Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses Black Hen Music Succinct review: If your musical heroes are passing on, it is past time to find replacements to keep you vital, hip, and groovy. Start with Matt Patershuk and If Wishes Were Horses. Long-winded essay that really would have benefited from an editor: I attended last month’s… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

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Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

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

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Ten Takeaways from Blueberry Bluegrass 2019

The festival has never been so appealingly eclectic. While it was once billed as “& Country Music Festival” and as such included some very questionable lineup choices (look no further than Trick Ryder and Dirt Road Angels), Blueberry is now decidedly and positively heterogeneous in its ‘big tent’ approach to bluegrass and acoustic roots music.… Continue reading Ten Takeaways from Blueberry Bluegrass 2019

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Brett Spaulding- Livin’ to Play 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

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Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

Jessica Heine Goodbye Party Fallen Tree Records http://www.JessicaHeine.com A long time ago, I had many favourite Alberta singer-songwriters who just happened to be female. Some have fallen off my radar (Jennifer Gibson, and many whose names have faded in memory), while several—Jane Hawley, Ruth Purves Smith, and Maria Dunn, to recall three—remain in regular rotation… Continue reading Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

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Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

Craig Moreau A Different Kind of Train Ever since Kitty Wells sang “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” there have been those who have chased that perfect “country song” balance between complexity of thought and lyrical clarity Jay Miller captured in 1952. From Mariel Buckley to Leeroy Stagger, Alberta has no shortage of… Continue reading Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

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Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

Kat Danser Goin’ Gone Black Hen Music KatDanser.com “Jumpin’ on the IV and II, hanging on the voodoo groove,” Dr. Kat Danser sings just a few moments into Goin’ Gone, her fifth album and second in a row in partnership with Steve Dawson—and first for his Black Hen label. With the declaration made within “Voodoo… Continue reading Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

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