Jason Barie- Pieces review

Jason Barie Pieces Billy Blue Records We’ve had some pretty good bluegrass releases this year. Albums from Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Grascals, and Larry Sparks rank with the best of their distinguished careers, while discs from Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Louisa Branscomb, and the Po’ Ramblin’… Continue reading Jason Barie- Pieces review

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Live in Prague review

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Live in Prague Billy Blue Records Doyle Lawson turned 75 this year. When we think about pioneers of bluegrass, Doyle Lawson’s name isn’t usually mentioned, coming as he did as a ‘second-wave’ performer. But the guy has been around, and more than just about anyone raised the expectations for bluegrass gospel.… Continue reading Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Live in Prague review

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The Grascals- Straighten the Curves review

The Grascals Straighten the Curves Mountain Home Music Company The International Bluegrass Music Association handed out its awards this past week, and while I didn’t pay attention as the awards were handed out, as I typically would, I did take interest in the results. The first thing that grabbed my attention was that our (Alberta’s)… Continue reading The Grascals- Straighten the Curves review

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Ben Davis Jr.- Suthernahia review

Ben Davis, Jr. Suthernahia BenDavisJr.net Sometime I need rock ‘n’ roll mixed with my roots. I raised myself on The Blasters, Jason & the Scorchers, Steve Forbert, Los Lobos, Idyl Tea, and Carlene Carter. Eventually I found my way to the Long Ryders, The Bottle Rockets, Shelby Lynne, Alejandro Escovedo, and everyone else that No… Continue reading Ben Davis Jr.- Suthernahia review

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Susan Gibson- The Hard Stuff review

Susan Gibson The Hard Stuff SusanGibson.com She wrote one of the biggest country songs of the last quarter century, but most of us are still unfamiliar with Susan Gibson. “Wide Open Spaces” hit #1, is among the Dixie Chicks’ signature songs, and—while obviously great—quite frankly isn’t even Susan Gibson’s best song. That distinction may go… Continue reading Susan Gibson- The Hard Stuff review

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Terri Hendrix- Talk to a Human & Who Is Ann? reviews

Venerable Texas musician and songwriter Terri Hendrix has explored various aspects of her chosen art over the twenty years since she first came to my attention with Places In Between. Most recently she has been focused upon examining human connection through a series of releases, Project 5. The latest installments, Talk To A Human (a… Continue reading Terri Hendrix- Talk to a Human & Who Is Ann? reviews

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Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

Jon Brooks & the Outskirts of Approval Moth Nor Rust II Fallen Tree Records I first heard Jon Brooks at a folk festival; Edmonton? Calgary? Somewhere else? Details fade, but not impressions: I wanted to hear more. And, I did. I write about music. Not terribly well, certainly not effortlessly or eloquently, but I write.… Continue reading Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

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