CP S14 EP48 2020

Monday DEC 21, 2020HAPPY HOLLY DAZE! Big news this week = Beginning Jan 04 2021, KRZA Alamosa will be airing the program, starting with one hour from 3-4PM and expanding as interest and time allow. Please reach out with a huge THANK YOU and let your friends in Alamosa know about it.

If you forgot to vote for your favorites of 2020 – guess what?  You’re too late.  The poll closed at midnight.

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  1. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (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. MUSKETEER GRIPWEEDMore Than Ever LP (Oct-20)
  5. DONNY BLOT – The T Is Silent LP (Oct-20)


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


Tim ChamplinChristmas Cafe (2021)
(D) Firefall – Way Back When – Comet (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff – All Or Nothing – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Wood Belly – Solid Ground – Solid Ground (2018)
(D) Kris Drickey – Crawl Space – State Change (2021)
Dianne Reeves – Christmas Waltz – Christmas Time Is Here (2004)
Corey Harris – Basehead – Greens From The Garden (2009)
Tommy Bolin – Bustin’ Out For Rosey – Private Eyes (1976)
(D) Jack Hadley – My People – Daybreak In Alabama: The Langston Huhges Project (2020)

Opie Gone Bad – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (feat. Jim Dalton) – Opie Gone Christmas (2011)
The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Ben Haugland – Big Foot – A Million Dreams (2015)


Chris Daniels & The KingsSanta’s Dog House Blues (1994)
(D) Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)

Mojomama – We Are One – The Corona Tapes (2020)
EldrenHazy Days (2019)
Plume VariaHanukkah Light (2019)
Elephant Revival – Birds and Stars – These Changing Skies (2013)
Dango RoseLife’s Too Short (2021)
(P) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers – Life Is A Highway (To Hell) – Manifest Destiny EP (2021)
My Body Sings Electric – Oceancrest – Part 1: The Night Ends (2014)
Big Head Todd & the MonstersI’m Glad (at Christmas Time) (2019)
(N) Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2020)



CP S12 EP48 2018

Monday Dec 17, 2018 – Just a reminder to VOTE for your favorites of 2018 in the fan/listener poll.  There’s been a bit of a change in the running – with Sarah Snead Hornbuckle‘s fans rallying to make the pop-country ballad “All I’ve Got” the front-runner fan favorite video as we enter the final week of the polling.  The sweaty Greeley soul band the Burroughs is still slightly in front of Denver’s roots-blues-rockers Silver and Smoke for Fan Favorite LP/EP of 2018.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Gasoline Lollipops at The Gothic Theater (Denver) Fri, Feb 22

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21


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


One of the most original lyric videos I’ve come across.  Kudos to the Ivory Circle team for imagining it.


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.

Don’t forget to let me know if there’s something I should be playing on the show.  I scour Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp to find you the freshest new music from around the state – hope you’ll help out by voting to KEEP or DELETE the new music shares in the MMMM each week.


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Colorado Christmas” from The Christmas Album (1997)
(D) Firefall “Nature’s Way (feat. Timothy B. Schmit)” from Nature’s Way (2018)

Jeff Finlin “Driving Wheel” from The Guru In The Girl (2017)
Paper Bird “Sunday” from Paper Bird (2016)
(N) Lucas Wolf “Mr. Reaper” from Falling Into Place (2019)

Ryan Chrys “Hound From the Badlands” from The Catskills (2018)
Electric Swingset “Middle Ground” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
Sweet Water Well “Zoeology” from Watermelon (1996)
(D) Jeremy Dion “Evangeline” from More Lately

Chris Daniels and The Kings with Freddi Gowdy “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
Danny Shafer “Jesus, Tonto and Springsteen” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
(N) Walter Gorra “’Til Next Time” from In Due Time (2018)


Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I’m Glad (at Christmas Time)” from I’m Glad (at Christmas Time) (2019)
(D) Coral Creek “I Gotta Move” from Free Dog (2019)

Matthew Wilburn Skinner “Wayfaring Stranger” from Play for the King (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I Did It” from A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats (2016)
(N) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers “We Are the Champions (of the Basement)” from Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)

Jonny Barber “Hornet’s Nest” from Hornet’s Nest / Wide Eyed Blues 7″ (2018)
SHEL “The Battle of Evermore” from SHEL (2012)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Davey Daydream “Backstage”(2018)

Tennis “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” from Yours Conditionally (2017)
Griz and Big Gigantic “Good Times Roll” from Good Times Roll (2015)
Garrett Sayers Trio “LuvRoot” from Thinkbox (2017)

The Colorado Sound S8|EP44 Nov 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014A great week as this year’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame class was announced by executive director G. Brown.  Congrats to Caribou Ranch, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Firefall, and Poco.  There is a considerable amount of history among those four acts, each of which contributed something significant to Colorado music history.  It will be great for folks from around the world to see and hear what these bands brought to Colorado when they visit Red Rocks over the years to come.   G has yet to announce the details of the show, scheduled for Jan 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.

When I spoke with Richie Furay for our Offstage Beyond the Music podcast, he said he’d be a part of it.  I’m sure Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts from Firefall will be present, and as well, Kenny Passarelli who did some time with Manassas, and who still lives and produces records here regionally.  Jimmy Ibbotson from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still lives here, so I’m sure he’ll be a part of things also.  Beyond that, I have to wonder if we’ll get to see Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman from Manassas or John McEuen or some of the other guys from “the Dirt” band.  It’d be a hellova show for us baby boomers for sure if as many living members of the bands as possible were able to participate.  Most of those guys are mid to late 60s and older now (Richie is 78) now and were instrumental in our lives in the 60s and 70s.



