WEEKEND MUSIC REVIEW NOV 17 2019

Friday night we attended the Whippoorwill album release show at Washington’s in Fort Collins.  The show featured recent North Carolina transplant, Courtney Hartman.  

Saturday night I emcee’d Strings and Stories featuring members of the Elephant Collective in Longmont, presented by the Future Arts Foundation.

After that show ended at a very reasonable 9:30PM, we drifted over to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids for a late night dinner and to catch up with good friends, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene. 

 We didn’t stay long at Oskar Blues.  As usual, the Crime Scene brought a full house, and a rockin’ band to the stage.  Despite a replacement drummer, the band continues to show why they’re one of the best blues based roots rock and roll bands in our scene. The driving energy that comes off the stage is palpable.

The Strings & Stories concert series features national and local musicians in a very intimate and stripped down atmosphere. Musicians will play songs from their catalog and tell their stories. Proceeds from each concert will provide an instrument to a local school in need.”

The Elephant Collective is a production house, artist development agency and music media platform founded by Dango Rose (Elephant Revival). They offer production, collaborative songwriting, and personalized coaching services focused on career growth for musicians. 

The Elephant Collective set featured former founding Elephant Revival members Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law, along with two friends, newcomer Bob Berrick aka Kingdom Jasmine and Jonny Miller aka J Robert Miller from the Lonesome Days.

Dango, Sage and Bridget performed songs from the Elephant Revival catalog as well as songs from their own personal collections.  Each told stories behind their songs.  Sage’s often humorous off-tangent stories proved to be a hit with the sold out audience in the small Firehouse Arts Center performance room.

On the other side of the stage, the very pregnant (35 weeks) Bridget law owned the audience with an angelic (albeit breathy) voice, and stunning violin work.  Bridget also recently released an album with her husband’s Tierro Band.

Strings and Stories is one of the region’s rare actual listening events, and it’s all for a great cause.  Future Arts Foundation is also producing the Bluebird Music Festival next April.  The final S&S show is December 14th, and it’s SOLD OUT… sorry.

Album release shows are very often the most exciting shows a band from our region performs.  Typically, and the case here, it’s when the greatest number of local fans come out in celebration.  Whippoorwill’s crowd and a strong contingent of Courtney Hartman supporters nearly filled the nine hundred seat Washington’s FoCO (a Colorado Playlist sponsor).

Courtney did an adequate job as the opening act, her quiet presence on the stage and intricate compositions perhaps better suited for smaller, quieter, more attentive audiences.  She showed her admirable guitar skills also during Whippoorwill’s set.

Whippoorwill is essentially a trio, featuring Patti Fiasco leader Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals).   The band was rounded out on stage with the album’s producer, J.Tom Hnatow from Kentucky on keyboards and pedal steel, along with the session bass player.

A seasoned leader of the high energy alternative country-rock band Patti Fiasco, that has opened for the likes of Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center, Kraft’s presence dominates.  She prowls and stalks the stage with externalized emotional energy, throwing ball buster level kicks and holding her shimmering silver electric guitar like she’ll seriously mess you up if you try to take it from her.  Everything about Alysia screams “big stage persona.”

Her partner in music and life, Staci Foster, is the internalized muse – and the perfect quiet complement to Alysia’s highly kinetic stage presence.  Staci’s demurely reserved presence is amplified by an equally timid and delicate voice, contrasting suitably against Alysia’s upfront rock and roll attitude.

Drummer and vocalist Tobias Bank fills in all the required spaces, vocally and rhythmically.  Together with Kraft, the three core members of Whippoorwill presented themselves as one of the best country inspired vocal trios on the Front Range today.

There’s little doubt Whippoorwill will be one of the better drawing bands in Northern Colorado in 2020, with Alysia Kraft further cementing her legacy as one of the top female entertainers in our state from over the past decade, regardless of the band she fronts or shares the spotlight with.

CP S12 EP28 2018

Just a short note this week.  It’s summer.  We have family in town from New Jersey for ten days.  Gonna make sure we treat them to as much as we can of what CO is all about – including bands, beers, bud and booze.  And grand views, Grand Lake, South Park and Red Rocks of course.

This week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) below has new music for you to vote on from Darren Garvey (Elephant of Revival), Devotchka, the Lumineers, John Grant (the Czars) and Westword Music Showcase Award Winner RL Cole & the Hell You Say.

