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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP31

Rusty Young

Rusty Young is a Colorado music native.  As not only an original member of Poco, but its enduring remaining original member, he is enshrined in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with fellow Colorado music native George Grantham, with whom Rusty was a member of the 60’s Front Range based psych-rock band Boenzee Cryque.

Rusty just released his first non-Poco named solo album, Waitin’ for the Sun .. that I spotlighted a track from in this blog  a couple of weeks ago.  I will say I’m far more impressed with this solo effort than I was with the last Poco album that Rusty fronted.  Produced by Rusty with fellow Poco member and songwriter Jack Sundrud, Rusty’s voice stays as strong and true as you’d hope for someone in their 70s now, with well over 50 years of singing experience.

Rusty doesn’t leave the sound of Poco too far behind on this solo effort – songs like “Heaven Tonight” could have easily been a marquee track for Poco circa 1980s.  “Honey Bee” lies a little closer to something I might have expected from say Levon Helm stylistically – a bit more “dirt” than the polished SoCal country-rock that Poco is most well known for.

Waitin’ for the Sun won’t win Rusty any new millennial fans .. but rather, with his tired aching “rusty” voice it’s those of us old enough to remember him as a “kid” who will appreciate what’s left of this unsung country-rock legend, and the life he speaks of in this record.

Gotta send some love to the Coteries and Hey, Lady! (the B-52s Tribute) for an exemplary job at the final Wellington Downtown Summer Concert Series this year.  Folk fans are going to love the Coteries as they develop their fanbase regionally – and Hey, Lady! is already one of the region’s TOP 5 tribute bands … much love and thanks for a great show.

Hey, Lady! Wellington Downtown Concert – Aug 19 2017


Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Sceneat Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins

Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons 


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
Manassas

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP31

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

HOUR 1

Leftover Salmon “Highway Song” from Euphoria (1997)
(N) The Yawpers “Reunion” from Boy In A Well (2017)


SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Bad Weather California “Keep it Together” from Back Seats (2013)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Raven and the Writing Desk “Tiny Terrors” from Bonedale (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) The S.I.R. Band “So Cold” (2017) 


OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)
Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

HOUR 2

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Francis and the Wolf “Feels Like A Memory” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 


SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” from You (Icytat Vocal Mix) (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) All Chiefs “Fast Friends” (2017) 


Slow Caves “Glares” (2017)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
FY5 “Driftwood” from FY5 (2015)
(N) A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra (Acoustic Demo)” from Cleopatra (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Ben Haugland “Second sight” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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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!

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP27

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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) 



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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP16

Right up front I want to thank Oskar Blues Brewery for becoming a major sponsor of this show.  Oskar Blues has been part of my family for a decade and I’m ecstatic that they believe enough in the show to support it.

OB is celebrating 20 years in Lyons this coming weekend with a killer lineup that includes Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Gasoline Lollipops, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams and many others.  Of special note – Sunday will be a legends of Colorado blues artist showcase I intend to be present for.

It’s been a very very long time since I stayed up until 4AM.  I managed to land a room to mix for the FoCOMX weekend, and we landed a prime 9:15PM Friday night slot for the band at the Mainline Ale House – one of the nicer restaurants and music venues in Old Town Fort Collins.  What was planned to be outside on the rooftop, fortunately was moved indoors into a room that was more than adequate for live music.

Stationed for sound duties at East Coast on Linden St, for both nights, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of singer-songwriters and folk singers, and DJs creating often unique mixes of various styles of appropriate music made for dancing.

I spent 16 years mixing music in dance clubs in the 70s and 80s.  Several of those years were here in Northern Colorado, in Fort Collins and Greeley.  I was thrust back to those years as I watched the lineup of local mix masters employ their craft.

I marveled at how other than technology, nothing much has changed in the art of mixing music for a dance crowd – and how the “hit” still matters most when you want to get people on the floor.  One dj did not employ that knowledge, and paid the price of a near empty room that lacked energy.

Michelle Petrie Trio – FoCOMX 9 – East Coast

Festivals like FoCOMX are motivated by allowing space for a diversity of people who make music – from neophyte stage performers to unequivocally well rehearsed, polished, and professional legends of music along the Front Range.

Two acoustic acts I thought showed a lot of promise were the Michelle Petrie Trio and PoorBoy, who will undoubtedly be changing their name.   PoorBoy is recording their second EP with Justin Roth in Fort Collins.

String Theory on Friday was one of the most creative acts of the weekend – featuring electric bass with harp (not harmonica – a real harp; a small laptop version).


