EP Review: Dechen Hawk's Jus' Sayin's Self-Titled Debut Release

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Dechen Hawk's new project Jus' Sayin' is definitely worth saying something about.

Local Boulder artist Dechen Hawk may be best known for his solo work around the Front Range, where he has played for years after studying at Naropa University under Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder. Hawk has released six solo albums, and has been a part of numerous singer/songwriter outfits and projects throughout Colorado. He’s shared the stage with acts including Martin Sexton, Leon Russell, Big Gigantic, and Analog Sun, to name a few. Recently, however, Hawk has a new project: Jus’ Sayin’. The neo-soul, funk/jazz five-piece is comprised of a number of local heavy-hitters, with Hawk (vocals/keys), Mirco Altenbach (sax/synth), Colin Robison (guitar/vocals), Eric Imbrosciano (drums), and Ben Rubin (bass).

Jus' Sayin'.

Jus' Sayin'.

After several successful live performances, Hawk decided to head to Alcheh & Hunt in Boulder, CO to record Jus’ Sayin’s debut EP. The self titled, five-track release features the talents of a slightly different lineup than the live-performance group. Daniel Alcheh (strings/piano/EFX/synth), Eliot Hunt (drums/keys/synth/mellotron), Kip Kuepper (bass), and Robbie Nevil (guitar) all play on the EP, with Hawk (vocals/guitar/keys/synth) as the common denominator between Jus’ Sayin’s live performances and recorded work.

Dechen Hawk.

Dechen Hawk.

Jus’ Sayin’s debut single from the new release is “Drug of Choice”, a very catchy track with sprinkled staccato beats, smooth vocals, and poppy synth sounds. It’s a perfect example of what happens when Hawks’ skillful songwriting comes together with his tenor voice, seasoned professionalism, and pop sensibilities. It’s upbeat with a great hook. “Drug of Choice” is the must-hear song of this release, and the perfect track to add to your favorite summer playlist.

Listen to “Drug of Choice” for yourself here:

“Lost in Line” is the next tune on Jus’ Sayin’, and showcases Hawk’s soulful influences with tasty sax bits. It’s got a great percussive intro, and is the perfect lead-in to the EP’s next track, “Tenderly”. “Tenderly” starts with funky synth sounds dripping in 90s R&B throwback nostalgia. It’s got a great groove and almost feels like a sultry, soulful lullaby.

“Beautifully Back” is the ballad of the EP. It’s a bit slow, but tastefully composed by Daniel Alcheh. There’s an elegance to this one, with strings performed by the Beijing Chamber Ensemble that were actually recorded in China. James Mihaley garners lyrical credit on this tune.

The EP closes with “What You Won’t Do For Love”, which begins with Hawk’s crooning vocals. This track feels a bit more stripped-down than the others, but still keeps your attention.

Overall, Jus’ Sayin’ is a polished release that showcases Hawk's credibility as an accomplished musician and songwriter.

Jus' Sayin' live.

Jus' Sayin' live.

Jus’ Sayin’ is available for purchase digitally, but will also be available in physical form this Friday, June 17th, at The Laughing Goat, where the band will perform the EP live and celebrate Hawk’s birthday! The show starts at 8PM- be there and grab your own copy of Jus’ Sayin’. Check out the Facebook event and keep up with Jus’ Sayin on Facebook.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured. Special credit to Zach Dahmen for his work on this feature.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/15 & 04/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Another Six for the books:

Today (Friday 04/15):

David Sheingold and Sam Rae at Boulder House in Boulder 730PM-Close

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Boulder’s own singer/songwriter David Sheingold released his new album this week, Aquarian Dream. We’ll have a review up for you next week, but in the meantime, check out one of his last live local performances tonight at Boulder House. Sheingold is soon heading off on his Aquarian Dream Spring Tour but tonight, he’s promised an evening of “intimate sounds amongst great folks with a mix of live cello, acoustic guitars, and vocals; music intricately planned and freely improvised”. We can’t wait! Tickets here.

Watch David Sheingold perform his song “Wishing Well” at eTown Hall:

Soulful Songwriter Night at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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Dechen Hawk. Colin Robinson. Jarrad Menard. Andrew Sturtz. What a lineup! These four talented gentleman will all be under one roof tonight at The Laughing Goat, sharing the stage and croonin’ all of your favorite tunes for Soulful Songwriter Night. Sip on a latte or some wine and let their soulful sounds carry you into a smooth weekend. It’s gonna get hot in there ladies. See you there!

Watch Dechen Hawk perform his track “Conversations”:

Mipso, Augustus, & Ginny Mules at The Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

We spent one hell of a weekend at The Lost Lake recently, and this lineup has us itching to get back there already. North Carolina’s string band Mipso is currently touring on their most recent release, Old Time Reverie. Tonight, they’re headlining the show at LLL, sharing the stage with Boulder’s rockin’ Augustus and Denver’s rootsy bluegrass band Ginny Mules. Sounds like a great time! Come hang out and get your tickets here!

Watch Mipso’s official video for “Marianne”:

Silent Bear Trio at License No. 1 in Boulder 9PM-Close

With Silent Bear on guitar and vocals, Bill Brennan on drums, and Sam Fuqua on bass, the Silent Bear trio united. And tonight, their groovin’ sounds will be taking over License No. 1. They play this joint somewhat regularly, and there are always people dancing when they hit the stage! So grab yourself a handmade specialty cocktail and get movin’.

