The Colorado Sound S9 EP37 2015

We were fortunate this week to break some new music that there are no videos or Soundcloud or Bandcamp hookups for .. or maybe “fortunate” is not quite the right word.  Either way, new music shares in full will have to wait for another day.

The brand new Post Paradise, Bring it To Life (Side A), came in literally as I was producing the show, and the band was on stage doing a sound check I think in Kansas … It is one of the KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight tracks of the week … along with the latest from Trinity Demask from her upcoming new album Elemental.  Trinity is still putting together a cd release show for the new album … no doubt it will be a good one – the album itself is clearly the strongest effort she’s put fort in the past several years of her career.

The KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight

SPT 29-30 = Trinity Demask
Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
Wednesday 12:20 pm

OCT 1-2 = Post Paradise
Thurday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
Friday 1:20 pm

Other new music this week comes from The Knew off their just released new album Schmew, Burnt Lips from Tropical Moon, Grim & Darling from their new album out this week Beauty Through Pain and a bit of a surprise from 75 year old jazz sax legend Charles McPhearson, himself not a Colorado artist, but whose latest album The Journey is aided by some of our best Colorado-based jazz players including tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman, pianist Chip Stephens, bassist Ken Walker, and drummer Todd Reid – it is indeed a very tasty post-bop record on the Colorado based Capri Records.

The Colorado Sound is supported by the generous contributions of Colorado organizations and businesses that promote art and culture, sound and music, in our state.  I am very appreciative of their efforts and their support.  I currently have very limited opportunities for new supporters of the show.  If your business or organization fits, I’d like to hear from you.  Please email me at … all applications for support are considered, however, space is limited so I cannot accept everyone on board.  Thank you to The Mishawaka Amphitheatre for their continuing support.  The Colorado Sound proudly supports the efforts of SpokesBUZZ, a non-profit supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and developing the professionalism of our local artists.

Video Pick of the Week

Facing West is one of the freshest “youth” acts in the region right now … composed of two sisters, and a host of regional help including film producer and musician Tage Plantell who has also done videos for Andy Palmer and others …



Earth, Wind & Fire “Devotion” from Gratitude (1975)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
(D) Post Paradise “The River” from Bring It To Life (Side A) (2015)
Katie Herzig “Drug” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Grant Farm “The Nine Pound Hammer” from Grant Farm (2012)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(N) The Knew “Modern Woman” from Schmew (2015)
Instant Empire “Zoo Lions” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
(D) Burnt Lips “Hell Hounds” from Tropical Moon (2015)

Leftover Salmon “River’s Rising” from Euphoria (1997)
Take to the Oars “Stones & Sticks” from American Volume (2011)
Dana Landry Quartet “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from Standard Elevation (2015)


Beast “Communication” from Higher…&…Higher! (1970)
(D) Trinity Demask “This Time” from Elemental (2015)
David Starr “Alive Again” from Alive Again (2013)
Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
Facing West “Dissection” from Long Way Home (2015)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Sour Patch Kids” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “S.o.b.” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(D) Grim & Darling “Hot Red” from Beauty Through Pain (2015)  The Patti Fiasco “Small Town Lights” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Charles McPherson “The Journey” from The Journey (2015)

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP36 2015

Summer is officially over … I don’t know what to say about that.  No more outdoor shows means we’ll spend more time at our indoor venues enjoying great Colorado bands in intimate settings.  What’s your favorite SMALL room (under 500 capacity) to see a show at?

I have the pleasure of doing sound at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, and occasionally at the Original Oskar Blues Brew & Grill in Lyons … and I’m looking forward to presenting The Colorado Sound Presents with my band and one I’d like to introduce to you at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins and at an unknown as yet Denver small room.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE shared some love with a couple of notable Colorado acts … STAX recording artists Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats picked up a 3 star (3/5) review of their debut … and the YAWPERS picked up an online story and music share of a cut from their upcoming new album that’ll be out late October.  The Yawpers will be my guests on OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC in November.

The Associated Press reports that the Fray will join Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others to perform for Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia.

Colorado bands Slow Caves and Red Fox Run will join Edison at the 35th Annual CMJ Marathon in NYC taking place OCT 13-17

mishawakaIt may be the end of the summer season (RIP) but that doesn’t mean the concert season is over … The Colorado Sound is supported by The Mishawaka Amphitheatre … and yes, the SpokesBUZZ Lounge is open for business over the winter.  See website for OCT shows .. oh, and PARKING IS FREE!


Congratulations to Colorado native Nina Storey.  The LA Music Critic Awards just named “Waiting For Love” the Best Music Video for 2015.  Way big props to our homegirl … who now calls L.A. her home.



Acoustic Junction “Build a Road” from Love It For What It Is (1993)
The Samples “We All Move On” from Here and Somewhere Else (1998)
Michal Menert “Sweet Remorse” from Space Jazz (2015)
Lion Drome “The Nite Is On (feat. Chris Heckman)” from Curve of the Earth (2014)
Love 45 “Release Me” from Into The Ether (2009)
(D) Ben Marshal “City Lights” from Songs About Living Songs About Dying (2015) Treehouse Sanctum “Pilot & Crew” from Pilot & Crew (2015)
Jeff Finlin “American Dream #109” from Epinonymous (2004)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Resignation Superman” from Beautiful World (1997)
(D) Amberly Chalberg “Chicago” from There Will Come A Day (2015)
Pandas & People “On My Way” from Pandas & People (2014)
The Motet “Afro Disco Beat” from Instrumental Dissent (2007)


(N) Kenny Knight “Does He Hide” from Crossroads (2015)

Zephyr “We Got the Love” from Heartbeat (1982)
(N) Eldren “Everybody Went Crazy” from Welcome to Deathville (2015)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
The Knew “Old and Young” from Man Monster (2012)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Medic “If I Could Stay” from If I Could Stay (2015)
(N) Augustus “Born of Men” from Into Frames (2015) 
Dragondeer “Don’t That Feel Good” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
Finnders & Youngberg “After Tonight” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Dan Fogelberg “Face the Fire” from Phoenix (1979)
Poco “Call it Love” from Legacy (1989)
Ben Haugland “A Weaver of Dreams” from A Million Dreams (2015)

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Wet Mountain Broadcasting has acquired a new non-profit NCE license to broadcast to the Wet Mountain Valley and surrounding areas under the call sign KLZR at a new frequency of 91.7 FM.  KWMV – the LPFM station owned by Crystal Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Westcliffe is no longer broadcasting and will be permanently shut down shortly.

For the foreseeable future, KLZR will be broadcasting from on the same in-town tower as they have been and will phase in wattage over time to a maximum of 5,000 watts. Because mountainous terrain severely limited broadcast reach, the NCE license was sought in order to reach those community members whose signal has been blocked by the terrain.

A fundraising campaign is planned in order to acquire a new antenna and broadcast equipment and to eventually place the antenna in a much higher position on a hill just outside of town which should improve coverage significantly.

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kgnu logoKGNU, a Boulder/Denver based 37 year old Mission Driven Community Radio seeks one exceptionally OR two amazingly talented, dynamic, creative, versatile, ambitious, and personable individual(s) to serve as KGNU’s Music Director(s). This is a very demanding Full Time/Full Time Equivalent position(s). The Music Director(s) is responsible for administering, coordinating, directing, developing and supervising all activities related to the KGNU Music Department.

The full job description and application instructions are available at our website, The application deadline is Oct.5, 2015.

KGNU is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. KGNU is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity and environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. We encourage applications from all genders, people of color, and people with disabilities.

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP35

Late getting this post done.  Busy busy weekend …. my band played Thursday and Sunday evenings, and my wife and I performed at the inaugural RimRock Music & Camping Festival in Conifer.  Got to “sleep in” today LOL … (no, not really) …

I got a pretty cool anthology this week that contains some rare and unreleased cuts from the Monocles / The Higher Elevation called “The Spider, The Fly & the Boogie Man” that came out in 2008 on Denver’s Gear Fab records.  It’s all music from the bands as they emerged from about 1964 to 1967 ,…. good stuff.

The first two The Colorado Sound Presents @ (The Walnut Room) / (Avogadro’s Number) went well.  We’re working on some upcoming pairings at both rooms.  Look for upcoming shows with Danny Shafer and with No Fences among others … Goatz! has also been invited to perform at a new room in Denver, that’s due to “open” for music in October – more on that as it develops, but it seems that this new place will be themed Americana, bluegrass, country, and folk.

