Over the past year, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado have become one of Alberta’s most popular bluegrass acts. They are not from Alberta, but savvy bookers have brought them in for a couple events, including the upcoming Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival this coming weekend, August 19-21, 2016. Member Greg Blake returns this fall to the Acoustic Music Workship at Camp He-Ho-Ha this autumn, and I’m told the group played a well received if poorly advanced concert in Edmonton in February.
They are a good, mid-level bluegrass band, lacking the polish of the top-tier bands- not a criticism. From their posted YouTube videos, it appears the groups sometimes falls into the trap of enjoying themselves a little too much during their between song blather: I’d prefer less chat and more playing, but the group reveals themselves to be both personable and spontaneous while delivering a bluegrass sound all their own.
My review of their third album has been published at Country Standard Time. Ramblin Feels Good is a completely enjoyable album lacking only a couple band-written songs to push it over the top. Greg Blake has quickly become one of my favourite bluegrass singers. I wrote a review of his album last October.
As always, thanks to the bands and publicists who forward to me albums for review. I do my best to get to as many as I can. Admittedly, this summer has been a bit sparse…hopefully this coming week sees some improvement. Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee.