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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.


Happy Holidays



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)


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


I’m chillin in December … so this month pls visit and 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.




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)


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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The Colorado Sound S8|EP45 2014

I’m Austin today (Sunday).  I’ve never been here before.  I’m staying across the street from the legendary Continental Club.  It’s been a whirlwind of a day, all of it spent with my new friends from Nomad Sound.  Sorry to say I was too exhausted by 10 to walk across the street and check out the Continental.  Maybe tomorrow night.

Getting here was no easy task.  I don’t fly well as it is, and the flight was a stomach churning adventure .. on top of dealing with day five of a cold, that pretty much sapped my strength.

euforquestra lyons nov 2014The highlight of my weekend was working with my friends in Euforquestra and Judge Roughneck at Oskar Blues in Lyons.  Packed room, and everyone groovin’ … hellofa night! Here’s some video of Euforquestra’s set and something from Judge Roughneck.

I don’t have a news and notes segment to share this week, sorry.  I left it on my office computer.  I also do not have a video of the wee pick.  I did not find one.  I was excited to debut a new release from the Greeley based Silver & Gold this week.  Their recording was sent to me by a fan, who heard my show on KUNC.  Props to the fan for doing that.  This is a solid “new” addition to the Greeley/NoCO music scene.  Check out a review in Greeley’s Bandwagon.  Also new this week are a couple of really excellent new jazz recordings from the Ben Markley/Clint Ashlock Quintet, and the Dana Landry Trio (also from Greeley).


This is the last installment of my visit with Reed Foehl.   I really appreciate the time that we spent together.  If you’d like to download it, please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado.  


Hour 1

Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)
John William Davis “Bull Gator Blues” from Dreams of the Lost Tribe (2002)
(D) Silver & Gold “Peace As A Bird” from Compression (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Wildflowers” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Kyle Hollingsworth “Ordinary” from Speed of Life (2014)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith In A Man” from Like A King (2012)
Head for The Hills “Dependency Co.” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Juno What?! “Shamless” from Shameless (2011)
Musketeer Gripweed “A Train” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Dubskin “Freedom Fighter” from Release from Fear (2011)
(D) Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)


The Rainy Daze “Good Morning Mr. Smith” from That Acapulco Gold (1967)
Boenzee Cryque “Still In Love with You” (1967)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Get Up and Go” from High Country (2015)
Ark Life “Rock & Roll (Take It Easy)” from The Dream of You and Me (2014)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Esme Patterson “Tumbleweed” from Woman To Woman (2014)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
Future Jazz Project “Stress” from True By Design (2007)
(N) Nina Storey “Private Army” from Think Twice (2013)
Andy Ard “That’s What She Did To Me” from What She Did (2009)
(D) Dana Landry Trio “Frank’s Tune” from Memphis Skyline (2014)

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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.



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.” 


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


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.


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


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)


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.


Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.


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


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


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)


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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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.


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)


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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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. (

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.

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 Video Pick of the Week


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


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)


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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