I got confirmation this week to do an episode of Offstage Beyond the Music with Bloodshot recording artists the Yawpers … I’ll be sitting down with them in October for a November episode of the series.

Video Pick of the Week


Hour 1

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Bittersweet” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Finnders & Youngberg “Watch Out for the Blues” from Eat The Moon (2015)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Paul Kimbiris “Dark Side of Pearl” from Dark Side of Pearl (2014)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
The Burroughs “My Shining Star” from Sweaty Greeley Soul (2015)
Bobby Walker “Rollin’ Me Back Home” from Feelin’ Good (2013)
Subdudes “Work Clothes” from Street Symphony (2007)
(N) Lara Ruggles “The Dove” from Cynics & Saints (2015) 
Beats Noir! “Talkin and Talkin” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)

Hour 2

The Higher Elevation “Here Comes Sunshine” from The Spider, The Fly & The Boogie Man (2008)
The Rainy Daze “In My Mind Lives A Forest” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
(N) Danny Shafer “Barbeque” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” from Song In My Head (2015)
Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Rob Drabkin “Down to Fate” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Edison “Be Someone” from Ghosts (2015)
OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
(N) Megan Burtt “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” from The Bargain (2015) 
(D) No Fences “Bakersfield Drawl” from No Fences (2015)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
The Knew “Major Nights” from Man Monster (2012)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S9 EP34

Happy Labor Day Weekend … No rest for me however.  It’s a pretty busy week here at the Goat’s office.

Monocles Higher ElevationNew music shares this week from Lara Ruggles, Strange Americans, and Chimney Choir.  I got a new compilation in this week that actually came out in 2008 on Gear Fab Publishing out of Denver, that I never knew existed.  I’m excited to start playing some cuts I didn’t already have from the 60’s Greeley band The Monocles who became The Higher Elevation.  Very psychedelic stuff …

Besides spinning records and telling the story about our local scene on the radio, I really enjoy introducing new bands to my friends live and upfront – it’s what makes my summers such a happy time for me.  My plan is to do a series of shows over the fall, winter, spring seasons where I get to team up with some of my favorite bands in the region … so I’ve stepped out and invited a few to the party.  This coming week marks the beginning… You can keep up on the events page here.

Thursday night Sept 10 THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS one of the region’s top touring Americana/trucker-honky-tonk country bands – Jimbo Darville & the Truckadours with rising new Americana-folk singer/songwriter Daniella Katzir at the Walnut Room in Denver.

Sunday Sept 13 THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS one of the hottest and most talked about roots rock bands in the region – Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene at Avogadro’s  in Fort Collins.  And yes, I know it’s opening weekend … LOL.  #footballgeeksrule

The Walnut Room holds a little over 100 people.  Avogadro’s a bit more than 150 on the inside I believe and more outside.   Both have excellent food options.  Great small rooms, both of them.  As with all of these shows, I intend to perform in support with my band Goatz!



The Moonrakers “Baby Please Don’t Go” from Anthology (2007)
Zephyr “Sun’s a Risin’” from Zephyr Deluxe Edition (2014)
(D) Strange Americans “Railroad” (2015)  Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Hippy in My House” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Jeff Finlin “East By West” from The Tao of Motor Oil (2010)
Esme Patterson “Oh Let’s Dance” from What Do You Call A Woman (2015)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
Ian Cooke “Epilogue” from Antiquasauria
(D) Chimney Choir “Union Station” from Boomtown (2015)  Gipsy Moon “What Remains” from Eventide (2013)
The Gromet “Skip Your Stone” from Barren (2012)
Great American Taxi “A.M. Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Shaley Scott “Style” from Rescue Me (2015)
Janine Santana “Red Clay” from Soft As Granite (2008)


Rick Roberts “In My Own Small Way” from Windmills / She is a Song (2010)
Dusty Drapes & the Dusters “Talkin’ Boogie” from The Red Album (1981)
(D) Elephant Revival “Shadows Past” from Sands of Now (2015)
Rose Quartz “Medicine” from Axis of Love (2015)
Churchill “The war within” from War Within EP (2013)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
(D) Lara Ruggles “The Secret Ingredient” from Cynics & Saints (2015)  King Cardinal “Gasoline” from One A Giant EP (2015)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Nobody Knows” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Selasee Atiase “African Gate” from African Gate (2010)
Analog Son “Funkin’ In the AM” from Stomp and Shout (2015)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP33 Aug/Spt 2015

