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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.

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Chain Station Joins 752.2 Radio

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Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor stringband from the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. They’ve become known for catchy and lyrically-poignant original songs which flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you! Pure Mountain Music!

Their live shows have become that of legend, with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out. Equally comfortable rocking a packed club, playing backyard BBQ’s, or providing tasteful mountain music for your wedding, this band does it all…with style. Please see the contact info to pack a venue in your neck of the woods.

What people are saying:

Dancin’ With The Law is a big leap forward for the group, and the recording fits alongside albums by some of Colorado’s other, more established modern bluegrass bands. While the group isn’t all button-down traditional (they still know how to have fun), their tight picking, great harmonies and solid songwriting make the band, and for that matter the album, appear to be much more mature and developed than many acts twice their age.
Denver’s Marquee Magazine

Denver stringband Chain Station may only be a four piece, but their ample picking capabilities give the ensemble a much fuller sound. Their instrumental pieces, like “Gotta Have Gawd,” are intricate and deep, yet sparse enough to allow each player to be truly heard. Their lyrical numbers though, have a funny irreverence to them. Their track “Three Long Daze,” for example, sings about how it would take “three long days to clean the hippie out of this place.” The track might be the best dedication to hippie men wearing skirts since Railroad Earth’s “I’m a Mess.”
Denver’s Marquee Magazine

Chain Station is excited to join 7522 Radio.

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Chris Thompson & Coral Creek Band Join 752.2 Radio

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The CORAL CREEK STRING BAND is a dynamic and talented acoustic project from Colorado, USA, playing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics.  Coral Creek performs the original music of Chris Thompson (guitar/vocals) and features some of the top acoustic players in the Colorado music scene today including  Jordan Ramsey (mandolin/vocals), Christine King (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Bonnis (bass/vocals).  With the release of his new record, THE ROAD AHEAD (produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident), Chris Thompson has emerged on the Colorado music scene as a song-writing force appealing to the traditional bluegrass, new-grass and jam-band audiences alike.  The Coral Creek String Band released their first studio record, FORTY YEARS, in August of 2012 and will be supporting the record with tours in the US, Europe and the Caribbean.

Members of Coral Creek have performed and recorded with distinguished musicians including Sam Bush, Dave Grisman, Darol Anger, Gretchen Wilson, Sally van Meter, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident), Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Ben Kaufman and Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band), Pete Wernick (Hot Rize), Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Members of the Coral Creek String Band have played many of the top regional and national bluegrass, country and rock music festivals.  Since forming in early 2012, the Coral Creek String Band has headlined several festivals including the prestigious Birkenried Bluegrass Festival outside Ulm, Germany, kicking off a three week European tour.

Originally from Rochester, MN, Chris Thompson has lived and performed in Europe, Mexico, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the US.  In 2001, Chris settled down in Colorado, planted roots and started writing and recording his unique flavor of roots music.

Chris Thompson & Coral Creek Band is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.

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