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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP16

Right up front I want to thank Oskar Blues Brewery for becoming a major sponsor of this show.  Oskar Blues has been part of my family for a decade and I’m ecstatic that they believe enough in the show to support it.

OB is celebrating 20 years in Lyons this coming weekend with a killer lineup that includes Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Gasoline Lollipops, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams and many others.  Of special note – Sunday will be a legends of Colorado blues artist showcase I intend to be present for.

It’s been a very very long time since I stayed up until 4AM.  I managed to land a room to mix for the FoCOMX weekend, and we landed a prime 9:15PM Friday night slot for the band at the Mainline Ale House – one of the nicer restaurants and music venues in Old Town Fort Collins.  What was planned to be outside on the rooftop, fortunately was moved indoors into a room that was more than adequate for live music.

Stationed for sound duties at East Coast on Linden St, for both nights, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of singer-songwriters and folk singers, and DJs creating often unique mixes of various styles of appropriate music made for dancing.

I spent 16 years mixing music in dance clubs in the 70s and 80s.  Several of those years were here in Northern Colorado, in Fort Collins and Greeley.  I was thrust back to those years as I watched the lineup of local mix masters employ their craft.

I marveled at how other than technology, nothing much has changed in the art of mixing music for a dance crowd – and how the “hit” still matters most when you want to get people on the floor.  One dj did not employ that knowledge, and paid the price of a near empty room that lacked energy.

Michelle Petrie Trio – FoCOMX 9 – East Coast

Festivals like FoCOMX are motivated by allowing space for a diversity of people who make music – from neophyte stage performers to unequivocally well rehearsed, polished, and professional legends of music along the Front Range.

Two acoustic acts I thought showed a lot of promise were the Michelle Petrie Trio and PoorBoy, who will undoubtedly be changing their name.   PoorBoy is recording their second EP with Justin Roth in Fort Collins.

String Theory on Friday was one of the most creative acts of the weekend – featuring electric bass with harp (not harmonica – a real harp; a small laptop version).


Jinx Jones – In Colorado Music History

mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Pickin’ on the Poudre with Head For The Hills and Paper BirdBuy Tickets Saturday, May 13 Show at 8 PM (Doors at 6 PM)


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

David Starr lives in Cedaridge CO, where he owns a guitar store and hangs out with the likes of John Oates, who produced David’s new album.  One of Colorado’s best country-folk / Americana songwriters.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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

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

PLAYLIST S11 EP16

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

HOUR 1

Poco “Heart of the Night” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(D) Kyle Emerson “Wise Blood” from Worth It EP (2017) 


Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
(D) Avifauna “Olive Ridley” from The Gyre (2017) 


The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Young Ancients “Cheap Guitar” from Fishstory (2015)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “The Other Side” from The Other Side (2014)
(D) Tyller Gummersall “Rocky Mountain Man” from Long Ride Home (2016)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
(D) SVC DVK “Jazz” from Aubrey (2017)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) The Coteries “Reason in the Road” from Reason In The Road (2017) 


Todd Adelman “Cold Mississippi Blues” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) The String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from Believe (2017)
(N) OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Nobody Knows” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Jeff Finlin “Sugar Blue” from Alive and Retrospective Volume 1 (2006)
(D) Bison Bone “Anymore” from History of Falling (2017)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Lionel Young Band “Knock These Blues Around” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Jim Stranahan “Blues and a Half” from Migration to a Higher Ground (2014)

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Colorado Playlist S10 EP40 OCT 2016

We’ve got a full slate of new music in this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).  It was one hellova week for new music adds with debuts and new song adds from My Blue Sky, Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck, Brent Cowles, OneRepublic, piKziL, The Drunken Hearts, Gabrielle Louise and Katherine Homes.

