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chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013MARCH 3 UPDATE – Today is the 4th year anniversary of this blog site.  Wordpress was nice enough to send me that notice – or I would have spaced it out.

When you scroll down to the TOP 40 for the month you will notice one very significant “improvement.”  After a few years of procrastination I went ahead and provided links to the artists’ online site.  Please visit those artists you are unfamiliar with.

I’m pretty pleased to announce new records for page views and page views per day for the month of February .. the old record was set in 2012.  Stream-starts at The Colorado Sound Live365 have been okay, and all things considered I think for the first year it’s been pretty good.  Folks are hitting the station page in numbers that match up well with the visits here, but stream-starts still proves to be a low percentage.

I think maybe some folks are looking at the top five most recently played, to see if they know it, and then moving on pretty quickly .. that’s just a guess though.  When folks do start a stream they listen an average of 20 minutes – so about five songs on average.

THE CONDITIONAL TOP 3 –  The stations I track airplay at are among the state’s top non-commercial public/community and/or college stations.  I only track one commercial station, Radio 94.9 Colorado (NoCo).  It is not easy to track commercial radio spins.  Commercial radio plays music from here in Colorado.  Stations like KBCO, KBPI, KTCL, and others over the years have been incredibly supportive of Colorado music.   That’s what fuels two of the CONDITIONAL TOP 3.  The third link is a 1/5 member Colorado Connection (CC).

The Fray and OneRepublic are two bands that non-comm radio largely ignores.  Every once in a while I’ll see an isolated jock play a track from either/or, but it’s never enough to really make it to the top of the charts as measured here.  Commercial radio/media however blasts both bands all over the airwaves and Internet.  Based on the commercial media exposure alone, both of the new/recent albums from these bands are #1 and #2 among Colorado releases in the state.  That’s not to say that Big Head Todd doesn’t receive their share of commercial radio airplay – but it’s much more limited than what the Fray or OneRepublic receive.

The #3 Conditional TOP 3 pick is Hard Working Americans, which features keyboardist Chad Steahly, also one of the founding members of Great American Taxi.  While I was pulling spins from around the state, I was blown away at the love this band is getting right now.   Truth is, among the non-comms there were enough plays to make it #1 (disallowing the Fray and OneRepublic).


The six song video playlist for February (in no particular order) includes Red Devil Magic, H*Wood, Katie Herzig, Safe Boating is No Accident, In the Whale, and Devan Blake Jones … this is one of those month’s where I got my closet dance freak happening. (no kids, you do not want to see that) 😉


294 titles tracked
167 (57%) titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(4) 1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(21) 2. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the Sun (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(3) 3. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(1) 4. Elephant Revival These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(2) 5. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana [Dec 21, 2013]
(14) 6. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2012]
(12) 7. The Railsplitters The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(5) 8. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Americana/alt-country [Nov 1, 2013]
(R) 9. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(19) 10. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(6) 11. TennisSmall Sound (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2013]
(24) 12. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds Round and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan 19, 2013]
(7) 13. Mosey West Bermuda (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 2, 2013]
(D) 14. Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary/soul/jazz [Feb 11, 2014]
(23) 15. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records)
Americana/bluegrass [Aug 1, 2013]
(32) 16. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(35) 17. Land LinesLand Lines (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 24, 2012]
(16) 18. Monocle BandMonocle Band (self) Folk/folk-rock [Sept 1, 2013]
(9) 19. Changing Colors Joan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [April 27, 2013]
(26) 20. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(R) 21. The ReMindersBorn Champions (self) Urban Contemporary/hip-hop [Nov 1, 2012]
(29) 22. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(8) 23. Rob Drabkin Little Steps EP (self) Rock/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 24. P-NuckleThe System (self) Urban Contemporary [Jan 31, 2013]
(R) 25. Cassie Taylor Out of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May 18, 2013]
(R) 25. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [April 27, 2013]
(31) 25. Megan Burtt & FriendsIn Good Company: Vol I (N/A) Pop/adult [Nov 1, 2013]
(R) 26. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(27) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Americana/bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(15) 28. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [Mar 23, 2013]
(D) 29. Dave and The Gin Mill GypsiesDave and The Gin Mill Gypsies (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz/Americana [Jan 20, 2014]
(35) 30. Arthur Lee LandCracked Open (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2012]
(31) 30. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock/blues [Jan 10, 2013]
(13) 31. Joe JohnsonNew West Sound (Blank Tape) Americana/country-folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(28) 31. Otis Taylor My World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan 20, 2013]
(20) 32. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [July 23, 2013]
(11) 32. VariousSpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Rock [Dec 14, 2013]
(R) 33. Kristina MurrayUnravelin’ (self) Americana/country [Nov 2, 2013]
(R) 34. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Americana/bluegrass [Jan 16, 2013]
(25) 35. Mama Lenny & the Remedy Time (You’re Doing Fine) (self) Blues/rythm & blues [Dec 7, 2013]


