Friday night we attended the Whippoorwill album release show at Washington’s in Fort Collins.  The show featured recent North Carolina transplant, Courtney Hartman.  

Saturday night I emcee’d Strings and Stories featuring members of the Elephant Collective in Longmont, presented by the Future Arts Foundation.

After that show ended at a very reasonable 9:30PM, we drifted over to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids for a late night dinner and to catch up with good friends, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene. 

 We didn’t stay long at Oskar Blues.  As usual, the Crime Scene brought a full house, and a rockin’ band to the stage.  Despite a replacement drummer, the band continues to show why they’re one of the best blues based roots rock and roll bands in our scene. The driving energy that comes off the stage is palpable.

The Strings & Stories concert series features national and local musicians in a very intimate and stripped down atmosphere. Musicians will play songs from their catalog and tell their stories. Proceeds from each concert will provide an instrument to a local school in need.”

The Elephant Collective is a production house, artist development agency and music media platform founded by Dango Rose (Elephant Revival). They offer production, collaborative songwriting, and personalized coaching services focused on career growth for musicians. 

The Elephant Collective set featured former founding Elephant Revival members Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law, along with two friends, newcomer Bob Berrick aka Kingdom Jasmine and Jonny Miller aka J Robert Miller from the Lonesome Days.

Dango, Sage and Bridget performed songs from the Elephant Revival catalog as well as songs from their own personal collections.  Each told stories behind their songs.  Sage’s often humorous off-tangent stories proved to be a hit with the sold out audience in the small Firehouse Arts Center performance room.

On the other side of the stage, the very pregnant (35 weeks) Bridget law owned the audience with an angelic (albeit breathy) voice, and stunning violin work.  Bridget also recently released an album with her husband’s Tierro Band.

Strings and Stories is one of the region’s rare actual listening events, and it’s all for a great cause.  Future Arts Foundation is also producing the Bluebird Music Festival next April.  The final S&S show is December 14th, and it’s SOLD OUT… sorry.

Album release shows are very often the most exciting shows a band from our region performs.  Typically, and the case here, it’s when the greatest number of local fans come out in celebration.  Whippoorwill’s crowd and a strong contingent of Courtney Hartman supporters nearly filled the nine hundred seat Washington’s FoCO (a Colorado Playlist sponsor).

Courtney did an adequate job as the opening act, her quiet presence on the stage and intricate compositions perhaps better suited for smaller, quieter, more attentive audiences.  She showed her admirable guitar skills also during Whippoorwill’s set.

Whippoorwill is essentially a trio, featuring Patti Fiasco leader Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals).   The band was rounded out on stage with the album’s producer, J.Tom Hnatow from Kentucky on keyboards and pedal steel, along with the session bass player.

A seasoned leader of the high energy alternative country-rock band Patti Fiasco, that has opened for the likes of Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center, Kraft’s presence dominates.  She prowls and stalks the stage with externalized emotional energy, throwing ball buster level kicks and holding her shimmering silver electric guitar like she’ll seriously mess you up if you try to take it from her.  Everything about Alysia screams “big stage persona.”

Her partner in music and life, Staci Foster, is the internalized muse – and the perfect quiet complement to Alysia’s highly kinetic stage presence.  Staci’s demurely reserved presence is amplified by an equally timid and delicate voice, contrasting suitably against Alysia’s upfront rock and roll attitude.

Drummer and vocalist Tobias Bank fills in all the required spaces, vocally and rhythmically.  Together with Kraft, the three core members of Whippoorwill presented themselves as one of the best country inspired vocal trios on the Front Range today.

There’s little doubt Whippoorwill will be one of the better drawing bands in Northern Colorado in 2020, with Alysia Kraft further cementing her legacy as one of the top female entertainers in our state from over the past decade, regardless of the band she fronts or shares the spotlight with.

CP S12 EP35 2018

 THURSDAY SEPT 20, 2018 WOW … I took a week off!  And I need to catch up … I just produced EP 37 for airplay Sept 22-28 and haven’t posted the playlists for EPs 35 or 36 yet … so some house cleaning in order this week and next it seems.

