Grayson County Burn Ban features members of Denver rock bands Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, The Kinky Fingers and Ned Garthe Explosion. The quintet dubs its blend of rock and Americana "campfire country," which features pedal steel guitar along with typical rock 'n' roll instruments. Last week the band released its debut album, "Better Neighbor." Grayson County Burn Ban stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs. The members also spoke with Bruce Mitchell about the band's origin, why they love country music and their involvement with Denver nonprofit Youth On Record.
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Since playing a session in our studio last year, iZCALLi wrote and recorded its fourth album. The Denver rock band released "IV" last week with a show at the Bluebird Theater. The self-produced record finds the band expanding from a trio to a quintet and continuing to blend English and Spanish lyrics with Latin and psychedelic music. iZCALLi played three songs from the new album in the CPR Performance Studio. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about expanding its sound with strings and horns, integrating Latin rock into Denver's music scene and their experience as U.S. immigrants over the past year.
Nicole Atkins' fourth album follows her move from New Jersey to Nashville. The singer-songwriter adds some country and soul flavor to her music on "Goodnight Rhonda Lee," with lyrics inspired by her newfound sobriety. She recruited members of the Dap-Kings to play on the new LP, which she told Rolling Stone took three years to write but just five days to record. Atkins stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs from "Goodnight Rhonda Lee." She also spoke with Scott Carney about how moving affected her songwriting, finding musical inspiration from her dreams and writing two songs with Chris Isaak.
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Rubedo last joined us in the CPR Performance Studio shortly after the release of its album "Love Is The Answer" in 2013. Since then the members of the Denver trio stayed busy playing in bands like Wheelchair Sports Camp and Kyle's Xmas Supergroup. Rubedo returned last month with "Vaca," a new album that pays tribute to their late producer Ikey Owens. Rubedo played three songs from "Vaca" in our studio. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about Owens' influence on their music, opening a pop-up shop in downtown Denver for the "Vaca" release and working with graffiti artist Mike Giant for the album cover.
R.L. Cole has been active in Denver's music scene as a trumpet player in various bands and as a solo blues artist. His latest venture is fronting R.L. Cole & The Hell You Say, a band that features members of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Florea and A. Tom Collins. The quintet's sound is a potent mix of soul, jazz and blues rock. Cole and his band stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some songs from a forthcoming album. Cole also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about forming the band last summer, getting a cease and desist letter from Corey Feldman's band and balancing his various music projects.
Decatur formed in 2015 when producer and multi-instrumentalist Quinn Cox decided to take his music out of his studio and onto a live stage. After a lengthy search for like-minded musicians, Cox recruited four members to the alt-rock band including frontman Sean Decrescenzo. The Denver quintet released its self-titled debut EP last year. Decatur stopped by the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs. The band members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the band's origins, their writing process and love for French ska music.
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Kitty Crimes has been a visible force in the Colorado music scene for years. MC and guitarist Maria Kohler crafts energetic hip-hop that incorporates pop, rock and experimental music. Kitty Crimes' dazzling live shows are a big reason why Kohler won the "Best Hip-Hop (Solo)" award at this year's Westword Music Awards. Kitty Crimes stopped by the CPR Performance Studio earlier this month. Kohler and producer/trumpeter Andrew Pike played four songs, including a holiday-themed "XXXMas Medley." Kohler also spoke with Bruce Mitchell about her busy year in music, her experience with "sound healing" therapy and her forthcoming mixtape out in early 2018.