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!


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


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)


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) 

Townes Van Zandt


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)


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.


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.


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


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)


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)

Colorado Playlist S10 EP25 July 2016

Right up front .. NOW is the time to get tickets to help me celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist (formerly The Colorado Sound) happening Aug 7 at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.  My friend Dani Grant (owner / GM) and I had fun picking the two acts to invite to this party; Liz Barnez Band and the Railbenders, each of whom have specific and special meaning to me.

I met Liz not long after she moved here from Louisiana in the late 80s, when I was at KSQI (96.1 K-SKY) and at 90.5FM KCSU.  She and I have remained very good friends, and have long wanted to do a show together.  With her is one of my all time favorite guitarists and another long time friend – Dave Beegle, who I first saw playing in the 80s in the band Sceptre, and then in the 90s in the band Fourth Estate.  Dave also plays in the classic rock band the Jurassicasters.

I met the core of the current lineup of the Railbenders, including original founding members, Jim Dalton and  Tyson Murray, in 2000; when I got actively involved in booking shows regionally.  They have remained one of, if not the most popular country band to have ever come out of the Denver scene.  It’s really hard to get this band, due to Jim’s commitment as the lead guitarist in Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

I’m deeply honored to be sharing the stage with such great friends, at a venue celebrating it’s 100th year. WOW!  The day is also the exact day to the year that I debuted the new band at the Mish – sounds like a tradition now Dani 😉 

T-shirts have been ordered.  I only ordered 48 t-shirts to commemorate the event.  You’ll have to be at the party to purchase one.

mishawakaThe 10th Anniversary of the Colorado Playlist is coming up August 7th at the historic Mishawaka Amphitheater – All Ages.  Tickets $15 / $17.50 DoS  SUPER EXCITED!  We’re planning on recording the event for a future episode of The Colorado Playlist.  DON’T FORGET => The “Mish” is a shuttle venue.  Parking is extremely limited and is $40 a car.   HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you buy tickets and parking/shuttle passes online.


SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoTo temper my enthusiasm was the reveal this past week that SpokesBuzz is shuttering.  😦  Huge sad face here gang, not only as a fan of the organization over the past six years, and the belief I have in founder Dani Grant’s vision, but also as a board member the past year.

The organization will cease operations at the end of August, and will immediately begin a transition plan designed to close out its activities.

Since its inception in 2010, SpokesBuzz has been a champion for bands and a connection for fans, providing hundreds of musicians with industry contacts, career guidance, and educational and promotional opportunities, and helping bring global recognition to the Colorado music scene.

Lack of sufficient funding is the main reason for the shut down.  “We simply don’t have the financial support required to sustain the organization into the future,” according to executive director Dani Grant. “…as much as it pains us to shut the doors, we have a responsibility to the musicians and our music community to not only see the writing on the wall, but to act on it in a way that allows us to complete our chapter in the story with love and integrity.”

The board and staff will work with the 11 bands currently in the SpokesBUZZ incubator to support them as the organization closes, and events scheduled through 8/31 (except the annual pool party fundraiser) will go on as planned.


This week’s pick is also one of the songs in this week’s MMMM.  A bit of humor from Andy Palmer who’s been busy on another new project, a compilation of Colorado musicians and their songs about some of the racial tensions we’ve been witnessing lately.  Some artists are: SF1, Wheelchair Sports Camp, John Common, Lucifury (Theo Wilson), Mama Magnolia, Toad in the Hole, and more.  There’s an indiegogo campaign called ‘We Are Brown’ that’s only going to be up about another week … all proceeds are going to Denver Justice Project.


What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen to them again (or for the first time) and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist.

I conceived of this idea as a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation.  I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.

In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite), Reverbnation or YouTube.

You can vote for as many titles as you like .. the idea is not to see a winner, but to find out which of the new material I’ve debuted (D) or (N) you like enough for me to keep around.

PLAYLIST S10 EP25 July 2016

You’ll notice a change to the playlist this week.  I’ve added (R) = requested artist.  To make a request, message me via our FB pg.

