News Notes and Spins – SEPTEMBER 1 2013

chris boni vip 2013It’s official — August is the worst month of the year in terms of blog readership.  I thought maybe we broke the August curse this year, but no…. not even close.  We barely eeked out an increase over last year, hitting 1199 unique page visits … a far bit off our record 2,227 in May, and at 39 unique visits a day we’re really off of the 53 a day average for the year.  I attribute that to the fact that I spend less time writing in August and more time on stage – so look for increased blogging activity in the next few months to make up for it LOL.

The Colorado Sound can now be heard every Sunday morning from 8AM-10AM on Radio 94.9 Coloradowww.radio949colorado.com.  Radio 94.9 has committed to airing 1 Colorado track per hour of programming.  That places this Clear Channel owned property right up on top of the heap with Open Air 1340 and KRFC (Fort Collins) in airing Colorado music.

STATION NEWS & NOTES

KBUT wrapped up another successful summer pledge drive on August 12th. With the support of our family of listeners near and far, KBUT met our goal of $42,000.  KBUT is also in the midst of a capital campaign to cover expenses related to a new transmitter in Gunnison, CO. This 6,500 Watt transmitter (88.7 KGNI) will replace a low-powered translator that currently broadcasts at the same location. KBUT expects to be broadcasting from this more powerful and secure signal sometime in September. More information is available at http://www.kbut.org/powerup

KGNU has hired David Wilson as Station Manager. David is already working part-time training and starts full-time on September 17. Welcome David.

MUSIC NEWS & NOTES

I sent out a couple of new releases in August that feature two of the state’s wonderful female voices – Alysa Kraft from the Patti Fiasco, and Monica Whittington from the Monocle Band.  I also received the new album from Gabrielle Louise – which by all standards should win best packaging of the year.  I was also fortunate enough to work with a few of the best at this year’s Bohemian Nights at New West Fest … including SHEL, Rachel James (Rachel & the Kings), Hayley Helmericks (Snake Rattle Rattle Snake), Erica Brown, and Cassie Taylor – and equally,  Jennifer Lane and Sophie Reed received standing ovations for their performances this year.   So that got me to thinking… what are the top female fronted records right now?

1. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
4. Finders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP (Erin Youngberg is co-lead singer in band)
5. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
6. SHEL – SHEL
7. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
8. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
9. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs
10. The Whiskey Bottles – Grandville

Of course this takes NOTHING away from anyone else – we’re tremendously blessed to have had some of the best female singers, songwriters, and musicians in the country here in CO…

In other news – the Motet is in the studio with Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver.  Supercollider just wrapped up tracking with Colin.  Leftover Salmon is working on a new album.  String Cheese Incident is working on a new album.  The new Richie Furay is closer to getting to us.  There’s going to be a new Piedmont Brothers Band record that will feature the likes of Rick Roberts, Jock Bartley (Firefall) and Richie Furay… Sean Kelly of the Samples thinks the new record will be done right after the first of the year, and there’s a new album coming out from Chris Daniels featuring Freddie Gowdy of Freddi & Henchi fame… I’d look for that one maybe next spring, but Chris HAS been known to surprise, so we’ll see.

rusty youngFormer Denverite, and Denver native Rusty Young, who still rocks “Denver” as home on his Facebook page, has been inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame – and right on the plague it says “Rusty Young grew up playing steel guitar in country bands around Denver…”  No doubt he’ll eventually wind up in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as well.  Rusty has also just released another Poco record, “All Fired Up,” although he’s the only member of the original gang that appears – making it a weak “Poco” release, but a pretty damned strong Rusty Young release.

VIDEO PICKS – AUGUST

This month’s PICK-7 includes jazz guitarist Matt FullerDanielle Ate the Sandwich, Colorado Springs hip-hop The ReMinders, the Raven & the Writing Desk, Andy Palmer, SHEL, and Sean Kennedy.

