The Colorado Sound S8|EP36 + Review/the Burroughs

IMG_20140901_182522_349My outdoor festival season ended this weekend.  This was the 3rd year for Fortober Fest, an end of season downtown street party in Fort Collins, produced by the Downtown Business Association (Colorado Brewers Festival, New West Fest).  Highlights from this year included the Young Ancients, Sofie Reed, Soul School, Romeo Delight (a live tribute to Van Halen), Whiskey Blanket, and the Burroughs from Greeley, among the fourteen bands picked to celebrate bikes, beers, bands and the end to the summer.

It really does take a lot to stop me in my tracks and make me listen… even harder to make me turn around while I’m walking off – busy with some activity or another when I’m working a show.  That’s more or less true for nearly all of us working live music events for a living.   We see and hear a lot of bands and at least for me, most of the time I hear them in the background.

The Burroughs from Greeley

I feel like the guy who walked in at the end of the party, when I say I just discovered Johnny Burroughs.  Nothing online will prepare you for the energy of a Burroughs’ live show.  I had to be convinced to book them sight-unseen, based purely on their reputation with some friends of mine in the scene.  I’ll need no coaxing from here on out – I’m all in, at least so far as the live show goes.

The only weakness I see with the band is there’s no need for two guitarists, both of whom are adequate, but are both doing more or less the same thing, and neither of whom really shined in their role.  The four piece horn section worked extremely well as an ensemble unit.  The husband-wife rhythm section was there – laying down a foundation that never once got in the way of the exceptional arrangements that Johnny danced and sang over.  A trio of backup singers would be nice also.

Johnny Burroughs

It as an Otis Redding song that caused me to stop.  It was the engaging smile, red hair, dance moves, passion and pure soul that held me in place for hits by James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and others.  This ain’t no velveeta cheese on wonder bread cover band in a Holiday Inn dressing up and playing for an after work middle age suburban audience.  This was raw, visceral, emotional, ass shakin’, instantaneously crowd pleasing soul.  I will NEVER be surprised should I see panties being tossed at this guy from the audience (they still do that don’t they?). 

Any of us old enough to have seen Michael or Stevie in the late 70s and early 80s would be transported… Add in elements of the likes of Tom Jones or Sammy Davis, Jr in their day and the ghosts are there, lurking in the mannerisms Johnny puts on full display inside his tight space on stage, sandwiched between the horns and guitars… far too little space to contain this new, bright, smiling, happy as hell to be there song and dance entertainer.

PS… the record really does not do the band’s show justice – this is a band meant for the stage, not the studio (at least for now).


Two videos this week… one from the closing band at Fortober Fest, Romeo Delight A Van Halen Tribute, and one from my pal Chris Daniels and his band the Kings with Freddi Gowdy on Rocky Mountain PBS.  Enjoy.



Jill Sobule “Too Cool To Fall in Love” from Things Here Are Different (1990)
Wendy Woo “Wide Awake and Dreaming” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
(N) Strange Americans “Rocks Rolls” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
Von Stomper “Mississippi Woman” from Von Stomper (2014)
Johnny Hickman “Another Road” from Hickman-Dalton Gang (2011)
Crucifix “The Dreamer” from Acid Reign (2013)
Fafi aka 3Percent “6 Dayz A Week” from Groove or Die (2009)
The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Churchill “The War Within” from War Within EP (2013)
Felonius Smith “Delivery Man” from Before the Rooster Crows (2014)
Sofie Reed “These Blues” from Red Hen (2014)
Keith Oxman “All Dudes” from Doing All Right (2009)


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Poco “A Good Feeling to Know” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(D) SHEL “You Could Be My Baby” from You Could Be My Baby (2014)
Tennis “Never Work for Free” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) Drew Schofield “150 Million (-1)” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) Reed Foehl “Four Lanes” from Lost in the West (2014)
Five Iron Frenzy “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Eddie Turner “I’m Tore Down” from The Turner Diaries (2006) Jesse Furay Lynch “I Wish It Would Rain” (2014)
Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND “Blues and a Half” from MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND (2014)

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Bands from Nine U.S Cities Perform in Colorado at the BandSwap 2014 Homecoming Events // OCT 1 – 5

September 15, 2014 – Fort Collins, CO – Colorado music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ is releasing a compilation of songs from bands participating in its BandSwap 2014 program to celebrate the upcoming Homecoming events taking place in early October in Colorado. BandSwap 2014 partner city events are happening in nine innovative cities across the country from September 11th – September 27th, closing out the third successful year of the program that Hypebot called “an excellent example of creative innovation in the music industry.” The sixteen bands selected for BandSwap 2014 will then return to Denver and Fort Collins in October to celebrate Homecoming with a final round of concerts, networking mixers, and panels.

