NEW Kevin Gordon coming at us: song linked HERE

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Kevin Gordon’s landmark Down to the Well album. To mark the occasion, he is releasing an Down To The Well: Solo Demos Unearthed this Friday via Bandcamp. One single will be out on streaming services but Bandcamp will be the only place to hear the whole thing. He’s also going to do… Continue reading NEW Kevin Gordon coming at us: song linked HERE

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Broke Fuse + Friends- Why Should I Be Blue? review

Broke Fuse + Friends Why Should I Be Blue BrokeFuse.com One-man band Jay Moonah has released a pair of EPs in recent years, and the eight-song Why Should I Be Blue? comes in at just under a half-hour. Succinct, he is. But also enjoyable. This time out, Broke Fuse decided that rather than playing all… Continue reading Broke Fuse + Friends- Why Should I Be Blue? review

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Big Pacific- Welcome to the Party review

Big Pacific Welcome to the Party BigPacificBand.com Coming out of Vancouver Island, Pig Pacific is a group of rock ‘n’ roll vets who have performed around the world (in the case of drummer Nick Dokter, from South Africa to London’s PYE Studio and session work across Canada) with some notable names (keyboardist John Hannah has… Continue reading Big Pacific- Welcome to the Party review

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The Smoke Wagon Blues Band- The Ballad of Albert Johnson review

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band The Ballad of Albert Johnson SmokeWagonBluesBand.com Building upon 25 years of stompin’ blues experience, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band—perhaps Hamilton, Ontario’s most revered blues showband—returns with another slice of swinging, soulful, and energetic music. Having heard about the group for years, and catching the occasional song on the blues shows… Continue reading The Smoke Wagon Blues Band- The Ballad of Albert Johnson review

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Johnny & the Mongrels- Creole Skies review

Johnny & the Mongrels Creole Skies JohnnyAndTheMongrels.com I’ve been suffering from writer’s block this summer. No matter how good the music I am hearing, I have not been terribly interested in writing about it. I’m sure that is bound to happen after twenty-some years of pushing uphill on the outskirts of the roots world, but… Continue reading Johnny & the Mongrels- Creole Skies review

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Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn- Elmore’s Blues review

Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn Elmore’s Blues Grindstone Records campbelljohn.ca I’ve listened to a lot of blues music this past spring and summer. I think this is the blues album I’ve enjoyed the most. Some of us are familiar with Nova Scotia’s Wayne Nicholson, one of the most dynamic blues-rock vocalists Atlantic Canada has produced.… Continue reading Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn- Elmore’s Blues review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020…so far

As the first half of 2020 comes to a close (and thank criminy for that) and inspired by Exclaim! magazine’s request that I participate in their ‘top albums of the year…so far’ project (shocker: none of my albums made their list, and I even eliminated the bluegrass albums because I knew there was no point),… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020…so far

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Shock! Horror! Meet the new IBMA HOF Nominees, same as the old IBMA HOF Nominees

When the International Bluegrass Music Association named their Hall of Fame ‘class of 2020,’ one thing was immediately apparent: the selection of Hazel & Alice in 2017 would remain the only time female front-women would be welcomed to the hallowed confines of the HOF, at least for the time being. I went on a bit… Continue reading Shock! Horror! Meet the new IBMA HOF Nominees, same as the old IBMA HOF Nominees

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