REVIEW: JEFF FINLIN – SOUL ON THE LINE

You cannot imagine how excited I was to get some kind of message – via the Innerwebs or some otherworldly means – that Jeff Finlin, “Fin” as he’s known locally in Fort Collins, put out a new album. I mean, I was so excited my heart jumped. I immediately dived into the entire album and haven’t stopped listening since.

You can’t find this album on SPOTIFY – yet. The published release date is June 24. HOWEVER – the album was released on May 19 via Continental Record Services out of the Netherlands on Bandcamp.

Produced by Jeff Finlin.
Recorded By Darren Raddach at Stout Studios, Fort Collins, CO.
Jeff Finlin – Drums, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion, piano
Taylor Tessler – Bass
Joe V. Mcmahan – Electric guitars
Eben Grace – Electric guitars
Eric Straumanis – Electric guitars
Brian Keller – Horns, accordion

Jeff Finlin’s legacy goes back decades. In my case it’s two decades since I first heard his music. Ever since then I have anxiously and quietly pleaded, cajoled and otherwise stamped my goat hoofs for something new.

After all, for as prolific as Jeff as been in his career –  13 critically acclaimed records – I honestly thought another album would never come my way. Silly me; Jeff has basically put out an album every few years. The last, The Guru in the Girl (2017), was a measly five years ago – an eternity it seems in Jeff’s catalogue.

Soul On the Line doesn’t move far from Jeff’s established Americana trad folk-rock style that travels nicely in the car with the likes of John Hiatt, Levon Helm or Bob Dylan. A literary mastermind, Jeff’s songs have taken us on an journey of life filled with vivid imagery. In the lead single, “…we walk the line, years repeating all our tears and time. Compromise our patron saint …hangin’ out with our Soul On the Line.”

Throughout the album, Jeff touches on issues that as he’s said are about “…these extreme and harrowing times we currently live in. Everything about our existence seems to be hanging in the balance.”

In What Went Wrong he ponders, “We all get tired of waiting, waiting on ourselves, so then we go and settle, set our feet in something else and then wonder why we can’t feel nothing here at all; and we’re stuck here on the telephone …wondering what went wrong.”

The songs on this album are not about the hope for the future. Jeff’s reflections and voice are those of an aged muse, tired and worn out from the battering waves of the very life that has inspired so many of his greatest stories in song and verse.

Jeff’s Northern Colorado friends and worldwide fans will love and adore and cherish this album as yet another intimate chapter in our friend’s collection. I’d suggest first timers visit earlier albums like Epinonymous, his highly acclaimed fourth album, before diving into this one.

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Monday Oct 18, 2021 – The first task when I get up and pour coffee on Monday morning is to sit down and write out the Monday morning blog post. Typically, I scan headlines and my FB newsfeed.

Today’s feed was a sad reminder that a) COVID is still killing people, even those who have been vaccinated, and b) that despite COVID, “…we think this lasts forever … it doesn’t; forgive, love and be good to one another.”

That quote was the last line in a post by Colorado Music Hall of Fame musician and educator Chris Daniels, informing us that veteran Kings bassist Kevin “Bro” Lege is in the ICU at St. Anthony’s, “…getting amazing care …but the outlook is not great.”

Chris didn’t indicate the reason for “Bro’s” condition, but we do know that former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away last night from complications related to COVID.

As Chris Daniels reminds us, “…we think this lasts forever …it doesn’t; forgive, love and be good to one another.”

STATION OF THE WEEK

KAFM

If you’re accustomed to using http://www.kafmradio.org, you need to change it to www.kafmgj.org. The station’s servers were hacked last week.

Community radio exists because of the support from listeners like you! Please help keep public radio on the air by becoming a sustaining member. See your local community radio station website for more information.

