CP S15 EP08 2021

FEB 22 2021 – The TOP 5 this week flipped, with only one entry returning from the past two weeks – The Grand Alliance.  It should not be a surprise, following last Saturday’s appearance on SNL, that Nathaniel Rateliff‘s latest single, Redemption is #1 this week and is likely to stay there for the next several weeks.

This week’s featured station is KDNK, one of the first stations to air the Colorado Playlist. KDNK was founded by volunteers in 1983 and now reaches over 100,000 people around the state, along with their international Internet listenership.  Listen at:

    • 88.1 in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Rifle;
    • 88.3 in Aspen and Glenwood Springs,
    • 88.5 in Basalt and Redstone,
    • 93.5 in Leadville,
    • 94.7 in Old Snowmass,
    • 94.9 in Thomasville,
    • 99.9 in Snowmass Village
    • on your smart speaker,
    • and at kdnk.org
    • The Colorado Playlist airs every Sat and Sun mornings at 5am.

You can also track what KDNK plays via their Spinitron page, here.  Spinitron is a supporter of the Colorado Playlist.


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.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated and will help to keep the program on the air.


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 Andy Frasco.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 20 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. NATHANIEL RATELIFFRedemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCEThe Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
3. JOHNNY & THE MONGRELSCreole Skies LP (Jul-20)
4. A MEAZY I Can’t Breathe (Again) SINGLE (Jun-20)
4. ANDY EPPLERBroke Down Deluxe LP (Nov-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.  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

Monocle/Higher Elevation The Diamond Mine (1964)
The Rainy DazeThat Acapulco Gold (1967)
(D) Zoe BermanLilac Hour (2021)

Pink HawksElote! (2020)
Whiskey Blanket – Pound Boom – No Object (2010)
(N) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Freak – Snake Oil (2021)

J-CalvinYour Soul Knows (2021)
Liz Barnez – River Road – Liz Barnez Band (1993)
Gregory Alan Isakov – Amsterdam – The Weatherman (2013)
Danny Shafer – Small Town Blues – Weddings, Floods And Funerals (2015)
(D) Duke JusticeStartup (2021)

Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016)
Taylor Scott Band – Curiosity – All We Have (2019)
Dana Landry Trio – Transfusion – Memphis Skyline (2014)

HOUR 2

Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy – Stand In the Fire (1980)
(D) Five Iron Frenzy – So We Sing – Until This Shakes Apart (2021)

My Body Sings Electric – Step Into The Light – Changing Color (2011)
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers – End Of Our Lives – Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)
Andy Frasco – I’ve Got a Long Way to Go – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
The Lonesome Days – Chasin Down The Whiskey – The Lonesome Days (2017)
(D) The Grand Alliance – Chakra Khan (f. Kayla Marque) – The Grand Alliance (2021)

The String Cheese Incident – Sing A New Song – Outside Inside (2001)
Caitlin Cannon – Toolbag – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Scott Martin – The Meaning of Midnight – Alone at Sunset (2018)

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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.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


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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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK – JAN 25 2021

When I posted yesterday (Jan 25) I didn’t include a Video Pick of the Week.  Truthfully, there hasn’t been much put out yet this year.  Today, however, I came across a video thanks to Westword that’s a message to Denver mayor Hancock about homelessness and the sweeps that have been taking place in Denver.

I cannot relate to what’s going on.  I can only watch – feeling somewhat helpless and guilty in my senior age white lower middle class homeowner lifestyle.

While I’m not a close personal friend, I’ve known Jeff Campbell for many years through his music, theater and advocacy.  I’ve know Jon Shockness aka Kid Astronaut since his days in Air Dubai.

Please share this video.  It’s an important message, not only to Mayor Hancock, but to city leaders all around Colorado who are struggling with folks forced to live in squalor on our streets.  I pray fervently we can ALL work together for a real solution to this tragedy.

If you’re a working member of our music community and you need help, please reach out.  Rocky Mountain Music Relief was established to help in times such as these.  We can’t solve your financial problems but we can offer a little bit of help.  Here’s the link to the aid application.

Peace,
chrisk

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

CP S14 EP47 2020

Monday DEC 14, 2020 – In 12 days I’ll share the 2020 Listener Poll Playlist with you.  You have 6 days to get your votes in.  Make sure you vote by December 20 at CP 2020 BEST OF LISTENER POLL and CP VIDEO LISTENER POLL.  Enjoy.

2020 has been a truly magnificent year for Colorado music and not just for the music, but for the incredible outpouring of support.

Musicians in our scene DO NOT need to worry about food insecurity on top of other issues they may be facing.  Organizations like DAZZLE and Rocky Mountain Music Relief offer help.  Dazzle Bread & Jam Pop-Up Pantry for Musicians is open every Sunday from 12pm-6pm.   Musicians and music industry personnel can apply for small grants from RMMR.

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


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I feature a segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry persons..


TOP 5 SPINS – WK ENDING DEC 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 utilize Spinitron.

230 titles  / 13 stations tracked

    1. HUGH PHILLIPS – It’s Been A Long Time LP (Nov-20)
    2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
    4. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
    5. DONNY BLOTThe T Is Silent LP (Oct-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

(D) Johnny & the MongrelsChristmas Angels (2021) 
(N) Musketeer Gripweed – More Than Ever – More Than Ever (2021) 

Deep Pocket ThievesLocomotive (2019) 
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Little Rig – Hard Core Broken Heart (2018) 
Eldren Still Friends (2020)
Big Gigantic – You’re The One (feat. Nevve) – Free Your Mind (2020) 
The Apples In Stereo – Nobody But You – Travellers In Space And Time (2010) 
DeVotchKa – 100 Other Lovers – 100 Lovers (2011) 
(D) Claire HeywoodI Won’t Resign My Love for That Old Dream (2021) 

Finn O’Sullivan – Lipstick Kisses – When The Power Comes Back On (2020) 
Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016) 
Kind DubChristmas Carol of the Bells (2019) 

HOUR 2

Arthur Gee – Plain Talk – The Tumbleweed Records Story 1971-1973 (2017) 
(D) Andy SydowGold Dust Woman / The Chain (2021)

Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020) 
Shovels & Rope – I’m Comin’ Out – By Blood (2019) 
Flobots – The Circle In The Square – The Circle In The Square (2012) 
Edison – Take Me Home – Lion’s Heart EP (2018) 
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021) 
(D) David StarrEvery Kind of People (2021)

Big Head Todd & the MonstersBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020) 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsSanta Baby (2017) 
Paul Mullikin Quintet – Just a Tuesday – Time Is Now (2014)

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK