Colorado Playlist – S11 EP42

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC RELIEF mobilizes the Colorado music and media communities to raise funds to assist musicians throughout the U.S. affected by natural disasters.


Last night we celebrated another RMMR event to raise money for professional working musicians affected by natural disasters.  Thanks to the RMMR board of directors and various members who came out to volunteer and support the cause at the Fox Theater in Boulder, and thanks especially to Cyril Neville for performing.  All in all a small crowd enjoyed an excellent evening of local Colorado musicians putting their efforts where their hearts are.

Thanks to KHEN LPFM in Salida for adding the show to their Saturday and Tuesday rotation.  They will air one hour of the show each Saturday at 5PM, and repeat on Tuesday night at 8.


There are a few videos in this week’s post, but the featured video this week goes to Hollow.  The Hollow is a fairly new band, formed in 2013.  Not very many strictly local bands go the extent of promoting video release shows.  The Hollow did one in Fort Collins and in Denver, before debuting the video to the public this week.


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


Zephyr “Cross the River” from Zephyr (1969)
(D) Ivory Circle “We Could Be In Love” (2017)

Plum “Love Is In the Air” from Light Years, Dark Years (2016)
Infamous Stringdusters “Colorado” from Let It Go (2014)
(D) Tim Ostdiek “Until The Harvest Comes” from Roots Below (2017)

Petals of Spain “Good Life” from Daydream (2017)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
Bobby Walker “Turn Me Around” from Git It (2009)
(D) Pretty Lights “Rainbows & Waterfalls” (2017)

SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Ryan Dart “Lost at Sea” from Pain, Love and Drought (2017)
Dana Landry Quartet “Almost like being in love” from Standard Elevation (2015)


Hillbilly Hellcats “Hillbilly Love” from Our Brand (1998)
(D) Coal Town Reunion “Eden” from Though I’d Die In This Place (2017)

Big Head Blues Club “Hidden Charms” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Chimney Choir “Ace of Spades” from (ladder) (2012)
(N) Kyle Emerson “Sun In Your Eyes” from Dorothy Alice (2017) 

The Still Tide “High Wire” from Run Out EP (2017)
Otis Taylor “I Can See You’re Lying” from Otis Taylor’s Contraband (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Told You Once” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) SunSquabi “Cinnamon feat. Late Night Radio” from Deluxe EP (2017)

String Cheese Incident “Believe” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Them Changes” from Blues With Horns, Vol. 1  (2017)
Erik Applegate “Leave Me Be” from Two’s Company (2017)

NOV 25 = GOATZ + the Grant Farm at Avogadro’s Number(Fort Collins)

Colorado TOP 20 Titles Jan, Feb, March 2014

About this time of year I begin pulling together all the spins data, so I don’t get too far behind by year’s end.  I also publish a mid-year report every July.  Here are the TOP 20 from Jan-March / Q1 2014

1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
5. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
6. Eurforquestra – Fire
7. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
8. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
9. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
10. The Motet – The Motet
11. Tennis – Small Sound
12. Mosey West – Bermuda
13. Paper Bird – Rooms
14. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
14. Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
15. 3 Twins – De Nada
16. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
17. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
18. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
19. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together

The Colorado Sound TV – BEST VIDEOS 2013

chris k july 2010Unlike last year, when I included my VIDEO PICKS OF THE YEAR in my end of year post, this year I’m posting them early and asking for you to participate.  These are my picks (nominations if you will) for best videos of 2013.  There are 14 videos in the playlist.  Run time = 53 minutes – so shorter than a one hour episode of the Colorado Sound, and I know you’ve had time for that on occasion  😉

I’ve left room after the videos to pick your three favorites.  I had a blast going back to all the monthly video playlists and watching them all again … I hope you discover someone new who’s music you love.  Thank you for supporting.

Only those videos published on YouTube between Nov 1 2012 and Oct 31 2013 were considered for these picks.

EDIT:  SAT DEC 21, 2013 — POLLS CLOSED.  Videos reset in order of voting.

The Colorado Sound S7 EP33 2013


Feeling helpless sucks.  That’s about the whole summation of my personal experiences the past several days sitting here in reasonably dry, warm, safe conditions, cut off physically from so many of my closest friends and “families.”  ***as I write just before publishing today, it’s pouring / Sunday 12:50PM***

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Oct 25, 2009

Miss Pattie and I are heartbroken – all the more so me worrying, not knowing the condition of our “wedding chapel” – Oskar Blues Lyons – the place where every time I step foot in the door I am reminded of the most joyous day of the past 15 years of my life, and where I still feel and hear the scene taking place around me as if it were yesterday… and that is literally home for so many of our family of friends.

Over the next several days we’re going to have to make an assessment of the needs of our families in Lyons, Boulder, and Longmont, and begin the work of getting some of those needs met.  

With so much rain was a good chance to hang out and work on my music collection.  I was introduced to three new releases – two via YouTube.  On the bluegrass front I spent a lot of time listening to the upcoming new release from the Boulder/Lyons quartet the Railsplitters.  Add it to the growing list of stellar bluegrass releases already out this season.  I’m rarely driven to write reviews – less so when asked.  I’ve started four in the past several days, rained in, listening to a lot of music… thinning out the collection …this one stuck.

“GOLDEN RING”Dixie Leadfoot & Brent Loveday – There have been some raging country fried reinterpretations of rock and country classics over the years in Colorado.  Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, Drag the River, and the Railbenders are all known for twisting rock and country classics well out of the boxed-in staid remembrances of the songs’ original fans.  Punk rock lead vocalist Brent Lovejoy (Reno Divorce) and local rockabilly bassist/vocalist Dixie Leadfoot (former Frank Zappa vocalist Suzannah Harris) pair up for an unexpectedly glorious reinterpretation of the original George Jones / Tammy Wynette duet Golden Ring, bringing far more vocal edge, a looser feel among the players, and a more wide open and sparsely produced recording.   Highly recommended for fans of Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson and Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell (Begonias, 2005) .. it would be a great joy to hear more reinterpretations and self penned personal insights from this duo.    


