CP S15 EP08 2021

FEB 22 2021 – The TOP 5 this week flipped, with only one entry returning from the past two weeks – The Grand Alliance.  It should not be a surprise, following last Saturday’s appearance on SNL, that Nathaniel Rateliff‘s latest single, Redemption is #1 this week and is likely to stay there for the next several weeks.

This week’s featured station is KDNK, one of the first stations to air the Colorado Playlist. KDNK was founded by volunteers in 1983 and now reaches over 100,000 people around the state, along with their international Internet listenership.  Listen at:

    • 88.1 in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Rifle;
    • 88.3 in Aspen and Glenwood Springs,
    • 88.5 in Basalt and Redstone,
    • 93.5 in Leadville,
    • 94.7 in Old Snowmass,
    • 94.9 in Thomasville,
    • 99.9 in Snowmass Village
    • on your smart speaker,
    • and at kdnk.org
    • The Colorado Playlist airs every Sat and Sun mornings at 5am.

You can also track what KDNK plays via their Spinitron page, here.  Spinitron is a supporter of the Colorado Playlist.


Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated and will help to keep the program on the air.


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Andy Frasco.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 20 2021

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFRedemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCEThe Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
3. JOHNNY & THE MONGRELSCreole Skies LP (Jul-20)
4. A MEAZY I Can’t Breathe (Again) SINGLE (Jun-20)
4. ANDY EPPLERBroke Down Deluxe LP (Nov-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

Monocle/Higher Elevation The Diamond Mine (1964)
The Rainy DazeThat Acapulco Gold (1967)
(D) Zoe BermanLilac Hour (2021)

Pink HawksElote! (2020)
Whiskey Blanket – Pound Boom – No Object (2010)
(N) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Freak – Snake Oil (2021)

J-CalvinYour Soul Knows (2021)
Liz Barnez – River Road – Liz Barnez Band (1993)
Gregory Alan Isakov – Amsterdam – The Weatherman (2013)
Danny Shafer – Small Town Blues – Weddings, Floods And Funerals (2015)
(D) Duke JusticeStartup (2021)

Petals of Spain – Daydream – Daydream (2016)
Taylor Scott Band – Curiosity – All We Have (2019)
Dana Landry Trio – Transfusion – Memphis Skyline (2014)

HOUR 2

Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy – Stand In the Fire (1980)
(D) Five Iron Frenzy – So We Sing – Until This Shakes Apart (2021)

My Body Sings Electric – Step Into The Light – Changing Color (2011)
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers – End Of Our Lives – Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)
Andy Frasco – I’ve Got a Long Way to Go – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
The Lonesome Days – Chasin Down The Whiskey – The Lonesome Days (2017)
(D) The Grand Alliance – Chakra Khan (f. Kayla Marque) – The Grand Alliance (2021)

The String Cheese Incident – Sing A New Song – Outside Inside (2001)
Caitlin Cannon – Toolbag – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Scott Martin – The Meaning of Midnight – Alone at Sunset (2018)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

CP S15 EP07 2021

FEB 15 2021 – I added a new feature to the show a couple of weeks ago.  Every week I’ll feature one of the incredible stations that air the Colorado Playlist.  This week’s featured station is 88.7FM KRZA Alamosa, “connecting cultures along the Upper Rio Grande.”    Please take a minute to visit their website or drop a note thanking them for supporting Colorado music on their Facebook page.

Andy Frasco & the U.N. held on to the top spot in this week’s spins with Antonio Lopez flashing in at #2 on the heels of all the spins it got statewide this week as a result of being on Middle Class Rockstar with Andy Sydow.

Indie 102.3 hit the debut from Grand Alliance nice and hard this past week, and Wellington Bullings is still a favorite there.  And yes, Colorado stations love jazz – hence the stellar Scenes of Changery from Adam Bodine closing out this week’s TOP 5.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.

The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Andy Eppler.

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 13 2021

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
2. ANTONIO LOPEZRoots and Wings LP (Jan-21)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCEThe Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
4. WELLINGTON BULLINGS – Because I Want To LP (Jul-20)
5. ADAM BODINEScenes of Changery LP (Nov-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

CellsUh Oh (1979)
CellsDon’t Change Your Mind (1979)
(D) King CardinalDamn This Old Machine – (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff – What A Drag – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene – Goin’ for Broke – City of Love (2019)
Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)
Johnny & The Mongrels – Louisiana Girl – Creole Skies (2020)
Zuba – Imagine Freedom – The New Cruelty (1996)
Sweet Water Well – Zoeology – Watermelon (1996)
(D) Kid Astronaut – Cosmos – Cosmos (2021)

The Motet – The Truth – Totem (2016)
Post Truth Serum – The Picnic – Modern Victims (2020)
Eric Lilley Trio – Twirler – Joie De Vivre (2019)

HOUR 2

Jonny III – Hey Baby – Rocky Mountain Low: The Colorado Musical Underground Of The Late 1970s (2009)
Kenny Vaughan – Country Music Got A Hold On Me – V (2011)
(D) Mia Stegner – Scribbles – Scribbled Pleas On Yellowed Keys (2021)

Monocle Band – As Fast as I Can – Monocle Band (2013)
The Wood Brothers – Snake Eyes – Paradise (2015)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Andy Eppler – Much Less Under – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
(D) PorloloAre We There Yet (2021)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Glow – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Dream Feed – Hey Now – Dream Feed (2018)
Peter Sommer – Looks Like This – Tremolo Canteen (2010)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

CP S15 EP06 2021

FEB 08 2021 –We’re three months, 1/4 of a year, into the new release year that began in November and already I’m seeing a record number of new releases from here in Colorado.  It may be the result of COVID isolation, or simply that there are more ways to produce new records.

I can say I’m fitting new tracks into show outlines four weeks in advance from now.  This week I managed to get in new music from David William’s Trickster Carousel, Isadora Eden, Zembu, House Painter Music, and The Barlow.   

The big news this past week is that venues will be able to open to 50% capacity, depending on social distancing criteria.

Westword outlined the specifics: “At indoor unseated events, venues can host up to 50 percent capacity — but no more than fifty or a hundred people, depending on the size of the space and using the state’s Social Distancing Space Calculator.

Indoor seated events can have up to a hundred people or 50 percent capacity — whichever is smaller. Outdoor events can have up to 175 people or 50 percent capacity — again, whichever is smaller. Venues operating as indoor restaurants can have 50 percent capacity or fifty people (or even up to 150, based on the state’s calculator).”

The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll see any type of large outdoor gatherings this season.  Major events such as Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, the Greeley Blues Jam and Greeley Stampede have yet to announce one way or another how they will proceed.

Even with more people being allowed into our smaller venues many of our local musicians are still struggling.  Our non-profit, Rocky Mountain Music Relief receives two or three requests a week for help.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Antonio Lopez.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 06 2021

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
1. WELLINGTON BULLINGSBecause I Want To LP (Jul-20)
2. ATOMGAWhich One Are You SINGLE (Nov-20)
3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
3. DAVID LADONSo Inert (or Reflections on a Perpetual Campaign Cycle) SINGLE (Jan-21)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Make A Little Magic – Make A Little Magic (1980)
(D) David William’s Trickster Carousel – Cradle to the Grave – Snake Oil (2021)

Kiltro – The Hustle – Creatures of Habit (2019)
Michael Trent – The Winner – The Winner (2010)
(D) Isadora Eden – Ghosts – Allnight (2021)

Monica Marie LaBonteRiver Song (2020)
Acoustic Junction – Think About It – Acoustic Junction (1996)
The Subdudes – Sarita – Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Zembu – Overgrown – Recall (2020)

John Common And Blinding Flashes Of Light – Same Scar – Beautiful Empty (2010)
Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars – Shut Up and Drive – Hymns for the Hardened (2019)
Adam Bodine – Swamp Stomp – Scenes of Changery (2020)

HOUR 2

Earth Wind & Fire – Devotion – Open Our Eyes (1974)
(D) House Painter Music – God Was Born In NYC – Scream Inside Your Heart (2021)

DeVotchKa – Let Me Sleep – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby – Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Andy Frasco – Love is a Gun – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Antonio Lopez – Roots and Wings – Roots and Wings (2021)
Antonio Lopez – ’42 Ford – Roots and Wings (2021)
(D) The Barlow – Horseshoe Lounge – Horseshoe Lounge (2021)

The Still Tide – High Wire – Run Out (2017)
Churchill – Change – Change EP (2012)
Ryan A Fourt – Grapple At The Snapple – Big Slick (2015)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

CP S15 EP04 2021

Jan 25 2021 – It blows my mind that we’re this close to the end of January already.  I wasn’t able to generate a TOP 5 spins chart for last week, so this week’s TOP 5 is basically two weeks worth of spins.  Cary Morin continues to top the chart, with Bud Bronson & the Good Timers moving up to the #2 spot this week.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 23 2021

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

1. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
2. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERS – Manifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
3. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTCrucible LP (Dec-20)
4. HEINWAHEINWA: At Home with Her Greatest Hits EP (Sep-20)
5. XIUHTEZCATL – Runway Tapes LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawaka is 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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

