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The Colorado Sound – S8 EP14 April 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012Which city really has more places to play?  Austin, Denver, or Nashville?  Well, if it’s between Denver and Austin – Denver wins hands down … check out this great article in Westword with Gov. Hickenlooper  Interview: Governor Hickenlooper on why (and how) he wants to support Colorado music

UPDATE on Johnny O.  See pics here.    Much love was shared – much music played – much money raised.  From what I can see online, it looks like our brothers and sisters in the scene managed to raise somewhere around 5g for Johnny’s medical care, and loss of income while recovering.  Much love to all our friends who contributed, and to Johnny O.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I have tried numerous times now to send SCI Fidelity a request for submission of the new String Cheese Incident record, since I see it getting airplay nationally, and on some of our local non-comms … but noooooooooooo … HEY SCI HELLO!!!!?? Anyone home?

Screw it .. here are two audio videos of new tunes from the bros

PLAYLIST S8 EP14 APRIL 2014

Beast “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)
Sugarloaf “Green Eyed Lady`[single] (1970)
Acoustic Junction “Oh Me Oh My” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Crucifix “The Dreamer” from The Beginning (2014) Garuud Effekt “Cut me” [single] (2014)
Kristina Murray “Rough Corners” from Unravelin’ (2014)
the Railbenders “The Outlaw Way” from Showdown (2006)
SHEL “On My Way” from SHEL (2012)
Damon Wood’s Harmonious Junk “Queen of My Dreams” from Sirens and Pipers (2013)
Head for The Hills “Blue Ruin” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Yonder Mountain String Band “East Nashville Easter” from Yonder Mountain String Band (2006)
(N) Aakash Mittal Quartet “Jeeju’s Jeeju” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)
String Cheese Incident “Walk This Way” from The String Cheese Incident (1997)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from E-Town Live (1996)
Leftover Salmon “Euphoria” from Winter Tour 2013 (2013)
Soul School “Out of Your League” from Chapter One (2014)
Chemistry Club “Navigator” from Navigator (2013)
Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “YOU!” from Live and Learn (2011)
Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013)
(N) Katey Laurel “Thanks for Loving Me” from Periscope (2014)
Toad In the Hole “FireGirl” from APT 203 (2013)
Petals of Spain “Love (Really Breaks)” from Petals of Spain (2013)
Chain Station “Don’t Build Me Up” from Dancin’ With the Law (2014)
Julie & Andy Monley “Samba Saravah” from And You Could Be The Sun (2008)
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Head for the Hills | Pickin’ on the Poudre – Mishawaka Amphitheatre | May 17th, 2014

Head for the Hills will perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO on May 17th as part of their annual gathering, “Pickin’ on the Poudre.” This will be the 10th consecutive year the quartet has opened the concert season at the historic mountain venue. Grant Farm with special guest Benny “Burle” Galloway and Gispy Moon will support the evening, presented by The Colorado Sound. Tickets are on sale now at www.themishawaka.com and www.headforthehillsmusic.com.

Head for the Hills has confirmed several festival and event appearances this summer in support of their studio album “Blue Ruin,” including:Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL) and Revival Festival at Harmony Park, (Clarks Grove, MN), Botanic Gardens for a co-bill with Steep Canyon Rangers (Denver, CO) and many more.

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SUPPORT FOR THE COLORADO SOUND PROVIDED BY 

CCCLogoPMS300ConvertedColorado Case Company:  Colorado made insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments.  This premium, professional grade, brand is designed, engineered and tested to provide incredible thermal protection for your valuable musical instrument.  We specialize in unusual and hard to fit instruments.  Info at www.coloradocase.com

SSpokesBuzz Fort Collins logopokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP13 April 2014

Goat_Logo_color_on_white(Saturday April 5, 11PM) I feel old tonight.  Johnny “O” Ohnmacht had a stroke sometime Saturday.  According to blasts on FB, he’s in stable condition at St. Anthony’s.  As anyone who’s ever dealt with stroke can attest – this is very serious, and will require a long and arduous path to recovery – especially to the level that John’s been giving us the past few decades.  Much love my friend – I sure do hope you recover quickly.  We need you on our stages.

This news came on top of learning this past week that legendary guitarist/vocalist Eddie Turner (Zephyr, the Otis Taylor Band) suffered a horrific accident to his picking hand this past fall.  Eddie popped into the weekly blues jam at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont this past week and shredded a few tunes – he’s playing is fine, but limited, as doctors encourage him in his recovery.  Best wishes to Eddie and Johnny O .. we are indeed getting old my friends.

(Sunday April 6, 10AM) All’s quiet this morning in the debate over the merits of the Westword Music Showcase and Awards nominations.  Of course that won’t last long.  The Westword Music Showcase is in its 19th year.  I’ve been involved with the event in some way now for the past decade plus, doing sound, and as one of the fifty other music industry professionals who are invited to nominate acts every year.  And that’s where the rub goes on.