The Czars “Paint the Moon” from Goodbye (2004)
Jay Munly “Amen Corner” from Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots (2004)
(D) Kramies “The Wooden Heart” from The Wooden Heart (2013) String Cheese Incident “Sirens” from Untying the Not (2003)
Thom Chacon “American Dream” from Thom Chacon (2013)
Katey Laurel “Hurricane” from Periscope (2013)Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Jeff Brinkman “Island” from Strange (2012)
(N) Elephant Revival “Grace of A Woman” from These Changing Skies (2013)
The Holler! “Yellow Moon” from Gratitude (2011)
Katya Chorover “Whiskey Clouds” from Big Big Love (2012)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Losers” from Saints & Sinners (2010)
Peter Sommer “The Sweeper” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)
Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
Leftover Salmon “Baby Hold On” from Euphoria (1997)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
(N) Covenhoven “Young At Heart” from Covenhoven (2013)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)
(N) Pretty Lights “Always All Ways” from A Color Map of the Sun (2013) P-Nuckle “The System” from The System (2013)
Beki Hemingway “Lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Chris Daniels “Wildcat” from Better Days (2012)
Chie Imaizumi “The More the Merrier” from Unfailing Kindness (2006)

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP10 2012

Ok, so I like keep telling folks – if it ain’t from Colorado I don’t know jack — so how was I supposed to know that the new Big Head & the Monsters “Sexy and I Know It” is a cover of the LFMAO track?   Huh?  Well?  If it ain’t from Colorado I don’t know it … (with extremely few exceptions).    I had to go to youtube to check out the LFMAO version (also finding Todd’s solo version … see below).  Can’t say as I care much for LFMAO’s version, but then I’m not a Venus beach type anyway — give me some “303” – speaking of which, Broken Tongues is representin’ – check out their intro video below … … Todd’s version of the song is much better IMO LOL.

I had one very great nearly three hour hang over a couple pints of Irish ale with Katie Glassman this week … after doing sound for her trio last week I became enthralled with the uniqueness of her voice – vocally and musically.  Turns out that before Sir Paul McCartney did his swing album, Katie had envisioned doing one of her own, complete with five songs that ultimately appeared on Paul’s disc … so, she does the Beatles classic Honey Pie and would love to get it to Sir Paul.  Anyone got his number?  If so, please pass it along to Katie.

Katie’s Snapshot gets my nod for featured album of the month on the Colorado Sound.  John Macy at Silo along with friends like bassist Eric Thorin who arranged / co-arranged four of the tracks, and an all-star band that includes keyboardist Eric Moon and E-tones drummer Christian Teele as well as over a dozen other world class session players and award winners  make it one seriously fun record … especially if you’re into Texas country-swing-jazz with a dollup of airy indie-pop cuteness drizzled throughout Katie’s vocal stylization.

The Lumineers is counted as a debut this week – although I’ve had this particular track for several weeks now, Dualtone just sent the album out – and it’s picking up mad adds at stations around the state, including  KBCO (Boulder), KFMU (Steamboat), KSMT (Breckenridge), KSPN (Aspen), and KYSL (Breckenridge) – making it a sure shot for a #1 Out of the Box (OTB) DEBUT for the month.

And just because it’s too much fun, I included the newly released video from the Hickman-Dalton Gang in this week’s post … ’bout one of the best country videos I’ve seen come out of CO the past couple of years… it forces at least a big grin and some foot stompin. … lay that one in next to Gary Bragg’s hilarious Free Range video

Here’s what got played on this week’s show.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do It in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
(D) Chimney Choir “ace of spades” from (ladder) (2012)
Juno What?! “You Can’t Stop It” from Shameless (2011)
Tommy Metz “Dreams Will Collide” from The Blossom Frontier (2010)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(D) Rebel Tongue “Lose Hope” from Movin’ On (2012)
Coles Whalen “Wrecking Ball” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
Kelly J “I Didn’t” from It’s A Jungle Out There (2007)
After Midnight Jazz Band “Hit That Jive, Jack” from Hit That Jive, Jack (2012)
(D) Overcasters “Moonshift” from Curses/Prayers (2012)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Carmen Sandim Sextet “Sampa” from Brand New (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Pretty Lights “Future Blind” from Making Up a Changing Mind (2010)
(D) The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)

(N) Broken Tongues “The Way” from Crooked Skyline (2012)

Selasee Atiase “Pray for Me” from African Gate (2010)
Railbenders “Sweet Caroline” from Segundo (2003)
(N) Hickman Dalton Gang “Construction Man” from Vol. II (2011)

Lionel Young Band “Blues & Boogie Woogie” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
(D) Big Head Todd & the Monsters  “Sexy and I Know It” [single] (2012) – The cut I played on the show is a full band version that BTHM keyboardist and local producer/engineer (Hickman Dalton Gang among others) sent to me .. that he described to me as having been worked on in many different places out on the road this winter.  The video is Todd rockin it solo.

(N) Katie Glassman “Honey Pie” from Snapshot (2012)
The Swayback “Lost Lake Woods Club” from Double Four Time (2012)
Soul Merchants “Crowns of Glory” from Soul Merchants (2007)
(N) Varlet “In My Pocket” from The Drifter (2012)
Jim Stranahan “Caliente” from Free For All (2010)

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