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compiled by Music Director Kelley Dole

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NEW MUSIC February 1, 2019
RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
**Mindy Gledhill Rabbit Hole – Indie Alternative, Mindy’s music can’t be put into one genre’, and she likes it that way.  Her voice is captivating.  Her stories are relatable.  Music production by Brian Malouf  and David Kahne (Michael Franti, Dave Matthews, Madonna, Queen, Lana Del Ray, Regina Spektor, and Paul McCartney).  RIYL: Lana Del Ray, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson.
*Amos Lee Little Light (single) – From his newest album, New Moon, this is an uplifting song about letting your light shine. 
Stokeswood Waking Up – Features soaring indie rock anthems and smooth electronic ballads.
Tuesday Island Act Like You Care – Indie folk rock that crosses genres with some pop flair.
Deanie Richardson Love Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard – Amazing fiddle talent.  Her tunes are happy!
*Nell & Jim Band Steel –Rich Bluegrass melodies with mini-flute, glockenspiel, and piccolo ornamentation.
*Carolina Blue I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me – A dedication to traditional Bluegrass and the father who created it, Bill Monroe.
The Bluegrass Journeymen Live At Piano Man, New Delhi – Bluegrass travels to India, and something new is born.
Frank Solivan & The Dirty Kitchen If You Can’t Stand The Heat – All male string quartet blending Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle.
Greensky Bluegrass All For Money – North Carolina boys bring it with upbeat jams.
**Head For The Hills Potions and Poisons – Great vocals, Washboard, Viola and featured guest, Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival.  Head For The Hills will be featured guests at eTown in Boulder March 22nd.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Over The Line – Nice male and female vocal harmonies blended with classic bluegrass melodies.
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass That’s Why I’m Lonesome – Classic bluegrass and country music with powerful and energetic vocals by Danny.  Alison Krauss has said Danny Paisley is among her favorite singers.
Province of Thieves Weight of the Sky – An all acoustic ensemble featuring guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Irish bouzouki, banjo, upright bass and percussion.  They blend folk, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and 80’s pop.
*Danny Burns North Country – A collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like; Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Tift Merritt, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
*Reed Foehl Lucky Enough – Emotionally charged lyrics and songs that touch a range of Americana Styles.  Great variety, and pretty music.
*Tiffany Williams When You Go – RIYL: Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco.  Beautiful lyrics and melodies ornamented with fiddle and dulcimer. 
Native American/World
Kelvin Mockingbird Night Echo Star Seed – Meditation Songs for Native American Flute.
Randy Wood Family – Two time Grammy nominee from Saddle Cree Alberta Canada drawing upon the humor of the Pow Wow Round Dance.
Nitisanak Brothers & Sister Northern Cree – Pow Wow songs recorded live at Shakopee.
Young Spirit Red Dress Special – Pow Wow songs recorded live at Santa Rosa Rancheria.
Putumayo French Café – Jaunty, French tunes that take you through cafés of Montreal and France.
The Alonzo Spirit Band Café Kona – A taste of Hawaii with a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ Listen To The Music.
*Dennis Blair Hapless Romantic – Dennis Blair is a musical comedian/satirist who has appeared on the Tonight Show, HBO, and opened for celebrities including; Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, and George Carlin.
Simone Kopmajer Spotlight On Jazz – Simone’s voice is strong, and blends nicely with the tenor sax and clarinet.
Nori Tani Friends (Tomadachi) – Beautiful compilations with flute emphasis throughout the album.
Lena Prima Prima La Famiglia –A compilation of Italian, Sicilian, and traditional Jazz styles.
Strictly The Best Volume 58 – A collection of reggae artists including; Albrosie, Kenyatta Hill, Ginjah, Maxi Priest, and more.
Strictly The Best Dance Hall 59 – A collection of reggae artists bringing dance groove.



Watch Mavis Staples Accept National Arts Award: ‘God Is Not Through With Me Yet’

By  October 23rd, 2018 

Stephen Colbert and Mavis Staples at the National Arts Awards in New York.
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Stephen Colbert presented Mavis Staples the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 58th annual National Arts Awards Monday night in New York City. But first he had to explain the somewhat bizarre reason he was asked to do the honors. The Late Show host said he’s a long admirer of Staples’ soulful voice — from her start performing gospel-inflected music with her father Pops and siblings as the Staples Sisters — as well as her ability to energize the minds and leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

But Colbert’s friendship with the singer began unexpectedly. During the series finale of his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Colbert said that, in the heat of the moment on live television, a voice “popped into his head,” telling him out of the hundreds of guests and performers he could and ought to recognize, the only person it made sense at the time to thank was Mavis Staples. So that’s what he did.

Since that impulsive moment, their friendship gave way to numerous all-star performances over the years and was on display at the New York City gala, which honors artists and arts supports for their national leadership. And Staples, who has continued her prolific seven-decade singing career with a new original studio album If All I Was Was Black, was not shy about her persistence. “I don’t want to sound conceited, but I deserved this,” Staples said to a burst of applause. “I’ve been singing for a lifetime and I love it so much … You all better look out, because God is not through with me yet. I’m not stopping. I’m gonna keep on pushing.”