Listen to the Silent Bear Trio:

Hunter Stone at Taco Junky in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Tonight you can listen to a man of blues, Mr. Hunter Stone himself. Stone will be belting out a set of fine originals and covers for you this evening at Taco Junky. And since it’s Friday Flight Night at TJ’s, you can get 3 infused tequilas and 3 classic tacos for $10. Yeah- you read that right. It’s gonna get fun fast. Make sure to drop by!

Check out Stone’s “Not Alone”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/16):

Moontang featuring Amoramora at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s future-soul group Moontang are headlining a show at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night! They want to “make you do the dirty moonwalk right on your mama’s clean kitchen floor” kids, so that’s sayin’ somethin’. Funk four-piece Amoramora will start things off for the evening, and they always know how to show you a good time. So go get funky with this whole crew!

Watch Moontang’s live performance of “Do What You Do” at The Fox Theatre:

PRESS

We now actively cover press at shows, and we do our best to promote those. This Saturday, 04/16, we will be covering  Snakehips' bangin' set at The Fox. Details here; full recap feature and photos drop on our site Monday! And next Tuesday, 04/19, Boatclub Music Collective is throwing a fresh festival party at Denver’s The Church Nightclub and we’ll be there, snapping away and checking it out! Get all the details from Annie here.

BCFM

Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. We’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market, and this week, Boulder’s Foggy Tops Bluegrass Band will be under the red top tent. Stop by to hear their strings and grab some tasty treats.

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Ben Hanna. Hanna just finished recording his second studio album, which will drop sometime later this year. Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to catch his track “It’s Just You & Me Tonight”.

See you out there this weekend!

-Hannah

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Wednesday Special: Boulder-in-the-Round is tonight & Wilson Harwood just dropped a new single.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

A little news for your humpday.

Hey Boulder! We’ve missed you! We took off a few days of bringing you content in order to begin organizing something pretty awesome: Our first Fall Music Showcase! We’re super excited to be working with different local artists to bring you an event full of great music, tasty drinks, door prizes, Polaroids, and more! In the meantime, we’re back! And here are a few things we think you should check out since the last time we chatted:

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Tonight is Boulder-in-the-Round October Style! This is an event we really love hosted by people we really dig (Theresa Peterson, Wilson Harwood, Hunter Stone), so it’s a winning combo all around. Basically, a group of local musicians take turns playing songs at Vapor Distillery from 7-10PM and it’s a tasty time. Harwood is actually playing in tonight’s round, along with Colin Robinson, A.J. Fullerton, and Samantha Emmitt (½ of sister duo Samsara). Go check it out!

Second, we want to give a special shout out to Boulder singer/songwriter Wilson Harwood for more than just his upcoming performance in The Round tonight. Harwood actually released a new single this week! It’s called “Saturated in Sunshine,” and after the last few rainy days Boulder, it’s feeling pretty nice to jam this one out with some real rays. You can listen to it (and buy it!) here. You can also learn more about his upcoming single release party this weekend here. Or go see him tonight at the BITR!

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A couple of other events for tonight: Shine Gathering Place is having a music benefit for The Malala Fund with Latlaus Sky & Von Disco, which you can learn more about here. Whiskey Autumn plays the Pearl Street Pub 10PM-Close. And Conor O’Neill’s is hosting an Open Bluegrass Pick.

It feels good to be back Boulder. Stay tuned for more music news, and our upcoming buzzzzzzzz on our Fall Music Showcase!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/17 & 07/18

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Spend this weekend listening to sounds you love. Here are the bands you should see the next few days:

Tonight (Friday 07/17):

Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks at Vindication 530PM-9PM

Stop by Vindication Brewing after work tonight & check these guys out! Ben Hanna has been described as “quirky”, “pretty damn funny” and “poignant”. He will get your weekend started off right. Rumor has it Hanna is working on a new album with the Knighthawks now, so maybe you’ll get a sneak peak at some of his new tracks at this performance!

Dechen Hawk, Colin Robinson, and Danit at The Laughing Goat 8PM-Close

These three singer/songwriters are bringing some sweet sounds to the Goat tonight. You can read about each of them here. Stop by for a coffee (or a beer) and let these guys croon you into the beginning of your music-filled weekend.

Hunter Stone at Blue Skies Winery 7PM-9PM

We’ve got love for Hunter Stone. He’s a talented Boulder singer/songwriter with a gritty, bluesy sound. You can read more about him on our site here. If you’re in Fort Collins or you’re just in the mood for some great wine, hit up this show!

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Hunter Stone

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The Whiskey Autumn boys haven’t played The No Name Bar in a bit, but they’re back to make you dance all night! They recently made headlines on our site with the release of their new video for “My Dear Miss Claire”, which you can watch here. Head over to one of our favorite spots and hear them jam this track live!

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/18):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 2PM-7PM

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Twisted Pine Brewing tomorrow & they’re celebrating with Boulder band Augustus! Augustus just released their killer new EP Into Frames this week, which you can stream for free here. Roll over to this show for some day drinking, and to hear the guys perform some of their new songs live!

Foxfeather at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub 10PM-Close

Foxfeather are bringing their sultry sounds to Conor’s tomorrow night! The atmosphere at Conor’s is always fun and Foxfeather's folky sounds will get you moving! Roll down to Pearl and see their show!

So there's our weekend six Boulder! Hit up a show! Hope to see you out!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.