The Colorado Sound S8|EP47

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoColorado puts on some pretty big shows.  FoCoMX brings out 200+ acts …Westword Music Showcase brings out over 100 …the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase brings out over 100 …Bohemian Nights at New West Fest brings out over 70 …the Higher Ground Music Festival another 50 or so.  But nothing really prepared me to hear the voice of SpokesBuzz founder Dani Grant announcing from the stage at the SpokesBuzz VOL V compilation release party Saturday night that 128 Colorado bands will make a presence at the 2015 Austin based South By Southwest music festival, and that the state of Colorado itself is throwing down to help make it happen.  Stay tuned folks …this is gonna get crazy.

If you haven’t done so yet, let me know who your favorites were this past year in our fan favorite poll for 2014. I am really looking forward to sharing the top “Emerging / Up-and-Coming / Breakout” acts with you.  I have asked several of my friends and colleagues in radio, in print, and at venues to share their TOP 5 for the year. Based on early responses from a few folks this is going to be fun.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Happy Holidays

PLAYLIST S8|EP47

HOUR 1

40th Day “Little Sister” (1992)
Judge Roughneck “Moon” from Skankin’ Naked (1999)
(N) Five Iron Frenzy “So Far” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
OneRepublic “Counting Stars” from Native (2013)
Garuud Effekt “Cut me” (2014)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado “Wheels” from Western Branches (2013)
Katey Laurel “All The Way Home” from Periscope (2014)
The Autumn Film “Because We Are” from The Ship and the Sea (2010)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Colorado Christmas” from The Christmas Album (1997)
Jeff Brinkman “Island” from Strange (2012)
(N) Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “Cobblestones” from The Return (2014)

HOUR 2

The Samples “Close to the Fires” from Samples (1990)
Dan Fogelberg “As The Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)
(N) Jeff Austin “The Simple Truth” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Leftover Salmon “Two Highways” from High Country (2015)
Calder’s Revolvers “Leave Ya Be” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Otis Taylor “Naggin’ Woman Blues” from When Negroes Walked the Earth (1997)
Eddie Turner “I’m Tore Down” from The Turner Diaries (2006)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Angels We Have Heard On High” from Dance Club Thursday (2013)
Opie Gone Bad “Blue Christmas (feat. John Common & Jessica DeNicola)” from Opie Gone Christmas (2011)
(N) Matt Skellenger “The Curve” from New Radio (2014)

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The Colorado Sound S8|EP46 2014

We were surprised to learn this past week that a band many expected to launch onto a larger national stage decided to pack up the trailer, come home, and play their final show.  You Me & Apollo began their journey in the spring of 2011.  Dec 20th will be their final show, at hometown venue Hodi’s Halfnote (Fort Collins).  The band will release a limited cd run of two new singles – with digital due out in January.  Drummer Tyler Kellogg stopped by the house to talk about it.  Here’s the video.

I cannot lie … I like me some Young Ancients.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpeaking of shows:  ANNUAL COMPILATION CD RELEASE PARTY SPOKESBUZZ BAND TOGETHER: VOLUME V featuring Eldren, Qbala, Wiredogs, iZCALLi, Pandas and People, Gasoline Lollipops, The Yawpers, Winchester Holiday, Wasteland Hop, Shatterproof, Maxwell Hughes, Grant Farm, Lindsey O’Brien

Venue: Hodi’s Half Notef
Venue Address: 167 N. College Ave.
City: Fort Collins, Colorado
Age: All Ages
Ticket Price: $10 minimum suggested donation
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Set Time: 6:00pm

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

I’m chillin in December … so this month pls visit Radio949Colorado.com and KUNC.org to download encore presentations from our first five guests.  COMING IN JANUARY:  Offstage Beyond the Music with Colorado Music Hall of Fame executive director, and Colorado music journalist G. Brown.

 

PLAYLIST S8|EP46 

HOUR 1

The Monocles “Psychedelic (That’s Where it’s At)” (1966)
The Monocles “Boogie Man” (1966)
The Higher Elevation “Odyssey” (1969)
The Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2014)
Strange Americans “White Legs” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) You Me and Apollo “Finding Peace” (2015)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Drew Schofield “150 Million (-1)” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Complicated” from The Show (2009)
Todd Adelman & the Love Handles “Where The Party Never Ends” from Todd Adelman & the Love Handles (2009)
(N) Dana Landry Trio “To Wane” from Memphis Skyline (2014)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “Sun’s A Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014)
Lothar & the Hand People “Machines” from Presenting… (1968)
(D) Jeff Austin “What the Night Brings” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Young Ancients “Nobody Loves You” from Y/A (2014)
Ark Life “What You Want To” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Jekylls “First Song About Santa” from A Very Jekylls Christmas EP (2013)
Chris Daniels “Cabin Fever” from Better Days (2012)
Slopeside “Better Off This Way” from One Lane Town (2014)
Euforquestra “Take Me Dancing” from Fire (2014)
(N) Analog Son “Swervantes” from Analog Son (2014)

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You Me & Apollo to play final show

Sad news emerged from Fort Collins’ yesterday.  You Me & Apollo is playing their last gig at Hodi’s Halfnote on Dec 20.  Drummer Tyler Kellogg will be my guest this week in hour 1 of The Colorado Sound to talk about the breakup and more … hit the station and time page for where and when you can listen.  Here’s the link to the story in this week’s Westword.

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NEWS NOTES & SPINS DEC 1 2014

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For all intent and purposes, November concludes the year.  Any music that gets released in November is labeled as the following year, so we’re already into the 2015 season.  The big music news this month was the release of the new Leftover Salmon album “High Country,” featuring new permanent member Bill Payne (Little Feat).  I can’t recall off the top of my head what the last album was that debuted at #2.  The album was released on November 28, but the band made sure that djs around the state were serviced early enough to share the love pre-Thanksgiving. Outside of that one album the top 18 spots remained about as it was last month.

The biggest news of the month came from G. Brown at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  Richie Furay let us in on part of the secret in October, during Offstage …Beyond the Music, when he let us know that Poco and he would be inducted into the hall this year.  G finally released the rest of the lineup for the Jan 9 gala:  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Manassas, Poco … with special nods to Richie Furay and Steve Martin among others.  G. Brown will be my guest on Offstage …Beyond the Music in January – no doubt we’ll be talking a lot about the Hall of Fame.

VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

I don’t watch very much television.  Most of what I watch is late night stuff like the local news, a half hour of Jimmy  Kimmel, and about twenty minutes of the Daily Show, before I fall asleep.  Sometimes I watch on demand episodes of shows like Gotham — but almost never do I watch talent shows – so I had no idea this summer that a local kid was on America’s Got Talent, nor did I know he made it to the TOP 5 finalists in September, before being eliminated. That’s okay; TOP 5 is enough to propel the take off of a career if played right.  With that, here’s a video playlist of Miquel Dakota, from Monument, Colorado … enjoy

 TOP 40 Spins November 2014

270 titles tracked
125 (46%) titles identified 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(1) 1. Hot RizeWhen I’m Free (Thirty Tigers) Bluegrass [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 2. Leftover Salmon - High Country (LoS) Americana/jamband [Nov 8, 2014]
(3) 3. TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Aug 14, 2014]
(5) 4. Ark Life- The Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [June 28, 2014]
(10) 5. Reed FoehlLost in the West (NeverFoehl Records) Folk/singer-songwriter [Sept 13, 2014]
(9) 6.Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman(Suitcase Town Music) Folk/singer-songwriter [June 22, 2013]
(6) 7. Big Head Todd & the Monsters –Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(14) 8. Elephant Revival- These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(7) 9. Nathaniel Ratefliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Mod y Vi Records) Folk [Sept 1, 2013]
(2) 9. The String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head(SCI Fidelity) Rock/AAA [April 12, 2014]
(30) 10. Young Ancients – Y/A (self) Americana [Feb 22, 2014]
(11) 11. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey (self) Indie/alternative [April 26, 2014]
(29) 12. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore-Love Runner (Remington Road Records) Folk [Dec 21, 2013]
(22) 13. The Motet- The Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(R) 14. Esme PattersonWoman to Woman (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [April 5, 2014]
(26) 15. Musketeer GripweedFloods and Fires(self) Rock/jamband [March 29, 2014]
(12) 16. A Shoreline DreamThe Silent Sunrise (self) Rock/alternative [Sept 6, 2014]
(8) 17. Euforquestra – Fire  (self) Rock/funk [Feb 22, 2014]
(D) 18. Dana Landry Trio – Memphis Skyline (Artist Alliance) Jazz/Instrumental [Oct 1, 2014]
(19) 19.  John OatesGood Road to Follow (PS Records) Pop/AAA [March 18, 2014]
(30) 20. Katie HerzigWalk Through Walls (Marion-Lorraine) Pop/adult contemporary [April 26, 2014]
(D) 21. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2014]
(16) 22. Chimney Choir(compass) (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(D) 22. Fruition & Grant FarmMeeting On the Mountain (Grant Central Records) Rock/jamband [Oct 1, 2014]
(D) 23. Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeTotem (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 24. Strange AmericansThat Kind of Luster (self) Rock [Aug 23, 2014]
(D) 25. Ark LifeVery Fine Friends (single) (Greater Than Collective) Rock/AAA [Nov 8, 2014]
(R) 26. Drag The RiverDrag the River (Xtra Mile Records) Rock [Oct 1, 2013]
(R) 27. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(4) 28. Kyle HollingsworthSpeed of Life (SCI Fidelity) Rock [Sept 6, 2014]
(D) 29. Chimney Choir – Motion (single) (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 8, 2014]
(32) 30. Fierce Bad Rabbit - Living Asleep (self) Rock/AAA [July 19, 2014]
(R) 31. Moors & McCumberAgainst the Grain (self) Americana/folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(36) 32. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(D) 33. Ben Markley-Clint Ashlock Quintet - The Return (Dazzle Jazz) Jazz/Instrumental [Nov 22, 2014]
(34) 33. Chain StationDancin’ With the Law (self) Bluegrass [March 14, 2014]
(R) 34. Drew Schofield150 Million (-1) EP (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Sept 6, 2014]
(21) 34. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the World (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(D) 35. Lauren BrombertLove’s Carousel (single) (self) Adult Contemporary/pop [Nov 8. 2014]
(R) 35. Sofie ReedRed Hen (self) Blues [June 20, 2014]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 / NOVEMBER

