The story of Bison Bone begins in Oklahoma, where singer and guitarist Courtney Whitehead launched his music career playing at barnyard parties. Eventually Whitehead made his way to Denver, where he recruited singer Brianna Straut after watching her perform a Gillian Welch song at 3 Kings Tavern. Bison Bone recently released its debut album, "History Of Falling." The country-rock band stopped in for a studio session just before its release. The quintet performed four songs from the album and spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the band's origin, recording the album mostly live and the influence of artists like Woody Guthrie and JJ Cale.
Shark Dreams first came to our attention when singer and guitarist Mike McGraw participated in our Fort Collins Super Session earlier this year at the Music District. McGraw fronts the Denver-based quartet, which last year released the EP "Deeep." It features breezy indie rock songs that often veer into intense crescendos. Shark Dreams joined us in the CPR Performance Studio to play a few songs from the EP as well as some new music. McGraw also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the band's peculiar name, his time in Fort Collins band Mosey West and his recent move to Denver.
Flobots recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio to preview some new music from their forthcoming album "NOENEMIES." The Denver hip-hop band explores the power of protest music on the new record. It features call-and-response choruses written to empower protesters and performed by members of the Denver community. The band performed three songs in the studio, backed by Denver gospel group Spirit Of Grace. The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recruiting people to sing on the album, their upcoming live shows in Colorado and the themes behind songs like "Sleeping Giant."
The members of Denver band Get Along met as high school students in Monument, Colo. Nicholas and Cara Yañez -- who are now married -- have spent five years exploring genres from synth-pop to punk rock. Their live setup includes a collection of keyboards and synthesizers -- and an electric ukulele. Get Along will release a new EP this year. The duo previewed some songs from that release in the CPR Performance Studio and spoke with Alicia Bruce Mitchell about balancing music and family, writing within multiple genres and their love for artists like Bon Iver and David Bowie.
Natalie Tate has been busy in Denver's music scene in recent years. She's played lead guitar in Ark Life and received the "Best Singer-Songwriter" award from Westword last year. Tate recently released her second studio album, "Broken Open," which features more electronic instruments than her previous work. Tate visited the CPR Performance Studio to perform a few songs from the new album and speak with Alisha Sweeney about featuring notable musicians from Denver's music scene on the new album, integrating pop culture references into her music and her long musical partnership with filmmaker Shane Boris.
Tennis recently returned to the CPR Performance Studio a few days before the release of the album "Yours Conditionally." The Denver indie band has been on tour for much of 2017, and they head to California this month to play Coachella Music Festival. Tennis performed four songs from the new album and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the feminist message behind "Ladies Don't Play Guitar," how their recent sailing trip inspired "Yours Conditionally" and getting "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet to star in the promotional videos for the album.
Strange Americans last joined us in the CPR Performance Studio in 2014. Since then the Denver roots-rockers have been at work on the follow-up to "That Kind Of Luster." We got a sneak preview of that album -- "Borrow You Brother" -- when the band returned to our studio this week. The band headlines Denver's Hi-Dive tomorrow night before a few tour dates in the Midwest. They played a few new songs in our studio and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recording the new album in Denton, Texas, how a studio fire affected the recording process and their collaborative lyric writing.
Some prominent women of Denver's music scene collaborated this month for a two-night show at Denver's Syntax Physic Opera. Billed as "WMN And The Queen City Of The Plains," the unique concerts featured members of eight female-fronted Denver bands. Prior to the shows, we welcomed a few artists who participated into our CPR Performance Studio -- including Jess Parsons and members of Ivory Circle, Bluebook and Sinkra. These four acts each took a turn playing an original song. They also spoke with Alicia Bruce Mitchell about how the concerts came together with the help of musician Wes Watkins and the many hard-working female musicians in Denver.
Slow Caves first performed in our studio in 2015. Since then the Fort Collins band has signed to the Cincinnati-based Old Flame Records and released the "Desert Minded" EP. This year they've performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. The self-described "synth-punk" band returned to our studio earlier this month. They performed some new music and spoke with Scott Carney about signing to their new label, how they've evolved as a band over the past two years and getting compared to the Beach Boys.
Bad Licks is a new Denver band that includes members of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Rootbeer & Mermentau and The Blue Rider. They've released just two songs but have gained attention through live shows in Denver and beyond -- including a stop at this weekend's Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. The garage rockers stopped into our CPR Performance Studio before heading up to Boise. They played some new music and spoke with Alicia Bruce Mitchell about the origin of Bad Licks, plans for a forthcoming EP and previous experiences at Treefort with their other bands.