TOP 40 SPINS – AUGUST 2013

305 titles tracked in August
178 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

gregory alan isakov_Weatherman(1) 1. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [Jun-13]
(2) 2. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) EDM [Jul-13]
(3) 3. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May-13]
(D) 4. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug-13]
(6) 5. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan-13]
(39) 6. Patrick DethlefsFall & Rise (self) Folk [Jun-12]
(5) 7. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana [Jul-13]
(9) 8. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-13]
(7) 9. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [Jan-13]
(R) 10. Chris DanielsBetter Days (self) Americana [Jul-12]
(18) 11. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [Jun-13]
(14) 12. Jeff BrinkmanStrange (self) Rock [Dec-12]
(40) 13. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [Mar-13]
(D) 13. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [Jul-13]
(38) 14. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [Jan-13]
(12) 15. Sera Cahoone (CC)Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [Nov-12]
(19) 16. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC)Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Americana [Jun-12]
(D) 17. Finders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP (Swingfingers Records) Americana [Aug-13]
(R) 18. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [Feb-13]
(R) 19. Bonnie & The ClydesWrong Side Up (self) Americana [Jul-12]
(R) 20. The YawpersCapon Crusade (self) Rock [Sep-12]
(13) 21. SHELSHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [Aug-12]
(16) 22. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Indie/New Alternative [Jun-13]
(37) 23. a. Tom CollinsStick & Poke (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Apr-13]
(20) 24. The Changing ColorsJoan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-13]
(R) 25. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Bluegrass [Jan-13]
(D) 25. Monocle BandMonocle Band (self) Americana [Aug-13]
(D) 25. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Rock [Aug-13]
(R) 26. Esme PattersonAll Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(29) 26. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [May-13]
(27) 27. Strange AmericansA Royal Battle (self) Rock [Jun-12]
(R) 28. You, Me and ApolloS/T [EP] (self) Indie/New Alternative [Dec-12]
(8) 29. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov-12]
(R) 30. Ending People Fill Your Lungs (Cash Cow Productions) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-12]
(24) 30. Jon WirtzTourist (self) Jazz [Jan-13]
(23) 30. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan-13]
(R) 31. The Whiskey BottlesGrandville (self) Americana [Jun-13]
(R) 32. Trout Steak Revival Flight (self) Bluegrass [Nov-12]
(R) 32. Zach HeckendorfThe Cool Down (self) POP [Jun-12]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 AUGUST
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
10. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive
11. 3 Twins – De Nada
15. Wendy Woo Band – Live
17. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
21. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
22. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
25. Andy Palmer – Hazard of the Die
26. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
30. Hezekiah Goode – Two Billion Acres of Salt
31. The ReMinders – Born Champions
32. Chimney Choir – (compass)
33. Colfax Speed Queen – Satisfaction Intended
35. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
36. The Swayback – Double Four Time

ADDED AUGUST 2013
Bad Weather California – Back Seats
Birds of A Feather – A Million Miles Away
Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time
Covenhaven – Covenhaven
Damon Wood – Sirens & Pipers
Deadwood Saints – Hometown Blues
Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
Finders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP
Flashbulb Fires – Unseen Things [single]
Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
Holly Lovell – The Illusions EP
Joe Johnson – New West Sound
Katey Laurel – Periscope
Kinetix – Never Too Late
Leftover Salmon – Thornpipe [single]
Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
Molina Speaks – Greatest Rapper Never Heard
Monocle Band – Monocle Band
Moors & McCumber – Against the Grain
Navy – Spirit Groove
Poco (CC) – All Fired Up
Princess Music – Odobenidae
Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
The 14ers – Get Some EP
The Belle Jar – Union Station
The Drunken Hearts – Live for Today
The Lonelyhearts – Years in the Great Interior
The Outfit – Tough Kids
The Still Tide – Tinder
Thee Dang Dangs – For the People

STATION BY STATION

[X] = number of “current” titles reported as played in reporting period. This is so you’ll not only see what the top five records getting the most spins are at any station, but also how many “current year” releases are getting played.

