The Colorado Sound S8|EP40

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Reed Foehl Coming to OSBTM

This has been a very interesting week.  News broke this week that Fort Collins Downtown Business Association executive director Michael Short will be stepping down at the end of the year.  While it’s not directly tied to music, this is an important development as thirteen year DBA vet, and assistant director Peggy Lyle, who handled virtually ALL music related activities, resigned in August over apparent managment differences.

The DBA, in conjunction with funding from the Bohemian Foundation, produces several music related events a year in Fort Collins, including Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, the Colorado Brewers Festival, Fortober Fest, and the Friday Night Old Town Concert Series.  The question that tops the charts is, what will become of these events if the board of the DBA decides to move the organization away from events and more towards promoting and marketing its downtown business constituency by other means?  Obviously only time will tell … but in the meantime another shakeup poses more interesting questions.

Bohemian Foundation Musician Liaison Director Liz Barnez has left her gig there to pursue some personal goals. In an email to me this week Liz writes, “Going to record some stuff with my percussionist Bryon in early November for duo demo… but play trio with Eric, or band add Marty. Going to finish my record with my producer in LA first part of the year. I am going to be touring again with Catie Curtis… so, hoping to be busy with that, and getting Mudhead Music back up and running. I do virtual tour management for bands artists. All advance including, flights, accommodations, tech advance, hospitality, etc. Then create a hard copy or digital book for the tour. It’s like having a tour manager only a lot cheaper. I did this for the subdudes for many years and some Nashville artists. Gonna open it up and try to get a few clients if you hear of a need. Website for Liz Barnez and Mudhead Music to go up in the next month.”

If you are in need, please contact Liz via Facebook.

More directly related to our local music scene was a conversation I was engaged in with a major Denver entertainment (not music) franchise.  You can read that story here.

Check out the NEWS AND NOTES excerpt from this week’s show below.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 

I got an email this past week from Reed Foehl’s PR person asking me if I’d spotlight Reed’s newest video this week.  I had included it as part of the SEPTEMBER videos of the month, so it seemed unlikely that I’d bring it out again.  However, during the course of our email exchange, I thought to ask if Reed would care to be my November guest on OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC.  Reed’s legacy goes back to the late 80s when he was a founding member of ACOUSTIC JUNCTION – a band that achieved considerable success in Colorado in the 90s, and eventually was signed to both Mercury and Capricorn Records.  Since the new millennium he’s been busy on a solo career, producing five albums including the new one, “Lost in the West.”  Here’s a taste…

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

Check out the final installment of OSBTM with October’s featured guest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and soon to be Colorado Music Hall of Fame member Richie Furay.  If you’d like to download this segment, please do so by going to KUNC or Radio 94.9.  Otherwise, feel free to stream it here.  

PLAYLIST S8|EP40

NEWS & NOTES SEGMENT FROM THIS WEEK’S SHOW

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

HOUR 1

The Samples “The Birds of Paradise” from Here and Somewhere Else (1998)
Acoustic Junction “Penny For Your Thoughts” from Love It For What It Is (1993)
(N) Quemando “Revolution” from Paradise (2014)
Dianne Reeves “32 Flavors” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013)
(D) Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014) The Lovely & Talented “Death of The Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Cranston” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Fox Street Allstars “Back to Memphis” from Welcome to the Mighty Pleasin’ (2011)
The Outfit “Station Wagon Apocalypse” from Station Wagon Apocalypse (2014)
Gipsy Moon “Flyin’ (feat. Enion Pelta-Tiller)” from Eventide (2013)
(D) Matt Skellenger “New Radio” from New Radio (2014)

