Behind The Scene Episode 81 - Lola Black and Chris Dellinger (Lola Black)

I knew that I was just meant to be on the stage somehow or someway...It was just one of those things that just, I knew that’s where I belonged.
— Lola Black

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Lola Black and Chris Dellinger (Lola Black)

Official Site: lolablackmusic.com

The song for this episode is called 'Nothing's gonna Be Alright' and is from the new album by the same name, available on iTunes.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photos by: Shon Cobbs

Photos by: Shon Cobbs

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 79 - Armando Garibay (Machu Linea, The Circus House)

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Armando Garibay (Machu Linea, The Circus House)

Official Site: theblackoutbeatproductioncompany.bandcamp.com

The song for this episode is called 'Meant To Burn Ft. John Runnels' and is from the new album Girl, available on Bandcamp at the link above.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Shon Cobbs

Photo By: Shon Cobbs

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 78 - Sean Anonymous

That’s part of the reason why I love hip-hop in the first place. It’s so communal. It is culture and it feels like a family, in Minneapolis especially.
— Sean Anonymous

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Sean Anonymous

Official Site: seananonymous.bandcamp.com

The song for this episode is called 'Big Bang (feat. P.O.S $ Lizzo)' and is from his album Better Days, available on iTunes and Spotify.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 77 - Andrew Sims (Sims, Doomtree)

I feel like I’ve given up on hope in some ways, too. Thinking hope is a weird thing to hang on to ‘cause that’s too much attachment to result and it’s not about being present. It’s about waiting for a moment that’s not here.
— Andrew Sims

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Andrew Sims (Sims, Doomtree)

Official Site: www.doomtree.net/sims

The song for this episode is called 'Icarus' and is from Sims' 2016 album More Than Ever, available on iTunes and Spotify.

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop

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 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

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BTS Retrospect: Beck @ Red Rocks

Beck enters and ushers us to the dance-party church that was Red Rocks tonight.  He cries out to the masses, “Dearly beloved we are gathered here this evening....Can we get together on the mountaintop tonight and get higher?”

Indeed we can.

 If Andy Warhol and Prince has a baby he’d feel a lot like Beck.  He lasso’s, shimmies, Mick Jagger’s across the stage and leads a stellar band of players in a show that feels well-worn and effervescent all at once.  He is a splendid storm of melodious energy, clad in a motorcycle jacket with floppy blonde hair tamed by an (Isaac-the-Prophet, ala Children of the Corn style) black brimmed hat.  I fell in love with everyone on the stage tonight.  Please deliver me on a ride of syncopated jumping, falsetto cries and robo-voice authoritative assurances. “Who cares if it’s a Tuesday night?”

 Jenny Lewis started the show floating in as Rainbow Bright incarnate, in hot pink fringe and sequins making me feel like everything was going to be alright.

The depths of her lyrics dancing off the glowing, copper hills enveloped me and I forgot my cares for a while.  Her voice soars and swims, warm as the pillows of a comfy Sunday bed.   But for me just now, I’ll keep my head under water in a way that feels so right.  It could be auspicious place, the autumn of the air, a rush of color and life oozing from the stage but “there’s a little bit of magic...everybody has it” at least for tonight.

-Cherie Rae Cobbs


Photos by: Shon Cobbs

Behind The Scene Episode 76 - Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain)

People either love it or hate it. That was always the idea. If you stumbled on a Mary Chain show by accident you were never going to forget it.
— Jim Reid

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain)

Official Site: thejesusandmarychain.uk.com

The song for this episode is called 'Head On' and is one of the band's hits from their 1989 album Automatic, available on iTunes and Spotify.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo by: Shon Cobbs

Photo by: Shon Cobbs

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop

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BTS Retrospect: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats @ Red Rocks

The cool, dry, dusk air rolling through the foothills of Colorado fills this mystical and mesmerizing venue. Mingling with the smells of Colorado beer, grilled concessions, and 10,000 fans waiting to greet their hometown heroes.  This is my first time coming to Red Rocks as a photographer, my first time making photographs of either band, and honestly, my first time actually even seeing Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats live.  

I started the Behind The Scene podcast in 2015, the same year that Nathaniel and band released S.O.B to the world and broke through the ceiling that most local bands find impenetrable.  Doing this podcast, talking with so many amazing artists both local and national, my fascination with Nathaniel Rateliff has only grown exponential.  Why does one artist break so massively, while other, equally amazing talents are left languishing?  Is it merely a payment for dues rendered?  Or is just timing and luck and kismet and...?

