESRainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
  5. BISON BONEFind Your Way Out LP (Jul-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawakais a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks🙂

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

HOUR 1

The Electric Prunes – Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers – Good Old Rock and Roll (1969)
Big Bird & The Steam ShovelWhat’s Happening (At The Psychiatrist Club) (1968)
(D) Pandas and PeopleBad Honey (2021)

Dafna – Let U Go – I Love You (2020)
OneRepublic – Future Looks Good – Oh My My (2016)
Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2021)
Musketeer Gripweed – Rich Man’s Child – More Than Ever (2021)
piKziL – Can’t Get Started – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
The Samples – Warm & Sunny – Black & White (2004)

(D) Cass ClaytonMake Believing (2021) – Cass Clayton is a very good personal friend of mine. She serves on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Music Relief, a Colorado non-profit we started in 2017 to help artists struggling financially due to natural catastrophes. She’s also been directly involved with helping serve food-insecure members of our music community via Bread & Jam at Dazzle @ Bau’rs (Denver). AND she’s maintained a busy studio schedule along with all the other things she can think of to keep the music going. 

Kyle Emerson – Are You Lonely – Only Coming Down (2020)
Scott Martin – Pam – Alone at Sunset (2018)

HOUR 2

Eighth Penny MatterRain (1968)

(D) Ramakhandra – Kujira – Ramakhandra (2020) – Ramakhandra snuck up on me this past month when 303 Magazine named their S/T debut as Album of the Year for 2020. Up to that point, I’m sorry to say, I hadn’t heard of them. Recently, 303 music editor Kori Hazel and I noted between us that they are (unofficially) a band to watch for in 2021 and beyond.  

SHELRainbow (2020)
Slow Caves – Glares – Desert Minded EP (2017)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
The Railbenders – Hard Road – The Medicine Show (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Hey Delila – Black Beehive (2014)
MojomamaPoint Of View Blues (2020)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Pine Box – Always Say Please And Thank You (2000)
Jason Klobnak – Through Her Eyes – Friends and Family (2018)

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CP S14 EP42 2020

Monday NOV 09 2020 – Monday morning coffee = the election is over.  COVID isn’t.  Winter is setting in; so are we.  That means fewer shows and more time streaming.

I’ve seen an explosion of recordings (LP, EP and singles) since March.  In fact, even thinking of what might be the “BEST OF” for 2020 is already feeling like an impossible task.    Gonna need your help for reals this year.  POLLS coming soon.  MMMM = MelMo & the Middlemen, Monica Marie LaBonte , YepOk, New Family Dog. Your vote matters.

I added a new feature to the show this week = Middleclass Rockstar, hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I’ll feature a 7 to 8 min long excerpt of an hour plus long conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons.

DONATIONS WELCOMED and deeply appreciated.  The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.

TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING NOV 07 2020

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. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

206 titles  / 13 stations tracked

NOVEMBER ARTIST TO WATCH FOR – DAFNA Dafna has amassed over 400,000 spins on Spotify alone.  A 20 year old CU Boulder student, she  has also collaborated with several other artists, making waves in the EDM scene with Covex (Taste of Love, Jealous) and Mielo (Lonely Game)    She has 1400 followers on YouTube. The official lyric video for let you go has just shy of 14,000 plays.  As of November 9th,the same song has 195,000 Spotify spins, while Valentine has 281,000 spins.

1. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
2. DAFNAI LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
3. ZACH HECKENDORFHAWK TALK LP (Sep-20)
4. FERN ROBERTSMeet Them At the Door LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. OPEN FOR RESERVATION DINING and shows.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

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

HOUR 1

Jonny III – Hey Baby – Rocky Mountain Low: The Colorado Musical Underground Of The Late 1970s (2009)
Kenny Vaughan – Country Music Got A Hold On Me – V (2011)
(D) MelMo & the MiddlemenGood Girls (Need Bad Boys) (2020)

The Beeves – Jamie’s Revenge – Adam & Beeve (2019)
Wood Belly – Solid Ground – Solid Ground (2018)
(N) Monica Marie LaBonte – Tall Pines – See Through (2020)

Johnny & The Mongrels – Louisiana Girl – Creole Skies (2020)
Joe Walsh – Turn To Stone – Barnstorm (1972)
Firefall – Cinderella – Firefall (1976)
(D) YepOk – Jose Gonzales – YepOk (2020)

Whitacre – Southbound Train – Seasons (2019)
Rubedo – Sungazer – Vaca (2017)
EuforquestraSome Things Are Not Known (2020)

HOUR 2

Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon – Deer Creek Canyon (2012)
Sera Cahoone – Always Turn Around – From Where I Started (2017)
(D) New Family Dog – 6 Feet Under – Halo (2020)

Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Five Iron Frenzy – Zen & the Art of Xenophobia – Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
2MX2 feat Kid AstronautLike You Love You (2019)
Nikki GironNo Matter How Far (2019)
(N) Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2020)
Dan Treanor – Mercy – Mercy (2005)
The Patti Fiasco – Elvis – Small Town Lights (2013)
Sunsquabi – Fisher Cat – Instinct (2019)

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TOP 30 OCTOBER 2020

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I’m able to track spins at 14 of those stations that have some kind of searchable online database or use Spinitron.

I tracked 200 releases (LP, EP or Single) for the month of October.  A few were advance singles that I got to share on CP network, or that stations got to share in advance of release dates in July.

Cary Morin and Gasoline Lollipops remain the top 2 album titles for the second month – swapping places at 1 &  2.  All the (D) we see listed come courtesy of Indie 102.3, which stands alone in the number of spins they give their monthly featured artists.  No other station in Colorado even comes close in the number of spins they give #COMusic – though other stations air more unique titles overall.

