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.

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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.


CP S11 EP07 2018

Happy Monday Morning.  That video is the trailer for a documentary that was featured as part of the Boulder International Film Festival this weekend.  I managed to make the sold out showing on Sunday at the Longmont museum.

When the Magic Music album came out about two years ago now, it was not what many of us expected, or had hoped for – and the tell is in the movie itself.  A disclaimer is in order here: I was part of the promotion team for the Magic Music album.  The documentary really tells the story of the band and allows us to see what they could have (have?) become since they broke up in 1976.

Magic Music is an ingrained part of both the Boulder music scene of the 70s and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  They were, in fact, the first “jamband” in Colorado music history.  After successful reunion appearances at the Boulder Theater and the release of the documentary, Chris Daniels, aka “Spoons,” announced they are working on booking some shows in and around the area for this season.https://i2.wp.com/magicmusicband.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Front-Slider-Magic-Music-Oxford-Hotel-1973-blk-960x360.jpg


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 SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


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


Alpha Centauri “One Night At A Time” from Alpha Centauri (1977)
(D) Dragondeer “Believe” from If You Got the Blues (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “All the Love You Need” from All the Love You Need (2008)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
(D) Antonio Lopez “Bluebird” from Cloud 9000 Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP (2016) 

The Still Tide “Signal Fade” from Run Out EP (2017)
Otis Taylor “Little Willie” from Clovis People Vol. 3 (2010)
The Lovely & Talented “Death of the Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
(D) Lost Walks “The Prettiest One” from Wolf, Woman, Man (2017) 

Francis and the Wolf “What is Left” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017)
Leftover Salmon “Show Me Something Higher” from Something Higher! (2018)
Gumbo le Funque “Maceo” from #PowerLoveFreedom (2016)

Firefall “No Way Out” from Firefall (1976)
(N) Silver & Gold “State Lines” from Point A – Point A (2018)
Edison “The Good Fight” from Familiar Spirit (2016)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) LaRissa Vienna and the Strange “Craving Chaos” from Neptune Vii (2017)

Florea “Mercy” from Florea (2018)
Rob Drabkin “For You I Would Die” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Bad Weather California “Let it Shine” from Sunkissed (2012)
(N) Darling Overdrive “Panic” from Stranded EP (2018) 

The Motet “Damn!” from Totem (2016)
MLIMA “Sunshine” from MLIMA (2017)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from WANDERLUST (2014)

CO Playlist – S12 EP04 2018

It’s that time of the year when goat gets chewin like crazy.  I’m involved in two “Battle of the Bands” competitions entering the thick of the new year.  Last week I was a judge at the 1st of four events being put on by Bandwagon Magazine.  The finals are in March sometime.

Beginning Feb 14, Bolder Boulder’s annual Battle of the Bands begins at the new Oskar Blues tasting room in Boulder.  The winner gets to play the “main stage” at this year’s 40th Annual Bolder Boulder event and be included on the compilation.

COMING SOON the new release from Leftover Salmon.  I got to hand with the fellas Friday night at the Aggie in Fort Collins .. and they fired off a message to their manager to get me the first single from the album, “Show Me Something Higher,” in time for this coming episode of the show.  I’ll also have some fresh cuts from Rare Silk‘s catalog as well as new music from Instant Empire.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & The Colorado Playlist Present

Slow Caves at Lost Lake – Feb 23


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 SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


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


Zephyr “When Love Comes Running” from Heartbeat (Remix 2018)
(D) Wood Brothers “River Takes the Town” from One Drop of Truth (2018)

Chain Station “Poorman’s Fight” from Where I Want to Be (2016)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Blues Fallin’ Down” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
(D) Martin Gilmore, Eslam Elaby “Pride of Man” from East – West (2018)

The Still Tide “Signal Fade” from Run Out EP (2017)
The Czars “Killjoy” from Ugly People vs. the Beautiful People (2001)
Michael Trent “Bad Luck” from The Winner (2010)
(D) Tana Victoria “Catch Me” (2018)

Blue Rider “Sungazer” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Slow Caves “Rover” from Rover (2018)
Ben Markley “5-20” from Second Introduction (2009)

Alpha Centauri “Love Only You” from Alpha Centauri (1977)
Rob Drabkin “Love Ends, Fear Begins” from Love Ends, Fear Begins (2018)
SHEL “Moonshine Hill” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
The Yawpers “Doing It Right” from American Man (2015)
(D) Trucker’s Daughter “Blizzard of Kisses” from You’re Not Always On My Mind (2018)
Michael Kirkpatrick “Winter’s End” from Little Muse (2017)
Otis Taylor “My World Is Gone” from My World Is Gone (2013)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “nobody knows” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “You Worry Me” from Tearing At The Seams (2018)
Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Wipeout Turn” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran & Thomas Morgan “Jasper” from I Am A Man (2017)

CO Playlist – S12 EP02 2018

Sunday – a snowed in day – NFL playoffs – some hot green tea – and plenty of new Colorado music to get to.

Tragedy once again struck as I lost an entire backup hard drive last week, with no way to recover the data.  The upside is that I had to begin the process of rebuilding a library of music that spans six decades.  This week’s show is filled with “classic cuts” I hadn’t played in a few years now.

On the new music front, new emerging acts Wounded Bird and the Plutinos are featured in this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).

Wounded Bird is a new project out of Boulder that features former Whiskey Bottles front-person Molly Orlando along with former college pal Scott Warren. Scott relocated to Evergreen from Los Angeles in 2016 where he composed for film & tv projects, most notably the Miramax opening logo music and the score for the Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson film, “Angels Sing.”

Plutinos is a new solo project by Nate Barnes, known locally as one of the original founding members and drummer for hard rock band Rose Hill Drive.  Nate is also well known as a session and professional touring drummer for the likes of Americana maven Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as Ryan Bingham.

105.5 The Colorado Sound

The Colorado Playlist Present

Leftover Salmon at the Aggie Theater – Feb 2 & 3  


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 SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


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


Sweet Water Well “In My Walls” from Watermelon (1996)
(D) Wounded Bird “Medication For My Heart” from Fools & Clowns, Pt. 1 (2018) 

The Lumineers “Angela” from Cleopatra (2016)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
(D) Slow Caves “Rover” (2018)
A.J. Fullerton “Miles Between Us” from Kalamath (2017)
Rob Drabkin “Don’t Worry About Me” from Little Steps EP (2013)
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
(D) The Drunken Hearts “Tear My Heart Out” from The Prize (2018)
Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Queen of This Mess” from Queen of This Mess (2009)
Trout Steak Revival “They Sang to Us” from Spirit to the Sea (2017)
Paul Mullikin Quintet “Just A Tuesday” from TIME IS NOW (2014)


Ophan Tears “Firing Line” from Novacaine Kiss (1993)
(D) Plutinos “Hand In Hand” from Plutinos EP (2018) 

The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Michael Kirkpatrick “Strange Desire” from Little Muse (2017)
Gasoline Lollipops “Montreal” from Soul Mine (2018)
Opie Gone Bad “Monkey Love” from Westword Music Showcase 1999-2000 (2000)
OneRepublic “Marchin On” from Waking Up (2009)
(D) The Host Club “Paper Heart Sympathy” from Flash of Life (2018)
Katey Laurel “Only Human” from Periscope (2014)
MLIMA “Sunshine” from MLIMA (2017)
Paa Kow “How Sweet” from Cookpot (2017)

Colorado Playlist – S11 EP39

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.

Rocky Mountain Music Relief


Feat. Richie Furay w/Tori Pater and Friends, Bobby Messano, and Perpetual Motion

7:30-8:30 = Richie Furay
8:45-9:15 = Perpetual Motion
9:30-10PM = Bobby Messano
10:15-11PM = Tori Pater

Friday, October 27, 2017 – 7:30 PM – doors open at 6:30 pm

Swallow Hill – Daniels Hall – 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210



I think I got lost this past week.  Really.  I did get a lot of new music in my inbox – including new releases from Patrick Dune, Tennis, Katie Herzig, Pandas & People, and more … much love to Shilo Gold, whose music I recall playing a few years ago before she moved to Los Angeles, and who recently completed a self-funded tour of Europe.  Her live performance video from the Voice is below.

POLLS – thanks for participating.  I’m trying to get a sense of who we are here — and I can say we’re largely over 45, and like going out to see live music.  Here’s the next on.  I want to know your buying habits.


Many famous (and not so famous) acts have come to Colorado over the decades to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA or NYC.  Among those are acts like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Eagles, which is undoubtedly the most famous of all such acts.


Chris Daniels and the Kings just released their 15th album, Blues with Horns Vol. 1, which once again features Freddi “Love” Gowdy (Freddi Henchi Band).


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 SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


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


Zephyr “Sun’s a Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014/1969)
(D) Shilo Gold “Stay With Me Baby (The Voice Performance)” (2017)

OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Dubskin “That Day Will Come” from Light the Dark (2017)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Sweet Memphis” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(N) Monocle Band “Sad-Eyed Girl” from The Clearing (2017)
Danny Shafer “My Hometown” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Head for The Hills “Suit and Tie” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Keith Oxman “A Vaunt Guard” from East of the Village (2017)


Firefall “No Way Out” from Firefall (1976)
(N) Cousin Curtiss “Sunset Throwdown” from Remember Me When (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “I’ve Been Failing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Katie Herzig “Hologram” from Apple Tree (2008)
(N) The Still Tide “Signal Fade” from Run Out EP (2017) 

(N) Francis and the Wolf “What Is Left” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 

Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
(N) Eamon Alger “Good Together” from Small Fish (2017)

Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Get Tight” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)

the misadventures of goat and Colorado music of course

20150317_074755Sunday I experienced a “fainting” spell while out on a 20 mile bike ride that landed me in the ER (by ambulance).  Monday I experienced a broken thumb and bruised ribs while out on a 15 mile bike ride that landed me in the ER (I drove myself).  On both days I did not make it more than 3.5 miles into my ride.  I blame the weather for getting me too excited.  Along the way I talked about music – Colorado music – with those who attended to me.

Every person I spoke with was between 25 and 50 yrs old.  With a few notable exceptions no one knew any of the current crop of bands making “headlines” regionally.  Yeah, everyone knew BHTM was from here … and a couple of folks knew about OneRepublic and the Fray, but beyond that there were generally blank stares and “I don’t go out very often” comments.

Broadcast radio and Pandora were the sources for music – not any other source was mentioned.  I did of course let everyone know they could listen to Colorado music online at The Colorado Sound Live365 … need to remember to keep business cards in my pocket though so I don’t have to write down the url everytime … www.live365.com/stations/thecoloradosound.

While suffering through all of this (i did a lot of maniacal laughing actually …esp thinking about the medical bills to follow) I was graced with a private listen to the new Megan Burtt album coming out this August.  I won’t spoil the fun, but this one will leave you with a huge grin, shaking your head at just how amazingly talented my friend truly is.  Of course hard core fans know this already.

Happy to report this morning that Richie Furay’s new album “Hand In Hand,” that I’ve been playing on the show since last summer, will finally be released to the general public on March  31.  It is currently the  #1 most added album at Americana radio nationally – though no word yet on whether those folks servicing the record to radio actually even know we have radio in Colorado … more on that to follow in the days and weeks ahead.

While checking out the Americana Music Association radio airplay charts I noticed the latest Leftover Salmon release, High Country, at #21  – down from #18 LW and 19 the week before.

Well, off to the doctor to assess the damages … I’ll be sure to let folks know where to tune in for Colorado music … hope you’ll do the same today.