Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Music Monday: Slightly Stoopid

A few weeks ago we featured The Dirty Heads. Along those same lines we've chosen another reggae, hip-hop, and funk band this week called Slightly Stoopid. If you haven't heard of them, Slightly Stoopid is an Ocean Beach, California based band who fuses folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk metal and punk.

The band's big break came in 1995 when, while still in high school, they were signed by Sublime front man Bradley Nowell's label, Skunk Records. Slightly Stoopid is constantly touring and has played many of the largest music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Their steady touring schedule will likely put them in your neighborhood. Check their current tour dates.

Slightly Stoopid recorded a live album with special guests Bob Weir, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville and others. Check out these songs then let us know in the comments below what you think of this band. Then check out some of our other recent Music Monday bands.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Keller & The Keels

Time for Music Monday! This week we're listening to Keller & The Keels. This band is one of many projects for the popular Keller Williams. He is joined by guitar player Larry Keel and bass player Jenny Keel. The three-piece bluegrass band has put out two albums mostly of covers including covers of Tom Petty, Cracker and many others.

Larry Keel's guitar picking and scratchy voice is a fun mix with the high energy and sometimes silly Keller Williams. Listen to these two songs then head over to their website and see if their summer tour is coming near you. Also, head over to Spotify, Pandora or your local music store to hear more.

What do you think of this Music Monday choice?  Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Music Monday: Split Lip Rayfield

We've been featuring many of our current favorite bands each week as part of the Hip Mountain Mama Music Monday feature. Recent bands have included The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Devil Makes Three, JJ Grey and many more. This week we're rocking out to a band you may or may not have heard, Split Lip Rayfield.

We first caught Split Lip Rayfield at Nedfest, probably 5 years ago. Their unique 'punk bluegrass' style immediately grabbed my attention. The bass player was going nuts plucking a homemade gas tank bass. The country inspired lyrics, banjo and quick tempo had the entire audience on their feet. Since then, I've seen them 4 or 5 times at other Colorado Festivals and local venues and they've never disappointed.

The Kansas based trio features a banjo, mandolin and a gas tank bass. Don't confuse their choice of instruments with your typically bluegrass band. They guys can rock. They mix bluegrass and country roots with punk and metal for a unique sound that will get you rocking.

Watch these videos to get a feel for Split Lip Rayfield then head over to Spotify, Pandora or your local music store to hear one of their 5 albums. My favorite is their 2001 release Never Make it Home but the newer stuff is good too.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Family Snowboarding Fun

The Hip Mountain Mama family works hard and plays even harder. Living on the Colorado Front Range we enjoy hiking, camping and exploring. We met while living the ski bum lifestyle in Breckenridge, CO many years ago but kids and other responsibilities have limited the number of days we've been on the mountain over that past few years. This year we made the commitment to make snowboarding a family activity. We bought a season pass at Eldora Mountain Resort for the whole family and did our best to hit the mountain every weekend.

Our youngest daughter, Sienna is 7 and she enthusiastically picked up snowboarding along with her older sister. The two girls refused to ski since mom and dad both rock snowboards.

With patience and good attitudes, we slowly learned how to make turns. Going every weekend allowed us to move from the magic carpet to the bunny hill lift and eventually to the blue runs off the main lifts. It's been a blast to watch everyone improve and have fun each time.

Now as spring rolls around we are all loving snowboarding. It's fun, great exercise, a way to spend time outside during the winter and something we all enjoy doing together. We look forward to hiking and camping as the weather warms up but we're also looking forward to getting back on the slopes next season.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

#MusicMonday: Dirty Heads

The weather is warming up here at the Hip Mountain Mama headquarters in Northern Colorado. After a great day of snowboarding we decided to spend some time sitting in the sunshine and we needed some summer tunes to crank. We typically turn to bluegrass for relaxing, jam bands when we're partying and Reggae when we just want to drink a beer in the sun. Bob Marley is a solid choice but lately I've been listening to SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band, The Dirty Heads.

The Dirty Heads are from Huntington Beach, CA where high school friends Jared “Dirty J” Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell first met. The two began writing hip-hop songs with reggae and punk influences in Bushnell's garage. They added the rest of the band and developed a local following as an acoustic hip-hop group. In 2008 they released their first album which featured the single "Lay Me Down". The single featured Sublime w/ Rome singer Rome Ramirez and the song spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.

Following in the footsteps of Sublime and 311, the Dirty Heads are laying down funky reggae beets that just plain feel good, especially when you're sipping beer in the sun. If you aren't familiar with these guys give them a listen. You can find their music on Spotify, Pandora and at your local music store.

What do you think about the Dirty Heads? Tell us what you think of this #MusicMonday choice in the comments below.

Check out our other recent Music Monday featured bands here: Music Monday.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Music Monday: Galactic

Welcome to the Mardi Gras addition of Hip Mountain Mama's Music Monday. Each week we feature one artist that we've been rocking out to. This week I've selected an old favorite of mine, New Orleans' own Galactic.

Photo Credit Zack Smith

Suzy and I saw Galactic many times in the late 1990s. They opened for Widespread Panic on a couple tours and we always made a point to catch their small Colorado mountain town shows. Their New Orleans style funk is reminiscent of The Funky Meters. The funky instrumentals lead by drummer Stanton Moore were mind blowing and the soulful voice of The Houseman was a show we wanted to see every chance we got.

Since those early days, the band's sound has changed a little but their ability to throw down serious jams has not. They've recently been touring with Living Colour's Corey Glover on vocals. If you've never listened to Galactic or even if its just been a while, do yourself a favor and watch these videos.

Check out this brand new sound featuring last week's Music Monday artist, JJ Grey on vocals.

Search for Galactic on Spotify, Pandora or your local music store or head over to their website for tour dates.

What do you think about Hip Mountain Mama's Music Monday? Give us some feedback. Have you enjoyed the bands we've featured so far? Who else would you like to see on Music Monday?

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Music Monday: JJ Grey & Mofro

This weekend the Hip Mountain Mama folks treated themselves to a great concert. We caught JJ Grey & Mofro along with Keller Williams at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. We enjoyed the show so much that we're rolling into Monday still listening to music from this great band.

The southern rock, blues and funky swamp music mixed with JJ Grey's soulful vocals is a feel-good mix that belongs on your playlist. With eight albums and a steady touring schedule there is tons of great music to listen to from this band. If you aren't familiar with them, listen to the two YouTube videos below then head over to the website to see their touring schedule.  

Check out more music from JJ Grey and Mofro on Spotify, Pandora or your local music shop.

Do you love JJ Grey? Tell us in the comments below.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Music Monday: Old Crow Medicine Show

Welcome back to the Hip Mountain Mama blog for Music Monday. Each week we feature a band that we've been listening to. This week we had a request from a faithful reader who suggested we feature Old Crow Medicine Show.

Hopefully you've already heard of this band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their old timey sound has gained them the recognition of being inducted as members of the historic Grand Ole Opry in 2013. They were also awarded a Grammy award for "Best Long Form Music Video".

If you've liked some of our other Music Monday suggestions, I'm sure you'll love these guys. Listen to these videos then head over to their website for tour information or search for their music on Spotify or Pandora.

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