Larry Sparks New Moon Over My Shoulder Rebel Records LarrySparks.com One doesn’t come to a new recording from Larry Sparks expecting a radical departure: he does what he does, and he does it very well. Always has, and hopefully always will. New Moon Over My Shoulder represents a celebration of Sparks’ 50th anniversary leading his… Continue reading Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review
Every time I write a review, I hold my breath and hope I captured something. Gasping after this one… Rod Picott Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil Welding Rod Records RodPicott.com Opening and closing with the sounds of thunder and rain—water plays a central role in a few places—Tell the Truth & Shame the… Continue reading Rod Picott- Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil review
Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, part of the Country Standard Time site, I have posted my review of the latest from the Lonesome River Band. Give a click to link in to it. It is a very strong, conventional bluegrass release.
Harpdog Brown For Love & Money DogHouse HarpdogBrown.com A couple months back, blues evangelist Harpdog Brown released an energetic set of New Orleans-influenced jump blues, a true, authentic throwback to and of a previous generation’s music. An outstanding blues harmonica player, Brown’s music has been heard on fine blues radio programs for years, and I… Continue reading Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review
Steve Goodman Artistic Hair and Affordable Art Omnivore Recordings Jim Croce. Harry Chapin. Steve Goodman. Three singer-songwriters forever associated for any number of reasons, depending on personal connections. Omnivore expands and reissues two late career Goodman recordings this month. Essential offerings in that they serve as reminder—if such is needed—to the charm and ability of… Continue reading Steve Goodman- Artistic Hair & Affordable Art reissue reviews
Grover AndersonThe FrontmanGroverAnderson.com As I write, The Frontman is playing in my office, rain cascading down the window panes as a gray, spring storm holds steady. I am surrounded by the sounds of a school building slowly coming back to life, but the intensity of the recording holds me from tasks this early morning. I… Continue reading Grover Anderson Is The Frontman- review
Released in January, this brilliant little album only just made its way into my hands although I’ve been listening to the download for a month or so. Deanie Richardson needs little introduction. She has played with Dale Ann Bradley in both the New Coon Creek Girls and Sister Sadie, is a respected touring and recording… Continue reading Deanie Richardson- Love Hard Work Hard Play Hard review