Jinx Jones – In Colorado Music History

mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Pickin’ on the Poudre with Head For The Hills and Paper BirdBuy Tickets Saturday, May 13 Show at 8 PM (Doors at 6 PM)


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

David Starr lives in Cedaridge CO, where he owns a guitar store and hangs out with the likes of John Oates, who produced David’s new album.  One of Colorado’s best country-folk / Americana songwriters.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP16

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

HOUR 1

Poco “Heart of the Night” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(D) Kyle Emerson “Wise Blood” from Worth It EP (2017) 


Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Happiness Is” from Rocksteady (2010)
(D) Avifauna “Olive Ridley” from The Gyre (2017) 


The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Young Ancients “Cheap Guitar” from Fishstory (2015)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “The Other Side” from The Other Side (2014)
(D) Tyller Gummersall “Rocky Mountain Man” from Long Ride Home (2016)
Pandas & People “Watch it Burn” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
(D) SVC DVK “Jazz” from Aubrey (2017)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) The Coteries “Reason in the Road” from Reason In The Road (2017) 


Todd Adelman “Cold Mississippi Blues” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) The String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from Believe (2017)
(N) OneRepublic “Future Looks Good” from Oh My My (2016)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Nobody Knows” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Jeff Finlin “Sugar Blue” from Alive and Retrospective Volume 1 (2006)
(D) Bison Bone “Anymore” from History of Falling (2017)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from SpokesBUZZ Vol VI: Band Together (2015)
Lionel Young Band “Knock These Blues Around” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Jim Stranahan “Blues and a Half” from Migration to a Higher Ground (2014)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP15

So I did not make it out to see any live music this weekend. Instead, a friend of mine and I found a lovely out of the way, small town diner to have brunch at – and the green chili was to die for.  I was planning on seeing a show Saturday night but wound up having dinner at a friend’s house.

I emcee’d the Earth Day celebration in Fort Collins on Saturday, and did manage to catch the Waido Experience, and Matthew Mahern – aka P-Man.  Matt will be performing with four acts at this year’s FOCOMX this coming weekend.  I hadn’t seen Michael Waido and his guys for 8 years, as we all went in life directions – Waido with kids now .. that sort of things. So it was nice to catch up.  Anyone who knows P-Man already knows he’s a staple of the Fort Collins scene.

I was not able to secure embeds for two of this week’s  MMMM entries – the new single from Andy Palmer, and the new Head for the Hills, which drops May 12.  That said, there are some tasty nuggets this week from Tennis, Debajo del Agua, Analog Son with Devon Parker, and shark dreams.


mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Pickin’ on the Poudre with Head For The Hills and Paper BirdBuy Tickets Saturday, May 13 Show at 8 PM (Doors at 6 PM)

Kenny Vaughn – In Colorado Music History


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP15

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

HOUR 1

The Moonrakers “I Don’t Believe” (1965)
The Rainy Daze “Blood of Oblivion” (1967)
(D) Andy Palmer “The Switch” from The Switch (2017)
Morning Bear “Traveling” from Take Flight EP (2015)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
(N) Tennis “My Emotions are Blinding” from Yours Conditionally (2017)


piKziL “I Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Dan Treanor, Creighton Holley, Kyle Roberts “Southbound Train” from American Primitive (2010)
Richard Dean “Blue Coal Miner” from Accidental Human (2015)
(D) Head for The Hills “Waiting for You” from Potions and Poisons (2017)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Brothers Keeper “Chamberlain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
Cocktail Revolution “Partners in Crime” from Better Reception (2008)

HOUR 2

Old Soul “Oldest Religion” from Old Soul (1996)
(D) Debajo Del Agua “Mundo Al Reves” from Mundo Al Reves (2017) 


Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
(N) Analog Son “Big Easy (feat. Devon Parker)” from Black Diamond (2017) 


Hello Dollface “Face it” from Warrior of Light (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
Musketeer Gripweed “Nine Pound Hammer” from Floods and Fires (2014)
(D) Shark Dreams “EZPZ” from deeep (2016) 


Pan Astral “Gulf of Mexico” from Suburban Blues (2016)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Peter Sommer “Looks Like This” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)

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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP09

Well, this week is a little different.  There are more videos in this week’s post than I think I’ve ever included before for one.  And more news to share with you.  News of my own to announce this week:  the Colorado Playlist is coming to 106.9 KHEN LPFM Salida.  I will know in a week or two what day and the it will air.  I am now also the new entertainment coordinator for the historic Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, and a new 10k coming on Labor Day to Fort Collins called Fortitude.

So you set a CP MMMM record for most votes in a week, and the most votes for one song in a week for Tiffany Christopher‘s “Somewhere Behind the Sun.”

