COLORADO BEST OF 2013

Goat_Logo_color_on_white17,000.  That was my goal.  For the year.  For unique page views for all of 2013.  I would have been pleased with that kind of growth over last year’s views.  A reasonable 10% increase.  Doable.  32,700+?  With over 16,000 coming in December alone?  I’ve never seen 16,000 views in a year, let alone a month before.  All I can say is “wow; just wow.”

The Colorado Sound Live365 launched on April 1, and has been a bit a challenge to grow.  December has been the best month, no doubt due to the tremendous number of visits to the website.  In December the station averaged just at 22 streams a day at about a 30 minute average TSL (time spent listening).

Thanks to all who contributed towards the $1200 goal to keep things moving forward thru the end of the current license period on March 31.  That really means a lot, so thank you for that.  We’re still a little short of making the full goal.  Please share the link to the station with your friends.  I’d like to keep this growing into 2014.  Numbers matter.

Since I began this annual rite about five years ago now, I’ve included a “critics’ list” each year – a call out to friends in the business and some select fans and musicians who know what’s up in Colorado.  This year I did things just a little differently.  Instead of a “critics’ list” this year I launched several FAN FAVORITE POLLS.  The overall TOP 20 FAN FAVORITE ALBUM/EPS are below.  Follow the links for the category breakouts.

Best Video 2013
Best Female Vocal Performance (SONG) 2013
Americana / Alt-country / Bluegrass 
Blues / Rhythm & Blues 
Folk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
Indie / New Alternative 
Jazz / Instrumental 
Pop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover 
Rock / AAA / ALT / AOR
Urban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Reggae / Soul 

There are lots of ways to measure the success of a record – sales, airplay, fan favorite, critics’ favorites, etc.  But, generally speaking, it is sales, “radio” airplay, placements (tv shows, commercials, movie soundtracks) and YouTube views that are the visible markers of success.  Sprinkle on some major awards for extra credit.  So, aside from the FAN FAVORITE POLLS and  TOP 40 SPINS this is how things looked to me this year.  

OVERALL TOP 5 2013 

OneRepublic, Native#1 – OneRepublic – “Native.”  Unlike last year’s big breakout hit by the Lumineers, you will not find OneRepublic represented in the TOP 40 below.  The album was not popular with non-comm station djs.  This was a commercial hit.  And a big one at that.

The current single from the album, “Counting Stars,” is one of the band’s most successful, ever.  It is their first top five hit since “Apologize” in 2006, landing at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It has also been a big hit overseas, landing at the top of airplay charts in the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.  Look at the popularity bar based on sales at iTunes – it SMOKED “Apologize” and everything they’ve done since.  The video has had 107,592,715 views and counting.  

pretty lights_color map of the sun#2 – Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World #6 in radio spins in Colorado, #1 COLORADO FAN FAVORITE  Urban Contemporary/EDM/Hip Hop/Soulit peaked nationally at #24 The Billboard 200, #14 Digital Albums, #2 Electronic Albums, #4 Independent Albums + a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album … that’s enough to earn most records “Record of the Year.”  One of the most popular urban contemporary records of the year at radio around the state – with significant airplay stats at KBUT, KRCC, and Radio 94.9 Colorado.  YouTube views = 822,352.  

Elephant Revival_these changing skies#3 – Elephant Revival – “These Changing Skies.”  #3 in airplay statewide for the year, it broke the TOP 20 of the national Americana Music Association airplay charts.  NPR Music/Folk Alley selected it as part of “The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013,” and it was one of NPR Music‘s “10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013.”  It was consistently one of the most played records at our reporting stations statewide, making #1 at several stations statewide throughout the year.

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weatherman#4 – Gregory Alan Isakov  “The Weatherman.”  It managed to crack the top spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, as well as #5 on the Billboard folk charts.  In Colorado it was the undisputed leader in spins per month statewide, landing at #1 for the year, despite it not hitting radio until June. 

otis taylor_my world is gone#5Otis Taylor  “My World is Gone.”  Hitting #4 for the year at Colorado radio, it should come as no surprise that Otis is once again at the top of the page for one of his albums.  The man just cannot stop winning accolades and awards, nominated this year for Blues Foundation Music Awards 2013 Best Contemporary Blues Artist.

FAN FAVORITE ALBUM/EP

Fans definitely came out in support of their favorites.  Fans voted for 142 album/ep titles, and set all time page view records in the process.

