CP S15 EP07 2021

FEB 15 2021 – I added a new feature to the show a couple of weeks ago.  Every week I’ll feature one of the incredible stations that air the Colorado Playlist.  This week’s featured station is 88.7FM KRZA Alamosa, “connecting cultures along the Upper Rio Grande.”    Please take a minute to visit their website or drop a note thanking them for supporting Colorado music on their Facebook page.

Andy Frasco & the U.N. held on to the top spot in this week’s spins with Antonio Lopez flashing in at #2 on the heels of all the spins it got statewide this week as a result of being on Middle Class Rockstar with Andy Sydow.

Indie 102.3 hit the debut from Grand Alliance nice and hard this past week, and Wellington Bullings is still a favorite there.  And yes, Colorado stations love jazz – hence the stellar Scenes of Changery from Adam Bodine closing out this week’s TOP 5.

Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.

The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


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 Andy Eppler.

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEB 13 2021

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 utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. – Keep On Keepin’ On LP (Apr-20)
2. ANTONIO LOPEZRoots and Wings LP (Jan-21)
2. THE GRAND ALLIANCEThe Grand Alliance LP (Jan-21)
4. WELLINGTON BULLINGS – Because I Want To LP (Jul-20)
5. ADAM BODINEScenes of Changery LP (Nov-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

CellsUh Oh (1979)
CellsDon’t Change Your Mind (1979)
(D) King CardinalDamn This Old Machine – (2021)

Nathaniel Rateliff – What A Drag – And It’s Still Alright (2020)
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene – Goin’ for Broke – City of Love (2019)
Heavy Diamond RingAlready Gone (2021)
Johnny & The Mongrels – Louisiana Girl – Creole Skies (2020)
Zuba – Imagine Freedom – The New Cruelty (1996)
Sweet Water Well – Zoeology – Watermelon (1996)
(D) Kid Astronaut – Cosmos – Cosmos (2021)

The Motet – The Truth – Totem (2016)
Post Truth Serum – The Picnic – Modern Victims (2020)
Eric Lilley Trio – Twirler – Joie De Vivre (2019)

HOUR 2

Jonny III – Hey Baby – Rocky Mountain Low: The Colorado Musical Underground Of The Late 1970s (2009)
Kenny Vaughan – Country Music Got A Hold On Me – V (2011)
(D) Mia Stegner – Scribbles – Scribbled Pleas On Yellowed Keys (2021)

Monocle Band – As Fast as I Can – Monocle Band (2013)
The Wood Brothers – Snake Eyes – Paradise (2015)
Bison Bone – Pack It Up – Find Your Way Out (2020)
Andy Eppler – Much Less Under – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
(D) PorloloAre We There Yet (2021)

Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Glow – New World Arisin’ (2017)
Dream Feed – Hey Now – Dream Feed (2018)
Peter Sommer – Looks Like This – Tremolo Canteen (2010)

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CP S15 EP05 2021

FEB 01 2021 – Well, that month went by fast.  WOW.  The biggest news as I enter February is that the Colorado Playlist will no longer be aired on the station that it launched from in April 2006, 88.9FM KRFC Fort Collins.  It’s been a great run there, and I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career to have my show be on two or more competing stations in the market simultaneously.

KRFC is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise their signal strength from 3kw to 50,000 watts.  I wish the station and all of my decades long friends there good luck.

On Jan 30, I FINALLY got the license plates I ordered last year! If you see these plates on the highways of Colorado, you’ll know it’s the “goat-mobile.”

If you’re missing going out to see live music, you’re not alone.  There is live music taking place, however.  It’s just not at any of the major venues like the Levitt Pavilion, Red Rocks or the Mission Ballroom.  It’s at small places with 20 to 50 people spaced out 6 to 10 feet apart.  When will see elbow to elbow audiences?  Probably not this year according to several sources I’ve spoken with in the industry.

In the meantime, please visit and support the CIVA (Colorado Independent Venue Association) website.  CIVA has partnered with the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to present monthly panels on issues the local independent venue industry is facing during this pandemic.


The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air.


Are you a working musician in Colorado, or a soundperson, stage hand, etc employed pre-COVID but seriously struggling to pay for rent, utilities or food?

Rocky Mountain Music Relief can’t meet all your needs, but we can offer some help. There’s an application at the bottom of the page.


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 Brody Danger.


TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 30 2021

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 utilize Spinitron.

TOP 5 and TOP 30 charts are culled from published spins at 13 Colorado non-profit community/public and college radio stations.

1. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERS – Manifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
2. KATIRIAMientes SINGLE (Dec-20)
3. (tie) CAITLIN CANNONThe Trash Cannon Album LP (May-20)
4. (tie) DANIEL RODRIGUEZ Sojurn of the Burning Sun LP (Jun-20)
5. XIUHTEZCATL – Runway Tapes LP (Oct-20)


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

John Denver – My Sweet Lady – Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971)
(D) The RegularDon’t Let Me Go (2020)

The Patti Fiasco – Saved By Rock And Roll – Saved By Rock And Roll (2016)
Dispatch – May We All – Phase 1 (2020)
(P) Lady Gang – Trying To Get By – Full Throttle (2021)
CITRAOcean (2020)
Stephen Stills – Circlin’ – Illegal Stills (1975)
Tommy Bolin – Teaser – Teaser (1975)
(D) David LadonSo Inert (2021)

Philip Bailey – Won’t Waste Time – Love Is Real (2010)
Ghost Tapes – Good News – FIG (2020)
The Chip Stephens Trio – Up a Lazy / Sweet Georgia Brown & Dig – Holding on What Counts (2007)

HOUR 2

The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band – Trouble in Paradise – Trouble In Paradise (1975)
(D) Many Mountains – What Used to Be – Endless Time (2021)

Robert Shredford – Queen Elizabeth Corgis – Robert Shredford (2020)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Josephina – Black Beehive (2014)
Chella & The CharmGood Gal (2019)
WildermissSupermagical (2020)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
(D) Plume VariaHold On To Me (2021)

DeVotchKa – The Common Good – 100 Lovers (2011)
The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Keith Oxman – Memphis Gene – Doing All Right (2009)

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*Not all titles played on the show are available on YouTube*

 

CP S15 EP03 2021

Jan 18 2021 – Today’s is my birthday.  I went away for the weekend, so I didn’t do any work – including on this blog.  So no TOP 5 this week.  Here’s what I’d like for my birthday.  Please support Rocky Mountain Music Relief, and if you work in the music industry, please apply for aid if you need it.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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 Caitlin Cannon.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

Chicago – Feelin’ Stronger Every Day – Chicago VI (1973)
(D) Lawn Chair Kings – New Clothes – Before It All (2021)

Trevor Hall – Put Down What You Are Carrying (feat. Brett Dennen) (2020)
Greensky Bluegrass – Do It Alone – All For Money (2019)
Hugh Phillips – Steel Drivers Lament – It’s Been A Long Time (2021)
The 89s – Apple Of My Eye – Wash Away (2020)
Dianne Reeves – Old Souls – Art & Survival (1994)
Drew Emmitt – Take The Long Way Home – Long Road (2008)
(D) Laykes – Shipwreck Fairytale – Globeville (2021)

Whiskey Blanket – Rule The Roost (Featuring Macklemore) – No Object (2010)
The Wood Brothers – Happiness Jones – One Drop of Truth (2018)
The Motet – Nachez – Breathe (1999)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way – Rocky Mountain Way (1975)
(D) Duke JusticeThe Turn (2021)

Andy Eppler – We Build the Gods – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
Whitacre – Sailor’s Son – Seasons (2019)
Gasoline Lollipops – Lady Liberty – All The Misery Money Can Buy (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Barbers and Bartenders – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Mama’s A Hairdresser – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
(N) Alright Alright – Don’t Worry – Crucible (2020)

OneRepublic – Tyrant – Dreaming Out Loud (2007)
IlleniumNightlight (2020)
Lynn Baker Quartet – Home of the Whopper – Lectrocoustic (2013)

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP S15 EP02 2021

Jan 11 2021 – What a difference a week makes.  The WEEKLY TOP 5 is all new this week, with Nathaniel Rateliff finally falling out of the TOP 10.  Cary Morin re-enters at #2 with Colorado roots supergroup Del Shamen at #1.  Alt punk-rockers Bud Bronson & the Good Timers enter the TOP 5 this week with newcomers Jess Parsons and XIUHTEZCATL

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pushing Stay At Home Silent Disco #2  presented by Tyler, The Creative (not the rap artist) on behalf of Rocky Mountain Music Relief, Inc – a CO 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping our community.  We raised over $3000 to help in the cause.

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now. I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attend4ing to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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 Cary Morin.  

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 09 2021

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 utilize Spinitron.

1. DEL SHAMEN Del Shamen LP (Oct-20)
2. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
3. JESS PARSONSHear Me Calling EP (Jan-21)
4. BUD BRONSON & THE GOOD TIMERSManifest Destiny EP (Dec-20)
4. XIUHTEZCATLRunway Tapes LP (Oct-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

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.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR DINING.

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

HOUR 1

Dean Reed Once Again (1960)
Dean ReedI Ain’t Got You (1960)
(D) Deborah Stafford & Robert JohnsonWhy Can’t We Live Together (2021)

James Lee Baker – Santa Barbara – 100 Summers (2020)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Complicated – The Show (2009)
Jack Hadley – Merry Go Round – Daybreak In Alabama: The Langston Hughes Project (2020)
Caitlin Cannon – Toolbag – The TrashCannon Album (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez – The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
The Apples In Stereo – Dance Floor – Travellers In Space And Time (2010)
(D) Robin LewisDeep Blue Water (2021)

DeVotchKa – Curse Your Little Heart – Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Andrew Vogt And His Twirling Zucchinis Distracted By Donuts – Distracted By Donuts (2019)

HOUR 2

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Colorado – The Flying Burrito Brothers (1971)
(D) J-CalvinYour Soul Knows (2021)

Augustus – Kick the Doors Down – Color TV and Tall Tales (2020)
The Drunken Hearts – Broken Things – The Prize (2018)
Dango Rose – Life’s Too Short – Ring Out / Life’s Too Short (2021)
Cary Morin – Lay Baby Lay – When I Rise (2018)
Cary Morin – Nobody Gotta Know – Dockside Saints (2020)
(D) despAIR Jordan – Train Wrecks of the Great Lakes – Before Your Wings Gave Out (2021)
Jill Sobule – Where Do I Begin – Nostalgia Kills (2018)
Liptruce – You Think You’re Hollywood – Liptruce (2020)
Adam Bodine – Surface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

CP S15 EP01 2021

Jan 04 2021 – HAPPY 2021!  Welcome to Season #15! WOW.  I hope we can celebrate together this April, which is the official birthdate of the show in 2006.  Of course, COVID will have a say in whether that event takes place or not.

A big welcome to new fans of the show listening in at KRZA Alamosa and KFFR Winter Park.  That brings the Colorado Playlist to 27 FM frequencies a week and 60 total hours of programming.

Due to the 27 frequency reach the CP has, it factors heavily into the weekly and monthly charts I publisher here, as well as the Colorado singles and album charts at RootsMusicReport.com.

I am very surprised to see the wonderful new album from Ron Miles hitting TOP 5 again this month, without any spins at all from two of our leading stations.  This is the 2nd time Rainbow Sign has pushed its way onto the weekly chart.

NEW POLL FORMAT – Instead of voting 1-5 for new tracks for the show, you can simply say you like it, don’t like it or say MEH-It’s OK.  Let’s see how that works.

As you may know, I founded Rocky Mountain Music Relief to help out in times just like now.  The Stay Home Silent Disco will put a nice chunk of change in our account.

Are you a working professional member of the Colorado music community?  I am also.  I know how hard things are.  Mortgage, utilities, transportation and food are just a few of the things that need attending to.  If you truly are in need, please reach out.  www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org

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 Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd & the Monsters)

TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JAN 02 2021

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 utilize Spinitron.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
  2. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
  3. CARY MORINDockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
  4. RON MILESRainbow Sign LP (Oct-20)
  5. BISON BONEFind Your Way Out LP (Jul-20)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

The Mishawakais 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.

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

HOUR 1

The Electric Prunes – Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers – Good Old Rock and Roll (1969)
Big Bird & The Steam ShovelWhat’s Happening (At The Psychiatrist Club) (1968)
(D) Pandas and PeopleBad Honey (2021)

Dafna – Let U Go – I Love You (2020)
OneRepublic – Future Looks Good – Oh My My (2016)
Del Shamen – Right Now – Del Shamen (2021)
Musketeer Gripweed – Rich Man’s Child – More Than Ever (2021)
piKziL – Can’t Get Started – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
The Samples – Warm & Sunny – Black & White (2004)

(D) Cass ClaytonMake Believing (2021) – Cass Clayton is a very good personal friend of mine. She serves on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Music Relief, a Colorado non-profit we started in 2017 to help artists struggling financially due to natural catastrophes. She’s also been directly involved with helping serve food-insecure members of our music community via Bread & Jam at Dazzle @ Bau’rs (Denver). AND she’s maintained a busy studio schedule along with all the other things she can think of to keep the music going. 

Kyle Emerson – Are You Lonely – Only Coming Down (2020)
Scott Martin – Pam – Alone at Sunset (2018)

HOUR 2

Eighth Penny MatterRain (1968)

(D) Ramakhandra – Kujira – Ramakhandra (2020) – Ramakhandra snuck up on me this past month when 303 Magazine named their S/T debut as Album of the Year for 2020. Up to that point, I’m sorry to say, I hadn’t heard of them. Recently, 303 music editor Kori Hazel and I noted between us that they are (unofficially) a band to watch for in 2021 and beyond.  

SHELRainbow (2020)
Slow Caves – Glares – Desert Minded EP (2017)
Andy Eppler – Nothin’ but the Rain – Broke Down Deluxe (2021)
The Railbenders – Hard Road – The Medicine Show (2018)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Hey Delila – Black Beehive (2014)
MojomamaPoint Of View Blues (2020)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Pine Box – Always Say Please And Thank You (2000)
Jason Klobnak – Through Her Eyes – Friends and Family (2018)

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The Colorado Playlist is provided to member stations at no cost.  Your support is deeply appreciated.  Your support will help to keep the program on the air as we enter its 15th season in 2021.