Category Archives: Colorado Artists

The Clearwings Release A New EP On 752.2 Radio

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The Clearwings is an independent alt-folk duo with a focus on the intimacy of live performance. They combine tight harmonies with driving guitar, bringing a modern edge to a classic folk sensibility. The result is a dynamic sound, with influences ranging from 60s greats like Peter, Paul, & Mary, Johnny Cash & June Carter, and Ian & Sylvia, to modern rock interpreters like The White Stripes and The Strokes.

The Clearwings is fronted equally by Raven Adams (vocals) and Mark Phillips (vocals & guitar). While Raven is native to Santa Cruz, California and Mark from Golden, Colorado, the pair began collaborating on music in college in Maine and moved to Colorado in 2009. They formed the Clearwings in December of 2013, performing folk standards and unexpected covers around Denver while developing original material.

In August 2015, the Clearwings released a single, ”Nothing to Say” and B-side track (”I don’t believe a thing”). The duo launched their first tour (called the “New Hip Tour” for Mark’s newly reconstructed hip joint) to support the release, playing shows from San Francisco to Cheyenne throughout the end of the year. After a short break while Mark had a second hip surgery, the Clearwings released the “Rocks in My Shoes” EP in May 2016.

The Clearwings are very excited that their music is being played on 7522 Radio.

Listen to The Clearwings on 7522 Radio Music Channel.

Jubliant Bridge Joins 752.2 Radio

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A  finalist for Best Group/Duo in the 7th and 8th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for songs from their latest CD, “Power Lines,” Jubilant Bridge is gaining increasing recognition through world-wide terrestrial and online radio airplay.

Intricate arrangements, harmonies “so tight, they pulse” (Mary Cliff—WAMU-FM), comic repartee, a repertoire ranging from critically-acclaimed originals and contemporary songs, to finger-dancing instrumentals and unexpected covers—these are the hallmarks of every Jubilant Bridge performance. The duo comes from a rich aural tradition but surprises audiences with counter melodies, changing time signatures, and well-chosen dissonance. Their instruments go beyond simple accompaniment; the arrangements and the songs themselves are meshed. They use the vocabulary, but step outside of the conventions, of folk, rock, and pop—not simply stitching together genres, but folding the seams under. Every song becomes their own.

The duo has released five recordings. Their latest CD, “Power Lines,” recorded at world-class studio Colorado Sound, features their compelling original songs as well as their unique take on songs from favorite songwriters, such as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Victory Music Review finds “an amazing level of melodic richness and complex songwriting” throughout the album, the songs “musical and lyrical tapestries that can be surprisingly deep and poetic.” The duo’s previous recordings include “Happenstance,” “Under Shattered Skies” (which Victory Music Review proclaimed “a rich aural feast”), “Another Run At the Mountain,” and “Crazy Like The Wind.” Jubilant Bridge is currently working on selecting and arranging material for their next project, a compilation of Renaissance, and pre-Renaissance, songs for the Christmas season.

Vocalist and guitarist Carol Van Alstine provides JubilantBridge with most of its distinctive original songs. She comes to songwriting by way of poetry. Often inspired by dreams, and musical and lyrical phrases that take her unexpected places, her emotionally wise songs depict states of mind and heart and the conflicts between them. Her awards include Silver and the BMI Songwriter Award for the song “Power Lines” in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, one of the longest-running song competitions in the nation, and several Honorable Mentions in the Billboard World Song Contest, an international songwriting competition. With a voice that has been described as “striking,” “ethereal,” and “far purer than Michael Jackson’s fondness for gloves,” she is often asked after a show, “How does such a big voice come out of such a small person?” Her musical experiences range from performing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to singing soprano in Renaissance choirs.

Mountain dulcimer wizard and vocalist Willie Jaeger takes what is often thought of as a “simple” folk instrument and discovers its complexity. He strums, he fingerpicks, he flatpicks, he plays lead, and recently he’s been experimenting with electric dulcimer. His unique style of playing, and his popularity as a teacher at the renowned Swallow Hill School of Music, inspired Westword, Denver’s alternative weekly, to vote him Denver’s “Best Local Folkie.” He was a finalist (Silver) in the national mountain dulcimer championship at Winfield, Kansas, and in 2009 he won a Gold Medal for Best Original Instrumental Composition at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. An engaging singer with a lyrical baritone, he also plays hammered dulcimer and guitar, and composes instrumentals and the occasional song.

Jubiant Bridge is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.

Listen to Jubliant Bridge’s 7522 Music Channel with their music albums.

Mary Beth Cross Releases ”Feels Like Home” EP On 752.2 Radio

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”Feels Like Home” begins by welcoming you in from the rain the warmth of the hearth with the Paul Simon classic ”Kathy’s Song”.  Before you know it, the rugs are rolled up and a dance floor is cleared.  Mary Beth takes listeners to her grandparent’s dairy farm back in the 1940’s with ”Threshing Time”, a tune she co-wrote with her 85 year old father.  Airing fears, worry and concern is still a part of family gatherings.  The burdens are shared and then released with Gary White’s ”Long, Long Time”. Mary Beth takes the Linda Rondstadt cover and places it in a bluegrass arrangement, giving it new breath.  She then leads you slowly into the wee hours of the evening (to the bedroom) with ”The Medley” and concludes with an original ditty welcoming the morning and the gift of a new day with ”Cottonwood Creek”.

Mary Beth Cross is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician.  Her music is a soulful, intimate acoustic mix of original and classic tunes.  Her new EP titled ”Feels Like Home” incorporates traditional Bluegrass instruments into her arrangements.  Mary Beth’s originals are inspired by the stories of her family, the forests and farms of her Wisconsin upbringing, and Colorado, where she makes her home.

Listen To The Mary Beth Cross Music Album “Feels Like Home” On 7522 Beach Mountain Radio.