1. Kramies – The Wooden Heart (rock) 2. Michael Kirkpatrick – Key to My Cage (folk)
3. Joshua Trinidad – Maritime (jazz)
4. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights (rock)
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant (rock)
6. Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are (folk)
7. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out (jazz)
8. Cary Morin – Streamline (blues)
9. Wire Faces – King Cataract (rock)
10. Post Paradise – Digging Secrets (rock)
11. Joe Johnson – New West Sound (country-folk)
12. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies (folk-rock)
13. The Changing Colors – Joan & the King (indie-folk)
14. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round (bluegrass)
15. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round (rock/indie)
16. Instant Empire – Keep UP! (rock/indie)
17. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize (blues)
18. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (folk)
19. Covenhoven – Covenhoven (rock/indie)
20. Aakash Mittal Quartet w/Ron Miles – Ocean (jazz)

TOP 40 COLORADO AIRPLAY 2013

Here are the TOP 40 most played Colorado records in the past year at our incredible network of stations that have been dedicated to airing Colorado music —
KAFM (Grand Junction)
KBUT (Crested Butte)
KDNK (Carbondale)
KDUR (Durango)
KGNU (Boulder)
KOTO (Telluride)
KRCC (Colorado Springs)
KRFC (Fort Collins)
KRZA (Alamosa)
KSUT (Ignacio)
KUNC (Greeley)
KUVO (Denver)
KVNF (Paonia)
OPEN AIR 1340 (Denver)
Radio 94.9 Colorado (Loveland/Fort Collins).

253 titles were tracked as played Jan 1 – Nov 31 2013.  Only those records that were released between Nov 1 2012 and Oct 31 2013 were considered for the final year end charts.

[ ___ ] = release date
** = serviced to radio/press by Rocky Mountain Music Network

1. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 24, 2013]
2. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [November 13, 2012]
3. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [August 1, 2013]
4. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [January 20, 2013]
5. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [January 1, 2013]
6. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 1, 2013]
7. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock [December 2, 2012] **
8. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May 7, 2013]
9. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [March 1, 2013]
10. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [February 20, 2013]
11. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana [July 1, 2013]
12. Thom ChaconThom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [March 6, 2013]
13. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Bluegrass [February 1, 2013]
14. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [January 10, 2013]
15. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove (self) Rocky-grass [March 29, 2013] **
16. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize (self) Blues [March 1, 2013] **
17. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade (self) Americana [December 10, 2013]
18. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [July 1, 2013]
19. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [August 9, 2013] **
20. a. Tom CollinsStick & Poke (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [June 20, 2013]
21. Jon Wirtz Tourist (self) Jazz/Instrumental [April 16, 2013]
22. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
23. The CongressThe Loft Tapes EP (self) Rock [March 16, 2013]
24. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/rock [September 1, 2013]
25. Andy HackbarthTreadmill Horses EP (January Records) Pop/rock [May 5, 2013] **
26. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock [April 23, 2013]
27. Land Lines Land Lines (self) Indie/New Alternative [November 24, 2012]
28. A Boy and His KiteA Boy and His Kite (self) Indie/New Alternative [November 20, 2012]
29. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [July 9, 2013] **
30. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk/rock [June 1, 2013]
31. You, Me and ApolloS/T EP (self) Indie/New Alternative [January 22, 2013]
32. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [March 1, 2013]
33. Wire FacesKing Cataract (Hot Congress Records) Rock [February 7, 2013]
34. Brad GoodeChicago Red (Origin Records) Jazz/Instrumental [February 13, 2013]
35. Trout Steak RevivalFlight (self) Bluegrass [November 22, 2012]
36. Finnders & Youngberg I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP (Swingfingers Records) Bluegrass [August 1, 2013]
37. Wendy Woo Band Live (Woo Music) Pop/rock [June 1, 2013] **
38. The Changing ColorsJoan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [May 20, 2013]
39. Manuel Lopez TrioSearching Out (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz/Instrumental [November 10, 2012]
40. The GrometBarren (self) Rock [November 14, 2012]

STATION BY STATION 

Airplay tablulated from Jan 1 2013 – Nov 31 2013 for titles released Nov 1 2012 – Oct 31 2013

Bobby Walker - Feelin GoodKAFM (GRAND JUNCTION)
1. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
2. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
5. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

WWRKBUT (CRESTED BUTTE)
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Trout Streak Revival – Flight
5. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize

devotchka_live with CO symKDNK (CARBONDALE)
1. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
4. Paper Bird – Rooms
5. Halden Wofford & the Hi* Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