We are allowed to shoot from the photo pit for only the first three songs of both the Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performances.  3 songs, 10-12 minutes to try to capture the essence of 2 of the best live bands to come out of Colorado in decades.  While fearing that 3 songs won't be enough to capture the magic of these incredible performers in photo, I quickly realized that I needed less than one half of one song to answer my questions above. 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are enjoying the success that they are, not because of dues paid, or work ethic, or fate, destiny, luck, or magic.  I mean, sure all of those play a part in the trajectory of any artist.  However, it is much more simple than that.  They are selling out multiple nights at one of the best venues in the world, as well as countless amazing venues internationally because they put on an absolutely electric, engaging, beautiful, and soul fulfilling live show. 

The pairing with Slim Cessna's Auto Club perfectly added to the elevation of the evening as these two grandiose performers left me feeling inspirationally fueled, artistically fulfilled, and emotionally drained.  We don't go to Red Rocks for the live music.  We go to Red Rocks for an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere.  Nathaniel Rateliff, Slim Cessna, and their respective league of extraordinary players delivered us exactly that, an experience that I know I won't be able to let go of anytime soon.

-Shon Cobbs

Photos By: Shon Cobbs

BTS Retrospect: The Underground Music Showcase (UMS)

With an open mind you will be enveloped in a feeling of acceptance and intrigue, before being swept away in a flood of talent.

UMS seems to bring out the best of Denver and for artists busied up in their own heads and space, it serves as a well for creativity and motivation. Thank you for sharing your stories, your songs, your energy, your moves and passion with us. For every friend (old and new) we stopped to speak with, or share a drink with, and to each artist we truly admire but maybe fail to convey through casual small talk, it was an absolute pleasure to see you and you make us want to be more.

The UMS experience rushes in the fuel we were so lacking, the type that had me trying to write a new song tonight instead of succumbing to the Sunday Blues.
We made a home in Denver with a band of friends, musicians and dreamers and we are so grateful to be a part of the Underground Music Showcase - UMS once again.
— Cherie Rae Cobbs

Photos by: Shon Cobbs

BTS Retrospect: Michael McDonald @ Philip S. Miller Park

Summer of 1982 and I have my first little boom box. It’s hot and muggy and I’m riding bikes or playing Barbie’s or looking at my sticker book and daydreaming when I hear the sweet deep of ‘I Keep Forgettin’ by Michael McDonald floating up from the speaker. It’s a jazzy sort of haze and now a collage of memory of boney shoulders set a shimmy. Come 1986 and I’m all over ‘On My Own’ where Patti LaBelle meets Michael in the balance of heartbreak and defeat. I’m all of 12 and thoroughly attached, always drawn to those depths of grief.

These are songs I’ve loved my whole life.

Last night I sat under the summer stars of Philip S Miller Park, full-grown now and trying to make music of my own. So much of the time I feel spent on it. So many times I feel too old for it. In a posh sprawling park nestled up in the foothills we get to see my childhood crush and he’s dazzling. Michael McDonald is as soulful as you hope. He’s optimistic and enchanting and he leads the most polished band of players with class and vigor. I try not to speak of inspiration because it feels self-important, but he got me.
— Cherie Rae Cobbs

Photos By: Shon Cobbs

Behind The Scene Episode 75 - Jerry Becker (Keyboardist, Guitarist - Train)

I love people who have so much self doubt, questioning everything...but they’re super successful...I mean, we’re playing arenas and I’m sittin’ here going ‘Man, what do we need to do to get to a stadium?’ Ya know, like that’s all that’s in my head and my singer’s head. I swear to God, Pat’s like ‘All right, next level. What do we do?’ Ya know, because if you don’t have that and you get complacent...you’ll probably just kinda fizz away.
— Jerry Becker

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Jerry Becker (Keyboardist, Guitarist - Train)

Official Site: www.savemesanfrancisco.com

The song for this episode is called 'Call Me Sir' and is a new single from Train, available on iTunes and Spotify.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

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Behind The Scene Episode 74 - Brent Cowles (Singer-Songwriter)

You can’t have faith in something if you’ve never doubted it before. That doubt is the only way to really figure out what something means to you.
— Brent Cowles

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Brent Cowles (Singer - Songwriter)

Official Site: www.brentcowles.com

The song for this episode is called 'How to be Okay Alone' and is from the brand new album of the same name, available on iTunes and Spotify.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Shon Cobbs

Photo By: Shon Cobbs

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 73 - Josselyn Cool (Great American House Fire, Teacup Gorilla)

I remember like it being my birthday and I’d blow out the birthday candles and I’d wish that I’d wake up a girl the next morning and like, ya know, it’d have to be a thing where...where everyone always knew that I was a girl not that like I instantly changed into being a girl.
— Josselyn Cool

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Josselyn Cool (Great American House Fire, Teacup Gorilla)

