My review of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys’ new one, out on Rounder Records, is up at Exclaim! It is called Toil,Tears, & Trouble, and it is pretty fine. Here’s “Ice on the Timbers,” a song from the deep Cedar Hill catalogue:
Tim Isberg Running on the Edge TimIsberg.com I had intended this summer to explore writing reviews as ‘quick-hit’, hundred-word exercises, better suitable for the current freelance market. Another 600-words later, I again offer my apologies. My motto: If you can’t be good, be long. A pleasant Alberta surprise made its way to me this summer,… Continue reading Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review
Chris & Adam Carroll Good Farmer AdamCarroll.com ChrisCarrollSongs.com What makes a good farmer?Patience.A work ethic superseding common sense.An appreciation for silence.And trees.A soft touch from harden hands. And heart.Pragmatism. After completing this list, truly stream of conscious and not realizing where it was going, I discovered I had just described a good songwriter. A pair… Continue reading Chris & Adam Carroll- Good Farmer review
I’ve published my review of Blue Highway’s Somewhere Far Away over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=1148 It is another exceptional album from a group that never fails to take their music to new and higher levels of performance. “Ain’t getting no younger, least I’m getting older.” Who knew that one day I would relate?!
Blue Moon Marquee Bare Knuckles & Brawn BlueMoonMarquee.com For a band that so freely reaches back into the tradition, be it blues, jazz, freak-folk, swing, or ragtime, Blue Moon Marquee is entirely unique. Much like and entirely different from Bill & the Belles, I can picture Blue Moon Marquee around a single mic in a… Continue reading Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review
Bobby Messano featuring Bob Malone Lemonade BobbyMessano.com Bobby Messano once sang, tongue firmly in cheek, “My life is perfect, there ain’t no doubt; have everything I need, I’ve got it all figured out…That’s why I don’t sing the blues.” Things are looking up on Lemonade, Messano’s latest with Bob Malone. A good-time album, Lemonade is… Continue reading Bobby Messano featuring Bob Malone- Lemonade review
Brett Spaulding Livin’ to Play Calgary’s Brett Spaulding is a step-and-a-half closer to rock ‘n’ roll than those typically covered here at Fervor Coulee, but I’ll allow it this once. While guitar-driven (and guitar-heavy), Spaulding’s songs are melodic (“Driveby,” “Can’t Stop”) blues-rock explorations that—at one time, long ago—might have made their way onto rock FM… Continue reading Brett Spaulding- Livin’ to Play review