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 – 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

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

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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.

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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

NEWS NOTES & SPINS DEC 1 2014

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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

For all intent and purposes, November concludes the year.  Any music that gets released in November is labeled as the following year, so we’re already into the 2015 season.  The big music news this month was the release of the new Leftover Salmon album “High Country,” featuring new permanent member Bill Payne (Little Feat).  I can’t recall off the top of my head what the last album was that debuted at #2.  The album was released on November 28, but the band made sure that djs around the state were serviced early enough to share the love pre-Thanksgiving. Outside of that one album the top 18 spots remained about as it was last month.

The biggest news of the month came from G. Brown at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  Richie Furay let us in on part of the secret in October, during Offstage …Beyond the Music, when he let us know that Poco and he would be inducted into the hall this year.  G finally released the rest of the lineup for the Jan 9 gala:  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Manassas, Poco … with special nods to Richie Furay and Steve Martin among others.  G. Brown will be my guest on Offstage …Beyond the Music in January – no doubt we’ll be talking a lot about the Hall of Fame.

VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

I don’t watch very much television.  Most of what I watch is late night stuff like the local news, a half hour of Jimmy  Kimmel, and about twenty minutes of the Daily Show, before I fall asleep.  Sometimes I watch on demand episodes of shows like Gotham — but almost never do I watch talent shows – so I had no idea this summer that a local kid was on America’s Got Talent, nor did I know he made it to the TOP 5 finalists in September, before being eliminated. That’s okay; TOP 5 is enough to propel the take off of a career if played right.  With that, here’s a video playlist of Miquel Dakota, from Monument, Colorado … enjoy

 TOP 40 Spins November 2014

270 titles tracked
125 (46%) 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(1) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 2. Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Americana/jamband [Nov 8, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(5) 4. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(10) 5. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 6.Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman(Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(6) 7. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(14) 8. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 9. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(2) 9. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head(SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(30) 10. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(11) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(29) 12. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(22) 13. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 14. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(26) 15. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires(self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(12) 16. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(8) 17. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 18. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [Oct 1, 2014]
(19) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(30) 20. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(D) 21. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2014]
(16) 22. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(D) 22. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock/jamband [Oct 1, 2014]
(D) 23. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 24. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]
(D) 25. Ark LifeVery Fine Friends (single) (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 26. Drag The RiverDrag the River (Xtra Mile Records) Rock [Oct 1, 2013]
(R) 27. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(4) 28. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 29. Chimney Choir – Motion (single) (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(32) 30. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(R) 31. Moors & McCumberAgainst the Grain (self) Americana/folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(36) 32. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(D) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet The Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 22, 2014]
(34) 33. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 34. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Sept 6, 2014]
(21) 34. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(D) 35. Lauren BrombertLove’s Carousel (single) (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Nov 8. 2014]
(R) 35. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues [June 20, 2014]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / NOVEMBER

15. Analog Son – S/T
17. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
18. Born to Wander – S/T
20. Quemando – Paradise
23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
24. Pandas & People – S/T
25. Jeff Finlin – My Moby Dick
27. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
28. Wendy Woo Band – Live
31. Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream
31. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
33. Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
33. Paa Kow – Ask
35. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

ADDED TO TRACKING / NOVEMBER

Annie Booth – Wanderlust
Ark Life – Very Fine Friends (single)
Ben Markley/Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
Brad Goode – Montezuma
Chimney Choir – Motion (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Dream A Little Dream of Me (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Someone Like You (single)
Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
John Statz – Tulsa
Lauren Brombert – Love’s Carousel (single)
Leftover Salmon – High Country
Parlor Pickers – Joliet Street Shakedown
Silver & Gold – Compression
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
The Echo Chamber – Synesthesia
Zach Heckendorf – Speed Checked by Aircraft

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) 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) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Born to Wander – S/T
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [21]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gasoline Lollipops – Death
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

leftover salmon_high countryKRFC (Fort Collins) [100]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
5. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRZA (Alamosa) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
1. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Tennis_ritual in repeatOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [25]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Montropo – Follow Me
3. The Outfit – Station Wagon Apocalypse

leftover salmon_high countryThe Colorado Sound [35]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

rob drabkin_little stepsTHE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS NOV
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Nothing to Show For
1. Good Gravy – Isn’t It Funny
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Josephina
3. Justin Roth – Rise

 

 

 

 

NEWS NOTES & SPINS – NOV 1, 2014

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A SORE SUBJECT

I brought up the topic of royalties last month in this post.  This month the subject of artist compensation was played out in both the radio world I addressed last month, and in the world of live performances.  You can read about that situation here, but what it boils down to is how artists make money today.

