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)

CP S13 EP03 2019

Monday Jan 14, 2019 – As I sat down this morning to put the finishing touches on this blogpost, I came across a Facebook post from G. Brown’s Colorado Music Experience.

“On this date in 1975, Joe Walsh earned a gold record for his third solo studio album, “So What.” Standout tracks included a remake of the Barnstorm track “Turn to Stone” and the haunting “Song For Emma,” written for Walsh’s daughter who had been killed in a car accident the previous year in Colorado. https://colomusic.org/profile/joe-walsh-barnstorm/

G. Brown is one of Colorado music’s living legacies.  His book outlining music history, and his newest endeavor – Colorado Music Experience – serve as prime research tools for my show.

Every week I post up the MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).  This is your chance to let me know what you think of the new songs I played on the show.  I do hope you’re enjoying this feature, and will continue to make your vote known, to KEEP or DELETE.

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Daniel Rodriguez Music (of Elephant Revival) With Jay & Mimi of Fruition
at the Fox Theater (Boulder) Wed, Feb 14

Gasoline Lollipops at The Gothic Theater (Denver) Fri, Feb 22

Patti Fiasco and Mama Lenny and The Remedy at Washington’s FoCo
(Fort Collins) Friday, January 25

The Widow’s Bane at The Bluebird Theater (Denver) Thursday, March 7 2019


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


WhiteWater Ramble founder Patrick Sites has always found a way to continue the band’s rocky-grass groove with strong voices up front – whether former lead singer Patrick Latella or current lead vocalist/guitarist, Damon Wood.  Damon’s background includes several years as the guitarist in soul/funk legend James Brown’s band.  Here, Damon brings a true Colorado country rock voice to a summer time “drinking song” jam.


Don’t forget to let me know if there’s something I should be playing on the show.  I scour Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp to find you the freshest new music from around the state – hope you’ll help out by voting to KEEP or DELETE the new music shares in the MMMM each week.

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

CP S13 EP03 2019


Joe Walsh “Here We Go” from Barnstorm (1971)
(D) Nikki Giron “Better Days” from Heart Behind Bars (2019)
Gipsy Moon “Caravan” from Songs of Olde Vol 1 (2017)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
(N) Jackson Emmer “At the Bottle Again” from Jukebox (2018)  

Cary Morin “When I Rise” from When I Rise (2019)
The Informants “Salvation” from Crime Scene Queen (2009)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Crosstown Traffic” from Stealing the Covers (2008)
Grayson Erhard “Driving in the Rain” from Earthship EP (2018)
(D) Lola Rising “Gravity” (2019)


Tennis “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” from Yours Conditionally (2017)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Trying so Hard Not to Know” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Keith Oxman “Reverend Lou – Founded the Record Store” from Caught Between the Lion and Twins (2008)


Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “I Like Funky Music” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
(D) Mawule “What Love Doesn’t Look Like” (2019)

Richard Dean “Eileen” from Vignettes (2017)
Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
(N) Brent Loveday and the Dirty Dollars “Rene Delray” from Hymns for the Hardened (2019)

The Railbenders “The Medicine Show” from The Medicine Show (2018)
SHEL “On My Way” from SHEL (2012)
The Samples “Radio Song” from Return to Earth (2001)
Rob Drabkin “It’s a Beautiful Day” from Beautiful Day EP (2018)
(D) Forest Floor “Dreamy Tuesday” from Forest Floor (2018)

Slow Caves “Glares” from Desert Minded (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Jason Klobnak Quartet “Through Her Eyes” from Friends and Family (2018)

Colorado Playlist – S11 EP14

New music shares this week from Debajo del Agua, Analog Son (f. Ivan Neville), Natalie Tate, and Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts.  I also played a new cut from Wolf van Elfmand, but there was no embed available to share.  Ditto Rose Hill Drive who I had hoped to share also this week.

Look for new releases next week from Andy Palmer and Head for the Hills among others.

SHOW NEWS = 88.9FM KRFC Fort Collins moved the show to Saturdays from 4PM to 6PM.