The week, I’ve featured another new track from Tiffany Christopher, along with something from new Colorado by way of Texas country artist Leslie Tom, reggae from Bonfire Dub, along with new cuts from former Pandas and People guitarist Grayson Erhard and deeper tracks from the new Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollops releases.  Don’t forget to vote and SHARE (please, and thank you).


GOAT on the Town

As I’m taking some time off from being cooped up in a room every Friday and Saturday doing sound, I’ve been able to get out to check out some other rooms and bands.

mbs-dickensThis weekend I caught a set from 2 x Leftapalooza winners and #5 TOP TEN Tribute Bands in Colorado (Westword), My Blue Sky, at the Dicken’s Opera House in Longmont and the cover country and hard rock band Swerve at the Wild Game Longmont.

There’s a good reason why MBS is considered one of the TOP 5 tribute bands in Colorado – not the least of which are their flavorful and articulate recreations of the music of the Allman Bros Band family tree… including Gov’t Mule.

If I wasn’t doing a show of my own on March 11, I would easily be back at the Dicken’s to catch Great American Taxi.

The 300 capacity room is among the best under 500 cap rooms in the region, with a clean line of sight into a deeply set old stone and brick back wall, a reasonable amount of seating and a spacious “dance floor.”  I’m a bit of a sound and production snob, so I have to say the sound and lights are adequate.

I couldn’t stay for My Blue Sky‘s Gov’t Mule set as I set out to catch a set by Swerve at the new entertainment facility, the Wild Game Longmont.  If I thought that the Dicken’s sound was adequate, the Wild Game’s sound needs remedial attention.

The Wild Game is not a music venue.  It’s a family entertainment facility with a kids’ game room, eight bowling lanes, an adult gaming area and food, some of which appears more exotic than your typical bar grub.

Extreme boominess makes the room itself too loud, without a band playing.  Lack of a house sound system and engineer leaves the task up to the band to do from stage.  Expect unpredictability, especially since most bands today don’t pack pro level sound gear.

This is the second weekend in a row where I’ve gone out to see a cover rock band.  Swerve knows their audience – people who listen to the likes of KYGO and 103.5 The Fox in Denver .. and 99.1 KUAD and 107.9 The Bear in NoCO.  They played the hits… professionally and proudly.  They managed to mix their own pro-level small sound system exceedingly well given the overall loudness and boominess of the room.



May I Introduce to You:  

A couple of years ago I had lunch with a documentary film maker, Caryn Sanchez, who wanted to do a documentary on Colorado music.  You can keep up with developments at SoundsLikeColorado.com … Here’s a preview of what’s to come.


NEWS & NOTES

Congrats to one of Northern Colorado’s most popular bands, Patti Fiasco, for being selected to open for Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center.  They were selected from ten finalists in our region by Bon Jovi management.  They will be appearing at the Pepsi Center on April 14.

And congrats to my buddy Tyler Grant and his band the Grant Farm for securing a slot supporting the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks on July 23.


mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Normally I get an audio track to play on the show before I receive a new video .. but this week, the new video from Strange Americans dropped into my news-feed and I couldn’t NOT make it my Video Pick of the Week.  Just as I was writing this week the band sent me copies of two new singles, Big Black Car and No Punches.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP09

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

HOUR 1

Firefall “Mexico” from Firefall (1976)
(D) Tiffany Christopher “Pirates” from Tremendous Heart (2017)

Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Montropo “Letter to Mary” from Follow Me (2015)
(D) Leslie Tom “Hank You Very Much” from Leslie Tom (2017) 

Romano Paoletti “Can You Run” from Story of a Lifetime (2010)
Brother Wild “Leave it all behind” from White Flag (2016)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
(D) Bonfire Dub “One Stone” from Gypsy Roots (2017)

Toad In the Hole “Drifting” from Wallflower (2015)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
Keith Oxman “Sir Thomas B.” from Doing All Right (2009)

HOUR 2

Joe Walsh “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1971)
(D) Grayson Erhard “Manifest” [single] (2017) 

El Toro de la Muerte “Things in My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Natalie Walker “Trust” from Strange Bird (2015)
(N) Otis Taylor “Jump to Mexico” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2017)

piKziL “Brand New Soul” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Born in The Flood “I am the Walrus” from Mountain Homegrown Vol IV (2005)
String Cheese Incident “45th of November” from One Step Closer (2005)
(N) Gasoline Lollipops “Jesus Ain’t Dead” from Resurrection (2017) 

Elephant Revival “Ring Around the Moon” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
Rossonian “Garuda” from You Are Your Own Dentist (2013)
(D) Garrett Sayers Trio “Beat Car” from Thinkbox (2017)


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Colorado Playlist – S11 EP07

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1Monday morning.  A recap.  Last week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) was among the most voted in I’ve seen this year so far.  Ginny Mules won big, including not only shear number of votes, but also in its 100% KEEP IT rating, when applied to the total number of votes received.  When fans rally, it’s an indication of fan favor = popularity = something we all strive for.  Popularity, I’ve learned is organic; it happens, or it doesn’t.

