Jason Ringenberg- Rhinestoned review

I admit, upon first listen I didn’t think Rhinestoned measured up to the previous Stand Tall. A couple recreational listens later, and the album started sinking in. Once I leaned in a bit, and picked up on the stories, situations, and observations Ringerberg was sharing, the album started to reveal its magic to me. From… Continue reading Jason Ringenberg- Rhinestoned review

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Dave Richardson- Palms to Pines review

Dave Richardson  Palms to Pines DaveRichardsonFolk.com Dave Richardson is a singer-songwriter of the (mostly) folk variety who has released some interesting, understated music in recent years; his Carry Me Along of a few years ago was a Fervor Coulee favourite. As do most songwriters, Richardson writes and sings about connection. Whether the connection between elements… Continue reading Dave Richardson- Palms to Pines review

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Sunny War- Simple Syrup review

Sunny War Simple Syrup SunnyWar.com orgmusic.com On previous albums, Sunny War utilized artistic choices—notably rhythmic repetition of lyrics (“Violent,” “Love Becomes Pain,” “I’m Human”–that sometimes truncated the impact of her songs. Despite this, these songs as well as others including “Soul Tramp” and “To Love You” have become favourites, overcoming any immediate perceived deficient by… Continue reading Sunny War- Simple Syrup review

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Domenic Cicala- Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets review

Domenic Cicala Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets DomenicCicala.com I live for albums that I can repeatedly listen to, harmonize alongside, or move and groove with; the best ones, of course, involve all three at once. Whether your favourites are of the Emmylou and Rodney variety, the Prine/DeMent set, Tom Russell with anyone he… Continue reading Domenic Cicala- Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets review

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The Willie Dunn Anthology- not a review

I can’t truly review the new collection from Light in the Attic, a two-record set entitled Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology. Despite my best efforts, I can’t download the provided files containing the liner notes and credits, and without these it is impossible to share what needs to be shared… Continue reading The Willie Dunn Anthology- not a review

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Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- Hitchhiking to California review

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne Hitchhiking to California BillyBlueRecords.com What is bluegrass? It has gotta have that drive, whether coming from the big stand-up bass or the flat-top, rhythm guitar. Bluegrass has that wonderful sound of the mandolin, notes trilling and the chop, well, chopping. 5-string banjo needs to weave in and around that melody, the… Continue reading Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- Hitchhiking to California review

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Kat Danser- One Eye Open review

Kat Danser One Eye Open BlackHenMusic.com KatDanser.com Edmonton-based, award-winning songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and all-around force-of-nature Kat Danser returns with a wide-ranging and sometimes swinging collection of electrifying blues music. Previously reviewed HERE and HERE. Danser covers much of what we have come to know as the blues spectrum, and—as she characteristically does —extends herself into… Continue reading Kat Danser- One Eye Open review

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Barry Abernathy & Friends review

Barry AbernathyBarry Abernathy & FriendsBilly Blue Records March (or February, when the album was released) is a bit early in the year to be talking ‘best bluegrass albums of 2021,’ but darn it—I am. Without hyperbole, Barry Abernathy & Friends is bound to be as well received as his most recent project with Appalachian Road… Continue reading Barry Abernathy & Friends review

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Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno- Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno review

Vivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoVivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoFree Dirt Records VivAndRiley.com Thirty seconds in, I was hooked; I knew I was going to love this album, the first from Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno as a self-named duo although Calcagno was prominently featured on Leva’s previous recording, Time Is Everything; as an aside, I… Continue reading Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno- Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno review

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