Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys- Pickup Cowboy review

JonathanByrd & the Pickup Cowboys PickupCowboy With this concise slice of retro-modern country music, North Carolina folk/Americana veteran Jonathan Byrd turns the clock back about three years, before the vagrancies of reality impinged upon best laid plans. Inspired by a ‘humble badass’ ethos, The Pickup Cowboys—Byrd (guitar, Rhodes, percussion), Johnny Waken (guitar, mandolin, organ, piano,… Continue reading Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys- Pickup Cowboy review

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Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

Craig Moreau A Different Kind of Train Ever since Kitty Wells sang “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” there have been those who have chased that perfect “country song” balance between complexity of thought and lyrical clarity Jay Miller captured in 1952. From Mariel Buckley to Leeroy Stagger, Alberta has no shortage of… Continue reading Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

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Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge- Songs From the Blue Ridge review

Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge Songs From the Blue Ridge Rebel Records Unheralded bluegrass bands performing music to the highest quality abound. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia and North Carolina, Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge have been performing and developing without the benefit of overbearing promotional folks and management. They are… Continue reading Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge- Songs From the Blue Ridge review

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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road- True Grass Again review

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road True Grass Again Pinecastle Records When we last heard from venerable bluegrass vets Carolina Road, the Lorraine Jordan-led group was teaming with 70s and 80s country chart toppers including Eddy Raven, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, and John Anderson for a disc of ‘grassified, rearview-mirror country imaginings. The results… Continue reading Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road- True Grass Again review

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Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

Kat Danser Goin’ Gone Black Hen Music KatDanser.com “Jumpin’ on the IV and II, hanging on the voodoo groove,” Dr. Kat Danser sings just a few moments into Goin’ Gone, her fifth album and second in a row in partnership with Steve Dawson—and first for his Black Hen label. With the declaration made within “Voodoo… Continue reading Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

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Sister Sadie II review

Sister Sadie II Pinecastle Recording Company There are a lot of great bluegrass bands working today, and I would put Sister Sadie up against any single one of them. There remains novelty being an all-female bluegrass group. We should be beyond it, but as an industry we aren’t near there yet. We are not yet… Continue reading Sister Sadie II review

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J. P. Harris- Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing review

J. P. Harris Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing Free Dirt Records Quick: Name your three favourite country albums of the 70s. Go. That was easy: Emmy’s Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Townes’ High, Low, and In Between, and Tom T. Hall’s Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers. And Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes. And… Continue reading J. P. Harris- Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing review

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Jerry Wicentowski- …Thanks, Mac! review

Jerry Wicentowski …Thanks, Mac! Songs of Mac Wiseman http://www.WizGrass.com If not for Mac Wiseman and a pair of brothers named Osborne, I am not certain we would have living ties  to the first generation of bluegrass performers. While Bobby continues to book shows and record, Sonny and Mac have largely eased into retirement to only… Continue reading Jerry Wicentowski- …Thanks, Mac! review

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Edward David Anderson- Chasing Butterflies review

Edward David Anderson Chasing Butterflies Black Dirt Records http://www.EdwardDavidAnderson.com First off, I am not placing this album on the pedestal the next paragraph may be interpreted as referencing to. But. I remember the first time I heard Darrell Scott. And Lucinda Williams. And Emmylou, Tim O’Brien, Joy Lynn White, and George Jones. And Jay Clark,… Continue reading Edward David Anderson- Chasing Butterflies review

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Carolina Chimes: Rudi Ekstein’s All Original Bluegrass Instrumental Showcase review

Rudi Ekstein Carolina Chimes Rudi Ekstein’s All Original Bluegrass Instrumental Showcase FoxFire Recordings One of the strongest bluegrass sets of the year comes from a name most bluegrass aficionados, me wee self included, are unfamiliar with prior to its release. Rudi Ekstein is an absolutely beautiful mandolin player, and while his name may not roll… Continue reading Carolina Chimes: Rudi Ekstein’s All Original Bluegrass Instrumental Showcase review

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