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)


chrisk smilingMy wife loves this picture.  She says it is only the second time she’s seen me smile in 15 years.  I don’t believe that, do you? 😉 LOL

I hope your holiday weekend was a blast.  It was a week long festival in my life beginning with the 25th Annual Colorado Brewers Festival last weekend (a HUGE success) … with the Delta Sonics on July 5 and Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown and Merrian “MJ” Johnson on the 3rd … here’s some video. 🙂



“Starting July 12, KUNC’s weekend lineup will change with a new focus on music, creativity, and storytelling. Many favorites are moving back to requested times, while we are pleased to announce that KUNC is debuting several new future favorites.” – KUNC Content Director Kirk Mowers

Very happy and proud to announce that KUNC has added The Colorado Sound to their newly revamped weekend lineup.  You can now hear The Colorado Sound on KUNC every Saturday at 2PM.

See full Saturday lineup here.

Here’s where you can listen.

  • Boulder 102.7
  • Breckenridge 90.7
  • Buena Vista 89.9
  • Denver/Golden 91.7
  • Dillon 88.1
  • Eagle Valley 99.7
  • Estes Park 90.7
  • Front Range (inc. Denver, Longmont, Greeley, Fort Collins) 91.5
  • Grand County 91.9
  • Haxtun/Holyoke 90.5
  • Julesburg/Ovid 89.1
  • Leadville 91.7
  • Morgan County 96.7
  • North Park 90.7
  • Salida 89.9
  • Steamboat Springs 88.5
  • Sterling 90.3
  • Vail 90.9
  • Wray 93.5
  • Yuma 88.3


Along with the addition of KUNC and its 20 frequencies is the debut of OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC.  You will be able to download the podcast from KUNC, Radio 949, and from our SoundCloud page.  My first guest is Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Chris Daniels.


Funding for the Colorado Sound has been provided by several fans, and by my friends Chuck and Bill Grewe at Colorado Case Company, and Dani Grant at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, and SpokesBUZZ.   It would mean a lot if you’d visit their websites and look at what they’re doing for Colorado music and musicians.

The Colorado Sound and the City of Dacono are proud to present The Richie Furay Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings f/Freddie “Love” Gowdy, the Samples, Mojomama, Alterity, Savage Cabbage, Slow Caves, and Mojo Music Academy as part of the 7th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival … along with the BMX Mile High Nationals … the weekend of Aug 1-3 at Centennial Field in Dacono CO.  FREE ADMISSION TO MUSIC & SPIRITS FESTIVAL.  ALL AGES.


Crucifix is a relatively newcomer to the Colorado music scene.  Originally from Atlanta GA, Crucifix hooks up with a couple of his pals from the southland for this up date remake of the Journey classic.


(D) – album, ep, or single played for the first time
(N) – new cut from previously debuted album or ep.

Jill Sobule “Too Cool To Fall In Love” from Things Here Are Different (1990)
Wendy Woo “Sundrops” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
The Samples “Warm & Sunny” from Black & White (2004)
(D) Slopeside “Moonshine” from One Lane Town (2014)
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado “Wheels” from Western Branches (2013)
(D) Bukshot, Boondox, Crucifix “Don’t Stop” [single] (2014)
Katey Laurel “Hurricane” from Periscope (2014)
Soundrabbit “From The World I Have Known” from Tree Trunk Airplanes (2009)
Instant Empire “Keep Up!” from Keep Up! (2013)
Tallgrass “Old Town” from Better Than Medicine (2014)
Head for The Hills “Never Does” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Raincheck “Right There” from Raincheck (2012)
Dianne Reeves “Today Will Be A Good Day” from When You Know (2008)
Zephyr “Sold My Heart” from Sunset Ride (2000)
Acoustic Junction “Strange Days” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014) Nathaniel Rateliff “Nothing to Show For” from Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2014)
Nina Storey “Think Twice” from Think Twice (2013)
Yo, Flaco! “American Music” from Goin’ At It (2002)
(N) Calder’s Revolvers “Wash Away My Sins” from Sunday Morning (2014) Blue Canyon Boys “Up On The Hill” from Next Go ‘Round (2012)
Churchill “Change” from War Within EP (2013)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Jim Stranahan “Hip Street” from Free For All (2010)

Now back to work with you!  LOL.  And don’t forget to keep The Colorado Sound Live365 tuned in at your desk.  Download the app.