my-blue-skyMy Blue Sky is best known as one of the top tribute bands in the region, winner of two Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition events, in 2014 and 2015, before deciding themselves to not participate in 2016… instead taking the time to record an album of originals and covers that demonstrate their skill at interpreting some of the most well known southern blues rock from bands like the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie).   Their self titled debut shows they’re capable of writing jams worthy of the bands they pay tribute to. ***personal bias = I spent the 90s playing in a band that covered a LOT of ABB and Gov’t Mule***

drunken-hearts-epThe Drunken Hearts is another band shaped in the southern rock jam band tradition with a decidedly more country rock flair on “Want You Back” from their debut EP called Love & Thirst.  Other songs on the ep carry the same vibe – and there are even a couple of nods to the twin guitars you might have heard from the ABB or the Outlaws or Marshall Tucker Band …nicely produced and mixed, their harmonies and tight playing are a direct complement to the influences they most emulate.    ***same personal bias as above***


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY – BLUES TRAVELER 


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK …


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

I conceived of this idea as a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation.  I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.

In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite), Reverbnation or YouTube.

It’s not a competition.  It’s just a gauge of how well you like the songs I added this week.

PLAYLIST S10 EP39 

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

HOUR 1 

Dianne Reeves “never Too Far” from Never Too Far (1989)
(D) My Blue Sky “Kick Off Them Shoes” from My Blue Sky (2017)


Brothers Keeper “Cold Rain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(N) Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Fairytale” from Beautiful and True (2016)


Young Ancients “Yellowbird” from Fishstory (2015)
(D) Brent Cowles “Cold Times” [single] (2016)


Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
(N) OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)


Rob Drabkin “For You I Would Die” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Nina Storey “Strangely Optimistic” from Think Twice (2013)
Annie Booth “Blues for Narcissism” from WANDERLUST (2014)

HOUR 2

Dave Beegle “Monsters (w/Beth Quist)” from Clear the Tracks (2000)
(N) piKziL “Here’s the News” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)


Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) “The Exit Parade” from Soft Civil War (2006)
Post Paradise “Ordinary” from Bring It To Life (Side A) (2015)
(D) The Drunken Hearts “Want You Back” from Love & Thirst (2016) 


Strange Americans “Aggro” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
(N) Gabrielle Louise “If The Static Clears” from If The Static Clears (2016)


(D) Katherine Homes “Wild and Free” from Speak (2016)


The Northern Empty “That Old Door Frame” from Suzie (2016)
Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Low” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Heavy Eddie” from The Arrival (2015)


oskar-blues-no backgroundA HUGE THANK YOU to Oskar Blues Fooderies!  They are the new sponsor of “IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY,” the segment that runs at the top of each hour of the show.  Oskar Blues Fooderies includes the Original Brew and Pubin Lyons, and Homemade Liquids and Solids,CHUBurger,andCyclehops Bike Cantina in Longmont, Hotbox Roasters coffee, and coming soon to Denver (under construction in RiNo and LoDo).

mishawakaThe Mishawaka Amphitheatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  Check out there website for specials, shows and more.

NEW YEARS’ EVE SHOW ANNOUNCED = Shakedown Street


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Friday Nov 4 = Goatz! + Darling Ravens at Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins

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Colorado Playlist S10 EP33 SPT 2016

I hiked my first 14er yesterday, under a nearly cloudless mid-day Colorado blue sky.  I saw little children and “older” 60-somethings hiking it as well.  I was dressed appropriately for radical changes in terrain and weather.  Many were not, surprisingly.  Now seriously, Mt. Bierstadt isn’t what you’d call a hard climb.  My hiking guide is also one of my longest and best friends, and my lead guitar player in Goatz!, Chris Jackowski.  He’s hiked and/or climbed many 14ers, and assured me this was the next more challenging after Mt. Sherman, which is thought to be the easiest.  But for my first such effort, this was strenuous enough.

