The Colorado Sound S8|EP44 Nov 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014A great week as this year’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame class was announced by executive director G. Brown.  Congrats to Caribou Ranch, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Firefall, and Poco.  There is a considerable amount of history among those four acts, each of which contributed something significant to Colorado music history.  It will be great for folks from around the world to see and hear what these bands brought to Colorado when they visit Red Rocks over the years to come.   G has yet to announce the details of the show, scheduled for Jan 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.

When I spoke with Richie Furay for our Offstage Beyond the Music podcast, he said he’d be a part of it.  I’m sure Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts from Firefall will be present, and as well, Kenny Passarelli who did some time with Manassas, and who still lives and produces records here regionally.  Jimmy Ibbotson from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still lives here, so I’m sure he’ll be a part of things also.  Beyond that, I have to wonder if we’ll get to see Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman from Manassas or John McEuen or some of the other guys from “the Dirt” band.  It’d be a hellova show for us baby boomers for sure if as many living members of the bands as possible were able to participate.  Most of those guys are mid to late 60s and older now (Richie is 78) now and were instrumental in our lives in the 60s and 70s.

NEWS & NOTES:  

EMAIL OR FACEBOOK?

One of my clients emailed me this week and asked my opinion about promoting a show.  He asked which is a better method – email or facebook.  What do you think?  To add to the complication, an article hit just as I was hitting the publish button that underlies the confusion and lack of ease with which musicians and bands and others of us in the music promote our shows etc.  According to an article published Nov 17 in Digital Music News, “Facebook will be reducing the amount of “overly promotional” posts from Pages in newsfeeds starting in 2015. Posts that aren’t paid ads will become less visible if they meet the following criteria:

  1. “Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  2. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  3. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads”

To go with that, “…you can no longer offer incentives to get page likes.” 

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Some friends introduced me to this “new” single from OneRepublic, off their Native album.  There’s a story here worth our attention.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

The 3rd installment of my conversation with Reed Foehl.  If you’d like to download it go to KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado pls.  I’m only allowing streaming from here.

PLAYLIST S8|EP44

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

HOUR 1

The Czars “What I Can Do For You” from Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (1970)
Space Team Electra “Saints Are Bleeding” from The Vortex Flower (2001)
(D) The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(N) Silent Bear “Red Colorado Night” from The Green Lion (2014)
Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

HOUR 2

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Manassas “Colorado” from Manassas (1972)
Firefall “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” from Firefall (1976)
Poco “When It All Began” from Legacy (1989)
(N) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
Hazel Miller Band “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

The Colorado Sound S8|EP43 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014To Spotify, or not to Spotify – for that is the question of the age: Whether to be popular and bought and paid for – or unpopular and unpaid – whether to suffer from the loneliness of being among the unheard, or the disdain of the few who hate, hate, hate you for who you are and what they perceive you to be.  Yeah, okay … so my Shakespeare is shaky; it’s been 40+ years since I’ve read any.  But for those who record today the issue is among the most talked about and debated.

Taylor Swift made news recently when her record label deleted her new album “1989” from Spotify – instead forcing the album into the physical and digital marketplaces, primarily Target and iTunes.  Whether this was a good long term business strategy, or simply a shrewd way to force Taylor’s fans to buy instead of stream, it at least excited a conversation about how RECORDING ARTISTS are paid for the work they produce for our enjoyment.

Wait! This ain’t about Colorado music! — Yes. It. Is.  This continues to be a conversation that dominates the local artist scene.  It’s time we at least start to acknowledge that streaming is in – buying is out.  NOT SO FAST, you say?  Okay.  Which is more popular, iTunes download store or Pandora?  Pandora or Spotify?  And let’s not forget YouTube, the single most dominant music discovery site in the world.

How many actual physical cds did you buy in 2014?  Did you buy those physical cds from a store, or from CDBaby, Amazon, or a band website or at a show?  Or did you, like most of us today, simply dial up Spotify or YouTube – places where virtually NO MONEY IS MADE (or so little it may as well be none) for our friends who spend upwards of $12,000 or more to produce a full length album at one of our incredible regional recording studios – or who make investments totalling THOUSANDS to produce records in home studios.  This is NOT an inexpensive venture we’re talking about here.

For me it’s about fans BUYING from the merch table at the show.  It’s about spending not only the $5 cover (are you kidding me?) – or the $15 on three beers (which the band gets nothing of ) – but about spending $5-$15 on an EP or LP cd at a show – the last real place we’re likely to see any measurable sales for most of our friends in scene.

christmas-tree-clipartChristmas is coming up — what do you think — BUY LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC.  That is all.

Speaking of Christmas – got wonderful news hours after show production deadline this week that Poco (and I believe Richie Furay separately), Firefall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Manassas will all be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theater on Friday January 9, 2015.  Show details to be announced later this month.  Congrats to all of the incredible Colorado musicians past and present who will be a part of that incredible gift.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

To download this week’s segment of OSBTM please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado

PLAYLIST S8|EP43 NOV 2014

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

HOUR 1

The Apples in Stereo “Shine A Light” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2014)
Musketeer Gripweed “End of the Day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
(D) Chimney Choir “Motion” from Motion (2015)
Toad In the Hole “Wiser” from APT 203 (2013)
Big Gigantic “Touch the Sky” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Dream A Little Dream of Me” from Dream A Little Dream of Me (2015)
Joe Johnson “Don’t Let Your Blue Eyes Cry” from A Time to Dance (2011)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blue” from Music Along the Way (2008)

HOUR 2

Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1995)
Sixteen Horsepower “Coal Black Horses” from 16 Horsepower (1995)
(D) Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Sofie Reed “Down By the Riverside” from Red Hen (2014)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Ark Life “Very Fine Friends” from Very Fine Friends (2015)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
(D) Lauren Brombert “Love’s Carousel” from Love’s Carousel (2015)
Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
The Motet “Afrotech” from Instrumental Dissent (2007)

