We were incredibly lucky to host Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts for their first live performance in Colorado. The band was playing in advance of a show at the Larimer Lounge and had enough time to join us for a live studio session. We spoke with them about their meteoric rise, their experiences on the road, Australian slang, and more. Set List: Avant Gardener, Lance Jr., and History Eraser.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from Dave Rawlings Machine in our studios. They were in between a two night run at the Boulder Theater and had enough time in their schedule for a live studio session. "The Machine" was breaking in a new line up featuring Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and John Paul Jones. They spoke about their harmonies, the forgotten lyrics of This Land Is Your Land, and the challenges of getting their schedules to align.
Local Gold: On a very hot Friday the 13th in June, the Denver-based group Men In Burka stopped by our Denver studios to perform a couple of tunes and share an unreleased track with us. They talked about the origins of their unique sound and the response they have received from audiences locally and Internationally.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend some time with Gregory Alan Isakov. He's certainly no stranger to the KGNU studios, having performed multiple times over the years. On this occasion, we caught up with him about his writing style and approach to instrumentation. We also spoke about his collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and the challenges of performing with an orchestra.
Local Gold: Stero-Lion (Vocals), Jeep MacNichol (Percussion), and Ian Anderson (Bass) of The Plates came by our studios to demonstrate their live sound in advance of their first live show at the Lion's Lair on June 26, 2014. The band played 'Best in the Land' and 'Boombox Vibin' from their debut release Punky Reggae.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend a little time with The Railsplitters on KGNU's Old Grass Gnu Grass show. They shared a few live tunes and spoke with Brian Eyster about how they collaborate as a band and their developing sound. Their first release is out and showcases their balanced and emerging style.
Local Gold: We had a chance to catch up with Grant Farm in the studios in advance of their show at The Fox Theater on Wednesday May 28th. They demonstrated their patented Crisco™ beat during a live studio session and managed to make our dilapidated upright Baldwin sound like magic. Tonja Loendorf hosted the studio session.
Local Gold: The wonderful band Clouds and Mountains made their way into our studios for their first ever live radio session. I suppose you could call this the worldwide radio debut of the new songs from their forthcoming release, possibly called Ultrasound. We spoke with the members of the band about their songwriting process and the musical manifestation of their friendship.
Digging through the archives we found this gem from DJ Logic. Back in 2008, we caught up with Jason Kibler, aka DJ Logic, before a show at the Fox and invited him to take over the airwaves. He made his way into the studios with a stack of records under each arm, settled in, warmed up on the turntables, and then went live with this massive set.
On a Cinco de Mayo afternoon Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna were gracious enough to stop by our studios for a live session in advance of their show that night at Tulagi. Unlike the venue they would perform at that evening, this little piece of musical history has not been lost to the sands of time. Despite being up until close to 4:00 am the previous night celebrating with the staff of The Bluebird theater following their Denver performance, the musicians were full of energy. Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna treated the radio listeners of Colorado to an extended intimate set of music for which we're all still very grateful.