Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums, 2021

Each year since 2000, I have been pleased to consider the finest roots music as part of this journey I’ve been on as a reviewer of CDs (then) and (generically now to include downloads and vinyl) albums. It has been a lot of work over the years, and my passion for roots music has only… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums, 2021

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Five Bluegrass Reviews in One

Pinecastle and Bonfire Recent Releases Kim Robins Leave the Porch Light OnLorraine Jordan and Carolina Road I Can Go To ThemDaryl Mosley Small Town DreamerDeeper Shade of Blue Twenty All Pinecastle Music Andrew Crawford The Lonesome Season (Bonfire Recordings) Being the 37th most influential bluegrass music writer in Canada, and the 429th in all of… Continue reading Five Bluegrass Reviews in One

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Doc Watson- Life’s Work: A Retrospective review

Doc Watson Life’s Work: A Retrospective Craft Recordings I look up and I am staring at a picture of Doc Watson (and Jack Lawrence) taken in Tacoma in 2001. Over my shoulder, his first Vanguard album has pride of place, and on the record and CD shelves surrounding me there are about as many discs… Continue reading Doc Watson- Life’s Work: A Retrospective review

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Matt Patershuk- An Honest Effort review

Matt Patershuk An Honest Effort Black Hen Music When the Coalition of Alberta Troubadours met last spring to compare pandemic-influenced facial hair, songs, album release plans, and dark liquor, one imagines interesting conversations did unfold. Perhaps Joe Nolan suggested he release his album first, break a bit of heavy trail for the older guys, with… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- An Honest Effort review

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Jr. Gone Wild- Still Got the Jacket review

Jr. Gone Wild Still Got the Jacket weewerk/ Stony Plain We were hoping this day would come. When Jr. Gone Wild started to again play gigs sporadically in 2013, many of us became excited at the idea of a second chance. Some of us of a particular age have long admired the Edmonton-based group from… Continue reading Jr. Gone Wild- Still Got the Jacket review

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John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

John Wort Hannam Long Haul Black Hen Music Eight albums. Time flies. John Wort Hannam has been on his roots-fueled troubadour journey for most of two decades, spinning songwriting gold from the chaff of the lives he has encountered, both in reality and imagination. From early masterpieces like “Scotsman’s Bluff” and “Pier 21” to his… Continue reading John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

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Doc Carter- High Tide for Low Times review

Doc Carter High Tide for Low Times A few years ago, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr borrowed Nelson Algren’s phrase “Never play cards with a guy named Doc” for their song, “My Father’s Advice.” Artists get to do that. Borrow, I mean. Sometimes I wish we reviewers could do that, just take phrases that capture… Continue reading Doc Carter- High Tide for Low Times review

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Nathan Bell- Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here) review

Nathan Bell Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here) NathanBellMusic.com Need to Know The most important Americana-roots album of 2021? Maybe. I don’t really know what more to say about Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here.) It is happening there. And it is happening here. The fascists—especially those who don’t… Continue reading Nathan Bell- Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn’t Happen Here) review

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Joe Nolan- Scrapper review

Joe Nolan Scapper Fallen Tree Records Joe Nolan has been banging and busking on the independent circuit for more than a decade, releasing at least six previous albums of increasingly insightful and satisfying troubadoric tuneage. Beginning with dreamy, affectation-laden rock songs with more than a little Cobain & Pirner in his presentation (Pocket Dreams, 2008),… Continue reading Joe Nolan- Scrapper review

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John McCutcheon- Bucket List review

John McCutcheon Bucket List Appalseed FolkMusic.com I have long admired John McCutcheon, likely for as many different reasons as years. I love that he had the foresight to register http://www.FolkMusic.com as his website. Ballsy, that. I love that he could make fans (if only for an evening) of two Albertans who traveled to Chicago for… Continue reading John McCutcheon- Bucket List review

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