Starwood – Burnin’ Over You – Starwood (1977)
(D) Paul WhitacreFind the Light (2021)

Jeremy Facknitz – Little Devils – From Those Sweet Ashes (2020)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – My Last Black Scarf – Unentitled (2011)
(D) RetrofettePhotogenic (2021)

Chimney Choir – An Alternate Life – (light shadow) (2020)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Train Home – Love Runner (2014)
Paul Galaxy and the Galactix – Lunar Swing – Slingshot (2004)
(D) Fresh Fruit!Fancy Limousine (2021)

The BurroughsLove and Unity (2020)
Five Iron Frenzy – Boomerang – Between Pavement and Stars (2015)
Jeff Jenkins Organization – Heavy Eddie – The Arrival (2015)

HOUR 2

Freddi Henchi Band – Welcome to the Freddi & Henchi Party / Get Up Off the Funk – Freddi Henchi Band (1981)
(D) Kind Hearted Stranger – The Egoist – East-West (2021)

Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine – Lady Like (2020)
Kyle Emerson – Worth It – Dorothy Alice (2017)
Caitlin Cannon – Drink Enough – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
(D) ELLSWORTHGrowing Pains (2021)

The String Cheese Incident – Get To You (W. Lyle Divinsky) – SCI Sound Lab Radio EP (2019)
Dan Treanor – From African Soul – Mercy (2005)
Johnny & The Mongrels – Music Man – Creole Skies (2020)
Gogolab – Honey Trap – Border Patrol (2013)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

 

CP S14 EP49 2020 – BEST OF

Monday DEC 28, 2020HAPPY HOLLY DAZE for the last time in 2020. The Listener Poll was fun; thank you.  It was the first time I ran a silent poll where you didn’t get to see the results as they were taking place. Where I can see it made a difference was in the mad rush of fans of bands to crush the results.

Except for one, it was a balanced result – with only 4 of the TOP 50 not receiving any votes and none receiving only one. Your TOP 12 +1 (my jazz pick) is in Hour 2 below.

Hour 1 took some doing.  There is a lot of airplay worthy music in Colorado.  There has been more airplay worthy music in our state for several years than what can reasonably be played on any show, or radio station.  I picked thirteen I thought had good stories to tell you about.

COMING JANUARY 8TH 2021


Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING DEC 26 2020

13 stations / 130 titles surveyed.

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations. Record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  2. KRIS DRICKEYState Change EP (Nov-20)
  3. BLAKK MANTRA – Welcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
  4. ALRIGHT ALRIGHTCrucible LP (Oct-20)
  5. SARAH SLATON – Get Up SINGLE (Nov-20)

BEST OF 2020 

HOUR 1 – SOME OF THE BEST OF – RANDOM ORDER

David Starr & John Oates (ft. Jim Lauderdale) – Road to Jubilee – Beauty and Ruin (2020)
Gabrielle Louise – Big Unbreakable Heart – The Unending Alteration Of The Human Heart (2020)
Trevor HallPut Down What You Are Carrying (feat. Brett Dennen) (2020)
Rodney Rice – Don’t Look Back – Same Shirt, Different Day (2020)
Tennis – Runner – Swimmer (2020)
Esmé Patterson – All Mine – There Will Come Soft Rains (2020)
Down Time – Not A Complicated Person – Hurts Being Alive (2020)
Thomas Hine – Abandon – Ledgers and Stones (2020)
Reverend Freakchild – I know You Rider (Grateful Dead) – The Bodhisattva Blues (2020)
Kayla Marque – Mercy – Brain Chemistry (Right Brain) (2020)
IlleniumNightlight (2020)
Big Gigantic – You’re The One (feat. Nevve) – Free Your Mind (2020)
Ron Miles – Queen Of The South – Rainbow Sign (2020)

HOUR 2 – BEST OF 2020 LISTENER POLL – RANDOM ORDER

The Wood Brothers – Little Bit Sweet – Kingdom in My Mind (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Barbers and Bartenders – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Claire Heywood – Python – I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream (2020)
DragondeerAll Day (2020)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Alexa Wildish – Magic Hours – Alexa Wildish EP (2020)
Gasoline Lollipops – All the Misery Money Can Buy – All The Misery Money Can Buy (2020)
Kayla RubyI Wish I Was Crazy (2020)
Whitewater Ramble – 3 Minutes 2 Spare – Pseudonymous (2020)
Cary Morin – Jamie Rae – Dockside Saints (2020)
Nathaniel Rateliff – Time Stands – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine – Lady Like (2020)
Steve Denny Trio – Standard Steve – Life in New York (2020)

BEST OF 2020 ON YOUTUBE

The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.