News Notes & Spins June 1 2013

station controlOkay … this is late.  It’s June… the festival season has started and my calendar is PACKED!  So if I’m late or if a new show is not done each week you’ll know why.  Not much on my end to report really… the Colorado Sound Live365 could use your help. We had a great 1st month, but May’s listens fell by over 50% … so would love to see that you’re listening.  The blog broke a record for unique views in a month with over 2000 for May.  So while the blog readership went up, the station listens went down … weird.  Here’s the link to the station – The Colorado Sound Live365 

cprLogoOpenAir 1340 has started a new program on CPR News (90.1 FM in Denver, cpr.org) called the Best of Mile High Noon. It’s an hour long show featuring all Colorado music, basically condensing a week’s worth of Mile High Noon (weekdays at noon on OpenAir) segments into a full hour. Runs Thursdays at 9 pm and repeats Sundays at 6 pm. Very exciting opportunity for OpenAir to bring Colorado music to the FM dial.

kgnu logoKGNU’s 25th Annual “Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam” will be held in the side yard of the Gold Hill Inn on Sunday, July 21st, 11am-4:30 pm Mollie O’Brien and the Hamkickers will headline, with Giddy Up Kitty and Finnders and Youngberg rounding out the bill. There will be Texas-style BBQ, salads, corn on the cob, microbrews and Mead available for purchase. More information online at http://www.kgnu.org

kdnkKDNK news team won the regional Edward R Murrow award for a report that they did on a local crime issue and they are finalists for the national award. Eric Skalac and Ed Williams are our team. Kat Rich, our Events Coordinator has moved on to greener pastures.


TOP 40 SPINS – May 2013

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

(D) 1. Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [18-May-13](D) 2. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock [27-Apr-13]
(6) 3. The LumineersThe Lumineers (Dualtone) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(8) 4. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [20-Jan-13]
(2) 5. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [16-Feb-13]
(D) 6. Jeff Scroggins & ColoradoWestern Branches (self) Bluegrass [1-May-13]
(1) 7. Thom ChaconThom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [6-Mar-13]
(R) 8. Ryan ChrysA Lick & A Promise (self) Americana [7-Feb-13]
(4) 9. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [1-Nov-12]
(25) 10. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange (self) Pop/adult [1-Dec-12]
(29) 11. Beki HemingwayI Have Big Plans For The World (Salt Lady Records) Rock [20-Apr-13]
(D) 12. Danny ShaferWherever You Are (Tolstar Records) Folk [25-Apr-13]
(7) 13. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(R) 14. Petals of Spain Soul Canon (self) Rock [26-Feb-13]
(D) 15. Sam LeeRaise Your Flag (self) Pop [9-May-13]
(R) 16. Brad Goode Chicago Red (Origin Records) Jazz [15-Feb-13]
(14) 17. Danielle Ate The Sandwich {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [1-May-12]
(D) 18. a. Tom Collins Stick & Poke (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [19-Apr-13]
(20) 19. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant (self) Rock [5-Jan-13]
(R) 20. The SwaybackDouble Four Time (self) Rock [1-Mar-12]
(R) 21. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [19-Jan-13]
(R) 21. You, Me and ApolloS/T [EP] (self) Indie/New Alternative [1-Dec-12]
(R) 22. Head for the Hills Live (self) Bluegrass [1-May-12]
(10) 23. Andy HackbarthTreadmill Horses EP (January Records) Indie/New Altervative [13-Apr-13]
(31) 23. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [23-Mar-13]
(22) 24. The Haunted WindchimesOut with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [1-Apr-12]
(16) 25. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats Eyes on the Prize (self) Blues [7-Feb-13]
(D) 26. Selina AlbrightBrighter (self) Urban Contemporary [9-May-13]
(R) 27. A Boy and His Kite A Boy and His Kite (self) Indie/New Alternative [7-Jan-13]
(26) 27. Esme PattersonAll Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [1-Sep-12]
(R) 27. String Cheese IncidentCan’t Wait Another Day [single] (SCI Fidelity) Rock [1-Oct-12]
(11) 28. Elephant RevivalIt’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(R) 29. Calder’s RevolversSteady By Your Side (self) Rock [1-Nov-12]
(D) 29. The Changing Colors Joan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [27-Apr-13]
(D) 30. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues (self) Bluegrass [23-Mar-13]
(9) 31. SHEL SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [1-Aug-12]
(28) 32. Patrick DethlefsFall & Rise (self) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(D) 33. Sawmill Joe Jeffco (self) Americana [9-May-13]
(R) 34. Ben HauglandPoint of No Return (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [1-Jun-12]
(D) 34. Desirae GarciaIll Fitting (Blank Tape) Folk [20-Apr-13]

