Chris & Adam Carroll- Good Farmer review

Chris & Adam Carroll Good Farmer AdamCarroll.com ChrisCarrollSongs.com What makes a good farmer?Patience.A work ethic superseding common sense.An appreciation for silence.And trees.A soft touch from harden hands. And heart.Pragmatism. After completing this list, truly stream of conscious and not realizing where it was going, I discovered I had just described a good songwriter. A pair… Continue reading Chris & Adam Carroll- Good Farmer review

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, held annually for now 34 years in the central Alberta community of Stony Plain, is a highlight of my calendar. Where I once attended up to four multi-day music fests annually—and once, in 2003, I believe I hit seven—it is now the only festival I attend. Blueberry Bluegrass just suits me, and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

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Chuck Hawthorne- Fire Out of Stone review

Chuck Hawthorne Fire Out of Stone 3 Notches Music Songwriters have a tendency to be reflective, don’t ya know. Austin’s Chuck Hawthorne takes that inclination to an extreme on his second album, Fire Out of Stone. Co-produced by Walt Wilkins (“Trains I Missed,” “Carry On,” and the Mystiqueros) and Ron Flynt (20/20, “Let Her Dance,”… Continue reading Chuck Hawthorne- Fire Out of Stone review

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Rod Picott- Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil review

Every time I write a review, I hold my breath and hope I captured something. Gasping after this one… Rod Picott Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil Welding Rod Records RodPicott.com Opening and closing with the sounds of thunder and rain—water plays a central role in a few places—Tell the Truth & Shame the… Continue reading Rod Picott- Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil review

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Grover Anderson Is The Frontman- review

Grover AndersonThe FrontmanGroverAnderson.com As I write, The Frontman is playing in my office, rain cascading down the window panes as a gray, spring storm holds steady. I am surrounded by the sounds of a school building slowly coming back to life, but the intensity of the recording holds me from tasks this early morning. I… Continue reading Grover Anderson Is The Frontman- review

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Meghan Hayes- Seen Enough Leavers review

Meghan Hayes Seen Enough Leavers Cranky Heartburn Music Noir as song is sometimes difficult to identify, but always seems slightly pretentious when done in reviews: what does it even mean? Well, give a listen to “Georgette,” lead track from Meghan Hayes’ Seen Enough Leavers. “Tomorrow afternoon we’ll go into town. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll go into… Continue reading Meghan Hayes- Seen Enough Leavers review

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Dervish- The Great Irish Songbook review

Dervish The Great Irish Songbook Rounder Records Northwest Ireland’s favourite band, Dervish returns with a well-executed collection of songs suitably entitled The Great Irish Songbook. Much as other performers of the Celtic variety have done—The Chieftains, Altan, Sharon Shannon among them—Dervish looks to North Americana (I typed that accidentally, and decided it somehow seemed appropriate!)… Continue reading Dervish- The Great Irish Songbook review

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