Monday morning: post workout.  I had an exhilarating weekend.  I cannot recount how many local cd release shows I’ve attended or been a part of in my career.  Megan Burtt’s show Saturday night at the Oriental ranks at the top of my list, if for nothing less than the overall national level professional quality of the stage presentation, and musicianship on display.  Sunday’s benefit event for Colorado blues legend JD Kelly pushed the weekend’s emotion quotient over the top.

It should be no secret to anyone who has followed me the past several years that I am a Megan Burtt fan, and have championed her music since her debut coming out of Berklee.   Her latest though, the Bargain, is altogether at another level in her already stellar local career.  The album, the show, the new retail merchandise (a guitar strap line?? f’ng brilliant) – the signing with Sweetwine Entertainment Group – she’s certainly ready for it.  #winnerbestcdreleaseshow


We talk a lot about “scene” and “music community.”  Nowhere was that more on display than at the JD Kelly benefit, at the Rusty Bucket in Lakewood yesterday.  According to FB posts late last night and this morning over $7000 was raised to help JD with expenses related to being treated for stage 4 colon cancer.  Bandmate Jimmy Ayers has been dealing with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  The Rusty Bucket hosted a benefit on July 19th for Jimmy, that I’ve heard was just as well attended – and contributed to.

Blues Express bassist Glenn Tapia posted on FaceBook:

BIG UPS to the Colorado Blues Society – yesterday they announced that the Members Choice Award for best horn player is now and will forever be named “The JD Kelly Award”. JD was given a framed award commemorating the CBS award being in his name. That was an awesome moment. He was really loved and touched by that gesture.

BIG UPS to Billy Hoke for winning $600 on the 50/50 Raffle and instantly donating it all back to JD. That was a very selfless gesture on your part.  

BIG UPS to all the help we had and all the performers who came to play out of love for JD and only for the music and community. There are far too many to name individually but it’s safe to say that yesterday was rich in local talent and regular blues supporters.

BIG BIG BIG UPS to the Colorado blues community for raising over $7000 for JD yesterday You all were all very generous with your own money to give to JD. The community was raging with love and friendship last night as the Rusty Bucket bounced and bumped all day with feel-good music and vibrant people.”

PHOTO by Monica Brown, from FB posting.


L-R JD Kelly (trombone/vox), Eef (guitar/vox), Tim ‘Chooch’ Molinaro (drums), Glenn Tapia (bass), Jimmy Ayers (keys/vox)



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


The Higher Elevation “Crazy Bicycle” (1967)
Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us – We’ll Call You” (1975)
(D) Von Stomper “Outta My Head” from Americado (2015)

Big Head Blues Club: Featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters “Ramblin on my Mind” from Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (2011)
(N) The Symbols “Speak” from Smile (2015)
The Motet “123” from The Motet (2014)
Dubskin “Love for Music” from No End In Time (2009)
(N) Covenhoven “Go Easy” from The Wild and Free (2015)
Katey Laurel “Everything I Love” from From Here (2011)
Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014)
Robert Cline Jr. “Mockingbird” from All The Right Reasons (2012)
Chip Stephens Trio “Cookin’ At the Continental” from Hold On to What Counts (2007)


The Astronauts “Baja” [single] (1963)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Time Will Tell” from Sons of Beaches (1975)
(D) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
Fox St. “Something About You” from Authentic Western Dress (2015)
(N) Analog Son “Stomp and Shout” from Stomp and Shout (2015)
(D) Danny Shafer “Jesus, Tonto and Springsteen” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Acoustic Junction “Think About It” from Acoustic Junction (1995)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Megan Burtt “Fast As I Go” from The Bargain (2015)
Jami Lunde “A Little Bit Blue” from Big Black Birds (2011)
(N) Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Done Got Old” from Born to Love the Blues (2015)
Andy Ard “That’s What She Did to Me” from What She Did (2009)
H2 Big Band “Singing In the Rain” from You’re It! (2011)




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