14265098_10157380855055133_3403270992383454157_n14344236_10157380854645133_6181598360737125056_nI learned that like skiing, which I tried a couple of times as a younger man, I’m not much of one for such activities.  I’m more the casual hike, bike ride, fishing kinda guy … that and music events in the summer are the limits of my desire. And now that the summer is almost over, it’s time for some early fall fishing and a couple of nice long drives to see the fall colors – which were breaking out nicely at higher elevations yesterday.

There was not a lot of new music to share this week.  But I did feature some covers — notably, Congo Square (Sonny Landreth) from Chris Daniels & The Kings, Comes A Time (Neil Young) from Coral Creek featuring Bill McKay,  Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp) from Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon), Tell Her No (Zombies) from Tennis, Messin’ with the Kid (Junior Wells) from Bill Frisell, and Happy Together (the Turtles) from the Jeff Jenkins Organization.

So, why am I highlighting covers?  Well, to be honest, it was because I’m getting increasingly frustrated.  It’s generally accepted that original acts do covers. However, by and large, cover bands get a bad rap; unnecessarily so, IMHO.

It’s quite okay to be a “tribute” band, but to be a cover band is an anathema to many.  Songwriting (and/or arranging), like playing an instrument or singing, is a skill that not every singer or instrumentalist develops.  Equally, like there’s a marketplace for original acts, there is also a marketplace for cover acts.   I hope we don’t ever forget that regardless of whether someone is a songwriter or not, music matters.

There is room in our venues for all types of music expression.  It ALL does not have to be done by those who write the music.

That said, I’ll have new music next week from OneRepublic, the Fray, Post Paradise, Tennis and others .. make sure to tune in.


THE TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT

A couple of weeks ago we launched a new segment called the Trusted Ear Scene Report … if you missed it in the show, you can catch it here every week … hosted by Dave Herrera at thetrustedear.com


BEST of 2016?? 

13502717_10154394040734736_448521162540216577_oI got the entire new self titled album from Paper Bird last week.  Immediately I posted that it was in consideration for Best Album of 2016.  I’ll leave it for you to decide.   No longer a straight-up folk-rock band, Paper Bird dives straight into the sound enunciated best by the likes of Fleetwood Mac on the classic rock side of the dial, with enough modern overtures to satisfy the most ardent lover of modern adult rock, all while paying incredible homage to the past.

I also listed several other considerations, including:

Edison – Familiar Spirit
Eros and the Eschaton – Weight of Matter
Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda – All the Little Things
The Bright Silence – Time Is New
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
The Motet – Totem
SHEL – Just Crazy Enough
Elephant Revival – Petals
Darryl Purpose – Still the Birds
Sound of Ceres – Nostalgia for Infinity

I’ll leave it to you .. but here is the YouTube Pick of the Week – the entire new album from Paper Bird.


PLAYLIST S10 EP33

HOUR 1

Chris Daniels & the Kings “Congo Square” from Live Wired! (1995)
Coral Creek “Comes a Time” from Coral Creek (2015)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
Tennis “Tell Her No” [single] (2011)
(D) Augustus “Mercury” from The Mercury EP (2016)
Dubskin “Release Me” from Release from Fear (2011)
Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Heaven Knows (Revisited)” from Beautiful and True (2016)
Science Partner “Child Stars” from Rocky Mountain News (2012)
Subdudes “Town Square” from Flower Petals (2009)
Todd Adelman & the Love Handles “Sorry” from Todd Adelman & the Love Handles (2009)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Mother’s Daughter” from Always Say Please and Thank You (2000)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Happy Together” from The Arrival (2015)

HOUR 2

The Reejers “Coffee Grounds” from Erased (1995)
Bonnie and The Clydes “It’s Gonna Fall” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Cary Morin “Together” from Together (2016)
Bill Frisell “Messin’ with the Kid” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
(N) The Bright Silence “Wake” from Time is New (2016) 
SIR “Go” [single] (2016)
Medic “Room to Run” from Olympia (2016)
Five Iron Frenzy “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart “Reckless Abandonment” from Reckless Abandonment (2015)
Grim & Darling “Congratulations World” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
Montropo “Follow Me” from Follow Me (2015)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from WANDERLUST (2014)


oskar-blues-no backgroundA HUGE THANK YOU to Oskar Blues Fooderies!  They are the new sponsor of “IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY,” the segment that runs at the top of each hour of the show.  Oskar Blues Fooderies includes the Original Brew and Pub in Lyons, and Homemade Liquids and Solids,CHUBurger, and Cyclehops Bike Cantina in Longmont,Hotbox Roasterscoffee, and coming soon to Denver (under construction in RiNo and LoDo).