Fell Out of the TOP 40 in May
3. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP
5. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
12. Euforquestra – Let Us In
13. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
15. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
17. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
18. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
19. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
21. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
23. FaceMan – Talk Talk Talk
24. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
27. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
28. Wire Faces – King Cataract
29. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
29. OneRepublic – Native
30. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
32. Joshua Novak – Ephemeron
33. Churchill – The Change EP
33. Lisa Bell – The Italian Project
33. Take to the Oars – The Bow & the Stern EP
34. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
35. The Gromet – Barren

AdrienneO – Innocence
Air Dubai – Be Calm
Bang!Bang!Crisis – Hands [single]
Birch Street – Down the Line [single]
Cary Morin – Streamline
Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind
Chimney Choir – (compass)
Hezekiah Goode – Two Billion Acres of Salt
Jack Yoder & The 2 Piece Suit – Songs We Don’t Know
James and The Devil – Sample This
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches
Long Road Home – Headed Back to Dixieland
Remus Tucker Band – South of New Orleans
Sam Lee – Raise Your Flag
Sarah Kelton – Long Story Short
Sawmill Joe – Jeffco Ltd.
Selina Albright – Brighter
Sour Boy Bitter Girl – The Days After the Fire
The Gristle Gals – Sweet Pea
The Mile Markers – For the Madness
The Seven Hats – Scientific American
Zach Daniels – Silversmith


[X] = number of “current” titles reported as played in reporting period.  This is so you’ll not only see what the top five records getting the most spins are at any station, but also how many “current year” releases are getting played.

cassie taylor, out of my mindKAFM (Grand Junction) [27]
1. Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind
2. Fox Steet Allstars – Tough Talk
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
3. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

otis taylor_my world is goneKDNK (Carbondale) [21]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

Farmington HillKDUR (Durango) – frozen
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

paper bird_roomsKGNU (Boulder) [26]
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches
2. Rebecca Folsom – Reunion
3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. The Changing Colors – Joan & the King
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
4. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
5. Trout Steak Revival – Flight

cassie taylor, out of my mindKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100}
1. Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind
2..Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica Brown – Tangled Road Again
3. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues
3. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches
3. Paper Bird – Rooms

otis taylor_my world is goneKUNC (Greeley) [11]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Churchill – The War Within EP
4. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange

brad goode chicago redKUVO (Denver) [10]
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
4. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
5. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return

cassie taylor, out of my mindKVNF (Paonia) [7]
1. Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind
2. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant

paper bird_roomsOPEN-AIR 1340 AM (Denver) [62]
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
3. Glowing House – The Down and Out EP
4. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
5. Jesse Manley – A Path Through the Dark

churchill, the war withinThe Colorado Sound [37]
1. Churchill – The War Within EP
2. Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
3. Cassie Taylor (CC) – Out of My Mind
3. Danny Shafer – Whererver You Are
3. Selina Albright – Brighter


1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. Ryan Chrys – A Lick & A Promise
4. Head for the Hills – Live
5. Sawmill Joe – Jeffco Ltd.

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

selinaalbright2Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Selina Albright – Brighter
2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
3. Air Dubai – Be Calm
3. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
4. Flobots – The Circle In the Square

danny shafter wherever you areFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Danny Shafer – Wherever You Are
2. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP

paper bird_roomsIndie/New Alternative
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
4. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
4. You, Me and Apollo – S/T [EP]

brad goode chicago redJazz/Instrumental
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
3. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
4. Raincheck – Raincheck
5. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes

sam lee, raise your flagPOP / Contemporary Adult / Crossover
1. Sam Lee – Raise Your Flag
2. Andy Hackbarth – Treadmill Horses EP
3. Birch Street – Down the Line [single]
4. Rebecca Folsom – Reunion
5. Lindsey Saunders – Nothing Normal

churchill, the war withinROCK / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Churchill – The War Within EP
2. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
3. Beki Hemingway – I Have Big Plans For The World
4. Petals of Spain – Soul Canon
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant