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 Monday Oct 29 2018 Well, that’s it.  October is in the books, and with it the 2018 new release year.  It’s been an exciting year of music – and now it’s time to start working on what records will be considered among the best of the past year.  Be looking for upcoming polls and posts with your chance to vote.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Mortenson and Harrison Goodale, the principles behind Sustain Music & Nature, an amazing organization that recently invited the Burroughs to participate in in Songscapes.  Here’s our chat:  

105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Covenhoven  at Swallow Hill Music (Denver) Fri, Nov 9

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

Wildermiss with Silver & Gold and Ivory Circle at the Downtown Artery (Fort Collins) Friday, November 9

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


Anyone doubting that the Album of the Year is for 2018?  Oh, and have you heard of Nathaniel’s new candy bar?

“A Little Honey” Handcrafted Chocolate with Honey, Blood Orange, and Marigold

“Inspired by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ “A Little Honey”, this limited edition craft chocolate is a fundraising collaboration between The Marigold Project, Small Batch America, and Fruition Chocolate Works. Made with 74% dark heirloom Costa Rican cacao, organic honey, blood orange, and marigold petals. Packaged in a letterpress sleeve.

Proceeds from ‘A Little Honey’ will benefit The Marigold Project and Denver Urban Garden’s work to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens. DUG knows that in order to make lasting change, the community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of their urban gardens and farms have been started and led by local residents. They currently have over 170 gardens in six counties in the Metro Denver Area.”


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 on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation, Spotify or YouTube.


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


The Samples “Could It Be Another Change” from Samples (1990)
(N) New Mexican “Broken Horse” from Take It On Our Shoulders (2018) 

King Cardinal “Seventeen” from Great Lakes (2017)
Great American Taxi “We Can Run” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
(N) Mojomama “The Big Easy” from Red White And Blues (2018) 
Slopeside “Saratoga” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Flobots “Run (Run Run Run)” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Paul Kimbiris “Song of Summer” from May Day EP (2018)
FY5 “White Colored Pencil” from The Way These Things Go (2018)
Monocle Band “Medicine” from The Clearing (2017)
Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015)
Keith Oxman “Brothers, Michael and Jean-Marc” from East of the Village (2017)


Zuba “Universal” from The New Cruelty (1996)
(D) Andy Eppler “Whistles in the Darkness” (2018)  

A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Burroughs “Step into the Music” from Step Into the Music (2018)
(D) Bud Bronson & the Good Timers “End Of Our Lives” from Between the Outfield and Outer Space (2018)  
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Detonator” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
The Patti Fiasco “Saved by Rock and Roll” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Paa Kow “Pete Pete” from Cookpot (2017)

I Need Never Get Old

I’ve been thinking about that very subject lately … how some people simply just get “old.”  I’m one of those who said to myself as a teenager that I would never old.  Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats sure help me out by laying down a groove reminiscent of my childhood, listening to the likes of Otis Taylor and Wilson Pickett among the legends.

Nathaniel likes to remind me that he and I met when we both appeared on a singer songwriter bill with the Late Jack Redell many years ago.  I don’t remember the event, but he does LOL  A sign of me getting old maybe?  Hmmm.  I sure hope not, because as the song goes, “I Need Never Get Old.”

Nathaniel has never ceased to amaze me with his diverse range musically and vocally.  He’s gone from being in the highly popular indie/new alternative rock band Born in the Flood to international touring folk artist on Rounder records, to his latest incarnation as southern-soul savant leading the Nightsweats – something he never really saw himself as until it actually happened a couple of years ago.

The new full length is due out later this summer on the legendary Stax Records (Otis Redding. Booker T. & the M.G.’s.) and is produced by the Shins’ Richard Swift, who also worked on the latest from fellow Denverites, Tennis.

Obviously you’ll hear it on the show as soon as the record company gets me a copy .. for sure.



4 locals x locals logoJune 6 – For Locals x Locals Presented by The Colorado Sound and Scene Magazine featuring Cracker, Post Paradise, Branded Bandits, Red Fox Run, Shaley Scott Band and Winchester Holiday.  A music festival to celebrate and honor local musicians and local music industry vendors. The goal of this festival is to create a space for our musical community to thrive. If you are a local musician, we would like to offer you free admission and a beer. If you’re a fan, please be honest and support your local music scene with your ticket purchase. Treat this as an opportunity to meet new musicians, find out about local music industry and catch up with old friends.

BluesJam_375June 12 & 13 The Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley with Austin Young– featuring Michaela Rae and friends + Maynard Mills Blues Band + George Whitesell and His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins+ The Frails – all female review featuring Erica Brown, MJ, G’Jai, Michaela Rae, Miss Audrey, Susan Phelan & national headliners Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop and more.

