Leelah with L@L Host that day, Malini Bartels Not pictured: Drew Jostad|Sound Engineer
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.
“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.
“Colorado songwriter Elyse Miller has performed at numerous music festivals alongside world class artists such as nine-time Grammy Award winner, Asleep at the Wheel. She has made multiple appearances on radio and television stations like KRFC, KCSU, Fox 31, and Channel 2 News. A seasoned entertainer, with over 15 years of stage experience, Elyse Miller has built a diverse performing career in theatre, music, and dance. Her unorthodox songwriting exhibits a hint of musical theatre and a variety of influences from Etta James to John Mayer. Her voice has been described as “soulful, rich, warm,” “beautifully haunting,” and “like butter.” With “whip-smart lyrics” and “a playful sense of humor,” Elyse Miller is powerfully provocative, mischievous, and irreverent, as she candidly questions society’s norms and challenges her audience to find their own answers. Unconstrained by traditional song-form, her striking melodies stay with you well past the last listen.”
WhiteWater Ramble is: Patrick Sites – Mandolin/Vocals, Patrick Latella – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals, Howard Montgomery – Upright Bass/Vocals, Zubulon Bowles – Fiddle/Vocals, Paul Kemp – Drums
“Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.
The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.Based in Fort Collins, CO, WWR has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region. With over 900+ performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today. “
“Singer. Songwriter. Folk and Rock musician. Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel. He sings 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.
Michael’s main instruments of choice to accompany his rich bass voice include the acoustic guitar and mandolin–although he has been seen with electric guitars, lap steel guitar, the sitar, hammered dulcimer and electric mandolin. Aside from performing as a solo artist, you can catch Michael on stage with his Folkadelic Rock band The Holler!”
Robert Cline Jr. at KRFC Radio Photo courtesy of Angel Mountain Media
”Born into a deep rooted Texan family, Robert Cline Jr. is no stranger to the musical spirit and passion of the Lone Star State. His first guitar was a college graduation present, and he immediately immersed himself in learning to play. Robert began his music career on the road as an oil & gas man. Living in hotel rooms with only a guitar for company, he spent countless hours crafting his sound. Like many artists, Robert is heavily influenced by his musical heroes.”
We’re two months into KRFC’s MusicShare. While the cold white snow falls in downtown Fort Collins, we’re listening to music from local musicians getting ready for SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. Follow our coverage here and on Twitter.
Today’s MusicShare Artist, Justin Roth has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of KRFC’s favorite singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, Billy McLaughlin, California Guitar Trio and Pat Donohue. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, which he recorded, produced, played and sang every single note himself in his home studio, was recently voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report.
“Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.”- San Francisco Art Magazine
After the last seven years of constant self-promoted nationwide touring, singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist, Justin Roth, needed a change. Calling on his fans for help, he stepped off the road and retreated to the foothills of Colorado to a small home equipped with a wood burning stove, no internet access, no cell service, and a small amount of recording equipment to write and record his long-awaited new album, Now You
Know. Here is the title track for you to download and share.
Please note that downloads offered via KRFC MusicShare are intended to introduce you to great talent in KRFC’s community, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re in a band or are a musician looking to share your music, email your tracks to Andrew [at] krfcfm [.] org for consideration.
Andrew Schneider is a volunteer host and booker for KRFC’s Live@Lunch, bringing the best local and visiting talent to Northern Colorado’s airwaves every Monday-Friday, Noon-1PM. He is also a veteran web developer, filmmaker, DIY venue collaborator, and KRFC’s digital media lead.
“Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. Since Oct 06′ Daniel Rodriguez, Bonnie Paine, Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law have herded in a greatly applauded neo-acoustic gyptic revival at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts from the Pacific coast to the rolling hills of New England.
The Revival plays entirely original music with a few carefully chosen traditionals and eclectic cover tunes but their precise genre is hard to pin down. As independent film director Mikey Eberle elaborates, “When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time. “Each Elephant possesses remarkable vocal abilities which are highlighted during every performance. The individual members carry a vast amount of talent and are all multi-instrumentalists. Daniel Rodriguez plays a distinctive finger-style acoustic guitar and banjo. Bridget Law is a high elevation fiddle champion who regularly teaches and plays in Scotland. Dango Rose is solid as a rock on the upright bass and adds nice texture on the mandolin. Sage Cook is a shredding instrumentalist who plays the electric banjo, electric guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Bonnie Paine’s innovative washboard and percussion style has inspired a new generation of folk-percussionists. Her playing transcends the Cajun, Bluegrass and Latin conventions usually associated with the instrument. Occasionally she will bow an eerie yet angelic line out of the musical saw. Her voice has been compared to the likes of Natalie Merchant and Grace Slick, but the calm power which fuels her voice is beyond explanation. Her vocal prowess is hauntingly beautiful.
Individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time including Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Michael Franti, Little Feat, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth amongst countless other great and talented contemporaries. In 2008 Elephant Revival played a handful of great festivals including Joshua Tree Roots Festival, Yellowstone Music Festival, Yarmony Grass, Mulberry Mountan Harvest Fesival, Mackinac Island Festival, Oyster Ridge Bluegrass Festival, Sawtooth Music Festival, Desert Rocks, Nederland Music and Arts Festival, et al… In July 08′ the band released their debut album produced by long-time collaborator and friend David Tiller (ThaMuseMeant, Taarka). The album has received high praise on an international level. Its new-age sound has garnered Elephant Revival the reputation as a “Transcendental Folk” outfit.”