Peter Rowan- Calling You From My Mountain review

Peter Rowan Calling You From My Mountain Rebel Records In various configurations and eliminating live sets, Peter Rowan has recorded well over 40 albums of new music. That’s a lot, but considering his career going back to the 60s and the quality of his experimentation, both within and outside bluegrass, not an unwelcome amount. A… Continue reading Peter Rowan- Calling You From My Mountain review

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Various Artists- Americana Railroad review

Various Artists Americana Railroad Renew/BMG Perhaps unintentionally also a tribute to previous generations of Americana artists who much earlier blazed a trail—folks like Elizabeth Cotton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hedy West, John Stewart, Gene Clark, and a handful of others—by both covering their signature songs while adding to the rich sub-genre of train songs they and… Continue reading Various Artists- Americana Railroad review

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The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer- Live at the King Eddy review

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer Live at the King Eddy Tonic Records Truly, not my thing. I just haven’t enjoyed the music this outfit has released over the last decade-plus. The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers, receive lots of non-mainstream airplay as well as festival slots, and appear to… Continue reading The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer- Live at the King Eddy review

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Cheryl Cawood- Bullet in the Cabin Wall review

Cheryl Cawood Bullet in the Cabin Wall CherylCawood.com I like a roots music album without pretension, and that is what I found within Cheryl Cawood’s Bullet in the Cabin Wall. Cawood’s brief bio reads hard—with roots in Harlan County, KY, it would appear Cawood has experienced no luck and hard luck in love and marriage,… Continue reading Cheryl Cawood- Bullet in the Cabin Wall review

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Rod Picott- Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows review

Rod Picott Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows Welding Rod RodPicott.com A year ago, I tried to write about Rod Picott’s latest album, a collection of songs written with Slaid Cleaves across a lifetime of friendship. I wrote a lot of words in that review, but I suspect I didn’t fully capture the depth of my… Continue reading Rod Picott- Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows review

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Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

Kim Beggs Steel and Wool http://www.KimBeggs.com With five previous albums, Kim Beggs has established herself of one of Canada’s great true-folk (as opposed to nü-folk, pop-folk, dance-folk, folktronica, post-punk gnarr folk…) artists. She remains unjustly underappreciated, in my opinion. Long based in the Yukon, Kim Beggs writes and sings straight from her gut and heart… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

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Son House- Forever On My Mind review

Son House- Forever On My Mind Easy Eye Sound Preacher, farm and factory worker, and founding father of modern blues: he was called Son House. A protegee and contemporary of Charley Patton, House’s life was filled with mistakes and questionable deeds. What remains undisputed was that House played and sang the blues like few others,… Continue reading Son House- Forever On My Mind review

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Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves- Hurricane Clarice review

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves Hurricane Clarice  AllisonandTatiana.com FreeDirt.net Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves’ 2019 debut was a highlight of the year before Covid, and Hurricane Clarice emerges as we enter the sixth or seventh false reprieve of the global pandemic. Recorded under unique circumstances, this new album is as exciting, engaging, and… Continue reading Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves- Hurricane Clarice review

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Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

Just a Season Leave to Come Home JustaSeason.ca Northern Electric “Just A Season is a folk-rock band from Vancouver led by Scott Smith. The band’s sound recalls an era when folk, rock, and country met in a sun-baked embrace.” Nailed it: an ideal two-word introduction to Just A Season. All I had to do was… Continue reading Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

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