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanKAFM (Grand Junction) [24]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Fox Steet Allstars – Tough Talk
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
4. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open
5. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years

head for the hills blue ruinKBUT (Crested Butte) [14]
1. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

cary morin streamlinedKDNK (Carbondale) [40]
Cary Morin – Streamline
Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP

pretty lights_color map of the sunKDUR (Durango) [11]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. The Whiskey Bottles – Grandville
3. Hezekiah Goode – Two Billion Acres of Salt
3. Sour Boy Bitter Girl – The Days After the Fire
3. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon

paper bird_roomsKGNU (Boulder) [20]
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)
5. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin

pretty lights_color map of the sunKRCC (Colorado Springs) [16]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
4. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

patti fiasco_small town lightsKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Cary Morin – Streamline
4. Cassie Taylor – Out Of My Mind
4. Escape Goats – On The Lam

Monocle BandKRZA (Alamosa) [11]
1. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
2. Chimney Choir – (compass)
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
2. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
3. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
4. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
4. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down

tom gershwin_sweet pastimesKUVO (Denver) [14]
1. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
2. John Gunther’s Safari Trio – Surrender
3. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
4. Curtis Fuller – Down Home
5. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind

finders and youngberg_I don't wantKVNF (Paonia) [10]
1. Finders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [57]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Paper Bird – Rooms
5. The Outfit – Tough Kids

patti fiasco_small town lightsThe Colorado Sound [48]
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Chris Daniels – Better Days
2. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – The Maestro and the Elephant
4. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Chris Daniels – Better Days
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
4. Finders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
5. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up

cassie taylor, out of my mindBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
4. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
5. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica Brown – Tangled Road Again

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
4. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
5. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller

paper bird_roomsIndie / New Alternative
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
3. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
4. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
5. You, Me and Apollo – S/T [EP]

jon wirtz touristJazz / Instrumental
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
2. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
3. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Brad Goode – Chicago Red

rob drabkin_little stepsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
2. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
3. The 14ers – Get Some
4. Wendy Woo Band – Live
5. Katey Laurel – Periscope

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
3. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
4. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
5. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
3. Selina Albright – Brighter
4. Molina Speaks – Greatest Rapper Never Heard
4. The ReMinders – Born Champions

The Colorado Sound S7 EP20 May 2013

grizzly goat adamsWOW — you guys set an all time high for unique page reads … I am honored, thank you … we broke 2000 unique page reads for the month … cool 🙂    So… Memorial weekend.  Hope you had a great weekend in the sun.  It sure was pretty out.  Hitting some outdoor shows… getting ready to start the season up in Fort Collins next Thursday… with WhiteWater Ramble on Old Town Square stage.   New shared music this week from James & the Devil.

Video Pick of the Week … this came in just in time to make deadline .. the new Andy Hackbarth .. 

PLAYLIST S7 EP20 May 2013

Beast “Ev’ry Man Hears Different Music” from “Beast” (1969)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Beauty Queen” from Crimes of Passion (2004)
(D) Remus Tucker Band “Night Thang” from South of New Orleans (2013)
Ryan Chrys “Stand & Be Counted” from A Lick & A Promise (2013)
Beki Hemingway “Lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Danny Shafer “American In Me” from Wherever You Are (2013)
Jeremy Dion “Desperate Mama” from Golden Some Day (2013)
Jami Lunde “A Little Bit Blue” from Big Black Birds (2011)
(D) James and The Devil “Message of Love” from Sample This (2013) 
The Informants “Crime Scene Queen” from Crime Scene Queen (2009)
Dirty Lookers “Cry On” from Audio Voyeur (2011)
Megan Burtt “Walls Come Down” from Megan Burtt (2008)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from 2010 Christmas Tunes (2010)
The Astronauts “Baja” from Movin’ (American Surf and Sand Album) (2011)
The Samples “Heaven” from Rehearsing for Life (2005)
Dennis Wanebo “Running On Gravity” from Running On Gravity (2013)
Sofie Reed “Baby Boo Got Gone” from Baby Boo Got Gone (2004)
(D) a. Tom Collins “Mambo” from Stick & Poke (2013)
(D) Wendy Woo “Walk Along the Water” from Live (2013)
Churchill “Gone Too Long” from War Within EP (2013)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Dubskin “Freedom Fighter” from Release from Fear (2011)
WhiteWater Ramble “One Tree” from Roots & Groove (2013)
Emmitt-Nershi Band “New Country Blues” from New Country Blues (2009)
Manuel Lopez Trio “Samba Grubinho” from Searching Out (2013)