Reflecting BandSwap’s expansion from a musical touring construct to a civic collaboration connecting diverse cultural and innovative ideas, the 2014 Homecoming performances are hosted by the City of Fort Collins and Create Denver, and will take place at traditional venues such as Hi-Dive, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, and Hodi’s Half Note, as well as nontraditional venues such as Fort Collins’ eclectic arts space Downtown Artery, the cutting edge learning center Galvanize in Denver, and the energy research complex The Powerhouse Energy Campus in Fort Collins.

Spanning five days and taking place at eight venues across Fort Collins and Denver, the BandSwap 2014 Homecoming events feature performances from the 16 participating BandSwap bands, a handful of additional Colorado bands performing, music video premieres and screenings, educational discussion panels, networking SynchroniCITY mixers, shedding light on each city’s unique characteristics via Cultural Spotlight, presentations on innovative startups via InnovationSwap, and more!

The 2014 Colorado bands are: Stella Luce (Fort Collins), The Yawpers (Denver), Gasoline Lollipops (Boulder), Eldren (Denver), Winchester Holiday (Fort Collins), The Deadwood Saints (Fort Collins), Shatterproof (Fort Collins), and Maxwell Hughes (Fort Collins).

The 2014 partner bands are: Lords of the Trident (Madison, Wis.), Jordan Igoe (Charleston, S.C.), Bonsoir, Catin (Lafayette, La.), k i d s (Athens, Ga.), Phin (Nashville, Tenn.), Amanda Broadway (Nashville, Tenn.), The LoLos (Chico, Calif.), and Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters (Portland, Ore.).

BandSwap is a musical and cultural alliance among like-minded cities combining the best of grassroots collaboration, cross-promotion, creative connectivity and most of all, the unrivaled experience of live music. For more info about the program, stay tuned to the website and SpokesBUZZ Facebook page for more updates.


WED – OCT. 1
9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: The Yawpers (Denver), Eldren (Denver), k i d s (Athens), and Jordan Igoe (Charleston) perform
7 S. Broadway, Denver, CO
Doors: 8:30 p.m.
Show: 9:00 p.m.
TIX $10.00 {BUY TIX}

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Maxwell Hughes of the Lumineers (Fort Collins), Winchester Holiday (Fort Collins), Amanda Broadway (Nashville), and Phin (Nashville) perform. There will be a talk by SpokesBUZZ founder Dani Grant, as well as InnovationSwap pitches and music videos featured throughout the evening, including a music video premiere from Maxwell Hughes. Also featuring a SynchroniCITY Panel on “The Creative Process – Discovering Ideas and Finding Inspiration.”
1062 Delaware St., Denver, CO
Doors: 5:30 p.m., Show: 6:00 p.m., SynchroniCITY Panel: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
All Ages

FRI – OCT. 3
8:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The Deadwood Saints (Fort Collins) and The Gasoline Lollipops (Boulder) perform with Bonsoir, Catin (Lafayette) and Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters (Portland)
The Walnut Room
3131 Walnut St., Denver, CO
Doors: 7:00 p.m., Show: 8:00 p.m.
TIX $7 ADV / $10 DOS {BUY TIX}

FRI – OCT. 3

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: InnovationSwap featuring performances by Jordan Igoe (Charleston) and Ambassador Wolf (Fort Collins), as well as presentations on innovative startups.
The Powerhouse Energy Campus
430 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Doors: 4:30 p.m., Performances and presentations begin at 5:15 p.m.
All Ages

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: BandSwap performances from k i d s (Athens) and Ginger Whale (Fort Collins)
Downtown Artery: 252 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7:00 p.m.
All Ages

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: BandSwap performances from Shatterproof (Fort Collins) and Winchester Holiday (Fort Collins) perform with Phin (Nashville) and the LoLos (Chico)
Hodi’s Half Note
167 N College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Doors: 8:00 p.m., Show: 9:00 p.m.
$10 {BUY TIX}
All Ages

SAT – OCT. 4
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: SynchroniCITY party featuring Industry Panel & Networking “Prototyping – Testing, Iteration, and the Concept of Failure as Success”
The Mishawaka Amphitheatre
13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy., Bellvue, CO

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.: BandSwap performances from Stella Luce (Fort Collins), Izcalli (Denver), Post Paradise (Fort Collins), and Lords of the Trident (Madison) perform
Hodi’s Halfnote
167 N College Ave., Fort Collins, CO
Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m.