One of my clients emailed me this week and asked my opinion about promoting a show.  He asked which is a better method – email or facebook.  What do you think?  To add to the complication, an article hit just as I was hitting the publish button that underlies the confusion and lack of ease with which musicians and bands and others of us in the music promote our shows etc.  According to an article published Nov 17 in Digital Music News, “Facebook will be reducing the amount of “overly promotional” posts from Pages in newsfeeds starting in 2015. Posts that aren’t paid ads will become less visible if they meet the following criteria:

  1. “Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  2. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  3. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads”

To go with that, “…you can no longer offer incentives to get page likes.” 


Some friends introduced me to this “new” single from OneRepublic, off their Native album.  There’s a story here worth our attention.


The 3rd installment of my conversation with Reed Foehl.  If you’d like to download it go to KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado pls.  I’m only allowing streaming from here.


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


The Czars “What I Can Do For You” from Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (1970)
Space Team Electra “Saints Are Bleeding” from The Vortex Flower (2001)
(D) The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(N) Silent Bear “Red Colorado Night” from The Green Lion (2014)
Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Manassas “Colorado” from Manassas (1972)
Firefall “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” from Firefall (1976)
Poco “When It All Began” from Legacy (1989)
(N) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
Hazel Miller Band “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

The Colorado Sound S8|EP43 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014To Spotify, or not to Spotify – for that is the question of the age: Whether to be popular and bought and paid for – or unpopular and unpaid – whether to suffer from the loneliness of being among the unheard, or the disdain of the few who hate, hate, hate you for who you are and what they perceive you to be.  Yeah, okay … so my Shakespeare is shaky; it’s been 40+ years since I’ve read any.  But for those who record today the issue is among the most talked about and debated.

Taylor Swift made news recently when her record label deleted her new album “1989” from Spotify – instead forcing the album into the physical and digital marketplaces, primarily Target and iTunes.  Whether this was a good long term business strategy, or simply a shrewd way to force Taylor’s fans to buy instead of stream, it at least excited a conversation about how RECORDING ARTISTS are paid for the work they produce for our enjoyment.

Wait! This ain’t about Colorado music! — Yes. It. Is.  This continues to be a conversation that dominates the local artist scene.  It’s time we at least start to acknowledge that streaming is in – buying is out.  NOT SO FAST, you say?  Okay.  Which is more popular, iTunes download store or Pandora?  Pandora or Spotify?  And let’s not forget YouTube, the single most dominant music discovery site in the world.

How many actual physical cds did you buy in 2014?  Did you buy those physical cds from a store, or from CDBaby, Amazon, or a band website or at a show?  Or did you, like most of us today, simply dial up Spotify or YouTube – places where virtually NO MONEY IS MADE (or so little it may as well be none) for our friends who spend upwards of $12,000 or more to produce a full length album at one of our incredible regional recording studios – or who make investments totalling THOUSANDS to produce records in home studios.  This is NOT an inexpensive venture we’re talking about here.

For me it’s about fans BUYING from the merch table at the show.  It’s about spending not only the $5 cover (are you kidding me?) – or the $15 on three beers (which the band gets nothing of ) – but about spending $5-$15 on an EP or LP cd at a show – the last real place we’re likely to see any measurable sales for most of our friends in scene.

christmas-tree-clipartChristmas is coming up — what do you think — BUY LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC.  That is all.

Speaking of Christmas – got wonderful news hours after show production deadline this week that Poco (and I believe Richie Furay separately), Firefall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Manassas will all be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theater on Friday January 9, 2015.  Show details to be announced later this month.  Congrats to all of the incredible Colorado musicians past and present who will be a part of that incredible gift.


Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.


To download this week’s segment of OSBTM please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado


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


The Apples in Stereo “Shine A Light” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2014)
Musketeer Gripweed “End of the Day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
(D) Chimney Choir “Motion” from Motion (2015)
Toad In the Hole “Wiser” from APT 203 (2013)
Big Gigantic “Touch the Sky” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Dream A Little Dream of Me” from Dream A Little Dream of Me (2015)
Joe Johnson “Don’t Let Your Blue Eyes Cry” from A Time to Dance (2011)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blue” from Music Along the Way (2008)


Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1995)
Sixteen Horsepower “Coal Black Horses” from 16 Horsepower (1995)
(D) Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Sofie Reed “Down By the Riverside” from Red Hen (2014)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Ark Life “Very Fine Friends” from Very Fine Friends (2015)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
(D) Lauren Brombert “Love’s Carousel” from Love’s Carousel (2015)
Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
The Motet “Afrotech” from Instrumental Dissent (2007)

A Bit of Colorado Music History in a new album.

Rick Roberts, Richie Furay, and Jock Bartley are three of our most legendary musicians still living, in Colorado today.  They all seem to be staying fairly active.  I’ve been enjoying a new album that each of the three of them appear on – along with drummer Patrick Shanahan.  Thanks to bassist Mike Gallivan for hipping me to this info:  Patrick was in the Soul Survivors, part of the Denver Big 3 with the Moonrakers and Boenzee Cryque.  He also played with Rusty Young in a Country Trio when they were in Jr High. After the Soul Survivors, he went to LA with Randy Meisner and Allen Kemp and became Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.

I know that Richie is finishing up a new solo album as we speak, and there’s been rumors floating around the scene that Rick has been encouraged to step back in behind the mic and give us some new music.  I have no doubt Jock will be a part of whatever Rick does next.

The album I’ve been enjoying is The Piedbmont Brothers Band – III.  It’s an unusual project in that it’s essentially one guy out of N. Carolina and another from Italy who have teamed up with several notable players to continue the country-rock traditions originated in the 60s by guys like Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and others.

Check ’em out … with 5 current or former Coloradoans on board it gets an official Colorado Connection (CC) designation and will get some love on The Colorado Sound…



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