mishawakaThe Mishawaka Amphitheatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  Sept 9 & 10 with Keller Williams and his Compadres ft. Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident), Jay Starling (Love Canon), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival), and Jeff Austin (Jeff Austin Band) with special guests Trout Steak Revival  TICKETS https://mishawaka.ticketforce.com/


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Friday Sept 16 = CO-bill with Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene at Avogadro’s Number (Fort Collins).  FULL BAND = last show of the year with Chris Kennison on pedal steel.  $10 / $15 dos

Friday Sept 30 = 3-Goatz! (Chris K, Chris J and Richard).  Tasty Weasel Brew Pub Longmont.  6PM-8PM

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Colorado Playlist S10 EP08

New Music Monday =

The Jekylls, Rebecca Folsom, Option4 w/ Rose Quartz and Wilson Harwood (Rocktin Grove) … I’ve got new music coming next week from emerging band on the scene Mama Magnolia .. also new next week = The Patient Zeroes, Blue Rider and more

So, I did try to post up last Monday.  I was in New Jersey for a couple of days, unfortunately without access to my computer.  I learned that radio sucks in South Jersey …nothing even approximating what we have here in Colorado.  I did buy the XM option in my rental car.  LOL  Colorado ROX when it comes to radio formats.  Well, Colorado pretty much rox all the time …

My band GOATZ! is back for another season.  April 23 @ FOCOMX .. 5:15 @ Equinox in Fort Collins … a nice tight 45 minute set .. in a festival of some 250 acts from the region … one of my favorite festivals of the year.

ALSO COMING!  THE 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY of the Colorado Playlist (The Colorado Sound) … June 5th … Mishawaka Amphitheatre… lineup TBA .. but yes, GOATZ! will be appearing.  Details TBA.

GOATZ! will also be appearing at the 9th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival on Aug 6.


 

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The Colorado Playlist is supported by Colorado Hemp CO — Presenting the 3rd Annual NoCO HEMP EXPO April 1 & 2 at the Ranch Events Complex in First National Bank Building 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO.

  • 100+ Vendors and Exhibitors, 50+ Speakers, Panelists and Industry Experts
  • Hemp Investor Summit
  • Elected State and National Representatives
  • Thousands of Hemp Advocates and Enthusiasts
  • B2B Day for Hemp Industry
  • Expo Day for the Entire Family
  • Media Spotlight on the Hemp Industry
  • Hemp Fashion Feature
  • Live Entertainment
  • Business networking Event
  • Specialty Workshops including: Building with Hemp, Cooking with Hemp, Brewing Beer with Hemp, Painting with Hemp, Artisan Crafting with Hemp

 

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The Historic Mishawaks Amphitheatre — Celebrating 100yrs in the Poudre Canyon.

Presenting:

  • 100th Anniversary Art Release AT THE DOWNTOWN ARTERY Friday, March 25, 2016 6:00 pm
    Downtown Artery Fort Collins, CO
  • Mish 100 Sleep-Out Friday, March 25th @ The Mish …
  • The Velvet Rope Dance Party March 25th

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK:

I’ve been a fan of the Jekylls since they emerged on the scene a few years ago.  They continue their retro-pop groove with the release of their new album The One I Want, The One I Need featuring the single Sick In Vegas

 


 

PLAYLIST S10 EP08 

HOUR 1

Chuck Pyle “Step by Step” from Step By Step (1990)
(D) Rebecca Folsom “Slice of Heaven” from Extraordinary Days (2016)


