Boulder, CO — Firefall, the classic band credited for defining the “Colorado Sound” of the 1970s music scene with hits such as “You Are The Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You,” is set to notch a regional accolade that will further define its importance to its home state. The band will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame on January 9, 2015.
Also scheduled for induction in January are fellow Colorado luminaries Poco, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Manassas. Current standout members of the Hall include John Denver, Judy Collins, and the Serendipity Singers, among others.
“It’s such a prestigious honor for Firefall to be inducted with this class,” enthuses founding member/guitarist Jock Bartley, is a native of Boulder, who first-hand experienced the city’s music scene growth and eventual explosion. “Manassas and Stephen Stills, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall – those four bands really helped determine Colorado’s early- to mid-’70s contribution to music.
“It was so amazing to be a part of that brotherhood, which is now being honored. We’re so jazzed about it because we know we played a role in bringing attention to Colorado. This honor is just spectacular, and makes me smile.”
Bartley and Firefall will additionally be taking the stage at Denver’s Paramount Theater January 9 for a honorary induction concert. The show will also include original members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Poco, plus a tribute to Stephen Stills/Manassas.
Making both the concert and ceremony extra special for fans of Firefall is the inclusion of original bassist Mark Andes, who answered Bartley’s call to rejoin the lineup early this year. “I guess I caught him at the right time,” laughs Bartley, noting that Andes’ return has injected momentum overall for Firefall’s future plans.
“With Mark’s arrival back in the band we feel we have a window of opportunity to make a new record,” he explains. Additionally, “We’re putting out a DVD, and we’re playing some big festivals. We’re excited!”
Overall, Bartley is humbled at Firefall’s inclusion in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, but he is certain of one thing: “The key to Firefall all along was the strength of our songs,” he asserts. “On the very first day of rehearsal when we were first putting the band together, we had 25 or 30 songs to work out. The songs come first.”
He adds: “And synergy of the six musicians that made our sound—the magic that was created was unique.
“It sounds like our band.”
For more information on the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, visit http://www.cmhof.org. Tickets for the induction concert are currently on sale at http://www.altitudetickets.com.
For more information, please visit www.firefall.net[Thanks to Alex Teitz of FemMusic.com for passing this along.]