For decades, it seems country music has had an identity crisis with all the subgenres and qualifiers that’s been attached to it — alt-country, outlaw country, truck driving country, country rock, rockabilly, pop country, the Bakersfield sound, and of course, Wal-Mart country.
But when Bonnie Sims says she and her band play “Colorado country,” in one fell swoop she combines nearly every one of those subgenres into a mix that conveys everything from second generation country musicians of the 1930s and ’40s to the blend of Western swing, country boogie, and honky tonk of the 1960s and 1970s country — and just for shits and giggles, Sims throws in a little yodeling as well.
Started in 2010, it’s no wonder that Bonnie & The Clydes so seamlessly float between the best elements of each sub-class of country music, because their leader is well versed in country music, to say the least. If it was any other genre she’d be called “classically trained,” but it being country music they’ve opted to keep it less pretentious...
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Taylor and Bonnie Sims are a music-playing Longmont couple who are involved in separate projects but also perform as a duo.Taylor plays with Spring Creek. Bonnie plays with Bonnie & the Clydes. Both bands are top notch. But their duo work is really something to hear.The Times-Call will publish a story about the couple Saturday. In the meantime, listen to this beautiful song, which the Simses performed for me in their home on Monday...
You trained in bluegrass, but you and the Clydes are a country band. Tell me how that came about and what you like listening to. I grew up in bluegrass and I love bluegrass, but my band is a full-on country band. I like being loud. I like the drums.The way I came across my gold mine of a record collection is in the song (I wrote), “Used to Play.” It’s about a Texas radio station that was trashing its entire vinyl collection. My husband (Taylor Sims, guitarist for the bluegrass band Spring Creek) and I have 700 records that we saved out of the trash.
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