Colorado Playlist – S11 EP40

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7:30-8:30 = Richie Furay
8:45-9:15 = Perpetual Motion
9:30-10PM = Bobby Messano
10:15-11PM = Tori Pater

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NEWS, NOTES AND MUSIC

There are 10 episodes of the show left this year, including the BEST OF – which will air the last weekend of the year, and the first weekend of January as I take my final vacation of the year.

It was a hellova week for new music and video adds.  That’s sure to carryover into the first week of November as bands and artists get their end of year releases out.

Not only did I receive the new releases I broke in this week’s show but others I couldn’t get to, and I’m still expecting the new album from Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Live at Red Rocks) and others due out in early November.

Every week I get exposed to some new Colorado music I’ve never heard before.  This week it came by way a couple of friends on FB.

One band is Sunsquabi, out of Boulder.  They’re headlining the region’s largest non-arena venue, and no doubt one of the most prestigious, the Fillmore Auditorium on Nov 11.  Here’s their latest .. it’ll show up in the Playlist this coming week.

I don’t get to play much from the loud rock styles on my program, or rap or most of what’s considered modern hip-hop.  That doesn’t mean there are not some incredible acts in those genres.

A friend turned me onto modern metal band Random Hero this weekend.  Their single “”Impossible” hit #33 this week! Up three spots on Billboard’s Main Stream Rock Chart.  That’s one hell of an accomplishment, so can’t help but share it with you.  



VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

The Burroughs have been considered one of the region’s most explosive live music shows since they debute on the scene about four years ago now.  Their newest single amplifies the energy they are know for onstage.



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 S11 EP40

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

Rick Roberts “Two Lovely Women” from Windmills / She is a Song (2010)
(D) The Burroughs “Touch the Sky” from Got To Feel (2017)


Hello Dollface “Face it” from Warrior of Light (2016)
Churchill “Lock Your Heart Down” from War Within EP (2013)
(D) Pandas & People “Bourbon” from Out to Sea EP (2017)
A.J. Fullerton “Oh, Frustration” from Kalamath (2017)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014)
Andy Palmer “the Monk” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
(D) Patrick Dune “Pleasure Row” (2017)


Gabrielle Louise “If the Static Clears” from If The Static Clears (2016)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Fire & Brimstone” from Missing Link (2017)
(N) Paa Kow “Cookpot” from Cookpot (2017)

Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Brown Water (Apocalypse Blues)” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(D) Strawberry Runners “Garden Hose” from In the Garden, In the Night (2017) 


Darryl Purpose “The Meaning Of My Love” from Still The Birds (2016)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
(D) Tennis “No Exit” from We Can Die Happy (2017)


Na’an Stop “Lazy Susan” from Na’an Stop (2017)
Juno What?! “Take Control of Your Body” from Shameless (2011)
OneRepublic “Counting Stars” from Native (2013)
(D) Katie Herzig “Strangers” (2017)


Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2017)
Tia Fuller “Ode To Be ~ So In Love W/ All Of You” from Angelic Warrior (2012)



NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)

July Video Picks

Normally on the 1st I put up the Video Picks of the Month with the TOP 40 … no TOP 40 for Aug 1 … but here are the videos I added in July.  Enjoy.  There are 7 this month.

S8|EP29 JULY 2014 + OSBTM EP1|PT2

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteOk.  I. Am. Brain-dead.  Gonna be a very crazy week – and I just got done a crazy week.  So, DPUMS 2014 is done.  Video from the acts that I did sound for at the South Broadway Christian Church on my youtube channel.

On to the next weekend.  Emcee Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live with Manabi on Thursday in Fort Collins.  Friday and Saturday The Colorado Sound Presents The Samples & the Matt Skinner Band on Friday night and then a full day of music on Saturday with the Richie Furay Band and more as part of the 7th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono.  Very much looking forward to hosting the Richie Furay Band Saturday night.  That’s like a dream come true for this goat.  …

Guess what’s NOT happening this month?  The TOP 40 spins chart for July spins.  Not gonna happen – sorry.  At least not until after all this craziness subsides (maybe next week?).  I do have to say how much of an honor it was last week to have so many people walk up to me around the region and say they heard the show on KUNC.  Thanks you guys!

The Colorado Sound is supported by contributions, and by the generous support of our sponsors – Colorado Case Company, The Mishawaka Amphitheatre and by SpokesBUZZ – pls visit their sites to see what’s up.  I’ll be on hand at the Mish on SPT 6 to present The Motet, whose latest self titled album has been among the most popular this year so far.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC
EP1|PT2 with Chris Daniels

Taking two hours of conversation and finding a couple of 15-20 minute segments was a lot harder than I originally envisioned.  PT1 and PT2 are available on the OSBTM page.  Here’s PT2 for you to download.  Make sure to grab the Soundcloud app so you can listen on your smartphone or in the car when you’re out and about.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Katie Herzig is returning home to Fort Collins to open for Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo for this year’s Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.  

 PLAYLIST S8|EP29 July 2014

(D) = debut of EP/LP or single
(N) = new single from previously debuted EP/LP

Someone who heard the show this weekend came up to me yesterday and asked about India.Arie — if you missed the story, that’s the reason for the show LOL.  She is a Denver/Aurora native.  She went to Rangeview High School and her brother, J’on, went to North high school  Her dad is Ralph Simpson (Denver Rockets/Nuggets) still (to the best of my knowledge) lives in Denver.

India.Arie “Brother’s Keeper” from Songversation (2013)
Sally Taylor “Tomboy Ride” from Tomboy Bride (1998)
Kinetix “Ridin’” from One Life (2014)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014)
Full Belly “New Voice” from New Voice (2011)
Tallgrass “Gone” from Better Than Medicine (2014)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
Rachel & the Kings “Love Coming Down” from Edge of Me EP (2014)
Mercury Project “Mongo” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
(D) Jonny Barber & the Rhythm Razors “Deliah’s Barber Shop” [single] (2014) — Seriously, I just can’t let this one go without featuring the story and video:  “”Delilah’s Barber Shop” was recorded live at the legendary Sun Studio on July 7, 2014, for the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Celebration in Memphis, Tennessee, and was released on July 15, 2014. The song was written by Jonny Barber, and performed by The Rhythm Razors: Jonny Barber on vocals and guitar, J.M. Van Eaton on drums, Matt Ross-Spang on lead guitar, and Mike Baird on standup bass. More at jonnybarber.com.”  


Bobby Walker “Turn Me Around” from Git It (2009)
(N) Paa Kow “Uncle Leo” from Ask (2014)
60,000,000 Buffalo “Country Girl Again” from Nevada Jukebox (1972)
Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady`” from Green Eyed Lady` (1970)
(N) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Crystal Ball” from Living Asleep (2014)
Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014)
Garuud Effekt “Cut me” from Cut me (2014)
Esme Patterson “Jessica” from All Princes, I (2012)
The ReMinders “Africa On My Mind” from Born Champions (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Leftover Salmon “Delta Queen” from Leftover Salmon (2004)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Choo-Choo-Ch’ Boogie” from Louie, Louie (1993)
Richie Furay “We Were the Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2014)
Katey Laurel “Thanks for Loving Me” from Periscope (2014)
(N) Analog Son “La Espana” from Analog Son (2014)

NEW ADDS – KUNC

Just received notice from KUNC music director Benji McPhail that he has added the following Colorado cuts to rotation.

Katie Herzig – Drug
Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore –  Train Home
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

Musketeer Gripweed – End Of The Day

String Cheese Incident – Can’t Wait Another Day
String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head

You Me And Apollo – I Don’t Want To Be Loved

Young Ancients – Live A Little
Young Ancients – Nobody Loves You

How Do You Define…. and why does it matter?

…singer-songwriter

puzzled emotoconYou ever stop and think about how you perceive and personally define styles or genres of music?  What does AAA mean?  Americana?  Rock?  Pop?  Can you articulate the difference between Rhythm & Blues and contemporary R&B?  Neither can most people – even those we’d think might or should know …such as event talent buyers.

So, I’m on the phone this week – doing what I do – consulting on matters related to music in Colorado, and I get asked “how do you define singer-songwriter?”  My immediate off the cuff answer was “everyone in music is a singer songwriter if they sing songs they write.”  That’s true.  If you sing songs you write you are in fact a singer-songwriter.  But the definition goes well beyond that.

The question came about because the person I was consulting had gotten push back from event buyers for being a singer-songwriter.  For many people in the scene – event buyers especially – the term brings a less than likable meaning – that of solo (or duo) act that sings soft wimpy ballady acoustic “folk” type songs – the type you hear in coffee shops and many brew pubs regionally today.

folk singerAccording to Allmusic.com,  “…the term Singer/Songwriter refers to the legions of performers that followed Bob Dylan in the late 60s and early 70s. Most of the original singer/songwriters performed alone with an acoustic guitar or a piano but some had small groups for backing. Their lyrics were personal, although they were often veiled by layers of metaphors and obscure imagery. Singer/songwriters drew primarily from folk and country, although certain writers like Randy Newman and Carole King incorporated the song-craft of Tin Pan Alley pop. The main concern for any singer/songwriter was the song itself, not necessarily the performance.”

Examples of singer songwriters also include:  Simon & Garfunkle, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Lennon, Van Morrison, and James Taylor from the 70’s and from the more contemporary listings, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, and Sara Bareilles to name a few.

This point is worth repeating; The main concern for any singer/songwriter was the song itself, not necessarily the performance.”

So why does it matter?  It is the performance issue that drives many buyers away from so called singer-songwriters.  Many buyers don’t see the singer-songwriter as a performer – as an ENTERTAINER (despite the Billy Joels and Elton Johns, who few think of as singer-songwriters, but rather pop and/or rock acts).

I made a few calls to verify that my thinking was in line with realities on the ground.  I wondered why “singer-songwriters” need not apply in most cases.  The answer was “energy.”  What I took from that was not “energy” but FAMILIARITY.  Bring an Elton John or Bob Dylan tribute band to the party and you’re in.  Bring in Bob Dylan performing solo songs on an acoustic guitar that no one has yet become familiar with and he’s out.  Why?  FAMILIARITY = ENERGY and ENERGY = FAMILIARITY.

It’s not that folks expect to hire cover bands …and tribute bands fall into a different role in the scene – accepted as something more than a cover band.  It’s that folks who put on events desire music that the average attendee can “move along to” (read:  “sing along to”) even if they’ve never heard the song before.

If you avoid using the term singer-songwriter, as an artist what do you say you do musically?  Americana?  What’s that?  What’s different between pop and rock?  Is country “country” if it doesn’t sound like what’s on commercial country radio – or is that even country to begin with and when is it “too country?”  How bout the differences between Rhythm & Blues (R&B) in the classic context, and R&B in the contemporary context?

One event buyer/planner this week asked me to find them “Colorado sounding” acts.  When pressed, I came away with an answer that what was meant was acts in the bluegrass, jam-grass, jamband, reggae. jamband oriented funk and hip-hop, and “Americana” (read: non Nashville sounding country) styles of music.  At no time was I asked for singer-songwriter, folk, rock, pop, blues, soul, jazz, or country.

My best advice?  Leave the genres to those who care (uh … hello?)  and define based on comparatives, on “if you like so and so you’ll like _____________”  … choose “__________ compliments so and so in a mix,”  NOT “_________ sounds like so and so.

And even if you are, don’t call yourself a singer-songwriter … most singer songwriters I know can do solo, duo, trio, quartet, or even orchestra shows – and are not simply a gal or guy with a guitar …or Bob Dylan without a band …a “folk” singer.

When we think of great Colorado singer-songwriters, here are a few I think are definitely worth mentioning …we do love singer-songwriters in Colorado.  Turns out they’re among our most revered treasures.

 

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