News Notes and Spins – May 1, 2013

chrisk w new hatIt hasn’t been a good month in our scene, I’m sorry to say.  No sooner did we hear about the passing of legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, than we heard that long time scenester and bartender Chris Haney was shot to death while breaking up a fight at a Denny’s in Denver.   The Denver Post and Westword have covered these stories admirably, so I won’t attempt to re-cover them here.  It all sure did amount to a lot of heartbreak though as we ended the month, that otherwise had lots to celebrate.

Okay it’s official; I took the leap of faith after years of folks asking if they could get The Colorado Sound online…. here’s the whole thing … THE COLORADO SOUND RADIO & TV  … of course, like any other broadcaster, it does take funding to keep it on the air – FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIPS.

The show that is heard throughout the state on participating stations will continue to be the hallmark program presenting the hottest new releases every week, as well as choice cuts from over the past 50 years.  So, if you want to hear what’s NEW and BREAKING this week – you’ll need to dial up KRFC (Fort Collins), KOTO (Telluride), KDNK (Carbondale/Glenwood Springs), KWMV (Westcliffe), or KFVR (Pueblo).

The stats are looking fine too all the way around … this site generated a new monthly record for the month of April with over 1600 unique page views.  The Colorado Sound Live365 in its first month had over 2500 unique page views, and over 1050 stream starts with an average listening time of 17 mins.  The record number of streams for one day was 97.  The station is capable of handling 500 non-VIP listeners at any one time.  Overall, the Colorado Sound finished the month ranked #2282 on Live365 among 5500 stations.

We had ONE person sign up to become a VIP listener.  We need 15 a month for the station to pay for itself, or other forms of funding to kick in.   Please spread the word; every donation helps.  ALSO … the new TOP40 goes live today, and there’s been some adds to other segments.. so do check it out.

My summer sure is shaping up.  I’m now booked to be at over 20 events this summer – and just had to turn down another 10 because I just don’t have that many open Friday nights.  Next festival on the schedule is Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2 when I’ll be hosting the CHUN stage at the 42nd Annual CHUN People’s Fair – I think this is my 10th year hosting this stage now.  I’ll be in Fort Collins every Thursday night from May 30-August 8 hosting the Thursday Night Live series, capped off by the 25th Annual Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest celebration Aug 16-18. Along the way, I’ll also produce and host the Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival on Aug 3rd, featuring The Samples, Face, The Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown, After Midnight Jazz Band, Jeff Brinkman Band, Jaden Carlson, and Jake Miles.

That’s if for me …

STATION NEWS

kgnu logoKGNU is celebrating 35 Years on air May 22nd. We will have an open house all day with birthday cake, ice cream and coffee. Noam Chomsky is speaking at the Central Presbytyrian Church in Denver on Tuesday, May 7th. This is a fundraiser for the station as part of our birthday month and tickets are available at www.kgnu.org.

We will have a special live broadcast of our Blues Legacy program from Cafe Sole (Table Mesa Shopping Center, South Boulder) on Friday, May 17th. The Boulder Blues Trio (John March, Chris Engelmann and Jay Forrest) will be joined by many special guests, including: Colorado music icon Chris Daniels and Denver blues & jazz singer extraordinaire Robert Johnson. Tune in Friday, May 10th, 6:00-9:00 PM.

koto shield (3)KOTO is happy to introduce our new Executive Director, Dina Coates Koebler, to radio land! Dina’s extensive background in non-profit management and fundraising makes her the perfect fit. She’s been visiting Telluride from Springfield, IL for years and decided to shake things up and apply for the open position!

