CP S15 EP13 2021

Monday March 29, 2021 – It’s been estimated that there are over fourteen thousand songwriters in Colorado who are registered with one of the top three performance rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC). That is all to say there is a LOT of music in our state.

Over the past 30 days I tracked radio airplay for over two hundred individual titles, singles, EP or LP. I will be publishing the March TOP 30 in a few days. Of the over two hundred titles I tracked airplay for, ninety received at least one play at one of the thirteen stations I monitor weekly.

Not much movement in the weekly TOP 5 with Nathaniel Rateliff and A.J. Fullerton looking more and more like the TOP 2 albums leading into the spring. In the meantime, A.J. Fullerton is sitting at #1 in Colorado album titles this week at RootsMusicReport.com.

Featured station of the week = Four Corners Radio, KSJD (Cortez)

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Middle Class Rock Star is a podcast hosted by  Andy Sydow.  Every week or so I feature a 7 to 8 minute segment featuring  a conversation Andy has with some of our scene’s top music makers and industry personalities.  This week’s guest is Grammy nominated record producer Nick Sullivan.


TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.  Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron. Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF – Redemption SINGLE (Dec-20)
  2. A.J. FULLERTON – The Forgiver and the Runaway LP (Mar-21)
  3. LADY GANG – Full Throttle LP (Feb-21)
  4. ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth LP (Jan-21)
  5. FIVE IRON FRENZY Until This Shakes Apart LP (Jan-21)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO.  THERE ARE SHOWS BOOKED! 


(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online


Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Good Times, Rock & Roll – Best of Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids (1975)
Firefall – You Are The Woman – Firefall (1976)
(D) Leftover SalmonBrand New Good Old Days (2021)

Augustus – Lights Out – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Runaway Train – Riviera (2002)
Kingdome JasmineRules of Verse (2021)
Derek Dames Ohl If Love Stinks (2021)
The Wendy Woo Trio – Crisis – Luxury (2007)
The Samples – Did You Ever Look So Nice – No Room (1992)
(D) The Motet (f. Nigel Hall) – And the Beat Goes On (2021)

Jack Hadley – Merry Go Round – Daybreak IN Alabama: The Langston Huhges Project (2020)
Paa Kow – African Lady – Cookpot (2017)


Chuck Pyle – Here Comes the Water – Step by Step (1990)
(D) YaSi Guilty (2021)

Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
ELLSWORTH – Dear Rosie – ELLSWORTH (2021)
Lady Gang – Git It – Full Throttle (2021)
Rob DrabkinLittle Steps (2013)
(D) Wolf van Elfmand – Sweet Regret – All Blue (2021)

Wildermiss – Carry Your Heart – Lost With You EP (2017)
Jesse Garland – Sway – De Mi Corazón (2020)
Steve Denny Trio – Wig’s Ears – Life in New York (2020)


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CP S14 EP36 2020

Monday SEPT 14 2020Expressly and explicitly Colorado from the 60’s to today; from the biggest hit-makers and award winners in Colorado music history to some of the freshest new music emerging from the Centennial state.

Dial up a 50+ year retrospective at the CP from the 60s to Today on Spotify or check out a playlist of tracks from 2020 at CP2020.  CP Best of the Decade 2010-2019 and CP Caribou Ranch Collection.  PLS be sure to follow.

CP2020 UPDATES REGULARLY.  New music from Blakk Mantra, Bowregard, Jayme Stone, Keith Oxman, Monica Marie, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Tennis, Trevor Hall.

You can also find every playlist I’ve ever made on my YouTube channel, dating back to 2012.  PLS be sure to subscribe.

DULCETTERRA, AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL, CONFERENCE AND SONGWRITING CAMP. Watch live on Monday, September 21st, 2020, from 12PM until 12AM Mountain Standard Time.


Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations use Spinitron.

COLORADO RADIO (15 stations / 165 titles tracked)

    1. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Aug-20)
    2. CARY MORIN– Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    3. CITRAOcean SINGLE (Feb-20)
    4. LOGAN FARMERStill No Mother LP (Aug-20)
    5. THE WOOD BROTHERSKingdom In My Mind LP (Jan-20)

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (includes international, national and Internet radio stations regardless of date / year of release)

    1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF– And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    2. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Mar-20)
    3. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    4. THE SUBDUDES – Lickskillet LP (May-18)
    5. LEE SIMS – A Few More Miles to Go LP (Dec-19)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. NOW OPEN for food, music and movies.


Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online


James Vincent – Space Traveler – Space Traveler (1975) **CARIBOU RANCH COLLECTION**
(D) Big Head Todd & the MonstersBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (2020)

The String Cheese Incident – Vertigo – SCI Sound Lab Radio EP (2019)
Leftover Salmon – Show Me Something Higher – Something Higher (2018)
Alexa Wildish – Magic Hours – Alexa Wildish EP (2020)
Nathaniel Rateliff – All Or Nothing – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Complicated – The Show (2009)
Sherri Jackson – Maple Tree – Sherri Jackson (1997)
(D) Estin & the 86’d – Half A Bottle – Long Live the River (2020)

Megan Burtt – Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – The Bargain (2015)
Soon To Be Titans – Seven Sirens – Voyager EP (2019)
The Motet – Nachez – Breathe (1999)


Freddi Henchi Band – I Love You Baby (f. Larry Wilkens) – Freddi Henchi Band (1981) **CARIBOU RANCH COLLECTION**
(D) Face Vocal BandColorado Moon (2020)

The Lumineers – Life In The City – III (2019)
John Grant – He’s Got His Mother’s Hips – Love Is Magic (2018)
John March – Sweet Lorraine (f. Mark Oblinger) – For Once In My Life, a Tribute to Ted Green (2020)
Fifty Dollar Friend – Not Thinking About You – In Black and White (2020)
Katie Herzig – I Hurt Too – Apple Tree (2008)
Devotchka – Along The Way – A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
(D) Jackson Emmer – Turn Up the Jukebox – Alpine Coda (2020)

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Train Home – Love Runner (2014)
The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Ben Haugland – Second Sight – A Million Dreams (2015)



CP S13 EP44 2019

MMMM = Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts, Caitlin Cannon, Zed, the Reminders PLUS This Week On YouTube and the Video Pick of the Week from Kaitlyn Williams.

MONDAY NOV 11, 2019 It’s Veterans’s Day – a day designed to honor those who served in the US Armed Forces.  Thank you for your incredible service.  #VietnamEraVeteran #USAF 

Yesterday, I posted Single Releases of 2019 and CP Album / EP Releases 2019It’s a great chance for you to review some of the singles, EPs and full length albums that were released this past year.  I also updated the Colorado Playlist on Spotify. 

Thanks to JamBase.com for debuting the new single from Leftover Salmon. “… entitled “Songs You’ve Left Unsung” as a tribute to the late Jeff Austin. “Songs You’ve Left Unsung” is available exclusively via Backline’s website and all proceeds for the “pay what you wish” download benefit Backline.Care, a hub for music industry professionals and their families to access mental health and wellness resources.”

As a lifelong musician, and music industry professional, I’ve seen more than my share of mental health issues.  Many (if not most) musicians carry little to no healthcare insurance, and often what they do have won’t cover mental health issues.  Having access to resources like Backline.Care is invaluable.  Losing a Colorado musician and friend to mental illness hits home in a very direct way.

Weekly Colorado Spins Music Report 

Roots Music Report is the only publication that allows djs and radio stations around the state to post up their weekly spins.  The chart is updated every Monday and normally has 15-30+ songs showing up the weekly updates.

Week Ending Nov 09, 2019

    1. The Lumineers – III
    2. Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene – City of Love
    3. Taylor Scott Band – All We Have
    4. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams
    5. Cass ClaytonPlay Nice

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


You make a big difference in what gets played on the show.  Every week I share some or all of the new music … (D) (N) … played on the show with you here.  You vote to KEEP or DELETE gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play. Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com


Zephyr – Sierra Cowgirl – Sunset Ride (1974)
(D) Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts – I Got Stripes – Sun Studio Cuts (2019)

Bobby Walker – My Mabellene – Came Out Swingin’ (2018)
piKziL – Brand New Soul – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
(N) Caitlin Cannon – Mama’s A Hairdresser – The TrashCannon Album (2019)

Scott Slay & the Rail – Remember Her – The Rail (2019)
Otis Taylor – Walk Right In – Recapturing The Banjo (2008)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Imaginary Ships – Crimes Of Passion (2004)
(P) Post Paradise – Take Flight – Lonely Worlds (2020)
Covenhoven – Ghost Of Kerouac – A Kind Of Revelation (2018)
Ariana Saraha – Dance of the Stars – Maiden of Midnight (2015)
(D) Zed – Confunksion (2020)


Freddi Henchi Band – I Want To Dance, Dance, Dance – Crown Princes Of Funk: The Last Set (2013/1973)
(P) Leftover Salmon – Songs You’ve Left Unsung (2020)
Kyle Hollingsworth – Stuff – 50 (2018)
Brent Cowles – Cold Times – Cold Times (2017)
The Shamen – Spellbound (2019)
Lucas Wolf – Mr. Reaper – Falling Into Place (2019)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Keep It Clean – Saints & Sinners (2010)
Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open – Cracked Open (2013)
(N) The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)

Boss Eagle – The Vine – The Firebird Album (2018)
Dubskin – That Day Will Come – Light The Dark (2017)
Dana Landry Trio – Transfusion – Memphis Skyline (2014)


Video Pick of the Week

Kaitlin Williams is no stranger to the Colorado Playlist.  Better Me is her first single entry into the Best of Sweepstakes for 2020 … her last single, Rain, is in the running for Best of 2019.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:


CP S13 EP23 2019

Monday June 10, 2019

According to the Denver Post, in an article dated SEPTEMBER 14, 2018, “Denver’s music industry is growing faster than its energy, aerospace and biotech industries.”  The story was apparently culled from an academic report, “A Quantitative Analysis of Colorado’s Music Industry” (May 2018) authored by Michael Seman, PhD, Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy, University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media.

