CP S12 EP19 2018

One of the most popular hits in classic rock history, Dream On by Aerosmith, came out three years before some disc jockey decided to play it on the radio – and the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m not saying the same thing is happening this week, but I want to draw your attention to two (D) tracks in this week’s show that came out a year ago and to this point never made it to the show – one from the Motet, and one from a “new” band out of Colorado Springs – Audible.  Let me know what you think of them in this week’s MMMM.

Another (D) track this week is from Andreas Devalera who I shared a stage with several months ago – and whose new release is the work, not of an 18 year old HS grad, but of someone many years older with greater life experiences and time spent on his multiple instruments.

Already proficient on 10 instruments, Andreas is one of those kids voted on as most likely to succeed – and evidenced by such a stunning debut, I’m inclined to agree.  Sorry I don’t have an embed for the song I played.  His cd release show was last night in Denver – so it may take a little while longer before the album is uploaded to your favorite new music streaming site.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP19

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Broken Mirrors” from Acoustic Junction (1996)
(D) Andreas DeValera “Falling” from Andreas DeValera (2018)
Coal Town Reunion “eden” from Thought I’d Die In This Place (2017)
(D) Vermillion Road “Gasoline” from Escape EP (2018)

Ivory Circle “Never Let Me Go” from Scalene EP (2018)
Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Everything About You” from Black Beehive (2014)
(D) The Motet “Supernova” (2017)

Dubskin “That Day Will Come” from Light the Dark (2017)
The Dominant 7 “South Corea” from 14 Channels (2010)

HOUR 2

The Fluid “On My Feet” from purplemetalflakemusic (1993)
Retrofette “Skeletons” (2016)
Blue Rider “Sungazer” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “No Doubt About It” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) Audible “Whoa” (2017) 


Kyle Emerson “In My Mind” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Katey Laurel “Only Human” from Periscope (2014)
Monocle Band “As Fast as I Can” from Monocle Band (2013)
(D) Thunder And Rain “Start Believing” from Start Believing (2018)

Antonio A. Lopez “Bluebird” from Cloud 9000 Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Mustangs” from Soul Mine (2018)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)



June 3– Avogadro’s Number (Fort Collins)
June 9 – Laughing Goat (Boulder)
June 12 – Chris K solo at Your Mom’s House (Denver)

CP S12 EP18 2018

Colorado Symphony, now operating in the black, catches break on rent for city-owned Boettcher Concert Hall. According to the article in the Denver Post, the Colorado Symphony ended the year in the black for the first time since a 2011 internal review declared it was on the brink of disaster.  As a result, the Denver City Council voted to provide the symphony savings of $166k a year in the way of free office space and cheaper rent to use Boettcher Concert Hall.  Follow the link for more info.

Gasoline Lollipops will soon have a new sound and a new drummer.  Adam Perry, who was also once the drummer for the Yawpers as they were emerging in the scene, has announced he’s leaving the band to put more efforts into his job at a Boulder law firm, writing for Westword, and his now 8 year old daughter.  Band leader Clay Rose says the sound of the band will morp into more spacey and psychedelic themes.  The story was first reported in the Boulder Beat.

Last week I reported on the death of Denver Joe.  In the meantime, long time friend and Denver musician Marty Jones wrote a terrific tribute to Joe for Westword.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP18

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

John Denver “Back Home Again” from Essential John Denver (2007)
(D) Jeff Finlin “Love Will Light the Way” from The Guru and the Girl (2018)


Kyle Emerson “Wise Blood” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Coral Creek “Mountain High” from Coral Creek (2015)
(N) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “Between the Lines” from Long Way Home (2018)
(N) Andy Sydow “Reasons for Departure” from Reasons for Departure (2018)


Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Thy Will be Done” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) Jonny Barber “Hornet’s Nest” from Hornet’s Nest / Wide Eyed Blues 7″ (2018)
Francis and the Wolf “call of the Wild” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
(N) CITRA “That’s What She Said” from Mr Copacetic EP (2018)


Peter Sommer “The Fruit” from Crossroads (2008)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) Wood Belly “Solid Ground” from Solid Ground (2018)


A.J. Fullerton “Kalamath” from Kalamath (2017)
The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
(D) Pan Astral “When Summer Comes” (2018)
Reno Divorce “She’s in Love With the Avenue” from She’s In Love With the Avenue (2018)
SHEL “When the Dragon Came Down” from SHEL (2012)
Raven and the Writing Desk “hands//heart” from hands//heart (2015)
(N) Drunken Hearts “Broken Things” from The Prize (2018)


Paper Bird “Sunday” from Paper Bird (2016)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from Out to Sea EP (2017)
(D) Jaden Carlson Band “Keep It Movin’” from Keep It Movin’ (2018)



June 3– Avogadro’s Number (Fort Collins)
June 9 – Laughing Goat (Boulder)
June 12 – Chris K solo at Your Mom’s House (Denver)

 

CS S12 EP 17 2018

This was a bittersweet weekend.  After reporting in my show this week that long time Denver Cap-Hill icon Denver Joe passed away, I attended a memorial at 3 Kings Tavern on Saturday.

It was very nice to see some old friends, many of whom I haven’t seen in a decade – since the Cricket on the Hill closed in 2008.  Among those in attendance was Bob Rupp, former owner of Rupp’s Drums, and still a major supporter of the scene locally.

According to Bob and his wife, he’s been dealing with stage four cancer the past couple of years, that originated as a form of brain cancer, and metastasized into other parts of his body.  Fortunately, Bob has been taking a highly targeted medication that has seemingly stopped the cancer in its tracks.  Anyone who’s known Bob over the years knows of his insanely positive outlook on life.  It was in full display on Saturday.

House concerts.  Ever gone to one?  For those of us into singer-songwriters, or non-amplified acoustic based music, house concerts provide an option from more established types of venues that often are too noisy, program start times too late, and provide little in comfort.

Unfortunately, since house concerts are invitation based events you won’t find a calendar that promotes them.  I’ve been or participated in two this season so far – both with about 25-30 audience members.  Highly enjoyable.

Speaking of non-amplified acoustic music – I had breakfast at the Bacon Social House on W. 44th in Denver this weekend, and noticed they’re seeking approval to include that on their premises.  Acoustic musicians may want to keep an eye on that as it develops.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP17

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Poco “Pickin’ up the Pieces” from Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969)
(D) John Statz “Elizabeth” from Darkness On the San Juans (2018)
The Still Tide “Give me time” from Run Out EP (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Conquistador” from Crimes of Passion (2004)
(N) Kid Astronaut “Wolf” from Full Moon (2018)


Leftover Salmon “Show Me Something Higher” from Something Higher (2018)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” from Song In My Head (2015)
(D) David Starr “Don’t Give Me Hope” from South and West (2018)


Petals of Spain “good life” from Daydream (2017)
Wildermiss “Keep It Simple” from Keep It Simple (2017)
Peter Sommer “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” from Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017)

HOUR 2

Beast (Colorado) “spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)
(D) The Hunger Artist “Gotta Live a Life” from Uh… EP (2018)


Mama Lenny and the Remedy “desire” from Rain Fire (2016)
Brothers Keeper “cold rain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(D) Straight Six “Middle of the Road” from Straight Six EP (2018)


Plum “Light Years, Dark Years” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Dragondeer “When I see you” from If You Got the Blues (2018)
The Wendy Woo Trio “Crisis” from Luxury (2007)
Flobots “The Rose and the Thistle” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
(D) Romero “Goodbye” from Rocknrolla (2017)


Railbenders “Whiskey Rain” from Segundo (2003)
Chris Daniels and The Kings with Freddi Gowdy “Them changes” from Blues With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Earth dance” from The Arrival (2015)

CP S12 EP15 2018

WOW … I’m finding it hard to believe that we’re almost 1/3 of the way through the year already. It probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that the top two 2018 Colorado album releases being played statewide are

1.  Tearing At the Seams – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats
2.  Something Higher! – Leftover Salmon

I’ve said this before, and it’s worth repeating: a dj can’t play and a writer can’t write about what they don’t have.  I notice there are a ton of titles that do not make their way to radio stations and “print” publications around the region.

So as far as that goes it’s actually been a rather quiet week. Next weekend will likely be a different story.

Friday and Saturday is the 10th Annual FOCOMX.  300 acts in some 30 venues … it marks the UNOFFICIAL start of the festival season every year.  If you’ve never been I encourage it. My band, GOATZ!, will be appearing at Tony’s Rooftop on Saturday at 7PM.

A NEW STATION is coming on board beginning MAY 1 … KAFM Grand Junction will air the show on the following schedule:

HOUR 1 = Saturday night at midnight + 11AM Tues morning
HOUR 2 = Sunday night at midnight + 11AM Friday morning.

VIDEO PICK(s) of the Week

There are actually 2 video picks this week.  The new one from Leftover Salmon is below as part of this week’s MMMM.   This one from The Hunger Artist deserves its own recognition


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP15

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Rare Silk “Joy!” from New Weave (1983)
(D) Cass Clayton “When it Comes to My Heart” from Woman In the Way EP (2018)

Petals of Spain “Daydream” from Daydream (2017)
Trout Steak Revival “Go On” from Brighter Every Day (2015)
(D) Bobby Walker “My Mabellene” from Came Out Swingin’ (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Damaged One” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
Dianne Reeves “Testify” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
(D) Slopeside “Prove Me Wrong” from Shoot the Moon (2018)

Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts “Killer” from Shovel Full of Coal (2017)
Kyle Hollingsworth “All Falls Apart” from 50 (2018)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from WANDERLUST (2014)

HOUR 2

Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “I Wish You’d Dance” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Southern Belle” from Something Higher (2018)

Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I Need Never Get Old” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Black Box Audio “You Don’t Know” from Don’t Let Go EP (2018)

The Burroughs “Touch the Sky” from Got To Feel (2018)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
Kinetix “One Life to Live” from One Life (2014)
(D) Kind Dub “Elevated Life Feat. Sarah Slaton & Briana Harris” from COllabs EP1 (2018)

The Motet “Damn!” from Totem (2016)
The Yawpers “Mon Dieu” from Boy In A Well (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

CP S12 EP14 2018

For the past twenty plus years my music interests, as a fan/consumer and an industry guy, has been focused on non-theatrical forms of presentation.

Over the past few months, however, my girlfriend – who enjoys musicals – has taken me to the Bug Theater to see presentations of musicals of Evil Dead, Disaster, and Reefer Madness presented by the Equinox Theater Company.  Both Evil Dead and Reefer Madness are award winning and critically praised presentations.

If you haven’t attended a good – or any –  little theater presentation recently, I highly encourage you to see the current presentation of Reefer Madness the musical .. it may not be pop, rock, country, soul or blues – but it sure is one hellova good time in one of Denver’s treasured theaters.

Being a musician fronting my own band, I know how hard it is to get three voices in sync.  Watching the ensemble crew Saturday night, I was amazed at just how much work must have gone into making sure they sang well together – and danced together on such a small stage as that at the Bug.

The house band, which stays behind the scenes, is among the best I’ve heard in the region regardless of style.  The only thing I found lacking was the audio engineer, who failed on several occasions to bring up the mic level on the “narrator,” a main character in the play.  There were also other instances where dialogue was muddied or muffled.  But sitting in row three center stage I was able to make out most of what was being said – most of the time.

Overall – if you want to break away from seeing a band perform at one of the many fine music venues, head to the Bug for the current Reefer Madness the Musical presentation.  It’s been one of my favorite music experiences in 2018.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I’ve known Andy Sydow as a friend and consulting client since he graduated from college about six years ago now.  Along the way, I’ve been able to enjoy a young artist mature into his own voice.  Reasons For Departure is his latest release.  This is the title track.

 


MONDAY MORNING
MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP14

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Rick Roberts “Deliver Me” from Windmills (1973)
(N) Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “A Little Honey” from Tearing At The Seams (2018) 


OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Hey Delila” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) Reverend Freakchild “Personal Jesus (On The Mainline)” from Dial It In (2018)


(N) Rubedo “Sungazer” from Vaca (2018)


The Lovely & Talented “Death of the Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
The Subdudes “Papa Duke and the Mud People” from Behind the Levee (2006)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Analog” from Something Higher (2018)
Antonio A. Lopez “Bluebird” from Cloud 9000 Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP (2016)
Reno Divorce “She’s in Love With the Avenue” from She’s In Love With the Avenue (2018)
(D) Emily Takahashi “Not Spoken`” from Not Spoken (2018)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “When Love Comes Running” from Heartbeat (Remix 2018) (2018)
(D) Rob Drabkin “It’s A Beautiful Day” from Beautiful Day EP (2018)


Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2017)
Megan Burtt “The Bargain” from The Bargain (2015)
(D) Chloe Tang “Stranger” (2018)


Plutinos “Hand in Hand” from Plutinos EP (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Pill-Poppin Country Weirdo” from Sinners & Saints (2010)
(D) Ryan Chrys “Someday We’ll Never Come Back” from The Catskills (2018)


Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns, Vol 1 (2017)
iZCALLI “I Don’t” from IV (2018)
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran & Thomas Morgan “Jasper” from I Am A Man (2017)



April 27 – Woods Boss Brewing (Denver)
April 28 – FOCOMX (Fort Collins)

NEWS NOTES and SPINS MAY 1 2015

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteI’m approached daily by musicians seeking answers to the mysteries of our industry.  I’m proud to say we live in a state where information and resources are bountiful.

I attended four events in the past month that served no other purpose than to educate, develop, and promote all that is Colorado music, those who make it, and those who work on advancing it; the Denver Music Summit, FOCOMX, the Colorado Blues Society IBC finals, and the induction of six new bands into Spokesbuzz. Of course they’re not the only organizations or events designed for these purposes, but I was fortunate to attend events put on by all four.

Ultimately it is the fan, the audience, the listener, who is the deciding factor when it comes to how well we in the “business” are doing our jobs – and therefore it is important to have that perspective at the table when we’re talking about making music and getting it “out there.”  Audience participation is appreciated.   Please go visit those organizations online and find out what we have going on regionally.

Congratulations to new Spokebuzz bands:  American BlackoutThe BurroughsChemistry ClubGrim & DarlingRed Fox Run and Slow Caves.  They join EldrenGasoline LollipopsiZCALLiPandas & PeopleQbala, and Wiredogs, who are all in the second year of the two year incubation program.  Grant FarmMaxwell HughesShatterproofWasteland HopWinchester Holiday and The Yawpers all completed their program and have graduated.

Check out the current #6 Colorado album title SpokesBuzz Vol 5

CBS logoCongratulations to Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor who will represent Colorado at the IBC in Memphis next winter in the solo/duo category and to Rex People’s and X-Factor who will represent in the band category.  Good luck in Memphis next winter to all.

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NEW MUSIC in APRIL

Cracker - Berkley to BakersfieldCracker has been added and identified as (CC) for the purposes of tracking Colorado music.  Band co-founder Johnny Hickman is a local guy and has been for many years now.  In a conversation with his wife recently I learned that she used to listen to me on the air at 96.1 K-SKY in the late 80s when she was in high school.  I totally cracked up.

Also, I’ve added and tracked other artists who I’ve identified with a (CC) tag, namely Sara Cahoone, John Oates, Bill Frissel, Tia Fuller and others so I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to put Cracker in the mix.  Cracker’s latest Berkeley To Bakersfield came out last fall.  The band itself seems to be picking up some love among other local music supporters around the state … Cracker is making a few appearances locally this summer for you to keep your eyes open for.

John CommonWendy Woo BandEsme Patterson, The RailsplittersNatalie WalkerThe Raven and the Writing DeskMichael KirkpatrickRagged Unionand Clouds & Mountains all cracked the TOP 40 for the first time in April.

I suspect that we’ll see Wendy Woo, the Railsplitters, and Ragged Union stick around on the charts the longest.  Wendy is broadly known around the state, and does a great job of getting her work to interested djs.  The Railsplitters and Ragged Union are bluegrass bands of note in the state, and there is no shortage of independent djs who do favor Colorado bluegrass and Americana releases.

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VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH

11 videos wound up in the video playlist for May … from Dearling, Esme Patterson, Strange Americans, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Leftover Salmon, Ivory Circle, Instant Empire, Sound of Ceres, Tennis, Megan Burtt, Todd Adelman

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Mish Logo JPGJune 6 – For Locals x Locals Presented by The Colorado Sound and Scene Magazine featuring Cracker, Post Paradise, Branded Bandits, Red Fox Run, Shaley Scott Band and Winchester Holiday.  A music festival to celebrate and honor local musicians and local music industry vendors. The goal of this festival is to create a space for our musical community to thrive. If you are a local musician, we would like to offer you free admission and a beer. If you’re a fan, please be honest and support your local music scene with your ticket purchase. Treat this as an opportunity to meet new musicians, find out about local music industry and catch up with old friends.

BluesJam_375June 12 & 13 The Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley with Austin Young– featuring Michaela Rae and friends + Maynard Mills Blues Band + George Whitesell and His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins + The Frails – all female review featuring Erica Brown, MJ, G’Jai, Michaela Rae, Miss Audrey, Susan Phelan & national headliners Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop and more.

August 1 – 8th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono.  Lineup TBA.  The region’s first Spirits Competition event, started four years ago now.  Previous headliners have included Richie Furay, Lionel Young, Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) and others.

August 9 – The Colorado Sound Presents Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Goatz!, and William’s Reserve on Aug 9 at the Mishawaka

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TOP 40 Spins MARCH 2015

185 titles tracked
Titles tracked = released between Nov 1 2013 and April 27 2015
105 (57%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

Hot Rize_When I'm Free(4) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 15, 2014]
(2) 2. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues/funk [Jan 15, 2015]
(3) 3. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock/AAA, bluegrass [Jan 2, 2015]
(8) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(R) 5. Reed FoehlLost In the West (NeverFoehl Records) Pop/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(7) 6. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V (SpokesBUZZ) Various [Dec 20, 2014]
(28) 7. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/blues-rock [Jan 25, 2014]
(R) 8. PlumBehind Your Man [single] (self) Rock [Feb 1, 2015]
(D) 9. John CommonThe River Is Moving [single] (Immersive) Rock [April 1, 2015]
(D) 9. Wendy Woo BandTipping Point (Woo Music) Pop/Adult Contemporary [April 13, 2015]
(D) 10. Esme PattersonWhat Do You Call A Woman EP (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April
1, 2015]
(18) 10. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana/alt-country-rock [Jan 8, 2015]
(D) 11. The RailsplittersThe Faster It Goes (self) Bluegrass (April 20, 2015)
(1) 12. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 18, 2014] (CC)
(6) 13. Richie FurayHand In Hand (ENT ONE Music) Americana/country-rock [March 1, 2015]
(R) 14. You Me & ApolloSweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative [April 26, 2014]
(30) 15. Trout Steak RevivalBrighter Every Day (self) Bluegrass [March 20. 2015]
(16) 16. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 14, 2014]
(D) 17. Natalie WalkerStrange Bird (Dorado Records) Pop/Adult Contemporary (April 1, 2015)
(15) 18. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(R) 19. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(R) 20. Calder’s RevovlersSunday Morning (self) Rock/rhythm & blues [June 13, 2014]
(R) 21. EuforquestraFire (self) Funk/reggae [Feb 22, 2014]
(22) 21. TaarkaMaking Tracks Home (self) Folk [March 9, 2015]
(12) 22. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(D) 23. CrackerBerkeley To Bakersfield (SLG) Rock [Nov 8, 2014] (CC)
(R) 24. The River ArkansasThe River Arkansas (Blank Tape Records) Alt-country-rock [Feb 1, 2015]
(R) 25. MontropoFollow Me (self) Pop/singer-songwriter (Nov 14, 2014]
(9) 26. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock/bluegrass [Nov 8, 2014]
(D) 27. The Raven and the Writing Desk Some Get Started EP (self) Indie/new alternative [April 1, 2015]
(R) 28. The MotetThe Motet (self) Funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(D) 29. Michael KirkpatrickHoney Rider (self) Country/Folk [March 1, 2015]
(28) 30. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Rock/AAA [Jan 1, 2014]
(29) 31. Safe Boating Is No AccidentBonus Features (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 20, 2014]
(R) 31. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]
(27) 32. Young Ancients Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 11, 2014]
(D) 33. Ragged Union Hard Row to Hoe (Shining Castle Music) Bluegrass [March 21, 2015]
(19) 34. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock/AAA [Aug 13, 2014]
(13) 35. John StatzTulsa (self) Americana/country-folk [March 1, 2015]
(D) 36. Clouds & Mountains Slumber (self) Folk [Feb 1, 2015]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 IN APRIL

5. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
10. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
14. Rose Quartz – Axis of Love [EP]
17. John Oates – Good Road to Follow
20. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
21. Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
23. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
24. Dana Landry Quartet – Standard Elevation
25. Moors and McCumber – Pandemonium
26. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
29. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
31. Analog Son – Stomp and Shout!
32. Richard Dean – Accidental Human
33. SHEL – The Lab Sessions
33. Toad In the Hole – Wallflower
34. Land Lines – The Natural World
35. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
35. In The Whale – Nate & Eric
36. H2 Big Band – It Could Happen

ADDED TO TRACKING APRIL 2015

Chuck Pyle – Cover Stories
Cracker – Berkeley To Bakersfield
Dearling – Landslide [single]
Elin Palmer – Elin and Friends
Elise Wunder – In the Darkness of My Light
Esme Patterson – What Do You Call A Woman EP
Fox St. – Ain’t Easy [single]
Inner Oceans – 8 Cousins / Everything’s Alright [single]
Instant Empire – Lamplight Lost
Ivory Circle – Isoceles
John Common – The River Is Moving [single]
Kenny Knight – Crossroads
The Knew – Schmew
Medic – If I Could Stay [single]
Motion Trap – Palebluedot
Natalie Walker – Strange Bird
The Navigators – All About the Ride
Racing On the Sun – Self Destruct [single]
The Railsplitters – The Faster It Goes
The Raven and the Writing Desk – Some Get Started EP
Steve Kovalcheck Trio – Stomping Ground
Tim Ostdiek – Temporary Home EP
Wendy Woo Band – Tipping Point

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Nov 2013-April 2015) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  Stations with minimum 10 “currents” featured in breakout.

Richie Furay - Hand in HandKAFM (Grand Junction) [13]
1. Richie Furay – Hand In Hand
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Dana Landry Quartet – Standard Elevation
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Slopeside – One Lane Town

chainstationKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Chain Station – Dancin With the Law
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Montropo – Follow Me
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
3. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
4. Taarka – Making Tracks Home
5. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

Michael Kirkpatrick - Honey RiderKRFC (Fort Collins) [75]
1. Michael Kirkpatrick – Honey Rider
2. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
3. Trout Steak Revival – Brighter Every Day
4. Taarka – Making Tracks Home
5. Deadwood Saints – 6th Street and Trinity

jeff austin simple truthKUNC (Greeley) [15]
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West
4. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V

Plum - Behind Your ManOPEN AIR 102.3 (Denver) [25]
1. Plum – Behind Your Man [single]
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Inner Oceans – 8 Cousins / Everything’s Alright [single]
4. John Common – The River Is Moving [single]
5. Land Lines – The Natural World

Natalie Walker - Strange BirdThe Colorado Sound [38]
1. Natalie Walker – Strange Bird
2. Esme Patterson – What Do You Call A Woman EP
2. John Common – The River Is Moving [single]
2. Plum – Behind Your Man [single]
2. The Railsplitters – The Faster It Goes

NEWS NOTES and SPINS APRIL 1 2015

Happy Birthday Desktop BackgroundMarch marked the 5th birthday of this blog (March 2010).  April marks the 9th birthday for The Colorado Sound (April 2006 / KRFC) and the 3rd birthday for The Colorado Sound Live365 (April 2012).

March, like Feb and Jan, hit historical highs for page views for the month.  March also hit historic lows for the number of spins statewide for Colorado music, and the lowest number of stations spinning 10 or more titles since I began keeping track, nearly seven years ago now.  I really struggled with  that.  March also registered the lowest number of hours listened to The Colorado Sound Live365, and the fewest number of people streaming the station.

Tracking spins is always challenging.  Several of the smallest stations have no way of measuring or determining what titles they play.  Most of the time there’s no central accounting system in place and there can be over 100 individuals on the air in any given month.  Even some influential stations in the state have no effective means of tracking spins.  That alone presents some interesting challenges, especially if those stations stream online, but that’s an entirely different set of problems best left undiscussed here.

Only seven of the fifteen stations surveyed managed to air ten “currents”  (titles up to 18 months old).  And the difference in the number of over- the-air “exposures” (spins per station x number of station frequencies x number of stations) between the top of the charts and the rest was significant enough for me to tell you about it.

That we had what I think is at or near an historic number of debuts (13) this month is due also, I believe, to the low number of titles being played per station in March.  The number of titles tracked also fell to 187, the first time that number has fallen beneath 200 in over 3 years – although the total number of titles aired is about normal for the month at 108.

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageBill Frisell‘s wonderful “Guitar In the Space Age” rocked the top spot for the 3rd consecutive month, out blasting the stellar new albums by heavyweights like Chris Daniels & the Kings who continued their assault on  the top position for a second month, and the new Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) release, “Hand in Hand,” that debuts at #6 this month.  Jeff Austin manages to jump to #3 with “The Simple Truth,” remaining in the TOP 5 for the second month since his January release.  Hot Rize also holds onto TOP 5 status since being released last September, a tremendous accomplishment to be fair.

Cracker made  the cut for  VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH with California Country Boy (sung by Johnny Hickman) shot as part of the Gondola Sessions at Aspen/Snowmass.  Cracker is David Lowry and Johnny Hickman.  Johnny Hickman lives in Northern Colorado.  He also plays in the Hickman-Dalton Gang with Colorado native picker Jim Dalton, and has maintained a solo project with musicians here in the area.  He has also been very involved with working with and supporting other Colorado acts, such as the Yawpers for whom he produced  the single “Faith and Good Judgement” (SpokesBUZZ Vol. V). And fortunately for all of us here, we’re seeing the band play more here in Colorado.  They just played the Moxi in Greeley recently, and will be appearing at the Mishawaka on June 6 as well as other dates regionally later in the summer.  In the least, Cracker is considered to have a Colorado Connection (CC).

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  

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MARCH VIDEO PICKS

New cuts from Richie Furay, Cracker, and SHEL lead the picks this month that also includes music from Rocky Mountain Celts, along with new hip-hop from Glimmer Twins spin-off Grim & Darling, new electro-pop from  Ronitt, and new country-folk from John Statz, who’s latest album “Tulsa” picked up a few stations in March.  Enjoy.

TOP 40 Spins MARCH 2015

183 titles tracked
Titles tracked = released between Oct 1 2013 and March 27 2015
108 (59%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

bill frisell_guitar in the space age(1) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 18, 2014] (CC)
(3) 2. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues/funk [Jan 15, 2015]
(5) 3. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock/AAA, bluegrass [Jan 2, 2015]
(2) 4. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 15, 2014]
(27) 5. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(D) 6. Richie FurayHand In Hand (ENT ONE Music) Americana/country-rock [March 1, 2015]
(8) 7. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V (SpokesBUZZ) Various [Dec 20, 2014]
(9) 8. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(7) 9. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock/bluegrass [Nov 8, 2014]
(4) 10. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock/AAA [Dec 20, 2014]
(12) 11. 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative [April 26, 2014]
(31) 12. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem  (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(D) 13. John StatzTulsa (self) Americana/country-folk [March 1, 2015]
(21) 14. Rose Quartz Axis of Love [EP] (self) Pop/EDM [Feb 1, 2015]
(18) 15. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(11) 16. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 14, 2014]
(31) 17. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/Adult Contemporary [March 18, 2014]
(30) 18. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana/alt-country-rock [Jan 8, 2015]
(24) 19. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock/AAA [Aug 13, 2014]
(R) 20. Cary MorinTiny Town (self) Blues/folk [Jan 1, 2015]
(D) 21. Jayme StoneJayme Stone’s Lomax Project (Borealis Recording) Folk [March 27. 2015]
(D) 22. TaarkaMaking Tracks Home (self) Folk [March 9, 2015]
(29) 23. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana/folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(D) 24. Dana Landry QuartetStandard Elevation (self) Jazz/Instrumental [March 7. 2015]
(D) 25. Moors and McCumberPandemonium (self) Americana/country-folk [Feb 24 2015]
(R) 26. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 22, 2014]
(19) 27. Young Ancients Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 11, 2014]
(22) 28. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/blues-rock [Jan 25, 2014]
(R) 28. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Rock/AAA [Jan 1, 2014]
(25) 29. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [Jan 13, 2015]
(R) 29. Safe Boating Is No AccidentBonus Features (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 20, 2014]
(D) 30. Trout Steak RevivalBrighter Every Day (self) Bluegrass [March 20. 2015]
(D) 31. Analog SonStomp and Shout! (self) Jazz/Funk [March 7, 2015]
(D) 32. Richard DeanAccidental Human (Coastal Bend) Folk/folk-rock [March 14, 2015]
(D) 33. SHELThe Lab Sessions (Moraine) Folk [March 20, 2015]
(D) 33. Toad In the HoleWallflower (self) Rock/AAA [March 21, 2015]
(6) 34. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [Jan 31, 2015]
(R) 35. Grant Farm Plowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 14, 2014]
(D) 35. In The WhaleNate & Eric (self) Rock [March 9, 2015]
(D) 36. H2 Big BandIt Could Happen (Capri) Jazz/Instrumental [Feb 1, 2015]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 IN MARCH
10. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
13. Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
14. Selasee & the Fafa Family – Time for Peace
15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
16. Euforquestra – Fire
17. Nathaniel Rateliff – Closer EP
17. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
20. The Motet- The Motet
23. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
25. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
26. Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk
26. Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
28. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
31. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
32. AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
32. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
32. The Seers – Deaf in June
33. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep

ADDED TO TRACKING IN MARCH
Amy Kress – Secret Music
Analog Son – Stomp and Shout!
Anthony Ruptak – Between the Hangman and the Halo
Dana Landry Quartet – Standard Elevation
Fox St. – Something About You [single]
In The Whale – Nate & Eric
Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
John Statz – Tulsa
Michael Kirkpatrick – Honey Rider
Modern Suspects – Told You So [single]
Moors and McCumber – Pandemonium
Otis Taylor – Hey Joe Opus Red Meat
Plume Varia – Vernor | Forge
Ragged Union – Hard Row to Hoe
Richard Dean – Accidental Human
Richie Furay – Hand In Hand
Sean Curtis Band – Kind of Like Wyoming
SHEL – The Lab Sessions
Stelth Ulvang – and as always the infinite cosmos
Stephen Melton – S/T
Taarka – Making Tracks Home
Toad In the Hole – Wallflower
Trout Steak Revival – Brighter Every Day

 STATION x STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Oct 2013-March 2015) titles
Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  Stations with minimum 10 “currents” featured in breakout.

chrisdanielsthekings3KAFM (Grand Junction) [15]
1. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Richie Furay – Hand In Hand
4. Paa Kow – Ask
5. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
3. Jayme Stone – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

pandas and people cd coverKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. Pandas & People – S/T
2. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
3. Taarka – Making Tracks Home
4. John Statz – Tulsa
5. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone+

chrisdanielsthekings3KUNC (Greeley) [15]
1. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

plum imageOPEN AIR 102.3 (Denver) [30]
1. Plum – Behind Your Man (single)
2. In The Whale – Nate & Eric
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
4. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem

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THE COLORADO SOUND [32]
1. Rose Quartz – Axis of Love
2. Todd Adelmen – Highways and Lowways
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Analog Son – Stomp and Shout!
3. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows

THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365 – TOP SINGLE SPINS
Nathaniel Rateliff – Nothing to Show For
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball
Calder’s Revolvers – I Gotta Know
Richie Furay – We Were the Dreamers
Drew Schofield – Break It Down

RADIO 94.9FM – MARCH ADDS
Brothers Keeper – Why Do You Fall
Cary Morin – Tiny Town
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Something You Got
Fox St. – Somethin About You
Jeff Austin – What The Night Brings
John Statz – Any Town Will Do
Leftover Salmon – Two Highways
Modern Suspects – Told You So
The Motet – Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed
Rose Quartz – Medicine
SHEL – Please Come Home
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Evil Eye
Strange Americans – Rocks Rolls
Tennis – Needle and a Knife
Todd Adelman – Right Before You Said Hello