Sunday I experienced a “fainting” spell while out on a 20 mile bike ride that landed me in the ER (by ambulance). Monday I experienced a broken thumb and bruised ribs while out on a 15 mile bike ride that landed me in the ER (I drove myself). On both days I did not make it more than 3.5 miles into my ride. I blame the weather for getting me too excited. Along the way I talked about music – Colorado music – with those who attended to me.
Every person I spoke with was between 25 and 50 yrs old. With a few notable exceptions no one knew any of the current crop of bands making “headlines” regionally. Yeah, everyone knew BHTM was from here … and a couple of folks knew about OneRepublic and the Fray, but beyond that there were generally blank stares and “I don’t go out very often” comments.
Broadcast radio and Pandora were the sources for music – not any other source was mentioned. I did of course let everyone know they could listen to Colorado music online at The Colorado Sound Live365 … need to remember to keep business cards in my pocket though so I don’t have to write down the url everytime … www.live365.com/stations/thecoloradosound.
While suffering through all of this (i did a lot of maniacal laughing actually …esp thinking about the medical bills to follow) I was graced with a private listen to the new Megan Burtt album coming out this August. I won’t spoil the fun, but this one will leave you with a huge grin, shaking your head at just how amazingly talented my friend truly is. Of course hard core fans know this already.
Happy to report this morning that Richie Furay’s new album “Hand In Hand,” that I’ve been playing on the show since last summer, will finally be released to the general public on March 31. It is currently the #1 most added album at Americana radio nationally – though no word yet on whether those folks servicing the record to radio actually even know we have radio in Colorado … more on that to follow in the days and weeks ahead.
I don’t often post pics from friends’ FaceBook posts, but this is one time I couldn’t resist. Congrats to Sami Jo Lien and Bradley Weaver who went and got themselves legally married this weekend …and as usual for such celebrities, they managed to avoid the press by keeping it all a secret outside of family and close friends. Bradley is 1/5 of Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, and Sami Jo is Senior Publicist at JKSCommunications according to her FB page.
In the meantime, Mrs Goat and I celebrated our anniversary (on the same day you guys?? Really?? Does this mean a joint anniversary party next year?) Congrats you two from Mr & Mrs Goat.
Local blues guitarist/vocalist James Speiser recently had a bike accident that required his elbow be replaced and a plate inserted into his wrist. James is a full time working musician. Like many in our scene he doesn’t have sufficient insurance to cover a situation like this. In a FB post from James this weekend he says, “With $92,000 in hospital bills and out of work, I have to thank MusiCares for helping me with some expenses and my surgeons cost. I have to thank David Booker and the Colorado Blues Society for hosting a benefit to help me. Denver has an amazing blues and music community and we really help each other out. I am very grateful.”
“The MusiCares Foundation, Inc., was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation’s programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.” – wikipedia
On Oct 21, 2013, Musicare announced the establishment of the MusiCares Colorado Relief Fund in an effort to provide support to members of the music community affected by the September floods in Colorado. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacements; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. (http://www.grammy.org/news/musicares-establishes-colorado-flood-relief-fund)
Not to be outdone or overlooked, the Colorado Blues Society is a Colorado 501C3 non-profit with a mission to “increase awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).” Although their primary function is education, the organization is also very active in relief efforts for local causes, and has been known to help out as they can when local blues artists are in need.
The Colorado Blues Society is hosting a benefit for James at Herman’s Hideaway on Nov 22. At the present time, it looks like the lineup will include Steve Crenshaw, David Booker, Delta Sonics, Chris Cheslin, Armando Lopez and maybe John Long, and will include special guest appearances by Pattie Melt and others. There may also be a silent instrument auction.
Speaking of blues, this weekend marks the closure of one of Colorado’s most loved, respected, and venerated blues establishments – Blues & Greens at The Boulder Outlook Hotel. Mrs Goat, Goat-boy, and I stopped by to say hi to old friends celebrating the end of an era. Here’s a snapshot of the day …
This is the week I pull spins data from around the state for the next NEWS NOTES & SPINS column due out NOV 1. It’s also the week I cut and edit the next Offstage …Beyond the Music, with November’s featured artist, Reed Foehl. Thanks to Richie Furay for being October’s featured artist. What a thrill.