(D) = debut of [single], EP or LP
(N) = new track from previously debuted (D) EP or LP
(R) = requested artist track


Jill Sobule “Too Cool to Fall In Love” from Things Here Are Different (1990)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
Brother Wild “Leave it all Behind” from White Flag (2016)
Whiskey Blanket “Up up Away” from No Object (2010)
Esme Patterson “Feel Right” from We Were Wild (2016)
(R) Cary Morin “Wrong Side of the Law” from Tiny Town (2014)
(R) Dr. Izzy Band “Old Black Crow” from Blind and Blues Bound (2014)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
The Fray “Heartbeat” from Scars and Stories (2012)
(D) Cannondolls “Bed on Fire” from Crumbs (2016) 
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Loaded gun” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013)
Analog Son “St. Claude and Press” from Stomp and Shout (2015)


(R) Dressy Bessy “If You Should Try To Kiss Her” from Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons (1999)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(D) Andy Palmer “Clawfoot Tub” from Clawfoot Tub (2016)
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
Chimney Choir “Union Station” from Boomtown (2015)
India.Arie “slow down” from Voyage to India (2002)
Eldren “Everybody Went Crazy” from Welcome to Deathville (2015)
(R) String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Paul Galaxy & the Galatix “Lunar Swing” from Slingshot (2004)
(R) John Statz “Any Town Will Do” from Tulsa (2015)
(R) Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(R) Musketeer Gripweed “end of the day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Wonderlic “My Own Bed” from Wunderpus Photogenicus (2016)

GOATZ! News and Shows

Get your tix now for theColorado Playlist 10th Anniversary Party at the Mishawaka on Sunday Aug 7.

Saturday Aug 13, GOATZ! makes their first appearance at the 2016 Bohemian Nights at New West Fest on the Old Town Square stage at 1:20PM for 35 minutes.

Wednesday Aug 17 Chris K and Chris J open for legendary country songwriterJim Lauderdale at the Broomfield Auditorium (the Audi).  TICKETS

Thursday Aug 26 = Gasoline Lollipops + GOATZ! + Joe Johnson @ Ziggies (Denver) 8PM show 21+ $10


Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.


kgnu logoYou’ve only got a couple of days left to get in on this job opening … KGNU Community Radio, broadcast from Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and streamed online, seeks a full-time Station Manager to lead their nonprofit broadcast and online media organization. See for required and desired qualifications. Please email your application to by March 5, 2015. No phone calls, please. KGNU is an EEOC employer.

logo-openairOpen Air 1340 is now Open Air 102.3FM.  And if you haven’t listened, and you’re under 40 and/or you’re into music that you probably have never heard of before, this is a remarkable addition to the FM dial in the Denver metro – extending up just north of Longmont.

KUNC 2Congrats to former Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter Stacy Nick who got laid off at one gig to land another equally impressive role as Culture Arts & Music reporter for 91.5FM KUNC.  On Feb 26th, she posted, “Attn Colorado bands headed to ‪#‎SXSW2015‬: If you haven’t sent in a copy of your latest CD to KUNC yet, do so now. We’re going to be highlighting a bunch of you in the coming weeks. KUNC, 1901 56th Ave. Suite 200, Greeley, CO 80634 ‪#‎COMusic‬

support local culture logoArtists Wanted for Support Local Culture Support Local Culture is a joint venture between KRFC 88.9 FM and Noosa Yoghurt. The program provides Northern Colorado arts and culture nonprofit organizations and individual artists with an opportunity to promote themselves through KRFC.  MORE


TOP 40 Spins February 2015

Our TOP 3 this month are exceptional in the number of stations and frequencies cuts from the release were heard on.  Of the 15 stations surveyed, the top 3 appeared on 8, 9, and 7 stations respectively.  No other titles this month appeared on more than 4 stations surveyed.  Of the 15 station/shows surveyed, 8 did not have even the minimum 10 titles necessary to be reflected in the STATION by STATION breakouts.

235 titles tracked – 8 TOP 40 DEBUTS / 16 Adds to tracking
Titles tracked = released between Sept 2013 and Feb 2015
109 (47%) titles identified as played at least once in the reporting period
Stations/shows surveyed: 15
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep/single debut on chart
(R) = re-enter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