The Colorado Sound V4 EP33 Sept 1-7 2012

First things first:  Make sure you check out News Notes & Spins – under the charts category … for the Aug Top 40 and more …

Thanks to Andy Rok for making sure I got new Bop Skizzum music to debut exclusively this week.  Much love to those folks – the new material sounds great.   Also new this week – The Yawpers debut full length.   I just received and am looking forward to some other new releases breaking on the show next week – including one from a relatively new artist on the scene who has the support of an all-star lineup of support from some of the the top bands in the state:  Keith Moseley, Bill Nershi and Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Chris Misner and Tyler Grant (Grant Farm & Drew Emmitt Band), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon & Emmitt Nershi Band), Chris Thompson and Stef Briggs (Coral Creek), Joe Lessard (Head for the Hills), and Liza Oxnard (Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Motet) …and new music from a band that Westword’s Dave Herrera had in his HEAVY ROTATION last week – The Royal. 

The Playlist

(D) = album debut on show
(N) = new track from previously debuted album

John Denver “Paradise” from Rocky Mountain High (1972)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Mr. Bojangles” from Mr. Bojangles (1970)
Rick Roberts “Glad to be Goin’” from She Is A Song (1973)
Joe Cocker “One Word (Peace)” from Hymn For My Soul (2008)
(D) John Oates Band “Sittin’ On Top of the World” from The Bluesville Sessions (2012)
(N) Chris Daniels “Wildcat” from Better Days (2012)
(N) Ending People “Amazing Grace” from Fill Your Lungs (2012)
Bad Weather California “When You Smile” from Sunkissed (2012)
(D) Bop Skizzum “Leave It At the Door” from Coloradical (2012)
The Knew “Old and Young” from Man Monster (2012)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Katie Herzig “Best Day of Your Life” from The Waking Sleep (2011)
Jill Sobule “Cinnamon Park” from Underground Victorious (2004)
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “You Don’t Know What Love Is” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)
String Cheese Incident “Outside and Inside” from Outside Inside (2001)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
(D) The Yawpers “All Night Long” from Capon Crusade (2012)
Reed Foehl “River Song” from Stoned Beautiful (2007)
Churchill “Change” from Change EP (2012)
Grant Farm “The Nine Pound Hammer” from Grant Farm (2012)
Leftover Salmon “Gulf of Mexico” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
(N) Jeff Brinkman “Don’t Bring Me Down” from Strange (2012)
Coles Whalen “Paper Airplane” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “No One In The World” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(N) SHEL “The Battle of Evermore” from SHEL (2012)
The Monocles “The Spider & the Fly” from The Spider & the Fly (1966)
Adam Revell & Essence Rider “Quintessence” from Triple Leaf (2010)

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP17 2012

There are some who have questioned me about including such bands as Poco and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the show.  However, it is worth pointing out that Poco was put together by Richie Furay who has lived here since forming Poco, along with Rusty Young on pedal steel and drummer George Grantham from the band Boenzee Cryque … and Randy Meisner, originally from Nebraska, but who played in a local band called the Poor.  We get to claim Poco as our own.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band moved here from California in 1970 as well, after not quite making it since forming in 1965.  After any number of changes in personnel, the band’s move to Colorado was the exact catalyst the band needed to produce the still amazing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”  Jimmy Ibbotson is the sole remaining member of the band living in Colorado to this day.  You’ll find his name on recordings with other acts from Colorado as well, including one of the sweetest country-folk records of the past decade – “Howling At the Moon” by Runaway Express.

There was one new cut I just could not get into the show this week, so I’m including the video here … expect this cut and others from the new Joe Sampson album to get some love on the show this year.  It’s really good to see Nathaniel Rateliff on this cut

THE PLAYLIST FOR EP17

(D) = album debut on show  (N) = new track from previously debuted album

Poco “A Good Feeling To Know” from A Good Feeling to Know (1972)
Todd Adelman & the Love Handles “Sorry” from Todd Adelman & the Love Handles (2009)
Katie Herzig “Free My Mind” from Free My Mind (2011)
Bad Weather California “I’ll Reach Out My Hand” from Sunkissed (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Flashbulb Fires “Dark Ghost (I’ve Got Arms)” from Gasconader (2012)
The Epilogues “The Fallout” from The Fallout (2010)
Flobots “White Flag Warrior” from Survival Story (2010)
Tennis “Origins” from Young and Old (2012)
Swing Hero “Basement” from Swing Hero (2012)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Walkin Shoes” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
The Blue Canyon Boys “I Want You To Want Me” from House Full Of Sorrows (2009)
Lindsay & the Lost Caravan “You Don’t Know Me” from You Don’t Know Me (2012)
Jim Stranahan “I’ve Got No Rhythm In My Feet” from Free For All (2010)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” from Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith In a Man” from {like a king} (2012)
(N) Achille Lauro “Hard Pressed” from Flight or Flight (2012)
(N) Instant Empire “Without Wires” from Instant Empire (2011)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Katie Glassman “Bye Bye Boise” from Snapshot (2012)
Acoustic Junction “Goodbye World” from Strange Days (2000)
Dave Sonner “Come Clean” from The American Campus (2011)
Longest Day Of The Year “Change Our Ways” from Turn Into the Ground (2012)
(D) Rob Drabkin “You Can Call Me Al” from Rob Drabkin Live {1-19-12 Bluebird Theater} (2012)
Coles Whalen “Go Child” from The Whistle Stop Road Record (2009)
Brad Goode “Tight Like This” from Tight Like This (2010)