Autopsy IV is on his annual pilgrimage to strap a board to the bottom of his feet and slide down mountains. While he is away 9B will feature a collection of guest posts. Today’s post finds our good buddy Shawn Kellogg returning to continue rubbing in the fact that I don’t live in Denver.

Even though both Tin Horn Prayer and Arliss Nancy’s new discs have been reviewed here and here on by Autopsy4, I was geared up to write this because of the upcoming Tin Horn Prayer vinyl release show featuring Arliss Nancy. And I also want to apologize to all those who do not live in Denver and are lucky enough to have these two wonderful bands in their backyard.

Tin Horn Prayer features musicians that already have their stripes in other Denver bands, namely Andy Thomas from Only Thunder and Scooter James from Pinhead Circus. But it will be foolish to think of this only as a collaboration and not of a real band who wants to rock audiences heads off after the release of their debut album, “Get Busy Dying.” With it’s focus on death and other depressing topics that Americana bands like to sing about, you would be surprised to find how much energy these guys bring to the stage every single time they play. Due to the wonderfully incestuous Denver music scene, I have the honor to see these guys open some great shows, including Two Cow Garage and Tim Barry, and they always manage to hold their own and earn some fans every time. My personal favorite track from their album is “Fighting Sleep” with its distorted guitar and mandolin, combined with gang vocals that you usually only hear in punk, definitely is an ear catching tune that adds the edge that defines this band which is quickly tearing up the scene.

From the northern Colorado musical hotbed that is Fort Collins, Arliss Nancy has brought a EP that totally blew my mind. “Truckstop Roses” is five songs of wonderfully heart wrenching lyrics that every fan of loves, and with crunchy guitar that reminds you of early 1990’s alternative rock. If you listen really closely to the track “Abacus” after having a few of our wonderful Micro Breweries, you might just be able to hear Jon Snodgrass singing some vocals for his fellow Fort Collinsers. Although I have not had the honor to see these guys live yet, the vinyl release show with Tin Horn should be a party and a half. One last thing, I just want to thank Autopsy4 for the chance to write a few articles for as I am a huge fan and very stoked to do so cheers!

Tin Horn Prayer – Fighting Sleep
Arliss Nancy – Abacus


  1. It would freaking rule if these guys would come to the east side on tour…. Maybe opening for Two Cow Garage or Drag the River.

  2. Yes my friend we are spoiled… And I know it’s not something everyone can do Mark but seriously, if you can get out here for suburban homes anniv. Weekend it will change lives… It’s an amazing weekend of great music, friends and beer.

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