The Way It Really Was

By Virginia McConnell Simmons Colorado Territory had screeching, squealing, banging, bumping Spanish carretas that came with early settlers, long before the rattling covered wagons, clattering stage coaches, tooting trains, rumbling trucks and thumping boom boxes in low-riders. A handmade, wooden carreta had two wooden wheels with no grease to muffle the unearthly racket it created […]

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Reviews: even now

even now By Jill Sabella & Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer Lithic Press, 2016 978-0-9962170-9-5; 90 pp.; $20 Reviewed by Lynda La Rocca It’s called “synergy.” And it’s a fancy word to describe what happened when Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate, and Snowmass-based visual artist Jill Sabella joined forces to create the poems and […]

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KLZR: Small Town Radio Success

By Elliot Jackson The Central Colorado region is rich in community radio – small public radio stations that cater to the musical tastes and talents of their listening areas. Some of them cover a wide listening area; others, like Salida’s KHEN, are LP (low power) stations that might cover only a few square miles. And […]

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From the Editor: Staff Notes

By Mike Rosso When I was growing up, my Mom often had the radio on, usually tuned to one of the top 40 stations from one of the nearby cities. Some of my earliest memories are formed around the pop songs and singers of that time Aretha Franklin, The Dixie Cups, Frank Sinatra, the Beach […]

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TUNING IN: Music Organizations in Central Colorado

Central Colorado is rich with musical organizations and it would take several pages to list them all, so here are few of note. Apologies to the many we left out. You are appreciated! Arkansas Valley Music and Dance Since 2004, this Chaffee County-based nonprofit has been promoting and organizing educational events for the joy of […]

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About the Cover Photograph

The portrait of Duke and Tami Sheppard, whose musical act Pint & A Half is featured in this issue, was taken by Salida photographer Tim Brown exclusively for our cover using a historic photographic technique called a tintype. A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct […]

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Places: Music Pass

Story and photo by Ericka Kastner Some of the best places in Central Colorado become even better in the stillness of winter. Cold temperatures and deep snow often mean fewer people, ice sculpted over creeks varying in appearance daily, and trees cloaked in frost creating the illusion of a magical wonderland. At 11,446 feet in […]

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The Natural World: Songbirds

By Tina Mitchell Water hopscotching over rocks in a creek bed. Leaves crackling underfoot. A squirrel chatter-scolding as you walk past its tree. The slap of a beaver tail as its owner disappears under water while you move past its pond. The wind howling and swirling the new-fallen snow. Music in nature takes many forms, […]

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The Real Deal Al Bundy

By Tyler Grimes “My son, Trace Bundy, who’s a professional musician, just travels the world everywhere and puts on concerts,” said Al Bundy on the inspiration that started his hobby of crafting instruments out of found objects. “He’s played in 28 countries so far. He’s had five or six sponsored guitars given to him, some […]

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Mark Rostenko: An American Songwriter

By Joe Stone At first glance, Mark Rostenko may seem like one of the least likely people to win a nationwide songwriting contest. While he’s been involved with music for a long time and has been playing for fun with a local jam group for a number of years, he only started taking his music […]

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The Wind Trap

By Joyce Gregor, Westcliffe, CO The cabin door blew open. I entered, invited by the wind who had forced its way in, through cracks and broken windows. We stood there, the wind and I, engaged in airy chatter. The wind had reveled here before, now it was my turn to view the decor. Breezed through […]

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The Legend of Treasure Mountain

By Mary Cornum There are many rumors and legends surrounding a vast discovery of gold by French explorers near Summitville, Colorado, in the late 1700s. With approximately 300 men and 450 horses plus supplies, an expedition of Frenchmen, based in New Orleans, reportedly left an outpost near present-day Leavenworth, Kansas, bound for the Rocky Mountains […]

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The Crowded Acre: Butter and Waffles

I think I’m gaining ground. In the early days, my request for a house pig would have simply been ignored. Along with my ideas of owning goats and cows and chickens and ponies, it might have even been scoffed at. I think the initial resistance was due to the fact that my husband didn’t really […]

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