Band of Ruhks- Authentic review

Band of Ruhks Authentic Rebel Records If you broke faith with the Band of Ruhks boys, you may wish to investigate their new album and give them a second chance. Bluegrass groups come and go. It is one of the accepted expectations of the business. Here’s another one: partnerships can always be rekindled. Around thirty… Continue reading Band of Ruhks- Authentic review

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The Drunken Hearts- Wheels of the City review

The Drunken Hearts Wheels of the City LoHi Records TheDrunkenHearts.com Having listened to music, specifically roots music, for as long as I have it is seldom that an approach to music surprises me. The Drunken Hearts’ Wheels of the City caught me off-guard. I wasn’t expecting to listen to an album fairly regularly over the… Continue reading The Drunken Hearts- Wheels of the City review

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Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review

Helene Cronin Old Ghosts & Lost Causes HeleneCronin.com Looking for someone who straddles the folk, country, and Americana worlds as comfortably as Mary Gauthier, Kate Campbell, and Mary Chapin Carpenter? Look no further. Depending on the song, Cronin sounds a little like each of the named singers, and her approach to songwriting is similar—personal narratives… Continue reading Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review

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Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

As with any list of this type, albums could move up and down the list with second and third thought. I considered a lot of music to come up with this list for the Exclaim! editor who solicited it. Unfortunately, none of my albums made their list of 50 Best of the Decade. I had… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

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Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses Black Hen Music Succinct review: If your musical heroes are passing on, it is past time to find replacements to keep you vital, hip, and groovy. Start with Matt Patershuk and If Wishes Were Horses. Long-winded essay that really would have benefited from an editor: I attended last month’s… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

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Darin & Brooke Aldridge- Inner Journey review

Darin and Brooke Aldridge Inner Journey Rounder On their seventh studio release, and first for the venerable Rounder Records label, bluegrass music’s reigning power-duo present another collection of stellar modern bluegrass, avoiding pitfalls of select contemporaries. With Rhonda Vincent having largely abandoned recording bluegrass during the last decade, and Dale Ann Bradley no longer receiving… Continue reading Darin & Brooke Aldridge- Inner Journey review

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HeavyDrunk- HolyWater review

HeavyDrunk HolyWater HeavyDrunk.com Southern soul. Country soul. Swamp rock. Muscle Shoals. Collectively, these terms evoke a vibrant presentation of music. No one is suggesting Tony Joe White, the Allmans, and Bobbie Gentry’s music sound alike, and no one is going to extend the representation to include every recording session (whether made in Alabama, Memphis, or… Continue reading HeavyDrunk- HolyWater review

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