CP S15 EP17 2021

Monday April 26, 2021 – I usually put most of this blog post together on Sunday nights and write final thoughts here on Monday morning. BUT – “today” is Saturday April 24. I’ll be on the road the next two days. I’ll also be on the road next weekend, when I travel to Durango for the Tico Time RV Resort Bluegrass Festival.

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 Chris Zacher, founder and executive director for the non-profit music venue, Levitt Pavilion and chairperson for the Colorado Independent Venue Association.

TOP 5 APRIL 24, 2021

The Colorado super-group Del Shamen, featuring John Magnie and Steve Amadee from the Subdudes, Nick Forster from E-Town and Hot Rize and Jock Bartley of Firefall fame, take top position thanks mostly to spins in Fort Collins and Paonia. Otherwise, other than shifting a notch or two, the TOP 5 looks the same as last week.

Valdez stays near the top thanks to the top two regional independent music stations, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and Indie 102.3, both of which have been featuring cuts from Wishbones the past two weeks. Same goes for *John Grant (honorary Coloradoan via the Czars and local family). Grant has a new single out that I’m sure both stations will give some love to.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are pulled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  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. DEL SHAMEN – Del Shamen LP (Oct-20)
  2. VALDEZ – Wishbones LP (Apr-20)
  3. JOHN GRANT – Boy From Michigan SINGLE (Mar-21)
  4. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  5. WEST SIDE JOE & THE MEN OF SOUL – Keep On Climbin’ LP (Apr-21)

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.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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

HOUR 1

Boenzee Cryque Still In Love With You Baby (1967)
Poco – Crazy Love – Legend (1978)
(D) Darryl PurposeGentle Arms of Eden (2021)

Gregory Alan Isakov – Chemicals – Evening Machines (2018)
The Apples In Stereo – Dream About the Future – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
Jenny ShawhanLike A Charm (2021)
Big Head Todd & the MonstersFortune Teller (2021)
The Films – Strange Hands – Don’t Dance Rattlesnake (2006)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Hold On – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
Robert Shredford – Queen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
(D) Kid ReverieWild West (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Look It Here – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Mojomama – The Big Easy – Red White and Blues (2018)
Keith Oxman – For Darcy and Lenny – Doing All Right (2009)

Boenzee Cryque Sky Gone Gray (1967)
Poco – A Good Feelin’ To Know – A Good Feelin’ To Know (1972)
(D) Andy Sydow – Just One More Time – Time, Love, Everywhere (2021)

Wood Belly – Man on the Radio – Man on the Radio (2020)
Sarah SlatonDance In the Sun (2019)
Duke Justice The Turn (2021)
Tennis – Needle and a Knife – Ritual in Repeat (2014)
(D) Flobots Roshni (2021)

The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Sweet Memphis – Blues, With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

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CP S15 EP02 2021

Jan 11 2021 – What a difference a week makes.  The WEEKLY TOP 5 is all new this week, with Nathaniel Rateliff finally falling out of the TOP 10.  Cary Morin re-enters at #2 with Colorado roots supergroup Del Shamen at #1.  Alt punk-rockers Bud Bronson & the Good Timers enter the TOP 5 this week with newcomers Jess Parsons and XIUHTEZCATL

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pushing Stay At Home Silent Disco #2  presented by Tyler, The Creative (not the rap artist) on behalf of Rocky Mountain Music Relief, Inc – a CO 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping our community.  We raised over $3000 to help in the cause.

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attend4ing 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 Cary Morin.  

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 09 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. DEL SHAMEN Del Shamen LP (Oct-20)
2. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
3. JESS PARSONSHear Me Calling EP (Jan-21)
4. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERSManifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
4. XIUHTEZCATLRunway Tapes 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.  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

Dean Reed Once Again (1960)
Dean ReedI Ain’t Got You (1960)
(D) Deborah Stafford & Robert JohnsonWhy Can’t We Live Together (2021)

James Lee Baker – Santa Barbara – 100 Summers (2020)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Complicated – The Show (2009)
Jack Hadley – Merry Go Round – Daybreak In Alabama: The Langston Hughes Project (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Toolbag – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
The Apples In Stereo – Dance Floor – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
(D) Robin LewisDeep Blue Water (2021)

DeVotchKa – Curse Your Little Heart – Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Andrew Vogt And His Twirling Zucchinis Distracted By Donuts – Distracted By Donuts (2019)

HOUR 2

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Colorado – The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)
(D) J-CalvinYour Soul Knows (2021)