SUN – OCT. 5

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters (Portland), Bonsoir, Catin (Lafayette), The Deadwood Saints (Fort Collins), and Pandas & People (Fort Collins) perform. Includes open jam with Lewi Longmire
Avogrado’s Number
605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, CO
FREE “Pass The Hat” Donation
All Ages

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP35

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteWhat a weird weekend.  For inexplicable reasons, KUNC ran last week’s episode of the show, and Radio 94.9 ran hour 2 of this week’s show twice.  Weird huh?  It was also the one year anniversary of “The Flood.”  So, apologizes to those expecting to hear cuts they thought they might hear over the weekend.  I’ll attempt to made that up in a future episode.

Speaking of the show … expect some minor adjustments.  I’m taking the interview segment out longer beginning this week.  The next segment of Offstage …Beyond the Music with Eddie Turner will be uploaded on September 22nd.  That will run for two weeks.  After that, my next guest will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay, who I had the incredible pleasure of working with this summer on two shows.  I’m not a star struck kind of goat, but daaaaaaaaaaamn I’m nervous for this one.  Richie’s interviews will run beginning October 6th.

This coming weekend you can find me at Fortober Fest in Fort Collins.  I’m looking forward to this last festival weekend of the season.  It features some incredible friends:  Sofie Reed, the Young Ancients, Soul School, Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, Van Halen Tribute Band Romeo Delight, featuring Drug Under/S.I.C.K lead vocalist Romero who I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing and working with the past 14 years now.  Here’s the complete lineup:


• 8:30-10:30 = YOUNG ANCIENTS

• 12:00-1:00 = BLUE CANYON BOYS
• 1:30-2:30 = CHOICE CITY SEVEN
• 3:00-4:30 = WHISKEY BLANKET

• 5:00-6:30 = FUTABA
• 7:00-9:00 = SOUL SCHOOL

• 1:00PM-2:30 = KNOCEAN
• 3:00PM-4:30 = THE BURROUGHS
• 5:00PM-6:30 = SHATTERPROOF



HOUR 1 ** 

did not run on Radio 94.9 Sunday morning

Electric Swingset “Middle Ground” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
Psychodelic Zombiez “Desert Flower” from S.A.C. (1996)
(N) Slopeside “Better Off This Way” from One Lane Town (2014)
The Heyday “Had A Feeling” from Till We See the Sun (2010)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “The Other Side” from The Other Side (2014)
(D) Gumbo le Funque “Funky Way” from Funky-Dangerous Party Music, Volume 1 (2014)
Moors & McCumber “Against the Grain” from Against The Grain (2013)
Darryl Purpose “Orange Raincoat” from Next Time Around (2012)
Chemistry Club “Navigator” from Navigator (2013)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Paa Kow “Life Is Good” from Ask (2014)

 HOUR 2 **

Ran 2x on Radio 94.9 Sunday morning, did not run on KUNC Saturday afternoon

The Simpletones “Rain Inside” from Squiggly (1996)
The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(N) Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Dressy Bessy “New Song (From Me To You)” from Dressy Bessy (2003)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “In and Out of Mind” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
(N) Ark Life “You’re With Me” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Mr. Pain” from Sinners & Saints (2010)
Otis Taylor “Naggin’ Woman Blues” from When Negroes Walked the Earth (1997)
Eddie Turner “Booty Bumpin’” from Miracles And Demons (2010)
(D) Reed Foehl “The Kill” from Lost in the West (2014)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

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River’s Eddy Blues – A Painful Memory Exposed

It’s a cold, wet, miserable day today, but nowhere near as bad as it was a year ago today as my wife and I sat and cried, feeling more helpless than we ever have as our friends and family in Lyons suffered one of the greatest losses any of us could imagine.  This was the place, after all, where we got married (Oct 25, 2009 @ Oskar Blues).

We feared for our friends.  Fortunately, all escaped with only the loss of property – all safe – all secure in the love of the community of musicians we call family.  Enion Pelta-Tiller expresses it perfectly when she sings “…feelin’ sick down to my toes, worryin’ ’bout the ones I love.”

