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.

NEWS & NOTES:  

EMAIL OR FACEBOOK?

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.” 

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

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

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

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.

PLAYLIST S8|EP44

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

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

PLAYLIST S8|EP43 NOV 2014

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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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NEWS NOTES & SPINS – NOV 1, 2014

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A SORE SUBJECT

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.

KSUT

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.org. KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer. Please send a cover letter and resume to rob@ksut.org by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

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.

VIDEO PICKS FOR OCTOBER

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]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / OCTOBER

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

ADDED TO TRACKING / OCTOBER

…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

STATION BY STATION

[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
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS IN OCT.
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.

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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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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.org.  KSUT Public Radio is a Native American preference employer.  Please send a cover letter and resume to rob@ksut.org by5pm, Nov. 3, 2014 or mail to KSUT, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, CO.

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP41

Wedding couple - Bradley Weaver & Sami Jo Lien

Wedding couple – Bradley Weaver & Sami Jo Lien

I don’t often post pics from friends’ FaceBook posts, but this is one time I couldn’t resist.  Congrats to Sami Jo Lien and Bradley Weaver who went and got themselves legally married this weekend …and as usual for such celebrities, they managed to avoid the press by keeping it all a secret outside of family and close friends.  Bradley is 1/5 of Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, and Sami Jo is Senior Publicist at JKSCommunications according to her FB page.  goatz anniversary 2014

In the meantime, Mrs Goat and I celebrated our anniversary (on the same day you guys?? Really??  Does this mean a joint anniversary party next year?)  Congrats you two from Mr & Mrs Goat.

Local blues guitarist/vocalist James Speiser recently had a bike accident that required his elbow be replaced and a plate inserted into his wrist.  James is a full time working musician.  Like many in our scene he doesn’t have sufficient insurance to cover a situation like this. james speiserIn a FB post from James this weekend he says, “With $92,000 in hospital bills and out of work, I have to thank MusiCares for helping me with some expenses and my surgeons cost. I have to thank David Booker and the Colorado Blues Society for hosting a benefit to help me. Denver has an amazing blues and music community and we really help each other out. I am very grateful.”

“The MusiCares Foundation, Inc., was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation’s programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.” – wikipedia

On Oct 21, 2013, Musicare announced the establishment of the MusiCares Colorado Relief Fund in an effort to provide support to members of the music community affected by the September floods in Colorado. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacements; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. (http://www.grammy.org/news/musicares-establishes-colorado-flood-relief-fund)

Not to be outdone or overlooked, the Colorado Blues Society is a Colorado 501C3 non-profit with a mission to  “increase awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).”  Although their primary function is education, the organization is also very active in relief efforts for local causes, and has been known to help out as they can when local blues artists are in need.

The Colorado Blues Society is hosting a benefit for James at Herman’s Hideaway on Nov 22.  At the present time, it looks like the lineup will include Steve Crenshaw, David Booker, Delta Sonics, Chris Cheslin, Armando Lopez and maybe John Long, and will include special guest appearances by Pattie Melt and others. There may also be a silent instrument auction.

Speaking of blues, this weekend marks the closure of one of Colorado’s most loved, respected, and venerated blues establishments – Blues & Greens at The Boulder Outlook Hotel.  Mrs Goat, Goat-boy, and I stopped by to say hi to old friends celebrating the end of an era.  Here’s a snapshot of the day …

This is the week I pull spins data from around the state for the next NEWS NOTES & SPINS column due out NOV 1.  It’s also the week I cut and edit the next Offstage …Beyond the Music, with November’s featured artist, Reed Foehl.  Thanks to Richie Furay for being October’s featured artist.  What a thrill.

It’s a very busy week in the goat den.  This is also the final month for submissions for BEST OF consideration for 2014.  Any new releases from October on are considered 2015 releases.

I have two underwriting/advertising opportunities available for The Colorado Sound, and its various properties. For more information, contact me directly via email at thecoloradosound@gmail.com

 Video Pick of the Week

PLAYLIST S8|EP41 2014

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

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1993)
The Simpletones “Tattooed Angels” from Squiggly (1996)
The Seers “Deaf In June” from Cellophane Eyes (2014)
Lion Drome “Winter” from Curve of the Earth (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy “Forgive Me” from Love Songs (2014)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger (2013)
Jami Lunde “Some Place Tonight” from Big Black Birds (2011)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Beliefs” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Monroe Monroe “Engines Will Come” from Engines Will Come (2011)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “Mad Dog” from Heartbeat (1982)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014)
You Me and Apollo “Ghosts” from Sweet Honey (2014)
Euforquestra “Take Me Dancing” from Fire (2014)
Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014)
FaceMan “Tackle Me Down” from Talk Talk Talk (2013)
Poco “A Good Feeling to Know” from The Essential Poco (2005)
Richie Furay “Hand In Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014)
(N) Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Analog Son “The Game” from Analog Son (2014)

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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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