Downstairs at 207 North Pine Street, the venerable, purple KOTO house is undergoing a remodel, which will feature more, private office space, a brand-spanking new production room for our KOTO News team and electrical wiring that will no longer be a hazard to our building’s health!

Speaking of news, longtime KOTO News Director Stephen Barrett has, like his idol The King, left the building. We are sad to see him go, but wish him well in his re-invention back East. We hope he’ll return from time to time to be part of our Live Broadcasts of the Telluride Bluegrass and Telluride Blues and Brews Festivals.  Taking the reins from Stephen is Laura Colbert, who has tons of experience in public affairs programming in public radio back in New Hampshire (fer damn sher!). Caitlin Ketel joins Laura in the part-time reporter position.

Telluride’s newest festival, The Ride is this July 13 and 14 in our beautiful Telluride Town Park. Headliners include David Byrne and St. Vincent, Rodrigo and Gabriela, Cake, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Steve Earle and much more! The festival is produced in partnership with KOTO-FM. We’d love to see you join in the fun and make The Ride’s second year a smashing success. More info at www.koto.org

KRZAI’m Mike Clifford, and I just took over as Music Director here at community radio KRZA Alamosa/Taos (“connecting cultures along the upper Rio Grande) on Monday, 04/29. I’m still working out my exact schedule, but, since I’m doing the morning show, too, I’m usually here from 8am to 9am M-F, if you can get up that early to call. I’ve actually been in the radio business much longer than seems possible, given my youthful, energetic and enthusiastic bearing ;-). In any case, I remember things like getting Fluid records on vinyl from Sub Pop – because we didn’t have CD players at KRUX, in Las Cruces, NM, where I was MD at the time. In any case, I’m excited to be back “in the fray” as Chris K. said (or should that be Fray?), and looking forward to being in touch with folks. Thanks!

TOP 6 VIDEO PICKS – APRIL

Unfortunately, I’m having a major problem embedding a YouTube playlist.  I’m not sure why, since I’ve done it before.  Pls forgive the “mess” while I fix the leak in my brain.  In the meantime follow the link to the current Pick 6 here …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0g_ITUdwUA&list=PLjTLYGkfkx3qzdgU26HDGihrpql6AJAN3

TOP 40 SPINS – APRIL 2013

276 titles tracked in March
172 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

thom chacon(24) 1. Thom ChaconThom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [6-Mar-13]
(5) 2. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [16-Feb-13]
(30) 3. The CongressThe Loft Tapes EP (self( Rock/AAA [21-Mar-13]
(3) 4. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [1-Nov-12]
(14) 5. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove (WWR) Americana/jamgrass [16-Feb-13]
(1) 6. The LumineersThe Lumineers (Dualtone) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(18) 7. Sera Cahoone (CC)Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Indie/New Alternative [1-Nov-12]
(2) 8. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [20-Jan-13]
(13) 9. SHELSHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Pop/crossover [1-Aug-12]
(D) 10. Andy HackbarthTreadmill Horses EP (January Records) Pop/adult contemporary [13-Apr-13]
(4) 11. Elephant RevivalIt’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(18) 12. EuforquestraLet Us In (self) Funk/reggae [1-Apr-12]
(D) 13. Farmington HillBridge to Nowhere (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [30-Mar-13]
(17) 14. Danielle Ate The Sandwich{like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk/modern pop [1-May-12]
(22) 15. Leftover SalmonAquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/jamband [1-Apr-12]
(D) 16. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [7-Feb-13]
(13) 17. Trout Steak RevivalFlight (self) Bluegrass [22-Nov-12]
(11) 18. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Bluegrass [16-Jan-13]
(31) 19. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock/blues [10-Jan-13]
(6) 20. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock/AAA [5-Jan-13]
(7) 21. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade (self) Americana/alt-country [5-Jan-13]
(15) 22. The Haunted WindchimesOut with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [1-Apr-12]
(D) 23. FaceManTalk Talk Talk (self) Rock/AAA [13-Feb-13]
(20) 24. Bonnie & The ClydesWrong Side Up (self) Americana/country [1-Jul-12]
(30) 25. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock/AAA [1-Dec-12]
(9) 26. Esme PattersonAll Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [1-Sep-12]
(10) 27. Poet’s RowPoet’s Row (self) Indie/New Alternative [28-Jan-13]
(27) 28. Patrick DethlefsFall & Rise (self) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(16) 28. Wire FacesKing Cataract (Hot Congress Records) Rock/ALT [10-Jan-13]
(D) 29. Beki HemingwayI Have Big Plans For The World (Salt Lady Records) Rock/AAA [20-Apr-13]
(R) 29. FlobotsThe Circle In the Square (Shanachie Records) Urban Contemporary [1-Aug-12]
(D) 29. OneRepublicNative (Mosely/Interscope) Pop [13-Apr-13]
(D) 30. Dennis WaneboRunning On Gravity (self) Pop/singer-songwriter [20-Feb-13]
(D) 31. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [23-Mar-13]
(D) 32. Joshua NovakEphemeron (self) Rock/ALT [24-Jan-13]
(21) 33. ChurchillThe Change EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [1-Mar-12]
(D) 33. Lisa BellThe Italian Project (self) Pop/crossover [14-Feb-13]
(D) 33. Take to the OarsThe Bow & the Stern EP (self) Rock/ALT [23-Mar-13]
(16) 34. The YawpersCapon Crusade (self) Rock [1-Sep-12]
(R) 35. The Gromet Barren (self) Rock [1-Nov-12]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 APRIL