June 13Westword, KUNC & The Colorado Sound Present The Samples featuring Sean Kelly at Herman’s Hideaway w/ guests Tomahawk Fox, Lola Rising, The Humbuckers …. Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm … Tickets $12.00 – $120.00

August 1 – 8th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono.  Lineup TBA.  The region’s first spirits tasting and competition event, started four years ago.  Previous include Richie Furay, Lionel Young, Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) and others.

mishawakaAugust 9 – The Colorado Sound Presents Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Goatz!, andWilliam’s Reserve on Aug 9 at the Mishawaka




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How Do You Define…. and why does it matter?


puzzled emotoconYou ever stop and think about how you perceive and personally define styles or genres of music?  What does AAA mean?  Americana?  Rock?  Pop?  Can you articulate the difference between Rhythm & Blues and contemporary R&B?  Neither can most people – even those we’d think might or should know …such as event talent buyers.

So, I’m on the phone this week – doing what I do – consulting on matters related to music in Colorado, and I get asked “how do you define singer-songwriter?”  My immediate off the cuff answer was “everyone in music is a singer songwriter if they sing songs they write.”  That’s true.  If you sing songs you write you are in fact a singer-songwriter.  But the definition goes well beyond that.

The question came about because the person I was consulting had gotten push back from event buyers for being a singer-songwriter.  For many people in the scene – event buyers especially – the term brings a less than likable meaning – that of solo (or duo) act that sings soft wimpy ballady acoustic “folk” type songs – the type you hear in coffee shops and many brew pubs regionally today.

folk singerAccording to Allmusic.com,  “…the term Singer/Songwriter refers to the legions of performers that followed Bob Dylan in the late 60s and early 70s. Most of the original singer/songwriters performed alone with an acoustic guitar or a piano but some had small groups for backing. Their lyrics were personal, although they were often veiled by layers of metaphors and obscure imagery. Singer/songwriters drew primarily from folk and country, although certain writers like Randy Newman and Carole King incorporated the song-craft of Tin Pan Alley pop. The main concern for any singer/songwriter was the song itself, not necessarily the performance.”

Examples of singer songwriters also include:  Simon & Garfunkle, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Lennon, Van Morrison, and James Taylor from the 70’s and from the more contemporary listings, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, and Sara Bareilles to name a few.

This point is worth repeating; The main concern for any singer/songwriter was the song itself, not necessarily the performance.”

So why does it matter?  It is the performance issue that drives many buyers away from so called singer-songwriters.  Many buyers don’t see the singer-songwriter as a performer – as an ENTERTAINER (despite the Billy Joels and Elton Johns, who few think of as singer-songwriters, but rather pop and/or rock acts).

I made a few calls to verify that my thinking was in line with realities on the ground.  I wondered why “singer-songwriters” need not apply in most cases.  The answer was “energy.”  What I took from that was not “energy” but FAMILIARITY.  Bring an Elton John or Bob Dylan tribute band to the party and you’re in.  Bring in Bob Dylan performing solo songs on an acoustic guitar that no one has yet become familiar with and he’s out.  Why?  FAMILIARITY = ENERGY and ENERGY = FAMILIARITY.

It’s not that folks expect to hire cover bands …and tribute bands fall into a different role in the scene – accepted as something more than a cover band.  It’s that folks who put on events desire music that the average attendee can “move along to” (read:  “sing along to”) even if they’ve never heard the song before.

If you avoid using the term singer-songwriter, as an artist what do you say you do musically?  Americana?  What’s that?  What’s different between pop and rock?  Is country “country” if it doesn’t sound like what’s on commercial country radio – or is that even country to begin with and when is it “too country?”  How bout the differences between Rhythm & Blues (R&B) in the classic context, and R&B in the contemporary context?

One event buyer/planner this week asked me to find them “Colorado sounding” acts.  When pressed, I came away with an answer that what was meant was acts in the bluegrass, jam-grass, jamband, reggae. jamband oriented funk and hip-hop, and “Americana” (read: non Nashville sounding country) styles of music.  At no time was I asked for singer-songwriter, folk, rock, pop, blues, soul, jazz, or country.

My best advice?  Leave the genres to those who care (uh … hello?)  and define based on comparatives, on “if you like so and so you’ll like _____________”  … choose “__________ compliments so and so in a mix,”  NOT “_________ sounds like so and so.

And even if you are, don’t call yourself a singer-songwriter … most singer songwriters I know can do solo, duo, trio, quartet, or even orchestra shows – and are not simply a gal or guy with a guitar …or Bob Dylan without a band …a “folk” singer.

When we think of great Colorado singer-songwriters, here are a few I think are definitely worth mentioning …we do love singer-songwriters in Colorado.  Turns out they’re among our most revered treasures.


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Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run

Today is Wednesday. It’s show production day.  The show goes out tomorrow for airplay on network stations from Saturday thru the following Friday.  As I was putting together this week’s show, listening to new releases, I came across the entire new album from Nathaniel Rateliff – with what is really the Wheel as the band – Joseph Pope III (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Julie Davis (vocals/upright bass), James Han (piano/organ) and Patrick Meese (drums).  I anticipate this record will enjoy a long life on radio playlists around the state (should it actually make it to stations in the network).

enjoy …  

Check out the entire new album at http://nathanielrateliff.com/falling-faster