The Colorado Playlist S10 EP06

It was a great week for new releases from MILES WIDE, HELLO DOLLFACE, WONDERLIC, SHEL, ADRIENNEO, SAM LEE, and ELEPHANT REVIVAL …. there’s a great version of Enter Sandman, the Metallica classic, on the new SHEL album that I’ll share in next week’s show.

Sometimes I get lost.  If you’ve followed me, you know I’m still in the deepest grief stages of losing my wife to cancer on Feb 2.  Friends and professionals both have told me to be easy on myself … to not worry about getting lost right now.  For that, I’m grateful.  Here’s this week’s playlist and new music shares.

Don’t forget … KUNC is no longer airing the show — it has been moved to 105.5 The Colorado Sound.  It airs at 10AM Sunday morning (hour 2 of show) and it airs at 10PM Sunday nights (both hours of show).


Russ Hopkins is an old friend who is about to release a “career” record .. the best of what he’s produced in his career as artist, engineer and producer. This is one of those songs.



Gary Stites “Lonely for You” from Lonely for You (1960)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Good Times, Rock & Roll” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(D) Miles Wide “California” from The Kindness of Strangers (2016) 
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling At Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(N) Hello Dollface “Say” from Warrior of Light (2016)
Joel Ansett “Kingdom Come” from The Nature of Us (2016)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Grandpa’s Gun “Trucker Mouth” from Back Into Town (2015)
Calder’s Revolvers “Leave Ya Be” from Sunday Morning (2014)
(D) Wonderlic “Your News” from Wunderpus Photogenicus (2016) 
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “keep It Clean” from Saints & Sinners (2010)
Ark Life “Rock & Roll (Take It Easy)” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Annie Booth “Queen bee” from WANDERLUST (2014)


The Astronauts “money” from Everything Is A-OK (1964)
(D) SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016) 
The Epilouges “Hunting Season” from Cinematics (2012)
Kyle Hollingsworth “Beautiful People” from Speed of Life (2014)
(N) AdrienneO “Awake” from Elevation (2016) 
(D) Sam Lee “Doctor, Devil, Priest” from Doctor, Devil, Priest (2016)
Otis Taylor “The Devil’s Gonna Lie” from Otis Taylor’s Contraband (2012)
Gregory Alan Isakov “John Brown’s Body” from That Sea, The Gambler (2007)
(D) Elephant Revival “Peace Tonight” from Petals (2016)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Please Don’t Tell Her” from Beautiful World (1997)
Rapidgrass Quintet “Crooked Road” from Rapidgrass Quintet (2015)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Braking Bad” from The Arrival (2015)

The Colorado Sound S10 – BEST OF 2015 + NEW BEGINNINGS

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteHappy New Year.  It was a hellova year in 2015, personally for sure, but also in our scene.  It’s Monday morning.  Besides Colorado music and radio, I’m also a homer when it comes to the Broncos who I had the pleasure of witnessing live as they won against San Diego and tied up the #1 seed going into the playoffs.

Please don’t ask me about the Avs or the Nuggets … I don’t watch either – just as I don’t listen to or promote certain styles of music, such as metal/punk or rap.   So I’ll accept the criticism that the show is not inclusive of these styles, just as my preference for sports locally is solely Broncos and nothing else.

Over the years I’ve published a best of that detailed, more or less, what Colorado titles were aired at over a dozen stations statewide — including KAFM (Grand Junction), KBUT (Crested Butte), KRFC (Fort Collins), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango), KDUR (Durango), KRCC (Colorado Springs), KUNC (Greeley), KOTO (Telluride), KRZA (Alamosa), KVNF (Paonia), and a few others.

However, last April, I lost all of my spin data (no, I didn’t backup) so I suspended my tracking for the year.  That plus the fact that’s it is incredibly time consuming to keep track of over 300 titles played at stations across the state. What we got in this year’s BEST OF 2015 represents what I saw played without counting spins, what I personally liked, and what fans liked.

The fan favorite list for 2015 is interesting.  Some of the bands definitely got their fanbase riled up to vote for them – hence we have some titles in the list that really never got much in the way of radio support from me, or from stations around the state.  Such is the nature of fan polls – it’s totally about getting your base out to vote for you.


1. Michal MenertSpace Jazz 
2. Longest Day Of The YearCarapace 
3. Michal Menert Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics 1 
4. Grim & DarlingBeauty Through Pain 
5. Michael KirkpatrickHoney Rider 
6. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats 
7. Megan BurttThe Bargain 
8. Matt SkellengerNew Radio
9. Nathaniel RateliffCloser
10. Grandpa’s GunBack Into Town
11. Richie FurayHand In Hand
12. Andy HackbarthPanorama Motel
12. The YawpersAmerican Man
13. MojomamaMojomama
13. Natalie WalkerStrange Bird
14. Cary MorinTiny Town
14. Elephant RevivalSands of Now
14. Yonder Mountain String BandBlack Sheep
15. MontropoFollow Me


Some of the biggest NEWS & NOTES of 2015 involved some of the most loved and well known venues in the Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins area, and a few guys who are or have been involved with music in our scene over the years.

Former Swallow Hill booking manager David Weingarden and his partner Chris Peck, as Z2 Entertainment inked a deal last summer to book the historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre.  Z2 also books the Fox Theater and the Boulder Theater.  David was instrumental in booking the Botanic Gardens while with Swallow Hill, and Chris came from AC Entertainment in TN, where he was instrumental in booking Bonoroo among other events.

Swallow Hill Music appointed Paul M. Lhevine as Chief Executive Officer of the 36-year-old Colorado home for roots, folk and acoustic music. Paul came to Swallow Hill Music from the Aurora Public Schools Foundation (APSF), where he served as Executive Director while also performing duties as Director of External Affairs for the school district.  Former Swallow Hill executive director Tom Sharf landed the gig as Music Programs Director for the Bohemian Foundation.

Among the biggest stories regionally, Scoo Leary sold the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins to Scott Morrill and his partners, who also own Cervantes in Denver.  Scott and Scoo worked together at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins from 2007-2009.  Scott purchased Cervantes from Jay Bianchi, who also owns Quixotes in Denver.  Jay opened Owsley’s Golden Road on “the Hill” in Boulder this past year.


mishawakaApril marks the 10th anniversary of The Colorado Sound.  2016 marks the 100th birthday of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.  Expect a combined Anniversary / Birthday Party event this spring.  Date TBA.

The Colorado Sound Live365 may be going away at the end of January.  I got the news over the past week that

“Recently, the Copyright Royalty Board, the governing entity for establishing the sound recording royalty rates that are paid to copyright holders, published the new rates for 2016-20. The previous provisions for small webcasters to opt for a percentage of revenue model were not renewed. The absence of this license will make legally streaming copyrighted musical content prohibitively expensive for many small to mid-sized Internet broadcasters.

Live365 faced an additional blow, losing the support of its investors who have helped the company with its mission for over a decade.”

According to the email, they’ll keep going until the end of January while they look for and negotiate with potential investors.  Fingers crossed that we’ll get to keep the platform, although I’m sure it will mean increased costs in the least.

The BIGGEST NEW BEGINNING is I’ll be looking for a new name for the show over the next 6 weeks.  I can’t why exactly, except that I sold the name.  The BIG news on that will be forthcoming soon, I’m sure.


My girl!
My girl!

Deadly disease, we’ve learned, is a family affair.  The impending too-early life transition from earth to wherever may only directly affect the breath of one, but also the heart and ongoing lives of those closest to them, be they family or friends.

Mrs Goat has stage IV metastatic melanoma.  It’s a nasty deadly disease that has extremely limited options for treatment, and now none of which she’s qualified for according to the doctors we’ve seen. The available treatments are now considered too toxic for Miss Pattie.

The curse is that it got into Miss Pattie’s brain and other organs.  She had a massive brain seizure on December 23 at approx 8:40AM as she and I and our daughter were having coffee.

Pattie spent several days being cared for at Good Samaritan hospital in Lafayette.  I cannot say enough good about the experience, as painful as it was.  She is now in hospice care at home.

We don’t know what the next year holds for us.  No one can say for sure whether Mrs Goat will be here in six weeks, six months, or a year .. no one has yet suggested more than a year.  As such, we’re living the best days of our lives as a family – extended as it is throughout our music and radio community.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support.  We deeply appreciate the additional financial support you’ve been providing via our gofundme page, set up by a member of the family.

Goatz! will continue.  Miss Pattie will be on stage as she’s able.  We have shows set up for Feb 12 (Tasty Weasel, Longmont), March 3 (Oskar Blues, Lyons), and March 26 (Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins with Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene).

Folks have been asking what we need.  Right now the most pressing need is more business.  I have advertising space available on the show, and time for consulting and servicing Colorado music to media and municipal agencies statewide.  Please email for more information.

Have a safe, happy and loving 2016.  We love you very much.

Mr & Mrs Goat aka Chris K & Miss Pattie aka Chris and Pattie Kresge



Michael Kirkpatrick “I’m Your Man” from Honey Rider (2015)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Grandpa’s Gun “Trucker Mouth” from Back Into Town (2015)
The Longest Day Of The Year “Last Gray Day” from Carapace (2015)
Montropo “Follow Me” from Follow Me (2015)
Trout Steak Revival “Colorado River” from Brighter Every Day (2015)
The Railsplitters “Tilt-a-whirl” from The Faster It Goes (2015)
Finnders & Youngberg “She Wants to Eat the Moon” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Otis Taylor “Red Meat” from Hey Joe Opus Red Meat (2015)
Ian Cooke “Epilogue” from Antiquasauria
Land Lines “Plans” from Natural World (2014)
In The Whale “Mail” from Full Nelson (2015)
Analog Son “Shady Nights” from Stomp and Shout (2015)