15. Analog Son – S/T
17. Richie Furay – Hand in Hand
18. Born to Wander – S/T
20. Quemando – Paradise
23. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
24. Pandas & People – S/T
25. Jeff Finlin – My Moby Dick
27. Head for the Hills – Blue Ruin
28. Wendy Woo Band – Live
31. Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream
31. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
33. Andy Palmer – Storm’s Not Coming (single)
33. Paa Kow – Ask
35. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams
36. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

ADDED TO TRACKING / NOVEMBER

Annie Booth – Wanderlust
Ark Life – Very Fine Friends (single)
Ben Markley/Clint Ashlock Quintet – The Return
Brad Goode – Montezuma
Chimney Choir – Motion (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Dream A Little Dream of Me (single)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Someone Like You (single)
Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
John Statz – Tulsa
Lauren Brombert – Love’s Carousel (single)
Leftover Salmon – High Country
Parlor Pickers – Joliet Street Shakedown
Silver & Gold – Compression
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
The Echo Chamber – Synesthesia
Zach Heckendorf – Speed Checked by Aircraft

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) [20]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Jack Hadley – Jack Hadley: The St. Louis Sessions
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. The Longest Day of the Year – Carapace

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKDUR (Durango) [12]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Born to Wander – S/T
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKGNU (Boulder) [21]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Circuit Rider
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gasoline Lollipops – Death
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Tennis_ritual in repeatKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
3. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
3. Chimney Choir – (compass)
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

leftover salmon_high countryKRFC (Fort Collins) [100]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
3. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
4. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
5. Fruition & Grant Farm – Meeting On the Mountain

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKRZA (Alamosa) [10]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
1. You, Me and Apollo – Sweet Honey
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Chain Station – Dancin’ With the Law
2. Steve Law Band – Old Oak Tree

Hot Rize_When I'm FreeKUNC (Greeley) [17]
1. Hot Rize – When I’m Free
2. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies

Tennis_ritual in repeatOPEN AIR 1340 (Denver) [25]
1. Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Totem
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
3. Montropo – Follow Me
3. The Outfit – Station Wagon Apocalypse

leftover salmon_high countryThe Colorado Sound [35]
1. Leftover Salmon – High Country
2. Reed Foehl – Lost in the West
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Floods and Fires
4. Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive

rob drabkin_little stepsTHE COLORADO SOUND LIVE365
TOP 5 MOST HEARD CURRENT YEAR TRACKS NOV
1. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – Nothing to Show For
1. Good Gravy – Isn’t It Funny
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Josephina
3. Justin Roth – Rise

 

 

 

 

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Goat’s Thanksgiving

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteAre we thankful for the music that has fueled our lives?  Are we thankful for those who possess the gift that illuminates the love we feel, the pains we struggle with, the memories that bind us to our pasts and keep us moving towards our unknown future?  Are we?  If we’re thankful, how do we honor those whose gifts bless us?

There are those for whom music is a hobby – something to do with family and friends in thousands of garages and basements across our country, around the world.  There are those for whom making music is a part-time job, something to do on weekends in any public space imaginable – for tips or for guarantees that help sustain the love of making music, or to feed families.  And for others it is an occupation, a full time job, a career that pays the bills and allows for a secure future in retirement.