Augustus – Kick the Doors Down – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
The Drunken Hearts – Broken Things – The Prize (2018)
Dango Rose – Life’s Too Short – Ring Out / Life’s Too Short (2021)
Cary Morin – Lay Baby Lay – When I Rise (2018)
Cary Morin – Nobody Gotta Know – Dockside Saints (2020)
(D) despAIR Jordan – Train Wrecks of the Great Lakes – Before Your Wings Gave Out (2021)
Jill Sobule – Where Do I Begin – Nostalgia Kills (2018)
Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

COLORADO TOP 30 DEC 2020

JAN 03 2021 – Well, #1 is #1 – right?  And Nathaniel Rateliff AGAIN holds onto the #1 most spins for DECEMBER 2020.  Sarah Slaton and Dafna swapped the #2 position with Dafna’s debut dropping to #16 and Sarah Slaton’s latest jumping up from #17 in NOV, due largely to being a featured artist for DEC on Indie 102.3 and getting added to regular rotation on 105.5 the Colorado Sound.

New artists to watch for include Blakk Mantra, whose debut got added and made it to HOT rotation at 105.5 The Colorado Sound for December and former Chimney Choir co-founder Kris Drickey who struck out on her own with State Change (not avail on YouTube)

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 30 TITLES DECEMBER 2020

      • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
      • DATE OF RELEASE = NOV 2019-JAN 2021
      • (xx) = NOVEMBER 2020 position
      • 230 titles / 13 stations tracked

(1) 1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(17) 2. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
(D) 3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
(D) 4. KRIS DRICKEY – State Change EP (Nov-20)
(D) 5. DONNY BLOT – The T Is Silent LP (Oct-20)
(D) 6. HUGH PHILLIPSIt’s Been A Long Time LP (Nov-20)
(3) 7. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(D) 7. STEADY CIRCUITSOne of Many Ends EP (Sep-20)
(D) 8. despAIR Jordan – Before Your Wings Gave Out LP (Jan-21)
(18) 9. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTCrucible LP (Dec-20)
(5) 9. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(D) 10. BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERSBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) SINGLE (Sep-20)
(4) 11. DEL SHAMEN – DEL SHAMEN LP (Oct-20)
(16) 11. MUSKETEER GRIPWEED – More Than Ever LP (Oct-20)
(-) 11. WHITEWATER RAMBLEPseudonymous LP (Feb-20)
(18) 12. WOOD BELLY – Man on the Radio LP Jan-20
(-) 13. TYLER T.Wildflower LP (Jan-20)
(D) 14. BRITNEY JANEBlossom SINGLE (Aug-20)
(D) 14. THE BEEVESMercy Be (P.P. Moon) SINGLE (Nov-20)
(D) 14. THE WRECKLUNDS Moon Over Broadway LP (Oct-20)
(D) 15. BRITNEY JANEWhat If SINGLE (Oct-20)
(-) 15. STEVE DENNY TRIOLife In New York LP (Apr-20)
(2) 16.  DAFNA – I LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
(D) 16. JOFOKECount SINGLE (Nov-20)
(D) 16. KAITLYN WILLIAMSStuck On An Idea SINGLE (Nov-20)
(D) 16. MAMA LENNY & THE REMEDYParty Girl SINGLE (Oct-20)
(D) 16. THE TRUJILLO COMPANYFollow the Leader SINGLE (Mar-20)
(D) 17. DANAE SIMONEWant Me SINGLE (Sep-20)
(-) 18. GABRIELLE LOUISEThe Unending Alteration of the Human Heart LP (May-20)
(13) 19. VALDEZ – Saint Munchausen SINGLE (Sep-20)

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.

COLORADO TOP 30 NOVEMBER 2020

December 1, 2020 -EDIT DEC 02 2020 … Before I posted up yesterday, I forgot to link the releases to their respective YOUTUBE location.  That’s now done.  Enjoy.

By now it should come as no surprise the incredible success of Nathaniel Rateliff‘s solo LP And It’s Still Alright.  Not only did it bounce back to #1 this month, but I’m 100% positive it will be #1 for 2020.

New Artist to Watch For, Dafna, a student at CU Boulder, DEBUTS at #2 thanks mostly to it being the most played Colorado release at Indie 102.3 this past month. Colorado supergroup Del Shamen, featuring members of the Subdudes, Hot Rize/E-Town and Firefall debuts at #4 with their self-titled debut.  Debuting at #8, Ron Miles Rainbow Sign is the first JAZZ album to land at #1 in a WEEKLY TOP 5 (wk end 11/28)

Those of us in the arts are the epitome of “small business.” My hope is that you’ll support musicians, artists, and local community radio this holiday season. Your support is 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.

