Marty Brown- American Highway review

Marty Brown American Highway Plowboy Records Sometimes one needs a reminder: country music, roots music, Americana: it doesn’t have to be rocket surgery. Sometimes you just want to cruise along to an album of good-time sounding music. Marty Brown’s new one would be a fine place to start! The list of ‘next big things’ in… Continue reading Marty Brown- American Highway review

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Johnny Shines- The Blues Came Falling Down review

Johnny Shines The Blues Came Falling Down Omnivore Records This is the best blues album I’ve heard so far in 2019. It was recorded when I was nine years old. A contemporary of Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell, Johnny Shines garnered his limited fame as the folk and blues revival of the 60s came… Continue reading Johnny Shines- The Blues Came Falling Down review

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Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review

Dale Ann Bradley The Hard Way Pinecastle Records The Hard Way is stronger than Dale Ann Bradley’s previous self-titled release, which was itself a stout collection of bluegrass. Bradley’s style has evolved over these last twenty-plus years. Over the course of ten solo albums, most edges have been smoothed from Bradley’s presentation. In their place… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review

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Dervish- The Great Irish Songbook review

Dervish The Great Irish Songbook Rounder Records Northwest Ireland’s favourite band, Dervish returns with a well-executed collection of songs suitably entitled The Great Irish Songbook. Much as other performers of the Celtic variety have done—The Chieftains, Altan, Sharon Shannon among them—Dervish looks to North Americana (I typed that accidentally, and decided it somehow seemed appropriate!)… Continue reading Dervish- The Great Irish Songbook review

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Michael Braunfeld- Driver review

Michael Braunfeld Driver http://www.MichaelBraunfeld.com Blind Justice Music There are days when I figure I am done being gob smacked: heard it all, have I. And then comes the day you (finally—sorry) open that CD that has been sitting on a pile for more than a month awaiting listening and review. Every single night is your… Continue reading Michael Braunfeld- Driver review

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Peter Ward- Train to Key Biscayne review

Peter Ward Train to Key Biscayne Gandy Dancer Records Peter Ward doesn’t mess around. He opens Train to Key Biscayne with Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson singing an ode to himself entitled, “The Luther Johnson Thing.” This song, like most of Train to Key Biscayne, is like going from ‘winter to spring.’ There is joy captured… Continue reading Peter Ward- Train to Key Biscayne review

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