HOUR 2

John Denver “Back Home Again” from Essential John Denver (2007)
Judy Collins “Someday Soon” from Who Knows Where The Time Goes (1988)
(D) Andy Palmer “Storm’s Not Coming” from Storm’s Not Coming (2014)
Jeff Finlin “Walking On Air” from My Moby Dick (2013)
Churchill “Change” from Change EP (2012)
(N) Kyle Hollingsworth “Ordinary” from Speed of Life (2014) String Cheese Incident “So Far From Home” from Song In My Head (2014)
Souther Hillman Furay Band “Fallin In Love” from The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band (1974)
Poco “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” from The Essential Poco (2005)
(N) Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Adam Bodine Trio “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from Adam Bodine Trio Plays Nirvana (2013)

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Caveat Emptor

I’ve really struggled with this post.  Afterall, I’m in the business of putting musicians on stage and on the air.  I talk to people who write checks to musicians.  Sometimes I’m surprised, but not often.  Generally I’m talking to people who “get it.”  There are usually differences in how much one entity is willing to pay, based on things like budgets that are determined higher up in the organization, or even perceived value, both of which are common.  But generally speaking, most buyers I deal with get it.  Not this week, however.  So, a caveat emptor admonition is in order – both for those who actually pay for talent, and for talent themselves.

Without naming names to keep from burning bridges and to keep the possibility of future communication open, I had the incredible pleasure of discussing a six to nine show concert series with a major Denver entertainment (not music) franchise this week.  Both the initial phone conversation and the subsequent personal meeting were positive and the only thing lying in the path to making the deal happen was a budget meeting.

The layout was this:  90 minute show – one set – no opener – production provided.  Expected walk-by “audience” 3000, ages 1yr old to 90.  Family event.  Big / no – huge money organization.  Added value includes in house promotion and visual exposure to several THOUSANDS of on the ground “attendees.”  As in the kind of promotion that is usually far outside the value that 99+% of local bands could afford even if they wanted to.   So, deep pocket organization, with some big upside to any band that gets a slot.

The initial numbers were reasonable – enough budget to put on a show similar to what you’d find on any Thursday or Friday night Old Town Square show in Fort Collins that I’m involved with.  Let’s say the initial number was fair and reasonable, based on my professional experiences.  Then the budget meeting happened.  That’s when the surprise factor kicked in and I began the struggle to get here today.

It looked like this:  “It was nice meeting you yesterday and discussing possible options for the [proposed] Concert Series.  At this point in time, we feel as though we will not be able to move forward with working with you because of our budgetary restraints.  We are looking to book bands that will either play free with our added value perks or up to [$X00.00] to help with costs…”

To be clear, [$X00.00] is a reasonable amount in this case.  I’ve got no problem there.  Playing for “free with our added value perks” is not reasonable – EVER.   There is absolutely no reason to believe that the added value “perks” will benefit any of the bands that play this series, financially, or in future performance opportunities, or in sustained direct fans who will continue to contribute to the bands’ revenue streams.

Yes, a solid band with a good variety of merch can potentially sell several hundred dollars worth of cds and other items.  But certainly not enough in my professional opinion to clear PROFIT equal to or greater than the [$X00.00] “final offer” at the table.

Here was my response:  “Here’s something to take back to management.  Musicians are a professional class today.  If none of the [organization's] staff works for “exposure” why should a musician?  No answer required.”

There are a myriad of opportunities for people to perform for free.  Open stage events, charity events, block parties etc … are all great ways for building skill, and having fun making music.  I encourage any and all who wish to make music to do so – however and whenever they can.  There is no greater joy to me than seeing people having fun making music here in Colorado.

There is a stage, however, where professionalism takes place.  A stage on which money enters the picture.  How much money is determined by the buyer and seller, and either may walk away if the deal doesn’t feel right.  But on the professional stage, that money value should NEVER be “FREE with our added value perks.”