It’s a very busy week in the goat den. This is also the final month for submissions for BEST OF consideration for 2014. Any new releases from October on are considered 2015 releases.
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Video Pick of the Week
PLAYLIST S8|EP41 2014
(D) debuted lp, ep, or single
(N) new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1993) The Simpletones “Tattooed Angels” from Squiggly (1996) The Seers “Deaf In June” from Cellophane Eyes (2014) Lion Drome “Winter” from Curve of the Earth (2014) My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014) (D) Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy “Forgive Me” from Love Songs (2014) The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012) Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger (2013) Jami Lunde “Some Place Tonight” from Big Black Birds (2011) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Beliefs” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013) Monroe Monroe “Engines Will Come” from Engines Will Come (2011) Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)
Zephyr “Mad Dog” from Heartbeat (1982) The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997) Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014) You Me and Apollo “Ghosts” from Sweet Honey (2014) Euforquestra “Take Me Dancing” from Fire (2014) Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014) FaceMan “Tackle Me Down” from Talk Talk Talk (2013) Poco “A Good Feeling to Know” from The Essential Poco (2005) Richie Furay “Hand In Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014) (N) Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014) Analog Son “The Game” from Analog Son (2014)
I sometimes have to just sit and laugh at how busy I am nowadays trying to keep up with all the music and musicians that exist here in Colorado. I’m sure I’ll be bemoaning life here coming up in December, which is traditionally my slowest month of the year, but for now let’s just say I’m living on the wings of the dream I had 14 years ago now when my wife encouraged me to engage in my passion for local music, and the musicians who bring it to us.
Not all hits come easily, nor when the single, ep, or lp are initially released to the public. Sometimes it just takes a while … example from the past = Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” released initially on their 1973 debut, but that didn’t become a huge national hit until 1976. I bring this up, because I spent last weekend absorbed in Nina Storey’s newest album “Think Twice,” that I “debuted” a new cut from on this week’s show. It’s an exquisite album, from a Colorado native, who has had to move geographically in order to advance her career. Maybe with a little help from her friends here in Colorado we can “break” a hit single from the album… do check it out.
I got very good news this week that the show is doing very well in the 2PM time slot on KUNC FM .. heard on 20 FM frequencies statewide, including along the Northern Front Range at 91.5FM, the Denver/Golden area at 91.7FM, and in Boulder at 102.7FM.
There are only 2 places you can download our podcast series Offstage …Beyond the Music – at KUNC FM and at iHeartMedia’s Radio 94.9 Colorado, heard only in NoCO and online every Sunday morning from 8AM-10AM. Thanks to those stations and their respective teams for hosting the podcast on their sites. You’re more than welcome to stream the podcast here, but if you want to take it on the go, I ask that you please visit the station websites to download it.
A final note before we get to the music … if you’re involved with music in Colorado and you have new music to share, or a new video, pls get in touch with me so I know about it. Sometimes I just can’t find it all on my own 😉
No VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK this week .. instead, as I’ll now do every other week, here’s the most recent OSBTM episode. Enjoy.
OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC EP4|PT1 with Richie Furay
PLAYLIST S8|EP38 2014
(D) = debut of LP, EP, or single
(N) = debut of track from already debuted LP or EP
Beast “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969) Joe Walsh “Turn to Stone” from Barnstorm (1972) (D) Claymore Disco “Light Ahead of Me” from Light Ahead of Me (2014) (D) The Burroughs “Anna” from the burroughs (2014) String Cheese Incident “Stay Through” from Song In My Head (2014) Kate LeRoux “Doing It All For Love” from Phoenix (2014) Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013) Leftover Salmon “Up On The Hill Where We Do the Boogie” from The Nashville Sessions (1999) Yonder Mountain String Band “Steep Grade, Sharp Curves” from The Show (2009) Flobots “The Circle In the Square” from The Circle in the Square (2012) Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014) Brad Goode “Tight Like This” from Tight Like This (2010)
Tommy Bolin “Wild Dogs” from Teaser (1975) Lothar & the Hand People “Machines” from Presenting… (1968) (D) Kyle Hollingsworth “Happening Now” from Speed of Life (2014) Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014) (N) Nina Storey “Run for Cover” from Think Twice (2013) The Samples “After the Rain” from Underwater People (1992) Buffalo Springfield “Kind Woman” from Last Time Around (1968) Richie Furay “We Were the Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2014) (D) Born to Wander “I Can’t Help It” from Born to Wander (2014) Ron Miles “Say It Loud” from Westword ’96 Music Awards Showcase (1996)
Here’s The Colorado Sound TOP 5 for July, since I won’t have the time to pull spin data from across the entire network this month. The rest of my week is now devoted to a) producing the next episode of The Colorado Sound, and b) getting ready for The 7th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival. I hope you’ll join us this weekend.
THE COLORADO SOUND TOP FIVE FOR JULY 2014
1. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand — New album due out in September. Easily a contender for BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2014 (Colorado releases).
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep — New release Sept 23. MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED contender to break out from Colorado, FBR has been diligent in their approach to more national exposure and acclaim. This record follow up on the highly critically praised album Maestro and the Elephant.
3. Pandas & People – S/T — I don’t typically get calls about music heard on the show. This time, KUNC music director Benji McPhail called to let me know he had received calls requesting this band on KUNC after they heard a cut on my show. BEST NEW BAND 2014 consideration.
4. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head — The “Incident” has managed to convey their live show into an enjoyable romp in the studio with the help of producer Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads). This will likely go down as their most successful and popular studio records.
5. Katey Laurel – Periscope — Colorado is blessed with an abundance of great female singer-songwriters. I would not be surprised one bit to see this record become the launching pad for greater successes – in much the same way as Katie Herzig’s “Apple Tree” was for her in 2008.
Ok. I. Am. Brain-dead. Gonna be a very crazy week – and I just got done a crazy week. So, DPUMS 2014 is done. Video from the acts that I did sound for at the South Broadway Christian Church on my youtube channel.
On to the next weekend. Emcee Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live with Manabi on Thursday in Fort Collins. Friday and Saturday The Colorado Sound Presents The Samples & the Matt Skinner Band on Friday night and then a full day of music on Saturday with the Richie Furay Band and more as part of the 7th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono. Very much looking forward to hosting the Richie Furay Band Saturday night. That’s like a dream come true for this goat. …
Guess what’s NOT happening this month? The TOP 40 spins chart for July spins. Not gonna happen – sorry. At least not until after all this craziness subsides (maybe next week?). I do have to say how much of an honor it was last week to have so many people walk up to me around the region and say they heard the show on KUNC. Thanks you guys!
The Colorado Sound is supported by contributions, and by the generous support of our sponsors – Colorado Case Company, The Mishawaka Amphitheatre and by SpokesBUZZ – pls visit their sites to see what’s up. I’ll be on hand at the Mish on SPT 6 to present The Motet, whose latest self titled album has been among the most popular this year so far.
OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC EP1|PT2 with Chris Daniels
Taking two hours of conversation and finding a couple of 15-20 minute segments was a lot harder than I originally envisioned. PT1 and PT2 are available on the OSBTM page. Here’s PT2 for you to download. Make sure to grab the Soundcloud app so you can listen on your smartphone or in the car when you’re out and about.
(D) = debut of EP/LP or single
(N) = new single from previously debuted EP/LP
Someone who heard the show this weekend came up to me yesterday and asked about India.Arie — if you missed the story, that’s the reason for the show LOL. She is a Denver/Aurora native. She went to Rangeview High School and her brother, J’on, went to North high school Her dad is Ralph Simpson (Denver Rockets/Nuggets) still (to the best of my knowledge) lives in Denver.
