John Denver with his guitar.

(Courtesy of John Denver's estate)

Some of Colorado's music history is moving from dusty record shelves and dustier memories to an online archive.

The Colorado Music Experience is led by curator and executive director G. Brown, a longtime music journalist and former director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Brown was inspired by the American Film Institute's archive.

Brown talked to Colorado Matters about the nonprofit. The archive profiles well-known artists—including John Denver and Big Head Todd—alongside lesser-remembered musicians, such as the guitarist Johnny Smith and Gary Stites.