Spinitron’s playlist generator was developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US. Record promoters, agents and artists are among those most likely to benefit from Spinitron’s advanced search function.

TOP 30 TITLES OCTOBER 2020

    • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
    • DATE OF RELEASE = Sept 2019-November 2020
    • (xxx) = SEPTEMBER 2020 position

(2) 1. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(1) 2. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(13) 3. RODNEY RICE – Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
(D) 4. PARKERCare Not Carry EP (Sep-20)
(-) 5. AUGUSTUSColor Tv and Tall Tales LP (May-20)
(D) 6. GHOST TAPES FIG Pt 1 EP (Sep-20)
(3) 7. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(D) 7. THE MAZLOWSCommunity Locker LP (Aug-20)
(D) 8. PSYCHOLOGIC & KID ASTRONAUTKenopsia EP (Aug-20)
(D) 9. JOSH DILLARDThe Natural World LP (Nov-20)
(-) 10. BISON BONEFind Your Way Out LP (Jul-20)
(D) 11. BIG HEARTS CLUBDear, Nick SINGLE (Aug-20)
(18) 11. TYLER T. – Wildflower LP (Jan-20)
(D) 12. LOKANARide or Die SINGLE (Sep-20)
(11) 13. LAST CALL ROMANCE – Double Funeral, Vol. 1 EP (Dec-19)
(8) 13. JON SNODGRASS – Tace LP (Aug-20)
(-) 14. JAMES LEE BAKER100 Summers LP (Aug-20)
(15) 15. VALDEZSaint Munchausen SINGLE (Sep-20)
(-) 15. WOOD BELLYMan on the Radio LP Jan-20
(D) 16. SCHAMA NOELEternal Feels 2 EP (Feb-20)
(4) 17. THE LUMINEERS – III LP (Sep-19)
(D) 18. MARIA LEVITOVA Netflix Original SINGLE (May-20)
(D) 18. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTOver the Edge SINGLE (Aug-20)
(D) 18. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTTrans Am SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 19. MARIA LEVITOVSugar Paradise SINGLE (Apr-20)
(16) 20. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Apr-20)
(6) 21. THE WOOD BROTHERS – Kingdom In My Mind LP (Jan-20)
(-) 22. TROUT STEAK REVIVALThe Light We Bring LP (Feb-20)
(-) 23. DOWN TIMEHurts Being Alive LP (Mar-20)
(-) 23. BOWREGARD Arrows LP (Jul-20)

CP S14 EP36 2020

Monday SEPT 14 2020Expressly and explicitly Colorado from the 60’s to today; from the biggest hit-makers and award winners in Colorado music history to some of the freshest new music emerging from the Centennial state.

Dial up a 50+ year retrospective at the CP from the 60s to Today on Spotify or check out a playlist of tracks from 2020 at CP2020.  CP Best of the Decade 2010-2019 and CP Caribou Ranch Collection.  PLS be sure to follow.

CP2020 UPDATES REGULARLY.  New music from Blakk Mantra, Bowregard, Jayme Stone, Keith Oxman, Monica Marie, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Tennis, Trevor Hall.

You can also find every playlist I’ve ever made on my YouTube channel, dating back to 2012.  PLS be sure to subscribe.

DULCETTERRA, AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL, CONFERENCE AND SONGWRITING CAMP. Watch live on Monday, September 21st, 2020, from 12PM until 12AM Mountain Standard Time.

TOP 5 WK ENDING SEPT 12 2020

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. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations use Spinitron.

COLORADO RADIO (15 stations / 165 titles tracked)

    1. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Aug-20)
    2. CARY MORIN– Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
    4. LOGAN FARMERStill No Mother LP (Aug-20)
    5. THE WOOD BROTHERSKingdom In My Mind LP (Jan-20)

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (includes international, national and Internet radio stations regardless of date / year of release)

    1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF– And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    2. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Mar-20)
    3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    4. THE SUBDUDES – Lickskillet LP (May-18)
    5. LEE SIMS – A Few More Miles to Go LP (Dec-19)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. NOW OPEN for food, music and movies.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

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

HOUR 1

James Vincent – Space Traveler – Space Traveler (1975) **CARIBOU RANCH COLLECTION**
(D) Big Head Todd & the MonstersBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020)

The String Cheese Incident – Vertigo – SCI Sound Lab Radio EP (2019)
Leftover Salmon – Show Me Something Higher – Something Higher (2018)
Alexa Wildish – Magic Hours – Alexa Wildish EP (2020)
Nathaniel Rateliff – All Or Nothing – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Complicated – The Show (2009)
Sherri Jackson – Maple Tree – Sherri Jackson (1997)
(D) Estin & the 86’d – Half A Bottle – Long Live the River (2020)

Megan Burtt – Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – The Bargain (2015)
Soon To Be Titans – Seven Sirens – Voyager EP (2019)
The Motet – Nachez – Breathe (1999)

HOUR 2

Freddi Henchi Band – I Love You Baby (f. Larry Wilkens) – Freddi Henchi Band (1981) **CARIBOU RANCH COLLECTION**
(D) Face Vocal BandColorado Moon (2020)

The Lumineers – Life In The City – III (2019)
John Grant – He’s Got His Mother’s Hips – Love Is Magic (2018)
John March – Sweet Lorraine (f. Mark Oblinger) – For Once In My Life, a Tribute to Ted Green (2020)
Fifty Dollar Friend – Not Thinking About You – In Black and White (2020)
Katie Herzig – I Hurt Too – Apple Tree (2008)
Devotchka – Along The Way – A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
(D) Jackson Emmer – Turn Up the Jukebox – Alpine Coda (2020)

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Train Home – Love Runner (2014)
The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Ben Haugland – Second Sight – A Million Dreams (2015)

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