(17) Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
(18) Drag The River – Drag the River
(19) The Wild After – Lesson Learned EP
(20) Soul School – Chapter One
(22) Trout Steak Revival – Flight
(30) Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
(33) Katey Laurel – Periscope
(34) Chimney Choir – (compass)
(35) Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream


a. Tom Collins – Negative Nancy [single]
Adam Bodine Trio – Plays Nirvana
Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
Cowboy Dave – Driven Men
Dave Perron – Foot to the Pedal
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
Eurforquestra – Fire
Glitta Kings – Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables
Isa and JoeAlan – Lifelines
John Harlan Hutchison – Postcards From the State of Mind
Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls [single]
Kinetix – One Life
My Body Sings Electric – Pt I The Night Ends
Reed Philip Weimer – Resultant Motion
Ryan D White – Something Brillian Is About To Happen [EP]
Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
The Fray – Helios
You, Me and Apollo – I Don’t Want to Be Loved [single]
Young Ancients – Y/A


Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKAFM (Grand Junction) [21]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
5. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

BHTM Black BeehiveKDNK (Carbondale) [24]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel

Rossonian, You Are Your Own DentistKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Rossonian – You Are Your Own Dentist
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2, Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
3. Mosey West – Bermuda
4. Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels – Honky Tonk Bastard World

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkKGNU (Boulder) [20]
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
1. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues

pretty lights_color map of the sunKRCC (Colorado Springs) [15]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
3. Paper Bird – Rooms
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

dave and the gin mill gypsiesKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies – Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
5. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)

BHTM Black BeehiveKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
4. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

BHTM Black BeehiveKUNC (Greeley) [13]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. 3 Twins – De Nada
4. Land Lines – Land Lines

devotchka_live with CO symOPENAIR 1340 (Denver) [51]
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time
2. Land Lines – Land Lines
3. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
3. Eye and the Arrow – If By Fire

dianne reeves_beautiful lifeThe Colorado Sound [41]
1. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
1. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner


Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore - Love RunnerAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
5. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

cassie taylor, out of my mindBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
2. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
5. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
5. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck

devotchka_live with CO symIndie / New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

dave and the gin mill gypsiesJazz / Instrumental
1. Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies – Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies
2. gogoLab – Border Patrol
3. Adam Bodine Trio – Plays Nirvana
4. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
4. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams

Megan Burtt_In Good CompanyPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Megan Burtt & Friends – In Good Company: Vol I: The Colorado Sessions
2. The Fray – Helios
3. Jane Thatcher Band – Hunter’s Lonlieness Fool [EP]
3. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls [single]
3. OneRepublic – Native

BHTM Black BeehiveRock / AAA / ALT
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mosey West – Bermuda
3. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
4. Churchill – The War Within EP
5. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
4. The ReMinders – Born Champions
5. P-Nuckle – The System

The Colorado Sound S8 EP07 FEB 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday, Feb 23, 11AM)  I’m slammed.  I have to get six projects done and out the door by the end of the week LOL.  Oy … shit happens, right?  So, let’s get straight to it.

Building an income from self-employment is a difficult task.  It’s vastly different than getting up and going to a job everyday because at least there (unless you’re on commission) you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to generate income.  Someone else is responsible for making sure there’s money in the bank to pay you.

