The Colorado Sound S9|EP40 2015

I spend my days listening to music from here in Colorado.  I am frequently blown away.  Lately it’s been new releases from Megan Burtt and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, both of which deserve plenty of national attention and one of which is.

night sweatsThis weekend I got into a conversation about the state of Colorado music – and talk got around to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and how they just landed at #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative singles chart.  A brilliant song + #1 Billboard chart action => ?Grammy nomination??  …can you name each of the Grammy nominees and winners from Colorado the past several years?  It’s a pretty impressive list that includes Gerald Albright, Dianne Reeves, Chris Daniels, Pretty Lights, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and the Lumineers.  

chrisdanielsthekings3Big Birthday Hugs to my pal Chris Daniels who posted over the weekend that “…FUNKY TO THE BONE is nominated for 4 different Grammys in the 58th Grammy Awards! It is the preliminary round – but we are up for BEST BLUES ALBUM Category 49! There are 143 artists in that category like Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and on an on — so making it to an actual nomination is going to be pretty impossible – but hey – I’m alive and that’s a miracle in and of itself – …”

Chris Forsythe, age 42, a lifelong resident of the Colorado Springs area, passed away suddenly on October 14, 2015 at his home. He was a sound engineer for the Black Sheep, a musician, a father, son, brother, uncle and friend to the music community of Colorado.  More info.

Speaking of spending my days listening to Colorado music …I listen a lot in my car and at the gym via my Verizon data plan to The Colorado Sound Live365 … based on the most heard tracks the past 30 days it seems like (if you’re listening) it’s during the morning mix set .. which is heavy on the classics.  If you’d like less “old” / more “new,” with more snap-crackle-pop then listen noon-6PM … at 6PM it’s the Jazz Dinner time … at night it gets edgier.

KCMJ logoBeginning Saturday Oct 24, The Colorado Sound will be presented on KCMJ in Colorado Springs.  The show will air from 3PM-5PM on Saturdays.  KCMJ is currently only streaming; they’re working on raising the remaining $10K needed to erect a tower, purchase a transmitter etc. to get on the FM dial at 93.9FM.

That brings The Colorado Sound up to 60 hours of programming a week, aired on 39 frequencies.

KUNC 2The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight OCT 20-23  

  • Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
  • Eldren
    • Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
    • Wednesday 12:20 pm
    • Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
    • Friday 1:20 pm
    • 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
    • 91.7FM Denver, Golden
    • 102.7FM Boulder
    • online at


I’ve been waiting for a new Dressy Bessy with anticipation for a while now.  They have a new album due out on February 5, 2016 on Yep Roc Records called Kingsized.  This is the first single … Lady Liberty.


The Colorado Sound is supported by listener donations, and by local businesses and organizations.  Sponsorship opportunities are very limited.  If you have an organization or business that would like a bit more statewide exposure during the upcoming holiday season please contact me at for more information.

mishawakaThe Colorado Sound is supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheater … and yes, they have shows year round … during the cold months indoor in the SpokesBUZZ lounge … see for upcoming events.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound SUPPORTS SpokesBUZZ … a Colorado 501C3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and to developing the professionalism of our local artists.  More info



Townes Van Zandt “Colorado Girl” from Townes Van Zandt (1969)
Judy Collins “Someday Soon” from The Very Best of Judy Collins (2001)
(N) Post Paradise “Generator” from Bring It To Life (Side A) (2015)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Beki Hemingway “Lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
Elephant Revival “Shadows Past” from Sands of Now (2015)
(D) The Fremonts “How Often” from The Fremonts EP (2015) 
Acoustic Junction “The Wind” from Acoustic Junction (1995)
Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
Chip Stephens Trio “Cookin’ At the Continental” from Hold On to What Counts (2007)


Chris Daniels & the Kings “Not Dead Yet” from Is My Love Enough (1993)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(N) Liz Barnez “If I Had A Gun” from Welcome Back (2015)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(N) Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Next To Me” from Born to Love the Blues (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Song in My Head” from Song In My Head (2015)
(N) Andy Hackbarth “Mountains” from Panorama Motel (2015) 
(N) Eldren “Deathville” from Welcome to Deathville (2015)

In The Whale “Mail” from Full Nelson (2015)
The Knew “Modern Woman” from Schmew (2015)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Dressy Bessy “Automatic” from HollerandStomp (2008)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

The Colorado Sound S9 EP35

Late getting this post done.  Busy busy weekend …. my band played Thursday and Sunday evenings, and my wife and I performed at the inaugural RimRock Music & Camping Festival in Conifer.  Got to “sleep in” today LOL … (no, not really) …

I got a pretty cool anthology this week that contains some rare and unreleased cuts from the Monocles / The Higher Elevation called “The Spider, The Fly & the Boogie Man” that came out in 2008 on Denver’s Gear Fab records.  It’s all music from the bands as they emerged from about 1964 to 1967 ,…. good stuff.

The first two The Colorado Sound Presents @ (The Walnut Room) / (Avogadro’s Number) went well.  We’re working on some upcoming pairings at both rooms.  Look for upcoming shows with Danny Shafer and with No Fences among others … Goatz! has also been invited to perform at a new room in Denver, that’s due to “open” for music in October – more on that as it develops, but it seems that this new place will be themed Americana, bluegrass, country, and folk.

I got confirmation this week to do an episode of Offstage Beyond the Music with Bloodshot recording artists the Yawpers … I’ll be sitting down with them in October for a November episode of the series.

Video Pick of the Week


Hour 1

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Bittersweet” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Finnders & Youngberg “Watch Out for the Blues” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Paul Kimbiris “Dark Side of Pearl” from Dark Side of Pearl (2014)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
The Burroughs “My Shining Star” from Sweaty Greeley Soul (2015)
Bobby Walker “Rollin’ Me Back Home” from Feelin’ Good (2013)
Subdudes “Work Clothes” from Street Symphony (2007)
(N) Lara Ruggles “The Dove” from Cynics & Saints (2015) 
Beats Noir! “Talkin and Talkin” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)

Hour 2

The Higher Elevation “Here Comes Sunshine” from The Spider, The Fly & The Boogie Man (2008)
The Rainy Daze “In My Mind Lives A Forest” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
(N) Danny Shafer “Barbeque” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” from Song In My Head (2015)
Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Rob Drabkin “Down to Fate” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Edison “Be Someone” from Ghosts (2015)
OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
(N) Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015) 
(D) No Fences “Bakersfield Drawl” from No Fences (2015)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster (2012)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

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