Post written by Eisen Tamkun, Music Programming Lead.
Musicians from Colorado
Colorado has produced some amazing musicians. Explore these groups and individuals! Learn where they are based, interesting tidbits, and more!
Band Members (current): Derek Vincent Smith- Born Nov. 25, 1981, Fort Collins, CO
Formed: Boulder, CO 2004
Top Album: A Color Map of the Sun
Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002, OneRepublic has won several music awards with many nominations. Including nominations for American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, and Grammy Awards.
Band Members (current): Ryan Tedder,, Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Eddie Fisher, Brian Willett.
Genre: Pop Rock, Pop, Alternative Rock.
Top Album: Native
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Currently based in Denver, Colorado. Nathaniel Rateliff grew up in Missouri. When he came to Denver he first formed Born in the Flood (2002-2008), which transitioned into a more stripped down solo focused effort called Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel (2007-2014). In 2013, while still preforming in earlier bands and groups, Rateliff began a more upbeat and soulful project with longtime collaborator Joseph Pope III and other collaborators. Thus Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats was born.
Band Members (current): Nathaniel Rateliff, Joseph Pope III, Patrick Meese, Like Mossman, Jeff Dazey, Mark Shusterman, Andreas Wild.
Genre: Soul, Gospel, Folk Rock, Blues Rock, Americana
Top Album: In Memory Of Loss
Gregory Alan Isakov
Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Isakov originally lived in Johannesburg, South Africa. He and his family immigrated to the US in 1986 and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He draws influence from Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Bruce Springsteen.
Band Members (current): Gregory Alan Isakov
Genre: Contemporary Folk, Indie Folk, Country Folk
Top Album: This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Based in Denver, Colorado. The original two founding members Fraites and Schultz began writing and preforming music together in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2005. They were influenced by musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty.
Band Members (current): Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites
Genre: Indie Folk, Folk Rock, Americana
Top Album: The Lumineers
Duo from Boulder, Colorado. They took their name from the area code of Boulder, 303.
Band Members (current): Sean Foreman, Nathaniel Motte
Genre: Synth-pop, Crunkcore, Trap, Electronic Rock, Alternative Rock
Top Album: Streets of Gold
Denver band, formed in 1997. They take their name form the Russian word devotchka (девочка) meaning “girl”.
Band Members (current): Nick Urata, Tom Hagerman, Jeanie Schroder, Shawn King.
Genre: Gypsy Punk, Dark Cabaret, Indie Folk, Indie Rock
Top Album: A Mad and Faithful Telling
Big Head Tod and the Monsters
Formed in 1986 by three Columbine High School students. Began
touring clubs in Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder until they built up a following across Colorado and the West. Started touring extensively dubbing their van the “Colonel” who drove over 400,000 miles.
Band Members (current): Todd Park Mohr, Brian Nevin, Rob Squires, Jeremy Lawton.
Genre: Rock, Blue Rock, Alternative Rock, Funk Rock, Southern Rock, Country Rock, Folk, Jass-Fussion, Jam Band.
Top Album: Sister Sweetly
From Denver, Colorado, Tennis formed in 2010. The husband-wife duo debuted their album Cape Dory in 2011.
Band Members (current):Patrick Riley, Alaina Moore
Genre: Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Surf Pop, Lo-Fi
Top Album: Yours Conditionally
Yonder Mountain String Band
Formed in Nederland, Colorado 1998 this progressive bluegrass group played their first show at the Fox Theater in Boulder.
Band Members (current): Ben Kaufmann, Dave Johnston, Adam Aijala, Allie Kral, and Jake Jolliff.
Genre: Progressive Bluegrass, Country, Jam Band.
Top Album: Elevation
The Fray originate from Denver, Colorado in 2002. They achieved worldwide fame with their song “How to Safe a Live”.
Band Members (current): Isaac Slade, Joe King, Dave Welsh, and Ben Wysocki.
Top Album: How to Save a Life
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