I would normally have waited until Monday’s blog post to share this video with you, but with the weather being as it is today, and the pain still holdin’ on, today is the best day to share this new song from the upcoming Taarka album due out in November.  It is, indeed, a day to remember.

We love you guys,
Mr & Mrs Goat

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A look at Hooks at the House


Another brother covering the scene. Thanks Marc.

Originally posted on Denver Original Music:

Songwriters' night at the Park House

Songwriters’ night at the Park House

Park House recently celebrated its second year in business – a quaint bar with kitchen and multiple comfortable nooks. Among those nooks are couches, a smoker’s lounge, John Macy’s new studio and a dedicated stage in the main dining room. Here, Ed Skibbe has been running Hooks at the House, a songwriter showcase, since last April.

This special event occurs on the second Tuesdays of every month, already featuring a strong list of local songwriters: John William Davis, Steve Law, Melissa Ivey, Angie Stevens, Richard Dean, John Common and Jess DeNicola, Dave Preston, Rachel James, Victoria Woodworth, David Starr, Casey Frazier, Katey Laurel, and Satchel Gleason.

My goal was to create a consistent place for songwriters to gather, network, listen, learn, and perform–though an invitation to perform is somewhat exclusive. I want Hooks to be at least a tiny slice of what the Bluebird Café…

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Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP34

IMG_20140901_182522_349I’m always amazed when people say to me, “I didn’t know THEY’re from Colorado!”  LOL.  It happens regularly to be honest.  I think that really has been the guiding idea in presenting “The Colorado Sound” as well as “Offstage …Beyond the Music,” that I can share Colorado music, and the lives of musicians and music industry personalities who have called Colorado their home with folks who might not know who’s who and what they do.

I’ve had an absolutely amazing summer.  I got to present Coloradan and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, South-Hillman-Furay) as a headliner on a show I produce annually (Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival), and as well at one of the acts at this year’s incredible Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.  He and I communicated this weekend, and he’ll be appearing as my guest on the next episode of Offstage …Beyond the Music.  #superstoked!

This weekend I was gifted tickets to see Aspen resident and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates (Hall & Oates) with his long running (15 yrs) Aspen trio.  What a treat to see this Colorado band in a state of the art intimate 200 cap room … WOW!  Check out his latest album when you get a chance … he killed the cut “Stone Cold Love” that he and fellow Coloradan Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced, despite not having the specific beats that Ryan used to underpin the song.

He also did “Lose It In Louisiana” from the same album release, and, of course, a few classic Hall & Oates hits including “She’s Gone,” which he says has been played at every show, solo or with Daryl since 1972.  I also thought it interesting that he pointed out a couple of times that he did not bring cds to sell, and that people should purchase it on iTunes or elsewhere.  The trio format was a blast, and you could tell they were good friends out having a good time.

Leaving you with a video of John at Aspen’s KSPN from last April, doing a song he did Friday night that he wrote with esteemed songwriter Jim Lauderdale.. Enjoy.

New Offstage …Beyond The Music episode starts this week .. check it out below.



Acoustic Junction “Build A Road” from Love It For What It Is (1993)
Liz Barnez “Laughing Yellow” from Liz Barnez Band (1993)
(D) Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Leash of Foxes “It Sounds Like This” from It Sounds Like This (2014)
(D) Montropo “Follow Me” from Follow Me (2014)
Pete Kartsounes “Believer” from The Only Way I Know (2011)
Ivory Circle “Drown” from Equilateral (2014)
Rob Drabkin “For You I Would Die” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Honkytonk Homeslice “Love Is Like A Train” from Just Passin’ Thru (2012)
Drew Emmitt “Up Where We Are” from Across The Bridge (2005)
Polarity “To Be Determined” from King of Hearts (2012)


Philip Bailey “Easy Lover” from Chinese Wall (1985)
Dianne Reeves “Sky Islands” from Dianne Reeves (1987)
Pandas & People “Howling Moon” from Pandas & People (2014)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) Tennis “Never Work for Free” from Ritual In Repeat (2014) Navy “Something Good” from Spirit Groove (2013)
Zephyr “Don’t Come Back” from Heartbeat (1982)
Eddie Turner “Privileged Life” from Rise (2005) WhiteWater Ramble “Dear Mr. Bankman” from Roots & Groove (2013)
Hickman-Dalton Gang “Wildcard” from Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol. II (2011)
Analog Son “Not a Care in the World” from Analog Son (2014)

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