Brad Goode – Chicago Red
Catch Bees – Narratives from a Factory Town
Chris Daniels – Better Days
Confluence – I Haven’t Really Been Living
Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
Kristi Stice – Under the Willow
Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
Mosey West – Merica
O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
The Knew – Man Monster
Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior

APRIL ADDS

a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
Andy Palmer – Hazard of the Die
Andy Thomas – Wicked, Dark
Attic Attack – Cloud Clarity & the Color Red
Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
Ben Makinen – The Goliath Beetle & The Ladybug
Cary Morin – Steamline
Churchill – The War Within EP
Dakota Blonde – The Love We Build
Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are
Desirae Garcia – Ill Fitting
Gotta Be    Hot – Flash
Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens – The Holy Dogs of Other Days
John Gunther’s Safari Trio – Surrender
OneRepublic – Native
Post Paradise – Digging Secrets
Pretty Lights – Around the Block
Rob Drabkin – Down to Fate
Stoley Thyme – Time Is Possibility
The Changing Colors – Joan & the King
Trubelos – Boomerang Girl
Vices I Admire – Fables

STATION BY STATION

[X] = number of “current” titles reported as played in reporting period.  This is so you’ll not only see what the top five records getting the most spins are at any station, but also how many “current year” releases are getting played.

WWRKAFM (Grand Junction) [25]
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
2. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
3. Ryan Chrys – A Lick & A Promise

WWRKBUT (Crested Butte) [12]
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP

Euforquestra_Let Us InKDNK (Carbondale) [17]
1. Euforquestra – Let Us In
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
2. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

Farmington HillKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

paper bird_roomsKGNU (Boulder) [27]
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

austin youngKRCC (Colorado Springs) [13]
1. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Desirae Garcia – Ill Fitting
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round

Michael KirkpatrickKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. Michael Kirkpatrick – Key to My Cage
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
5. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon

jeff brinkman_strangeKRZA (Alamosa) [5]
1. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
1. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project
1. Polarity – King of Hearts
1. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
2. Curtis Fuller – Down Home

otis taylor_my world is goneKUNC (Greeley) [11]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Churchill – The Change EP
4. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}

brad goode chicago redKUVO (Denver) [11]
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Fred Hess BIG BAND – Speak
3. John Gunther’s Safari Trio    Surrender
4. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
4. Leslie Brown – Tenderly

otis taylor_my world is goneKVNF (Paonia) [5]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. SHEL – SHEL
4. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

paper bird_roomsOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [60]
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
3. Catch Bees – Narratives from a Factory Town
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Glowing House – The Down and Out EP

