Words: Katie Clifford
Four years ago, when I packed up my East Coast life to return to my beloved West, I was looking forward to a lot of things: clean mountain air, ample parking, sunshine in winter. However, I feared that I had been spoiled in Boston with easy and constant access to great music. Every artist I read about on my network of music blogs would at some point make their way to one of our tiny clubs. When I saw The Killers open for someone else at The Middle East in Somerville, they didn’t even have a CD ready to sell yet.
And then, a dear friend living in Utah who was himself a lover of musical discovery, reminded me that one of my favorite bloggers was actually based in the very Colorado town toward which I was headed. One week after my arrival in Colorado Springs, I was sitting at Shuga’s, listening to a Ryan Adams mix and falling under the spell of Fuel/Friends powerhouse blogger, Heather Browne.
In the ensuing years, I have sat in coffee houses, living rooms, churches and even the common house in Heather’s neighborhood and listened to an embarrassing amount of artists on the cusp. From breakouts like The Lumineers and The Head and the Heart, to artists on the verge, like Tyler Lyle and Joe Pug, Colorado Springs is becoming a viable player in the healthy Colorado music scene.
Browne started Fuel/Friends in November of 2006, and it quickly became not only a local mainstay but generated a national following as well. Colorado Collective will be covering her house shows and her popular Chapel Sessions recorded in the Colorado College Shove Chapel, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Heather put together an outstanding mix of her favorite Colorado-bred artists for COCO readers.
Find more from Heather Browne at www.fuelfriendsblog.com