Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

Years from now, when we consider the best roots albums of 2021, we will have great memories. The second year of COVID allowed artists to release music recorded either prior to the pandemic or that which was created in trying circumstances. It was a year of breakthroughs for many wonderful artists, and even a breakthrough… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

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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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Wilson Banjo Co.- Six Degrees of Separation review

Wilson Banjo Co. Six Degrees of Separation Pinecastle An odd recording, this. And I use the word ‘odd’ deliberately and without negative judgement. Six Degrees of Separation is odd because, well—we just don’t get that many bluegrass albums built around one man’s banjo creations. Steve Wilson is a recognized master at building the 5-string banjo,… Continue reading Wilson Banjo Co.- Six Degrees of Separation review

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Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- Hitchhiking to California review

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne Hitchhiking to California BillyBlueRecords.com What is bluegrass? It has gotta have that drive, whether coming from the big stand-up bass or the flat-top, rhythm guitar. Bluegrass has that wonderful sound of the mandolin, notes trilling and the chop, well, chopping. 5-string banjo needs to weave in and around that melody, the… Continue reading Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- Hitchhiking to California review

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Phil Leadbetter & the All Stars of Bluegrass- Swing for the Fences review

Phil Leadbetter has been, since about 2003, one of my favourite people in bluegrass. He is just a nice guy. His new album, with the late Steve Gulley, Alan Bibey, Robert Hale, and Jason Burleson, is stout. My review at Country Standard Time: https://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=7242

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