Caveat Emptor

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP39 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014It’s really hard to write and watch the Broncos … lol.  Okay.  They won.  So, we lost a station.  Seems KFVR, The Fever, in Pueblo is gone.  That’s it …they just disappeared.  Time to lobby Colorado Springs to get the show on in SoCO.  Would love it if KRCC picked up the show.  Congrats to my friend, Greta Cornett, who passed a few dozen worthy candidates to become the new marketing director at the Fox and Boulder theaters.  For those who don’t know Greta – she was the founder of the Fort Collins Musician Association (FOCOMA), the talent buyer at Road34 for a few years, and a member of three of NoCO’s top bands over the past decade, Mama Lenny & the Remedy, the 3 Twins Broadband, and 12 Cents for Marvin.  She most recently married Dayton Hicks, the bassist for the fabulous Fierce Bad Rabbit.

A few new music shares this week from Strange Americans, Lion Drome, and Paa Kow.  If you’re a fan of the Epilogues, the Lion Drome cut features Chris Heckman on vocals.  Lion Drome is former thrash/shed guitarist Mike Lopez from Loveland, produced by legendary NoCO guitarist and record producer Dave Beegle… turning up the 90s alt-rock/U2 vibe.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

No new videos came to my attention the past couple of weeks, so I tweaked The Colorado Sound TV.  Check out the playlist … hope you’ll view a few videos.

PLAYLIST S8|EP39 2014

HOUR 1

Leftover Salmon “Lines Around Your Eyes” from The Nashville Sessions (1999)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Limon” from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
(N) Strange Americans “Aggro” from That Kind of Luster (2014) Grant Sabin “Letter To An Old Mirror” from Anthromusicology (2013)
(N) Kyle Hollingsworth “Beautiful People” from Speed of Life (2014)
(N) Nina Storey “Strangely Optimistic” from Think Twice (2013)
SHEL “Freckles” from SHEL (2012)
(N) Lion Drome “The Nite Is On (feat. Chris Heckman)” from Curve of the Earth (2014) Leash of Foxes “It Sounds Like This” from It Sounds Like This (2014)
Railbenders “Drive Away” from Like A Wheel (2009)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Song for You” from Music For People (2014)
Analog Son “The Game” from Analog Son (2014)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “Full Circle” from Full Circle (2003)
Firefall “Winds of Change” from Elan (1978)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
OneRepublic “Counting Stars” from Native (2013)
(D) Quemando “City Nights” from Paradise (2014)
(N) Paa Kow “Fakye Me” from Ask (2014) Richie Furay “I Still Have Dreams” from I Still Have Dreams (1979)
Poco “C’Mon” from Deliverin’ (1971)
Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds “Summer Girls” from Round and Round (2013)
Peter Sommer “Looks Like This” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP38

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014I sometimes have to just sit and laugh at how busy I am nowadays trying to keep up with all the music and musicians that exist here in Colorado.  I’m sure I’ll be bemoaning life here coming up in December, which is traditionally my slowest month of the year, but for now let’s just say I’m living on the wings of the dream I had 14 years ago now when my wife encouraged me to engage in my passion for local music, and the musicians who bring it to us.

Not all hits come easily, nor when the single, ep, or lp are initially released to the public.  Sometimes it just takes a while … example from the past = Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” released initially on their 1973 debut, but that didn’t become a huge national hit until 1976.  I bring this up, because I spent last weekend absorbed in Nina Storey’s newest album “Think Twice,” that I “debuted” a new cut from on this week’s show.  It’s an exquisite album, from a Colorado native, who has had to move geographically in order to advance her career.  Maybe with a little help from her friends here in Colorado we can “break” a hit single from the album… do check it out.

I got very good news this week that the show is doing very well in the 2PM time slot on KUNC FM .. heard on 20 FM frequencies statewide, including along the Northern Front Range at 91.5FM, the Denver/Golden area at 91.7FM, and in Boulder at 102.7FM.

There are only 2 places you can download our podcast series Offstage …Beyond the Music – at KUNC FM and at iHeartMedia’s Radio 94.9 Colorado, heard only in NoCO and online every Sunday morning from 8AM-10AM.  Thanks to those stations and their respective teams for hosting the podcast on their sites.  You’re more than welcome to stream the podcast here, but if you want to take it on the go, I ask that you please visit the station websites to download it.