Official Site: facebook.com/GreatAmericanHouseFire

The song for this episode is called 'Molotov Coctail Hobbyist' and is a new track off the coming album from Great American House Fire.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Shon Cobbs

Photo By: Shon Cobbs

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 72 - Kaylie Foster (Indie Pop)

Almost all of the power is in our hands as artists whereas it use to be in the hands of the labels, right? But now it’s like it’s my job to be my manager, to be my marketer, to be my social media expert, to wear all these different hats in order to cut above that noise.
— Kaylie Foster

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Kaylie Foster (Indie Pop)

Official Site: kayliefoster.com

The song for this episode is called 'Little Game' and is a new single available on iTunes and Spotify.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

This episode has been generously supported by Breckenridge Brewery

Behind The Scene Episode 71 - Chris Zacher (Levitt Pavilion)

Scenes work when people who are driving the bus are doing it for the love of what they are doing, for a vision that they believe in, and that’s why our scene is working right now.
— Chris Zacher

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Chris Zacher (Levitt Pavilion)

Official Site: levittdenver.org

The song for this episode is called 'No Punches' and is by Strange Americans, one of Chris' favorite Denver bands.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo by: Stephanie Doebler

Photo by: Stephanie Doebler

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been generously supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been generously supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

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Behind The Scene Episode 70 - Dawn Fay (Producing Director, Wonderbound)

I think the big goal was to push the art forward, and that’s still ongoing. That’s never gonna stop. The complexity of it, of our shows, the fact that now we have bands like Chimney Choir or Ian Cooke or Jesse Manley and his band and even working with Tom Hagerman who wrote a new composition for the symphony. So that’s the big thing for us, is that constantly pushing that envelope of new and constantly pushing the artists that we work with to keep notching up as we keep notching up is beyond.
— Dawn Fay

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Dawn Fay (Producing Director, Wonderbound)

Official Site: wonderbound.com

The song for this episode is called Lullaby and is by Tom Hagerman, one of Wonderbound's most frequent musical collaborators.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

Photo By: Stephanie Doebler

 This episode has been generously supported by  A Small Print Shop  

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Behind The Scene Episode 69 - Neyla Pekarek (Singer Songerwiter, The Lumineers)

So it’s felt really just kind of refreshing in a way to start a new project that has nothing to do with it (The Lumineers). Again, I’m so lucky to be part of this monstrous thing that happened and I love performing and I love being on stage and that type of thing but I had to find an outlet too to be creative...I ended up writing pretty much a whole record in a few months.
— Neyla Pekarek

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Neyla Pekarek (Lumineers)

Official Site: www.neylapekarek.com

The song for this episode is is a special sneak preview from Neyla's coming Rattlesnake album!

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Cherie Cobbs

Photo By: Cherie Cobbs

 This episode has been supported by  A Small Print Shop  

This episode has been supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

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Behind The Scene Episode 68 - Josh Blue (Comedian, Artist)

What I’m doing on stage is more than making people laugh. Like you leave my show with a different perspective and understanding of disability.
— Josh Blue

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Josh Blue (Comedian, Artist)

Official Site: www.joshblue.com

The song for this episode is called "Randum House" and can be found on the album 'Holligan Stew' by Josh Blue and the Hooligan Stew Revue

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo by: Shon Cobbs

Photo by: Shon Cobbs

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This episode has been supported by A Small Print Shop 

 This episode has been supported by  Breckenridge Brewery

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Behind The Scene Episode 67 - Eric Halborg and Cole Rudy (Dragondeer)

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Eric Halborg and Cole Rudy (Dragondeer)

Official Site: www.dragondeer.com

The song for this episode is called "If You Got The Blues" and is from Dragondeer's latest album of the same name.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Cherie Cobbs

Photo By: Cherie Cobbs

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Behind The Scene Episode 66 - Michelle, Harmony, Blair - The Milk Blossoms (Indie Folk Trip-Hop)

I’m incredibly grateful for this relationship that we have with the three of us. I think I’ve sorta of dipped into bands that function purely on like a leadership level, you know, on one person is the center and that person can make decisions, as they should, can make decisions and get subs and you know not every person is essential. The part is essential but the person is not and so I think being able to have something like this where we can never really, we can never not have one person in this band to be able to perform, you know, we can’t sub anybody, you know, and that’s a gift. A gift that we’ve had to work for and work at.
— Michelle R.

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Michelle, Harmony, Blair - The Milk Blossoms (Indie Folk Trip-Hop)

Official Site: themilkblossoms.bandcamp.com

The song for this episode is called "Fall Right In" from The Milk Blossoms' new album "Dry Heave the Heavenly" due out on 3/29

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Google

 Photo By: Shon Cobbs

Photo By: Shon Cobbs

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