The Colorado Sound S7EP45 DEC 2013

chrisk w new hatWOW what an incredible week!  You managed to blast away more long standing records than I could have imagined.  For that I am very grateful.  I believe it was about a week ago I posted “Sad News,” where I bemoaned that I was going to have to shut down The Colorado Sound Live365 for lack of funds.  A few hours later I had to retract my statements, when I learned I was under contract until March 31, 2014.

You responded by contributing $600 in two days, and in the process boosting the listenership to new highs.  Two days later I began posting FAN FAVORITE POLLS for our BEST OF 2013 coming out on Dec 28, and the blog metrics blew up.

The Colorado Sound Live365 listener metrics Dec 1 – Dec 7 = 286 streams launched x 35.5 mins avg listening time = TLH (Total listening hours) 169.

IN the entire month of NOVEMBER, The Colorado Sound Live365 listener metrics = 321 streams launched x 14.2 mins avg listening time = TLH 76. unique page views Dec 1 – Dec 7 = 3252.

The previous monthly unique pg views record -> May 2013 = 2227.

4 of the past 6 days could have easily been new single day pg view records, which was originally 386, set on Jan 2, 2011.  I thought the 457 views on Monday Dec 2 would last at least a year .. or more.  Until that was broken on Wednesday, when we logged 1300 unique pg views straight up.   WOW.

At this point I have no idea where you’re taking me …but I sure am enjoying the ride.


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No doubt one of the most popular bands to ever emerge from Colorado … Five Iron Frenzy … displaying the kind of political angst that gave rise to punk music to begin with.    


Fourth Estate “Joy” from Finesse And Fury (1992)
Dan Fogelberg “At Christmas Time” from The First Christmas Morning (1999)
(D) Papa Juke “When Flood Waters Came” [single] (2013) ***100 % of the proceeds from the sales of this song will be donated to support Boulder County musicians who suffered loses as the result of the 2013 Boulder County Flood. Donations will go to the Conscious Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, committed to supporting communities in crisis. (*** Ryan Chrys “The Road Never Ends” from A Lick & A Promise (2013)
Beki Hemingway “Northbound Traffic” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Dave Tamkin “Drift” from Cedar (2013)
(D) the Jekylls “First Song About Santa” from A Very Jekylls Christmas EP (2013)
Poco “Call It Love” from The Essential Poco (2005)
Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Do You Want Me Now?” [single] (2014) Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Post Paradise “Digging Secrets” from Digging Secrets (2013)
Joshua Trinidad “The Coast” from Maritime (2013)
Leftover Salmon “Baby Hold On” from Euphoria (1997)
Subdudes “Sarita” from Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Matt Skinner Band “Ashes to Ashes” from Native Stranger (2013)
David Starr “Alive Again” from Alive Again (2013)
Katie Herzig “Little Bit of Love” from Secret Road – As Heard on TV (2014)
(D) Mama Lenny and the Remedy “In Danger” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
(D) SHEL “Sleigh Ride” from Sleigh Ride
Danny Shafer “I Am” from Wherever You Are (2013)
Tommy Bolin “Shake the Devil” from Private Eyes (1976)
Andy Monley “Kites” from Triplight (2006)
(D) Brad Fitch “Around and Around” from Columbine Blue (2014)
Lissa Hanner “Colorado Cowgirl” from My Colorado (2014)
Haunted Windchimes “Wanderin’ Heart” from Out With The Crow (2012)
Raincheck “Right There” from Raincheck (2012)


Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteBrain freeze:  seriously.  Time to just put the facts out there.  We did pretty good in October for listenership and readership here at The Colorado Sound.  October listenership at The Colorado Sound Live365 was up significantly over September, rockin’ in some 450 unique streams for about a 14.5 per day average.  This site here managed to eek out 43 unique page views per day over the month (2013 avg is 51 views per day).  In October two days broke single day listening records at 47 (new Saturday record) and 34 (new Friday record) respectively… Next goal is to break 25 streams per day avg – and a monthly daily average of 60 here.

