Lonesome Road Review’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

A bit late but understandable being how busy editor Aaron Keith Harris is, today brings the release of the Lonesome Road Review’s top 10 bluegrass albums of the past year. I’m pleased to see that Aaron and my LRR colleague Larry Stephens agreed with me in several places, quite likely more than I expected, and… Continue reading Lonesome Road Review’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

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Best of Alberta’s 2011 Roots Music Releases

In today’s Red Deer Advocate I reviewed the recent Guy Clark tribute, This One’s For Him. I’ll post that in a few weeks, but for now here is the overview of Alberta releases that ran a couple weeks back. ************** Wonderful roots music came out of our province this past year, and today I take… Continue reading Best of Alberta’s 2011 Roots Music Releases

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America, Where Have You Gone? Larry Cordle

As I explain in this post, http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=844, I have been suffering from a bluegrass writer’s block. Hopefully, it will now pass. I struggled with this piece and with my reaction to the Larry Cordle song that it is about, but felt I needed to write about it to be able to move on. “America, Where… Continue reading America, Where Have You Gone? Larry Cordle

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Murray McLauchlan- Human Writes

Murray McLauchlan Human Writes (True North) More than twenty-five years removed from radio hits, one could be forgiven for overlooking the first album in fifteen years from Murray McLauchlan. Forgiven, but not excused.  One of the true legends of Canadian folk and country music, McLauchlan still possesses ‘that’ voice- one  forgets how individual and distinct… Continue reading Murray McLauchlan- Human Writes

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John Reischman & The Jaybirds- Vintage & Unique

John Reischman & The Jaybirds Vintage & Unique (Corvus Records) Over the past decade, John Reischman & the Jaybirds have become increasing popular in western North America. They are a great bluegrass band, always adding new material to their repertoire. Still, when exceptional mandolin players are mentioned, John Reischman’s name is often forgotten. On Vintage… Continue reading John Reischman & The Jaybirds- Vintage & Unique

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Michael Jerome Browne- The Road is Dark

Michael Jerome Browne The Road is Dark (Borealis Records) This road is dark indeed. And blue. A mainstay of the Canadian roots and blues scene, Michael Jerome Browne has released outstanding albums over his career, and this new project may be his finest yet. With slide guitar as primary focus, a bit of banjo and… Continue reading Michael Jerome Browne- The Road is Dark

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