Congress_TheLoftTapesTHE COLORADO SOUND [41]
1. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
3. OneRepublic – Native
4. Paper Bird – Rooms

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

thom chaconAmericana/Alt.country/Bluegrass
1. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
2. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
5. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
4. John Oates Band (CC) – The Bluesville Sessions
5. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs

Euforquestra_Let Us InDance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Euforquestra – Let Us In
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
4. Air Dubai – Be Calm
5. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live

sera cahoone_deer creekFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
2. SHEL – SHEL
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
4. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
5. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

paper bird_roomsIndie/New Alternative
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
5. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight

brad goode chicago redJazz/Instrumental
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Leslie Brown – Tenderly
3. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
4. Ben Makinen – The Goliath Beetle & The Ladybug
5. gogoLab – Border Patrol

andy hackbarth_horsesPOP / Contemporary Adult / Crossover
1. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
2. OneRepublic – Native
3. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
4. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project
5. Rob Drabkin – Down to Fate

Congress_TheLoftTapesROCK / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP
2. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
4. FaceMan – Talk Talk Talk
5. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange

The following releases were serviced to radio/press by Chris “K” Kresge dba Rocky Mountain Music Network
WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove
Andy HackbarthTreadmill Horses EP
Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize
Bonnie & The ClydesWrong Side Up
Jeff Brinkman BandStrange
Dennis WaneboRunning On Gravity
Lisa BellThe Italian Project
Ryan ChrysA Lick & A Promise

The Colorado Sound – S7/EP11 March 2013

No time for commentary this week guys.  I am on my way out the door heading to the CHUN Peoples’ Fair UMX today … had to miss yesterday cuz of all the snow blocking me in …

… for updates follow my facebook page (link in links section) … I’ll post some instagram etc … also there’s an All Things People’s Fair here on wordpress … follow that too.  http://peoplesfair.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/behind-the-scenes-umx2013/

Have a super-fantastic first week of spring.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK:  Rachel & the Kings are coming on strong in 2013, with a nomination in the Westword Music Showcase ballot, and invitations to perform at some of the top local music events of the summer. 

PLAYLIST S7 EP11 March 2013

Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” from Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975)
The Thugs “Voices” from The Thugs (1992)
(D) Michael Kirkpatrick “Young Man” from Key To My Cage (2013)Strange Americans “Engine” from A Royal Battle (2012)
Nina Storey “Think Twice” from Think Twice (2013)
Beats Noir! “Going Nowhere (feat. Venus Cruz)” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
Mercury Project “Fenced In” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
P-Nuckle “The System” from The System (2013)Tyler Ward “Raise Up” from Hello. Love. Heartbreak (2012)
(D) The Congress “People Get Ready” from Loft Tapes (2013)
Dennis Wanebo “Running on Gravity” from Running On Gravity (2013)
John Oates Band “Sittin’ On Top of the World” from The Bluesville Sessions (2012)
Peter Sommer “Looks Like This” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Runnin’” from All ‘n’ All (1977)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Roadhouse Music” from When You’re Cool (1987)
(N) Kristi Stice “Down By the Bucket” from Forgiving The Road (2013)You Me and Apollo “Before I Die” from You Me and Apollo (2012)
Gromet “Skip Your Stone” from Barren (2013)
WhiteWater Ramble “Dear Mr. Bankman” from Roots & Groove (2013)
Railbenders “Texas Sun” from Southbound (2001)
(N) Fox Street Allstars “If I’m Wrong” from Tough Talk (2013)
String Cheese Incident “Tinder Box” from Untying the Not (2003)
Monroe Monroe “The Salesman” from Interiors (2013)
Rachel & the Kings “Fall Down” from Tonic (2013)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Chasing After Things (We Don’t Know the Names)” from Spools of Thread (2010)
Jim Stranahan “Leaves Must Fall” from Free For All (2010)

The Colorado Sound – S7/EP08 March 2013

grizzly goat adamsHi.  New Instagram shot … shows my “Grizzly Goat Adams” side my wife says … LOL .  Ok…not much time to sit and chat this morning.  The monthly news, notes, and Top 40 is now 2 days past schedule, and I’m only hoping I’ll get it done sometime today (Sunday March 3).  In the meantime I received more new music this past week than I had time to listen to.  But I did manage to get a fair amount into the show again this week.  Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, not everything you hear this week will be heard again sometime soon.  I’ve already got 342 songs curated for 2013, and I’m not done importing.  I have 538 in catalog from 2012.  I’ll be doing some weeding this week to be sure.

