Doc Carter High Tide for Low Times A few years ago, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr borrowed Nelson Algren’s phrase “Never play cards with a guy named Doc” for their song, “My Father’s Advice.” Artists get to do that. Borrow, I mean. Sometimes I wish we reviewers could do that, just take phrases that capture… Continue reading Doc Carter- High Tide for Low Times review
Nathan Bell Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here) NathanBellMusic.com Need to Know The most important Americana-roots album of 2021? Maybe. I don’t really know what more to say about Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here.) It is happening there. And it is happening here. The fascists—especially those who don’t… Continue reading Nathan Bell- Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here) review
Joe Nolan Scapper Fallen Tree Records Joe Nolan has been banging and busking on the independent circuit for more than a decade, releasing at least six previous albums of increasingly insightful and satisfying troubadoric tuneage. Beginning with dreamy, affectation-laden rock songs with more than a little Cobain & Pirner in his presentation (Pocket Dreams, 2008),… Continue reading Joe Nolan- Scrapper review
Dar Williams I’ll Meet You Here Renew Records DarWilliams.com Of all my American folk music (whatever that is) heroes, Dar Williams has perhaps been the most consistent. From first listens (“The Christians and the Pagans,” “When I Was A Boy,” “Are You Out There,” “The Babysitter’s Here”) on radio, festival stages, and eventually hard-searched for… Continue reading Dar Williams- I’ll Meet You Here review
John McCutcheon Bucket List Appalseed FolkMusic.com I have long admired John McCutcheon, likely for as many different reasons as years. I love that he had the foresight to register http://www.FolkMusic.com as his website. Ballsy, that. I love that he could make fans (if only for an evening) of two Albertans who traveled to Chicago for… Continue reading John McCutcheon- Bucket List review
Over the summer, Mark H Rodgers, host of CJSR’s Soul of the City asked me to guest curate an edition of his radio show. He asked me to come up with a playlist representing my personal musical tastes. I chose to view this as an opportunity to showcase not only my musical journey, but also… Continue reading Fervor Coulee- that’s me- Guests on Soul of the City
Tenth Mountain Division Butte La Rose TMDtunes.com “Much like their Colorado predecessors, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, and Yonder Mountain String Band, they defy simple categorization; instead they reference their musical history with their high-energy shows as they blaze new musical paths every night. As they do so they have become the new voice of… Continue reading Tenth Mountain Division- Butte La Rose review
Avey Grouws Band Tell Tale Heart Navy House Records AveyGrouwsBand.com More rock and roll than typically featured here at Fervor Coulee, Tell Tale Heart from mid-west American blues-rock-soul group Avey Grouws Band, a poor typist’s, spellchecking nightmare. There seems to be a musical tension within the group, and I don’t know who comes down on… Continue reading Avey Grouws Band- Tell Tale Heart review
My review of Jeremy Stephens new ‘solo’ bluegrass banjo album is up at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass courtesy of Country Standard Time. It is a really enjoyable album- lots of hot picking, but not at the expense of recognizable melody!
My review of the latest from bluegrass stars Darin and Brooke Aldridge is posted to Fervor Coulee Bluegrass over at Country Standard Time. Another in a long line of superior bluegrass releases from this venerable duo.