bill frisell_guitar in the space age(1) 1. Bill Frisell Guitar In the Space Age(Okeh Records) Instrumental [18-Nov-14]
(3) 2. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free(Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [6-Sep-14]
(15) 3. Chris Daniels & the Kings Funky To the Bone (Moon Voyage) Blues / r&b / funk [15-Jan-15]
(11) 4. Brothers Keeper Todd Meadows (8150 Records) Rock [20-Dec-14]
(8) 5. Jeff Austin The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) Rock / bluegrass [1-Jan-15]
(18) 6. Land LinesThe Natural World (self) Indie/New Alternative [31-Jan-15]
(2) 7.  Leftover Salmon High Country (LoS) Rock / country-rock / bluegrass [8-Nov-14]
(5) 8. Various SpokesBUZZ Compilation V: Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Variety [20-Dec-14]
(4) 9. Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock / folk [28-Jun-14]
(23) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West  (NeverFoehl Records) Folk / singer-songwriter [13-Sep-14]
(10) 11. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock / jamband [12-Apr-14]
(27) 12. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey  (self) Indie/New Alternative [26-Apr-14]
(D) 13. Paul MullikinTime Is Now (self) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Feb-15]
(D) 14. Selasee & the Fafa FamilyTime for Peace (self) World / reggae [30-Jan-15]
(33) 15. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock QuintetThe Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [22-Nov-14]
(12) 16. Euforquestra – Fire (self) Funk / jamband [22-Feb-14]
(D) 17. Nathaniel RateliffCloser EP (Mod y Vi Records) Indie/ Folk [28-Jan-15]
(13) 17. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster(self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(7) 18. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [14-Aug-14]
(R) 19. Young AncientsY/A (self) Americana [22-Feb-14]
(21) 20. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary /  funk [4-Jan-14]
(D) 21. Rose Quartz Axis of Love (self) Pop / electronic [1-Feb-15]
(R) 22. Big Head Todd & the MonstersBlack Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock / blues [25-Jan-14]
(R) 23. Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary / jazz / soul [11-Feb-14]
(R) 24. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir“3” (self) Rock [23-Aug-14]
(D) 25. Danielle Ate the SandwichThe Drawing Back of Curtains (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [13-Jan-15]
(R) 25. Nathaniel RateliffFalling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Indie / New Alternative / Folk [1-Sep-13]
(D) 26. Gerald AlbrightSlam Dunk (Heads Up Music) Jazz/Instrumental [1-Sep-14]
(D) 26. Gipsy MoonAutumn’s Retreat (self) Folk [1-Feb-15]
(28) 27. The RailsplittersThe Railsplitters (self) Bluegrass [1-Oct-13]
(R) 28. Musketeer Gripweed Floods and Fires (self) Rock / jamband [29-Mar-14]
(R) 29. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana / folk [21-Dec-13]
(9) 30. Todd Adelman Highways & Lowways (Porch Lantern Music) Rock / country-rock [8-Jan-15]
(R) 31. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop / adult contemporary [18-Mar-14]
(R) 31. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop / adult contemporary [26-Apr-14]
(19) 31. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [8-Nov-14]
(D) 32. AMZY We Don’t Walk, We Dance (self) Pop / rock [21-Feb-15]
(20) 32.  Calder’s RevolversSunday Morning (self) Rock / R&B [13-Jun-14]
(R) 32. The SeersDeaf in June (self) Rock [27-Sep-14]
(25) 33. Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep (self) Rock / pop [19-Jul-14]

6. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
14. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies
16. Pandas & People – S/T
17. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
17. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
18. Born to Wander – S/T
22. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
24. Eef & the Blues Express – All Rivers Run to the Sea
26. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
29. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
30.  Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
30. The Sound and Color – S/T
31. Kate LeRoux – Phoenix
31. Richard Dean – Accidental Human
31. Sofie Reed – Red Hen
32. Ben Gallagher – Heart Shaped Rocks
32. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

All Indians, No Chiefs – The Danger Mission EP
AMZY – We Don’t Walk, We Dance
Chemistry Club – Copia 1 – The Electric Hush EP
Clouds & Mountains – Slumber
CRL CRRLL – Good Influence
Dearling – Do You Love Me [single]
Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
Gipsy Moon – Autumn’s Retreat
H2 Big Band – It Could Happen
Juno What?! – Stranger
Land Lines – The Natural World
Patrick Lee – Remixes Vol 1
Paul Mullikin – Time Is Now
Peter Sommer – Narrando Historias
Plum – Hello Miss Yellow [single]
Rose Quartz – Axix of Love


