It isn’t every day you get to review the person who gave you your moniker, but such was the situation I found myself in this month. Jason Ringenberg, he of …& the Scorchers, makes a tremendous comeback fifteen years after his last solo album. Yes, he has released Farmer Jason recordings during that time, as… Continue reading Jason Ringenberg- Stand Tall review
Big Country Bluegrass Mountains, Mamas and Memories Rebel Records Big Country Bluegrass is one of the finest unheralded bluegrass groups working today. You won’t find their names—collectively or individually—on the final IBMA nomination lists, and they don’t command appearances on late-night talk shows, but their presentation of roots and hollers bluegrass is as strong as… Continue reading Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review
I am proud of this piece of writing. I don’t say that often. From Exclaim!, my review of The Long Ryders’ ‘comeback’ album: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/the_long_ryders-psychedelic_country_soul Glad to give a terrific album a national review! ********** I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, but not as long as some. I don’t think I’ve… Continue reading The Long Ryders- Psychedelic Country Soul review
My preview of this summer’s Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, August 2-4, 2019 in Stony Plain, Alberta has been published at Country Standard Time as part of the Fervor Coulee Bluegrass blog. Find it here, if interested: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/fervorcouleebluegrass/entry.asp?xid=1140 Appearing at Blueberry this year are a trove of performers from the more traditional- Joe Mullins & the Radio… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass- The Little Festival That Always Does
I had anticipated Lonely Heartstring Band would make an Alberta festival appearance this summer, and perhaps they will. However they won’t be at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, and that is too bad–they are one of the truly intriguing, leading edge bands in the new acoustic Americana universe. My review of their second album has been… Continue reading Lonely Heartstring Band- Smoke & Ashes review
Michael Jerome Browne That’s Where It’s At Borealis Records http://www.MichaelJeromeBrowne.com The first sound you hear on Michael Jerome Browne’s That’s Where It’s At is an expertly executed series of notes utilizing his Waterloo Jumbo King 6-string guitar. Appropriate, because ‘that’s where it’s at!’ MJB has been making records for a long time, and I’ve been… Continue reading Michael Jerome Browne- That’s Where It’s At review
Pleased to now be writing for Exclaim!, one of Canada’s leading entertainment and lifestyle publications. My first review has been published: Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson’s Amour. Give it a read if it is of interest.