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I track spins at 11 of those stations thanks to Spinitron, developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US, and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

TOP 30 TITLES NOVEMBER 2020

  • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
  • DATE OF RELEASE = Oct 2019-November 2020
  • (xxx) = OCTOBER 2020 position
  • 220 titles / 13 stations tracked

(7) 1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(D) 2. DAFNA – I LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
(1) 3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(D) 4. DEL SHAMENDEL SHAMEN LP (Oct-20)
(2) 5. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(3) 6. RODNEY RICE – Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
(D) 7. ZACH HECKENDORFHAWK TALK LP (Sep-20)
(D) 8. RON MILES – Rainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
(31) 9. RON MILES – Rainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
(D) 9. NAT TATESongs for the Trees LP (Oct-20)
(D) 10. ZEMBURecall EP (Mar-20)
(D) 11. FERN ROBERTSMeet Them At the Door LP (Oct-20)
(D) 12. JOHN LENSINGTalk to Me SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 13. SYDNEY CLAPGolden Air SINGLE (Aug-20)
(15) 13. VALDEZ – Saint Munchausen SINGLE (Sep-20)
(D) 14. ROSSINIParty People SINGLE (Sep-20)
(-) 15. WILDERMISSSupermagical SINGLE (May-20)
(13) 16. LAST CALL ROMANCE – Double Funeral, Vol. 1 EP (Dec-19)
(33) 16. MUSKETEER GRIPWEEDMore Than Ever LP (Oct-20)
(50) 16. JOHNNY & THE MONGRELSCreole Skies LP (Jul-20)
(D) 17. SARAH SLATONGet Up SINGLE (Nov-20)
(18) 18.ALRIGHT ALRIGHT –Crucible LP (Oct-20)
(-) 18. BRENT COWLESIt’s Coals. LP (Sep-20)
(38) 18. DANIEL RODRIGUEZSojurn of the Burning Sun LP (Jun-20)
(D) 18. DOUGLAS MANNBlack Roses on Dark Water LP (Nov-20)
(D) 18. SAINTJOEPenmanship LP (Feb-20)
(15) 18. WOOD BELLY – Man on the Radio LP Jan-20
(-) 18. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N.Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
(55) 19. KING CARDINALBluebird Day SINGLE (Aug-20)
(-) 20. ESME PATTERSONThere Will Come Soft Rains LP (Mar-20)

CP S14 EP43 2020

Monday NOV 16 2020 – This past week I worked diligently to distill the incredible crop of music that was harvested this year from our region.  I managed to distill it down to 50 song titles from over 200 LPs, EPs and single releases for you to vote on beginning next Monday, November 23.  I also managed to build a list of 40 videos for you to vote on.  Cya next Monday.

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so, I 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 14 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.

208 titles  / 13 stations tracked

1. DEL SHAMENDel Shamen LP (Oct-20) *not avail online as of 11/16*
2. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
2. DAFNA – I LOVE YOU LP (Sep-20)
3. RODNEY RICESame Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
4. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-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

Dean ReedOnce Again (1960)
Dean ReedI Ain’t Got You (1960)
Erinn Peets-LukesSmall Town Hero (2018)
The Subdudes – Lost Religion Blues – Lickskillet (2019)
Brent Cowles – Lift Me Up – Cold Times (2017)
Down Time – Hurts Being Alive – Hurts Being Alive (2020)
FoxfeatherThe Rules (2020)
Yo, Flaco! – American Music – Goin’ at it (2002)
Dianne Reeves – Testify – Bridges (1999)
(D) Dafna – Let U Go – I Love You (2020)

Zach Heckendorf – Lust & Wonder – Lust & Wonder (2019)
Leftover Salmon – Places – Something Higher (2018)
Paul Mullikin – Quintet – Just a Tuesday – Time Is Now (2014)

HOUR 2

Jill Sobule – I Kissed A Girl – Jill Sobule (1995)
Jill Sobule – Where Do I Begin – Nostalgia Kills (2018)
(D) DragondeerManifest (2021)

Audible – Imagine Stanford – First Contact (2019)
Otis Taylor – Hands on Your Stomach – Clovis People, Vol. 3 (2010)
Augustus – Kick the Doors Down – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
Lola Rising – More Music – Moving Forward (2020)
Shanna In A DressA Face Like Yours (live) (2020)
(P) Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021)
Dan Fogelberg – She Don’t Look Back – Exiles (1987)
(N) Ron Miles – Binder – Rainbow Sign (2020)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK