MUSIC DIRECTOR(S) WANTED – KGNU BOULDER

kgnu logoKGNU, a Boulder/Denver based 37 year old Mission Driven Community Radio seeks one exceptionally OR two amazingly talented, dynamic, creative, versatile, ambitious, and personable individual(s) to serve as KGNU’s Music Director(s). This is a very demanding Full Time/Full Time Equivalent position(s). The Music Director(s) is responsible for administering, coordinating, directing, developing and supervising all activities related to the KGNU Music Department.

The full job description and application instructions are available at our website, kgnu.org. The application deadline is Oct.5, 2015.

KGNU is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. KGNU is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity and environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. We encourage applications from all genders, people of color, and people with disabilities.

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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JOIN ME THIS SUMMER AT:

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.  

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.  I’m very happy to be on board co-presenting LOCALS x LOCALS featuring Cracker with Post Paradise, Winchester Holiday, and The Colorado Sound Saturday June 6th, 2015 4:00 PM (Doors at 3:00) AND Hazel Miller | Chris Daniels & the Kings with Goatz! (my band) and William’s Reserve (my son’s band) on Sunday Aug 9, 2015 4:30PM (Doors at 3:30)  TICKETS ON SALE NOW for both events.

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

NEWS NOTES and SPINS – MARCH 1 2015

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

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

RADIO NEWS and NOTES

kgnu logoYou’ve only got a couple of days left to get in on this job opening … KGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See http://kgnu.org/StationManagerSearch for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to job@kgnu.org by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

logo-openairOpen Air 1340 is now Open Air 102.3FM.  And if you haven’t listened, and you’re under 40 and/or you’re into music that you probably have never heard of before, this is a remarkable addition to the FM dial in the Denver metro – extending up just north of Longmont.

KUNC 2Congrats to former Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter Stacy Nick who got laid off at one gig to land another equally impressive role as Culture Arts & Music reporter for 91.5FM KUNC.  On Feb 26th, she posted, “Attn Colorado bands headed to ‪#‎SXSW2015‬: If you haven’t sent in a copy of your latest CD to KUNC yet, do so now. We’re going to be highlighting a bunch of you in the coming weeks. KUNC, 1901 56th Ave. Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634 ‪#‎COMusic‬

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VIDEO PICKS – FEBRUARY

TOP 40 Spins February 2015

Our TOP 3 this month are exceptional in the number of stations and frequencies cuts from the release were heard on.  Of the 15 stations surveyed, the top 3 appeared on 8, 9, and 7 stations respectively.  No other titles this month appeared on more than 4 stations surveyed.  Of the 15 station/shows surveyed, 8 did not have even the minimum 10 titles necessary to be reflected in the STATION by STATION breakouts.

235 titles tracked – 8 TOP 40 DEBUTS / 16 Adds to tracking
Titles tracked = released between Sept 2013 and Feb 2015
109 (47%) 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) Instrumental [18-Nov-14]
(3) 2. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free(Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(15) 3. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues / r&b / funk [15-Jan-15]
(11) 4. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock [20-Dec-14]
(8) 5. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock / bluegrass [1-Jan-15]
(18) 6. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [31-Jan-15]
(2) 7.  Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock / country-rock / bluegrass [8-Nov-14]
(5) 8. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14]
(4) 9. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock / folk [28-Jun-14]
(23) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West  (NeverFoehl Records) Folk / singer-songwriter [13-Sep-14]
(10) 11. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock / jamband [12-Apr-14]
(27) 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey  (self) Indie/New Alternative [26-Apr-14]
(D) 13. Paul MullikinTime Is Now (self) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Feb-15]
(D) 14. Selasee & the Fafa FamilyTime for Peace (self) World / reggae [30-Jan-15]
(33) 15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]
(12) 16. Euforquestra – Fire (self) Funk / jamband [22-Feb-14]
(D) 17. Nathaniel RateliffCloser EP (Mod y Vi Records) Indie/ Folk [28-Jan-15]
(13) 17. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster(self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(7) 18. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [14-Aug-14]
(R) 19. Young AncientsY/A (self) Americana [22-Feb-14]
(21) 20. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary /  funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 21. Rose Quartz Axis of Love (self) Pop / electronic [1-Feb-15]
(R) 22. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock / blues [25-Jan-14]
(R) 23. Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary / jazz / soul [11-Feb-14]
(R) 24. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(D) 25. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [13-Jan-15]
(R) 25. Nathaniel RateliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Indie / New Alternative / Folk [1-Sep-13]
(D) 26. Gerald AlbrightSlam Dunk (Heads Up Music) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Sep-14]
(D) 26. Gipsy MoonAutumn’s Retreat (self) Folk [1-Feb-15]
(28) 27. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(R) 28. Musketeer Gripweed Floods and Fires (self) Rock / jamband [29-Mar-14]
(R) 29. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana / folk [21-Dec-13]
(9) 30. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Rock / country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(R) 31. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop / adult contemporary [18-Mar-14]
(R) 31. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop / adult contemporary [26-Apr-14]
(19) 31. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [8-Nov-14]
(D) 32. AMZY We Don’t Walk, We Dance (self) Pop / rock [21-Feb-15]
(20) 32.  Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock / R&B [13-Jun-14]
(R) 32. The SeersDeaf in June (self) Rock [27-Sep-14]
(25) 33. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock / pop [19-Jul-14]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 FEB
6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
14. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies
16. Pandas & People – S/T
17. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
17. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
18. Born to Wander – S/T
22. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
24. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
26. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
29. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
30.  Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
30. The Sound and Color – S/T
31. Kate LeRoux – Phoenix
31. Richard Dean – Accidental Human
31. Sofie Reed – Red Hen
32. Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks
32. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

ADDED TO TRACKING FEBRUARY 2015
All Indians, No Chiefs – The Danger Mission EP
AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP
Clouds & Mountains – Slumber
CRL CRRLL – Good Influence
Dearling – Do You Love Me [single]
Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
H2 Big Band – It Could Happen
Juno What?! – Stranger
Land Lines – The Natural World
Patrick Lee – Remixes Vol 1
Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
Peter Sommer – Narrando Historias
Plum – Hello Miss Yellow [single]
Rose Quartz – Axix of Love

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Sept 2013-Feb 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

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [17]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Quemando – Paradise

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [+80]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
5. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age

jeff austin simple truthKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR 102.3 FM (Denver) [40]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
3. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
5. Plum – Hello Miss Yellow (single)

BROTHERSKEEPERThe Colorado Sound [40]
1. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

Job opening: KGNU seeks a Station Manager

kgnu logoKGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See http://kgnu.org/StationManagerSearch for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to job@kgnu.org by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

NEWS NOTES & SPINS – FEBRUARY 1 2015

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

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

NEWS & NOTES

2015 kicked off in grand fashion. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall, and Stephen Stills’ Manassas were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and  Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air 1340 AM became Open Air 102.3FM.

30 titles added / 12 debuts charted … I think that’s a record for one month, but don’t quote me on that.  It’s a lot though.

KRFC (Fort Collins) announced the hiring of Charles Hale as new program director. Charles is a KCSU alumnus and in addition to serving on the board of directors he has been a KRFC programmer since 2013, hosting “The Ajax Diner Book Club” Monday nights at 8PM.

The Colorado Sound radio program began its 9th season; the ColoradoSound.com its 6th, and The Colorado Sound Live365 began its 3rd.  The Colorado Sound Live365 posted its best month since last June.  TheColoradoSound.com posted its best non-December month in history.

I became a member of the board of directors for SpokesBUZZ, a tremendous honor for me.

Offstage …Beyond the Music started off the new year with Colorado Music Hall of Fame executive director G. Brown – noted former Denver Post music  critic, KCUV radio personality, Colorado music historian and author of “Colorado Rocks: A Half Century of Music in Colorado” (Pruitt Publishing, Aug 2004).  A newly revised edition will be (according to G) published this spring to coincide with the grand opening of the new location of the HoF at the Trading Post at Red Rocks.    February’s featured guest is Wendy Woo and her husband Charles Snyder.

VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH

All I can say is THANK YOU to the “bootleggers” in the audience at the CMHOF inductions who had decent camera gear.  I heard that the official CMHoF video will be forthcoming soon – but for now, the first five videos are from Poco’s performance at the Hall of Fame induction.  Also included this month:  Young Ancients, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Mama Lenny & the Remedy, Eldren, American Blackout, The Sound and Color, Archive Nights.

