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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High Fidelity- Banjo Player’s Blues review

High Fidelity Banjo Player’s Blues Rebel Records Capsule: Bluegrass music performed to the highest level by youthful revisionists. Paragraph to get to the point: When the history of bluegrass music is discussed, it is largely done so from a male perspective. The IBMA’s own Hall of Fame (previously Hall of Honor) is just one piece… Continue reading High Fidelity- Banjo Player’s Blues review

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Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

Jake Blount Spider Tales Free Dirt Records JakeBlount.com Little Richard invented rock ‘n’ roll. So sayeth Stevie Van Zandt, and I ain’t gonna argue with Little Stevie. What’s that got to do with roots music and the new album from Jake Blount? Not a lot, except this: whether we’re talking rock ‘n’ roll or roots… Continue reading Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

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John McCutcheon- Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine review

John McCutcheonCabin Fever: Songs from the QuarantineAppalsongs FolkMusic.com One of my most extraordinary folk music experiences occurred in the spring of 2012 when I journeyed from Alberta to Chicago for a blustery weekend including attendance at a most memorable Old Town School of Folk Music concert. Ably aided by (surprise, to me) guest (and personal… Continue reading John McCutcheon- Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine review

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The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves review

The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves Fluff & Gravy Records TheHarmedBrothers.com Americana’s emerging Steely Dan, The Harmed Brothers create complex roots music, accessible and challenging. Built around songwriting duo Ray Vietti (vox and acoustic guitar) and Alex Salcido (vox, keyboards, banjo, and guitar), The Harmed Brothers’ Across the Waves reflects unbridled delight. Recorded in Cincinnati,… Continue reading The Harmed Brothers- Across the Waves review

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Victor Wainwright and The Train- Memphis Loud review

Victor Wainwright and The Train Memphis Loud Ruf Records VictorWainwright.com A stunning stew of blues- and roots-drenched, piano- and B3-based rock ‘n’ roll, the type of music not frequently encountered. Memphis’ oft-awarded Victor Wainright brings The Train to the crossroads of Power and Soul, allowing original songs time to ferment in the all-encompassing brew of… Continue reading Victor Wainwright and The Train- Memphis Loud review

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Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review

Outside Dale Ann Bradley, I am hard pressed to find a bluegrass act that has been more consistently excellent over the last decade than mid-west bluegrass band (The) Special Consensus. Chicago Barn Dance adds to the vigour of that assertion. Read all about it over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. Highly recommended. Jeff at Country Standard… Continue reading Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review

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Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review

Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton Smithsonian Folkways “That’s the old music,” is how Gaither Carlton, Doc Watson’s father-in-law once reportedly described that contained within the iconic Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. It is a subject Carlton knew well, as did Watson. These recordings, contemporaneous to music released on… Continue reading Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review

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