Canyon Mountain- Northbound review

Reviewing regional bluegrass bands can be a tricky business. Folks who play bluegrass out of a pure love for the music should be encouraged, have to be encouraged, to continue to develop their skills as musicians and vocalists. A dropped note here, a missed verse there—let’s not be overly critical. We’re all in it for… Continue reading Canyon Mountain- Northbound review

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Polaris Music Prize 2015- My Ballot and the Long List

This year, as I have been for the past many, I am proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury. “The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity,… Continue reading Polaris Music Prize 2015- My Ballot and the Long List

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Bluegrass Albums of the Year, 2014

Last week I posted the list of my favourite roots albums of 2014, while also including a few other lists including favourite reissues and such. Today I am pleased to present my favourite bluegrass albums of the past year. A great many strong bluegrass albums were released in 2014, but I found that I spent… Continue reading Bluegrass Albums of the Year, 2014

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Annie Lou, Tried and True, and some bluegrass gifts for you…

My review of Annie Lou’s excellent new album Tried and True, has been posted to the Lonesome Road Review. A little old-time, a bit of bluegrass, some folk, and a whole lot of energy- a darned good album, I do believe. Also posted, this time at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, is my ‘gift’ of five song… Continue reading Annie Lou, Tried and True, and some bluegrass gifts for you…

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Recent roots reviews

I’I haven’t posted here at Fervor Coulee for a month, which is bad. I have been writing, which may also be bad depending on your opinion. Thought I would catch up by posting some of the links I’ve neglected. Lee Ann Womack is a singer I didn’t have any familiarity with prior to reviewing her… Continue reading Recent roots reviews

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Nick Hornbuckle- 12X2(+/-1) review

Nick Hornbuckle recently released his debut solo recording, a collection of mostly traditional old-time fiddle tunes given new arrangements for banjo in a variety of (mostly) duo settings. As a long-time proponent of the special music created by John Reischman & the Jaybirds, with whom Hornbuckle has played for some 15+ years, it should be no… Continue reading Nick Hornbuckle- 12X2(+/-1) review

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