Every year a handful of bands jump out on msg boards and on FB and Twitter to complain about the process, and how there are acts undeserving and how they didn’t make the cut and should have if only Westword recognized them – when it’s not Westword who does the recognizing to begin with.

The WMS/Awards is driven by the industry, and powered by the fans.  The nominations are peer driven – nominated by foh engineers, door personnel, bartenders, studio engineers, radio talent, talent buyers, etc.  The Westword takes that list and publishes it in April.  In late June they hold the Westword Music Showcase.  From April through the end of June the public votes on their favorites, and write in acts not nominated by the local music industry.

The Westword Music Awards is one of, if not the most prestigious local music awards program we have in Colorado.  It is a celebration of our local talent – awarded by fans and industry.  Several acts have won five times, and have been enshrined in the Westword Music Hall of Fame – including the likes of Wendy Woo, Blister 66, Hazel Miller and others.

The only other Hall of Fame presentation that carries more weight is the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, now a permanent fixture at Red Rocks Amphitheater.  Sugarloaf, Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, Chris Daniels, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Judy Collins, John Denver and others have already been awarded their place in our music history.

So gang – go get your vote on … WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE NOMINATIONS/AWARDS BALLOT

APRIL EVENT of NOTE = FoCoMX 6 featuring some 150 NoCo and surrounding area acts in numerous genres/styles, at some 20 venues in Fort Collins.  Those 150 acts were culled from 1300 submissions … 1300! … can you imagine being on the committee that has to sort through that?  Did you know there were that many acts from the state, let alone the NoCo region (including some from Denver metro)?  Hit the website – design your own schedule.  April 25-26.  See you there:  I’ll be mixing at the Equinox Brewery both days.

Friday Night
Michael Kirkpatrick 3:30pm to 4:15pm (Friday)
Dee Tyler 4:30pm to 5:15pm (Friday)
Choice City Seven – aka the Fuse 5:30pm to 6:15pm (Friday)
Jami Lunde Band 6:30pm to 7:15pm (Friday)
Barbarosa 7:30pm to 8:15pm (Friday)
The 14ers 8:30pm to 9:30pm (Friday)

Saturday Night
Twirling Zucchini Trio 3:30pm to 4:15pm (Saturday)
Tallgrass 4:30pm to 5:15pm (Saturday)
Dead Drifters 5:30pm to 6:15pm (Saturday)
Smooth Beethoven 6:30pm to 7:15pm (Saturday)
Hallowed Oak 7:30pm to 8:15pm (Saturday)
Tuatha 8:30pm to 9:30pm (Saturday)

And you think you’re confused?  There’s a bunch of names on those two nights I’ve never heard of, so this should be a blast, and a great way to make new friends in the scene.
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SUPPORT FOR THE COLORADO SOUND PROVIDED BY 

CCCLogoPMS300ConvertedColorado Case Company:  Colorado made insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments.  This premium, professional grade, brand is designed, engineered and tested to provide incredible thermal protection for your valuable musical instrument.  We specialize in unusual and hard to fit instruments.  Info at www.coloradocase.com

SSpokesBuzz Fort Collins logopokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

Mishawaka Amphitheatre   The Colorado Sound presents Head for the Hills, May 17.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com  Check out this performance from H4TH at the Mish in 2012 …

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Besides amassing one of the largest Colorado music collections that I know of in the state .. now weighing in at some 6000 tracks stretching back to the 1950s … I have also been collecting Colorado music videos the past couple of years.  On our The Colorado Sound TV page, you can view a playlist of over 3 hours of some of the best.

This week’s Video Pick is from the forthcoming Esme Patterson release, which includes her response to the classic song “Jolene”