The essence of the article is that “Statewide, the music industry is responsible for more than 16,000 jobs and just over $1.4 billion in revenue. The most robust components in terms of employment and revenue are “Musicians, Managers, and Agents” and “Live Events” pointing to Colorado’s strength in creating music and showcasing it live.”

Thank you for supporting music FROM Colorado, IN Colorado – on stages and on the air.

The Colorado Playlist is supported by The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, and Oskar Blues Brewery. Additional support comes from the fans – you!  Please consider supporting the show by making a contribution.

If you’re a business owner in the area, and you’d like to lend your support to this program, email me at chriskmusic@gmail.com for underwriting information.

Did you miss this week’s or LAST week’s show?   105.5 The Colorado Sound archives two weeks worth that you can stream at your leisure.  They typically update their archives every Monday afternoon.

You can also stream the show in real time wherever the show is aired around the state.  See the stations and times page for that info.


Coming up over the next few months, I’ll be putting up BEST OF YEAR posts starting in 2010.  Your votes for TOP 5 from each year will be placed alongside the TOP 5 BEST of 2019 as the nominations for BEST OF DECADE 2010-2019.  Here’s BEST OF 2010


Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Greatest Hits (1995/1972)
(D) Johnny Burroughs – Your Love Makes Me Happy – Day 1 (2019)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Honey – Tearing At The Seams (2018)
Great American Taxi – Poor House – Paradise Lost (2011)
(N) Coal Town Reunion – Heaven and Hell – Stories We Tell (2019)
Lizzie Plotkin – Catch This Train – We Will Sing (2019)
Acoustic Junction – Oh Me Oh My – Strange Days (2000)
Jeff Finlin – Jesus Was A Motorcycle Man – Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008)
Trash Cat – Robot Girlfriend – Welcome to Trash City (2019)
(D) Dave Tamkin – Bleeding Orange (2019)

Dayton Stone & the Undertones – Hypnotist – Dayton Stone & the Undertones (2018)
The Lumineers – Cleopatra – Cleopatra (2016)
Matt Skellenger – Vitality – Vitality (2019)


Starwood – You Don’t Have To Cry – Starwood (1977)
(D) Bobby Messano – Lemonade – Lemonade (2019)
Love Stallion – Valentine – Unforgettable Ride (2018)
(D) StillHouse Junkies – Whiskey Prison – Hillbilly Poetry (2019)

Tom Sharf – Angels – Buffalo Nickel (2019)
The Christines – Lost Your Mind – Here It Comes Again (2008)
Soul Merchants – Crowns of Glory – Soul Merchants (2007)
Silver and Gold – Feel A Little Closer – Cold (2019)
(D) David Willis – Water Tower Road – Water Tower Road EP (2019)

Ethyl & the Regulars – I Didn’t Want to Fall – Honest Work (2018)
Coral Creek – Cryin Bout My Baby – Coral Creek (2015)
Garrett Sayers Trio – Diatribe – Thinkbox (2017)

Best of 2018 – So Far

This subject has been on my mind for like a month now.  There have been some really excellent albums, EPs and singles put out since December 1 2017.  Here are the top  album picks of the year so far, based on regional non-comm / public radio airplay and my own thoughts on the subject.

Anyone looking for rock or pop will be disappointed – roots, blues, old school rhythm and blues and Americana (alt-country) are the name of the game this year around the state.

I embedded song files.  Go to their youtube channels or other streaming service to checkout full albums.  Better yet – support the band with a purchase.

much love,

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams — no doubt that this album will finish the year at #1 with a strong national showing, and ubiquitous CO airplay.

Leftover SalmonSomething Higher! — scan the non-comm/public radio dial statewide and this album, while not even nearly as popular as Tearing at the Seams, is crazy popular – as it should be since it’s one of the best the band has turned in over the past 25 years.

Wood BrosOne Drop of Truth —many people don’t realize that Chris and Oliver Wood are Boulder natives, and still claim it as home – even when they’re performing elsewhere.  Another HIGHLY played Colorado album around the state.

Reverend FreakchildDial It In! — the “reverend” is a traveler.  He was born in Hawaii and has been in bands in Boston, including an early version of Soul Coughing with Mike Doughty.  Today he’s living in Boulder and attending Naropa University.  For all my blues fans, this one is at the top of the pile. #highlyrecommended

Gasoline LollipopsSoul Mine — Clay Rose is known for being pensive and deliberate – living at the edge of damnation and redemption.  The band is enjoying a banner year in terms of bookings and regional radio airplay.