Staples also nodded to her late friend, Aretha Franklin, who received the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award in the past. “She was the greatest,” said Staples. Then, turning to her other pal, Colbert, who was holding the golden Jeff Koons Balloon Dog trophy, said with a laugh, “now give me my balloons!"

~Posted By; Kelley Dole


Nathaniel Rateliff teaming up with student activists for concert to prevent gun-violence

Photo by; Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are teaming up with Colorado student activists next weekend for two days of events concluding in a concert to support gun-violence prevention.

“The nonpartisan events will emphasize voter registration and engagement, encouraging Colorado citizens to find peaceful solutions to the issue of gun violence,” according to a post on Facebook by Rateliff’s private foundation, The Marigold Project, which touts itself as supporting community and nonprofit organizations working on economic and social justice issues.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Industry Denver in RiNo, the event called Not One More will feature panels and workshops about gun-violence prevention. The panels will feature student activists, mental health specialists, faith leaders and local politicians speaking about peaceful protest, how to hold elected officials accountable and dispelling myths about violence.

Local and national leaders from Students Demand Action, Moms Demand Action and other advocacy groups will be present.

Workshop registration can be found at

When local student activists last planned an event in August protesting the NRAlast-minute concerns erupted after the students received an onslaught of violent threats.

The day after the Not One More event, Denver-based band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are scheduled to hold a rally and concert — at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 — at Levitt Pavilion, along with performers Fantastic Negrito, Los Mocochetes and the Denver Children’s Choir.

Rateliff posted about the event on Instagram, saying, “We believe that we can find common ground on this issue and keep our children safe. When we see the youth of the world wanting to make change happen, us as their elders need to respond in the correct way and listen.”

~Posted by; Kelley Dole

New Music
August 7, 2018

New KBUT Music, August 6, 2018

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
  • *Billy Strings & Don Julian Rock of Ages – Earthy and organic, no reverbs or synthesizers used.
  • New Town Old World – This band is transforming and rejuvenating traditional Southern music for the modern age.  Great for Alison Kraus fans.

  • Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have To Go? –Original Blues track collaborations with artists like; Sugaray Rayford, Ronnie Earl, Michelle Willson and more.  Great vocals and piano.

  • *Turquoise Trail Soundtrack For A Western – Country with rock and Spanish influences.  Swanky, funky, great female vocals, trumpet, and guitar.  Most tracks are instrumental.
  • *Billy Jeter-Songdog Blues – Billy lives here in Crested Butte half of the year, and comes from Little Rock, Arkansas.  His musical influences include; Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, and Neil Young.  His sound is folk/rock/Americana with socially conscience lyrics. 
  • Tomberlin At Weddings – Velvety vocals and reverb-dense guitars themed with vulnerability.
  • *Benni The Return – Lyrical synthesizer melodies inspired by 70’s genre and science fiction.
  • Ross From Friends Family Portrait – Warm, melodious funk great for dancing. 
  • Karrin Allyson Some Of That Sunshine – Semi-obscure, vibrant, pop jazz with great vocals.
  • *Nabate Isles Eclectic Excursions – His debut album, Nabate has performed with Jazz artists like; Jeffrey Osborne, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride. 
  • Matt Shevitz Forward Motion – Jazz, Soul, and Funk crossover featuring some of the top musicians from Chicago.
  • James Austin Jr. Songs In The Key Of Wonder – An honorary instrumental tribute Stevie Wonder. 
  • For Peace Band Always Love – Island grooves that tap into influences from The Doobie Brothers, The Police, and Earth Wind & Fire.

  • Ty Segall & White Fence Joy – Jangly guitars that add punk, flair, and energetic percussion with psychedelic garage rock sound.
  • Gregory Ackerman And Friends – New Indie Rock with double tracked vocals and great piano.
  • Circles Around The Sun Let It Wander – Evoking the spirit of The Grateful Dead with a kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds and their own personalities.  Dead Heads will like this one!
  • Justin Johnson Drivin’ It Down – Rock/Blues, true to the album title.  Great moving music to have in the background that makes you move and passes time away. 
  • Shy Boys Bell House Polyvinyl – Indie rockers hailed as The Beach Boys on Robitussin. A jangly blend of Indie-Pop and punk.  Recommended tracks; 7,5,2,1,8.
  • Aimee Lay The Other Side Of You  Elements of Indie Pop meets Dream Pop.  Reminiscent of Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star.  Inspired by The Kinks, Velvet Underground, Nico, and many others.
Big Band
  • Dale Head and The Mindwinder Orchestra Swing On The Rocks – Jazzy swing covers of classic rock artists including; Pink Floyd, Ted Nugent, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Alan Parsons and more. 

New Age
  • Luluc Sculptor – Simple, captivating songs about the difficulties life can throw us, and what we can do.


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KBUT’s Top 5 New Albums

1.  Stokeswood Waking Up
2.  Amos Lee Little Light (single)
3. Let Them Roar The Forest Be With You
4.  Head For The Hills Potions And Poisons
5. Mindy Gledhill Rabbit Hole