A few months ago I began highlighting only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. In September I added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not provide a “real-time” online playlist are technically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own, and those who perform on a recording. can claim any royalties due from said performance.

Royalties are a major concern today.  As real sales have declined, streaming has increased globally, and here at home.  Terrestrial radio stations that broadcast over the Internet are considered as streaming content.  The performers on the recording earn royalties from that “performance.”  What’s not tracked can’t be paid on.

My hope is that the remaining few stations in the state not participating in offering a running order playlist understand the importance of this issue to the musicians whose music we seem to too often take for granted. Equally to the stations that are not fully implementing.  BRAVO to those who get it.

KSUT

JOB OPENING – PROGRAM & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – KSUT IGNACIO COLORADO: Four Corners Public Radio, a component of KSUT Public Radio, located in Ignacio, CO (Durango area), seeks a Program and Operations Director who will manage the overall quality and delivery of station programs. Four Corners Public Radio is an award winning Triple A and Americana music station and an affiliate of National Public Radio. Program and Operations duties include programming oversight, traffic log management, automation management and regular air shifts. Candidates should have a strong broadcasting background, experience with radio automation, advanced computer and social media skills and a passion for public radio. A full job description can be found online at ksut.org. KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer. Please send a cover letter and resume to rob@ksut.org by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

Thanks to Richie Furay for being my October featured guest on OffStage …Beyond the Music.  You can stream each of the Oct episodes at the Colorado Sound Soundcloud page  … Reed Foehl is my featured guest for November.  You can download weekly episodes at either KUNC or Radio94.9 … or stream them here.

VIDEO PICKS FOR OCTOBER

Featuring Gregory Alan Isakov, Chimney Choir, Esther Sparks & Whiskey Remedy, SHEL, Glowing House, Longest Day of the Year, Blue Canyon Boys, Tennis, Kissing Party, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts

TOP 40 Spins October 2014

231 titles tracked
101 (44%) titles reported 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(5) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(4) 2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(8) 4. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(2) 5. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(15) 6. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(1) 7. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(10) 8. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(12) 9. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(11) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(6) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(7) 12. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(27) 13. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(9) 14. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 15. Analog SonS/T (self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 19, 2014]
(28) 16. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 17. Richie FurayHand in Hand (self) Americana/country-rock [July 12, 2014]
(D) 18. Born to WanderS/T (self) Jazz/vocal [Oct 1, 2014]
(29) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(D) 20. QuemandoParadise (self) World/Latin [Oct 4, 2014]
(R) 21. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(13) 22. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(24) 24. 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(R) 25. Jeff FinlinMy Moby Dick (self) Rock/AAA [May 26, 2014]
(R) 26. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(R) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(35) 28. 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]
(21) 29.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 30. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(31) 30.  Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(R) 31. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (self) Americana/western swing [Nov 30, 2013]
(R) 31. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(R) 32. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(D) 33. Andy PalmerStorm’s Not Coming (single) (self) Rock/AAA [Oct 4, 2018](34) 33. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]
(R) 34. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 35. Maxwell HughesOnly in Dreams (self) Jazz/Instrumental/guitar [August 1, 2013]
(22) 36. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(17) 36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / OCTOBER

14. Paper Bird – Rooms
18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
19. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low
20. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1)
22. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
23. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
25. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean
25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND – Migration to Higher Ground
25. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
26. Von Stomper – Von Stomper
27. Churchill – The War Within EP
28. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP
29. Montropo – Follow Me
30. The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
31. Felonious Smith – Before the Rooster Crows
33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

ADDED TO TRACKING / OCTOBER

…And the Black Feathers – Pink Black and Bruised
Ancient Elk – S/T EP
Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
Born to Wander – S/T
Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy – Love Songs
Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
Gasoline Lollipops – Death
Glowing House – Don’t Know How
Jeremy Flood – What A Long Way Down (single)
Lisa Prank – Crush On the World
Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
Matt Skellenger – New Radio
Pan Astral – Color Field
Quemando – Paradise
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
Stella Luce – Caldera
The Maykit – Moonboy
Traitors to the Queen – You Are Braver Than You Think

