Jessica Lea Mayfield released her fourth album, "Sorry Is Gone," last fall. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter continues to push her music toward an alternative rock sound while maintaining the country influences of her early work. It's also a deeply personal record for Mayfield, who addresses her experience as a domestic violence survivor on several of the album's tracks. Mayfield, who previously visited CPR's OpenAir in 2014, returned to the CPR Performance Studio to play three stripped-down versions of songs from "Sorry Is Gone." She also spoke with Bruce Trujillo about viewing her lyrics as a conversation with herself, her decision to be candid about her experience with domestic violence and how her music has gotten heavier in recent years.
CPR Performance Studio
The Colorado Pubic Radio Performance Studio provides a stage to showcase the depth and variety of both classical, and new and independent music coming to, and from, Colorado. CPR's OpenAir also offers a podcast of interviews and performances from select musicians, and additional performances from the archive available here.
Last Of The Easy Riders released their new LP "Unto The Earth" with a concert last Saturday at Hi-Dive. The members of the Denver band met through Craigslist and bonded over a love for classic country-rock. They blend that genre with modern psychedelic rock influences on songs like "It Won't Be Long" -- which is featured on our latest Colorado Music Sampler. Last Of The Easy Riders stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play some songs from the new record. The members also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about their collaborative songwriting process and the significance of their band name.
Boulder rockers The Velveteers released their self-titled debut EP this week. The sibling duo of singer/guitarist Demi and drummer John Demitro gained a large following last year: They played to packed houses at the 2017 Westword Music Showcase and Underground Music Showcase, and Westword readers voted them Colorado's "Best Rock Band" for their high-octane blend of punk and garage rock. The Velveteers stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to play four songs with additional drumming from Noah Shomberg of The Yawpers. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about their first international tour, the challenges of being a young rock band in Boulder and how the film "Edward Scissorhands" influenced the new EP.
Typhoon's fourth album, "Offerings," tells the story of a man whose memory is slowly disappearing. Frontman Kyle Morton, who visited our CPR Performance Studio for a solo set four years ago, drew on his experience in the age of information for the record's 14 songs. The Portland, Ore., octet adds a vast sound of rock instruments, strings and field recordings to accompany the often bleak lyrics. Morton and his bandmates played three songs from "Offerings" in our studio along with an older cut. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how the album's story came together, the effect of modern technology on memory and the origin of some of the unusual sounds on "Offerings."
Noah Gundersen released his third album, "White Noise," last September. It marks a shift in the Seattle singer-songwriter's folk music. Gundersen brings in a backing band on several songs to give the record a fuller, uplifting rock sound -- though he includes some plaintive piano ballads as well. Gundersen visited the CPR Performance Studio accompanied by his sister Abby on violin. He played stripped-down versions of two songs from "White Noise" along with a new B-side. He also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the decision to retool his sound, reconnecting with his siblings by playing music together and learning to embrace his early musical output.
The Hollow formed in 2013 and released its self-titled debut EP two years later. Since then, the Denver rock band has been fairly quiet while retooling its sound and lineup by recruiting former Epilogues drummer Jason Hoke. The quartet is back this year with the guitar-heavy EP "Contact," recorded in Evergreen, Colo. The Hollow made its debut in the CPR Performance Studio earlier this month. The band members played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the new lineup's first year together, using drones to film the music video for "Sleep Talkin'" and how writing their music is therapeutic.
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.
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.
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.