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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John McCutcheon- Leap! review

John McCutcheon Leap! Appalseed/FolkMusic.com I’ve told this story before. In 2011, due to in-law connections and good fortune, I was able to travel to Chicago from Red Deer for a Chicago Blackhawks game. I got to see Teemu Selanne play for the Ducks and Fernando Pissani the ‘Hawks, but the game itself is rather unmemorable.… Continue reading John McCutcheon- Leap! review

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Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3 Phantom Threshold Black Hen Steve Dawson has been creating and recording innovative folk roots music for twenty-five years, and during that time—and notably the last decade—has seldom repeated himself. With the release of Phantom Threshold, he has paired with Jay Bellerose (drums and percussion), Jeremy Holmes (basses, including URB),… Continue reading Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

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Bill Scorzari- The Crosswinds of Kansas review

Bill Scorzari The Crosswinds of Kansas BillScorzari.com Weird Ass Americana. That’s my jam. Whether going back years to Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker, Roscoe Holcombe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and every bluegrass band recording prior to 1980, up to and including Willi Carlisle, Melissa Carper, Otis Gibbs, and Scott Cook, a scan of my CD shelves will… Continue reading Bill Scorzari- The Crosswinds of Kansas review

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Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

Dan Tyminski One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice North Star Records No one should be surprised by this project. Tony Rice was the most influential guitarist bluegrass music has produced, and that is revealed on each festival stage weekly. This past weekend, I had the pleasure to listen to Richard… Continue reading Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

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Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

Willi Carlisle Peculiar, Missouri Free Dirt Records An unusual album, Peculiar, Missouri is also one of the freshest and most honest folk albums I’ve encountered the last decade. Inspired by the Ozark region we love, Willi Carlisle embraces the traditions of Guthrie, Phillips, and McCutcheon and bring the methods they mastered over decades screaming into… Continue reading Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

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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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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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