Farmington HillKDUR (DURANGO)
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant
5. Wire Faces – King Cataract

paper bird_roomsKGNU (BOULDER)
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
4. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
5. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (COLORADO SPRINGS)
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
2. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
3. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
4. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroKRFC (FORT COLLINS)
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Cassie Taylor – Out Of My Mind
4. Michael Kirkpatrick – Key To My Cage
5. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

bad brad and the fat cats _ eyes on the prizeKRZA (ALAMOSA)
1. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
2. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
3. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
3. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
4. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanKUNC (GREELEY)
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. DeVotchKa – Live w/ the Colorado Symphony
4. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
5. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

brad goode chicago redKUVO (DENVER)
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Lynn Baker – LectroCoustic

otis taylor_my world is goneKVNF (PAONIA)
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanOPEN AIR 1340 (DENVER)
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Paper Bird – Rooms
4. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroTHE COLORAO SOUND
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
4. Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
5. Churchill – The War Within

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
5. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
4. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
5. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica Brown – Tangled Road

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
5. Kristi Stice – Under the Willow

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

jon wirtz touristJazz / Instrumental
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
4. gogoLab – Border Patrol
5. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes

rob drabkin_little stepsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
2. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
3. Wendy Woo Band – Live
4. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project
5. OneRepublic – Native

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
5. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. The ReMinders – Born Champions
3. P-Nuckle – The System
4. Selina Albright – Brighter
5. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Blank Space EP

NEWS NOTES and SPINS – DECEMBER 1 2013

chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013(December 1, 2013) Happy holidaze.  November was a crazy month. Lots of news, and a big job opp for the right dj in Denver (see below for that).

I attended the Denver Music Summit and spent a couple of days listening to what several regional and national level independent music industry professionals had to say about the state-of-the-industry around the country – and within that there was a strong undercurrent that there’s something very special taking place in Colorado, and that 2014 will be a special year – Colorado beer, booze, budz, and bands anyone?

Here’s a common question I get: “is ________ a good month to send radio and print a new cd?” – the answer is, remarkably, YES.  Every month is a good month to send out new music, because by the time you send it, they receive it, listen to it, and get around to either writing about it or airing it, it can be days, if not a few weeks.  That said – going out in December – Spokes Buzz Vol. IV –  featuring some of Northern Colorado’s top acts – including the likes of Grant Farm, Maxwell Hughes, and The Yawpers among the dozen on the disc.

NOVEMBER HEADLINES

swayback_double four timeThe Swayback‘s “Double Four Time,” will be re-released worldwide on Self Made Records, a Nottingham, England-based label with distribution through RED, sometime next year.  The band will be heading to the U.K. for a tour in support of the release.

Coloradoans ONEREPUBLIC announced they’ll be part of the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert, March 27, 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

img-cmhof-logoThe Colorado Music Hall of Fame is moving out of their temporary home at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield and moving into the Trading Post at Red Rocks.

Judy Collins, Bob Lind, Serendipity Singers, and Chris Daniels were all inducted as members of the Class of 2013 into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

Caught a post from Sean Kelly (the Samples) …he’s got Richie Furay sitting in on some vocals on a cut for the new Samples record due out mid-winter.  sean and richieChris Daniels is doing the same thing by having Freddi Gowdy of the Freddi Henchi Band on the Kings next record .. celebrating Chris Daniels and the King’s 30th Anniversary.

STATION NEWS & NOTES

KUNC LOGOCongrats to KUNC (Greeley) president & CEO Neil Best on the birth of his first grandchild, a baby girl — Magnolia, born November 15th. Congrats also in order for music director Benji McPhail who successfully got KUNC 24/7 launched this past month.  Now when you’re out and about at work, wherever, you can dial up more of the incredible music music mix that KUNC FM has been dropping on us between 9A-2P and from 9P-12A.  Always great to have more – so I split the KUNC TOP 5 up into both the FM and the 24/7 channels.  Check it out at http://kunc.org/player#stream/kuncmusic

cprLogoOPENAIR1340/Colorado Public Radio:  Corey Jones will be leaving the OpenAir staff to join the News Department’s new Arts Bureau.  Colorado Public Radio is seeking an OpenAir Music Announcer/Production Director to fill Corey’s position. The ideal candidate will be responsible for a regular air-shift on CPR’s contemporary music service, contributing a comprehensive approach to music new and old. The announcer/production director is also responsible for a number of production responsibilities including but not limited to assigning production to air staff, cataloging produced pieces, refreshing as appropriate, packaging interviews, in studio performances, and overseeing all pre-recorded materials used on OpenAir.  The position works directly with the CPR Development Department to manage the OpenAir fundraising strategy and tactics for pledge drives. – See more at: http://www.cpr.org/employment-opportunity/announcerproduction-director#.dpuf

