Guest Post: “Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth” by @DoriaRoberts #irespectmusic


While not expressly Colorado, this is worth reblogging for the sake of all my family and friends who are trying to make a living creating music professionally.

Originally posted on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY:

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[Ed. Note: Chris Castle says:  We are so lucky to have the opportunity to publish this illuminating post by Doria Roberts, an outstanding discussion that shines a light on the issues facing all professional artists. I’m sure we’ll hear Doria’s strong voice many times in the future and will be the better for her.] 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now.

A little background for those who don’t know me: I’ve been a indie musician by choice for 22 years. In 1999, I was chosen to perform at Lilith Fair and quit my day job the following Monday…

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A Crash Course in Austin

You never know what kind of health your music market is in until you visit another place.  I can scratch off one more legendary music market from my list of never been to… Austin, TX.  I’ve been asked for many many years to visit, or it’s been suggested to me that I should.

The problem is I never wanted to let go of my fantazmagorical romanticism… I never wanted to see the truth behind the myth I conjured in my mind.  And, frankly, I just don’t like TX – the humidity, the heat or the politics.  So when I accepted an invitation from the owners of Nomad Sound to come down to visit them, it was as much a shock to me as those who know me.

There’s already an established connection between Nomad and Colorado.  They work with New Belgium Brewing on the Tour de Fat.  That and a few other things they’ve done in Colorado the past few years has tickled the owners’ interest in Colorado, and the possibility …high probability… they’ll set up shop in Denver this coming year.

My romanticism of Austin was not affected in any way by my visit.  I made the obligatory trip to the Continental Club, catching Dale Watson on a Monday night in what seemed a sold out show (I’m thinking about 250).  I was able to visit the as yet unknown new location for an unnamed legendary Austin music room, and listened as a new p.a. was being considered for install.

And I gorged myself on Austin fish, bbq, and Mexican food, to the point where Thanksgiving turkey seems not only anti-climatic, but almost something I want to avoid as I race back into the gym to shed 10 lbs I’ve gained since August.

What I learned is that legacy matters, because legacy builds names that people want to experience.  And that legacy has to be names that have mattered over time, and have developed as recognizable brands.  That could be the legacy established by a venue, as is the case with rooms like the Continental which has been open since 1957, or like Antone’s, which is set to reopen in a new location in 2015, after moving out of their old location a year ago now.

Names matter.  Dale Watson, a legendary Austin character, sells out on Monday nights at the Continental, and bands like Colorado’s Cowboy Dave Band headline the room at MIDNIGHT on a Thursday, not because the band can draw, but because the room draws because of its legacy in the market, and internationally among those who follow country music.

There is also a distinct difference in the way music is supported politically and financially in Austin.  It is a city that reaps many tens of millions of economic value from its industry and the city not only knows it but seeks to find ways to embellish upon it, to advance it.  As a result there’s an atmosphere of polished professionalism and historical sophistication in the look and feel of Austin, that I find lacking in our own scene.

We have an incredibly vast and differentiated music environment in Colorado.  We never graduated the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Willie Nelson, but we have graduated the likes of John Denver, Dianne Reeves, Philip Bailey, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and others.  That sense of history doesn’t permeate the atmosphere in Denver like it does in places like Austin.  As I was just reminded of by one of my hosts, we’ve sold more records by our artists than Austin has, by far, but by bands that are far more contemporary than those whose legacies drape over Austin like a well worn comforter.

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP45 2014

I’m Austin today (Sunday).  I’ve never been here before.  I’m staying across the street from the legendary Continental Club.  It’s been a whirlwind of a day, all of it spent with my new friends from Nomad Sound.  Sorry to say I was too exhausted by 10 to walk across the street and check out the Continental.  Maybe tomorrow night.

Getting here was no easy task.  I don’t fly well as it is, and the flight was a stomach churning adventure .. on top of dealing with day five of a cold, that pretty much sapped my strength.

euforquestra lyons nov 2014The highlight of my weekend was working with my friends in Euforquestra and Judge Roughneck at Oskar Blues in Lyons.  Packed room, and everyone groovin’ … hellofa night! Here’s some video of Euforquestra’s set and something from Judge Roughneck.

I don’t have a news and notes segment to share this week, sorry.  I left it on my office computer.  I also do not have a video of the wee pick.  I did not find one.  I was excited to debut a new release from the Greeley based Silver & Gold this week.  Their recording was sent to me by a fan, who heard my show on KUNC.  Props to the fan for doing that.  This is a solid “new” addition to the Greeley/NoCO music scene.  Check out a review in Greeley’s Bandwagon.  Also new this week are a couple of really excellent new jazz recordings from the Ben Markley/Clint Ashlock Quintet, and the Dana Landry Trio (also from Greeley).


This is the last installment of my visit with Reed Foehl.   I really appreciate the time that we spent together.  If you’d like to download it, please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado.  