PLAYLIST S8 EP13 APRIL 2014

Jimmy Ibbotson “Saints and Sots” from More Than Mountains (2000)
Billy (Nershi) & Liza (Oxnard) “Barstool” from It’s About Time (2001)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Yawpers “Sister Mary” from Spokesbuzz Volume 4 (2013)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Isa and JoeAlan “Slumlord” from Lifelines (2014)
Wendy Woo “Unwind” from Austerity (2011)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Danny Shafer “I Am” from Wherever You Are (2013)
Pete Kartsounes “Moonlight Romance” from The Only Way I Know (2011)
(D) Esme Patterson “Never Chase A Man” from Woman To Woman (2014)
Paper Bird “As I Am” from Rooms (2013)
Chip Stephens Trio “Cookin’ At the Continental” from Hold On to What Counts (2007)
Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)
The Samples “Wild River” from Return to Earth (2001)
(D) Branded Bandits “Hang Me High” from Branded Bandits (2013) The Swayback “Double Four Time” from Double Four Time (2012)
Blue Canyon Boys “I Want You To Want Me” from House Full Of Sorrows (2009)
(N) Musketeer Gripweed “End of the Day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Whiskey Bottles “Baby, Your Bad Luck” from Ain’t No Crime (2011)
Kinetix “Can’t Undo” from Let Me In (2010)
(N) Euforquestra “The Price is Right” from Fire (2014) (D) SuCh (Su Charles) “Heaven” [single] (2014) The ReMinders “Shining Through” from Born Champions (2012)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP12 March/April 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday March 30 4PM) — I am screaming busy pulling spin data for the April 1 “News, Notes & Spins” post.  So, I’m just a few hours late this week.  I am very happy to announce a sponsorship partnership with an old friend of mine.  Chuck Grewe and I played together in a band for several years in the 90s.  Today, he is the bass player for the Fort Collins’ based Wooleye, and he and his brother Bill own Colorado Case Company.  I am beyond pleased that my old friend and his brother have decided to support our efforts in elevating awareness of Colorado music on the radio.  Please visit their site (link below)

PrintQuestion from a young (18-24) musician:  “We can’t seem to sell cds; what are we doing wrong?”  You’re not.  Research indicates that the 18-24 age group is more interested in listening to streaming services (YouTube is #1) and broadcast radio than purchasing either a digital rendering, or a physical copy.   With iTunes on the way to building a Pandora killer (good luck with that), there won’t be much of a need to purchase – especially if the streaming service offered is free (yes, we’re willing to tolerate advertising).  That should not stop anyone from participating in Record Store Day on April 19.

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SUPPORT FOR THE COLORADO SOUND PROVIDED BY 

CCCLogoPMS300ConvertedColorado Case Company:  Colorado made insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments.  This premium, professional grade, brand is designed, engineered and tested to provide incredible thermal protection for your valuable musical instrument.  We specialize in unusual and hard to fit instruments.  Info at www.coloradocase.com

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

Mishawaka Amphitheatre   The Colorado Sound presents the Garrett Sayers Trio.  April 3.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com  

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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Kramies was a fan favorite at the end of 2013 in our Fan Favorite Polls of the Year

PLAYLIST S8 EP12 March/April 2014

Kip Winger “Sure Was A Wildflower” from Songs from the Ocean Floor (2000)
Xiren “Everything” from Bullets and Rainbows (2001)
The Samples “Boulder” from America (2014)
(D) Chemistry Club “Navigator” [single] (2013)
Katey Laurel “The Optimist” from Periscope (2014)
Dr. Izzy Band “Old Black Crow” from Blind and Blues Bound (2012)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “The Spark” from The Spark (2005)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Sunday Street” from Love Runner (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds “Good Love” from Round and Round (2013)
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
Matt Hoffman “Mural” from Lateral Moves (2013)
Ben Haugland “Lift” from The Point Of No Return (2012)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Eight Cylinders” from Elevation (1999)
Leftover Salmon “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” from The Nashville Sessions (1999)
Euforquestra “Free” from Fire (2014)
Beats Noir! “Going Nowhere” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Everything About You” from Black Beehive (2014)
(D) Musketeer Gripweed “Nine Pound Hammer” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Dragondeer “Don’t Feel That Good” from Don’t That Feel Good EP (2014)
3 Twins “Little Bird” from De Nada (2013)
Places “The Fire” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
Ivory Circle “Beat the Drum” from Beat the Drum (2014)
Katie Herzig “Little Bit of Love” from Secret Road – As Heard on TV (2014)
OneRepublic “Light It Up” from Native (2013)
Joshua Trinidad “The Coast” from Maritime (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP11 March 2014

BN NWF 2012 GOAT ON STAGEWhat a week.  I did two events yesterday – I emceed the CHUN PEOPLE’S FAIR/UMX in Denver from 9-5 and then up to Lyons to do sound for Meniskus.  They played a benefit for the St Vrain trail system that got destroyed in the flood.  I got home about 1AM this morning … LOL.  I don’t remember the rest of the week.  Truth be told, I’m perfectly exhausted, and the furnace in my house went out yesterday, so I came home to an ice-box … three layers of sweats and extra blankets was enough to keep me warm.  That’s it – I’m taking a day off to sleep today.

The biggest surprise of the week for me musically is the duet with Sara Evans and Isaac Slade (the Fray).  I wasn’t looking for it actually.  I was trying to determine “compliments to” for a female fronted band who are clients of mine, and I thought maybe Sara might be a good compliment.  Turns out she has a new album, with a new duet from our Denver hitmaker.  NICE :)  Check it out below.

SUPPORT FOR THE COLORADO SOUND PROVIDED BY SpokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS  The Colorado Sound is also supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheatre … The Colorado Sound presents the Garrett Sayers Trio.  April 3.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com  

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK  

Right now, this song by the Matt Skinner Band is at the top of the list for Colorado Country Song of the Year consideration.

PLAYLIST S8 EP11

Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
the Railbenders “Texas Sun” from Southbound (2001)
(D) the Garuud Effekt “Cut me” from Cut me (2014)Devotchka “Contrabanda” from 100 Lovers (2011)
You Me and Apollo “Oh My Molly” from You Me and Apollo (2012)
(D) Sara Evans Duet with Isaac Slade “Can’t Stop Loving You (Duet with Isaac Slade)” from Slow Me Down (2014)The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)
Megan Burtt “It Ain’t Love” from It Ain’t Love (2010)
(D) Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014) Flobots “Run (Run Run Run)” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado “Wheels” from Western Branches (2013)
Leftover Salmon “Baby Hold On” from Euphoria (1997)
Polarity “Song for Patrick” from King of Hearts (2012)
Lord of Word and The Disciples of Bass “Rise” from Green & Red Bands for Lands (1997)
Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters “I Like Funky Music” from Crown Princes of Funk: The Last Set (2010)
Dan Fogelberg “Part of the Plan” from Souvenirs (1974)
Poco “When It All Began” from The Essential Poco (2005)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Loaded Gun” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
Rachel and the Ruckus “Leave Your Light On” from Rachel and the Ruckus (2014)
The Wild After “The Ship and the Sea” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(D) Ryan D White “Rocketship” from This Is How We Lose Our Minds (2013)Five Iron Frenzy “Into Your Veins” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Churchill “Made A List” from Change EP (2012)
Dianne Reeves “I Want You (feat. Sean Jones)” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Whiskey Blanket “Pound Boom” from No Object (2010)
Brad Goode “Reverse the Charges” from Tight Like This (2010)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP10 March 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday March 16) If you had a vocation for doing one thing and one thing only to enrich your life, and provide an income, what would it be?  We have a lot of folks in Colorado who have a glorious vocational appetite and aptitude for giving us great music, whether live, and/or studio, and/or video.  A little bit of this music makes its way to other parts of the country, and even the world.  And every once in a while we get a star breaking out, bringing some light to what we have in our backyard.  But what if we don’t recognize that star as being from our neighborhood?  Then what?

I am a huge believer in thinking globally, but acting locally.    We have a wealth of media here in Colorado that are out in front representing what’s happening locally.  We have public television programs that feature Colorado video and live performances.  There are over 20 radio stations that not only play the hits from Colorado, but also the unknown and as yet discovered.  And, there are numerous print and internet publications that put a focus on local music and all the various and related activities that involve locally produced music.

We in the media cannot do the job of raising public awareness alone.  Media needs the artist as much as the artist needs media, to represent and promote for each other.  Whether a musician or a fan, if we’re going to get folks to know who’s who and what they do and raise awareness of Colorado music, we need each other to spread the word.  We in the media really cannot do that job alone; we need you too.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS  

Mish Logo JPGThe Colorado Sound is also supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheatre … where on April 3 The Colorado Sound presents the Garrett Sayers Trio.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com  

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

The winner of the 2013 Video Pick of the Year went to Andy Palmer and Tage Plantell for their video from Andy’s album Hazard of the Die.  Tage got hold of me this week to share this new video.  It’s from a relative newcomer to our scene, Marti Christopher, who comes to us from Toronto, Canada.  He plays all the instruments, and is self produced.

The Colorado Sound Live365
NEW ADDS MARCH 16, 2014

(A) = mornings 6A-11A,
(P) = afternoons 1P-5:30P
(N) = nights 5:30P-8:00P & overnights 10P-6A
(TOP 40) = Mon-Fri 11AM-1PM, 3:30-5:30PM, 8-10PM
Weekend mixes = a little more classic during the day, a little more edge at night.

Chemistry ClubMiranda (P, N)
Drag the River - Not that Kind (PN)
Garuud Effekt - Cut Me (PN)
Ivory CircleBeat the Drum (P, N)
Rachel & the RuckusLeave Your Light On (A, P)

PLAYLIST S8 EP10 March 2014

Gary Stites “Shine That Ring” from Shine That Ring (1959)
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Did The Boogie (With Your Baby)” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids (2010)
(D) Strolling Scones “Sailor’s Song” from Like Ripples Across the Pond (2014)
You Me and Apollo “I Don’t Want To Be Loved” from I Don’t Want To Be Loved (2014)
Chris Daniels “Wildcat” from Better Days (2012)
(D) Highway 50 “Monday Morning” from Highway 50 (2014)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
the Patti Fiasco “Nobody’s Girl” from The Patti Fiasco (2011)
Darryl Purpose “Orange Raincoat” from Next Time Around (2012)
(D) Chain Station “Don’t Build Me Up” from Dancin’ With the Law (2014)Flobots “The Rose and the Thistle” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
(N) Glitta Kings “Glass Tables” from Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables (2014)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witchdoctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
The Apples in Stereo “Shine A Light” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
(D) Ivory Circle “Beat the Drum” from Beat the Drum (2014)
A Boy and His Kite “Good Men” from A Boy and His Kite (2012)
Mosey West “In Tune” from Merica (2012)
Dianne Reeves “Dreams” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Hazel Miller “Time After Time” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
(D) Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young (f. Cherub)” from The Night Is Young (2014)Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
Honey Don’t “Breaking Down” from Heart Like a Wheel (2013)
(D) Dragondeer “Castaway” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)Tia Fuller “Descend to Barbados” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP9 March 2014

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS  

Mish Logo JPGThe Colorado Sound is also supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheatre … where on April 3 The Colorado Sound presents the Garrett Sayers Trio.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com  

NEWS & NOTES

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012Sunday morning … time has been adjusted – all feels right in my universe.  I am consumed with one objective – to elevate Colorado music to statewide recognition.  Thank you to all who have aided and abetted this crazy old goat’s insanity.  I began my radio career in Northern Colorado in September 1977.  I got a job doing mid-days on 1310 KFKA (Greeley). I could have never imagined The Colorado Sound.  I could never have imagined I’d be doing the things I’m doing today in support of some of the most incredible music I’ve ever heard – in now my 5th decade of being involved in music here in Colorado.

Most weekends you’ll find me doing sound at either one of the two Oskar Blues locations in Lyons or Longmont.  Here beginning in June I will once again be emceeing events in Old Town Square Fort Collins for the Bohemian Foundation, the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association, and new this year I’ll be making a few trips up the Poudre for The Colorado Presents at the Mishawaka shows.  I hope you’ll be able to make plans to join me for some great shows.

I get asked fairly often about show bookings.  What I can say is the buying season more or less comes to a fast slow down by the beginning of May for all shows in June thru early September.  Promo for June shows begins in mid-April and already many of the biggest events regionally have already begun promoting and advertising summer events.   Artists/bands that want to get in on the buying season for the 2014 outdoor festival event season only have a few weeks here to get things sent out for consideration.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Musketeer Gripweed is on their 3rd album now.  It comes out in April.  They have a rack of videos they’re about to break open over the next few months.  Here’s the first video … 

PLAYLIST S8 EP9 MARCH 2014

Joe Walsh “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1972)
Firefall “You Are the Woman” from Firefall (1976)
(N) Tallgrass “Dirt Farm” from Better Than Medicine (2014)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
Jeff Brinkman “Halo” from Strange (2012)
(N) Euforquestra “Solutions” from Fire (2014)
Mosey West “Old Stone” from Bermuda (2014)
Patti Fiasco “Oil” from Small Town Lights (2013)
Zach Heckendorf “Invisible Ink” from The Cool Down (2012)
(N) Dianne Reeves “32 Flavors” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Spoke In Wordz “Sugar Pills” from Sugar Pills (2012)
H2 Big Band “You’re It!” from You’re It! (2011)
Sixteen Horsepower “Black Soul Choir” from Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (1996)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Cranston” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
Railsplitters “My World” from The Railsplitters (2013)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Love Runner” from Love Runner (2014)
Bad Brad & the Fat Cats “Take A Walk With Me” from Take A Walk With Me (2014)
(N) Five Iron Frenzy “Into Your Veins” from Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Kinetix “One Life to Live” from One Life (2014)
(D) Ryan D White “Love Story” from Something Brilliant Is About to Happen (2014) 
(D) Drew Schofield “Stars” from Away We Go (2012)
Le Divorce “Under the Boxcars” from The Sting and The Light (2011)
Andy Palmer “Grrr” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
The Dominant 7 “South Corea” from 14 Channels (2010)

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The Colorado Sound – S8 EP8 March 2014

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoThe Colorado Sound is supported by SpokesBUZZ, a  Colorado 501C3 with a mission to AMPLIFY THE COLORADO MUSIC SCENE, DEVELOP OUR PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, PROMOTE COLORADO AS A PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL DESTINATION, and GROW LOCAL ECONOMIES.  Please visit the website for information on bands that SpokesBUZZ supports, as well as shows and more.  www.spokesbuzz.org.

THE COLORADO SOUND PRESENTS  

The Colorado Sound is also supported by the Mishawaka Amphitheatre … where on April 3 The Colorado Sound presents the Garrett Sayers Trio.  Tickets at www.themishawaka.com

chrisk w new hatThis is one of those weeks when both the weekly post and the monthly News Notes & Spins column are on the same weekend .. .and the truth is, I should have had the News Notes and Spins done already, but other more pressing business slowed me down a day or two …. or three…..

This week’s show features two brand new releases from Euforquestra and Tallgrass.  Both bands are originally from Iowa, as is Mike Finders from Finnders & Youngberg bluegrass band, and Jeff Brinkman and his cellist Ben Davis.  I’m not sure what that says about Iowa.  The guys in Tallgrass  are friends with Mike Tallman and other members of Euforquestra, who moved to Fort Collins several years ago now.

Sorry, no new music shares this week.  None of the acts with new music have Bandcamp pages set up for those releases yet. :(

Video Pick of the Week:

I can’t wait to hear a full length with this incredible voice.  

PLAYLIST S8 EP8 MARCH 2014

The Apples in Stereo “Ruby” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
Martha’s Wake “Razor Blade Girl” from Time & Elements (1998)
(N) Jane Thatcher Band “Twister In the Dark” from Hunter’s Loneliest Fool (2014)
The Wild After “Lesson Learned” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
Ryan Chrys “The Road Never Ends” from A Lick & A Promise (2013)
(N) Cowboy Dave “Driven Man” from Driven Man (2014)
(N) Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies “Honey Do List” from Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies (2014)
Congress “Loretta” from The Congress (2010)
Cassie Taylor “Out of My Mind” from Out Of My Mind (2013)
Bad Weather California “I’ll Reach Out My Hand” from Sunkissed (2012)
The Belle Jar “Big Black World” from Fall Systems Go (2010)
Jim Stranahan “I’ve Got No Rhythm In My Feet” from Free For All (2010)
the Subdudes “Any Cure” from The Subdudes (1989)
Rick Roberts “In My Own Small Way” from Windmills / She is a Song (2010)
(D) Tallgrass “Old Town” from Better Than Medicine (2014)
Toad In the Hole “FireGirl” from APT 203 (2013)
Matthew Moon “Silver Lining” from I Am the Wind (2013)
(D) Euforquestra “Fire” from Fire (2014)
Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett “Love Grows” from Wailin for Justice (2010)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Dangerous To Touch” from Punches & Hugs (2012)
The Samples “Boulder” from America (2014)
Megan Burtt “Sweet Mystery (feat. SHEL)” from In Good Company (2013)
The Fray “Love Don’t Die” from Helios (2014)
Rose Hill Drive “Baby Doncha Know Your Man” from Americana (2011)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Monsoon Blues” from Ocean (featuring Ron Miles) (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP07 FEB 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday, Feb 23, 11AM)  I’m slammed.  I have to get six projects done and out the door by the end of the week LOL.  Oy … shit happens, right?  So, let’s get straight to it.

Building an income from self-employment is a difficult task.  It’s vastly different than getting up and going to a job everyday because at least there (unless you’re on commission) you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to generate income.  Someone else is responsible for making sure there’s money in the bank to pay you.

As a musician we fret about work (no pun intended LOL).  We hate making cold calls to strangers asking for a gig.  We hate asking for money – all too often we don’t how much is reasonable to ask for, and all too often we settle even when we think the deal is not equitable nor reasonable.

It’s the same thing that keeps most people out of sales, and being self-employed.  It’s the hard part of the business that we wish we could do without.  I cannot recount those who have confided in me how much they hate that part of being a musician.   Twice this week a musician has said to me, “I want someone else to do that work for me.  I hate it.  I just want to play.”  The reality on the street is that for at least 95% of us it just doesn’t work that way.

The overwhelming percentage of those whose music we experience are doing this for the joy of it … of course, wishing we could do it as full time employment …which like most things in life gets more challenging the more people there are doing the thing we also want to do and make a living at.

The aspiration drives the effort we all put out, to do this thing we cannot live without; it is such an ingrained part of who we are as personalities.  Much love to those who are efforting to realize their dreams, whatever they are.

And thanks for supporting the working musicians and those who provide to them a place to play in our communities … it is truly and deeply appreciated.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I love pop.  Always have.  I love cotton candy and sticky sweet chewy bubble gum.  I love ALT-country AND hip-hop … jam-bands and rap-bands.  I dj’d professionally in clubs and at dances from 74-86 in Colorado, Connecticut, and North Dakota.  I still get a big smile when remembering rockin’ the tables with some Sugarhill Gang and Curtis Blow for the first time.  Diversions … H*Wood speaks to me…  “This ain’t no dance song, but get your dance on. Take the time to celebrate where you came from.”  Right on H*Wood. Peace.  