VIDEO PICKS NOVEMBER 2013

This month’s video picks includes Elephant Revival, SHEL, Fox St. Allstars, Kerry Pastine & the Crimes Scene, Anchorage, Reed Foehl, Air Dubai, Spiv, SuCh, and A. Tom Collins.  10 videos … less than an hour of your time.

TOP 40 SPINS NOVEMBER

300 titles tracked in November
188 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weatherman(2) 1. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk/contemporary [June 22, 2013]
(1) 2. Elephant RevivalThese Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk/contemporary [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 3. DeVotchKa Live with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2012]
(12) 4. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Rock/AAA [Dec 1, 2012]
(6) 5. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/Alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(D) 6. TennisSmall Sound EP (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2013]
(18) 7. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/Adult [Aug 1, 2013]
(D) 8. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(4) 9. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan 19, 2013]
(31) 10. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(D) 11. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Americana/country [Nov 1, 2013]
(3) 12. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [July23, 2013]
(8) 13. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(D) 14. Dr. Izzy BandBlind and Blues Bound (self) Blues/blues-rock [Nov.16, 2013]
(14) 15. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP (Swingfingers Records) Americana/bluegrass [Aug 1, 2013]
(13) 16. Yonder Mountain String BandEP13 (Frog Pad) Americana/jamgrass [Sept 1, 2013]
(14) 17. Head for the Hills Blue Ruin (self) Americana/jamgrass [June 15, 2013]
(23)18. Grant SabinAnthromusicology [Blank Tape] Rock [Jan.10, 2013]
(5) 19. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan. 20, 2013]
(9) 20. Sera Cahoone (CC)Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk/contemporary [Nov. 1, 2012]
(R) 21. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 22, 2013]
(17) 22. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [ May 1, 2013]
(R) 23. Blue Canyon Boys Next Go Round (self) Bluegrass [Jan 16, 2013]
(R) 24. Land LinesLand Lines (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 24, 2012]
(22) 24. NavySpirit Groove (self) Rock [Aug 1, 2013]
(20) 25. Changing ColorsJoan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [April 27, 2013]
(21) 26. Chimney ChoirCompass (self) Folk [May 5, 2013]
(29) 27. Star JaguarThe Jailer: Pt 2 (ATC) Urban Contemporary [Oct 1, 2013]
(R) 27. TaarkaAdventures in Vagabondia (self) Folk [Dec 13, 2012]
(19) 28. Nathaniel RatefliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk/contemporary [Sept 1, 2013]
(25) 29. Cassie TaylorOut of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May 18, 2013]
(R) 30. Cary MorinStreamline (self) Blues [May 25, 2013]
(11) 30. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [Jan 5, 2013]
(24) 31. Blue RiderBlue Rider (self) Indie/New Alternative [Sept 1, 2013]
(R) 32. Poco (CC)All Fired Up (Drifter’s Church Productions) Rock [Aug 1, 2013]
(D) 32. Shady EldersNo Favors EP (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 27, 2013]
(D) 33. Casey James Prestwood & the Burning AngelsHonky Tonk Bastard World (self) Americana/country [Oct 1, 2013]
(20) 34. Bad Weather CaliforniaBack Seats EP (Firetalk) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 1, 2013]
(D) 35. Lawn Chair KingsZombies Wake! (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Nov 18, 2013]
(D) 36. Whiskey BlanketFrom the Dead of Dark (self) Urban Contemporary/hip hop [Nov 1, 2013]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 NOVEMBER 2013
10. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
15. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
16. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck
22. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
25. Hezekiah Goode – Two Billion Acres of Salt
26. The ReMinders – Born Champions
27. Post Paradise – Digging Secrets
27. Lil’ Thunder – Razor Blades & Sunshine
28. Gabrielle Louise – The Bird in My Chest
30. Jeremy Dion – Golden Some Days
30. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
32. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
33. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
34. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize

ADDED NOVEMBER 2013
Blake Brown & American Dust Choir – We Believers
Bop Skizzum – Say Something [single]
Dr. Izzy Band – Blind and Blues Bound
H*Wood – One Love [single]
Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
In The Whale – In the Whale
Jesse Furay Lynch – I Wish It Would Rain [single]
John Runnels – Echoes
Jon Snodgrass & the Dead Peasants – The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute [comp]
Katie Herzig – Secret Road As Heard On TV, Volume 1 [comp]
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene – Motor Vixen From Hell [single]
Kristina Murray – Unravelin’
Lawn Chair Kings – Zombies Wake!
Leftover Salmon – The Get Up and Go [single]
Matt Nasi Band – Anticipation
Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
Megan Burtt – In Good Company: Vol I: The Colorado Sessions
Mosey West – Bermuda EP
Shady Elders – No Favors EP
Signal Path – Habitats
Soul School – Chapter One
Square Peg – Searching
Strange Americans – Dirty Shakes [single]
Tennis – Small Sound EP
The Seers – Seers
Thee Dang Dangs – For The People
West Water Outlaws – West Water Outlaws
Whiskey Blanket – From the Dead of Dark

STATION BY STATION

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKAFM (Grand Junction) [20]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Bobby Walker – Feelin’ Good
3. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
5. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica Brown – Tangled Road Again

finders and youngberg_I don't wantKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKDNK (Carbondale) [23]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

Lawn Chair King ZombiesKDUR (Durango) [N/A]
1. Lawn Chair Kings – Zombies Wake!
2. Thee Dang Dangs – For The People
3. Tennis – Small Sound EP
4. Bad Weather California – Back Seats EP
5. Shady Elders – No Favors EP

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkKGNU (Boulder) [27]
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (Colorado Springs) [15]
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
5. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

Matt Skinner Band - Native Stranger

KRFC (Fort Collins) [120+]
1. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Cary Morin – Streamline
4. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
5. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKSUT (Ignacio) [12]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
1. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
1. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
1. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanKUNC-FM (Greeley) [10]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
3. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
4. 3 Twins – De Nada
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanKUNC-24/7 (Greeley) [13]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. 3 Twins – De Nada
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

jon wirtz touristKUVO (Denver) [10]
1. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
1. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
1. The Colorado Conservatory For The Jazz Arts – Hang Time
2. Lynn Baker Quartet – LectroCoustic
2. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out

Honey Don't - Heart Like A WheelKVNF (Paonia) [10]
1. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Dr. Izzy Band – Blind and Blues Bound
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry

Navy - Spirit GrooveOpenAir1340 (Denver) [30]
1. Navy – Spirit Groove
2. Blue Rider – Blue Rider
2. Tennis – Small Sound
3. Elehant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

gregory alan isakov_WeathermanRadio94.9 (Loveland) [10]
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
1. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
1. Star Jaguar – The Jailer: Pt 2
1. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesTHE COLORADO SOUND [60]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Megan Burtt and Friends – In Good Company: The Colorado Sessions Vol 1
2. The Fray – Love Don’t Die (single)
2. Whiskey Blanket – From the Dead of Dark

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry EP
5. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13

Dr. Izzy Band - Blind and Blues BoundBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Dr. Izzy Band – Blind and Blues Bound
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
4. Cary Morin – Streamline
5. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
5. Chimney Choir – Compass

devotchka_live with CO symIndie / New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Tennis – Small Sound
3. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
4. Paper Bird – Rooms
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

manuellopeztrioJazz / Instrumental
1. Manuel Lopez Trio – Searching Out
2. gogoLab – Border Patrol
2. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
2. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
3. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space

rob drabkin_little stepsPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
2. The Fray – Love Don’t Die [single]
3. P-Nuckle – The System
4. OneRepublic – Native
5. Sam Lee – Raise Your Flag

jeff brinkman_strangeRock / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
2. The Patti Fiasco – Small Town Lights
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. Navy – Spirit Groove
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
2. Star Jaguar – The Jailer: Pt 2
3. Whiskey Blanket – From the Dead of Dark
4. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
4. Flobots – The Circle In the Square

 

Have a great month 🙂

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The Colorado Sound S7 EP42 Nov 2013

Chris emcee 2013Friday night was a special event.  As you might know, unless I’m working a show, Miss Pattie and I rarely actually go out.  I traded out a sound gig this weekend to attend the benefit for Love Hope Strength.  Love Hope Strength is a local Colorado / Denver based non-profit, that seeks to provide diagnostics and treatment for cancer worldwide by promoting their work and engaging participants at concerts globally.

