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you new to this site, "RAR" is Rick Alan Rice, the publisher
of the RARWRITER Publishing Group websites.
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compositions and other.
ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance"-AVAILABLE
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CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects
the building of America in a trilogy of novels
collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores
the development of the American West through the
lens of public policy, land planning, municipal
development, and governance as it played out in one
of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of
the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious
and cultural traditions that imbued the American
Midwest with a special character that continues to
have a profound effect on American politics to this
day. Book One creates an understanding about
America's cultural foundations that is further
explored in books two and three that further trace
the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one
isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as
an icon in the development of a certain brand of
American character. That's the serious stuff viewed
from high altitude. The story itself gets down and
dirty with the supernatural, which inATWOOD
- A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the
outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the
monumental to the sublime.The
book features the epic poem"The
well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard
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Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its
sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado,
1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm
equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of
individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and
distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.
It is a ripping good yarn, filled
with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to
pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950,
when the story is set. Richard Padilla
has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of
a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The
whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on
Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little
of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns.
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Sometimes it is interesting to look at things through
the eyes of another person, and that's what this following collection of
Colorado-based bands represents. These acts are selling records through
independent record shops from Colorado to the Georgia, and presumably to
the west as well. Some of them are sort of off-the-shelf Colorado wood
band entries, while others like Candy Claws are doing some pretty
These Fort Collins kids --
Kay Bertholf, Karen McCormick, and Ryan Hover -- do a spacey dream pop,
concept-oriented thing, as demonstrated on their album Ceres &
Calypso in the Deep Time album (2013). The bio reads that Hover and
Bertholf met at an Evangelical church they both attended during high
school. Together with McCormick, Hover’s fiancé, the three steer this
collective and its concept-heavy, dream pop albums. Their most recent
album, including notable collaborations with Chicago poet Jenn Morea and
orchestrations by New York composer Bryan Senti, transports listeners to
the Mesozoic Era where the album is divided into the Triassic, Jurassic
and Cretaceous periods.
I am not certain who the
girl singing in the video below is, but she has a really special vocal
is home for Patrick Meese, his wife Tiffany, and his brother Nate who
together make up The Centennial. They are an indie-rock and dream pop
outfit. The brothers were previously together in their band Meese.
Revival bases out of Nederland, which has a well-established reputation
as a hippie enclave. It is the kind of place where young hipster
musicians go to live in old school buses just for the pleasure of being
around like-minded Bohemians. The Elephant Revival folks - Bonnie Paine,
Daniel Rodriguez, Sage T. Cook, Dango Rose, Bridget Law - are
well-talented and sort of a throw-back to 1971.
Frances and the Foundation
and the Foundation - Samantha Frances, Matt Simms, Johnny Angel - came
out of Colorado Springs, though they now base out of Nashville. They are
a solid pop-rock unit with strong material. This video below isn't their
best resume credit, but you get the idea. Pretty solid guitar work.
Denver band Paper Bird
Anderson, Genevieve Patterson, Esmé Patterson, Caleb Summeril, Paul
DeHaven, Macon Terry, Mark Anderson -- is really kinda special. This
band has been playing big festivals and sharing stages with Neko Case and The Lumineers.
They’ve also been voted as a “Top 10 Best Underground Band” by The
Denver Post three years in a row.
Tyler Ludwick, Rachel Sliker, Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase, Robin Chestnut,
Jeremy Averitt hail from Denver. They are a folk and orchestral pop ensemble.
You Me and Apollo
You Me and
Apollo is aFort
Collins collective including Brent
Cowles, Tyler Kellogg, Jonathan Alonzo, Morgan Travis, and Dave Cole.
They are an indie-rock and alt-country act that began as a
solo project of frontman Brent Cowles in 2007 while he was working on an
audio engineering degree in Arizona.
Head for the Hills
of Fort Collins, Head for the Hills (Mike Chappell, Adam Kinghorn, Joe
Lessard, Matt Loewen) do a kind of Pop-Bluegrass that has been heard
around Colorado for decades. They call it "Newgrass", just like Sam Bush
and the Newgrass Revival did before them. Head for the Hills has drawn
good reviews for their SXSW Festival shows.
Joseph Childress is a Colorado native who
has been around a long time. He is a compelling singer-songwriter who
seems to actually have something special in his sound. He could sure use
a more recent and better set of videos to promote was is pretty
significant talent. Perhaps a mentoring manager, too.
Blake Rooker, Will Buck, Vincent Ellwood,
and Andrew Oakley are from Boulder. They met as students at the
University of Colorado and they do high-energy rock.
Peterson, Mark Demolar, and Dylan Shumaker are "Brookyln-via-Denver" and
they are a psych-rock trio who began performing in
Colorado in the fall of 2008.
Caitlin DeMuth, a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and
beat-boxer, lived in Colorado for 23 years before relocating to the Bay
Area. According to her, “The Colorado scene in general definitely formed
me as an artist.” DeMuth, under the moniker Lynx, combines elements of
electronica into her brand of folk and indie pop.