In the meantime … news … Wendy Woo had surgery yesterday.  A late night post from her husband Charles Snyder while I was at the Skylark doing sound for Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams caught my attention… he told me in a follow up “she had to have surgery on her vocal cords to remove polyps. She had to cancel her next twelve shows which she’s really bumbed about, however the surgery went well and she should be back in a couple of months.”  Good luck to Wendy.  She’s been a staple in our scene for over a decade now, and continues to be a crowd favorite.

Speaking of Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams – they spent the day yesterday, and will be back spending the day today, at Might Fine Productions finishing tracks for their upcoming new release.  The guys are really excited, and based on what I’ve heard of new material done live it will be another fan favorite.  Don’t expect a lengthy song list this time though – this will be a “smaller” batch of songs and there may be <hint fellows> vinyl in the offering (?).    Also finishing up mixing for a new album at Colin Bricker’s place => Lionel Young Band … bassist Kim Stone blasted out Thursday “Mixing the new Lionel Young Band CD at MFP Studio’s.”  Nice 🙂

Bumped into Kerry and Paul from the Informants last night also … could a new EP be in the making???

Birthday wishes this week to:  Jazz vocalist Erienne Romaine (22).  CJ Nicolai (Reckless Red).  Greta Cornet (FoCoMA, Road 34, 3 Twins Broadband, 12 Cents for Marvin, Mama Lenny & the Remedy). Rebecca Folsom (50).  Chris Citrus Sautoff  (Swallow Hill instructor and all around funk-meister guitarist and sitarist). Pianist Jon Wirtz (33).  Bassist Glenn Tapia (44).  And Colorado native and songstress Katie Herzig is celebrating… congrats to all our friends and family in the scene celebrating one great year of life among us.

I think that’s it … now for our Video Pick of the Week … and the Playlist … the NEWS NOTES & SPINS column should be up tonight … tomorrow morning at the latest, I promise.

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK

THE PLAYLIST

Beast “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)
The Samples “Close to the Fires” from Samples (1990)
(D) The Centennial “Meantime” from Nervous System (2013) Elephant Revival “Quill Pen Feather” from It’s Alive (2012)
Pete Kartsounes “Believer” from The Only Way I Know (2011)
Katya Chorover “Little Bird” from Big Big Love (2012)
Strange Americans “Roses On Ice” from A Royal Battle (2012)
Arliss Nancy “Should’ve Been There” from Simple Machines (2012)
Lionel Young Band “Drivin’ Wheel” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Fox Street Allstars “Saturday Night” from Tough Talk (2013)
(D) Confluence “Stay” from I Haven’t Really Been Living (2013)
Raincheck “Right There” from Raincheck (2012)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Reasons” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
Zuba “Planet Of Love” from South of Eden (1999)
(D) Nina Storey “Think Twice” from Think Twice (2013)
You Me and Apollo “Oh My Molly” from You Me and Apollo (2012)
El Toro de la Muerte “God Alone” from Dancer These Days (2011)
(N) Jeremy Dion “Halleluhjah” from Golden Some Day (2013)
(N) Dennis Wanebo “Running on Gravity” from Running On Gravity (2013)
(D) Andy Palmer “The Monk” from Hazard of the Die (2013)(N) WhiteWater Ramble “Standard Deviation” from Roots & Groove (2013)
(D) Paper Bird “As I Am” from Rooms (2013)
Born in The Flood “If This Thing Should Spill” from If this Thing Should Spill (2007)
Esme Patterson “Jessica” from All Princes, I (2012)
Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger “Illegal Snakes” from Split Shot (2012)

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