Thanks also to my friends who provide funding for the show:  Colorado Case Company, The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, and SpokesBUZZ.  Pls visit their websites to see why I’m so thrilled to have them on board.

A final note before we get to the music … if you’re involved with music in Colorado and you have new music to share, or a new video, pls get in touch with me so I know about it.  Sometimes I just can’t find it all on my own ;)

No VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK this week .. instead, as I’ll now do every other week, here’s the most recent OSBTM episode.  Enjoy.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC EP4|PT1 with Richie Furay

PLAYLIST S8|EP38 2014

(D) = debut of LP, EP, or single
(N) = debut of track from already debuted LP or EP

HOUR 1

Beast “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)
Joe Walsh “Turn to Stone” from Barnstorm (1972)
(D) Claymore Disco “Light Ahead of Me” from Light Ahead of Me (2014)  (D) The Burroughs “Anna” from the burroughs (2014) String Cheese Incident “Stay Through” from Song In My Head (2014)
Kate LeRoux “Doing It All For Love” from Phoenix (2014)
Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Leftover Salmon “Up On The Hill Where We Do the Boogie” from The Nashville Sessions (1999)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Steep Grade, Sharp Curves” from The Show (2009)
Flobots “The Circle In the Square” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (feat. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014)
Brad Goode “Tight Like This” from Tight Like This (2010)

HOUR 2

Tommy Bolin “Wild Dogs” from Teaser (1975)
Lothar & the Hand People “Machines” from Presenting… (1968)
(D) Kyle Hollingsworth “Happening Now” from Speed of Life (2014)  Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) Nina Storey “Run for Cover” from Think Twice (2013)
The Samples “After the Rain” from Underwater People (1992)
Buffalo Springfield “Kind Woman” from Last Time Around (1968)
Richie Furay “We Were the Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2014)
(D) Born to Wander “I Can’t Help It” from Born to Wander (2014)
Ron Miles “Say It Loud” from Westword ’96 Music Awards Showcase (1996)

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NEWS NOTES and SPINS – OCTOBER 1, 2014

The Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, presenting BandSWAP Homecoming 2014, by The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, presenting Raven & the Writing Desk with Savage Cabbage and the Covz on Oct 10, and by Colorado Case Company makers of insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.  Pls visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.  Oct 2Homecoming (Denver): Winchester Holiday | Phin | Maxwell Hughes | Amanda Broadway.  

Oct 5 = Homecoming (Fort Collins): The Deadwood Saints | Pandas & People | Bonsoir, Catin | Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters.  The Denver show is free and all ages.  The Fort Collins show is free.  Don’t know if it’s all ages.  I have to assume so, as it’s at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins.

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteOk.  I get it.  Everyone needed a break.  Or, everyone got really busy in September … more shows, less time spent online or listening to the radio … more vacations, etc.  Truth is, all metrics were down a skosh this past month.  July and August were bombastic.  September?  Yeah, not so much really.  The blog did better than last year, but not as good as July and August… The Colorado Sound Live365 continues its downward trend that began four months ago.  Listed below are the TOP 5 songs heard this past month.

Total plays statewide were down a bit this past month also.  I’ve never seen so many stations with only 10-12 entries for the month.  We also typically tend to see 50-55, maybe 56% of all titles played. This month rocked down to 46% of 270 tracked releases.  I’ve also changed the reporting rules up a bit:  because of the necessity of stations to publish their playlists online, which nearly all stations do, I only monitor those stations that publish their playlists online.

