This winter, the entertainment continues at SolVista Basin after the sun goes down.
During night skiing and tubing, the base lodge restaurant has been hosting live music performances. This Saturday is no exception, with up-and-coming acoustic folk musician Cody Crump set to entertain.
"He is one of the most amazing songwriters I've heard in a long time," said Teresa Hill, local guitarist, singer and producer with Sacred Herb Music (which put out the This Side of Berthoud CD compilation last October).
Crump, also a singer/songwriter, jokes he wanted to play sports professionally, "but those didn't work out." Realizing a musical interest by age 15, he has been successfully playing tunes (most of it his own material) for a few years now.
Songs sprouted from his life growing up in Montrose, "tough times," and other musicians. Current favorites are Elliott Smith and the Beatles; the latter he just got into this year and said he's amazed at how many musicians and songs were influenced by them.
His mom, a songwriter too, taught him the business side of things. With encouragement from his parents, he started playing around the small southwestern town with Edison Gale. The high school band played live shows around Montrose, Cedaredge, and Grand Junction and did a two-day tour in Austin, Texas.
A desire to pursue his music even more brought him to Denver in the fall 2007, where he "kept quite busy." His solo performances earned him recognition in several local music competitions, including second-place honors in three consecutive Battle of the Bands.
Since his move to the Front Range, Crump played live on Fort Collins' KRFC and Paonia's KVNF and he was featured on "The Colorado Wave," and on Break Thru's "All Access." He's also played shows in and around Colorado, including the "South Park Music Tour" last June in Fairplay and the "Hyperactive Music Festival" in Albuquerque, N.M. in August.
He released his first album "The First Movement" that same year. The work captured on it is "a testament" to his development as a musician, his bio states, "especially considering the fact that he is only 20 years old." Some of it is electronic, "generally darker," and pays tribute to "brilliant bands" like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails.
His acoustic material, he said, is "bittersweet," meaning "both lighthearted and serious." Fresh sound mixed in with some good experimentation and audiences have possibly "one of the most original and entertaining lives acts to surface in years," his Web site promises.
When asked how he fits in the musical scheme of things, Crump said he didn't really know.
"I'm not sure I am supposed to know yet," he said. "In time," he supposes, he will figure that out.
Asking for not much more than "a place to play where people will listen," Crump hopes his music will make audiences feel something. For the show at SolVista Basin, he'll most likely play some new songs from at least one of two albums set for release later this year, as well as some love songs for the Valentine's holiday.