STATION BY STATION

[XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) 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) [35]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

chainstationKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Born to Wander – S/T
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
2. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

ark lifeOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [30+]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Colfax Speed Queen – Satisfaction Intended
5. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Analog Son – S/T
3. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

toad in the hole - apt 203THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS IN OCT.
1. Toad In the Hole – Wiser
1. Kramies – Wooden Heart
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Loaded Gun
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Andy Palmer – Good Son

NEWS NOTES and SPINS – OCTOBER 1, 2014

The Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, presenting BandSWAP Homecoming 2014, by The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, presenting Raven & the Writing Desk with Savage Cabbage and the Covz on Oct 10, and by Colorado Case Company makers of insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.  Pls visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.  Oct 2Homecoming (Denver): Winchester Holiday | Phin | Maxwell Hughes | Amanda Broadway.  

Oct 5 = Homecoming (Fort Collins): The Deadwood Saints | Pandas & People | Bonsoir, Catin | Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters.  The Denver show is free and all ages.  The Fort Collins show is free.  Don’t know if it’s all ages.  I have to assume so, as it’s at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteOk.  I get it.  Everyone needed a break.  Or, everyone got really busy in September … more shows, less time spent online or listening to the radio … more vacations, etc.  Truth is, all metrics were down a skosh this past month.  July and August were bombastic.  September?  Yeah, not so much really.  The blog did better than last year, but not as good as July and August… The Colorado Sound Live365 continues its downward trend that began four months ago.  Listed below are the TOP 5 songs heard this past month.

Total plays statewide were down a bit this past month also.  I’ve never seen so many stations with only 10-12 entries for the month.  We also typically tend to see 50-55, maybe 56% of all titles played. This month rocked down to 46% of 270 tracked releases.  I’ve also changed the reporting rules up a bit:  because of the necessity of stations to publish their playlists online, which nearly all stations do, I only monitor those stations that publish their playlists online.

Today’s recording artists, and those who own the recording, only get paid royalties by way of stations that stream online and pay a performance royalty via SoundExchange for the right to do so.  They do not receive royalties from the performance of their recording via terrestrial airplay.  Only the songwriter and the song publisher receive royalties from terrestrial radio broadcasts/performances.  Stations that air online are required to publish a playlist of their songs and to report those cuts to SoundExchange, on a regular basis.  INFO

Stations that do not comply with that regulation are in effect cheating those who own the recordings they air, and the musicians on those recordings.  In a day when physical content and digital sales continue to trend downward, streaming by any means is fast becoming the way by which recording artists will earn revenue from recordings in the not too distant future — it’s already begun.  Like the lost 8-tracks of lore, owning even an mp3 will seem quaint one day.

There are a number of stations doing membership/fund drives from the 1st thru the 15th or so.  Please make sure you reach out to the stations that air this program and support those you listen to.  And make sure you msg them and request your favorite Colorado releases.  The only way we’ll get more played is if you insist on it.  Support local community radio – and thank them for supporting Colorado artists.

Tons of new releases seemed to flood stations in late August.  I cannot recall the last time we saw so many (D) debuts in the top 40.  Included in the TOP 40 this month, a new release from Kyle Hollingsworth that’s worth a listen to, along with Tennis who cracked the TOP 3 out of the box … check out all the new debuts with whatever Soundcloud or Bandcamp embeds I could find.

VIDEO PICKS FOR SEPT

SHEL makes our video picks of the month for a new single that is a whole lot poppier than just about anything they’ve done in the past.  This time, instead of a video created BY the band to showcase a new song, this is a video shot at a street concert somewhere… cool song girls.  Other videos featured this month from Strange Americans, Ark Life, Tennis, Reed Foehl, Taarka, Young Ancients, and My Body Sings Electric.

TOP 40 Spins September 2014

  • 270 titles tracked
  • 125 (46%) titles reported 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

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run(3) 1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(4) 2. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(D) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]  (2) 4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(D) 5. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(6) 6. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014] 7
(D) 7. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014] (D) 8. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (1) 9. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 10. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 11. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 12. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(13) 13. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(29) 14. Paper BirdRooms(self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(6) 15. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(26) 17. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(38) 18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman  (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(D) 19. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana [March 1, 2014]
(D) 20. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Pop/rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(20) 21. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 22. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(R) 22. Safe Boating is No AccidentBonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 26, 2014]
(D) 23. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]  (14) 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(19) 25. Aakash Mittal QuartetOcean(self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 13, 2013]
(R) 25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BANDMigration to Higher Ground (self) Jazz/Instrumental [June 13, 2014]
(D) 25. Steve Law BandOld Oak Tree (self) Rock [Sept 27, 2014]  (R) 26. Von StomperVon Stomper (self) Rock [April 26, 2014]
(R) 27. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [April 27, 2013]
(R) 27. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 28. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 28. DragondeerDon’t That Feel Good EP (self) Rock [March 14, 2014]
(D) 29. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]  (D) 29. MontropoFollow Me (self) Folk/folk-rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (D) 30. The Deadwood Saints6th and Trinity (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Sept 27, 2014]
(28) 31. Felonious SmithBefore the Rooster Crows (self) Blues [Aug 2, 2014]
(25) 32. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(39) 33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 10, 2014]
(D) 34. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]  (R) 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 / SEPTEMBER
8. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
10. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
11. John Oates – Pushing A Rock Uphill
12. The Patti Fiasco – Small TownLights
15. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
16. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
17. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
18. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
21. SuCH – Trial and Error
22. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
23. My Body Sings Electric – Pt I The Night Ends
24. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
27. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
28. AdrienneO – Lines EP
30. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
31. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
32. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
34. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
35. Drag The River – Drag the River
36. Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
37. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry

ADDED TO TRACKING / SEPTEMBER
A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
Hot Rize – When I’m Free
Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
Montropo – Follow Me
Gumbo le Funque – Funky Way
John Oates – Good Road to Follow
Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
Matt Mahern – Test of Time In the City
Teresa Storch – Come Clean
Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
The Seers – Deaf in June

STATION BY STATION

A few months ago I began listing only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. I’ve added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not list a playlist are techically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own and those who perform on a recording can claim any royalities due from said performance. [XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) 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 Radio94.9 Colorado.

BHTM Black BeehiveKAFM (Grand Junction) [23]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
4. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Paa Kow – Ask

Tennis_ritual in repeatKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Euforquestra – Fire
4. The Motet – The Motet

RailsplittersKGNU (Boulder) [18]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires

euforquestra, fireKOTO (Telluride) [10]
1. Euforquestra – Fire
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
2. The Motet – The Motet

a shoreline drive_sunriseKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
3. Euforquestra – Fire
3. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [70]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West
3. Deadwood Saints – 6th Street and Trinity
4. Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
5. Young Ancients – Y/A

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. 3 Twins – De Nada
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKVNF (Paonia/Grand Valley) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Wendy Woo Band – Live
3. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Eurforquestra – Fire

ark lifeOPENAIR 1340 (Denver) [31]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
3. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir – “3”
4. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP

RADIO 94.9 COLORADO (Loveland/Fort Collins/Greeley)
I don’t have a reliable way of counting spins from Radio 94.9 Colorado, the only commercial station in CO dedicated to airing one Colorado track per hour.  Their system doesn’t allow for the kind of tracking I require for charting.  However, here is what they added in September.

TRACKS ADDED SEPTEMBER
AdrienneO – Take It In
Ark Life – Let Your Heart Break
Calder’s Revolvers – I Gotta Know
Drew Schofield – Breakdown
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball
John Oates (w/Ryan Tedder) – Stone Cold Love
Katie Herzig – Drug
Mosey West – Hurricane Eyes
Reed Foehl – The Killing
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby
Strange Americans – Dirty Shakes
Tennis – Never Work for Free
The Wild After – Meant for You
Whiskey Blanket – Blatto Nox
You Me & Apollo – Ghosts

ark lifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
1. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
3. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365 [245]
This is the first time I’ve posted the monthly TOP 5 tracks, as heard on The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  The spins are totally arbitrary.  It’s all pretty mysterious to me actually.  All I can do is sit back and watch what you all listened to each month.  I just fill the playlist.

1. Ryan D White – Love Story
1. The Railbenders – Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
1. Covenhoven – A Love Sincere
1. The Congress – Loretta
2. Knocean – Against the Wall