The Colorado Sound – S8 EP32

chris k new look aug 2014Now where was I?  Sunday night.  9PM.  End of the weekend.  A blur.  Grandson moved in.  Redecorated guest room for teenage boy.  Listened to lots of music.  Include:  Trial and Error by SuCH.

I’m a sucker for soul.  Growing up as a teenager in and around Philly and New York I couldn’t escape it.  The first concert my mother took me to was the Temptations with the Fifth Dimension.  I spent from 1973-1986 spinning records at parties and in clubs in North Dakota, New York, Connecticut, and Colorado.  Soul was and is a vital part of my regular listening diet to this day.

SuCH (Su Charles) intrigued me last year, both by the underground soul hit “Sugar Maple”, which spent 2 weeks in August 2013 at #1 on the UK Soul Charts … and which swept our fan poll last December … AND … by the fact …  that she won the Henry Award for Best Actress for her role as Celie in the Color Purple.  SuCH is a Boston born, New York raised, Chicago groomed Soul singer, living, working, and performing locally in Denver – on music and theater stages.

Old skool soul fans have lots to love about this record.  It immediately raised feelings of nostalgia for the great soul hits of the 70s and early 80s … with enough modernism that I’m not left feeling like the arrangements are stuck in the past.  Guests include local actor Mathenee Treco (P’s and Q’s (Playing Games))who will be appearing in the role of Bobby in the musical MEMPHIS at the Arvada Center for the Arts next month.  

Lovin’ “Open Book” … seriously want to do the hustle to this one LOL.  …  “P’s and Q’s (Playing Games) … “Where You Left Me” … and the title track.  SuCH’s fan base is sure to vote this one to the top of the Best of 2014 fan favorite poll again, this coming December.

PS: my grandson listens to different music than I do LOL.  Go figure.  He likes metalcore (?).  Part alt.rock part screamo (?)  I’ve got some catching up to do I see.  Metal never was my thing.


The Samples “Close to the Fires” from Samples (1990)
Subdudes “Help Is On the Way” from The Subdudes (1989)
(D) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “Get Out” [single] (2014)  Ark Life “Proud of Me Out There Mama” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Outside” from Changing Color (2011)
Soul School “Touch My Body” from Chapter One (2014)
The Fray “The Fighter” from Scars and Stories (2012)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Blue Canyon Boys “Up On The Hill” from Next Go ‘Round (2012)
(D) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “The Other Side” from The Other Side (2014)  Cowboy Dave “Cowboy Dave Theme Song” from Saddle Up, Pal (2009)
(D) The Outfit “Station Wagon Apocalypse” from Station Wagon Apocalypse (2014)  Ben Haugland “Lift” from The Point Of No Return (2012)
Soul Survivors “Have It All Your Way” [single] (1969)
Boenzee Cryque “I’ve Never Known A Girl” from Psychedelic States: Colorado in the Sixties (2007)
Poco “Regret” from All Fired Up (2013)
Richie Furay “Hand in Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
(D) SuCH (Su Charles) “Trial and Error” from Trial and Error (2014)
AdrienneO “Take It In” from Lines EP (2014)
Felonius Smith “Whiskey and Gin” from Before the Rooster Crows (2014)
Silent Bear “The Green Lion” from The Green Lion (2014)
Strange Americans “The Scene” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)

OH YEAH … WAIT … BEFORE YOU GO.  Here’s the grandson’s bedroom I spent all weekend doing :)  

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Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest Day 2

Chris K w short hair post BoNi 2014It’s Tuesday.  The weekend is done.  I’m slowly recovering.  Takes longer to recover now it seems.

Yes, I cut my hair.  Sorry to say the drugs I took to cure the hepatitis pretty much destroyed my hair.  I also took the advice of a friend (hey Rob) … LOL … my wife hates it … my kids and many of my friends on FB love it.  It feels healthy to me.  I’m all good.

Love this shot captured by the Coloradoan …. long live the hair.

Goat Introducing Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Here’s the video recap of day two … sorry I was unable to capture useable video of the ReMinders .. .:(

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Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest – Day One

Day one is in the books.  great to hang with some great folks yesterday at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.  Joe Johnson (playing today), Jeremy Lawton, Nick Duarte, Alysia Kraft, Ansel Foxley, Patti Fiasco, Post Paradise, Big Head Todd and the Monsters …. damn what a fun time … Record crowds for Big Head Todd & the Monsters.  The main venue shut off at just shy of 7000, and the secondary simulcast venues were at near capacity as well, with another several thousand left to wonder around, enjoying the music from “outside” the room.  Here’s a taste of the main stage action from Friday … Full slate today … cya at the show.



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The Colorado Sound Live365 – The Most Heard, An Overview

As of Aug 14, these are the most heard cuts on The Colorado Sound Live365.  As best as I can tell this list is derived by the number of times a track is “heard.”  Based on the titles, and by looking at the number of times something is heard, I can conclude that late mornings and afternoons are the most commonly listened to times of the day.  I do not control the rotation of titles as I do on my weekly radio program … it’s pretty arbitrary.  It all depends on when you’re listening.

The station is programmed with a very broad mix of classic cuts along with newer titles from the past year.  The (date) is the last time the title was added to the playlist.  The playlist contains approximately 245 titles, and is heavily day-parted.

Metal, punk, rap and edgier new material is programmed at night from 6pm-12am.  Mornings 6am-12pm are heavier in classic material going back to the 60s.  Mid-days are programmed with less classic material, with a more 21st century appeal.

The playlist is, generally, updated monthly.  See previous post for list of adds and drops this month.

This is what the ears are hearing, for those who have been listening ;)

1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Resignation Superman (Nov 1, 2013)
2. Elephant Revival – Birds and Stars (Dec 29, 2013)
3. The Congress – Loretta (July 31, 2013)
4. Covenhoven – A Love Sincere (Sept 13, 2013)
4. Ark Life – Let Your Heart Break (July 14, 2014)
4. Andy Hackbarth – My Baby Don’t Run (Feb 7, 2014)
5. Yo, Flaco! – Nice Guys (Jan 23, 2014)
5. Sixteen Horsepower – Outlaw Song (Nov 1, 2013)
5. Open Road – Wandering Blues (Feb 7, 2014)
5. Leftover Salmon – Highway Song (Nov 1, 2013)
5. The Fray – Love Don’t Die (Oct 25, 2013)
5. Euforquestra – Fire (March 2, 2014)
5. Dragondeer – Castaway (Mar 9, 2014)
5. Chimney Choir – poor boy (Nov 1, 2013)
5. Chain Station – Don’t Build Me Up (April 21, 2014)
5. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Josephina (Jan 23, 2014)
5. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me (Jan 23, 2014)
5. The Apples In Stereo – Nobody But You (Nov 1, 2013)

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The Colorado Sound – LIVE365 UPDATE AUG 2014

Chris emcee 2013Finally got a break to work on the playlist at The Colorado Sound Live365.  A crazy weekend is about to commence.  Don’t forget to download the Live365 app .. attach to in-car bluetooth device, and listen on the go.  House guests arriving today from Colorado Springs for the weekend … not that I’ll see much of them LOL.  I’ll be at the Mountain Ave stage for Bohemian Nights at New West Fest all weekend.  Hope I’ll see you in the audience :)

I keep a pretty full playlist going at the station, so for every title I add I have to drop one.  There’s only so much room to rotate songs.  Don’t forget to rate the songs so I’ll be able to judge what’s getting the love <3.

D = 6A-12P mix
A = 12P-6P mix
P = 6P-12A mix


Ark Life – Proud of Me Out There Mama (D, A)
The Deadwood Saints – Cheap Guitar  (A, P)
Felonius Smith – Whiskey and Gin (D, A)
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball (D, A, P)
Katie Herzig – Drug (D, A)
Lion Drome – Winter (P)
Molina Speaks – Denver (ft. Randy Runyan) (P)
The Outfit – Station Wagon Apocalypse  (P)
Paa Kow – Black and White (D, A)
SuCH – Trial and Error (D, A)

8traC – Maybe
Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett With The Wailers – Wailin’ for Justice
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Do You Want Me Now?
Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
String Cheese Incident – Let’s Go Outside
Highway 50 – Monday Morning
Wendy Woo Band – Drunk In Love
Leftover Salmon – Cash On The Barrelhead
Bonnie & the Clydes – Open Road
Strolling Scones – Sailor’s Song
Monroe Monroe – Adore

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subdudes to appear in Colorado despite death of original member

A successful reunion show this past March rekindled a fire that hadn’t been present since the mid 90s, when Coloradans John Magnie and Steve Amedee rejoined Tommy Malone and Johnny Ray Allen, as the original founding members of the subdudes.  This weekend, fans where heartbroken to learn that Johnny Ray Allen passed away on Friday morning at his home in New Orleans.  No cause of death was listed.   An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, August 11.

I spoke with John Magnie Monday night and he confirmed that the remaining members of the band will perform at upcoming shows in Colorado, including Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.  Former tour manager and bassist/vocalist Tim Cook will rejoin the band for their in-state appearances.  Only their scheduled Thursday night appearance in Fruita was canceled.

Friday 08-15 Louisville, Colo. Louisville Downtown Street Faire
Saturday 08-16 Fort Collins, Colo. Bohemian Nights at New West Fest
Sunday 08-17 Arvada, Co. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP31 + Offstage …Beyond the Music EP2 PT1

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteSad news to report this weekend.  As we approach the 10th anniversary of Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, this week’s show was to be a preview of the event.  As part of the preview I featured a cut from the original lineup of the subdudes, who were slated to appear at this year’s festival in a featured slot, headlining the Library Park stage directly in front of the festival headliner, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Saturday night.  Unfortunately, original bassist and band co-founder Johnny Ray Allen passed away on Friday morning, August 8, at age 56, from unknown causes.  Being the weekend, there has been no public statement released by anyone from the band, or from anyone at Bohemian Nights festival organizers.  As soon as one is available I will post it here.  More on the story here.


When I started thinking about this podcast series, I envisioned it being a chance for me to go visit some folks in the business of making music who we as listeners and fans of live music don’t normally get to hear from.  David Glasser is the founder and owner of Airshow Mastering in Boulder.  From his bio:  “A three-time nominee [himself], he has earned two GRAMMY awards for mastering and restoration of the culturally significant Anthology of American Folk Music (1997) and Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton (2002).”


I’ve got footage from nearly every show I attend or work at.  You can find all that I’ve edited at the youtube page .


the Jekylls “You’re Probably Right” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
Calder’s Revolvers “Leave Ya Be” from Sunday Morning (2014)Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
Knocean “Against the Wall” from Knocean (2014)
Soul School “Out of Your League” from Chapter One (2014)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
Pandas & People “My Oh My” from Pandas & People (2014)Bonnie and The Clydes “Song For You” from Music For People (2014)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Just Don’t Care” from Live @ Hodis (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Dreaming of Things to Come” from Living Asleep (2014)
Jeff Brinkman “Don’t Bring Me Down” from Strange (2012)
H2 Big Band “Singing In the Rain” from You’re It! (2011)
Subdudes “Any Cure” from The Subdudes (1989)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
Katie Herzig “Drug” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Thy Will Be Done” from Unentitled (2011)
the Patti Fiasco “Oil” from Small Town Lights (2013)
Devotchka “Contrabanda” from 100 Lovers (2011)
Ian Cooke “Fortitude” from Fortitude (2011)
Elephant Revival “Birds and Stars” from These Changing Skies (2013)
Drag the River “Not that Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
Euforquestra “The Price is Right” from Fire (2014)
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade “Rudy-Go-Round” from Quiver (2012)

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