Coming up sooner than we think -> end of year best of polls.  Time now to catch up with your favorites over the past year.  We’ll get that going in about five weeks.


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KRCC is looking for a Morning Edition host in Colorado Springs.  The job posted 10/22 and you only have until Tuesday 11/5 to respond.

Required Qualifications: Associates degree in Communications or Broadcasting or three years related broadcast experience. Working knowledge of a radio studio and broadcast automation systems. Professional voice skills and ability to conduct interviews. Skilled in fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Basic office/computer skills and working knowledge of social media. Able to arrive at work at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and meet the physical demands of the position.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in Communications or Broadcasting. Five years on air broadcast experience. Audio production skills including recording, editing, etc. Proficient using MS Office and FileMaker Pro. Experience working at a nonprofit organization.

KUNC LOGOFan of KUNC Music, heard weekdays from 9 AM-2 PM, and KUNC Music After Hours (weeknights 9 PM- midnight), can now enjoy KUNC Music 24 hours a day, thanks to KUNC Music 247, a new 24-hour music stream launched in September.

The new stream provides an option for listeners who opt for music over Morning Edition, All Things Considered, or the other Public Radio Favorites broadcast over KUNC’s FM signal.

KUNC Music features new releases alongside established, quality artists that reflect Colorado’s unique lifestyle. “Classic artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading, and the Subdudes have loads of great songs, but they’ve been mostly abandoned by commercial rock formats” says KUNC Music Director Benji McPhail. “KUNC Music plays those artists alongside newer artists like Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell, and Neko Case. You’ll also hear the occasional Sinatra classic, local favorites like Jeff Brinkman, some vintage soul, blues and more. It’s a one of a kind listening experience.”

The stream is available at, as well as the station’s mobile apps.

kgnu logo  Got this off Facebook this evening.  Always happy to introduce another great Colorado music program to the listening public.  “Hey all you KGNUnits! We will be creating a new program called Local Gold on KGNU’s new all music stream, After FM. It will exclusively feature Colorado made music. What Rocky Mountain musical acts would you like to hear on Local Gold?”


I think I may have figured out this YouTube thing LOL… we’ll see.  This month’s video’s feature a live shot of Danny Shafer at a flood relief show that’s pretty special, along with the latest from the Fray, Tennis, the Lumineers, Star Jaguar and others… eight videos this month… so about 35 mins?  Better than any half hour episode on tv 😉


310 titles tracked in October
156 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(2) 1. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug-13](1) 2. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [Jun-13]
(5) 3. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [Jul-13]
(R) 4. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan-13]
(6) 5. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan-13]
(4) 6. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country [Jul-13]
(9) 7. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov-12]
(16) 8. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-13]
(R) 9. Sera Cahoone (CC)Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [Nov-12]
(18) 10. Joe JohnsonNew West Sound (Blank Tape) Americana/country-folk [Aug-13]
(19) 11. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [Jan-13]
(R) 12. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock/AAA [Dec-12]
(D) 13. Yonder Mountain String BandEP13 (Frog Pad) Americana/bluegrass [Sep-13]
(7) 14. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records) Americana/bluegrass [Aug-13]
(14) 14. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Americana/bluegrass [Jun-13]
(R) 15. Monocle BandMonocle Band (self) Americana/folk [Aug-13]
(R) 16. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Indie/New Alternative [Jun-13]
(29) 17. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Americana/bluegrass [May-13]
(R) 18. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop [Aug-13]
(D) 19. Nathaniel RatefliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sep-13]
(R) 20. Bad Weather CaliforniaBack Seats (Firetalk) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-13]
(22) 20. Changing Colors Joan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-13]
(R) 21. Chimney Choircompass (self) Folk [May-13]
(R) 22. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [Mar-13]
(R) 22. NavySpirit Groove (self) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-13]
(10) 23. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [Jan-13]
(30) 24. Blue RiderBlue Rider (self) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-13]
(12) 25. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May-13]
(R) 25. Hezekiah GoodeTwo Billion Acres of Salt (self) Americana/country [May-13]
(11) 26. The ReMindersBorn Champions (self) Urban Contemporary [Jul-13]
(D) 27. Lil’ ThunderRazor Blades & Sunshine (self) Rock [Sep-13]
(21) 27. Post ParadiseDigging Secrets (self) Rock [Apr-13]
(20) 28. Gabrielle LouiseThe Bird in My Chest (self) Folk [Aug-13]
(D) 29. Star JaguarThe Jailer: Pt 2 (single) Urban Contemporary/EDM [Oct-13]
(36) 30. Jeremy DionGolden Some Days (self) Folk [Feb-13]
(R) 30. Trout Steak RevivalFlight (self) Americana/bluegrass [Nov-12]
(3) 31. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [Jul-13]
(23) 32. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade (self) Americana/alt-country [Jan-13]
(R) 33. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove (WWR) Americana/grass [Feb-13]
(8) 34. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [Feb-13]

13. Varlet – American Hymns
15. The Whiskey Bottles – Grandville
17. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
19. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
22. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
24. The Belle Jar – Union Station
25. Wendy Woo Band – Live
27. Cary Morin – Streamline
28. Covenhoven – Covenhoven
28. gogoLab – Border Patrol
31. Moors & McCumber – Against the Grain
32. Patrick Dethlefs – While You’re Carrying the Weight EP
33. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
34. 3 Twins – De Nada
35. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years
37. Rob Roper – The Other Side of Nowhere

Arliss Nancy – Wild American Runners
Balue – Quiet Dreamer
Britton Duel – Sky Between the Pines
Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels – Honky Tonk Bastard World
CP Carrington – Now That You’re Here
Dave Tamkin – Cedar
David Starr – Alive Again
Delta Sonics – Live at the Boulder Outlook
Distant Correspondence – Distant Correspondence
Drag The River – Losers/Marooned (single)
Eldren – Eldren
Equally Challenged – Equally Challenged
Fluorescent Phobia – Incandescence EP
Hindershot – Hindershot
Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
Jeff Cormack – Thirteen013 SummerDreams
John Oates – Close (single)
Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
Matthew Moon – I Am the Wind
My Body Sings Electric – PT 1: The Night Ends
Paul Sammons – A Lifetime Ago EP
Petals of Spain – Petals of Spain
Pizza Time – Quiero Mas
Samuel Mouton – Paradise
Smashy Claw – Former Spine
Star Jaguar – The Jailer: Pt 2
Tennis – Small Sound
The Fray – Love Don’t Die (single)
The Piedmont Brothers (CC) – Back to the Country
The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
The Yawpers – Good Songs – Shitty Versions
Toad In the Hole – Apt 203
Tyler Ward – Forever Starts Tonight
Winchester Holiday – Winchester Holiday EP


Bobby Walker - Feelin GoodKAFM (Grand Junction) [21]
1. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
5. Drop Top Lincoln – Sixx Dollar Suit

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Darryl Purpose – Next Time Around
2. Moors & McCumber – Against the Grain
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues

devotchka_live with CO symKDNK (Carbondale) [16]
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP

Bad Weather California_Back SeatsKDUR (Durango) [N/A]
1. Bad Weather California – Back Seats EP
2. Drag The River – Drag the River
3. Shady Elders – No Favors EP
4. Lil’ Thunder – Razor Blades and Sunshine
5. Tennis – Small Sound EP

head for the hills blue ruinKGNU (Boulder) [20]
1. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
3. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (Colorado Springs) [13]
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
4. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
4. The ReMinders – Born Champions

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKRFC (Fort Collins) [~80]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Britton Duel – Sky Between the Pines
3. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry

bad brad and the fat cats _ eyes on the prize

KRZA (Alamosa) [6]
1. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
1. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
1. Lynn Baker Quartet – LectroCoustic
2. Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKSUT (Ignacio) [7]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanKUNC (Greeley) [6]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
4. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange

jon wirtz touristKUVO (Denver) [7]
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
2. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
3. Aakash Mittal Quartet f. Ron Miles – Ocean
3. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
4. Brad Goode – Chicago Red

finders and youngberg_I don't wantKVNF (Paonia) [11]
1. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
2. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel

Blue RiderOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [61]
1. Blue Rider – Blue Rider
2. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Navy – Spirit Groove
4. Land Lines – Land Lines
5. Varlet – American Hymns

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanRadio 94.9 Colorado (Loveland) [8]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
1. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
1. Star Jaguar – The Jailer: Pt 2
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant

1. Poco – All Fired Up
2. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
2. Selina Albright – Brighter
3. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights


Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
3. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
4. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
3. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
4. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
5. Cary Morin – Streamline

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
4. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

Mike Clark_Round and RoundIndie / New Alternative
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Paper Bird – Rooms
4. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
5. Bad Weather California – Back Seats

Maxwell HughesJazz / Instrumental
1. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
4. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean
5. Jon Wirtz – Tourist

rob drabkin_little stepsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
1. Wendy Woo Band – Live
2. Winchester Holiday – Winchester Holiday EP
3. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
3. Petals of Spain – Petals of Spain

patti fiasco_small town lightsRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
3. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
4. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
5. Lil’ Thunder – Razor Blades & Sunshine

Reminders Born ChampionsUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. The ReMinders – Born Champions
2. Star Jaguar – The Jailer: Pt 2
3. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
4. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Blank Space EP
5. Air Dubai – Warning

The Colorado Sound S7 EP39 OCT 2013

chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013Monday / Oct 28, 2013: Good morning. Not a lot of time this morning, and obviously not yesterday either considering this didn’t get done and posted til now. Full day of music yesterday in support of CAN’D AID FOUNDATION at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont. Felonius Smith, Grant Farm bluegrass, and Rocktin’ Grove killed it noon to five …and then we had our Sunday evening show upstairs in the loft with David Williams gypsy jazz featuring David and Enion Tiller. All in all a really magnificent day of music.

So, what do Glenn Frey, Joe Cocker, Joe Walsh, and Rick Derringer have to do with Colorado music history? Three are current or past residents in the state – and two were produced by a famous rock producer who had a label in Denver (Tumbleweed) in the 60s, who recorded the first two records to come out of Caribou Ranch, and who subsequently went on to become the Eagles producer in the mid-70s.

Video Pick of the Week:  Danny Shafer and his family are among those who lost their home and possessions in Lyons this year.  There have been numerous benefits in support of Danny, the Tillers, and the many others who have lost because of the floods.  This video is from one of those benefits… grab the Kleenex kids.  


Glenn Frey “Smuggler’s Blues” from Solo Collection (1984)
Joe Cocker “Hard Knocks” from Hard Knocks (2012)
Joe Johnson “Ketchikan” from New West Sound (2013)
(N) Petals of Spain “Love (Really Breaks)” from Petals of Spain (2013) 
(N) Equally Challenged “All My Love” from Equally Challenged (2013) 
Nathaniel Rateliff “Don’t Get Too Close” from Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2013)
(D) Balue “Grow Up” from Quiet Dreamer (2013) 
Dressy Bessy “Anyone Can See” from Holler and Stomp (2008)
Gromet “Sink or Sail” from Colorado Captain (2010)
Whiskey Bottles “Fell In Love With A Stranger” from Grandville (2013)
Alan & Martin “Missin’ Kissin’ You” from Only Boys Back Then (2012)
Palmer Divide “Knockin’ At Your Door” from Shenandoah Train (2009)
Keith Oxman “All Dudes” from Doing All Right (2009)
Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” from The Smoker You Get The Player You Get (1973)
Rick Derringer “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” from All American Boy (1973)
(D) The Fray “Love Don’t Die” from Love Don’t Die (2013)
Churchill “Ark In A Flood” from Change EP (2012)
Jeff Brinkman “Halo” from Strange (2012)
(N) Poco “Rockin’ Horse Blues” from All Fired Up (2013)
Lisa Bell “Bring the Love” from The Italian Project (2013)
(D) David Starr “Alive Again” from Alive Again (2013)
String Cheese Incident “Tinder Box” from Untying the Not (2003)
(N) Monocle Band “Water Sky” from Monocle Band (2013)
(N) Taarka “Go to the Ledge” from Adventures in Vagabondia (2013)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

Chris Daniels Induction into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

DENVER, CO (October 23, 2013) – It’s been a pretty good year so far for roots and rock artist Chris Daniels, who was a co-nominee for a 2013 Grammy Award with Mark Oblinger, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Hubert Laws in the Best Children’s Album category, completing his 20th tour of Europe in October and surviving into his third year after being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. “It is amazing to me to be nominated for this honor, I mean, I will be there with the likes of John Denver, Judy Collins, Harry Tuft and I’m sure in the future Hot Rize, The Lumineers, The Flobots and so many more incredible Colorado musicians.” (Chris Daniels)

chris danielsDaniels began his career in the acoustic folk era of the early 1970s, first with Rosewood Canyon (one of Jello Biafra’s favorite bands) and then for five years with Magic Music – the legendary first jam band in Colorado. Daniels and the band played the 2nd and 3rd Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, along with festivals all across the Southwest. Magic Music was renowned for their tightknit vocal harmonies and early acoustic jam band extended solos. “I think I played every room Chuck Morris had in those days including The Sink, Tulagi and Ebbets Field plus we did shows with the funkiest bad-ass soul band around, The Freddi Henchi Band at their club in Boulder.” (Chris Daniels)

After taking three years to finish his degree in music, Daniels returned to Colorado in 1979 and started the critically acclaimed alt-rock band Spoons before getting drafted into The Russell Smith Band (Amazing Rhythm Aces) to tour the world playing guitar, mandolin, banjo and peddle steel.

In 1984 Daniels formed Chris Daniels & the R&B Kings (later just The Kings). The band’s first top 10 Triple A radio hit was “When You’re Cool” in 1987. chris daniels_when you're coolTwelve international album releases later Chris Daniels & The Kings will celebrate their 30th year together in 2014 having worked with the most respected names in music including: Bonnie Raitt, Al Kooper, David Bromberg, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Bill Payne and an extensive list of artists with whom they’ve shared co-bills and tours. They performed for three Presidents, including Barak Obama, plus The Queen of Holland and numerous appearances on local, national and international TV. The band has won a bevy of awards including several Best of Westword and independent music awards and Daniels’ nomination as a contributor for his songwriting and performance on the Grammy nominated children’s album Jumpin Jazz Kids. Chris also served as the Friday night closing act at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival from 1982 to 1991 and he and the Kings started the notorious “After Hours Jams” that continue now as the Nightgrass Concerts.

Daniels got into ‘giving back’ to the Colorado community – assuming the post as Executive Director of Swallow Hill Music Association in 1995 and leading them in the transition to their new building (at the time 2000) and winning both the Mayor’s and Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Starting in 2002 Daniels began teaching at Arapahoe Community College, winning the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award in 2006/2007 and then receiving the honor of becoming an Assistant Professor of Music Business at the University of Colorado Denver in 2007 where he won the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts & Media in 2011.

In February 2010 Daniels was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia (AML-M4) and he went through intense chemo and eventually received a bone marrow transplant via stem cells from his sister Jane Moffett. Jane will be at the induction at the Paramount. He started performing and teaching again in the fall of 2010, and continues to record and perform in the US and Europe.