Despite the overall popularity of Flobots over the past decade, their new single “Pray” is off to a shaky start, barely managing to break a 50/50 KEEP IT or DELETE IT tie.  Their new album is due out this spring, but I should have more to share in advance in March.

Coming NEXT WEEK / EP08 … the DEBUT of the new Rose Hill Drive album Mania.  After years of speculation that the band had disbanded for good, the trio of two brothers and their best friend that began as children, reemerges not far removed from where they left off, with a guitar fueled, Led Zepplin influenced, hard rock groove sure to put them back at the top of the deck as one of the region’s most popular rock bands – exactly where they left off seven years ago now.    Expect sold out shows and plenty of outdoor festival appearances in 2017.

Also new NEXT WEEK / EP08 = Tiffany Christopher, Shady Elders, Otis Taylor, Deep Pocket Thieves and Bonfire Dub.


mishawakaSupport for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

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.

PLAYLIST S11 EP07

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

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “As the Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) Pint & A Half “Drive Drive Drive” from Boomtown Ghosts (2017)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith in a Man” from Like A King (2012)
The Motet “So High” from Totem (2016)
(N) Dearling “Catch Me If You Can Fly” from Inheritance (2017) 


Dubskin “Release Me” from Release from Fear (2011)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
You Me and Apollo “I Don’t Want to Be Loved” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) High Fiction “Dynamite (feat Ron Miles)” from To Whom It May Concern (2017) 


The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady (Live)” from Alive In America (2006)
(D) Tyto Alba “The Worst In You” from In Our Own Time EP (2017) 


Strange Americans “Alamosa” from A Royal Battle (2012)
(N) John Weeks Band “The Blues Just Got More Blue” from Dark Angel (2017)


Richie Furay “Let’s Dance Tonight” from Heartbeat of Love (2006)
The Rifters “I Got News for You” from Architecture of A Fire (2015)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(N) Petals of Spain “Good Life” from Daydream (2017) 


Megan Burtt and Chimney Choir “Rise and Shine” from In Good Company (2014)
The Cannondolls “Bed on Fire” from Crumbs (2016)
Erik Applegate “Standing Room Only” from Two’s Company (2017)


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Colorado Playlist – BEST OF 2016 PT2

15823350_10157928607200133_4133524469462401895_n-1I wish I could name everything I get to play on my show as a BEST OF.  I mean that.  In the TEN years now that I’ve been doing this show, I am still blown away by the greatness of the music that comes from our state.

Let me first of all thank Dani Grant and the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheater, and the folks at Oskar Blues Fooderies for supporting this show in 2016.  I would not be able to do this if not for them and YOUR financial support.

I also want to thank everyone at 105.5FM, KJAC aka 105.5 The Colorado Sound for welcoming me as part of the family, and taking on my old show name.  Host stations now include KJAC (Northern Front Range), KRFC (Northern Colorado), KDNK (Carbondale/Glenwood Springs), KOTO (Telluride), KSUT (Ignacio/Durango/Pagosa Springs), KZYR (Vail), KCMJ (Colorado Springs) and KLZR (Westcliff)

I started this show, and starting booking and promoting bands here, because I got tied of people saying “how come Colorado (Denver) can’t be like ______ (name your favorite ahem – Seattle – etc)”  I mean, really.  And even to this day members of my own family don’t know that certain high profile national level bands are from here.  I have a lot of work to do still … so expect me on the air for another TEN years — AT LEAST!

Picking the BEST OF is not an especially easy task.  I spend several hours a week just listening to music I receive to play on the show.  I scan radio playlists from around the state.  I scan charts including national and instate – like the Roots Music Report Colorado charts.  I look to see who’s doing what, nationally, regionally and locally.  I listen to my colleagues and peers in the “industry” here in Colorado.  And I listen to the fans of the music.

My true hope is that you’ll discover a new band/artist to fall in love with and claim as a favorite yourself.

Here’s what got played in the BEST OF 2016 show.

