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.




Nathaniel Rateliff​ & the Night Sweats with Paper Bird
Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 26, 2015
8:00 pm


This concludes the outdoor summer season at “The Mish” … I hope to see you there for this fantastic show.  Nathaniel & company blew the sod off the lawn at the conclusion of Bohemian Nights at New West Fest on Aug 16.  And that field held a few thousand people!  What WILL they do to the 1000 that can cram in the Mish’s yard?  You really don’t want to miss this.


The Colorado Sound S9 EP31 2015 – SPECIAL ED. BOHEMIAN NIGHTS @ NWF

It’s Tuesday … I lost a day I think.  I know I was at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on Sunday with my son’s band and Chris Daniels & the Kings 11224102_10205836700008943_4417704871125413582_nand the Hazel Miller Band.  Yesterday I spent what seems like the entire day in my car on I25 – Longmont to the DTC to Fort Collins … so yeah, I guess I lost a day, huh?  Can’t seem to recall what I did on Saturday either.

Here’s what we looked like on stage

This week is all about Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins – and the focus of the show this week also is on Bohemian Nights.  There is no NEW show for the week Aug 15-21.


As with the show, the video picks this week are all about Bohemian Nights at New West Fest … 22 videos from the over 65 Colorado acts slated to appear this year …


The ReMinders “Africa On My Mind” from Born Champions (2012) 
Calder’s Revolvers “See to Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014) 
Dubskin “Release Me” from Release from Fear (2011)
Eldren “We Just Want the World” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
Post Paradise “Digging Secrets” from Digging Secrets (2013) 
Winchester Holiday “Douglas Road” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
Land Lines “Help” from The Natural World (2015)
Paa Kow “Black and White” from Ask (2014)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Loaded gun” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
Monocle Band “As Fast as I Can” from Monocle Band (2013)
The Dendrites “Lament for Melita” from Live at Evergroove (2015)


Firefall “Winds of Change” from Elan (1978)
Elephant Revival “Birds and Stars” from These Changing Skies (2013)
Air Dubai “Warning (feat. Patricia Lynn)” from All Day (2013) 
Flobots “The Circle in the Square” from The Circle in the Square (2012) 
Megan Burtt “In A Minute” from The Bargain (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “The Unballed Ballad of the New Folksinger” from Unentitled (2011)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Missing” from Born to Love the Blues (2015)
Michal Menert “Everything Shines” from Space Jazz (2015) 
In The Whale “Mail” from Full Nelson (2015)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)