Kenny & Amanda Smith Band- Live and Learn

Kenny & Amanda Smith Band Live and Learn Rebel Records http://www.rebelrecords.com   Seemingly bluegrass music’s happiest couple, Kenny and Amanda Smith  return with another in a line of impressive bluegrass albums.   “Live and Learn” has a companionable vibe about it, very comfortable and confident. Kenny Smith is one of bluegrass’s finest flatpickers, and he… Continue reading Kenny & Amanda Smith Band- Live and Learn

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Darrell Scott and Megan Munroe

In my column this week I review two very strong albums. Darrell Scott’s Modern Hymns receives a more concise review in the paper than what I previously shared here. You already likely know that it is a charmer of a disc. Megan Munroe may be less familiar, and her new country album is quite impressive;… Continue reading Darrell Scott and Megan Munroe

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The Daughters of Bluegrass – Bluegrass Bouquet

The Daughters of Bluegrass Bluegrass Bouquet Blue Circle Records http://www.bluecirclerecords.com   With two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley leading the charge, the latest collection of estrogen-powered bluegrass emanating from a most talented cohort is welcomed.   Having garnered an IBMA award for Recording Event of the Year in 2006 for their… Continue reading The Daughters of Bluegrass – Bluegrass Bouquet

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Little Feat and Friends- Join the Band

Little Feat and Friends Join the Band 429 Records   A rare project of logistics that doesn’t lose anything in its execution, this welcome return from one of roots rock’s longest serving crews is completely engaging. It isn’t surprising that legendary jam band Little Feat has a host of premier artists who also call themselves… Continue reading Little Feat and Friends- Join the Band

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Maria Dunn- The Peddler

Maria Dunn The Peddler Self-Released   Edmonton’s Maria Dunn has long been one of Alberta’s most impressive singer-songwriters, and on her fourth album she has again set the bar for lyrical intelligence and musical acuity.   The Peddler has more in common with 2001’s For a Song than her more recent historically-drenched We Were Good… Continue reading Maria Dunn- The Peddler

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Old Crow Medicine Show- Tennessee Pusher

Old Crow Medicine Show Tennessee Pusher Nettwerk   This Old Crow album confused me; there are three or four really sharp tunes on the album, but the largest portion of the disc left me cold. It was a bit disappointing, but there is still something to recommend the album.     In which the successful… Continue reading Old Crow Medicine Show- Tennessee Pusher

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Blue Moon Rising- One Lonely Shadow

An experiment, if you will. It remains a thrill to see my writing in print; a bit of an ego rush, and a sense of awe that ‘someone’ found my writing to be sufficiently coherent or insightful to publish it. I balance such stroking with knowledge of the value  of an excellent editor, and have been… Continue reading Blue Moon Rising- One Lonely Shadow

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Waco Brothers- Waco Express- Live and Kickin’

Waco Brothers Waco Express- Live and Kickin’ Bloodshot   When alt.country was little more than a glimmer on a list master’s server, there were the Waco Brothers, a group of Chicago-based malcontents who played for a common love of beer and country music. More than a dozen years later, Jon Langford and his mates are… Continue reading Waco Brothers- Waco Express- Live and Kickin’

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My Postcard2 Top 20 for 2008

Postcard2 is a list serve that is focused around (mostly) roots music and its various off-shoots. Each year members submit their Top 20 releases of the year. The submissions can be interesting, and can lead to further exporation of artists and albums previously missed. http://www.postcard2.com for more information. Anyhow, here is what I submitted, with three… Continue reading My Postcard2 Top 20 for 2008

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Mark Erelli- Delivered

Mark Erelli Delivered Signature Sounds Sometime ago, Mark Erelli posted to his website the opportunity for fans and followers to invest in his next album. It isn’t a unique fundraising venture, but one usually reserved for artists of lower profile. It is telling of the narrowness of economic margins in the new musical world order,… Continue reading Mark Erelli- Delivered

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