Angela Easterling- Witness review

Angela Easterling Witness AngelaEasterling.com South Carolinian Angela Easterling, whom I wrote about here many years ago, returned in 2022 with a new album that grabbed me from first listen. So why didn’t I write about it when released in October? I just couldn’t find the right words, and quite likely still haven’t. Witness consists of… Continue reading Angela Easterling- Witness review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

I have no idea how many roots albums I bought, received for review, actually wrote about, listened to through a brief flirtation with a streaming service, and sampled via Polaris Music Prize jury membership, as well as other industry-provided downloads during 2022. But when I review other lists, I see a lot I am familiar… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Compilations, Tributes, & Archival Albums of 2022

This is my annual ‘odds & sods’ category, those roots albums that are various artist tributes to artists or subjects, archival recordings, or compilations created to highlight a style of music or an artist’s catalogue. Bluegrass Favourites of 2022 previously posted, with Blues and the overall Roots lists to follow. As my #1 bluegrass album… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Compilations, Tributes, & Archival Albums of 2022

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Skinny Dyck- Palace Waiting review

Skinny Dyck Palace Waiting Sound Asleep Records While I have quite loved everything Skinny Dyck has done on previous releases, I also appreciate his continued evolution as a country artist. On his Get to Know Lonesome album, one filled with terrific, fairly straight-ahead country tunes, the darkly expressive “Dreamin’” was favoured. Before many of us… Continue reading Skinny Dyck- Palace Waiting review

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Billy Strings & Terry Barber, “Me/And/Dad” review

Billy Strings and Terry Barber Me/And/Dad Rounder It’s about the story. Billy Strings’ version of hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll has engulfed the Americana music community over the past several years. He has won a Grammy, as well as multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year twice, and an Americana Music Award… Continue reading Billy Strings & Terry Barber, “Me/And/Dad” review

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Suzie Vinnick- Fall Back Home review

Suzi Vinnick Fall Back Home SuzieVinnick.com Over the last decade, Suzie Vinnick has become one of Canada’s favourite blues artists. Albums including 2018’s Shake That Love Around and 2011’s Me ‘n’ Mabel placed her on my roots radar, and Fall Back Home continues this string of impressive development. Given pandemic time to reflect, Vinnick has… Continue reading Suzie Vinnick- Fall Back Home review

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pd adams This Curious Wonder review

pd adams This Curious Wonder Lake Front/PaulAdams.org Thirty-five years in the making, This Curious Wonder examines a world that pd adams has observed with both distress, wonder, and joy. Paul Adams is a poet and songwriter with a series of instrumental albums to his credit. This Curious Wonder appears to be his first lyrical effort,… Continue reading pd adams This Curious Wonder review

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Megan Bee- Cottonwood review

Megan Bee Cottonwood MeganBeeMusic.com New to me, Cottonwood is Megan Bee’s fourth album. As a result of cross-border, postal challenges, the album came to me late but has—over the last month—made its way into consideration for my Favourite Roots Albums of 2022. Bee’s voice reminds me of Frazey Ford, although there are times her approach… Continue reading Megan Bee- Cottonwood 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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