Silver and Smoke Gear Up For Upcoming Single Release "Burning Bridges"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

There’s no other way to put it: Colorado’s western rock group Silver and Smoke have been killing it lately. With two EPs, a music video, and a West Coast tour under their belt, the band’s momentum is building, with even more exciting announcements on the horizon.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke has come a long way since their inception in 2015. What began as a musical project started by high school buddies Ty Bray and Dino Ianni has steadily blossomed into a full-fledged rock’n’roll group. In the last eight months, the band has added bassist Rick Brown and reunited with former sound engineer and drummer Diego Valenzuela, creating an epic combination that rocks harder than ever.

Watch Silver and Smoke’s “Hope You’re Happy” music video:

After the release of their first two EPs Workhorse and Marking Time, the band continues to astound, with their evolution from the blues, to country-style rock, to heavy-hitting rock’n’roll. They continue to fill classic venues such as Herman’s Hideaway, Lion’s Lair, The Walnut Room, and various breweries throughout the city, yet still remain as some of the most down-to-earth, genuine music-making folks out there.

S&S. Credit: Grace Jensen. 

S&S. Credit: Grace Jensen. 

The band has been working closely with Denver’s Acacia Jade Studios recently, located in the heart of the RiNo Art District. The studio’s CEO Wesley Henkle shared a bit about what it’s been like working with the band:

“Tyler and Dino have helped us tremendously with our beat production by adding live instrumentation to not only our own songs but working as a rhythm section with other artists from various genres. Their fun high-level of energy combined with a strong work ethic and a drive for perfection makes them a great fix for AJS.”

With an ever-growing fan base, I’d advise anyone to hop on the Silver and Smoke train soon. They’ve got more music coming out, starting with their upcoming single “Burning Bridges,” which will be the first release off their soon-to-be-recorded third EP.

“Burning Bridges” is unlike anything Silver and Smoke fans have heard from them before. Its smooth, dark Santana vibe epitomizes the song’s storyline about packing up and moving on from whatever is holding you back (in this case, a relationship). The single is set to be released and available in all digital music stores on Valentine’s Day. So whether you’re a lonely heart, or a happy clam, there’s no doubt you’re going to dig what Silver and Smoke is about to showcase.

Be to sure catch Silver and Smoke at their (FREE) upcoming show next Thursday, February 2nd at Lincoln’s Roadhouse. In the meantime, subscribe to band’s newsletter and check out their website for the latest and greatest on releases, announcements, and new merchandise.

-Jura

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Kick Off The New Year With Clayton Wyatt's Headlining Performance at Herman's Hideaway

By: Jura Daubenspeck

It’s a new year, and we all know what that means: new releases, new shows, and new artists to look out for. In the spirit of the new year, we’re happy to announce acoustic-folk singer/songwriter Clayton Wyatt will be headlining the Herman’s Hideaway stage tomorrow, January 4th.

The Colorado Springs native began playing guitar and writing his own music in his early teenage years, after discovering the music of Dallas Green (City and Colour). Though originally drawn to the sounds of rock’n’roll, Clayton quickly discovered the magic of the acoustic guitar and felt his path was better suited for writing emotional, heartfelt songs. Through tender vocals, soothing guitar, and relatable lyrics, Clayton connects with his fans in a sincere way.

“I want the fans to know that they are everything, without them I am really nothing, and I could never take their support for granted.”  

Clayton is in the final stages of recording and mastering his newest EP Not Today, which will be released in a few months. He will also be making another release-related announcement during tomorrow evening’s performance, so stay tuned.

If you’re ready to hit the ground running this year, and are in the mood for some feel-good acoustic music, then head on over to Herman’s Hideaway tomorrow night, and jam to the sweet sounds of Clayton Wyatt and accompanying artists Burnt Bridge Masons, Zach B., and Tuke & Denäe. Doors open at 7PM, the show starts at 7:30PM, and tickets can be purchased here.

For a taste of Clayton’s sound, check out this performance of his song “3000 Miles” for BalconyTV.

-Jura

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Denver's Compliments to the One Release New Alt-Rock Track, "Overdose"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

The alt-rock scene in Denver is on-point. From gigs at spots like Summit Music Hall to festival appearances at The UMS and radio play on Denver’s 93.3, it’s easy to see how alive this genre is in Colorado. One band treading the Denver alt-rock waters is Compliments to the One, a four-piece project that started all the way back in 2012 when some of the members met in high school. Currently, the band consists of Daniel Del Real, Stephen Bell, Dare Otesanya, and Julio JC Santos. Bell, Otesanya, and Santos formed the band in Aurora, CO initially; in 2016 Del Real joined the outfit and the band is now Denver-based.

Compliments to the One.

Compliments to the One.

Compliments to the One have released a few singles since finding their footing in the Denver music scene. The titles of those include “Catch My Breath”, “Keep On Going”, and their latest, “Overdose”.