Chris returned to his folk and acoustic roots in 2012 with the album Better Days. It earned the #1 spot on Colorado Music & Radio’s Best of 2012 videos with the song “Sister Delores.” Better Days charted as the #4 Album on the 2012 Colorado Music & Radio survey in great company with acts such as The Lumineers. Better Days was “Most Added” on the Americana Music Association (AMA) radio chart and reached #19 on the Alt Country Chart in addition to receiving glowing reviews. Chris was featured live at the FMQB AAA Summit (Boulder), KBCO Studio C and the Americana Renegades showcase at the AMA Conference in Nashville.

Daniels is not only connecting with fans musically – he is striking a chord visually. His videos for “South Carolina” and “Better Days” have received almost 30,000 views in the past 10 months and animated video for “Medical Marijuana” will be released soon. All of the songs included special guest performances from the likes of Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco), Sam Bush (Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck), Kenny Passarelli (Elton John), Hazel Miller and a host of other amazing artists.

In 2014 Daniels and the reunited members of Magic Music plan to release their first album – that’s right – their first with the help of Warner Bros recording artist Tim Goodman producing a long awaited studio album with guest spots from Sam Bush, Jimmy Haslip and more. “This is amazing to me, the songs were always great but we never got the chance to put them down in a great studio in any form other than 2-track live. This is the real-deal and it sounds just fantastic!” (Chris Daniels)

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The Colorado Sound S7 EP37 OCT 2013

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteThis week’s playlist features a couple of acts made up of some folks I’ve had the pleasure of following musically for the past fifteen years.  Equally Challenged features guys who were in established Fort Collins bands like Fatty Jenkins, Brakeman Junction, and Zonky Tonk Zydeco.  Toad In the Hole is essentially Kristi VanDeWalker, Geoff Morris, and Mark Serratoni from the band Zeut, all of whom I’ve known now since the late 90s.  Also featured this week, the new Nathaniel Rateliff (and what is more or less The Wheel) release…

Video Pick of the Week:  I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention to what’s really popular out of Colorado – and no doubt with over 131-thousand views in just a few days, the new video from former Colorado Springs (Air Force Academy) and Greeley (UNC) resident Tyler Ward qualifies as impressively popular.  Equally, his EP  Hello. Love. Heartbreak. (September 2012) went to #1 across 15 worldwide iTunes singer/songwriter charts.  


Sixteen Horsepower “Black Soul Choir” from Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (1996)
Soul Merchants “Crowns of Glory” from Soul Merchants (2007)
(N) Joe Johnson “Salvation” from New West Sound (2013)
Strange Americans “Plastic Pearls” from A Royal Battle (2012)
The Belle Jar “Union Station” from Union Station (2013)
the Patti Fiasco “Small Town Lights” from Small Town Lights (2013)
Petals of Spain “I Gotta Know” from Petals of Spain (2013)
The Apples in Stereo “No One In the World” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Equally Challenged “Hey Now” from Equally Challenged (2013) (N) Toad In the Hole “Wiser” from APT 203 (2013) Churchill “Made A List” from Change EP (2012)
Jami Lunde “Some Place Tonight” from Big Black Birds (2011)
Jim Stranahan “Hip Street” from Free For All (2010)
the Subdudes “Help Is On the Way” from The Subdudes (1989)
Leftover Salmon “Dance On Your Head” from The Nashville Sessions (1999)
(D) Nathaniel Rateliff “Don’t Get Too Close” from Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2013) Elephant Revival “Grace of A Woman” from These Changing Skies (2013)
Varlet “Eastern” from The Drifter (2012)
Paul Sammons “Woke Up This Morning” from A Lifetime Ago (2013)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Rocksteady” from Rocksteady (2010)
Selina Albright “Brighter” from Brighter (2013)
Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013)
(D) The Piedmont Brothers Band “And Settlin’ Down” from Back to the Country (2013)
Finnders and Youngberg “Diner” from I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (2013)
Tia Fuller “Descend to Barbados” from Angelic Warrior (2012)