Several fine blues albums have made their way to me these last couple months, and today is the day I finally share my thoughts about them. Apologies to the PR folks, labels, and musicians for the delay. First up: Paul Gabriel Man of Many Blues Smoke Ring Records PaulGabriel.net There are no shortage of blues… Continue reading Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed
I’ve been away the last several days, and while I was gone Exclaim! published my review of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley’s latest, World Full of Blues. Link is here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/rob_ickes_and_trey_hensley-world_full_of_blues It is a stout recording I highly recommend.
Linda McRae Going to the Well 42 RPM LindaMcRae.com Given how many outstanding and unique singer-songwriter-Americana-folk-troubadour-banjo-pluckers we have, even if only considering Canada, it is no shock that we sometimes forget Linda McRae between album releases. Living as I now do beyond the night lights of the city—“just a place you pass by on the… Continue reading Linda McRae- Going to the Well review
My review of Kelsey Waldon’s new album is up at Exclaim!, linked here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/kelsey_waldon-white_noise_white_lines It is a very strong album, not so much departure from previous standout recordings (one of which I reviewed here: https://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/kelsey-waldon-the-goldmine-review/ ) but a gentle evolution. Highly recommended.
Jason James Seems Like Tears Ago Melodyville Records JasonJamesBand.com If you like your country music country—like we do here at Fervor Coulee—the kind of country that recalls Musicor-era George Jones—elaborately arranged and lush, but still hardcore, honky tonk country—with sweeping backup, and down-and-lonesome—tears, beers, and short-brained guys punching well-above their wit—Jason James is who you… Continue reading Jason James- Seems Like Tears Ago review
Jason Barie Pieces Billy Blue Records We’ve had some pretty good bluegrass releases this year. Albums from Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Grascals, and Larry Sparks rank with the best of their distinguished careers, while discs from Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Louisa Branscomb, and the Po’ Ramblin’… Continue reading Jason Barie- Pieces review
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Live in Prague Billy Blue Records Doyle Lawson turned 75 this year. When we think about pioneers of bluegrass, Doyle Lawson’s name isn’t usually mentioned, coming as he did as a ‘second-wave’ performer. But the guy has been around, and more than just about anyone raised the expectations for bluegrass gospel.… Continue reading Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Live in Prague review