My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

I feel honoured to be part of the Polaris Music Prize jury. All year-long I listen to some of the finest Canadian music released and each June I am asked to narrow these down- for the initial ballot- to five. I’ve spent the last several days finalizing my list, re-listening to albums I previously considered, and catching up on a few I… Continue reading My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

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The Laws and The Toy Hearts reviews

Aaron has posted another pair of review over at the Lonesome Road Review, neither of which are for albums I would necessarily independently seek out. The first is my review of The Laws’ new album, Try Love. The Laws have played Alberta fairly frequently, but I don’t believe I’ve caught them live. I do know… Continue reading The Laws and The Toy Hearts reviews

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Hillfolk Noir reviews

Over at the Lonesome Road Review, Aaron has posted my reviews of the two recent albums from Idaho’s Hillfolk Noir; while both have something to offer Skinny Mammy’s Revenge is a far superior effort.  Think Folkways meets O Brother, without T-Bone. Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee- Donald Hillfolk Noir Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary… Continue reading Hillfolk Noir reviews

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Mountain Heart

Remember when Mountain Heart was a bluegrass band? Seriously though, I’ve been searching for a reason to mention their most recent album, and got it today via The Bluegrass Blog: click here http://www.thebluegrassblog.com/mountain-heart-on-wsm/ to see news of Mountain Heart’s new radio venture with WSM 650. Sounds pretty nifty. That Just Happened, which I purchased this month… Continue reading Mountain Heart

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Winter’s Bone- Music from the Motion Picture

 O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released just over ten years ago. The movie- and more so, the soundtrack recording- gave bluegrass music a possibly unprecedented ‘bump’- arguably more than even Bonnie and Clyde and Deliverance did a generation previously. This despite the lack of ‘true’ bluegrass on the album: excepting the Soggy Bottom Boy and Ralph Stanley/Stanley… Continue reading Winter’s Bone- Music from the Motion Picture

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The Honey Dewdrops- These Old Roots review

Welcome back to Fervor Coulee. In today’s Roots Music column in the Red Deer Advocate I feature the relatively new album from The Honey Dewdrops, These Old Roots.  As was their previous release, it is a darn good listen- sure to become a favourite. Roots music column, originally published January 21, 2011 in the Red Deer Advocate… Continue reading The Honey Dewdrops- These Old Roots review

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Rebel reissues- Dave Evans, Curly Ray Cline, & The Country Gentlemen

My reviews of Rebel Records digital downloads were posted at Lonesome Road Review. The Country Gentlemen The Young Fisherwoman Rebel Records (digital download only) 4.5 stars (out of 5) Curly Ray Cline Chicken Reel Rebel Records (digital download only) 3.5 stars (out of 5) Dave Evans Bluegrass Memories Rebel Records (digital download only) 4.5 stars (out… Continue reading Rebel reissues- Dave Evans, Curly Ray Cline, & The Country Gentlemen

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