FROM OSKAR BLUES:  We’re stoked to announce our 16th CANiversary show lineup! We’re pulling out all the stops in 2018 with music the Gasoline Lollipops, Bonnie and the Clydes, and Lonesome Days. It’s goin’ down in the Oak Room, one of the most intimate venues in the area, on November 17. TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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


Many people who live in our area today may not remember that Jill Sobule grew up in Denver in the 60s and 70s, and attended CU in Boulder.  It was only after she left the area to pursue music professionally that she had a hit in the 90s’ with I Kissed A Girl (no, not the more recent hit by the same name).  Since then, Jill has become known internationally as an exceptional folk artist — though her newest hit may not actually show her in that light.


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 or YouTube.


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


The Christines “Hollow” from the Christines (1994)
(N) Devotchka “Angels” from The Night Falls Forever (2018)

King Cardinal “Gasoline” from One A Giant EP (2015)
Brothers Keeper “Why Do You Fall” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(D) The Dollhouse Thieves “Shadow to Your Ghost” from The Dollhouse Thieves (2018)  
 (N) Voodoo Kings “She Dreams” from Faith & Whiskey (2018)


 Houses “Me & Mr Kelly” from Summer (2009)
Oakhurst “Kooky-eyed Fox” from Dual Mono (2005)
The Railbenders “The Medicine Show” from The Medicine Show (2018)
(D) Kid Reverie “Run” from Kid Reverie (2018)
The Lumineers “Sleep on the Floor” from Cleopatra (2016)
The Host Club “Happiness” from Flash of Life (2018)
GogoLab “Honey Trap” from Border Patrol (2013)


Jill Sobule “The Jig Is Up” from Jill Sobule (1995)
(D) Highway 50 “Rise Up Burl” from Rise Up Burl (2018)
piKziL “Here’s the News” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
The Wood Brothers “Luckiest Man” from Ways Not To lose (2005)
(D) Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “What Can You Do” from Hard Core Broken Heart (2018)

iZCALLI “A New Lie” from IV (2018)
Achille Lauro “Hard Pressed” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Pretty Lights “Around the Block (feat Talib Kweli)” from A Color Map Of The Sun (2013)
(D) Dream Feed “Push and Pull” from Dream Feed (2018)

The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017)
Slopeside “Saratoga” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Tia Fuller “Fury of Da’mond” from Diamond Cut (2018)

CP S12 EP23 2018

A NOTE about the MMMM … When I started it many months ago I intended it as a way to share the new music in this blog that I debuted each week in the broadcast version of the show. I never intended the KEEP or DELETE feature to be a way for fans of a band to just come in and run up votes without also experiencing the other new cuts I share … which has happened more and more over time.

I can tell every time a band’s fans only vote for the band that drives them to the poll.  A song may get 60+ KEEP votes while five other songs get a bare handful of votes.

I appreciate every vote that every song earns.  I hope those who vote for one song at least check out others that are shared.

It’s never easy to announce the end of an era, especially when it entails the death of a friend or family member. Last Wednesday, as I was finishing up production on EP23 news flashed across my FB pg that Coupe Studios (Boulder) founder Scott Roche passed away from cancer.

I did not know Scott well.  We knew each other professionally through the scene, and he always wanted me to know about some new record coming from Coupe.  I actually got to record one song there, one my late wife wrote called Once Upon a Snowflake.  It was the very first song I ever recorded.

The history of Coupe Studios will not end with Scott.  He was wise enough to know that all life ends and if the studio was to continue then younger people had to do the work – so he set it up that way – that a couple of younger guys would move the vision forward.

Long live Coupe Studios (founded in a chicken coop) – RIP Scott Rouch.


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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 or YouTube.


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


Hillbilly Hellcats “Rockabilly Rebel” from Our Brand (1998)
Judge Roughneck “Rude One” from Westword Music Awards ’97 (1997)
(D) Oxeye Daisy “Where Your Mind Goes” from Oxeye Daisy (2018) 

Kyle Emerson “Wise Blood” from Dorothy Alice (2017)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Hey Delila” from Black Beehive (2014)
(D) in/Planes “She’s Gone” from Radio Wave (2018) 

Brent Cowles “9th & Lafayette” from Cold Times (2017)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
Devotchka “The Common Good” from 100 Lovers (2011)
(D) The Motet “That Dream” (2018)

OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)
Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)


String Cheese Incident “Got What He Wanted” from ‘Round The Wheel (1998)
(D) Hunter James “Wind Blowing Through This Town” from Z Access (2018)

Andy Palmer “Black Moses (Harriet Tubman)” from The Switch (2017)
Brothers Keeper “Days Go By” from Todd Meadows (2014)
(D) Andy Eppler “We Build the Gods” (2018)

CITRA “Static Erratic” from Mr Copacetic EP (2018)
Paul Galaxy & the Galatix “Road Dog” from Slingshot (2004)
Dressy Bessy “Electrified” from Electrified (2005)
The Knew “Bang the Drum” from Man Monster (2012)
(D) Kayla Marque “Fold In Half” (2018)

Florea “Running of the Bulls” from Florea (2018)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home)” from Tearing At The Seams (2018)
Tia Fuller “Joe’n Around” from Diamond Cut (2018)

Colorado Playlist – S11 EP27

Wolford Mountain – 6:40AM Saturday July 22

I went fishing this weekend.  I was very lucky – not with fishing – but with DEBUTs this week.

A.J. Fullerton and Face Vocal Band both shared new cuts that are not yet available generally.   Face Vocal Band will be appearing at the Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono on August 5 in direct support of Cracker, and will be headlining Red Rocks on August 6 with Dearling.

The new album from the critically praised bluesman A.J. Fullerton will be out August 24.

This week’s MMMM has three new cuts from Dave & the Gin Mill Gypsies, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, and the Garrett Sayers Trio.  Make sure to listen and vote, pls.

I took NO music with me onto the water, nor did I play music at my campsite.  The only time I listened to music was in the car, during all 308 miles of the trip.  One thing that consistently stood out was the new EP from the Still Tide, which is sure to be among my favorites of 2017.

BTW .. the fishing at both Wolford Mountain Reservoir (outside of Kremmling), and Willow Creek Reservoir (outside of Grandy) was “EH.”  But – driving with the top down in the mountains (exceeding the speed limit of course) – listening to music – PRICELESS!


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 SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.


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


Poco “Pickin’ up the Pieces” from Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
(D) A.J. Fullerton “Kalamath” from Kalamath (2017)
Paper Bird “I Don’t Mind” from Paper Bird (2016)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
(D) Face Vocal Band “Big Time” from Big Time EP (2017)
Petals of Spain “Daydream” from Daydream (2017)
Rossonian “In the Summer” from Late Kids EP (2016)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Tiffany Christopher “Pirates” from Tremendous Heart (2017)
Elephant Revival “Peace Tonight” from Petals (2016)
The String Cheese Incident “Swampy Waters” from One Step Closer (2005)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)


The Astronauts “My Sin Is My Pride” from Quiet Village (1965)
Beast “Don’t You Think It’s Time” from “Beast” (1969)
(D) Dave & the Gin Mill Gypsies “Tell Me Wyoming” from Western Fusion (2017)

Chimney Choir “I dream” from (dream) (2017)
Mollie O’Brien “In My Girlish Days” from Big Red Sun (1998)
My Blue Sky “Good Man Blues” (2017)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Hell Bent for Heaven” from Bad Magic Baby EP (2017)
Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Five Iron Frenzy “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
(N) Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Missing Link” from Missing Link (2017) 

Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Gasoline Lollipops “Jesus Ain’t Dead” from Resurrection (2017)
(N) Garrett Sayers Trio “Mrs Lee” from Thinkbox (2017) 

Townes Van Zandt


Colorado Playlist – S11 EP18

There’s no doubt that summer is my most favorite time of year — for no other reason than for over a decade now I’ve had the great pleasure of getting on stages around the region and introducing audiences to some of my favorite Colorado bands.  This summer is no exception.

Thanks to The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, we’ll be making our 3rd Annual trip up the Poudre River on Aug 6 for the 11th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist with some very good friends in MY BLUE SKY along with KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE.

Every Thursday night from June 1 until the week before BOHEMIAN NIGHTS @ NEW WEST FEST I host the BOHEMIAN NIGHTS THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE series that includes: SHEL (JUNE 1), BLUE CANYON BOYS (JUNE 8), THE REMINDERS (JUNE 15), DRESSY BESSY (JUNE 22), CHRIS DANIELS & THE KINGS w/FREDDI GOWDY, HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI*BEAMS,  and others … see website for details

Chris Daniels is busy working on a new KINGS record that he hopes to have done by the end of summer and that will feature the band as it was originally – as a horn based blues band.  The album, according to Chris, will feature both covers and originals.

Speaking of new albums, I spoke with Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon recently …he informed me that the LoS is heading into the studio this summer to record their next album with newest member on keyboards, Eric Deutsch.  No date on when to expect that album to be done… though I’d guess in time for festival season 2018.

The Colorado Playlist LIVE 365 has relaunched … and includes favorites from the past three years right now …check it out.


Support for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon. 11th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist – Buy Tickets … and from Oskar Blues Brewery – supporting Colorado music for 20 years.


My friends in the business and I are always comparing notes on who we think the next POSSIBLE act is to break out nationally from the Centennial State.  Brent’s on his way – with a new label deal that pairs him up with the Lumineers and one of the strongest stage personas in the state – this video will go a long way to establishing him as a new force breaking out of the state.


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


Wendy Woo “Ghost” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
(D) Esme Patterson “Find It (feat. Jonny 5, Ian Cooke)” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017) 

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017)
Brent Cowles “Lift me up” from Cold Times EP (2017)
John-Alex Mason “Riding On” from Jook Joint Thunderclap (2011)
Cassie Taylor “No Ring Blues” from Out of My Mind (2012)
(D) Flobots “Carousel” from No Enemies (2017) 

The Burroughs “Cut You Down” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Ivory Circle “And I Try” from Isoceles (2015)
Jeff Jenkins Organization “Braking Bad” from The Arrival (2015)


Subdudes “All the Time In the World” from Primitive Streak (1996)
(D) Something Underground “Universe” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017) 

Jeff Austin “15 Steps” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Justin Roth “Trembling Like A Train” from Now You Know (2011)
(N) Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017) 

Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Sofie Reed “Box Full of Prayers” from Baby Boo Got Gone (2004)
Great American Taxi “New Millennium Blues” from Reckless Habits (2010)
(D) Hello Dollface “Crystal Moon” from YOR Sessions Vol. 2 (2017) 

The Hustle Kings “For What It’s Worth (Again)” from Stand Up (Let Love Be Your Guide) (2017)
Keith Oxman “Walkin’ my Baby Back Home” from East of the Village (2017)

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BREAKING NEWS – Oskar Blues & Cervantes Hook Up

Scott Morrill and Hunt Frye (Cervantes, Arise Festival, Sonic Bloom) have assumed talent buying duties for Oskar Blues in Lyons and Longmont, according to a phone call this morning from current talent buyer Dave McIntyre.

Scott Morrill is the owner and main talent buyer for Cervantes in Denver.  He and Hunt have also produced shows in other regional venues, including the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Hodi’s Half Note, and the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins.  They also manage and book for Octopus NebulaYamnTatanka, and Mikey Thunder and music festivals the Arise Festival and Sonic Bloom.

I spoke with Scott on the phone this afternoon.  He said they will be booking shows beginning in May.  April and half of May have been booked already according to Dave McIntyre.

This represents what will undoubtedly be a sea-change in what OB sounds like across the board.  Originally well known for booking some of the top blues acts in the region since they started doing music about 1999/2000, the original Lyons location has earned a reputation for world class regional bluegrass and Americana the past six or so years.

Homemade Liquids and Solids, the Oskar Blues flagship restaurant and music room in Longmont, has hosted live bands for over five years on Friday and Saturday nights and acoustic solo/duos on Thursday and Sunday evenings.  A popular bluegrass jam is hosted by Bonnie and Taylor Sims on Sunday  12-3 .  Several popular regional bands have performed there, including the Yawpers, Mosey West, Brian McCrae, Fox St, the Congress, Johnny O Band, the Delta Sonics, the Blue Canyon Boys, and Bonnie & the Clydes.

Also included in the list of rooms belonging to the OB family – the Tasty Weasel (brew pub), CHUBurger, and CYCLhops.  All three rooms feature acoustic solo/duo acts ranging from Danny Shafer to various members of the Monocle Band, Finnders & Youngberg, the Delta Sonics, as well as Longmont locals and regulars, The Prairie Scholars.  OB rooms have accounted for significant parts of the incomes of some of these folks.

This marks the second time this year that a major change in booking has occurred in Longmont.  Dicken’s Opera House took on a new talent buyer just a few months ago.  There is no word yet on how the change at OB will affect those who have been playing those rooms the past several years.  Knowing the kinds of acts Scott and Hunt are known for booking it looks to be a pretty good dose of the same.

Booking email will be booking@oskarblues.com.