Gold…In A Way- The SteelDrivers, featuring Chris Stapleton

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted an update to my 2008 review of The SteelDrivers’ debut album. Gold…In A Way is a semi-regular thing I do where I look back on a favoured bluegrass release. I was prompted to do this one by Chris Stapleton’s absolutely unexpected crowning as the CMA’s Male Vocalist of… Continue reading Gold…In A Way- The SteelDrivers, featuring Chris Stapleton

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Chris Vallillo- Abraham Lincoln in Song

Another from the Fervor Coulee, pre-blog archive. Originally published in The Red Deer Advocate, April 18, 2008. Chris Vallillo Abraham Lincoln in Song http://www.chrisvallillo.com An album of old-time music from and inspired by the times of Lincoln; there’s a commercial bonanza just a-waitin’! Within detailed liner notes, Illinois songwriter and musician Chris Vallillo outlines the… Continue reading Chris Vallillo- Abraham Lincoln in Song

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Carlene Carter- Stronger

This weekend I made the decision to revamp Fervor Coulee a bit, so you’ll notice a few tweaks. I also realized I hadn’t dug into the non-posted archive for a long time. I dug out this review of Carlene’s ‘comeback’ album originally published just before this blog was born. I’ll make an attempt to update… Continue reading Carlene Carter- Stronger

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Roots music column, June 5

Good day, roots music fans, In this week’s column, I advance several area shows and festivals as well as highlight the five albums I am placing on my ballot for this years Polaris Music Prize: the latest from The Great Lake Swimmers, Maria Dunn, The Swiftys, The Wooden Telegraph, and Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko.… Continue reading Roots music column, June 5

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Jay Clark- I’m Confused

Jay Clark I’m Confused JayClarkMusic.com  This one has taken much too long to review; I’ve been enjoying it for months. An East Tennessean now calling Alabama home, Jay Clark is one of hundreds of singer-songwriters producing quality music, offering insights into the way he perceives the world. Like John Prine, whom he vaguely recalls, what… Continue reading Jay Clark- I’m Confused

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Lluís Gómez Quartet- Lluís Gómez Quartet

Lluís Gómez Quartet Self-released web.mac.com/lluisgomez International bluegrass is no more consistent in sound and influence than the familiar North American variety. No surprise then that Spaniard Lluís Gómez’s Quartet recording is an eclectic album that will either challenge listeners- again- as to ‘What is bluegrass, anyway?” or be embraced by those who celebrate acoustic instrumental… Continue reading Lluís Gómez Quartet- Lluís Gómez Quartet

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Robin & Linda Williams- Buena Vista

Robin & Linda Williams Buena Vista Red House   The venerable folk and acoustiblue duo return with their, by my count, 20th album; it is another that will undoubtedly become cherished by their legion of followers.   Little new ground is broken here, and little does that matter. As they have for thirty-some years, the… Continue reading Robin & Linda Williams- Buena Vista

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