PLAYLIST S8 EP7 FEB 2014

String Cheese Incident “One Step Closer” from One Step Closer (2005)
Acoustic Junction “Goodbye World” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Young Ancients “Nobody Loves You” from Young Ancients (2014)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Sunday Street” from Love Runner (2014)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Loaded Gun” from Time (You’re Doing Fine) (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Eldren “We Just Want The World” [single] (2014) The Motet “Rich in People” from The Motet (2014)
Dubskin “Warrior Stomp” from Release from Fear (2011)
Monocle Band “Falling” from Monocle Band (2013)
The Jekylls “You’re Probably Right” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
Andy Rok & the Real Deal “Second Class Citizen” [single] (2014)
Ben Haugland “Lift” from The Point Of No Return (2012)
Jimmy Ibbotson “Saints and Sots” from More Than Mountains (2000)
C.W. McCall “Wolf Creek Pass” from Best of CW McCall (1997)
(D) Katie Herzig “Walk Through Walls” from Walk Through Walls (2014)Whiskey Blanket “Blatto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
(N) The Fray “Hurricane” from Helios (2014)Kristina Murray “Rough Corners” from Unravelin’ (2014)
Matt Skinner Band “Ashes to Ashes” from Native Stranger (2013)
Rob Drabkin “Little Steps” from Little Steps EP (2013)
Devotchka “Curse Your Little Heart” from Curse Your Little Heart (2006)
(N) Dianne Reeves “I Want You” from Beautiful Life (2014)
Hazel Miller “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Adam Stern “Locked Up” from High Country Gentleman (2011)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP06 Feb 2014

boninwf back stage nite 1 2012(Sunday, Feb 16, 2014)  “You have to be great.”  That line has been on loop in my mind since the middle of the week, when I met with Dani Grant from SpokesBuzz and the Mishawaka Amphitheater for lunch, and to discuss her organizations’ support of The Colorado Sound, and The Colorado Sound’s support of some upcoming events at the Mish.

“You have to be great.”  Typically, in a normal week, I listen to 3 or 4 new album/ep releases or roughly 30 t0 40 cuts.  Of course, those are not all full cut listens – most are 8-second rides – needle drops – looking for that OMG moment when I have to listen more intently to a single track – in the hopes I break a future hit (we djs are always looking to break a hit).

On top of producing the show, I am also on a few event committees.  This week I had two sessions where as a member of a committee we evaluated submissions for a couple of upcoming summer festivals.  In all, almost 200 acts will be scheduled for five event-days, from over 500 submissions (either a committee recommendation or actual online submission).

“You have to be great.”  What does that mean exactly?  Buyers look for it.  DJs look for it.  Fans look for it.  “Man, I gotta great deal!”  “Man, I saw a great show!”  “Man, I booked a great band!”  “Man, you gotta hear this great song I found!”

Today’s “radio” is truly anything video related.  YouTube is the single most dominant source of new music discovery in the world.  Today, more and more, buyers rely on video instead of strictly audio as a way of auditioning acts for an event.   Video doesn’t lie.  The presentation put forth speaks for itself – especially when the video is from a live performance (and especially from a “smart phone” video).  Video quality + audio quality + visual quality + performance quality all now matter in “you have to be great.”

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Katie Herzig is a Fort Collins native, a graduate of both Rocky Mountain High, and Colorado State University.  While she was in college she fronted the very popular folk-rock act Newcomer’s Home.  Katie went solo, moved to Nashville, and along with Pretty Lights stands as one of the two most successful artists to emerge from Fort Collins.  She’s got a brand new album set to drop in April – and in the meantime, she just released this new video from her last album.

PLAYLIST S8 EP06 

Earth, Wind & Fire “Reasons” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
Lannie Garrett “Pickin’ Up After You” from Comes Love (1995)
Jesse Furay Lynch “I Wish It Would Rain” [single] (2014)
Mosey West “Hurricane Eyes” from Bermuda (2014)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Josephina” from Black Beehive (2014)
(N) Bad Brad & the Fat Cats “Other Side” from Take A Walk With Me (2014)Churchill “The War Within” from War Within EP (2013)
(D) Mountain Standard Time “Canyon Road” from Sunny (2013)
(D) Swim Through Frequencies “Other Languages” from Rhythm of Complacency (2013)(D) Glitta Kings “Carving In the Stone” from Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables (2014)
The Motet “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed” from The Motet (2014)
Selasee Atiase “One Day” from African Gate (2010)
Al Hood & Dave Hanson “Just A Little Taste” from Just A Litte Taste: Al Hood Plays The Writing Of Dave Hanson (2008)
Newcomers Home “Hold On” from In the Hour (2004)
Katie Herzig “Wish You Well” from Apple Tree (2008)
The Fray “Love Don’t Die” [single] (2013)
OneRepublic “Feel Again” from Native (2013)
(D) The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)(D) Dianne Reeves “Dreams” from Beautiful Life (2014)
The ReMinders “Africa On My Mind” from Born Champions (2012)
(D) Kinetix “One Life to Live” from One Life (2014)
String Cheese Incident “Can’t Wait Another Day” [single] (2012)
Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger Pt I – Fandango (2013)
Patti Fiasco “Nobody’s Girl” from The Patti Fiasco (2011)
Danny Shafer “I Am” from Wherever You Are (2013)
GogoLab “Honey Trap” from Border Patrol (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S8 EP05 Feb 2014

chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013It’s been an interesting week.  I had to take a “medical” break last week – so everyone reran the BEST OF 2013 show.  Thanks for that.  The next 12-16 weeks will be a high intensity period of required medical repairs and refurb.  I suspect you’ll get to hear the Best of 2013 at least one more time between now and the end of May.