Hour 1

Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)
John William Davis “Bull Gator Blues” from Dreams of the Lost Tribe (2002)
(D) Silver & Gold “Peace As A Bird” from Compression (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Wildflowers” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Kyle Hollingsworth “Ordinary” from Speed of Life (2014)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith In A Man” from Like A King (2012)
Head for The Hills “Dependency Co.” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Juno What?! “Shamless” from Shameless (2011)
Musketeer Gripweed “A Train” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Dubskin “Freedom Fighter” from Release from Fear (2011)
(D) Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)


The Rainy Daze “Good Morning Mr. Smith” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
Boenzee Cryque “Still In Love with You” (1967)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Get Up and Go” from High Country (2015)
Ark Life “Rock & Roll (Take It Easy)” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Esme Patterson “Tumbleweed” from Woman To Woman (2014)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Future Jazz Project “Stress” from True By Design (2007)
(N) Nina Storey “Private Army” from Think Twice (2013)
Andy Ard “That’s What She Did To Me” from What She Did (2009)
(D) Dana Landry Trio “Frank’s Tune” from Memphis Skyline (2014)

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP44 Nov 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014A great week as this year’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame class was announced by executive director G. Brown.  Congrats to Caribou Ranch, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Firefall, and Poco.  There is a considerable amount of history among those four acts, each of which contributed something significant to Colorado music history.  It will be great for folks from around the world to see and hear what these bands brought to Colorado when they visit Red Rocks over the years to come.   G has yet to announce the details of the show, scheduled for Jan 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.

When I spoke with Richie Furay for our Offstage Beyond the Music podcast, he said he’d be a part of it.  I’m sure Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts from Firefall will be present, and as well, Kenny Passarelli who did some time with Manassas, and who still lives and produces records here regionally.  Jimmy Ibbotson from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still lives here, so I’m sure he’ll be a part of things also.  Beyond that, I have to wonder if we’ll get to see Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman from Manassas or John McEuen or some of the other guys from “the Dirt” band.  It’d be a hellova show for us baby boomers for sure if as many living members of the bands as possible were able to participate.  Most of those guys are mid to late 60s and older now (Richie is 78) now and were instrumental in our lives in the 60s and 70s.



One of my clients emailed me this week and asked my opinion about promoting a show.  He asked which is a better method – email or facebook.  What do you think?  To add to the complication, an article hit just as I was hitting the publish button that underlies the confusion and lack of ease with which musicians and bands and others of us in the music promote our shows etc.  According to an article published Nov 17 in Digital Music News, “Facebook will be reducing the amount of “overly promotional” posts from Pages in newsfeeds starting in 2015. Posts that aren’t paid ads will become less visible if they meet the following criteria:

  1. “Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  2. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  3. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads”

To go with that, “…you can no longer offer incentives to get page likes.” 


Some friends introduced me to this “new” single from OneRepublic, off their Native album.  There’s a story here worth our attention.


The 3rd installment of my conversation with Reed Foehl.  If you’d like to download it go to KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado pls.  I’m only allowing streaming from here.


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


The Czars “What I Can Do For You” from Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (1970)
Space Team Electra “Saints Are Bleeding” from The Vortex Flower (2001)
(D) The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(N) Silent Bear “Red Colorado Night” from The Green Lion (2014)
Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Manassas “Colorado” from Manassas (1972)
Firefall “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” from Firefall (1976)
Poco “When It All Began” from Legacy (1989)
(N) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
Hazel Miller Band “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

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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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I brought up the topic of royalties last month in this post.  This month the subject of artist compensation was played out in both the radio world I addressed last month, and in the world of live performances.  You can read about that situation here, but what it boils down to is how artists make money today.

A few months ago I began highlighting only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. In September I added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not provide a “real-time” online playlist are technically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own, and those who perform on a recording. can claim any royalties due from said performance.

Royalties are a major concern today.  As real sales have declined, streaming has increased globally, and here at home.  Terrestrial radio stations that broadcast over the Internet are considered as streaming content.  The performers on the recording earn royalties from that “performance.”  What’s not tracked can’t be paid on.

My hope is that the remaining few stations in the state not participating in offering a running order playlist understand the importance of this issue to the musicians whose music we seem to too often take for granted. Equally to the stations that are not fully implementing.  BRAVO to those who get it.


JOB OPENING – PROGRAM & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – KSUT IGNACIO COLORADO: Four Corners Public Radio, a component of KSUT Public Radio, located in Ignacio, CO (Durango area), seeks a Program and Operations Director who will manage the overall quality and delivery of station programs. Four Corners Public Radio is an award winning Triple A and Americana music station and an affiliate of National Public Radio. Program and Operations duties include programming oversight, traffic log management, automation management and regular air shifts. Candidates should have a strong broadcasting background, experience with radio automation, advanced computer and social media skills and a passion for public radio. A full job description can be found online at KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer. Please send a cover letter and resume to by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.


Thanks to Richie Furay for being my October featured guest on OffStage …Beyond the Music.  You can stream each of the Oct episodes at the Colorado Sound Soundcloud page  … Reed Foehl is my featured guest for November.  You can download weekly episodes at either KUNC or Radio94.9 … or stream them here.


