The Alex Leach Band- All the Way review

My review of The Alex Leach Band’s second album All the Way is up at Country Standard Time. Read it here. Here is how it started before the editor did his thing: “As he’s matured, many of us have grown up with Alex Leach. I’ve been listening to him on WDVX for more than twenty… Continue reading The Alex Leach Band- All the Way review

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Amy Ray- If It All Goes South review

Amy Ray If It All Goes South Daemon Records Almost every year one album sneaks up, slaps me in the face, and causes me to reconsider everything I was considering for the top spots on my annual ‘favourite’ roots albums of the year. 2019: Yola. 2021: Allison Russell. 2022: It just may be Amy Ray.… Continue reading Amy Ray- If It All Goes South review

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John McCutcheon- Leap! review

John McCutcheon Leap! Appalseed/FolkMusic.com I’ve told this story before. In 2011, due to in-law connections and good fortune, I was able to travel to Chicago from Red Deer for a Chicago Blackhawks game. I got to see Teemu Selanne play for the Ducks and Fernando Pissani the ‘Hawks, but the game itself is rather unmemorable.… Continue reading John McCutcheon- Leap! review

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Tony Rice- Guitar Vinyl reissue reviewed

Tony Rice Guitar Rebel Records There has been no end to bluegrass albums labeled as classics. Some of them even deserve the renown such a reference implies. Tony Rice’s recording debut, released in 1974, is arguably one of those recordings, an album that will be within the number should my book One Hundred Essential Bluegrass… Continue reading Tony Rice- Guitar Vinyl reissue reviewed

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Harrison Kennedy- Thanks for Tomorrow review

Harrison Kennedy Thanks for Tomorrow Electro-Fi Records I don’t receive as many high-quality blues albums for review as I perhaps once did, but often enough something sneaks through to impress. This week that album comes from Ontario and Juno Award winner Harrison Kennedy. Oowee! This is my kind of blues, a mix of soul and… Continue reading Harrison Kennedy- Thanks for Tomorrow review

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Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3 Phantom Threshold Black Hen Steve Dawson has been creating and recording innovative folk roots music for twenty-five years, and during that time—and notably the last decade—has seldom repeated himself. With the release of Phantom Threshold, he has paired with Jay Bellerose (drums and percussion), Jeremy Holmes (basses, including URB),… Continue reading Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

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Cedar Hill- New Chapter review

Cedar Hill New Chapter Mountain Fever Bluegrass can be complex. It doesn’t have to be. Simultaneously, it isn’t simple music, and it certainly isn’t easy to play. I just spent a weekend at a bluegrass festival featuring 18 acts, nine of them solid bluegrass of various shades. These groups all impressed in various ways, but… Continue reading Cedar Hill- New Chapter review

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Bill Scorzari- The Crosswinds of Kansas review

Bill Scorzari The Crosswinds of Kansas BillScorzari.com Weird Ass Americana. That’s my jam. Whether going back years to Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker, Roscoe Holcombe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and every bluegrass band recording prior to 1980, up to and including Willi Carlisle, Melissa Carper, Otis Gibbs, and Scott Cook, a scan of my CD shelves will… Continue reading Bill Scorzari- The Crosswinds of Kansas review

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Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

Dan Tyminski One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice North Star Records No one should be surprised by this project. Tony Rice was the most influential guitarist bluegrass music has produced, and that is revealed on each festival stage weekly. This past weekend, I had the pleasure to listen to Richard… Continue reading Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

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Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

Willi Carlisle Peculiar, Missouri Free Dirt Records An unusual album, Peculiar, Missouri is also one of the freshest and most honest folk albums I’ve encountered the last decade. Inspired by the Ozark region we love, Willi Carlisle embraces the traditions of Guthrie, Phillips, and McCutcheon and bring the methods they mastered over decades screaming into… Continue reading Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

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