The Colorado Sound – V4 EP41 2012 + Pepper Tree (review) + Alchemy (video)

I guess it was a week or so ago when I mentioned to my wife I had not heard anything in years from John William Davis, and I wondered how he’d been since I last saw him round about 2005 or maybe 06.  His debut album, Dreams of the Lost Tribe, has remained a vibrant part of my music consciousness for fully a decade now, a wonderful still frame of deep Southern mysticism and mythology …of swamp moss, diamond backs, hurricanes, bull gators, floods and deep spiritualism.  So, it was with considerable joy that I caught a post by John on Facebook this week – announcing a new recording; this one a stripped down guitar and vocal release, no less a work in lyrical imagery or in his incredibly adroit guitar style.  On the first single, Pepper Tree, he begins by telling us he’s been staring at a crack in the wall indeterminately, waiting for it to blink, before enjoining us to be aware of the chimpanzee in the tree who he imagines looks a “whole lot like you and me.”  In the telling, a baboon wants to kick the chimp’s ass and a crocodile wants to “gobble you up with that pepper seasonin’.”  Cocaine contrails and perfume bombshells, an angel with bent wings and a tail on fire…. and in all of it a lesson for living … “if you ever get stuck up in the pepper tree, you’d better hang on tight if you happen to sneeze.”

We’re blessed here in Colorado to have a couple of fellas who know how to use words to paint stories with details that lesser songwriters can only imagine and then attempt to conjure with vapid cliches.   As John William Davis is just releasing his new work, Jeff Finlin is preparing one – a kickstarter project in place, and a new video accomplished with the help once again of award winning steel guitarist and up and coming filmmaker Sally Van Meter.  Enjoy.

PLAYLIST

(D) = debut of new album, ep or single release.  (N) = a new track from previously debuted album or ep.  (D) and (N) => linked to artist/band.

The Samples “Tom Joad” from Return to Earth (2001)
Acoustic Junction “Strange Days” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Ten Pound Elephant “Talk to Me” from Ten Pound Elephant (2012)
Petals of Spain “Working 9 to 5” from Late Night Visitor (2011)
FaceMan “Feeding Time” from Feeding Time (2012)
(N) I’m With Her “Hang Among the Stars” from I’m With Her (2011)
Firefall “Cinderella” from Firefall (1976)
Chris Thompson & the Coral Creek String Band “Catfish John” from Forty Years (2012)
Ash Ganley and Lyons Rock Council “Elysian Fields” from Dark Fuel (2006)
(D) John William Davis “Pepper Tree” from Dead Simple, Vol. 1: You Talk Funny (2013)
Cary Morin “Sing It Louder” from Sing It Louder (2011)
(D) Jill Brzezicki “The Horizon” from The Horizon (2012)
After Midnight Jazz Band “A Smooth One” from Midnight in Madison (2010)
Dan Fogelberg “Part of the Plan” from Souvenirs (1974)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Jeff Brinkman “Face” from Strange (2012)
(N) Bop Skizzum “Known It All Along” from Coloradical (2012)
Places “Honesty” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
(N) Beats Noir! “Going Nowhere (feat. Venus Cruz)” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
The Blender Cats “Somethin’s Gotta Give” from Just Like This (2012)
Megan Burtt “Walls Come Down” from Megan Burtt (2008)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Hippie In My House” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Palmer Divide “Knockin’ At Your Door” from Shenandoah Train (2009)
Esme Patterson “My Young Man” from All Princes, I (2012)
Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
Strange Americans “Roses On Ice” from A Royal Battle (2012)
Shirley “4th of July” from From A Bright Clearing (2012)

News Notes and Spins – October 1 2012

EDIT 10/7/2012:  Welcome Radio 1190 back into the mix …. they got their Sept spins to us a bit late, but we’ll take em 🙂 … see station spins below.

Happy autumn.  We are now about 90 days away from posting our annual Best Of the Year poll – generated by the top scoring records of the year with the results from polling regional radio djs, music journalists and assorted Colorado music fans.  I would imagine we’ll see a couple dozen new releases before we close things off on Dec 1 — so if you’re in the process of getting an album out, now is the time.

Speaking of new releases – watch for Opie Gone Christmas #4 to come out this fall – Jake Schroeder called me to say that they were working feverishly on getting it done soon – and it will include the incomparable Dianne Reeves, Chris Daniels and others.

Happy B-day Chris Daniels who turned 60 on Sept 29 …

…Jake also let me know that 99.5FM The Mountain (KQMT) has canceled Mountain Homegrown, the wonderful Colorado music program he hosted the past 9 years.  The station cited budget reasons for discontinuing the program that was on every Monday night at 10PM.

KDUR has a new music director, Stella Dickson.  Reach out to her and say hi.  KDUR is very dedicated to airing Colorado music, so getting to know Stella is important <hint>
KDUR
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO, 81301
970.247.7288
http://www.kdur.org

TOP Video Picks – October 1 2012

While you’re checking out the charts below, dial up this batch of videos from The Yawpers, Flobots, John Oates and more … run time 35 minutes – enjoy.

TOP 40 TITLES – September 2012

(250 titles tracked / 144 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM Genre/format [added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(D) 1. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [Sep-12]
(3) 2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Indie/New Alternative/folk-rock [Mar-12]
(14) 3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/AAA/jamband [Apr-12]
(1) 4. Chris Daniels – Better Days (self) Americana/AAA/country, folk [Jul-12] *
(21) 5. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana/country-rock [Mar-12]
(5) 6. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk/country-folk [Jun-12]
(7) 7. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New Alternative/rock [Feb-12]
(2) 7. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk/pop-folk [May-12]
(13) 8. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock/alternative [Mar-12]
(4) 9. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away (self) Blues/folk-blues [Aug-12] *
(23) 10. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs (Cash Cow Productions) Indie/New Alternative/rock [Aug-12]
(32) 11. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Americana/alt-country [Jan-12]
(D) 12. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years (self) Americana/jamgrass [Sep-12] *
(D) 13. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical (self) Pop/funk [Sep-12]
(R) 13. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You (self) Pop/country crossover [Feb-12]
(26) 14. The Knew – Man Monster (self) Rock/alternative [Jun-12]
(12) 15. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-12]
(10) 16. Churchill – The Change (Wire Bird) Rock/AAA/folk-rock [Mar-12]
(R) 17. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days (self) Rock [Aug-11]
(22) 18. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana/country [Jan-12] *
(R) 19. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [Jan-12]
(R) 20. Chimney Choir – ladder (self) Folk/folk-rock [Mar-12]
(D) 20. The Moetones – Lowbrow (self) Rock/garage [Sep-12]
(D) 21. Jeff Brinkman – Strange (self) Rock/AAA [Aug-12]
(R) 22. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(R) 22. Raincheck – Raincheck (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [May-12]
(D) 23. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine/Mad King Records) Folk (Aug-12)
(D) 24. The Royal – Forever (self) Pop/rock [Sep-12]
(D) 25. Flobots – The Circle In the Square (Shanachie Entertainment) Rock/alternative/hip-hop [Aug-12]
(11) 26. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock [Apr-12]
(18) 27. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative/pop [Feb-12]
(D) 28. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions (WBA Records) Blues [Aug-12]
(20) 29. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Americana/classic country [Jul-12]
(R) 30. Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep (Mercer Street Records) Pop/adult contemporary [Dec-11]
(D) 30. Susannah Thompson – Watch Me Fly (self) Rock/acoustic rock [Sep-12]*
(6) 31. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost (self) Rock/jamband [Oct-11]
(R) 31. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor (self) Pop/AAA [Sep-11]
(R) 32. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin (self) Rock/alternative [Apr-12]
(R) 32. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak (Alison Records) Jazz [Aug-12]
(R) 32. Lindsay & the Lost Caravan – You Don’t Know Me (self) Rock/acoustic rock [Feb-12]

ADDED: SEPTEMBER 2012
A Shoreline Dream – 333
Air Dubai – Be Calm
Black Postcards – Light At the End
Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
Chris McGarry – Bare Bright Halos
Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years
Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
Julie Monley Quartet – Straight Up Jazz
Olivia Rudeen – S/T [EP]
OneRepublic – Feel Again [single]
Science Partner – Rocky Mountain News
Stella Luce – Resurrection
Stuart Davis – Music For Mortals
Susannah Thompson – Watch Me Fly
The Moetones – Lowbrow
The Royal – Forever
The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior
Words in Flight – Music Is…
Wovenhand –  Laughing Stalk

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 SEPTEMBER 2012
8. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
15. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory
16. Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines
17. Tin Horn Prayer – Grapple the Rails
25. Places – No More Wasted Days
26. Musketeer Gripweed – Straight Razor Revival
26. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
27. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers
27. You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats
28. Cassie Taylor – Blue
28. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
29. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn
30. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons *
31. The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
31. Hindershot – Curse Us All
31. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
32. FaceMan – Feeding Time

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground
5. 4H Royalty – Where UFOs Go To Die

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. Andy Thorn – Fire In The Sky
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

KDNK (Carbondale) HOT SPINS
The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}

KDUR (Durango)
1. The Swayback – Double Four Time
2. The Moetones – Lowbrow
3. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
4. Fingers of the Sun – Sleepy Time EP
5. Air Dubai – Day Escape

KOTO (Telluride)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Mosey West – Merica
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
3. Grant Farm –  The Grant Farm
4. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away *

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
3. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
3. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Mango fan Django – Indigo Dreams
3. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
5. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away *

KUNC (Greeley)
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
1. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
2. SHEL – SHEL
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Open Air 1340 (Denver)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. The Knew – Man Monster
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
5. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs

Radio 1190 (Boulder)
1. Tennis – Young & Old
2. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
3. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
4. Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
5. Le Divorce – The Sting and the Light

The Colorado Sound
1. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
3. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years *
3. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
3. Jeff Brinkman – Strange

BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
3. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
5. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years *

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away *
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
5. Papa Juke – Out Of The Blues

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
4. Air Dubai – Be Calm
5. JD Feighner – JD Feighner [EP]

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
3. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. Chimney Choir – (ladder)
5. SHEL – SHEL

Indie/New Alternative
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
3. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs
4. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
5. Tennis – Young & Old

Jazz
1. Raincheck – Raincheck
2. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak
3. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
4. Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior
5. Mango fan Dango – Indigo Dreams

Pop/Adult Contemporary
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. The Royal – Forever
3. Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
4. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor
5. Cassie Taylor – Blue

Rock/AAA/AOR/Modern Rock
1. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. The Knew – Man Monster
4. Churchill – The Change
5. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days

*Serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network

 

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP24 2012

Another hot weekend … though I see our friends higher up in the mountains are enjoying more spring like weather 😉

Gotta tip the ole goat’s hat to our friends out fighting fires around the state.

This week’s featured video is about Harry Tuft, one of our most legendary musicians and educators.  Any chance I get to highlight something he’s involved with the better … this video more or less details his store and what he’s about today.

The Tenor of the Times: Harry Tuft and the Denver Folklore Center

Find the rest of this week’s featured videos at Colorado Sound Video Picks on YouTube.

This week’s pick videos by:
Johnny Hickman
Talisker Skye
Megan Redmond
Ballistic (feat. Xiren)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
The Epilogues
Churchill

Playlist – V4 EP24 2012

Leftover Salmon “Sing Up To The Moon” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Bobby Walker “Barefootin’” from Way Back When (2010)
(D) Russ Hopkins “Different Girl” from Space Junk Motel (2012)
Megan Redmond “Falling” from Dreamland (2012)
Sherri Jackson “Tell Me” from Catalyst (2000)
(D) New Ben Franklins “Detroit Party Jesus” from [peter gabriel] (2012)
Overcasters “Storm of Crows” from Curses/Prayers (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Ruby” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
(D) Fingers of the Sun “Send Yourself to Sleep” from Sleepy (2012)
60,000,000 Buffalo “Cocaine Shuffle” from Nevada Jukebox (1972)
(N) The Say So “American Girl” from The Romantic (2012)
(N) Arliss Nancy “Saint Forgot” from Simple Machines (2012)
Convergence “Bee Cee Beat” from I Can Be There (2008)
Zephyr “I Am Not Surprised” from Sunset Ride (2000)
(D) Johnny Hickman “Another Road” from Tilting (2012)


Robert Cline Jr. “Another Day, Another Dollar” from All The Right Reasons (2012)
Ethyl & the Regulars “Long Gone, Long Forgotten” from Fill ‘Er Up With … Ethyl & the Regulars (2009)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(D) Bonnie and The Clydes “Baby You’re Gone” from Wrong Side Up (2012)
Dan Craig “Alchemy (What Is This Alchemy)” from Alchemy (2010)
The Swayback “Lost Lake Woods Club” from Double Four Time (2012)
(D) The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster(2012)
Gary Stites “Shine That Ring” from Shine That Ring (1960)
The Jekylls “Think I Thought” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
(N) Strange Americans “Alamosa” from A Royal Battle (2012)
J. Shogren “Hand Grenade” from American Holly (2009)
Chie Imaizumi “The More the Merrier” from Unfailing Kindness (2006)

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