Music is as natural and essential as the air we breath or the water we drink.  Music is part of our spiritual lives as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Voodoo, Native American Indian, and countless other faiths employ music in praise and worship ceremonies.  We have sung to the gods of our lives, and raised the specter of desire and sexuality in the humpity-hump rhythms that permeate dance clubs internationally.  It tells us stories that become part of the history and heritage of our land.  It speaks in languages unique to the diverse culture of cities and towns, bayous, deserts, and mountains across the land.

We, two generations now, have bemoaned the loss of art in our schools, the loss of music programs.  We spend billions on music instruments and private lessons so that our children and grandchildren might appreciate the innate joy that comes from discovering that they possess the ability to sing or play a melody.  We attend school concerts and recitals and cheer on our kids, praising them for the talent they display – regardless of any demonstrated skill; every child’s performance the right of passage to a future filled with stardom, fame, and monetary riches.

In eras past, from our first job in high school through graduation from college, we built and maintained large collections of albums worth of music – some that would become insanely popular globally – and some that only we and a few close friends would ever really know about.  We attended bars where cover bands played the hits of the day, to concert venues of every size to enjoy our favorite bands play their biggest hits, and newest songs.  And then time changed.

MP3.com promised the adventure of as yet broadly unknown songs from around the world – both great and abysmally bad – from gloriously magnificent works of pure art to gloriously bad dog farts and noise …all for free, with the promise that those who owned the work would get paid based on the number of plays – at a penny a pop.  And from there, the gaming was on.

MP3.com died and Napster emerged – another promise of free music to be had and another disaster that couldn’t be sustained, both financially and legally. File sharing became a major criminal offense, as everyone from grandmothers to college kids and even universities struggled with the emergence of new tech. Congress stepped in and established a minimum standard of pay for those who owned the recording as well as the performers on the recording, but only for music “broadcast” on the Internet, not for music aired on terrestrial airwaves.  The minimum far less than a penny per listen.

And then, Steve Jobs and Apple introduced us to iPods and iTunes, and physical cd sales began to decline precipitously.  Pandora introduced us to free Internet radio without commercial interruption … and record sales imploded, in a relentless dive.  Lastly, streaming arrived full blown via Spotify and other sources, and even download sales have felt the impact as people are inclined to stream their favorite records at far less than a penny a listen as it is no longer necessary to actually possess either a physical copy of a recording or a digital version.

The MP3 format and the Internet changed the world – and today the question has to be asked – how do we honor those whose music is so invaluable to our everyday lives?

Today anyone can play.  Here in Colorado alone there are a few thousand acts – from baby bands to solo singer songwriters to hitmakers and award winners. There are several hundred recordings released a year, from singles to eps and lps – in digital, cd, and vinyl.  We have hundreds of rooms for us to see live music, from DIY spaces to coffee shops, from small cap rooms to Mile High Stadium, from the world renown to the barely known about.

Music is not free.  It is not free to learn.  It is not free to perform.  It is not free to present.  It is not free to record.  It is not free to distribute.   Teachers need to earn a living.  Instrument makers need to earn a living.  Stage owners and those who own and run p.a. equipment need to earn a living.  Recording studio owners, and the engineers at the studios need to earn a living.  And countless thousands of our friends and family, who have spent years to perfect their talents, buy the equipment, record the songs, and present themselves on stages need to earn a living.  Music is not free.

Are we thankful for the music that has fueled our lives?  Are we thankful for those who possess the gift that illuminates the love we feel, the pains we struggle with, the memories that bind us to our pasts and keep us moving towards our unknown future?  Are we?  If we’re thankful, how do we honor those whose gifts bless us?

This season I’d like to ask a favor.  Please support the local music scene, the local music industry, the local music teachers, and sound engineers, and stage owners, the instrument makers, and record makers, and the musicians without whom none of this would be possible.

Set aside a little to see a couple of shows and take a few friends with you.   It doesn’t matter if you know the band – just go. Go to Albums on the Hill (Boulder) or Twist and Shout (Denver) or any other location where you can find Colorado music on sale.  Don’t buy one – buy ten and spread the love.

If you need help deciding on what show to see, or what record to buy, read and support our local publications like Westword (Denver), Colorado Music Buzz (Denver), the Marquee Magazine (Boulder), Scene Magazine (Fort Collins), or Bandwagon (Greeley).

Music isn’t free.  We shouldn’t treat it as if it is.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Goat

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

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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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