Leftover Salmon “Sing Up to the Moon” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Andy Monley “Kites” from Triplight (2006)
Glowing House “Loud and Clear” from Loud and Clear EP (2015)
Jay Munly “Amen Corner” from Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots (2004)
(D) Option4 and Rose Quartz “Love is lonely” from Love is Lonely (2016) 
Instant Empire “Zoo Lions” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
(N) Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart “Your Blood Moon” from Reckless Abandonment (2015)
Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) “Houses” from The Great Collapse (2009)
Dragondeer “Don’t That Feel Good” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
Chip Stephens Trio “Cookin’ at the Continental” from Hold On to What Counts (2007)

HOUR 2

Treehouse “American Too” from More Than Mountains (1996)
(D) Lonelyhearts “Nine Years On” from Age of Man (2016)
Josh Dillard “Life, Grace, Truth” from The Whale & the Sea (2011)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Red Fox Run “Love Isn’t Love” from Red Fox Run (2015)
Grim & Darling “Quicksand” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)
(N) SHEL “Let Me Do” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Ian Cooke “The Towering Prince” from Fortitude (2011)
(D) Wilson Harwood “Lines of Chances” [single] (2016) 
Newcomers Home “Texas” from In the Hour (2004)
Plum “Love is in the air” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP 41

It’s kinda hard to think about what to write when you’ve in the midst of crisis.  Curve balls, pot-holes, bumps in the road – all ways of saying the same thing really …that life can be pretty nasty sometimes, and all you can do is hold on and swallow hard.  Anyone who’s followed me online the past decade+ now knows my wife and I got bad health news again this past week.  She and I both survived very scary health issues a couple of years ago, and now we’re facing another.  We’re fighters – so we expect the same outcome now as we’ve experienced in the past – success …and nothing but will be acceptable.  We’re great at hitting curve balls and getting alignments after falling into potholes.

11150279_794516310645334_8277106257218096525_nDid something new this week on the show.  I’ve been searching and asking for good clean radio friendly comedy for several years now … and I finally got some!  Tobias Livingston from Greeley ponied up and sent a live bit he recorded last summer.  SWEET!  Can’t wait for more.

News broke mid-week with pictures on FB that the Psychodelic Zombiez are back in the studio picking up where they left off 23 years ago. Babaganouj anyone?

HOT HOT RUMOR — from inside source … posting on FB with picture — The Railbenders are back in the studio for the first time in MANY years.  More news to follow.  Just something here to wet our appetite a bit .. 

KUNC 2The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight OCT 20-23  

  • Mary Flower
  • Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart
  • Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
  • Wednesday 12:20 pm
  • Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
  • Friday 1:20 pm
  • 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
  • 91.7FM Denver, Golden
  • 102.7FM Boulder
  • online at KUNC.org

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Colorado Sound is supported by listener donations, and by local businesses and organizations.  Sponsorship opportunities are very limited.  If you have an organization or business that would like a bit more statewide exposure during the upcoming holiday season please contact me at thecoloradosound@gmail.com for more information.

mishawakaThe Colorado Sound is supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheater … and yes, they have shows year round … during the cold months indoor in the SpokesBUZZ lounge … see www.themishawaka.com for upcoming events.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound SUPPORTS SpokesBUZZ … a Colorado 501C3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and to developing the professionalism of our local artists.  More info atwww.SpokesBUZZ.org

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

A very nifty throw-back country-rocker from some pretty badass Colorado pickers – singing about Colorado …