Featuring Gregory Alan Isakov, Chimney Choir, Esther Sparks & Whiskey Remedy, SHEL, Glowing House, Longest Day of the Year, Blue Canyon Boys, Tennis, Kissing Party, Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts

TOP 40 Spins October 2014

231 titles tracked
101 (44%) titles reported 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

Hot Rize_When I'm Free(5) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(4) 2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(8) 4. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(2) 5. Ark Life- The Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(15) 6. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(1) 7. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(10) 8. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(12) 9. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(11) 10. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(6) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(7) 12. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(27) 13. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(9) 14. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 15. Analog SonS/T (self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 19, 2014]
(28) 16. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 17. Richie FurayHand in Hand (self) Americana/country-rock [July 12, 2014]
(D) 18. Born to WanderS/T (self) Jazz/vocal [Oct 1, 2014]
(29) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(D) 20. QuemandoParadise (self) World/Latin [Oct 4, 2014]
(R) 21. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(13) 22. The Motet- The Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(24) 24. 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(R) 25. Jeff FinlinMy Moby Dick (self) Rock/AAA [May 26, 2014]
(R) 26. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires (self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(R) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(35) 28. 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]
(21) 29.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore-Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 30. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(31) 30.  Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(R) 31. Katie Glassman & SnapshotDream A Little Dream (self) Americana/western swing [Nov 30, 2013]
(R) 31. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(R) 32. Fierce Bad Rabbit - Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(D) 33. Andy PalmerStorm’s Not Coming (single) (self) Rock/AAA [Oct 4, 2018](34) 33. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]
(R) 34. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 35. Maxwell HughesOnly in Dreams (self) Jazz/Instrumental/guitar [August 1, 2013]
(22) 36. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(17) 36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]


14. Paper Bird – Rooms
18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman
19. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low
20. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1)
22. Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
23. Strange Americans – That Kind of Luster
25. Aakash Mittal Quartet – Ocean
25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND – Migration to Higher Ground
25. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
26. Von Stomper – Von Stomper
27. Churchill – The War Within EP
28. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP
29. Montropo – Follow Me
30. The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
31. Felonious Smith – Before the Rooster Crows
33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time


…And the Black Feathers – Pink Black and Bruised
Ancient Elk – S/T EP
Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
Born to Wander – S/T
Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline
Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy – Love Songs
Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain
Gasoline Lollipops – Death
Glowing House – Don’t Know How
Jeremy Flood – What A Long Way Down (single)
Lisa Prank – Crush On the World
Longest Day of the Year – Carapace
Matt Skellenger – New Radio
Pan Astral – Color Field
Quemando – Paradise
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
Stella Luce – Caldera
The Maykit – Moonboy
Traitors to the Queen – You Are Braver Than You Think


[XX] = number of reported current year (2013-2014) titles

Stations monitored for spins = KAFM, KBUT, KDUR, KGNU, KOTO, KRCC, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KSUT, KUNC, KVNF, OPENAIR 1340, The Colorado Sound radio show and The Colorado Sound LIVE365

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKAFM (Grand Junction) [35]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Williams Brothers Band – Live at the Mesa Theater

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
4. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time

chainstationKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Born to Wander – S/T
3. Eurforquestra – Fire
3. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [15]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [80+]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
2. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West

String Cheese Incident_Song In My HeadKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
4. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

ark lifeOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [30+]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Colfax Speed Queen – Satisfaction Intended
5. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning

Kyle_Hollingsworth_Speed_Of_LifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
3. Analog Son – S/T
3. String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head

toad in the hole - apt 203THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
1. Toad In the Hole – Wiser
1. Kramies – Wooden Heart
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Loaded Gun
2. Euforquestra – Fire
3. Andy Palmer – Good Son

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP42

I’m really too busy working on the monthly spins article to do this too … so, here’s this week’s playlist… and the Offstage Beyond the Music segment .. .enjoy.


Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Bittersweet” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
Sweet Water Well “Zoeology” from Watermelon (1996)
(N) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “White Rose” from Three (2014)
Jeff Finlin “My Mabelline” from The Tao of Motor Oil (2010)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Call It Love” from Motor Vixen From Hell (2014)
Dr. Izzy Band “Old Black Crow” from Blind and Blues Bound (2012)
Whiskey Blanket “Pound Boom” from No Object (2010)
Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family “Land of Fire” from Land of Fire (2010)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Betty Boop” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Railbenders “The Outlaw Way” from Showdown (2006)
Adam Revell & Essence Rider “De Facto” from Triple Leaf (2010)


Acoustic Junction “Shape of Things to Come” from Love It For What It Is (1993)
Leftover Salmon “Euphoria” from Euphoria (1997)
(D) Longest Day Of The Year “Live Wire” from Carapace (2014)
Strange Americans “Aggro” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
Reed Foehl “Rodeo Clown” from Lost in the West (2014) The Motet “123” from The Motet (2014)
Katie Herzig “Little Bit of Love” from Secret Road – As Heard on TV (2014)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)

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