CS S12 EP16 2018

FOCOMX has come and gone for another year.  In the ten years I’ve been going it’s usually as one of the production crew – running sound and stage in one of the rooms.  Not this year.  This year I was performing – in Denver on Friday night and in my band’s third annual appearance at FOCOMX on Saturday night.

Incredibly summer like weather produced what looked like a record number of people out and about on Saturday evening.  Our first stop was to see Jeff Finlin at Avogadro’s .. and the 100 cap seated room was standing room only at 4PM.

I managed to catch sets or parts of from Novalectric, J Shogren Shanghai’d from WY who I’ve wanted to see for many years, Last Call Romance and a couple of others before I turned into something other than a goat.

Our own set at Tony’s Rooftop was very well attended and received by the crowd.  Couldn’t ask for more.  Thanks and congratulations to the folks at FOCOMA (Fort Collins Musicians Assoc) for an incredible 10th Anniversary.

One incredibly sad bit of news to pass along this week is the passing of Denver Joe – a character on Capitol Hill for as long as I can remember – especially as the doorman at the infamous Cricket on the Hill.  Local musician Chris Rail Chamberlayne wrote some of the best tribute to Joe this weekend on his FB page.



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.


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


Boenzee Cryque “I’ve Never Known a Girl” from Psychedelic States: Colorado in the Sixties (2007)
Astronauts “Happy Ho-Daddy” from Competition Coupe/Astronauts Orbit Kampus (1964)
(D) Adam Lopez “Coffee Every Morning” from Cinderella Sessions (2018)

Rusty Young “Honey Bee” from Waitin’ For the Sun (2017)
Cary Morin “Yellow bird” from Tiny Town (2014)
(D) Bob Rea “The Law” from Southbound (2018)

Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
(D) Dennis Wanebo “Demolition Man” from The Stranger & Other Apparitions (2018)

Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Ivory Circle “Never Let Me Go” from Scalene EP (2018)
Ryan A. Fourt “Air Gun (Daisy’s Revenge)” from Big Slick (2016)


Sugarloaf “Wild Child” from Best of Sugarloaf (1993)
(D) Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics “All You Get” from All You Get (2018)

piKziL “Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
(D) Senorita Sometimes “Beautiful Vision” from Miss Sometimes (2018)

Navy “Los Angeles” from TRES (2018)
Achille Lauro “Lighting” from Flight or Flight (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “No One in the World” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Tyler Walker Band “Brink of Breakin’” from The Rivergate Sessions (2018)

Gabrielle Louise “Love on the Rocks” from If The Static Clears (2016)
Head for The Hills “Telling Me Lies” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

The Colorado Sound S9|EP17 April/May 2015

Day 2 Denver Music Summit.  The Future of the Music Business + an industry round table with about 20 or so local, regional, and out of state musicians and industry personnel.  I think the big takeaway for me was realizing we’re sitting in a pretty good place here in Colorado.

UCD Professor Storm Gloor covered the current trends and fast changing technologies that are shaping the near future, without prognosticating on what may or may not happen years from now.  And the round table discussion I took part in more or less reinforced what I already felt, that despite the nearly horrific rise in the price of housing our creative community continues to set a standard looked at and talked about coast to coast – and that the only thing missing are jobs in publishing, licensing, and management and booking agencies, which for now at least are still safely settled on either coast.

Another pretty big takeaway from the weekend was verification that 18-24 and 45-64 audiences exist for both music discovery and live music attendance, and it’s the 25-44 crowd that’s largely absent at live music events, but still the most desired radio audience for advertisers.  This has been true for a few decades now.

The question was brought up, when the last of the baby boomers (now 50) pass on through, what happens?  After all, how many acts can still fill stadiums?  Jagger et.al. are now in their mid-seventies .. the youngest members left of the WWII generation … and the average age of the average touring musician today is 52, at the youngest end of the boomer generation.  One of the most likely outcomes is the demise of the full on stadium show and a rise in smaller venues (in the 1500+ seat range) and festival events.  Who is the next act or acts capable of doing stadium shows?

Video Pick of the Week

I had my camera with me, but as usual it was the spontaneous “oh crap I’d better shoot some stuff” moment that compelled me to take it out the holster and actually push record.  Here’s just a taste of what I saw on Saturday night.  I did a full audio recording of the DMS, but haven’t had time to review and edit.



Mollie O’Brien “When I’m Gone” from Things I Gave Away (2000)
Yo, Flaco! “Skeptamistic” from Skeptamistic (2001)
John Common “The River Is Moving” from The River Is Moving (2015)
Tennis “Bad Girls” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Plum “Behind Your Man” from Behind Your Man (2015)
Devotchka “Transliterator” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
John Statz “One Way Opens” from Tulsa (2015)
Montropo “Something to See” from Follow Me (2015)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Like A King” from Like A King (2012)
Railsplitters “Met That Day” from The Faster It Goes (2015)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blues” from Music Along the Way (2008)


Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Low” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
(D) Raven and the Writing Desk “On A Wire” from some get started (2015)
(N) Natalie Walker “Nothing Lasts Forever” from Strange Bird (2015)
OneRepublic “Feel Again” from Native (2012)
Calder’s Revolvers “Leave Ya Be” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Bill Frisell “Messin’ with the Kid” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
Hazel Miller Band “I’m Still Looking” from I’m Still Looking (2001)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
(N) Todd Adelman “Cold Mississippi Blues” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Head for The Hills “Take Me Back” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)

How Do You Define… PT II

I'm picky AND I'm grumpy.
I’m picky AND I’m grumpy.

So, apparently I over generalized the nature of events (festivals) and event (festival) talent buyers in my previous post How Do You Define …and why does it matter?”  A couple of folks have taken me to task for it, so let me clarify some of my points.

My major point is that labels such as singer-songwriter are inherently vague, overly broad, and should not be used as a means of describing the style of music that an artist does.  The connotation of a “singer-songwriter” is as a SOLO (or duo) performer, often accompanied by a single instrument, and is not indicative of the STYLE of music the artist is performing.

I attempted to defeat that bias by my choice of the videos I ended my past post with.  I specifically selected singers who also write their own material, and are largely known as singer-songwriters – yet they display a diversity of style and lyrical content – and aesthetic quality.  There are (currently) 12 videos …from across Colorado’s history of great music.

The major point I was trying to establish was how differently we define a genre of music, and how those perceptions are applied by those who are listening, and therefore “buying” music – whether a fan, or those who book talent for SOME festival and/or civic events regionally .


There are numerous types of events (festivals) in Colorado.  By some estimates there are as many as 1250 event days a year, statewide.  Many book a broad diversity of talent – from solo acts to large bands and orchestras – while others are more genre/style specific.

Those who are responsible for putting on many of our regional civic events are (generally) not in the business of music – they typically fill other (more important) roles at their municipal agencies.  In other words, their “business” may be city planning, and they may not be able to articulate genres and styles as those of us “in the business” can and (too often?) do.

Many of these folks only know about music as the average person (also not in the business of music) knows about music – from what they see on tv, remember from their youth (pre-24/25), or hear on their favorite local radio station.  They can tell you what they like, and they can typically paint broad outlines of “style” or “genre.”

More likely than not, they describe what they like or don’t like by referencing what they already know.  It seems to me at least that most people are more likely to say “I like ______________, and I think ____________ “sucks” than to try to describe music with “industry” terminology.

I know one person who works for a city, and is part of the summer downtown festival committee, who can’t name the artist behind a single song she hears on the radio, nor can she name the song.  Yet this person knows what she likes and doesn’t like, and can attribute a fundamental nomenclature to the style she listens to — however broad.  She can name something as country or pop/rock or metal or rap .. but fails to be able to describe music in much more specific terminology.  She calls those who sing solo with a guitar a “folk” artist.

I know another person at a civic agency that puts on a music event, who was unaware of one of the region’s top music publications, and is largely unaware of many of the regions’ top acts, including some our Grammy nominated and/or award winning talents. Still others have a knowledge set limited by other factors.

blue-stick-man-knowledge-mdThere are obviously exceptions, and many music buyers I know are incredibly knowledgeable about the scene and what kinds of music our artists perform.  As a radio dj over the past 35+ years in Colorado, however, I may call something one thing based on my knowledge of radio formats, and yet describe it using different terms if I’m talking to an artist, or someone booking talent for a civic event/festival.

I used the example of singer-songwriter because of an artist consultation, in which the artist asked me how to overcome the apparent bias inherent in the term singer-songwriter.  My point was DO NOT USE THE TERM SINGER-SONGWRITER.  It has no specific meaning – it’s too broad and diluted to use as a descriptive term of the TYPE (style) of music you perform.

confused1Confused?  You’re not alone.  It really is all about the words you use and how you use them – and boy is there a lot of confusion.

Descriptive terminology can be very different from generation to generation, as it is among those involved in the business (or art) of presenting music.  New terms (and the understanding thereof) are introduced with each new generation of musicians, fans, the general public, and those who present music to the public.

Who knew there would be HUNDREDS of styles of “rock” when we were introduced to “rock and roll” in 1955.  Alan Freed, aka Moondog. would be impressed, I’m sure. (or not)

EDIT:  Who knew there would be HUNDRED of styles of “rock” when we were introduced to “rock and roll in 1955 – regardless of who was given credit for coining the term.  


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The Colorado Sound Presents Head for the Hills with guests Grant Farm & Gipsy Moon, at the Mishawaka on May 17.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com Check out this performance from H4TH at the Mish in 2012 ….

Thank You for Your Support

goatz in loveThis week’s show, S8EP16, is in the can, and delivered to the stations.  See station page for stations and times.  This week – a dedication to one of Colorado’s greatest bands – Zephyr, featuring cuts from the long lost 1982 record “Heartbeat” featuring Candy Givens, David Givens, and Eddie Turner … along with guest NoCo guitarist Bard Hoff and others.

Also appearing this week another great new cut from Fort Collins native Katie Herzig, the String Cheese Incident, and You Me & Apollo and more … Mrs Goat and I are off to FoCoMX today and tomorrow (we’ll be at Equinox Brewing) .. and at the Fillmore on Sunday hosting a vendor booth for the Rocky Mountain Music Network/The Colorado Sound.

We’ve got 43 station presets at The Colorado Sound Live365.  Would love to see 100.  Can we do it by month end?  Hmmmm … maybe … if you help <hint> 🙂

All I can say is, thank you Colorado for your incredible support.  It really matters.

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