[XX] = number of reported current year (Sept 2013-Feb 2015) titles
Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, Radio 94.9 Colorado,  The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

bill frisell_guitar in the space ageKAFM (Grand Junction) [17]
1. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age
2. Paa Kow – Ask
3. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Quemando – Paradise

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Leftover Salmon – High Country
3. Born to Wander – S/T
4. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me

cary morin tiny townKRFC (Fort Collins) [+80]
1. Cary Morin – Tiny Town
2. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
3. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
4. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – The Drawing Back of Curtains
5. Bill Frisell – Guitar In the Space Age

jeff austin simple truthKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Jeff Austin – The Simple Truth
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky To the Bone
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey

land lines the natural worldOPEN AIR 102.3 FM (Denver) [40]
1. Land Lines – The Natural World
2. Dirty Few – Party or Don’t
3. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
5. Plum – Hello Miss Yellow (single)

BROTHERSKEEPERThe Colorado Sound [40]
1. Brothers Keeper – Todd Meadows
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Compilation V
3. Land Lines – The Natural World
4. Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
4. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

The Colorado Sound S8|EP43 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014To Spotify, or not to Spotify – for that is the question of the age: Whether to be popular and bought and paid for – or unpopular and unpaid – whether to suffer from the loneliness of being among the unheard, or the disdain of the few who hate, hate, hate you for who you are and what they perceive you to be.  Yeah, okay … so my Shakespeare is shaky; it’s been 40+ years since I’ve read any.  But for those who record today the issue is among the most talked about and debated.

Taylor Swift made news recently when her record label deleted her new album “1989” from Spotify – instead forcing the album into the physical and digital marketplaces, primarily Target and iTunes.  Whether this was a good long term business strategy, or simply a shrewd way to force Taylor’s fans to buy instead of stream, it at least excited a conversation about how RECORDING ARTISTS are paid for the work they produce for our enjoyment.

Wait! This ain’t about Colorado music! — Yes. It. Is.  This continues to be a conversation that dominates the local artist scene.  It’s time we at least start to acknowledge that streaming is in – buying is out.  NOT SO FAST, you say?  Okay.  Which is more popular, iTunes download store or Pandora?  Pandora or Spotify?  And let’s not forget YouTube, the single most dominant music discovery site in the world.

How many actual physical cds did you buy in 2014?  Did you buy those physical cds from a store, or from CDBaby, Amazon, or a band website or at a show?  Or did you, like most of us today, simply dial up Spotify or YouTube – places where virtually NO MONEY IS MADE (or so little it may as well be none) for our friends who spend upwards of $12,000 or more to produce a full length album at one of our incredible regional recording studios – or who make investments totalling THOUSANDS to produce records in home studios.  This is NOT an inexpensive venture we’re talking about here.

For me it’s about fans BUYING from the merch table at the show.  It’s about spending not only the $5 cover (are you kidding me?) – or the $15 on three beers (which the band gets nothing of ) – but about spending $5-$15 on an EP or LP cd at a show – the last real place we’re likely to see any measurable sales for most of our friends in scene.

christmas-tree-clipartChristmas is coming up — what do you think — BUY LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC.  That is all.

Speaking of Christmas – got wonderful news hours after show production deadline this week that Poco (and I believe Richie Furay separately), Firefall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Manassas will all be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theater on Friday January 9, 2015.  Show details to be announced later this month.  Congrats to all of the incredible Colorado musicians past and present who will be a part of that incredible gift.


Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.


To download this week’s segment of OSBTM please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado


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


The Apples in Stereo “Shine A Light” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2014)
Musketeer Gripweed “End of the Day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
(D) Chimney Choir “Motion” from Motion (2015)
Toad In the Hole “Wiser” from APT 203 (2013)
Big Gigantic “Touch the Sky” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Dream A Little Dream of Me” from Dream A Little Dream of Me (2015)
Joe Johnson “Don’t Let Your Blue Eyes Cry” from A Time to Dance (2011)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blue” from Music Along the Way (2008)


Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1995)
Sixteen Horsepower “Coal Black Horses” from 16 Horsepower (1995)
(D) Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Sofie Reed “Down By the Riverside” from Red Hen (2014)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Ark Life “Very Fine Friends” from Very Fine Friends (2015)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
(D) Lauren Brombert “Love’s Carousel” from Love’s Carousel (2015)
Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
The Motet “Afrotech” from Instrumental Dissent (2007)

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