What about Basalt?
The quest for live music in the valley has become the hot topic in the papers recently. With the closing of many, if not most of the well known spots in Aspen known for great music, readers, writers and music fans have been turning up valley to Carbondale. The Black Nugget and Steve’s guitars have filled some of the musical void. But what about Basalt?
The Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt is quietly turning itself into an alternative option for the die hard looking to fill the void in the Aspen music scene. Friday nights at 6:00, long time local favorite Two Rivers Cafe offers up an oyster bar and live music.
Although primarily a local scene, Two Rivers does see its share of tourists and the curious few looking for a change of pace. Either way, it will be crowded. The music goes until 9:00 and possibly later depending on the act.
Alan Cotton is one of the forces behind the Two Rivers scene. Alan has been playing in the Valley since 1990. Formerly a member of Rockslide, Alan went solo around 1995. Like so many rock bands, drugs drove a wedge between the band which culminated in what Alan calls a “Halloween show freak out” during a gig in Vail.
Alan Cotton began writing songs when he was 14 years old. At 41, he’s at work on his debut album tentatively titled Whisky Bone after one of his songs – a blue grassy tale about a man in a swamp and his whiskey still. The album is being recorded at the Boulder Sound Company, owned by local musician Jimmy Dykann’s brother, Greg Clicker. The album features a full band which is a break from Alan’s usual one man show with a drum machine “that doesn’t talk back” keeping the beat. For his debut album he’s enlisted the help of some prominent Denver studio musicians and Greg Clicker on bass.
Alan has always been more interested in vocals and melody lines than lead guitar work. Whiskey Bone is shaping itself into 10 to 14 songs written over a period of 20 plus years. Look for Alan and other local musicians at the Ship of Fools in Carbondale June 20 and June 30 at The Short Stop in El Jebel. His album is expected to be released in early September. Keep your eye on Basalt and Carbondale for more of the local music scene.
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