CP S17 EP11 2023

Happy equinox from the desert – Chris K and Claire Mannato.

Monday March 20, 2023. Yep. Claire and I are on vacation in Death Valley. No spins chart this week, but I did get the MMMM done before we left.

We’re only in March and two songs are now in my short list for best song of the year. This week’s entry is from Rebecca Folsom. “Mercy” is an autobiographical tale of her and her sister. Homeless as children, and left behind, Rebecca eventually made it out, her sister didn’t. She would live her life and die in Boulder shelters. It’s a heart wrenchingly emotional performance on what in my opinion is the best song of Rebecca’s career as a songwriter.

Bridget Law has been splitting time between Tierro and Elephant Revival. Expect a new ER album soon.


I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

Elton JohnThe Bitch Is Back – Caribou (1974)
Chicago Darlin’ Dear – Chicago VI (1973)
(D) Rebecca FolsomMercy – Sanctuary (2023)

Gasoline Lollipops All the Misery Money Can Buy – All The Misery Money Can Buy (2020)
Darcy Nelson Bad (2022)
The Motet Like We Own It – The Motet (2014)
Big Head Todd & The MonstersSpanish Highway – All The Love You Need (2007)
Johnny & the MongrelsMy Only Friend – Magnolia and Pine (2023)
(D) Tierro Band w/Bridget LawOpening (feat. Xerephine) (2023)

Wildermiss Keep It Simple – Lost With You EP (2017)
The River ArkansasTall Grass – Waiting On the Rain (2022)
Annie Booth SextetButterscotch – Alpenglow (2022)

Stephen StillsBuyin’ Time – Illegal Stills (1975)
Rick DerringerCheap Tequila – All American Boy (1973)
(D) Daniel Rodriguez I’m Yours – Vast Nothing (2023)

Elektric Animals Come Clean – Channels EP (2022)
OneRepublic Didn’t I – Human (2020)
Angie Stevens & The Beautiful Wreck Learn to Let the Light In – Learn to Let the Light In (2023)
Blue Canyon BoysWake Up, The Party’s Over – Blue Canyon Boys (2016)
The BurroughsSolid Gold – Got To Feel (2018)
Roger Green Enter As You Leave – Enter As You Leave (2023)
(D) Float Like A BuffaloBig Easy (2023)

Chris Daniels & The KingsFried Food/Hard Liquor – Blues, With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
Sweet Virginia Leaving Again – Leaving Again (2022)
Gabriel MervineOur Man – GM5 (2023)



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Live Music Colorado featuring  LiveMusicMegaSearch™

Float Like A Buffalo – Driveway Show Review 8/8/20

Live music is happening in Colorado.  No, it’s not like it was.  There are no rooms packed elbow to elbow, there are no festivals, and this is no Red Rocks or any of the other exceptional outdoor live music venues we typically enjoy every summer.  But there is live music.  

Over the past two weekends I’ve driven over a thousand miles in-state, during which I saw or heard live music taking place in the Poudre Canyon, Grand Lake, Snowmass, Basalt and Buena Vista.

This past Saturday my girlfriend Claire and I hosted a driveway concert at her house in suburbia Brighton with Float Like A Buffalo. At nearly 100 degrees the driveway was hot, and obviously (since we were social distancing) not too many people could be seen, though a few brave souls did hang with us.

The band works hard to fit locally into the spaces carved by the pure funky-soul of the Motet, the jazz infused funk of Euforquestra, and the big horn ska of 12 Cents for Marvin among Colorado’s top tier of horn driven bands.

They do drive some ska inspired music. They do some soul driven music and they do have moments where they exert themselves in the jazz vein. But you’d really have to go back to the late 60s/early 70s bands like Pacific Gas & Electric, Ides of March and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to authenticate Float Like A Buffalo as a horn driven rock band.

One of the songs in their set is being recorded as a single, which I hope is a September release. As I sat and drifted into the music, the groove and essence of the performance took me back to the 1969 CTA debut, and that band’s stellar cover of the Steve Winwood classic I’m A Man… a song Float Like a Buffalo would do an admirable job covering themselves.  

They’ve already played a COVID restricted summer of yard and driveway shows and will be a part of Levitt In Your Living Room on AUG 12.  Next,  they hope that 2021 affords them an opportunity to play to audiences in other states, and around ours (much more likely).  Whoever gets to see them is in for a treat.  

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