As a musician we fret about work (no pun intended LOL).  We hate making cold calls to strangers asking for a gig.  We hate asking for money – all too often we don’t how much is reasonable to ask for, and all too often we settle even when we think the deal is not equitable nor reasonable.

It’s the same thing that keeps most people out of sales, and being self-employed.  It’s the hard part of the business that we wish we could do without.  I cannot recount those who have confided in me how much they hate that part of being a musician.   Twice this week a musician has said to me, “I want someone else to do that work for me.  I hate it.  I just want to play.”  The reality on the street is that for at least 95% of us it just doesn’t work that way.

The overwhelming percentage of those whose music we experience are doing this for the joy of it … of course, wishing we could do it as full time employment …which like most things in life gets more challenging the more people there are doing the thing we also want to do and make a living at.

The aspiration drives the effort we all put out, to do this thing we cannot live without; it is such an ingrained part of who we are as personalities.  Much love to those who are efforting to realize their dreams, whatever they are.

And thanks for supporting the working musicians and those who provide to them a place to play in our communities … it is truly and deeply appreciated.


I love pop.  Always have.  I love cotton candy and sticky sweet chewy bubble gum.  I love ALT-country AND hip-hop … jam-bands and rap-bands.  I dj’d professionally in clubs and at dances from 74-86 in Colorado, Connecticut, and North Dakota.  I still get a big smile when remembering rockin’ the tables with some Sugarhill Gang and Curtis Blow for the first time.  Diversions … H*Wood speaks to me…  “This ain’t no dance song, but get your dance on. Take the time to celebrate where you came from.”  Right on H*Wood. Peace.  


String Cheese Incident “One Step Closer” from One Step Closer (2005)
Acoustic Junction “Goodbye World” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Young Ancients “Nobody Loves You” from Young Ancients (2014)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Sunday Street” from Love Runner (2014)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Loaded Gun” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Eldren “We Just Want The World” [single] (2014) The Motet “Rich in People” from The Motet (2014)
Dubskin “Warrior Stomp” from Release from Fear (2011)
Monocle Band “Falling” from Monocle Band (2013)
The Jekylls “You’re Probably Right” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
Andy Rok & the Real Deal “Second Class Citizen” [single] (2014)
Ben Haugland “Lift” from The Point Of No Return (2012)
Jimmy Ibbotson “Saints and Sots” from More Than Mountains (2000)
C.W. McCall “Wolf Creek Pass” from Best of CW McCall (1997)
(D) Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)

Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
(N) The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Kristina Murray “Rough Corners” from Unravelin’ (2014)
Matt Skinner Band “Ashes to Ashes” from Native Stranger (2013)
Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Devotchka “Curse Your Little Heart” from Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
(N) Dianne Reeves “I Want You” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Hazel Miller “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Adam Stern “Locked Up” from High Country Gentleman (2011)

The Colorado Sound Live365 – TOP 10 Mid-FEB 2014

Doing some backend work on the station … added new cut from Dianne Reeve’s new album today to the morning 6A-11A schedule.  Pulled the spins list .. these are the most heard titles right now.

(_____) = date added to rotation.

1. Otis Taylor – Blue Rain In Africa (Oct 03, 13)
2. Jeff Brinkman – Island (Oct 04, 13)
3. Trout Steak Revival – Bell (Dec 29, 13)
4. The Fray – Love Don’t Die (Oct 25, 13)
5. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Josephina (Jan 23, 14)
6. Elephant Revival – Birds And Stars (Dec 29, 13)
7. The Changing Colors – True Love Knows (Jul 30, 13)
8. 3 Twins – Station On Down The Line (Dec 29, 13)
9. Mosey West – Old Stone (Jan 23, 14)
10. Matt Skinner Band – Ashes To Ashes (Dec 30, 13)

The Colorado Sound – VOL 4, EP15 2012

It is soooo great to see the daytime temps up in the 70s and 80s again along the Front Range.  Time to drop the top, make a half dozen mix cds and get some open air listening in while I’m scurrying back and forth between festivals – which for me started last week with FOCOMX (340+ bands in 37 venues) … next up for me is the CHUN People’s Fair – 1st wkend in June at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.  In the meantime, as folks keep asking me what I’m really diggin nowadays …..