Andy Hackbarth “Panorama Motel” from Panorama Motel (2015)
Grim & Darling “Quicksand” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Young Ancients “Going Back to Tulsa (Tulsa)” from Fishstory (2015)
Cary Morin “Yellow Bird” from Tiny Town (2015)
The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
Richie Furay “Hand in Hand” from Hand In Hand (2015)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Funky to the Bone” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Michal Menert “Lightyears Apart” from Space Jazz (2015)
Michal Menert “High Noon” from Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics 1 (2015)
Megan Burtt “Fast as I Go” from The Bargain (2015)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “S.O.B” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Matt Skellenger “The Curve” from New Radio (2014)

The Colorado Sound S9|EP40 2015

I spend my days listening to music from here in Colorado.  I am frequently blown away.  Lately it’s been new releases from Megan Burtt and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, both of which deserve plenty of national attention and one of which is.

night sweatsThis weekend I got into a conversation about the state of Colorado music – and talk got around to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and how they just landed at #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative singles chart.  A brilliant song + #1 Billboard chart action => ?Grammy nomination??  …can you name each of the Grammy nominees and winners from Colorado the past several years?  It’s a pretty impressive list that includes Gerald Albright, Dianne Reeves, Chris Daniels, Pretty Lights, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and the Lumineers.  

chrisdanielsthekings3Big Birthday Hugs to my pal Chris Daniels who posted over the weekend that “…FUNKY TO THE BONE is nominated for 4 different Grammys in the 58th Grammy Awards! It is the preliminary round – but we are up for BEST BLUES ALBUM Category 49! There are 143 artists in that category like Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and on an on — so making it to an actual nomination is going to be pretty impossible – but hey – I’m alive and that’s a miracle in and of itself – …”

Chris Forsythe, age 42, a lifelong resident of the Colorado Springs area, passed away suddenly on October 14, 2015 at his home. He was a sound engineer for the Black Sheep, a musician, a father, son, brother, uncle and friend to the music community of Colorado.  More info.

Speaking of spending my days listening to Colorado music …I listen a lot in my car and at the gym via my Verizon data plan to The Colorado Sound Live365 … based on the most heard tracks the past 30 days it seems like (if you’re listening) it’s during the morning mix set .. which is heavy on the classics.  If you’d like less “old” / more “new,” with more snap-crackle-pop then listen noon-6PM … at 6PM it’s the Jazz Dinner time … at night it gets edgier.

KCMJ logoBeginning Saturday Oct 24, The Colorado Sound will be presented on KCMJ in Colorado Springs.  The show will air from 3PM-5PM on Saturdays.  KCMJ is currently only streaming; they’re working on raising the remaining $10K needed to erect a tower, purchase a transmitter etc. to get on the FM dial at 93.9FM.

That brings The Colorado Sound up to 60 hours of programming a week, aired on 39 frequencies.

KUNC 2The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight OCT 20-23  

  • Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
  • Eldren
    • Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
    • Wednesday 12:20 pm
    • Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
    • Friday 1:20 pm
    • 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
    • 91.7FM Denver, Golden
    • 102.7FM Boulder
    • online at


I’ve been waiting for a new Dressy Bessy with anticipation for a while now.  They have a new album due out on February 5, 2016 on Yep Roc Records called Kingsized.  This is the first single … Lady Liberty.


The Colorado Sound is supported by listener donations, and by local businesses and organizations.  Sponsorship opportunities are very limited.  If you have an organization or business that would like a bit more statewide exposure during the upcoming holiday season please contact me at for more information.

mishawakaThe Colorado Sound is supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheater … and yes, they have shows year round … during the cold months indoor in the SpokesBUZZ lounge … see for upcoming events.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound SUPPORTS SpokesBUZZ … a Colorado 501C3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and to developing the professionalism of our local artists.  More info



Townes Van Zandt “Colorado Girl” from Townes Van Zandt (1969)
Judy Collins “Someday Soon” from The Very Best of Judy Collins (2001)
(N) Post Paradise “Generator” from Bring It To Life (Side A) (2015)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Beki Hemingway “Lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
Elephant Revival “Shadows Past” from Sands of Now (2015)
(D) The Fremonts “How Often” from The Fremonts EP (2015) 
Acoustic Junction “The Wind” from Acoustic Junction (1995)
Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
Chip Stephens Trio “Cookin’ At the Continental” from Hold On to What Counts (2007)


Chris Daniels & the Kings “Not Dead Yet” from Is My Love Enough (1993)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(N) Liz Barnez “If I Had A Gun” from Welcome Back (2015)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(N) Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Next To Me” from Born to Love the Blues (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Song in My Head” from Song In My Head (2015)
(N) Andy Hackbarth “Mountains” from Panorama Motel (2015) 
(N) Eldren “Deathville” from Welcome to Deathville (2015)

In The Whale “Mail” from Full Nelson (2015)
The Knew “Modern Woman” from Schmew (2015)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Dressy Bessy “Automatic” from HollerandStomp (2008)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

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