The Colorado Playlist & 105.5 The Colorado Sound Present

The Great Salmon Famine – Aggie Theater – Saturday Oct 30
Dragondeer – Globe Hall – Sunday Oct 31 – featuring 1 set of Dragondeer originals and 1 set of Velvet Underground classics
The Gasoline Lollipops Aggie Theater – Friday Nov 26

“Locally Grown” – Family Owned

“Locally Grown” 20/20 EyeVision offers a full range of services and they accept Medicaid at the Orchard Center in Westminster.

TOP FIVE WEEK END OCT 16 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are pulled from published spins of current releases (twelve months old) at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations. Eleven Colorado radio stations currently utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
  2. THE VELVETEERS – Nightmare Daydream LP (Oct-21)
  3. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside SINGLE (Sep-21)
  4. LITTLE TRIPS Downhill to Paradise LP (Oct-21)
  5. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Dancin’ Around My Grave SINGLE (Jul-21)

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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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HOUR 1

Chicago Darlin’ Dear – Chicago VI (1973)
Firefall You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(N) Nathaniel Rateliff & the NightsweatsLove Don’t – The Future (2022)

Whippoorwill Cold Sound – The Nature of Storms (2020)
Leftover SalmonGulf of Mexico – Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
David William’s Trickster CarouselFreak – Snake Oil (2021)
Morsel Sandy Cheeks – Morsel (2021)
Yonder Mountain String BandAngel – Yonder Mountain String Band (2006)
The Samples Radio Song – Return To Earth (2001)
(N) Solohawk I Can’t Forget – Radio Waves and Your Movies (2021)

The RemindersDust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
High Road HomeRunning Kind – Outrun the Seasons (2020)
Blumer Haus Ode To Brubeck – Boy Meets Groove (2021)

HOUR 2

Rick DerringerRock and Roll Hootchie Koo – All American Boy (1973)
Joe WalshMidnight Visitor – Barnstorm (1972)
(D) The Unindicted Co-ConspiratorsTo Catch A Thief – Colfax Confidential (2021)

Robert ShredfordQueen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
SUCH The Real Thing – Wide Nose, Full Lips (2019)
Eddie TurnerDignify Me – Change In Me (2021)
A.J. FullertonI Cried – The Forgiver and the Runaway (2021)
Chuck PyleColorado – Camel Rock (1995)
Drew EmmittGypsy In My Soul – Long Road (2008)
(N) Jaguar StevensMagic House Drama – Jaguar Stevens (2021)

The Patti FiascoElvis – Small Town Lights (2013)
Sugar MoonGreat Divide – Special Shade of Blue (2020)
Keith OxmanRocktober Song – Caught Between the Lion and the Twins (2008)

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Monday March 29, 2021 – It’s been estimated that there are over fourteen thousand songwriters in Colorado who are registered with one of the top three performance rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC). That is all to say there is a LOT of music in our state.

Over the past 30 days I tracked radio airplay for over two hundred individual titles, singles, EP or LP. I will be publishing the March TOP 30 in a few days. Of the over two hundred titles I tracked airplay for, ninety received at least one play at one of the thirteen stations I monitor weekly.

Not much movement in the weekly TOP 5 with Nathaniel Rateliff and A.J. Fullerton looking more and more like the TOP 2 albums leading into the spring. In the meantime, A.J. Fullerton is sitting at #1 in Colorado album titles this week at RootsMusicReport.com.

Featured station of the week = Four Corners Radio, KSJD (Cortez)

Welcome our newest sponsor – STARR’S GUITARS

STARR’S GUITARS

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 Grammy nominated record producer Nick Sullivan.