The Best of 2016 PLAYLIST

HOUR 1

Rob Drabkin “Someday” [single] (2016)
Coral Creek “Way Back” from Coral Creek (2015)
The Drunken Hearts “Want You Back” from Love & Thirst (2016)
SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Magic Music “Gandy Dancer” from Magic Music (2016)
Elephant Revival “Petals” from Petals (2016)
OneRepublic “Kids” from Oh My My (2016)
SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” [single] (2016)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Shiny and New” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Big Gigantic “The Little things” from Brighter Future (2016)
Space Orphan “Superphonic” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Wheelchair Sports Camp “Mary Had a Little Band” from No Big Deal (2013)
The Fray “Singing Low” from Through the Years: The Best of the Fray (2016)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Other Worlds “Sandfly” from Weather Patterns (2016)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
Grant Farm “Get in Line” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
FaceMan “Father Time” from Wild and Hunting (2016)
Brent Cowles “Cold Times” from Cold Times (2016)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Big Head Blues Club “Hidden Charms” from Way Down Inside (Songs Of Willie Dixon) (2016)
Ryan A. Fourt “Air Gun (Daisy’s Revenge)” from Big Slick (2016)

TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT

Thanks to my friend, and former Westword music editor Dave Herrera for launching TheTrustedEar.com and contributing news and information about the scene to us each week.

 

THE TOP 3 BEST OF …

After anguishing over leaving stuff out that I really liked, and thought deserved being noticed, I decided to present the TOP 3 releases in each category.  Enjoy.  Links go to playable media: YouTube in most cases.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2016

This one went back and forth feverishly between Bonnie & the Clydes and The Drunken Hearts, and the final tally made it a finish by single digits … so basically, they were pretty nearly tied when I shut down the poll … All in all, thanks to their fans we enjoyed the most robust People’s Choice Poll in years.  Click on links to get to band website.

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

The Drunken Hearts Love & Thirst

FacemanWild and Hunting 

ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

 The Lumineers – Cleopatra  I didn’t like The Lumineers’ Cleopatra when it dropped. In fact, it took me several months of listening to it, and playing it on my show and at 105.5, before I “got it.”  It is a stunning album of really well written folk-rock songs, that stands up well to anything from any prior era.  It went #1 on the Billboard charts.

OneRepublicOh My My  Call me a pop music junkie, but when it’s a good as OneRepublic’s Oh My My, I can never overdose.  Easily one of the best collections of addicting pop/rock in recent memory. (edit jan 4) In particular I can’t seem to get enough of A.I. with Peter Gabriel.

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside  Todd Park Mohr and company, appearing as Big Head Blues Club, rip up the music of Willie Dixon, preserving not only the legacy of the original, but imbuing it with solid craftsmanship from some of our best in the Centennial state.  (edit jan 4) Along the way they enlist the aid of Denver’s Erica Brown and a handful of blues legends.

SONG OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You (Icytat Vocal Mix):  No song this year has had as much of an impact on me as “You.”  SuCh and Icytat won the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for this version of the song.  If you want to catch her live, she’ll be appearing at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver on Fri Feb 3.  She is also getting ready to go into the studio to record a new album in 2017.

The Lumineers – Ophelia:  When I first heard this song last winter I thought I was hearing a dropped track from the band’s debut.  It grew on me.  It’s also one of Colorado’s highest charting songs historically, peaking at #1.

Rob DrabkinSomeday:  I’ve been a fan of Rob’s since meeting him at open stages in Denver over a decade ago.  “Someday” is the song we’ve all been waiting for.  It also appears to be his most popular single so far, reaching over 500,000 plays on Spotify.

BLUES ALBUM/EP

Big Head Blues ClubWay Down Inside

Cary MorinTogether

Johnny JohnstonColorado Blue

COUNTRY ALBUM/EP

David Starr – Love and Sabotage

Bonnie & the ClydesDear Somebody

Angie Stevens & the Beautiful WreckBeautiful & True

FOLK ALBUM/EP 

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Elephant RevivalPetals

Gabrielle LouiseIf The Static Clears

FUNK/SOUL ALBUM/EP

The MotetTotem

piKziLSongs From My Third Life

Hello DollfaceWarrior of Light

JAZZ ALBUM/EP

Space OrphanShut Up About the Sun

Ryan A FourtBig Slick

Terri JenkinsFrom This Moment

ADULT POP/ROCK ABLUM/EP

OneRepublic Oh My My

Paper Bird S/T

SHELJust Crazy Enough

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ALBUM/EP

PlumLight Years Dark Years

Eros and the EschatonWeight of Matter

The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse

ROCK/AMERICAN TRAD ALBUM/EP

FacemanWild and Hunting

The Drunken HeartsLove & Thirst

Coral CreekS/T

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

SuCh (Su Charles) – You

OneRepublicWherever I Go

Wheelchair Sports CampMary Had a Little Band

 

 

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