India.Arie “Brother’s Keeper” from Songversation (2013) Sally Taylor “Tomboy Ride” from Tomboy Bride (1998) Kinetix “Ridin’” from One Life (2014) Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014) Full Belly “New Voice” from New Voice (2011) Tallgrass “Gone” from Better Than Medicine (2014) The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014) Rachel & the Kings “Love Coming Down” from Edge of Me EP (2014) Mercury Project “Mongo” from Soapbox Jive (2004) (D) Jonny Barber & the Rhythm Razors “Deliah’s Barber Shop” [single] (2014) — Seriously, I just can’t let this one go without featuring the story and video: “”Delilah’s Barber Shop” was recorded live at the legendary Sun Studio on July 7, 2014, for the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Celebration in Memphis, Tennessee, and was released on July 15, 2014. The song was written by Jonny Barber, and performed by The Rhythm Razors: Jonny Barber on vocals and guitar, J.M. Van Eaton on drums, Matt Ross-Spang on lead guitar, and Mike Baird on standup bass. More at jonnybarber.com.”
Bobby Walker “Turn Me Around” from Git It (2009) (N) Paa Kow “Uncle Leo” from Ask (2014) 60,000,000 Buffalo “Country Girl Again” from Nevada Jukebox (1972) Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady`” from Green Eyed Lady` (1970) (N) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Crystal Ball” from Living Asleep (2014) Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014) Garuud Effekt “Cut me” from Cut me (2014) Esme Patterson “Jessica” from All Princes, I (2012) The ReMinders “Africa On My Mind” from Born Champions (2012) The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007) Leftover Salmon “Delta Queen” from Leftover Salmon (2004) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Choo-Choo-Ch’ Boogie” from Louie, Louie (1993) Richie Furay “We Were the Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2014) Katey Laurel “Thanks for Loving Me” from Periscope (2014) (N) Analog Son “La Espana” from Analog Son (2014)
This has been an exhilarating week. Four days of doing sound for or emceeing three shows and a festival – and countless people coming up to me and saying they heard the show. When I walk around crowds at shows I work and people tell me they heard and love the show I’m blown away.
In response to the handful of queries about the Colorado Sound on KUNC (and its statewide network) — KUNC airs only HOUR 2 of the show on Saturday at 2PM following American Routes. HOUR 1 is heard on KRFC (Front Range), KDNK (Carbondale / Glenwood), KWMV (Westcliffe), KFVR (Pueblo), and Radio 94.9 (Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley). See Stations and Times.
A correction / retraction is in order. In the show this week, and in this blogpost I incorrectly wrote/stated that the Deadwood Saints were from Portland — this was a typo in the original press release. I followed up with SpokesBUZZ PR to make sure there were not TWO Deadwood Saints – one in CO and one in OR … there’s only one .. .from Fort Collins. Glad I got that taken care of. For more on the BandSwap program go here. SpokesBuzz is a major supporter of The Colorado Sound. Please go see what they’re up to; it’s pretty cool.
RICHIE FURAY – HAND IN HAND
I debuted another new track from the upcoming Richie Furay album “Hand In Hand,” due out this September. For old fans, this is a lifetime achievement record – worthy of anything he’s ever done in the past with Buffalo Springfield or Poco. At 70, this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Coloradan still has a remarkable voice, with some pretty stellar guests pickin alongside him … among whom is honorary Coloradan Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle), Keb Mo (guitar), Pate Wasner (keys, piano … Vince Gill, Alison Kraus), and Richie’s vocal sidekick, his daughter Jesse.
This is easily at the top of my list for album of the year in Colorado. The album was impeccably well produced by Richie and Colorado Grammy Award winning engineer, producer and pedal steel guitarist John Macy, in Nashville and Denver. Songs of note include the title track, and “We Were the Dreamers.” “Love at First Sight” is a 10th wedding anniversary song written for his daughter Jesse and her husband Tom, that took 10 years and a shower to complete. Richie’s wonderful stories about each song in the liner notes is an elegant touch, on what is truly one of the most elegant records in my collection – Colorado or not.
This year’s festival is the most ambitious the City of Dacono and I have worked on together over the past 7 years. It has been expanded to include a show on Friday night from 5-9. We are bringing back the Samples (featuring founding member / lead singer and songwriter Sean Kelly) to headline the debut of our Friday night show. Joining them will be the Matt Skinner Band who I had the pleasure of working with this weekend on two shows in Fort Collins and in Lyons.
Saturday’s show is going to be fun I think. Five youth acts lead off the day from 1:45 to 5PM, including students from Mojo Music Academy in Longmont, along with Slow Caves, Savage Cabbage, and Alterity. Mojomama kicks off the main part of the evening at 5, with Chris Daniels & the Kings, celebrating their 30th anniversary at 6:30. The Richie Furay Band goes on at 8:30 — and ends at 10 with a fireworks display.
Here is some video of the Matt Skinner Band from Friday night July 18 in Fort Collins …
COMING TO THE MISH
Friday August 22nd, 8:00 PM with special guest Dr Fameus of The Disco Biscuits and The Echo Chamber
This 100% improvisational dubstep duo EOTO consists of String Cheese Incident members Michael Travis and Jason Hann. The duo mixes the organic sounds of live drums, bass and guitar through a variety of programs and gadgets to create a cacophony of catchy dance music. An Eoto fan best described it as “a raging dance party that nobody should miss. An indescribable feeling that lingers for hours“. For information.For tickets.
The Rainy Daze “That Acapulco Gold” [single] (1967) Beast “Floating (Down By the River)” from “Beast” (1969) (D) Lion Drome “Winter” from Curve of the Earth (2014) Ivory Circle “We Will Run” from Equilateral (2014) String Cheese Incident “Let’s Go Outside” from Song In My Head (2014) Mama Lenny and the Remedy “In Danger” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014) Lionel Young Band “Blues & Boogie Woogie” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011) Jeff Finlin “What’s the Big Idea” from Ballad Of A Plain Man (2008) Railsplitters “Jackson Town” from The Railsplitters (2013) OneRepublic “Everybody Loves Me” from Waking Up (2009) Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014) (D) Analog Son “A Trip Around the Sun” from Analog Son (2014) Bob Lind “Colorado Line” from Colorado Line (1971) Acoustic Junction “Penny For Your Thoughts” from Love It For What It Is (1993) Philip Bailey “Won’t Waste Time” from Love Is Real (2010) Five Iron Frenzy “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013) (D) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Dreaming of Things to Be” from Living Asleep (2014) Drag the River “Not that Kind” from Drag The River (2013) (N) Richie Furay “Hand in Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014) Sofie Reed “Down by the River” from Red Hen (2014) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Jackhammer” from Is My Love Enough (1993) Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012) (D) Paa Kow “Life Is Good” from Ask (2014)
Rick Roberts, Richie Furay, and Jock Bartley are three of our most legendary musicians still living, in Colorado today. They all seem to be staying fairly active. I’ve been enjoying a new album that each of the three of them appear on – along with drummer Patrick Shanahan. Thanks to bassist Mike Gallivan for hipping me to this info: Patrick was in the Soul Survivors, part of the Denver Big 3 with the Moonrakers and Boenzee Cryque. He also played with Rusty Young in a Country Trio when they were in Jr High. After the Soul Survivors, he went to LA with Randy Meisner and Allen Kemp and became Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.
I know that Richie is finishing up a new solo album as we speak, and there’s been rumors floating around the scene that Rick has been encouraged to step back in behind the mic and give us some new music. I have no doubt Jock will be a part of whatever Rick does next.
The album I’ve been enjoying is The Piedbmont Brothers Band – III. It’s an unusual project in that it’s essentially one guy out of N. Carolina and another from Italy who have teamed up with several notable players to continue the country-rock traditions originated in the 60s by guys like Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco and others.
Check ’em out … with 5 current or former Coloradoans on board it gets an official Colorado Connection (CC) designation and will get some love on The Colorado Sound…