PLAYLIST S9|EP41 2015

HOUR 1

A Higher Elevation “Odyssey” from The Spider, The Fly & the Boogie Man (2008)
Sixteen Horsepower “Black Soul Chior” from Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (1996)
(D) One Flew West “These Old Bones” from Selective Memory (2015)
Dave Tamkin “Drift” from Cedar (2013)
Megan Burtt “Fast as I Go” from The Bargain (2015)
Mollie O’Brien “No Ash Will Burn” from Big Red Sun (1998)
Jeff Finlin “What’s the Big Idea” from Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Betty Boop” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Jill Sobule “Bitter (LP Version)” from Happy Town (1997)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Tobias Livingston “Live 6.24.15” from Live 6.24.15 (2015)
(D) New Ben Franklins “I Don’t Know What’s Wrong With You; Why Won’t You Break My Heart?” from Something Old, Something New (2015) 
Ben Haugland “Lift” from POINT OF NO RETURN (2012)

HOUR 2

Mary Flower “Hard Day Blues” from Misery Loves Company (2011)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
(D) The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
Cracker “California Country Boy” from Berkeley To Bakersfield (2014)
Fox St. “Somethin About You” from Authentic Western Dress (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Resignation Superman” from Beautiful World (1997)
SHEL “The Battle of Evermore” from SHEL (2012)
(N) Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling At Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Chimney Choir “Motion” from Motion (2015) 
(D) Andy Rok & the Real Deal “Staying Home Tonight (feat. Kate Brady)” [single] (2015)
Mercury Project “higher ground” from Soapbox Jive (2004)
H2 Big Band “You’re It!” from You’re It! (2011)

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HELP WANTED – PAONIA

Producer

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KVNF is looking for someone to build upon our existing regional news effort, improve the breadth and depth of our content, strengthen existing community relationships, and make KVNF even more of a news resource for Colorado’s Western Slope. The Producer plays a key role in shaping the voice and direction of KVNF’s regional news coverage, providing leadership to ensure the evolution of high journalistic standards and quality content.

Description: The Producer helps develop the editorial agenda of the News Department, creates twice daily regional newscasts, and reports on issues relevant to the KVNF listening area.  The Producer will also monitor regional media outlets, assign stories to volunteer/freelance reporters and help edit and produce those reports.

KVNF’s broadcast community includes seven counties and 10,000 square miles of Colorado’s rural Western Slope.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential News Duties:

  • Develops and prepares and potentially voices KVNF’s weekday morning and evening regional newscasts from a variety of sources, including original reporting
  • Reports, records and/or edits news spots, wraps, interviews, and news features for broadcast
  • Identifies and provides regular coverage of issues important to the KVNF audience
  • Provides training and support to Morning Edition host and regional news anchor
  • Posts and maintains news content on KVNF’s website
  • Monitors and schedules breaking news from NPR and local/regional sources. Notifies Program Director of need to create and schedule promos for these special broadcasts.
  • Start-to finish self-producer, able to meet deadlines
  • Provides up-to-the-minute breaking news coverage when needed
  • Provides live updates and information during elections
  • Engages with the community as a professional, respectful representative of KVNF

Other Duties:

  • Help maintain and sign-out production equipment for staff and volunteers
  • Assist with remote broadcasts, live performances and interviews as needed
  • Assist in fundraising efforts and community outreach such as membership drives and events when needed. Will include occasional nights/weekends
  • Assist with office operations: answering phone, public relations, station tours and on-air hosting as needed
  • Attend and participate in all general staff meetings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • At least 1 year experience in radio and/or print journalism (or demonstrated equivalent); demonstrated reporting skills (work samples required)
  • Knowledge of Western issues (water, energy, agriculture, public lands)
  • Strong interest in local/regional news and public affairs
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, practice effective time management and work independently
  • Ability to work well with a large and diverse group of volunteers, as well as other staff and freelancers
  • On-air skills and knowledge of broadcast and digital recording equipment
  • Computer, web editing and social media skills required
  • Community radio and/or nonprofit experience a plus

Application requirements:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three (3) work samples (radio and/or print)

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NEWS NOTES and SPINS MAY 1 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW MUSIC in APRIL

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH

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

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JOIN ME THIS SUMMER AT:

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

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

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

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

THE COLORADO SOUND IS SUPPORTED BY

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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

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