Brett Spaulding Livin’ to Play Calgary’s Brett Spaulding is a step-and-a-half closer to rock ‘n’ roll than those typically covered here at Fervor Coulee, but I’ll allow it this once. While guitar-driven (and guitar-heavy), Spaulding’s songs are melodic (“Driveby,” “Can’t Stop”) blues-rock explorations that—at one time, long ago—might have made their way onto rock FM… Continue reading Brett Spaulding- Livin’ to Play review
I was asked by Exclaim! to review the new album from roots favourite Marc Cohn and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. It is an unusual construction- three new studio tracks and several live numbers, mostly Cohn songs-that works incredibly well. The review is published right here, using this link that is near… Continue reading Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama- Work To Do review
I was thrilled when Bluegrass Today decided to publish several of my rather poorly constructed snaps, taken at Blueberry Bluegrass 2019. Here is the link: https://bluegrasstoday.com/photos-from-the-2019-blueberry-bluegrass-festival/ Thanks to BT for helping spread the word about this great festival in Alberta.
The second day of three-day fests are the most difficult, I find. The novelty of day one is over—the renewing of acquaintances, the excitement of once again celebrating great music in a community—and by the end of the day, no matter the quality of music, I am bagged. Proof in point—in bed by 10:30 last… Continue reading More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two
Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, held annually for now 34 years in the central Alberta community of Stony Plain, is a highlight of my calendar. Where I once attended up to four multi-day music fests annually—and once, in 2003, I believe I hit seven—it is now the only festival I attend. Blueberry Bluegrass just suits me, and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections
The Texas Horns Get Here Quick SevernRecords.com I know every dive in the city, where I can wash my heartaches away; I wake up back in the alley ‘cause I got no place to stay. Guy Forsyth sings these words to kick-off The Texas Horns’ Get Here Quick, a blast of blues like that seldom… Continue reading The Texas Horns- Get Here Quick review
Jessica Heine Goodbye Party Fallen Tree Records http://www.JessicaHeine.com A long time ago, I had many favourite Alberta singer-songwriters who just happened to be female. Some have fallen off my radar (Jennifer Gibson, and many whose names have faded in memory), while several—Jane Hawley, Ruth Purves Smith, and Maria Dunn, to recall three—remain in regular rotation… Continue reading Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review