The Colorado Sound S9 EP37 2015

We were fortunate this week to break some new music that there are no videos or Soundcloud or Bandcamp hookups for .. or maybe “fortunate” is not quite the right word.  Either way, new music shares in full will have to wait for another day.

The brand new Post Paradise, Bring it To Life (Side A), came in literally as I was producing the show, and the band was on stage doing a sound check I think in Kansas … It is one of the KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight tracks of the week … along with the latest from Trinity Demask from her upcoming new album Elemental.  Trinity is still putting together a cd release show for the new album … no doubt it will be a good one – the album itself is clearly the strongest effort she’s put fort in the past several years of her career.

The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight

SPT 29-30 = Trinity Demask
Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
Wednesday 12:20 pm

OCT 1-2 = Post Paradise
Thurday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
Friday 1:20 pm

Other new music this week comes from The Knew off their just released new album Schmew, Burnt Lips from Tropical Moon, Grim & Darling from their new album out this week Beauty Through Pain and a bit of a surprise from 75 year old jazz sax legend Charles McPhearson, himself not a Colorado artist, but whose latest album The Journey is aided by some of our best Colorado-based jazz players including tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman, pianist Chip Stephens, bassist Ken Walker, and drummer Todd Reid – it is indeed a very tasty post-bop record on the Colorado based Capri Records.

The Colorado Sound is supported by the generous contributions of Colorado organizations and businesses that promote art and culture, sound and music, in our state.  I am very appreciative of their efforts and their support.  I currently have very limited opportunities for new supporters of the show.  If your business or organization fits, I’d like to hear from you.  Please email me at … all applications for support are considered, however, space is limited so I cannot accept everyone on board.  Thank you to The Mishawaka Amphitheatre for their continuing support.  The Colorado Sound proudly supports the efforts of SpokesBUZZ, a non-profit supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and developing the professionalism of our local artists.

Video Pick of the Week

Facing West is one of the freshest “youth” acts in the region right now … composed of two sisters, and a host of regional help including film producer and musician Tage Plantell who has also done videos for Andy Palmer and others …



Earth, Wind & Fire “Devotion” from Gratitude (1975)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
(D) Post Paradise “The River” from Bring It To Life (Side A) (2015)
Katie Herzig “Drug” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Grant Farm “The Nine Pound Hammer” from Grant Farm (2012)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) The Knew “Modern Woman” from Schmew (2015)
Instant Empire “Zoo Lions” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
(D) Burnt Lips “Hell Hounds” from Tropical Moon (2015)

Leftover Salmon “River’s Rising” from Euphoria (1997)
Take to the Oars “Stones & Sticks” from American Volume (2011)
Dana Landry Quartet “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from Standard Elevation (2015)


Beast “Communication” from Higher…&…Higher! (1970)
(D) Trinity Demask “This Time” from Elemental (2015)
David Starr “Alive Again” from Alive Again (2013)
Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
Facing West “Dissection” from Long Way Home (2015)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Sour Patch Kids” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “S.o.b.” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Grim & Darling “Hot Red” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)  The Patti Fiasco “Small Town Lights” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Charles McPherson “The Journey” from The Journey (2015)

The Colorado Sound S9 EP35

Late getting this post done.  Busy busy weekend …. my band played Thursday and Sunday evenings, and my wife and I performed at the inaugural RimRock Music & Camping Festival in Conifer.  Got to “sleep in” today LOL … (no, not really) …

I got a pretty cool anthology this week that contains some rare and unreleased cuts from the Monocles / The Higher Elevation called “The Spider, The Fly & the Boogie Man” that came out in 2008 on Denver’s Gear Fab records.  It’s all music from the bands as they emerged from about 1964 to 1967 ,…. good stuff.

The first two The Colorado Sound Presents @ (The Walnut Room) / (Avogadro’s Number) went well.  We’re working on some upcoming pairings at both rooms.  Look for upcoming shows with Danny Shafer and with No Fences among others … Goatz! has also been invited to perform at a new room in Denver, that’s due to “open” for music in October – more on that as it develops, but it seems that this new place will be themed Americana, bluegrass, country, and folk.

I got confirmation this week to do an episode of Offstage Beyond the Music with Bloodshot recording artists the Yawpers … I’ll be sitting down with them in October for a November episode of the series.

Video Pick of the Week


Hour 1

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Bittersweet” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Finnders & Youngberg “Watch Out for the Blues” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Paul Kimbiris “Dark Side of Pearl” from Dark Side of Pearl (2014)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
The Burroughs “My Shining Star” from Sweaty Greeley Soul (2015)
Bobby Walker “Rollin’ Me Back Home” from Feelin’ Good (2013)
Subdudes “Work Clothes” from Street Symphony (2007)
(N) Lara Ruggles “The Dove” from Cynics & Saints (2015) 
Beats Noir! “Talkin and Talkin” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)

Hour 2

The Higher Elevation “Here Comes Sunshine” from The Spider, The Fly & The Boogie Man (2008)
The Rainy Daze “In My Mind Lives A Forest” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
(N) Danny Shafer “Barbeque” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” from Song In My Head (2015)
Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Rob Drabkin “Down to Fate” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Edison “Be Someone” from Ghosts (2015)
OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
(N) Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015) 
(D) No Fences “Bakersfield Drawl” from No Fences (2015)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster (2012)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

News Notes and Spins – October 1 2013

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteSorry I’m late guys.  Well, not too late…  still, what an intense month.  Really.  Thanks to the many hundreds of musicians and music industry support persons and radio announcers/djs for pulling out the stops during the recent flooding that took place.  The initial “omg what the f’k just happened” moment has worn off and the “shit now what do I do” stage has set in.  There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done … so with that, and because they support live local music as they do…

Flood relief fundOskar Blues has created the “Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation”. The organization is a registered Colorado Non-Profit Corporation that is currently awaiting recognition of its 501(c)(3) status.  Donations will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term help to areas damaged by the floods. Funds raised will be distributed to the Lyons Community Foundation, the Longmont Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Boulder County.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit

River’s Rising: Front Range Flood Relief 2013 was put together by jam scene fixtures and Colorado residents Tony Hume and Annabel Lukins who called upon their musical friends to help flood victims. riversrisingThe compilation features 28 live tracks from Colorado bands like Leftover Salmon, Jeff Brinkman, Elephant Revival, String Cheese Incident, DeVotchKa, Yonder Mountain String Band, Head for the Hills, and the Motet, and national jam acts including Furthur, Widespread Panic, Dumpstaphunk, Umphrey’s McGee and Soulive.

I am deeply thankful to the bands and the venues that have exerted tremendous efforts almost daily to help out those in need.


I’ve added a new reporter this month, KSUT (Ignacio).  They’re playing about what other stations like KUNC (Greeley) are playing .. about 10-12 current/recurrent titles.  A discussion with the KSUT music director gave me pause to think about another conversation that another local radio guy and I had concerning regulations that affect what we can play when and what we can make available online.  KSUT

There are rules.  For instance, a radio station cannot play an entire album if they stream that show online, nor can they focus on just one act for more than a couple of songs consecutively.  A station may not allow shows to be downloaded or streamed on demand.  Another rule is that if a station is streaming they’re supposed to provide an online playlist.  It doesn’t take much to find out who’s doing what correctly or incorrectly. Kudos to KSUT for realizing the rules.  They will not be streaming the new Elephant Revival record in its entirety on Oct 4 – but they will air it over the air on terrestrial radio in its entirety.

KUNC LOGOKUNC is up to something.  Be on the watch for a 24-7 streaming service. That’s all I know.   Aside from that, the station is upgrading their coverage in the mountains which requires changing frequencies on a couple of their stations.  KVNC (Vail) is now broadcasting at 90.9 FM ( formerly 90.7), and KMPB (Breckenridge) is now at 90.7 (formerly 88.7)

KBUT-Colorado-public-radioKBUT Community Radio is moving from 89.9 to 88.7 in Gunnison and expects to power up its new transmitter in Gunnison (KGNI) in mid October, although the recent government shutdown could throw a wrench in those plans.

The KGNI project represents a substantial increase in broadcast power in the Gunnison area and should present a stronger, more reliable signal to our listeners. Over time, we’ll replace our 40 watt translator with a 6000+ watt full-power transmitter.  For more information on the project and the corresponding “Power Up” Capital Campaign, visit


Once again I cannot seem to provide embedded video from YouTube … so … featuring some newbies on the scene I think along with a few more established artists … a good batch of 9 this month .. woulda been 10 but one got corrupted and wouldn’t play… oh well .. LOL.. gotta love tech LOL … .enjoy


279 titles tracked in August
162 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]
(4) 2. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug-13]
(2) 3. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) EDM [Jul-13]
(7) 4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana [Jul-13]
(13) 5. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [Aug-13]
(5) 6. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan-13]
(17) 7. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records) Bluegrass [Aug-13]
(18) 8. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [Feb-13]
(29) 9. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov-12]
(14) 10. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [Jan-13]
(R) 11. The ReMindersBorn Champions (self) Urban Contemporary [Jul-13]
(3) 12. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May-13]
(D) 13. VarletAmerican Hymns (self) Rock [Sep-13]
(11) 14. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [Jun-13]
(31) 15. The Whiskey BottlesGrandville (self) Americana [Jun-13]
(8) 16. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-13]
(R) 17. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [Mar-13]
(D) 18. Joe JohnsonNew West Sound (Blank Tape) Americana [Aug-13]
(R) 19. Elephant RevivalIt’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [Nov-12]
(9) 19. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [Jan-13]
(D) 20. Gabrielle LouiseThe Bird in My Chest (self) Folk [Aug-13]
(R) 21. Post ParadiseDigging Secrets (self) Rock [Apr-13]
(D) 22. Bobby WalkerFeelin’ Good (Cu Cuy Records) Blues [Aug-13]
(24) 22. The Changing ColorsJoan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-13]
(R) 23. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade (self) Americana [Jan-13]
(D) 24. The Belle JarUnion Station (self) Indie/New alternative [Aug-13]
(R) 25. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop Adult [Jun-13]
(25) 26. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop Adult [Aug-13]
(R) 27. Cary MorinStreamline (self) Blues [May-13]
(D) 28. CovenhovenCovenhoven (self) Rock [Aug-13]
(R) 28. gogoLabBorder Patrol (self) Jazz/Instrumental [Feb-13]
(26) 29. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches (self) Americana [May-13]
(D) 30. Blue RiderBlue Rider (self) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-13]
(D) 31. Moors & McCumberAgainst the Grain (self) Folk [Aug-13]
(D) 32. Patrick DethlefsWhile You’re Carrying the Weight EP (self) Folk [Sep-13]
(23) 33. a. Tom CollinsStick & Poke (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Apr-13]
(R) 34. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana (Jun-13)
(R) 35. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String BandForty Years (self) Americana [Sep-12]
(R) 36. Jeremy DionGolden Some Days (self) Folk [Feb-13]
(R) 37. Rob RoperThe Other Side of Nowhere (self) Folk [Feb-13]

6. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [Jun-12]
12. Jeff Brinkman – Strange (self) Rock [Dec-12]
13. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [Mar-13]
15. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [Nov-12]
16. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Americana [Jun-12]
19. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Americana [Jul-12]
20. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [Sep-12]
21. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [Aug-12]
22. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Indie/New Alternative [Jun-13]
25. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round (self) Bluegrass [Jan-13]
25. Monocle Band – Monocle Band (self) Americana [Aug-13]
26. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
27. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) Rock [Jun-12]
28. You, Me and Apollo – S/T [EP] (self) Indie/New Alternative [Dec-12]
30. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs (Cash Cow Productions) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-12]
30. Jon Wirtz – Tourist (self) Jazz [Jan-13]
30. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan-13]
32. Trout Steak Revival – Flight (self) Bluegrass [Nov-12]
32. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down (self) POP [Jun-12]

Blue Rider – Blue Rider (self) Indie/New Alternative
Chris Kennison – Superstition Moon (self) Americana
Dixie Leadfoot & Brent Loveday – Golden Ring (single) (self) Americana
Drop Top Lincoln – Sixx Dollar Suit (American Roots) Rock
Ichiban/InkLine/ManeRok – The Gem In I (self) Urban Contemporary
John Oates – Pushing A Rock Uphill (PS Records) Pop Adult
Joshua Trinidad – Maritime (self) Jazz/Instrumental
Katelyn Benton – Fix (single) (self) Pop
Kramies – The Wooden Heart (Hidden Shoals) Rock
Lil’ Thunder – Razor Blades & Sunshine (self) Rock
Mariposa – Sister Chromatid (self) Indie/New Alternative
Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk
Patrick Dethlefs – While You’re Carrying the Weight (self) Folk
Roo & The Howl – To The River (self) Indie/New Alternative
Rubedo – Love Is the Answer (self) Indie/New Alternative
SAUNA – Cheap Date
The Robby Wicks Band – Songs From the Biltmore (self) Rock
Varlet – American Hymns (self) Rock
Will Whalen – Will Whalen (self) Folk
Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13 (Frog Pad) Americana


Bobby Walker - Feelin GoodKAFM (Grand Junction) [28]
1. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
2. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open
5. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKBUT (Crested Butte/Gunnison) [11]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Finders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round

Elephant Revival It's AliveKDNK (Carbondale) [26]
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
1. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKRCC (Colorado Springs) [18]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
3. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
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. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
5. the 14ers – Get Some

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKSUT (Ignacio) [9]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
4. 3 Twins – De Nada
4. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP

gregory alan isakov_Weatherman
KUNC (Greeley) [6]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

jon wirtz touristKUVO (Denver) [8]
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
2. Curtis Fuller – Down Home
2. Fred Hess BIG BAND – Speak
2. Lynn Baker Quartet – LectroCoustic
3. John Gunther’s Safari Trio – Surrender

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKVNF (Paonia) [13]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
3. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
3. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [60]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Blue Rider – Blue Rider
3. Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. Covenhoven – Covenhoven

bad brad and the fat cats _ eyes on the prizeRadio 94.9 (Loveland) [7]
* Bad Brad & The Fatcats – Eyes on the Prize
* Post Paradise – Digging Secrets
* Jeremy Dion – Golden Some Day
* The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
* Pretty Lights – Color Map of the World

whiskey bottles_grandville

1. The Whiskey Bottles – Grandville
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. gogoLab – Border Patrol
4. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
5. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights


Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
4. The Whiskey Bottles – Grandville
5. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon

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. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
4. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
5. Cary Morin – Streamline

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
4. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

devotchka_live with CO symIndie / New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Blue Rider – Blue Rider
4. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
5. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round

gogolab_border patrolJazz / Instrumental
1. gogoLab – Border Patrol
2. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
3. Joshua Trinidad – Maritime
4. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
5. Brad Goode – Chicago Red

wendy woo_livePop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Wendy Woo Band – Live
2. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
3. Foxfield Four – Weatherman EP
4. John Oates – Pushing A Rock Uphill
4. Sam Lee – Raise Your Flag

patti fiasco_small town lightsRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
3. Varlet – American Hymns
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
5. Post Paradise – Digging Secrets

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. The ReMinders – Born Champions
3. Ichiban/InkLine/ManeRok – The Gem In I
4. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Blank Space EP

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