Blackie and the Rodeo Kings- Kings and Kings review

A while back, Country Standard Time asked me to review Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ latest, Kings and Kings. I had previously bought the download of the album for my own enjoyment, so I was more familiar with it than I normally am with an album by the time came to write about it. It… Continue reading Blackie and the Rodeo Kings- Kings and Kings review

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Blue Mafia and Wildfire reviews

I don’t understand why record labels and bands release ‘regular’ albums in December. For gift giving and year-end splurges, I understand the compilations, box sets, and special editions being released late in the year. Pinecastle Records released two bluegrass albums in December, 2016. Both are really strong and distinctive albums, but weren’t heard until most… Continue reading Blue Mafia and Wildfire reviews

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Bluegrass Albums of 2016

Here is my list of Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016. Of course, your kilometreage will vary: I once received a perplexing, cranky email from the father of a fairly prominent bluegrasser whose album I didn’t include on such a list several years ago. For those such inclined, I repeat—these are my favourite bluegrass albums of the… Continue reading Bluegrass Albums of 2016

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Balsam Range- Hillbilly Voodoo review

Over the past decade, Balsam Range has become one of the most played and rewarded bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them many times, and have reviewed their latest album over at Lonesome Road Review. My review of Five is linked through here. I reviewed their album with John Driskell Hopkins here. My review of Papertown… Continue reading Balsam Range- Hillbilly Voodoo review

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Various Artists- The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris review

If every artist I admired as much as I do Emmylou Harris were on a stage, there would only be a handful present. For me, she is one of those that the Americana conversation should start and end with. Regal and responsive, she is a vocalist with few peers and as an interpreter of song… Continue reading Various Artists- The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

At the end of each year, writers and broadcasters get to indulge themselves and—one hopes—their readers and listeners with their judgements on the year past. I’ve spent substantial time reviewing the roots/Americana/whatever you want to call them, if they are on the No Depression list I might have considered them, and even if they aren’t… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass (and eventually I will cross-post here) I have meticulously and expertly (!) compiled my list of my favourite bluegrass album of the year 2016. Please realize, these are my favourite bluegrass albums meaning, a) your list may be different, b) I don’t pretend to know what is best, and c)… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016

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