TOP FIVE MARCH 27 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize 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.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
  2. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  3. LADY GANG – Full Throttle LP (Feb-21)
  4. ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth LP (Jan-21)
  5. FIVE IRON FRENZY Until This Shakes Apart LP (Jan-21)

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.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Good Times, Rock & Roll – Best of Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids (1975)
Firefall – You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(D) Leftover SalmonBrand New Good Old Days (2021)

Augustus – Lights Out – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Runaway Train – Riviera (2002)
Kingdome JasmineRules of Verse (2021)
Derek Dames Ohl If Love Stinks (2021)
The Wendy Woo Trio – Crisis – Luxury (2007)
The Samples – Did You Ever Look So Nice – No Room (1992)
(D) The Motet (f. Nigel Hall) – And the Beat Goes On (2021)

Jack Hadley – Merry Go Round – Daybreak IN Alabama: The Langston Huhges Project (2020)
Paa Kow – African Lady – Cookpot (2017)

HOUR 2

Chuck Pyle – Here Comes the Water – Step by Step (1990)
(D) YaSi Guilty (2021)

Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
ELLSWORTH – Dear Rosie – ELLSWORTH (2021)
Lady Gang – Git It – Full Throttle (2021)
Rob DrabkinLittle Steps (2013)
(D) Wolf van Elfmand – Sweet Regret – All Blue (2021)

Wildermiss – Carry Your Heart – Lost With You EP (2017)
Jesse Garland – Sway – De Mi Corazón (2020)
Steve Denny Trio – Wig’s Ears – Life in New York (2020)

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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.

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MONDAY MARCH 22, 2021 – In Colorado music history — that’s something you hear at the top of each hour of the show. This week it was Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom that was highlighted in HR1.

Elton was a regular at Caribou Ranch Recording Studio in the early 70s. His 4th #1 hit was written during an eight day recording session for Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, but did not appear on that album.

Instead, it appears on his 1977 Greatest Hits album. He wrote the song for Billie Jean King while she and her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms, were in Denver for a tennis league playoff series. More at Colorado Music Experience.

You ever try to learn something new on the fly? WordPress decided to get rid of the classic editor I’ve been using for 12 years. LMAO. This hurts a little, since I’ve resisted using the newer format in favor of what I’ve known. Oh well.

Let’s try something new this week. Instead of a poll asking if you like a song or not, beginning this week the question will be, “What’s Your Favorite This Week?” See following the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM).

New music this week from Pie Lombardi, Wheelchair Sportscamp, Aaron Bibelhauser & FY5, and Kind Dub f. Sarah Joelle.

STATION OF THE WEEK

kffr 88.3fm

winter park

The Colorado Playlist is open for business. Now is the time to secure your space on the show, the website, and the FB page. Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com for more information.

Welcome our newest sponsor – TICO TIME RIVER RESORT

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 Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Chris Daniels.

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.

TOP FIVE MARCH 20 2021

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
  2. LADY GANG – Full Throttle LP (Feb-21)
  3. ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth LP (Jan-21)
  4. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  5. ANDY SYDOW – Wicked Dreams EP (May-20)

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.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Elton JohnPhiladelphia Freedom (1974)
(D) Pie LombardiSome People (2021)

Whippoorwill – Eventide – The Nature of Storms (2020)
The Still Tide – Give Me Time – Run Out (2017)
King Cardinal Damn This Old Machine (2021)
Five Iron Frenzy – Renegades – Until This Shakes Apart (2021)
Braddigan – Customs – The Captive (2007)
Leftover Salmon – Sing Up to the Moon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
(D) Wheelchair Sports Camp YESS I’m a MESS (2021)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Glow – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Jon Wirtz – Watching The World Wake Up – Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Stephen Stills – Circlin’ – Illegal Stills (1975)
(D) Aaron Bibelhauser & FY5Time In And Out (2021)

Rodney Rice – Don’t Look Back – Same Shirt, Different Day (2020)
The Copper Children – Roots – Speaking In Spirits (2019)
Sarah SlatonGet Up (2021)
Wildermiss – Hell or High Water – In My Mind (2020)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – All For The Love Of Lill – Louie Louie (2001)
(D) Kind Dub Stay Kind (feat. Sarah Joelle) (2021)

Fierce Bad Rabbit – Matter of Time – The Maestro and the Elephant (2012)
DeVotchKa – Angels – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
Art Lande – A Decimeister Winds Up – Resist the Eel Panda (2020)

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.

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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.

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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)

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