Next week’s show is already in the can.  It’s a mid-summer review of some of the best of the Colorado Playlist for 2018.  Enjoy.  Hopefully I’ll be back in time for next week’s post.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Jen Korte with her band “the Loss” just won the Westword Music Showcase Award for best folk artist for 2018.  In the meantime Jen is also establishing herself as FAR MORE than folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, indie or any other style outside of metal, punk, country or blues with her latest offering called Lady Gang.

From the website:  ABOUT: ​Lady Gang was given a small loop pedal in 2014 and found herself quickly  falling down the rabbit hole of live looping and beat creation. Empowered by her electric guitar, her voice, a beat machine, and her loop pedal, LADY GANG fuses elements of hip hop and indie rock to create  a sound rich with originality and skill.

…she has been seen in and around Denver as a solo artist as well as a collaborator in Denver’s hip hop scene both as a vocalist and guitarist for Def Knock and through her partnership with Denver’s best MC of 2017, Kitty Crimes, as Nasty Twin.  She has been seen opening the stage for Too Short, The Pharcyde, Mac Lethal and Wax.

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP28

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Gerard McMahon “Hello Operator” from Gerard (1976)
Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” from The Best of (1974)
(N) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Fever” from I Make My Own Luck (2018)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Tell Me Daddy” from Tangled Road Again (2013)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
(N) Darren Garvey “First of the Year” from Heart Attack Sleeves ep (2018)  

Strangebyrds “Star Crossed Lovers” from Star Crossed Lovers (2018)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Great American Taxi “A.M. Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Mojomama “Lazy river” from Red White and Blues (2018)
(D) John Grant “Love Is Magic” from Love Is Magic (2018)

piKziL “Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Wildermiss “Keep it Simple” (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Alpha Centauri “Hard Life” from Alpha Centauri (1977)
(D) Devotchka “Straight Shot” from This Night Falls Forever (2018)

The Motet “the Truth” from Totem (2016)
(D) The Lumineers “Scotland” from C-Sides (2018)

Brent Cowles “How to Be Okay Alone” from How To Be OK Alone (2018)
Dressy Bessy “Call if Even” from Electrified (2005)
Michael Trent “Tell The Truth” from The Winner (2010)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Coolin’ Out (f Lucius)” from Tearing At The Seams (2018)
(D) RL Cole & the Hell You Say “Mary” from Mary (2018)

The Patti Fiasco “Days Gone By” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Oxeye Daisy “Where Your Mind Goes” from Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Keith Oxman “Breeze (Blow My Baby Back)” from East of the Village (2017)

What are YOUR Favorites of 2014 So Far?

Which of the following titles do you own one or more cuts from in your collection?  That’s a better indication of what your favorites are to me than any other consideration.  Cuz if you don’t have it, how can it be your favorite, right?  So, only pick from those you actually have in your collection please.  And do share.

Colorado TOP 20 Titles Jan, Feb, March 2014

About this time of year I begin pulling together all the spins data, so I don’t get too far behind by year’s end.  I also publish a mid-year report every July.  Here are the TOP 20 from Jan-March / Q1 2014

1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
5. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
6. Eurforquestra – Fire
7. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
8. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
9. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
10. The Motet – The Motet
11. Tennis – Small Sound
12. Mosey West – Bermuda
13. Paper Bird – Rooms
14. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
14. Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
15. 3 Twins – De Nada
16. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
17. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
18. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
19. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together

The Colorado Sound Live365 – TOP 10 Mid-FEB 2014

Doing some backend work on the station … added new cut from Dianne Reeve’s new album today to the morning 6A-11A schedule.  Pulled the spins list .. these are the most heard titles right now.

(_____) = date added to rotation.

1. Otis Taylor – Blue Rain In Africa (Oct 03, 13)
2. Jeff Brinkman – Island (Oct 04, 13)
3. Trout Steak Revival – Bell (Dec 29, 13)
4. The Fray – Love Don’t Die (Oct 25, 13)
5. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Josephina (Jan 23, 14)
6. Elephant Revival – Birds And Stars (Dec 29, 13)
7. The Changing Colors – True Love Knows (Jul 30, 13)
8. 3 Twins – Station On Down The Line (Dec 29, 13)
9. Mosey West – Old Stone (Jan 23, 14)
10. Matt Skinner Band – Ashes To Ashes (Dec 30, 13)