Today’s recording artists, and those who own the recording, only get paid royalties by way of stations that stream online and pay a performance royalty via SoundExchange for the right to do so.  They do not receive royalties from the performance of their recording via terrestrial airplay.  Only the songwriter and the song publisher receive royalties from terrestrial radio broadcasts/performances.  Stations that air online are required to publish a playlist of their songs and to report those cuts to SoundExchange, on a regular basis.  INFO

Stations that do not comply with that regulation are in effect cheating those who own the recordings they air, and the musicians on those recordings.  In a day when physical content and digital sales continue to trend downward, streaming by any means is fast becoming the way by which recording artists will earn revenue from recordings in the not too distant future — it’s already begun.  Like the lost 8-tracks of lore, owning even an mp3 will seem quaint one day.

There are a number of stations doing membership/fund drives from the 1st thru the 15th or so.  Please make sure you reach out to the stations that air this program and support those you listen to.  And make sure you msg them and request your favorite Colorado releases.  The only way we’ll get more played is if you insist on it.  Support local community radio – and thank them for supporting Colorado artists.

Tons of new releases seemed to flood stations in late August.  I cannot recall the last time we saw so many (D) debuts in the top 40.  Included in the TOP 40 this month, a new release from Kyle Hollingsworth that’s worth a listen to, along with Tennis who cracked the TOP 3 out of the box … check out all the new debuts with whatever Soundcloud or Bandcamp embeds I could find.

VIDEO PICKS FOR SEPT

SHEL makes our video picks of the month for a new single that is a whole lot poppier than just about anything they’ve done in the past.  This time, instead of a video created BY the band to showcase a new song, this is a video shot at a street concert somewhere… cool song girls.  Other videos featured this month from Strange Americans, Ark Life, Tennis, Reed Foehl, Taarka, Young Ancients, and My Body Sings Electric.

TOP 40 Spins September 2014

  • 270 titles tracked
  • 125 (46%) 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

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run(3) 1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(4) 2. Ark Life- The Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(D) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]  (2) 4. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head (SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(D) 5. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(6) 6. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014] 7
(D) 7. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014] (D) 8. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (1) 9. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 10. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 11. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 12. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(13) 13. The Motet- The Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(29) 14. Paper BirdRooms(self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(6) 15. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(26) 17. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(38) 18. Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman  (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(D) 19. J. Miller BandOne More High, One More Low (self) Americana [March 1, 2014]
(D) 20. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Pop/rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(20) 21. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore-Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(R) 22. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(R) 22. Safe Boating is No AccidentBonus Features (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 26, 2014]
(D) 23. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]  (14) 24. Pandas & PeopleS/T (self) Rock/AAA [July 5, 2014]
(19) 25. Aakash Mittal QuartetOcean(self) Jazz/Instrumental [July 13, 2013]
(R) 25. Jim Stranahan Little BIG BANDMigration to Higher Ground (self) Jazz/Instrumental [June 13, 2014]
(D) 25. Steve Law BandOld Oak Tree (self) Rock [Sept 27, 2014]  (R) 26. Von StomperVon Stomper (self) Rock [April 26, 2014]
(R) 27. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [April 27, 2013]
(R) 27. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP (self) Pop/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 28. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(R) 28. DragondeerDon’t That Feel Good EP (self) Rock [March 14, 2014]
(D) 29. John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]  (D) 29. MontropoFollow Me (self) Folk/folk-rock [Sept 6, 2014]  (D) 30. The Deadwood Saints6th and Trinity (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Sept 27, 2014]
(28) 31. Felonious SmithBefore the Rooster Crows (self) Blues [Aug 2, 2014]
(25) 32. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(39) 33. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time (self) Rock/country-rock [May 10, 2014]
(D) 34. Paa KowAsk (self) Jazz/Instrumental/World [July 19, 2014]  (R) 35. Wendy Woo BandLive (Woo Music) Pop/adult contemporary [June 1, 2013]

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 / SEPTEMBER
8. Calder’s Revolvers – Sunday Morning
10. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Living Asleep
11. John Oates – Pushing A Rock Uphill
12. The Patti Fiasco – Small TownLights
15. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
16. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
17. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the World
18. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
21. SuCH – Trial and Error
22. Joe Johnson – New West Sound
23. My Body Sings Electric – Pt I The Night Ends
24. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
27. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls
28. AdrienneO – Lines EP
30. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
31. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
32. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
34. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
35. Drag The River – Drag the River
36. Tallgrass – Better Than Medicine
37. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry

ADDED TO TRACKING / SEPTEMBER
A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
Hot Rize – When I’m Free
Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
Montropo – Follow Me
Gumbo le Funque – Funky Way
John Oates – Good Road to Follow
Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
Matt Mahern – Test of Time In the City
Teresa Storch – Come Clean
Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree
The Deadwood Saints – 6th and Trinity
The Seers – Deaf in June

STATION BY STATION

A few months ago I began listing only those stations that tracked ten or more Colorado LP/EP or single titles per month. I’ve added one more condition; the spins must be verifiable. Stations that do not list a playlist are techically in violation of federal rules put in place so that those who own and those who perform on a recording can claim any royalities due from said performance. [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 Radio94.9 Colorado.

BHTM Black BeehiveKAFM (Grand Junction) [23]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
4. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKBUT (Crested Butte) [10]
1. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
3. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
3. Paa Kow – Ask

Tennis_ritual in repeatKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
4. Euforquestra – Fire
4. The Motet – The Motet

RailsplittersKGNU (Boulder) [18]
1. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires

euforquestra, fireKOTO (Telluride) [10]
1. Euforquestra – Fire
1. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
1. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
2. Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
2. The Motet – The Motet

a shoreline drive_sunriseKRCC (Colorado Springs) [10]
1. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
3. Euforquestra – Fire
3. J. Miller Band – One More High, One More Low

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRFC (Fort Collins) [70]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Reed Foehl – Lost In the West
3. Deadwood Saints – 6th Street and Trinity
4. Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
5. Young Ancients – Y/A

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
2. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can RunKUNC (Greeley) [12]
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. 3 Twins – De Nada
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKVNF (Paonia/Grand Valley) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Wendy Woo Band – Live
3. Kyle Hollingsworth – Speed of Life
4. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Eurforquestra – Fire

ark lifeOPENAIR 1340 (Denver) [31]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
2. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
3. Blake Brown & American Dust Choir – “3”
4. Dragondeer – Don’t That Feel Good EP

RADIO 94.9 COLORADO (Loveland/Fort Collins/Greeley)
I don’t have a reliable way of counting spins from Radio 94.9 Colorado, the only commercial station in CO dedicated to airing one Colorado track per hour.  Their system doesn’t allow for the kind of tracking I require for charting.  However, here is what they added in September.

TRACKS ADDED SEPTEMBER
AdrienneO – Take It In
Ark Life – Let Your Heart Break
Calder’s Revolvers – I Gotta Know
Drew Schofield – Breakdown
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Crystal Ball
John Oates (w/Ryan Tedder) – Stone Cold Love
Katie Herzig – Drug
Mosey West – Hurricane Eyes
Reed Foehl – The Killing
SHEL – You Could Be My Baby
Strange Americans – Dirty Shakes
Tennis – Never Work for Free
The Wild After – Meant for You
Whiskey Blanket – Blatto Nox
You Me & Apollo – Ghosts

ark lifeTHE COLORADO SOUND [40]
1. Ark Life – The Dream of You
1. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Drew Schofield – 150 Million (-1) EP
3. John Oates – Good Road to Follow

THE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365 [245]
This is the first time I’ve posted the monthly TOP 5 tracks, as heard on The Colorado Sound LIVE365.  The spins are totally arbitrary.  It’s all pretty mysterious to me actually.  All I can do is sit back and watch what you all listened to each month.  I just fill the playlist.

1. Ryan D White – Love Story
1. The Railbenders – Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
1. Covenhoven – A Love Sincere
1. The Congress – Loretta
2. Knocean – Against the Wall

 

 

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP37 2014

Usually I spend my weekends listening to a lot of new releases, as I work on the Monday morning post and sometimes News Notes & Spins for the 1st.  This weekend though, it was not specifically a new release, but one that I’d only tasted since it came out over a year ago now – Nina Storey – Think Twice.  Nina has been a part of the Colorado music scene since her debut in 92.  Since then, she’s had an up and down career – mostly up – getting marginal cred in the media, and losing out in a terrible performance on one those celebrity based real life talent tv shows examples of the downside events.  Her move to Los Angeles has proved beneficial for this Colorado original who continues to move forward, dismissing criticism — in a testament to her longevity and her perseverance, Nina was featured on a Times Square digital billboard this past week – in advance of shows in NYC.  

Truth is, I couldn’t listen enough to Nina’s album.

Video Pick of the Week:  Supergroup:  “…a music group whose members are already successful as solo artists or as part of other groups or well known in other professions.” (wikipedia).  Young Ancients = supergroup comprised of Colorado Blues Society Award winner (2013, 2012 solo/duo category) Cary Morin + Subdudes founding members John Magnie and Steve Amedée.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with this lineup a few times this past year, and will be doing sound for them October 31 at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont.  Do I need to say you should be there?  

Speaking of where you might want to be.  I’ll be joining SpokesBUZZ for a couple of events on Oct 2, and Oct 5.   Oct 2Homecoming (Denver): Winchester Holiday | Phin | Maxwell Hughes | Amanda Broadway.  Oct 5 = Homecoming (Fort Collins): The Deadwood Saints | Pandas & People | Bonsoir, Catin | Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters.  The Denver show is free and all ages.  The Fort Collins show is free.  Don’t know if it’s all ages.  I have to assume so, as it’s at Avogradro’s Number in Fort Collins.

PLAYLIST S8|EP37

HOUR 1

Chris Hillman “Slippin’ Away” from Slippin’ Away (1976)
Dusty Drapes & the Dusters “Talkin’ Boogie” from The Red Album (1981)
(D) The Deadwood Saints “6th Street and Trinity” from 6th Street and Trinity
(N) John Oates “Six Men” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
(N) Montropo “Letter to Mary” from Follow Me (2014)
(D) The Seers “Deaf In June” from Cellophane Eyes (2014)
Glitta Kings “Twice Broken” from Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables (2014)
SuCh (Su Charles) “P’s and Q’s (Playing Games)” from Trial and Error (2014)
Wendy Woo “Fade to Gray” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
(N) Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Raincheck “Oh Brother” from Raincheck (2012)

HOUR 2

Gerard “Hello Operator” from Hello Operator (1976)
Dean Reed “Our Summer Romance” from Our Summer Romance (1960)
(D) Steve Law Band “Old Oak Tree” from Old Oak Tree (2014)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” from Song In My Head (2014)
Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family “Land of Fire” from Land of Fire (2010)
Paper Bird “As I Am” from Rooms (2013)
Esme Patterson “Valentine” from Woman To Woman (2014)
Ark Life “What You Want To” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Eddie Turner “Rise” from Rise (2005)
(D) Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014)
Tom Gershwin “Sugar” from Sweet Pastimes (2013)

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who got played in sept?

Throughout September The Colorado Sound aired the newest releases from:

Aakash Mittal Quartet
Analog Son
Ark Life
Chemistry Club
Churchill
Drew Schofield
Esme Patterson
Felonious Smith
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Five Iron Frenzy
Glitta Kings
Gumbo le Funque
Hot Rize
Ivory Circle
Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND
John Oates
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene
Leash of Foxes
Montropo
Paa Kow
Pandas & People
Paper Bird
Reed Foehl
Rob Drabkin
Safe Boating is No Accident
Slopeside
Sofie Reed
Steve Law Band
Strange Americans
SuCh
Tennis
The Deadwood Saints
The Fray
The Seers
The String Cheese Incident
Tom Gershwin
Von Stomper
Whiskey Blanket
WhiteWater Ramble
You, Me and Apollo

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