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Colorado Public Radio gives area musicians their due


The winner of the fourth annual NPR Tiny Desk Contest was recently unveiled, with guitarist Naia Izumi taking the honors from among nearly 5,000 entries across the country. Although the 34-year-old winner is actually from Georgia, we can still take pride in the fact that 151 song entries came from Colorado — not a bad turnout for the home state. A few local artists also caught the eye of Colorado Public Radio staffers, who posted their personal favorites after sifting through the entirety of what Colorado had to offer.

Among the submissions highlighted were Nina and The Hold Tight, with CPR calling their song “Salt and Blood” “one of the liveliest [they] watched,” as well as singer-songwriter Aaron Noble Brown’s “We Don’t Dance,’’ indie-soul/hip-hop quintet Audible’s “Up, Up and Away,” and “Gravity” from the ever-impressive violin powerhouse My Name Is Harriett.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of the Tiny Desk Concert, it’s a lot like what it sounds like — the music segment brings artists in to perform around the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, usually resulting in intimate, stripped-down arrangements of songs and, often, amusingly cramped band configurations. The contest gives artists across the country an opportunity to showcase their material online in similar settings, with the winner receiving their very own Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

You may or may not have seen some local entries yourself on social media. The only video the almighty Facebook algorithm saw fit to show in my feed was Edith’s “Say,” which was a typically great performance for the band, though I doubt they could even all fit in the NPR office.

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