“25 years after starting his full fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.
Sean started playing guitar at age 16 listening to Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne. Those influences mixed with his own poignant and timeless lyrics, a unique and striking voice and a mind for melodies led to songs like Little Silver Ring, Feel Us Shaking and Wild River. For many fans, these aren’t new songs or old songs, but anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.
The Samples are more than a band – they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. There have been many members of The Samples, but Sean Kelly has been the consistent factor throughout all of the changes.”
“Singer. Songwriter. Folk and Rock musician. Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel. He sing about nature, dreams and sensuality. The original music comes to you straight from Michael’s soul–unfiltered, passionate and true. Michael often covers other artists material, but only after finding that special character that makes the song his own.”
The Yawpers is “A stripped down, brazen rock and roll band from Colorado, accompanied by over-driven acoustic guitars and a trap kit. Inspired by Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world,” the Yawpers have created a sound that is equal parts frenetic, earnest, and menacing, all while bringing together disparate pieces of the American musical lexicon. Though less than two years old, the Yawpers have played over 200 shows on both coasts, and everywhere in between, and have shared the stage with: the Heartless Bastards, the Black Angels, Cracker, the Nadas, the Supersuckers, Quiet Corral, the Delta Spirit, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the Stone Foxes, Joe Buck and many others. Following the release of an EP in 2011, their critcally well received LP, “Capon Crusade”, released in late 2012, debuted at #1 on the Colorado Music Charts, and is now in its second printing.”
Led by dynamic young singer-songwriter Nate Cook and guitarist Jesse Parmet, emerging Boulder trio The Yawpers (named after Walt Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”) recall a grittier version of Wilco, with as much raw country sensibility as twisted indie imagination.
Equally akin to Deer Tick, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Elvis, The Yawpers give a fresh blend of alt-country and rock ‘n’ roll. Their debut full-length album, Capon Crusade, is available online and in stores.”
“Joe Schicke, Marty Rein & Steve Amedee of The Escape Goats bring us all original rock and soul…like a goat with a head full of steam charging across the field. They meld their rock with blues, pop, ox tail funk, and country soul. Joe Schicke writes most of the music, plays all the guitar and sings. He is known for his work with Reba Russell and Minivan Blues Band. The crop of tunes he wrote for this recording range from jug band-boogie to garage rock, and provide a sometimes hard-boiled, often impulsive twist on well-tread blues themes. Steve Amedee is the drummer for the Subdudes and the Three Twins. He also sings his bum off. Marty Rein is The Bass-man. He plays with the Three Twins as well. “
“Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who carries the Woodstock tradition of dealing with life with all its social and political challenges…one song at a time. He’s been hailed by noted folk artist Happy Traum for his “timeless” songs featuring “deep grooves, excellent playing [and] top-notch guitar and vocals.”
He’s performed and recorded with many luminaries including Pete Seeger, Art Garfunkel and Rick Danko. Levon Helm also invited Marc to play one of the Midnight Rambles.
Marc’s song subjects range from his love for Rachel Maddow, good coffee and just about everything in between. His fingerstyle blues is reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. And his recent CD, Pictures of the Highway, reached #6 on the Folk DJ Chart.
Traveling with his gps and his Guild D40, Marc spends most of his time on the road— playing festivals, clubs, arts centers, libraries and house concerts. He was named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio’s Fame Games and was a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition. Sometime a Spark, his song about Mohamed Bouazizi and the Arab Spring, caused an international stir that led to an interview on Tunisian State Radio.
He’s currently completing a duet CD entitled Champions of Love with piano great, Warren Bernhardt. (http://www.warrenbernhardt.com/).
While still in high school, his band, the Blades of Grass, reached the top forty and performed along side the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. He has since recorded more than a dozen CDs including one ‘pick hit’ in Billboard Magazine and another that was recognized as a ‘minor masterpiece’ by famed music producer John Hammond Sr.
In the 1980s, Marc won the American Library Association Award for Best Children’s Album for producing American Children, a collaboration with such talented artists as Richie Havens, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur. ASCAP has featured Marc in performance at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his Youtube videos have been viewed more than 50,000 times!
Over the past couple of years, he’s occasionally turned to a more topical songwriting style. One tune, No Fracking Way – recorded with John Sebastian and Eric Weissberg (of “Dueling Banjos” fame), and some 100 Woodstock, NY citizens — has been sung at rallies as far away as South Africa, Ireland and Australia.”
- Sarah (Violin, Bass) Immensely gifted as a violinist and vocalist, Sarah also shines with her bass chops. She is the primary designer of SHEL’s original graphics and videography. She is also the undisputed ambassador of fun at every show!
Hannah (Piano, Keyboards) An award-winning young composer and pianist, Hannah sings and helps arrange SHEL’s unique vocal harmonies. She studied piano performance and composition at Colorado State University.
Eva (Mandolin, Electric Mandolin, Cello) Lead vocalist and one of the primary writers, Eva plays both acoustic and electric mandolin, and is involved in every phase of arranging and production. Eva records much of the band’s tracks in their home studio.
Liza (Drums, Percussion) Equally proficient on the Djembe and Roland HandSonic drum, Liza’s natural polyrhythmic ability was spotted at an early age. Her creative approach to percussion enables her to create the unique rhythmic patterns that help define SHEL’s music.
Leelah (LILA, sanskrit for “The Play of Life”) is an all original world beat spiritual rock band with Gwyn Tash, Jake Van Vonderen, Bruce Bertea, Kenny Workman and Duffy Laudick. The essence of Leelah is to invoke a spiritual connection to Divine through devotional lyrics and self inquiry. An eclectic blend of musicians and musical backgrounds create a band whose music is an artful expression of healing, growth and the mystical.
Podcast: Kate Graves and Jami Lunde on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch | One Hour LIVE On-Air Performance/Interview
“Kate Graves writes little songs.. Sometimes they are sparse…sometimes filled with lots of little words. Often they are written about things like tasting sweet orange on your lips and wanting to kiss someone so that they might experience tasting sweet orange on their lips.
Kate Graves likes kissing. And singing. She hopes you will listen in and sing along.”
Kate joins us in the studio with Colorado’s own Jami Lunde & Jamie Mitchell.
Cary Morin has been described as acoustic Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues; with strong qualities of jam, reggae, jazz, blues, bluegrass and dance. Tim Duffy, president of Music Makers Relief Foundation, describes Morin as “a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life’s great rewards.
Cary brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove of The Atoll, to the pared-down acoustic blues of Sing It Louder, which showcases Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar.”
Look for his performances with The Pura Fé Trio, The Cary Morin Duo, and The Cary Morin Band.