TOP 40 Spins January 2015

235 titles tracked
113 (48%) 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

(D) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Instrumental/rock/pop/country [18-Nov-14]
This wasn’t even close.  This is the first time I can recall where an instrumental record debuts atop the monthly spins chart, and it did it by a landslide in number of stations playing, and the total number of spins, and frequencies it’s heard on.  If you listen to public/community/NPR radio anywhere in the state, you hear this record.  It is the most accessible and pop based of all of Frisell’s recordings.

(2) 2. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana, bluegrass, rock [8-Nov-14]
(1) 3. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers)  Americana, bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(4) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock, folk-rock [28-Jun-14]
(D) 5. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14](18) 6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Oct-14]
(3) 7.  TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [14-Aug-14]
(D) 8. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) AAA, bluegrass, pop/rock [20-Dec-04]
(D) 9. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Americana, country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(9) 10.  The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock, jamband [12-Apr-14]
(D) 11. Brother’s Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) AAA, rock [20-Dec-14]
(17) 12. Euforquestra – Fire (self) AAA, funk, reggae, jamband [22-Feb-14]
(24) 13. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(8) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [1-Aug-13]
(D) 15. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (self) Blues, r&b, funk [15-Jan-15]
(R) 16. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) AAA, acoustic rock, pop [5-Jul-14]
(R) 17. Safe Boating is No Accident Bonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative, pop [26-Feb-14]
(21) 17. The Longest Day of the YearCarapace (self) Rock, alt-country-rock [18-Oct-14]
(R) 18. Born to Wander S/T (self) Jazz, folk, vocal [1-Oct-14]
(D) 18. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [31-Jan-15](23) 19. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock [8-Nov-14]
(R) 20. Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock, rhythm & blues, soul [13-Jun-14]
(13) 21. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary, funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 22. Cary MorinTiny Town (self) Blues, acoustic/folk [31-Dec-14]
(R) 22. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) AAA, pop [1-Aug-13]
(5) 23. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk, singer-songwriter, pop [13-Sep-14]
(D) 24. Eef & the Blues ExpressAll Rivers Run to the Sea (Blue River Records) Blues [8-Jan-15]
(30) 25. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Indie/New Alternative, pop/rock [19-Jul-14]
(22) 26. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock, jamband [1-Oct-14]
(11) 27. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, rhythm & blues [26-Apr-14]
(R) 28. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Americana, bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(14) 29. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative, folk [5-Apr-14]
(28) 30.  Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) AAA, rock/pop [6-Sep-14]
(D) 30. The Sound and ColorS/T (self) Alternative, rock/pop [1-Jan-15]
(R) 31. Kate LeRouxPhoenix (self) Country, pop [17-May-14]
(D) 31. Richard DeanAccidental Human (self) Folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock [1-Jan-15]
(35) 31. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues, folk, acoustic [20-Jun-14]
(D) 32. Ben GallagherHeart Shaped Rocks (self) Indie/New Alternative, rock, americana [1-Jan-15](D) 32. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana, bluegrass, country [1-Mar-14]
(33) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]

ADDED TO TRACKING JANUARY 2015

Archive Nights – 3P-Scribo EP (Rock)
Ashley Raines and the New West Revue – After the Bruising (Americana)
Audi Y Zentimiento – Simplemente Audi (World)
Augustus – The Common Collapse EP (Americana)
Avourneen – Beloved (World)
Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks (Rock)
Champagne Charlie – Devil Bone Crazy EP (Rock)
Chella Negro & the Charm – Chella & the Charm (Indie/New Alternative)
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP (Rock)
Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone (Funk/Soul)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains (Folk)
Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea (Blues)
Equally Challenged – EQC2 (Rock)
Grayson County Burn Ban – three chords (Rock)
Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth (Americana)
Land Lines – The Natural World (Indie/New Alternative)
Lunde Station – Anouther Country (Americana)
Nathaniel Rateliff – Closer EP (Folk)
Pete Kartsounes – Unwind (Rock)
Porlolo – Everything, Barely EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Richard Dean – Accidental Human (Folk)
Selasee & the Fafa Family – Time for Peace (World)
Shady Elders – The Night Air EP (Indie/New Alternative)
Stereo Twins – Good News (Indie/New Alternative)
Susie Fitzgerald – Restless (Americana)
The Sound and Color – The Sound and Color (Rock)
The Windermeres – Anthem Of The Recession Generation (Rock)
Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways (Americana)
Wild High – SDREAMS (Rock)
Wild Wombat – Return 2 Wildstyle (Hip Hop)

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (Aug 2013-Jan 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

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [15]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater
5. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [16]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
3. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
5. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
4. Hot Rize – When I’m Free

leftover salmon_high countryKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Brother’s Keeper – Todd Meadows
4. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR CPR (Denver) [30]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
5. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageTHE COLORADO SOUND [32]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone
2. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
2. Todd Adelman – Highways & Lowways
3. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V

News Notes and Spins – Jan 1, 2015

 Support Provided By

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

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

NEWS & NOTES

Okay .. here’s the recap.  As usual, it was a very busy month.  I’ve spent the past two weeks getting the end of year stuff done and a review out for the upcoming Chris Daniels & the Kings record featuring Freddi Gowdy.  Check em out .. that’s it .. I’m beat. Cya later.

PS … January Offstage Beyond the Music guest is G Brown, executive director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

VIDEO PICKS DECEMBER

TOP 40 Spins December 2014

242 titles tracked
114 (47%) 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

(1) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(4) 2. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(17) 3. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
bill frisell_guitar in the space age(D) 4. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age (Okeh Records) Instrumental [18-Nov-14]
(6) 5. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman(Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(3) 6. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(2) 7. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana/jamband [Nov 8, 2014]
(9) 8. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(9) 9. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head(SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(16) 10. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014
(5) 11. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(7) 12. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(8) 13. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(10) 14. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(R) 15. Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock [13-Jun-14]
(11) 16. You Me & Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(12) 17. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
jeff austin simple truth(D) 18. Jeff AustinThe Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock/AAA [20-Dec-04]
(R) 19. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [7-Jul-13]
(R) 20. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(R) 21. Katey LaurelPeriscope (self) POP/adult contemporary [1-Aug-13]
(R) 22. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Americana [1-Nov-13]
(13) 23. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(22) 24. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock/jamband [Oct 1, 2014]
(15) 25. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires(self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(34) 26. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(28) 17. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(21) 28. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2014]
(24) 29. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]
(R) 30. Matt Skellenger – New Radio (self) Jazz/Instrumental [18-Oct-14]
(14) 31. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(33) 32. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
spokesbuzz vol v(D) 33. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V (SpokesBUZZ) variety [20-Dec-14]
(23) 34. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 35. Slopeside One Land Town (self) Rock [5-Jul-14]
(22) 36. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 36. Mosey WestBermuda (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [2-Nov-13]
(R) 37. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [9-Nov-13]
(R) 38. Monocle Band – Monocle Band (self) Folk/folk-rock [1-Sep-13]
(30) 39. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / DECEMBER
18. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
19. John Oates – Good Road to Follow
20. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
25. Ark Life – Very Fine Friends (single)
26. Drag The River – Drag the River
27. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
29. Chimney Choir – Motion (single)
31. Moors & McCumber – Against the Grain
32. 3 Twins – De Nada
33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
34. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
35. Lauren Brombert – Love’s Carousel (single)
35. Sofie Reed – Red Hen

ADDED TO TRACKING / DECEMBER
Andy Babb and the Big Beautiful Band – Strange Existence
Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
Cary Morin – Tiny Town
Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
Potcheen – Take No Prisoners
Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V

STATION BY STATION

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

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKAFM (Grand Junction) [24]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. David Starr – Alive Again
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Quemando – Paradise
3. The John Weeks Band – The John Weeks Band

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
3. Born to Wander – S/T
4. J. Miller – One More High, One More Low
5. Big Gigantic – The Night Is Young

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [22]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
4. Eurforquestra – Fire

leftover salmon_high countryKRFC (Fort Collins) [145]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
1. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
1. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [13]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

leftover salmon_high countryKVNF (Paonia) [10]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
3. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel

esme 2OPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [30]
1. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
1. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Look It Here/Trying So Hard Not To Know
3. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

euforquestra, fireTHE COLORADO SOUND [42]
1. Eurforquestra – Fire
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
2. Katey Laurel – Periscope