Check out C21's latest single, "Overdose":

“Overdose” is a stripped-down track recorded DIY basement-style. It started with chords and lyrics written by guitarist Bell; later the rest of the band contributed to the track. It’s an emotive song with vivid descriptions of struggling with addiction and a repetitive, catchy chorus. Compliments to the One have plans to release a full EP soon, and “Overdose” will be one of the tracks included on it. The band also have a live show coming up that you should check out to hear more of their new work! They play Herman’s Hideaway next Thursday, September 29th and you can get advanced tickets here.

Make sure to keep up with C21 for new music and more on their Facebook!

-Hannah

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Denver's Stella Nova Have Dropped Two EPs This Year

You may know some of Denver’s Stella Nova members from their first project, Grand Central. The former nine-piece classical/jazz ensemble consisted of members who had known each other since their highschool days. After playing at notable joints including Larimer Lounge, The Oriental Theater, The Pajama Baking Company, and The Deer Pile, Grand Central found some success in the Denver scene in 2013. As the crew experimented over the next couple of years with new sounds and various lineups, members Dominic Ellerbee and Jordan Smith decided they wanted to take things in a different direction circa 2015. And so Stella Nova was born.

Stella Nova.

Stella Nova.

Stella Nova is best known for what Ellerbee says are their “funky and intricate melodic guitar patterns and heavy-hitting riffs”. Ellerbee and Smith are the current members, and the duo are looking to complete their lineup with a permanent drummer and bassist soon. The two blend funk and indie rock, with influences from The Strokes to Bruno Mars.

Just five months ago, Stella Nova dropped their debut EP, Atomic, after releasing a number of demos. The five song release gives you a strong sense of their indie rock sensibilities, with catchy guitar bits and notable vocal effects.

Listen to Stella Nova’s Atomic EP:

The duo then went on to make an appearance on Radio1190, and shortly afterward, started working on a set of new tunes. And those new jams will be released this week! Stella Nova are dropping their second EP of 2016 this Thursday, July 28th, after their performance at Herman’s Hideaway. Stay tuned for their new music, and in the meantime, check out Atomic and plan to hit Herman’s this week! Keep with with Stella Nova on Facebook.

-Hannah

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Scarecrow Revival's "Something Wicked This Way Strums": The Dark Side of Colorado Americana

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Americana’s got a dark side and Littleton’s Scarecrow Revival want you to hear it. The Colorado trio, consisting of Don Alles (vocals/guitar), Kevin Rudeen (guitar), and Johnny Cajon (percussion) describe their music as “dark tales and twisted stories from the flatlands”. The group have been playing together as Scarecrow Revival for almost two years, and this past January, they dropped their debut album, Something Wicked This Way Strums.

The 14-track LP opens with the rootsy, hollerin’ “Long Way Back Home”, a number with a catchy chorus and plenty of stompin’ rhythms. It moves next into “Devil Makes Three”, a song that really introduces the “dark tale” element of SR’s storytelling. “Bottle Went Dry” further capitulates this theme, talking about “living life in a podunk town”, the dangers of addiction, and “watching life slip away/in a whiskey river at the end of the day”. It’s a sad number, and at the same time, employs a beautiful, melodic bridge.

SR's frontman, Don Alles. 

SR's frontman, Don Alles. 

Throughout Something Wicked This Way Strums, the themes of sin (“Wrong Side of the River”), redemption (“Long Lonely Road to Babylon”), traveling on the road (“40 Miles From Nowhere”), loneliness (“Walk Away”), definitions of ‘home’ (“One Horse Town”), and the occasional ol’ drinkin’ tune (“Never Going Back”) can be found. Quite honestly, the album in its entirety feels like a great summertime listen; something you might play over beers and a bonfire pondering the journey of life with friends.

SR are currently gigging around Colorado in support of their debut release. They play Thursday at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver and Saturday at The Rail Sports Pub in Englewood. You can peep their other show dates for the summer here. Whether you see this outfit live, or you stream their newest release online, make sure to check out Colorado’s Scarecrow Revival.

Give Something Wicked This Way Strums a listen for yourself below:

-Hannah

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Silver and Smoke: The New Faces of Western Rock and Blues Grit

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Western rock forces: unite.

Close your eyes and imagine you’re atop a dusty mountain peak, overlooking the oranges, yellows, and purples of a Colorado sunset. The warm, dry wind tousles your hair, and you feel alright. I’ve told many people that music of my heart is classic western rock: musicians like Neil Young and John Denver, whose music is interwoven with soul and grace. Music that evokes powerful imagery of nature’s vastness and unapologetic beauty. It’s with this that I am honored to introduce the up-and-coming Colorado western rock band Silver and Smoke.

Silver and Smoke live at Lost Lake. 

Silver and Smoke live at Lost Lake. 

Silver and Smoke draw from earthy sounds, laced with gritty blues undertones and haunting melodies. Their story is still being written, yet it goes back eight years ago, when Tyler Bray (vocals/guitar) and Dino Ianni (lead guitar/saxophone) played in a high school band together called Good News, Apollo. After playing together at their graduation, they went their separate ways; Dino venturing to Chicago for college, and Tyler studying in Greeley, CO.

Their reunion reveals the kismet nature of their relationship, returning to Aurora, CO after years of intermittent communication. After getting back in touch, they wrote one song together, and within six months, recorded an entire album.

Ianni riffin'. 

Ianni riffin'. 

Since their reunion in July 2015, Silver and Smoke have been in the midst of a creative transformation. Working previously with Jenna Moll Reyes as backup singer and Alex Sager on drums, they are now performing and recording with sound engineer and drummer Diego Valenzuela of Landlocked Records. Diego worked with the group on their Workhorse EP, which was officially released in full on iTunes today. Two songs titled “Locomotive” and “Screaming Amazing Grace” have already been leaked on Soundcloud, and after listening to these two tracks on repeat, I could not be more excited for album’s entire release.

Listen to Silver and Smoke's track "Locomotive":

Workhorse touches on the dichotomy of musicians who are discovered overnight versus those who work relentlessly for years, while having a great time and connecting with those who support them. It’s a celebration of life’s beauty and playing music for music itself, rather than playing for fame. It evokes strong imagery of iconic americana and honors the grit and passion that was exhibited in the development of the Western Rockies. They stay true to their Colorado roots and use their home as inspiration to forge on with their music.

Valenzuela slayin'. 

Valenzuela slayin'. 

Silver and Smoke are truly one of a kind; they hope to pave the way for western rock by constantly challenging themselves, twisting their sounds, and never limiting themselves to one musical identity. They ooze soul, and listening to their music is truly invigorating.

In celebration of the studio release of Workhorse, Silver and Smoke will be jamming at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver this Saturday, March 5 at 11pm. Whether you are looking to rock out to some headbangers, or vibe and sway, Silver and Smoke’s diverse performances have what you are looking for. So if you want to let off some steam this weekend, get yourself to Herman’s and watch Silver and Smoke blow the roof off the joint.

Bray croonin'.

Bray croonin'.

Silver and Smoke are also planning a West Coast tour starting in August, hitting up hot spots in Seattle, San Diego, Colorado, and more. So join them on their journey, connect via Facebook, and find their music on iTunes, Soundcloud, and on their website. And for a closer look into the making of Workhorse and a taste of their quirky personalities, watch “Workhorse: The Birth of Western Rock” and enjoy the ride.

-Jura

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The Jacob Cade Project Proves That Rock 'n' Roll is Still Alive, and Age is Just a Number

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Jacob Cade is not your average teen rocker.

When you were seventeen years old, how were you spending your time? Writing songs, playing sports, and shredding the guitar daily with your musician father and music manager mother? For Jacob Cade, a junior at Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO, playing regular performances as the lead singer and guitarist of a rock band is no pipe dream, it’s reality.

BLDGBLKS   artist Jacob Cade. Photo Credit:  Benjamin Smith Photography

BLDGBLKS artist Jacob Cade. Photo Credit: Benjamin Smith Photography

Born in El Paso, TX, Jacob exhibited musical talent at just age four. His initial interest in guitar led him to then teach himself violin, drums, and piano, and he eventually decided to create his own band, with the desire to make music that preserved the integrity of rock 'n' roll. At the age of twelve, he took on the role as lead singer and guitarist, with his father, Jim Cade, on bass, and Denver-native Shawn Duncan, on drums. And with that, the rock trio that is The Jacob Cade Project was born.

Their debut performance was in December 2012 at a Mile High Scenesters event at Herman’s Hideaway, and since then, they have performed at Cervantes’ Ballroom, The Gothic Theatre, Parker Days Festival, and more.

Shreddin'. Photo Credit: Julie Ann Vinson.

Shreddin'. Photo Credit: Julie Ann Vinson.

The Jacob Cade Project is not just some high school garage band. The musicianship of all three members is palpable, with quick tempos, intense progressions, and powerful finishes. Jacob shreds on guitar, and listening to his vocal work, you can feel his vigor and passion. What I find most impressive about this group is that their music completely holds true to their classic hard rock roots, but also has a youthful feel to them, with Jacob being the lead singer. If The Jacob Cade Project did a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” they would absolutely slay it.

In June 2015, the band released their debut album, The Prince of Rock ‘n Roll which has reached acclaim on the internet, and earned a spot on The Music God’s Best of 2015 Rock Top 20 list. The ten-song album is nothing but pure, heart-pounding rock, with thrasher tracks such as, “Ball and Chain,” “Green Light Go," “The Prince of Rock ‘n Roll,” and “Prisoner”. There are also slower, melodic ballads like “Always” and “Nothing After All”. The album takes you on one hell of a ride, and causes you to shake your head at least once and ask, “Is this kid really in high school?”

Watch The Jacob Cade Project perform "Green Light Go" live:

When Jacob is not writing music or performing, he is active in school sports, including soccer, track, football, basketball, and weightlifting. He is close with his family, and it clearly shows with the creation of The Jacob Cade Project.

Plans for a national tour is in the works, and the group will be traveling on a Southwest regional tour this summer. They will be performing on January 21st at Larimer Lounge, and March 5th at Sunshine Studios Live, so mark your calendars now.

Stay tuned for more news on The Jacob Cade Project, and while you’re at it, check out the Douglas County School District student feature video below, where you can get to know Jacob a little bit better:

-Jura

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