Seven Things to Know About the Grateful Dead in Colorado

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  • On August 10, 2017
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There are plenty of legends surrounding the Grateful Dead, from the group’s unlikely beginnings in San Francisco during the 1960s to the diverse artistic exploits of Jerry Garcia and his bandmates. The long, strange trip truckin’ to stages all over the world earned them a well-deserved place in music history. You might have heard a few […]
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ALMOST, ALMOST FAMOUS

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On August 1, 2017
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On the eve of Joe Walsh & Barnstorm’s induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, the 2000 film Almost Famous comes to mind. In the Academy Award-winning film, screenwriter Cameron Crowe expertly shares his experiences as a 15-year-old music journalist on the ‘70s rock scene. I used to be one of those, too. The […]
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A SOULFUL TRAILBLAZER

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On June 1, 2017
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The death of Gregg Allman on May 27 at age 69 brought back memories of the countless Allman Brothers Band shows I attended over the years. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Allmans conjured a mix of virtually every American musical form – blues, country, R&B, jazz and rock – bound by an ethos […]
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How to Check Out for Good

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On May 22, 2017
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By Bruce Van Dyke One of the great cool cats of jammin’ jazz-rock, Col. Bruce Hampton, died on May 1. Not many folks out West knew Hampton or his music, which is a shame because his band, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, was nothing less than extraordinary. Still, Hampton’s swan song on May Day is what […]
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Even in the Not-So-Quietest Moments…

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On May 1, 2017
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The legendary Caribou Ranch recording studio will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in August 2017. A veritable who’s who of rock music’s elite was lured to Caribou, located near Nederland, in the 1970s—America, Jeff Beck, Rick Derringer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dan Fogelberg, Michael Murphey, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Rod Stewart, Stephen […]
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Remembering Chuck Berry

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On March 20, 2017
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R.I.P. Chuck Berry, the revolutionary guitarist-songwriter who passed away at 90 on March 18. Berry stood head and shoulders above rock ‘n’ roll’s early stars. The majority of his output was self-penned, and during the second half of the 1950s he added new hits to his repertoire with almost every tour—compositions that gave the explosive […]
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A WILD PITCH

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On March 3, 2017
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Baseball season is upon us, and this fan learned long ago to accept music as a big part of seeing the Colorado Rockies play at Coors Field. During the 1996 season, whenever a Blake Street Bomber would step into the batters box, a snippet of a classic rock song was blared over the P.A. system—how […]
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Remembering Overend Watts and his Time in Denver

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On February 2, 2017
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I was saddened to hear about Overend Watts’ passing on January 22.  The original bassist for Mott the Hoople, he provided one of my most vivid visual/musical memories. In 1972, the cult band was about to break up when David Bowie offered to supply the members with a song—“All the Young Dudes.” The defining anthem […]
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The Best Music of 2016 by Artists with Ties to Colorado

  • Posted by CMHOF
  • On December 29, 2016
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Year-end lists are so ridiculous that they’re irresistible. Here’s one man’s picks for the top albums of 2016 by artists with ties to Colorado, in no particular order. John McEuen, Made in Brooklyn A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (CMHOF class of 2014), string wizard McEuen has assembled an ensemble of musical […]
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