Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums of 2017

What is roots music? I frequently have to remind myself that not everything I seek out is ‘roots.’ When I start considering Little Steven or Danko Jones (Wild Cat might have been my favourite album of 2017) albums as ‘roots’ music, I may be starting to lose the plot. So I pull myself back. However,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums of 2017

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Balsam Range- It’s Christmas Time review

Balsam Range It’s Christmas Time Mountain Home Music Company Considering I’ve yet to experience the group in concert, I would still place Balsam Range on my list of contemporary ‘top ten’ bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them several times (Here, here,  here, here, and again here) and I am certain they have never disappointed me… Continue reading Balsam Range- It’s Christmas Time review

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Stax Country- review

Stax Country Various Artists Craft Recordings/Concord Music The early 1970s were pivotal in the evolution of country music. Preceding the populist explosions of both “Outlaw Country” and the resulting, reactive “Urban Cowboy” phases, in the early years of the 1970s country music ties to “& Western” had been significantly severed while the influence of “Countrypolitan”… Continue reading Stax Country- review

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Josh Ritter- Gathering review

My review of Josh Ritter’s Gathering album has been published at Country Standard Time. The relay was delayed because the promised CD never arrived, and while I could have reviewed with the provided download, I waited. I am not going to go militant, but if a record company/label or publicist wants a timely review, I figure the… Continue reading Josh Ritter- Gathering review

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D. B. Rielly- Live from Long Island City: Live at the RaR Bar review

D. B. Rielly Live from Long Island City: Live at the RaR Bar https://www.dbrielly.com/ When D. B. Rielly contacted me about his new 7-song live EP, I immediately expressed interest: a new live set from one of my favourite singer-songwriters, of course I want to hear it! Later it occurred to me, “How will this one be… Continue reading D. B. Rielly- Live from Long Island City: Live at the RaR Bar review

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Winnie Brave- Cheap Gin review

Winnie Brave Cheap Gin http://www.WinnieBrave.com Alberta music duo Winnie Brave return with their second EP of acoustic-based (but not exclusively unplugged) original roots music. Unlike their largely acoustic 2014 debut, the presence of synthesizer and electric guitar pull Cheap Gin significantly from the realm of the Welch-Rawlings and the Romeros; still, the subject matter of… Continue reading Winnie Brave- Cheap Gin review

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Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

Three Canadian singer-songwriters. Three very different voices and visions. What keeps me writing about roots music? The money dried up in 2012. Most PR and label types expect writers to get by with downloads, totally disregarding the importance of packaging art, notes, and musician credits. It is more difficult than ever as a freelance writer… Continue reading Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

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Petunia And The Vipers- Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome review

Petunia And The Vipers Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome PetuniaAndTheVipers.com I’ve never known exactly how to take Petunia And The Vipers. Are they spoofing country music? was among my initial thoughts when first encountering them several years back. Is it musical theatre, and I just don’t get it? Nope. They are the real deal. Hell, Phil… Continue reading Petunia And The Vipers- Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome review

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Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

Matt Patershuk Same As I Ever Have Been Black Hen Music Don’t accuse Alberta’s Matt Patershuk of resting on laurels well-deserved. While his previous album I Was So Fond of You was one of the finest country albums of 2016—regardless country of origin—this time out La Glace’s great hope has injected a whole lot of… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

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Skinny Dyck & Friends- Twenty One-Nighters review

Skinny Dyck & Friends Twenty One-Nighters skinnydyck.bandcamp.com For as long as I can recall, the Alberta roots music environment has been healthy and exciting. From the big-ticket folk festivals in Edmonton and Calgary, and the more regional events held annually in Fort McLeod, Driftpile, East Coulee, and innumerable other sites, to a radio network that… Continue reading Skinny Dyck & Friends- Twenty One-Nighters review

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