If you can’t get excited about a new Leftover Salmon record, you’re just not not a true Colorado music lover.  So, HELL YEAH I’m excited to get Aquatic Hitchhiker.  Vince Herman messaged me this week … record’s on the way.  I’m stoked.   It’s the first new album of all original tunes in like 8 years!  Hope to have it in time for EP16 next week.  Here’s a taste of what we can expect on the new album, courtesy of eTown.  If you can’t tell I’m excited, you don’t this old goat too well 😉 

Megan Redmond – Dreamland — a tasty bit of crossover pop country/americana from this young lady who is playing damn near every festival event of the summer from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in 2012.  Not since Katie Moffatt in the early 70s has there been, to the best of my knowledge, a top female pop country artist break out of Colorado.  Her 6 song debut ep is full of songs she wrote or co-wrote, and was produced in Nashville with some top session players.  The first single, “Falling,” was placed on industry news leader ALLACCESS.COM’s “Cool New Country” highlight list… then landed on Clear Channel Media’s show on hot new country propelling “Falling” onto the Top 100 Country charts on both Mediabase and Nielsen BDS. 

Rebel Tongue – Movin On … several years ago now I got hipped to U.S. Pipe – a band that featured lead MC Azma Holiday.  That band broke up.  Azma and some of the members of the Pipe moved on – to REBEL TONGUE.  I knew Azma as a rapper – NOW I know him as a soulful singer and rapper with a group of funk masters backing him up.  Give me a band with a wickedly tight and groovin rhythm section, a couple of horns, and a front guy who OWNS an audience and I’m a sucka for love like this anytime.  Here’s the official teaser they came up with.  

Mosey West – Merica — Hmmmm …. over the past two years this band, originally called Merica before changing their name to Mosey West, has reaped more praise and more accomplishments here locally than just about any band I can name outside of those who have gained national attention — i.e. The Lumineers or Tennis.  Expect even greater praise and accomplishments in 2012.   I expect this record is going to be listed on many critics lists as a “best of 2012.” 

I’m not going to include an outtake of News & Notes this week.  Over the next couple of days, I’ll present the story about Biodiesel for Bands in text form.  It’s a great story – a great opportunity – and a great idea.  So watch here for that …


Tommy Bolin “Bustin’ Out for Rosey” from Private Eyes (1976)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Highway” from Long Road (2008)
(D) Lifeboat Etiquette “Eggs & Oranges” from Sabateur (2012)
The Fray “The Fighter” from Scars and Stories (2012)
Coles Whalen “Cannonball” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
Zach Heckendorf “All the Right Places” from The Cool Down (2011)
Jill Sobule “Cinnamon Park” from Underground Victorious (2004)
Petals of Spain “Lady Luck” from Lady Luck (2011)
Vices I Admire “Hero” from Venom & Pride (2012)
Railbenders “Whiskey Rain” from Segundo (2003)
(D) Jeff Finlin “East by West” from Live Songs For the Ice Age (2012)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(D) Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “Zen and the Art of Samba” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)
Dean Reed “Our Summer Romance” [single] (1960)
(N) The Jekylls “What I Want” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
(D) Megan Redmond “Falling” from Dreamland (2012)
Places “The Fire” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
(N) Broken Tongues “Bad Finger Boogie” from Crooked Skyline (2012)
(N) Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Not A Girl To Keep” from Punches and Hugs (2012)
The Foot. “Empty Hands” from Primary Colors (2010)
The Outfit “Strange Bones” from Broken West Wishbone Test (2011)
(N) The Congress “Distance” from Whatever You Want (2012)
The Broken Everlys “Sweet Disorder” from Stoned In Juarez (2010)
(D) Mosey West “Gone” from Merica (2012)
Leftover Salmon “Euphoria” from Euphoria (1997)
(D) Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “You Don’t Know What Love Is” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)

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