Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition review

I had to take much of the past month away from writing, but I continued to listen to music. I can’t count the number of hours I spent listening to this amazing two-disc set. It is absolutely splendid, ideal for those of us who appreciate the old songs and the artists who keep them alive.… Continue reading Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition review

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Steve Sainas- Simple As This review

Steve Sainas Simple As This Sainas Songs/SteveSainas.ca Steve Sainas has been playing the blues throughout British Columbia’s lower mainland for years, with his band Mud Dog releasing three albums of straight-ahead, contemporary acoustic blues/rock. Wielding an aggressive approach to resophonic and flat-top guitars, Sainas’ first release under his own name is an appealing slice of… Continue reading Steve Sainas- Simple As This review

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Mare Wakefield & Nomad- Time To Fly review

Mare Wakefield & Nomad Time To Fly MareWakefield.com Not all songs need be short stories, narratives replete with finely crafted characters and motivations, secrets revealed, and veiled, within and between the lines. But listening to Mare Wakefield’s most recent compositions comprising Time to Fly, I am reminded that I am glad when they occasionally are.… Continue reading Mare Wakefield & Nomad- Time To Fly review

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Crystal Shawanda- Voodoo Woman review

Crystal Shawanda Voodoo Woman New Sun Records/CrystalShawanda.co Since her debut on both the Canadian and American country charts, it has been obvious that Crystal Shawanda could sing. Recording largely formulistic, and at times bombastic, country-pop, Shawanda found limited success as a mainstream country singer, touring in support of Brad Paisley across Canada, for example, and… Continue reading Crystal Shawanda- Voodoo Woman review

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The Stephen Stanley Band- Jimmy & The Moon review

The Stephen Stanley Band Jimmy & The Moon Wolfe Island Records With the Lowest of the Low again touring, their former guitarist Stephen Stanley has maintained his own path with his roots-rock Stephen Stanley Band. Reminding me a bit of The Rainmakers Flirting With the Universe, The Stephen Stanley Band’s Jimmy & The Moon is… Continue reading The Stephen Stanley Band- Jimmy & The Moon review

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