(I know that’s some corny shit .. but what the hell)

Look into any nook and cranny today and you can find live music.  This is especially true of brew pubs, where on just about any night of the week you can find an amazing array of local talent – generally of the singer-songwriter variety, and mostly in country, bluegrass, and folk styles — and mostly acoustic, although there are certainly exceptions to all those things.

The Prairie Scholars – CHUBurger Longmont – April 14

I stopped by Oscar Blues CHUBurger in Longmont Friday evening for a burger and a beer and caught up with friends Jessica and Andy Eppler, aka the Prairie Scholars… one of, if not the top duo playing Longmont right now… holding court every Tuesday night at SKEYE Brewing‘s open mic night.  SKEYE Brewing also hosts music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 9.  See their schedule online for details about the acts playing there.

Echo Brewing in Frederick does not offer live music regularly, according to the staff.  I stopped by there Saturday afternoon to see a friend and have a couple of pints.  Echo was celebrating their 5th Anniversary, and as a special event treat they had local garage rock cover band Cat Jerky playing.  It was a perfect afternoon to have a killer Kolsch and enjoy some classic rock and country.

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

Cary Morin & Johnny HickmanBuy Tickets Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 PM SpokesBUZZ Lounge Bellvue, CO

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In Colorado Music History


I first became aware of, and a fan of Debajo del Agua in 2007, when they released Arte-Santo.  Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on some shows around the region. Then, following their 2008 release The World Upside Down, the band inexplicably dropped off my radar.  I’m happy to say, they have a new album out for 2017 – with a renewed vision and expanded sound.

From their website bio:  Debajo del Agua has been a pillar of the artivist musical community for over a decade. While their musical style is not easily categorized or defined, it is focused on fusing hip hop with the melodies of Andean music, samba, son, salsa, cumbia, reggae, and reggaeton, creating a flavorful blend of melodies, spiced up with a style of its own. The members of Debajo del Agua span the Americas coming from Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States.


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.


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


The Soul Survivors (Denver) “Can’t Stand To Be In Love With You” (1965)
Boenzee Cryque “Sky Gone Grey” (1967)
(D) Wolf Van Elfmand “The New Folk” from Real Wolf (2017)
Eldren “Everybody Went Crazy” from Welcome to Deathville (2015)
Devotchka “Exhaustible” from 100 Lovers (2011)
(N) Dragondeer “If You Got the Blues” from Topanga Canyon Sessions – Vol. 1 (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “New World Arisin’” from New World Arisin’ (2016)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “The Spark” from The Spark (2005)
Finnders & Youngberg “Driftwood” from FY5 (2015)
(D) Analog Son “Sunshine (feat. Ivan Neville)” from Black Diamond (2017) 

Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra” from Cleopatra (2016)
Garrett Sayers Trio “Luvroot” from Thinkbox (2017)


Acoustic Junction “Something” from Surrounded by Change (1994)
(D) Natalie Tate “You Are What You Can’t” from Broken Open (2017) 

The Still Tide “Field of Bells” from Half Empty Rooms (2015)
The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster (2012)
Rose Hill Drive “Broken by the Storm” from Mania (2017)
Petals of Spain “Good Life” from Daydream (2017)
Head for The Hills “Blue Ruin” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Newcomers Home “Fade” from In the Hour (2004)
(D) Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts “Modern Outlaw Country” from Shovel Full of Coal (2017) 

Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2015)
Big Head Blues Club “The Seventh Son” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Sideways” from The Arrival (2015)

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Colorado Playlist – BEST OF 2016 PT2

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1I wish I could name everything I get to play on my show as a BEST OF.  I mean that.  In the TEN years now that I’ve been doing this show, I am still blown away by the greatness of the music that comes from our state.

Let me first of all thank Dani Grant and the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheater, and the folks at Oskar Blues Fooderies for supporting this show in 2016.  I would not be able to do this if not for them and YOUR financial support.

I also want to thank everyone at 105.5FM, KJAC aka 105.5 The Colorado Sound for welcoming me as part of the family, and taking on my old show name.  Host stations now include KJAC (Northern Front Range), KRFC (Northern Colorado), KDNK (Carbondale/Glenwood Springs), KOTO (Telluride), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango/Pagosa Springs), KZYR (Vail), KCMJ (Colorado Springs) and KLZR (Westcliff)

I started this show, and starting booking and promoting bands here, because I got tied of people saying “how come Colorado (Denver) can’t be like ______ (name your favorite ahem – Seattle – etc)”  I mean, really.  And even to this day members of my own family don’t know that certain high profile national level bands are from here.  I have a lot of work to do still … so expect me on the air for another TEN years — AT LEAST!

Picking the BEST OF is not an especially easy task.  I spend several hours a week just listening to music I receive to play on the show.  I scan radio playlists from around the state.  I scan charts including national and instate – like the Roots Music Report Colorado charts.  I look to see who’s doing what, nationally, regionally and locally.  I listen to my colleagues and peers in the “industry” here in Colorado.  And I listen to the fans of the music.

My true hope is that you’ll discover a new band/artist to fall in love with and claim as a favorite yourself.

Here’s what got played in the BEST OF 2016 show.

The Best of 2016 PLAYLIST


Rob Drabkin “Someday” [single] (2016)
Coral Creek “Way Back” from Coral Creek (2015)
The Drunken Hearts “Want You Back” from Love & Thirst (2016)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Magic Music “Gandy Dancer” from Magic Music (2016)
Elephant Revival “Petals” from Petals (2016)
OneRepublic “Kids” from Oh My My (2016)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” [single] (2016)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Shiny and New” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Big Gigantic “The Little things” from Brighter Future (2016)
Space Orphan “Superphonic” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)


The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
The Fray “Singing Low” from Through the Years: The Best of the Fray (2016)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Other Worlds “Sandfly” from Weather Patterns (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Grant Farm “Get in Line” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
FaceMan “Father Time” from Wild and Hunting (2016)
Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2016)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Big Head Blues Club “Hidden Charms” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Ryan A. Fourt “Air Gun (Daisy’s Revenge)” from Big Slick (2016)


Thanks to my friend, and former Westword music editor Dave Herrera for launching TheTrustedEar.com and contributing news and information about the scene to us each week.



After anguishing over leaving stuff out that I really liked, and thought deserved being noticed, I decided to present the TOP 3 releases in each category.  Enjoy.  Links go to playable media: YouTube in most cases.


This one went back and forth feverishly between Bonnie & the Clydes and The Drunken Hearts, and the final tally made it a finish by single digits … so basically, they were pretty nearly tied when I shut down the poll … All in all, thanks to their fans we enjoyed the most robust People’s Choice Poll in years.  Click on links to get to band website.

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

The Drunken Hearts Love & Thirst

FacemanWild and Hunting 


 The Lumineers – Cleopatra  I didn’t like The Lumineers’ Cleopatra when it dropped. In fact, it took me several months of listening to it, and playing it on my show and at 105.5, before I “got it.”  It is a stunning album of really well written folk-rock songs, that stands up well to anything from any prior era.  It went #1 on the Billboard charts.

OneRepublicOh My My  Call me a pop music junkie, but when it’s a good as OneRepublic’s Oh My My, I can never overdose.  Easily one of the best collections of addicting pop/rock in recent memory. (edit jan 4) In particular I can’t seem to get enough of A.I. with Peter Gabriel.

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside  Todd Park Mohr and company, appearing as Big Head Blues Club, rip up the music of Willie Dixon, preserving not only the legacy of the original, but imbuing it with solid craftsmanship from some of our best in the Centennial state.  (edit jan 4) Along the way they enlist the aid of Denver’s Erica Brown and a handful of blues legends.


SuCh (Su Charles) – You (Icytat Vocal Mix):  No song this year has had as much of an impact on me as “You.”  SuCh and Icytat won the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for this version of the song.  If you want to catch her live, she’ll be appearing at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver on Fri Feb 3.  She is also getting ready to go into the studio to record a new album in 2017.

The Lumineers – Ophelia:  When I first heard this song last winter I thought I was hearing a dropped track from the band’s debut.  It grew on me.  It’s also one of Colorado’s highest charting songs historically, peaking at #1.

Rob DrabkinSomeday:  I’ve been a fan of Rob’s since meeting him at open stages in Denver over a decade ago.  “Someday” is the song we’ve all been waiting for.  It also appears to be his most popular single so far, reaching over 500,000 plays on Spotify.


Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside

Cary MorinTogether

Johnny JohnstonColorado Blue


David Starr – Love and Sabotage

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

Angie Stevens & the Beautiful WreckBeautiful & True


The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Elephant RevivalPetals

Gabrielle LouiseIf The Static Clears


The MotetTotem

piKziLSongs From My Third Life

Hello DollfaceWarrior of Light


Space OrphanShut Up About the Sun

Ryan A FourtBig Slick

Terri JenkinsFrom This Moment


OneRepublic Oh My My

Paper Bird S/T

SHELJust Crazy Enough


PlumLight Years Dark Years

Eros and the EschatonWeight of Matter

The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse


FacemanWild and Hunting

The Drunken HeartsLove & Thirst

Coral CreekS/T


SuCh (Su Charles) – You

OneRepublicWherever I Go

Wheelchair Sports CampMary Had a Little Band



The Colorado Sound S8|EP34

IMG_20140901_182522_349I’m always amazed when people say to me, “I didn’t know THEY’re from Colorado!”  LOL.  It happens regularly to be honest.  I think that really has been the guiding idea in presenting “The Colorado Sound” as well as “Offstage …Beyond the Music,” that I can share Colorado music, and the lives of musicians and music industry personalities who have called Colorado their home with folks who might not know who’s who and what they do.

I’ve had an absolutely amazing summer.  I got to present Coloradan and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, South-Hillman-Furay) as a headliner on a show I produce annually (Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival), and as well at one of the acts at this year’s incredible Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.  He and I communicated this weekend, and he’ll be appearing as my guest on the next episode of Offstage …Beyond the Music.  #superstoked!

This weekend I was gifted tickets to see Aspen resident and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates (Hall & Oates) with his long running (15 yrs) Aspen trio.  What a treat to see this Colorado band in a state of the art intimate 200 cap room … WOW!  Check out his latest album when you get a chance … he killed the cut “Stone Cold Love” that he and fellow Coloradan Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced, despite not having the specific beats that Ryan used to underpin the song.

He also did “Lose It In Louisiana” from the same album release, and, of course, a few classic Hall & Oates hits including “She’s Gone,” which he says has been played at every show, solo or with Daryl since 1972.  I also thought it interesting that he pointed out a couple of times that he did not bring cds to sell, and that people should purchase it on iTunes or elsewhere.  The trio format was a blast, and you could tell they were good friends out having a good time.

Leaving you with a video of John at Aspen’s KSPN from last April, doing a song he did Friday night that he wrote with esteemed songwriter Jim Lauderdale.. Enjoy.

New Offstage …Beyond The Music episode starts this week .. check it out below.



Acoustic Junction “Build A Road” from Love It For What It Is (1993)
Liz Barnez “Laughing Yellow” from Liz Barnez Band (1993)
(D) Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Leash of Foxes “It Sounds Like This” from It Sounds Like This (2014)
(D) Montropo “Follow Me” from Follow Me (2014)
Pete Kartsounes “Believer” from The Only Way I Know (2011)
Ivory Circle “Drown” from Equilateral (2014)
Rob Drabkin “For You I Would Die” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Honkytonk Homeslice “Love Is Like A Train” from Just Passin’ Thru (2012)
Drew Emmitt “Up Where We Are” from Across The Bridge (2005)
Polarity “To Be Determined” from King of Hearts (2012)


Philip Bailey “Easy Lover” from Chinese Wall (1985)
Dianne Reeves “Sky Islands” from Dianne Reeves (1987)
Pandas & People “Howling Moon” from Pandas & People (2014)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) Tennis “Never Work for Free” from Ritual In Repeat (2014) Navy “Something Good” from Spirit Groove (2013)
Zephyr “Don’t Come Back” from Heartbeat (1982)
Eddie Turner “Privileged Life” from Rise (2005) WhiteWater Ramble “Dear Mr. Bankman” from Roots & Groove (2013)
Hickman-Dalton Gang “Wildcard” from Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol. II (2011)
Analog Son “Not a Care in the World” from Analog Son (2014)

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