When K99 first burst onto the scene in the late 1980's country music was just about to rocket to the next level. It was a time when Keith Whitley, Restless Heart, Exile and others were ruling the charts and Garth, Clint Black and Alan Jackson were just about ready to explode in popularity. We came around at a great time for country, but not just on a national level, the local country scene was hoping too with some great bands.

We used to spend a lot of time in the clubs in the 80's and 90's and got to hear a lot of killer local music. People were lining up out the doors of the bars to get to hear the sounds of some great northern Colorado bands like the six I am about to tell you about. I know there were a lot of great ones and I apologize to those I missed that you feel were worthy but these are the six northern Colorado country bands that, I feel, ruled the 80's and 90's and then some. Before I get into the list I want to give honorable mention to Duey Weibel and his various bands through the years, who were always awesome and went on to bring his sound to crowds all over the country and a nod to Morningstar and The Rogues as well.

Michael Golden and the Starlite Ramblers - When I first moved here in the mid 80's this was the band that everyone was talking about. They packed the clubs everywhere they played.

Walker Williams - This guy has been consistently excellent for years. I have always had great respect for the music he makes and the crowds he brings.

Woodie Procell and the Snowy River Band - Woodie is still at it, singing his brand of cowboy songs and swinging his way around the scene. He has been a mainstay for decades. A real cowboy, who did the rodeo circuit for years before focusing on his singing career. Woodie has always had a big following in spite of being a big Dallas Cowboy fan.

CountryTime - Jake Shimon and the boys were always great friends and always a great time. You were in for a party when these guys hit the stage. We did a lot of shows with CountryTime in our careers and became great friends.

Jerry Shaffer and the Darn Thirsty Cowboys - This was my first 'Favorite Band' in northern Colorado when I moved here. Jerry and guys were so talented and so kind. They were filling every room they played. I introduced so many shows early in my career where the opening act was Jerry and the boys. Jerry is one the most amazingly kind, loving and caring individuals I have ever met in my life. I love him dearly and thank him for all he has done for me and the music scene throughout the years. God bless you brother. I hope to see and hear you soon.

Bob Purcell and the Outriders - Bob is the best friend I have had since I moved here and in my opinion is the George Strait of Colorado. He is the King of Colorado Country and always will be. He has always been a party no matter where he is. Bob has the voice that should have been releasing hit records in Nashville. We have been blessed that he decided to just stick around here and entertain us for several decades. He stills does a few shows here and there and still sounds like a superstar. Bob can flat our sing! Bob's original song 'Just a Whisper' is still the most requested local hit we have ever had here at K99. Very proud to call him my brother.