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Colorado Gold: Songs from Our Rocky Mountain Home

by Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends

These songs were produced, recorded, and many written, in Colorado, as a tribute to the American West and to the great State of Colorado.
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1. Timberline Mike Hendricks, Fantastic Friends & Fred Rainguet
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2. Thunder Mountain Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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3. Gold in Colorado Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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4. Snowy Night in Aspen Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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5. There's a Place (Oh Colorado) Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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6. The Legend of Maggie Vail Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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7. Someday Soon Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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8. Rocky Mountain Home Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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9. Colorado Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends
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10. Mountain Love Song Mike Hendricks, Fantastic Friends & Fred Rainguet
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11. Save Colorado Mike Hendricks, Fantastic Friends & Fred Rainguet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These songs were produced, recorded, and many written, in Colorado, as a tribute to the American West and to the great State of Colorado. The music varies in style, including Americana, folk, country, and rock. Mike Hendricks and Fred Rainguet would like to thank our spouses and families for their support during this project. We would also like to thank Stasi Bottinelli and Randal McKinnon for their terrific lead vocals on many of the songs. They made the songs come alive. Special thanks as well to our great engineer, Jesse O'Brien, and Tammy Baretta, at Colorado Sound Studios, our home away from home. Special thanks also to our "Fantastic Friends" who helped. We hope you enjoy the music as much as we and our friends did recording it.


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Little Susie Sunshine

Great music, not much like it out there anymore.
Exceptionally well produced CD, slightly reminiscent of Emmy Lou Harris and John Denver, with a touch of Marshall Tucker and Rob Ickes. If you like dobro, mandolin, piano, great guitar and vocals, give this CD a listen. Pour a cup of coffee or an ice cold Coors and dream about the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Bama Joe

Can't Go to Colorado, Then Buy "Colorado Gold". It's the Next Best Thing!
Remember the early seventies when Colorado and Rocky Mountain songs proliferated the airwaves creating a migration of sorts (Colorado natives may have called it an invasion) to that coveted locale? Most Colorado musical aficionados recognize “Rocky Mountain High” as the one lyrical piece causing the magnetic attraction to the state. The songwriter, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. loved the “Centennial State” so much that he actually changed his name to, (you know who), John “Denver”.

Afterwards, the Colorado-themed tunes tumbled into national airplay as heavily as the blizzards on the snowy peaks: “Telluride”; “Boulder to Birmingham”; “Colorado Christmas”; “Rocky Mountain Way”; Snowing on Raton”; 40 Miles From Denver”; “Across the Great Divide”; “Colorado Girl”; “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder”; “East of Denver”; “Aspen Gold” and “The Colorado Trail” just to name a few. (I completely lost count of the songs just named “Colorado”)

The songs were heard by the masses everywhere, and they responded to the words’ natural lure. So, they packed up and flocked to Colorado by the droves. Some were established artists like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Judy Collins, Dan Fogelburg, The Yonder Mountain String Band and even the likes of Townes Van Zandt (a native Texan). Many other artists like Jimmy Buffett and assorted wannabe honorary Coloradans whisked in and out of the state to bask in it’s chilly ambiance for inspiration while others like Elton John, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire made it a destination to record at a renowned western studio like Caribou Ranch.

With all that past century/millennium Colorado musical history as background, we now return to the present to examine the latest release by Mike Hendricks, Fred Rainguet & Fantastic Friends, and titled “Colorado Gold”. It’s not a retro album by any means, but a brand new tribute to the area’s musical heritage. As far as authenticity, it’s apparent that it’s genuinely instilled in the hearts, minds and music of these native Coloradans. The concept as defined by the title, is a careful, hand-picked (pun intended) assemblage of selections by artists who perform and compose material that best showcases their beloved home state and the Great American West. The cast of friends and studio musicians blend their collective talents into a seamlessly impeccable, professional sound.

Some of the songs are originals penned by Rainguet and others by Hendricks. A few familiar cuts are interspersed with the originals including “Timberline” by Emmylou Harris and a splendid rendition of Ian Tyson’s classic, “Someday Soon” sung by Stasi Bottinelli, who possesses a magnificent voice, just perfect for this music. Also included is a rewritten version of one of my all-time favorite Kingston Trio rousing showstoppers called here “Colorado”, adapted from the original and timeless “I’m Going Home” by Alvin Lee, sung with regional conviction by Randal McKinnon.

Other major standouts include “Thunder Mountain”, written and sung by Fred Rainguet, which paints a nostalgic story picture of cowboy days long gone. (Fiddle by Kailin Young is spot on). Randal & Stasi share the vocals harmoniously on Hendricks’s “Gold in Colorado” with super instrumental backing including a vibrant piano and dobro. All the songs are paced to blend and flow one into the other, in a holistically symbiotic way, even to the environmental warning of the appropriate disc closer, “Save Colorado” by Rainguet.

A symphony of instruments, mostly acoustic and tastefully played, provides just the right country/folk (with a light touch of rock) flavorful platform for the collage of colorful toe-tappers balanced with some wistful ballads. Whether you ran across this CD by chance in a Denver airport souvenir shop or local mall while visiting, or found it online, just buy it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tourist, former Colorado citizen or wishful (and jealous) would-be resident. Buy “Colorado Gold” for your brother or sister, neighbor or coworker. Be sure to buy an extra copy for you to enjoy alone or with a friend. It’s that good! Throw another log in the fireplace, pour the wine and settle back. Then cue “Snowy Night in Aspen” or “Mountain Love Song” and just let the dreams roll on. It’s true; it’s pure; it’s “Colorado Gold”. The mountains are always looming and beckoning right outside your window anytime you listen to this misty mountain musical masterpiece.

Jim

Colorado Gold
A great gfit as this album struck Gold in our family. As natives of Colorado and with many friends who have moved here, it only makes sense to have an album like this hanging around for everyone to listen while enjoying the snow and mountains. With several different artists singing the songs, in never gets boring. The dedication to the music and lyrics from Hendricks and Rainguet are quite evident when blending with some of the traditional songs on the CD ie Colorado. Great Job! This should make you shoot for five stars with your next CD!