We are back and will be covering performing arts, music and other events in the Front Range Region this summer 2019

The staff of Sweet as Cotton Candy apologizes for our absence. Editor and magazine owner, Karen Cotton, lost her mother after a long battle with COPD and pneumonia in March of this year. After dealing with all of the business and paperwork that comes with a parent dying and grieving the loss of her best friend, Karen and her staff are ready, and back in business to cover music and other entertainment events in Colorado’s Front Range and in Cheyenne, Wyoming where the magazine is based. We will also be covering other locations in Wyoming, too.

We still have a readership of over 10,000 readers and I want to thank you for being patient with us during this difficult personal time. We are excited to bring you interviews and reviews of everything the Front Range has to offer our readers entertainment-wise, especially this summer!

Karen Cotton is a former entertainment and features reporter for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle where she worked for 12 years. She has interviewed performers in the entertainment industry such as the Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, B B King, Merle Haggard, the Judds, David Copperfield, Toby Mac, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, and the list goes on.

Her audio interview files can be found in the Karen Cotton collection at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center. Her articles can be found in the Wyoming State Archives, as well as online at www.wyomingnews.com

She is also a children’s book author and her latest book, Carol and Santa, is in the preproduction phase of being made into an animated 30 minute short film made for TV by Mighty Fudge Studios and Boulder Community Media of Boulder, Colo. more information and an audio clip can be found at www.carolandsanta.com

Keep posted for new interviews and event coverage coming soon! Thanks again for being our readers!


Ned LeDoux and Bobby Bones band open for Toby Keith July 27 at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2018

Ned LeDoux and Western Underground open for Toby Keith at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Night Show July 27. Appearing for the second time at CFD. Ned is son of the late and great Chris LeDoux. Chris was a rodeo cowboy who competed at CFD and also performed as a country and western musician multiple times. Western Underground started out as Chris LeDoux’s band.

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Radio DJ and musician Bobby Jones and his band perform for the first time at Cheyenne Frontier Days opening  for Toby Keith. July 27 2018.

Charlie Daniels with special guest, Tracy Lawrence, perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2018


Sunday July 23, 2018

Story by Sheila Loney

Cheyenne Frontier Nights weather did not disappoint again this year.  The rain made its annual appearance before Charlie Daniels took to the stage and stayed for most of the  night’s show.   The crowd did not let the weather dampen their spirits.

Tracy Lawrence came out and the crowd was pumped from the beginning.  He sang all of his greatest hits including “Texas Tornado”, “Alibis”, “Sticks and Stones” and “Time Marches On”.  The excitement of the crowd could be felt as they sang along with him.

The 81 year old legend, Charlie Daniels, then took to the stage.  The crowd did not wain in their excitement.  He sang most of his greatest hits including, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Simple Man” and “Legend of Wooley Swamp”.  He dedicated his song “In America” to our military and first responders.  He had his band take over with a rocking instrumental where the drummer had a long solo before he closed out the show with everyone’s favorite “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”,  I would have to say, this 81 year old still has the energy to put on one great show.

For photos of the night’s show, please click on the slideshows below.

For more information about Charlie’s and Tracy’s music and tour schedule please visit their websites at the following links.



Photos by, Karen Cotton and Sheila Loney


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Michael Ray at Cheyenne Frontier Days Nights July 20, 2018

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Michael Ray

Photos and story by Sheila Loney.

Michael Ray christened Cheyenne Frontier Nights as the opening artist for Florida Georgia Line.   I had the pleasure of photographing the county western singer and songwriter.   Michael and his band are true showmen.  His country music hits with a hint of rock music.  His song, “Kiss You in the Morning” reached number 1 on Country Airplay.

Michael has teamed up with Zappos for Good.  They have designed a one-of-a-kind sneaker. Proceeds from sales of the “Wrigley Cares Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede” The money raised will help Ray’s charitable initiative, Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in need.

To learn more about his tour dates and his Wrigley Cares initiative please visit his website.

Official Michael Ray website http://www.michaelraymusic.com/

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Fate Under Fire interview with Caleb Johnson



A Q and A with Caleb Johnson of Fate Under Fire, a band based in Sacramento, California.

For more information about the band you can go to their website: https://www.fufmusic.com/

or go to their FaceBook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FateUnderFire/


Here’s their new music video for “RIVER” 


Story by Karen Cotton

Q : How did you first become a member of Fate Under Fire ?


“That’s kind of a funny story, I originally became a member of Fate Under Fire by a simple email. I was a fan of the band before hand and I emailed the band asking if they needed a guitar player or knew of anyone who needed a guitar player. I got an email back saying they did not need a guitar player. The next day I got another email back saying the lead guitarist in the band had just left the band because he was getting married and didn’t want to tour anymore. One thing led to another and here I am.”

Q: What do you enjoy the most about playing music? 
“I think the thing I enjoy most about playing music is how you can express so many emotions into a song, you can show the feelings you want to portray in a whole different way.”


Q: What do you like about being a member of Fate Under Fire? 
“I love everything about being a member of FUF, the other band mates are the best people I could wish for, I love the music, and the list can go on and on. I really enjoy everything about the band.”


Q: Can you tell me about the newest song that was just released on February 15th, “River?” 
“‘River’ is a song David wrote about being numb to love and going back to the passion.”
Q: What is the band’s goal in 2018? 
“The band’s goals are to release as much music as possible, have it heard by as many people as we can, and play as many shows on tour as possible.”


Q: How long have you been playing the guitar and how old are you now? 

” I have been playing guitar for around 5-6 years now and I am 17.”

Q: What made you pick up a guitar in the first place? 

“I’ve always wanted to play guitar, growing up as a kid I would play Guitar Hero all the time and I would mess around on a little guitar my parents bought from Target. But the two things that really pushed me into playing the guitar was my cousin and trying to impress a girl that I liked.”

Q: Do you help the band leader, David, songwrite?
“David writes most of the parts for the songs but we do help out with the writing process.”


Q: How would you describe the sound of Fate Under Fire ? What are the band’s influences? 

“Fate Under Fire is a alternative rock/pop band. I think we sound similar to One Republic and Imagine Dragons.”


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