From their mission statement:  At Love Hope Strength we turn concerts into lifesaving events. Through our GET ON THE LIST campaign we register marrow donors resulting in matches from concerts around the world. Through unique events, like Everest Rocks and Kilimanjaro Rocks, we build cancer centers, giving people access to early detection and quality cancer care.  More info at http://www.lovehopestrength.org

The concert to benefit Love Hope Strength was stimulating, engaging, funny, warm, and musically splendid.  Where, as they mentioned, they might get 50 people signed up at a Red Rocks show, 5o of those among the 300+ who were on hand Friday night got ON THE LIST.

On stage guests included project founder/executive producer Megan Burtt with friends Chris Daniels, John Magnie, Reed Foehl and Tyler Depres (Science Partner) with members of the Congress, SHEL, Bop Skizzum, Chimney Choir, Rachel & the Kings, the Epilogues, and Covenhoven.  Audience “guests” were too numerous to mention – and the room did look to be sold out with standing room only by show time.

A note about this and other shows (the few) I’ve been too at the Soiled Dove Underground — show began promptly at 8, there was an intermission at about 8:50, and the second act ended at 1030, allowing plenty of time to mingle with the band and pony up to the merch table.  My wife and I were out of there before 1130, a real treat for a local show.

In Good Company cd coverRadio stations and print media around the state will have the LOVE HOPE STRENGTH benefit compilation IN GOOD COMPANY within the next week.  Also coming to radio via Rocky Mountain Music Network = Estes Park artist Brad Fitch record Columbine Blue.  Brad looks uncannily like John Denver (he does a John Denver tribute show) – so much so that even a limo driver used to ferrying luminaries got a bit whigged out when he met Brad, and who reportedly remarked, “John Denver is dead, right?”

kvnf_news_blue_square_0Some radio news to report this week.  KVNF Mountain Grown Community Radio seeks a weekday morning host for NPR’s Morning Edition and Regional News from KVNF.  This person will serve as the primary voice for KVNF’s regional news coverage. As such, the ideal candidate has a strong voice and professional news delivery that fits into both NPR and KVNF’s programming and journalistic philosophies.  This position will be part-time, contract labor, 12-20 hours per week. Hours will be 6-8:30 AM weekdays.  More details at http://kvnf.org/post/kvnf-hiring-morning-news-host

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK:

I discover “new” bands every single day of the week, either because they send me cds, or links, or I discover them accidentally.  I don’t know how I discovered Anchorage … but at least the name resonated with me since I lived there as a kid for 7 years.  New music this week:  

PLAYLIST S7 EP42 NOV 2013

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Resignation Superman” from Beautiful World (1997)
the Subdudes “Papa Dukie & the Mud People” from Behind the Levee (2006)
(D) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “Rise n’ Fight” from The American Dust Choir (2014)
(D) West Water Outlaws “Caught in the Headlights” [single] (2014)Rose Hill Drive “Pictures of You” from Americana (2011)
(D) Dr. Izzy Band “Dirt Bed” from Blind and Blues Bound (2014)
Boa & the Constrictors “Married to the Blues” from Boa’s Blues (2013)
(D) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Motor Vixen From Hell” from Motor Vixen From Hell (2014)Drew Emmitt “Take the Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
(D) Samuel Mouton “Smoke and Chill” from Paradise (2013)
Nathen Maxwell & the Original Bunny Gang “Stick To My Guns” from White Rabbit (2010)
Carmen Sandim Sextet “Sampa” from Brand New (2011)
India.Arie “Slow Down” from Voyage to India (2002)
Sherri Jackson “Simple Pleasures” from Catalyst (2000)
(D) Jon Snodgrass & Dead Peasants “On the Outside” from Songs of Tony Sly: a Tribute (2013)
Beautiful Loser Society “Hank’s Lament” from The Desperate Promenade (2013)
Great American Taxi “One of These Days” from Reckless Habits (2010)
(D) Katie Herzig “Little Bit of Love” from Secret Road – As Heard on TV (2014)Jeff Brinkman “Strange” from Strange (2012)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
(N) Tennis “100 Lovers” from Small Sound (2013)
(D) Calders Revolvers “See To Believe” from See To Believe (2014)(N) Whiskey Blanket “Batto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Bop Skizzum “Known It All Along” from Coloradical (2012)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)

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