I updated The Colorado Sound Live365 this week.  I try to update the general catalog of songs every quarter, with monthly updates to reflect the current Colorado TOP 40 (airs 3x a day) as well as significant new adds for the month.  If you have a suggestion for a cut, pls email me at thecoloradosound@gmail.com

(A) = mornings 6A-11A,
(P) = afternoons 1P-5:30P
(N) = nights 5:30P-8:00P & overnights 10P-6A
Weekend mixes = a little more classic during the day, a little more edge at night.

NEW / 2014 TITLES FROM:
Bad Brad & The Fat Cats (A, P)
Common Anomaly (N)
Cowboy Dave (A, P)
Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies (A, P)
Dave Perron (A, P)
Isa And JoeAlan (P, N)
Justin Roth (AP)
Knocean (A, P, N)
My Body Sings Electric (PN)
Shatterproof (N)
Somerset Catalog (P, N)

CURRENT & CLASSIC TITLES FROM:
Air Dubai (N)
Andy Hackbarth (A)
Angie Stevens (A)
Arthur Lee Land (A, P)
Beth Williams (A)
Blue Canyon Boys (A)
Brad Fitch (A)
Emmitt-Nershi Band (A)
Equally Challenged (A, P)
Lawn Chair (P, N)
Medic (PN)
Navy (PN)
Open Road (A)
Pull the Alarm (N)
Petals of Spain (P, N)
Poco (three cuts) (A, P)
The Say So (N)
Wheelchair Sports Camp (N)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC NETWORK:  Now offering both a media service package and a regional buyer package.  Also now accepting advertising/underwriting.  Email me for details.  thecoloradosound@gmail.com

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Aerosmith’sDream On” didn’t become a hit until 3 years after it’s initial release in 1973.  There have been countless other “hits” that came a year, two, or three after an album was released … so me adding a video and album from 2012 only means it escaped my attention until now – and now might be the best time yet to add this Arthur Lee Land cut to the list of this year’s best “hits.”  Looking forward to doing sound for this show at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids (Longmont) this month.  Dude kills! ;)

PLAYLIST- S8 EP05 FEB 2014 

The program this week is jammed with new releases and new cuts from previously debuted album/eps.  One debut in particular came out in 2001, and not originally from CO – although Beth Williams has since moved here, establishing a voice coach business and project recording studio in Cedaredge (pop. 22oo).  She’s got quite a bio – worth reading.

(D) = debut.  the first time an lp/ep or single has been aired on program.
(N) = new track from previously debuted lp/ep.

Steve Taylor “Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud’s)” from Meltdown (1984)
Dressy Bessy “Jenny Come On” from Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons (1999)
(D) Bad Brad & the Fat Cats “Take A Walk With Me” from Take A Walk With Me (2014) (D) Beth Williams “This Farm” from In This Old House (2001)
(D) Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013) (D) My Body Sings Electric “New Friends” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
Tinkers Punishment “June Cleaver” from If This Can’t Last Forever (2000)
Pretty Lights “Around the Block” from A Color Map of the Sun (2013)
(D) Isa and JoeAlan “Slumlord” from Lifelines (2014) (D) Reed Philip Weimer “The Wayfaring Stranger” from Resultant Motion (2013) Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(N) Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Sunday Street” from Love Runner (2014)
Jim Stranahan “Loco” from Free For All (2010)
Zephyr “Sold My Heart” from Sunset Ride (2000)
Zuba “Trippin” from South of Eden (1999)
(D) Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies “Burn Out, Don’t Rust” from Dave And The Gin Mill Gypsies (2014)
(N) Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Everything About You” from Black Beehive (2014)
(D) Cowboy Dave “Dive of Dives” from Driven Men (2014)
(D) Dave Perron “Truck Stop Love” from Foot to the Pedal (2014)
Great American Taxi “AM Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
(D) Jane Thatcher Band “Remind Me” from Hunter’s Loneliest Fool (2014)
(D) Knocean “Against the Wall” from Knocean (2014) (D) You Me and Apollo “I Don’t Want To Be Loved” [single] (2014)
(N) The Wild After “Ocean Floor” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
Tia Fuller “So In Love w/All of You” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

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