When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)
A selection of albums that have worked their way my direction these last few months. Americana of a variety of flavours. Railroad Earth– Captain Nowhere One recalls RRE as one of the first ‘big tent’ bands to be selectively-shunned by bluegrass festivals. Lost track of them somewhere around The Good Life (2004), but became reacquainted… Continue reading Between the Cracks, Summer 2017: what have we missed? reviews
Time for the annual ‘best of’ list which I never title ‘best of.’ I always go with Favourites because that is all I can go by: which albums have I listened to the most this past year, which ones have I most appreciated, and which ones do I feel are of an exceptional quality? In… Continue reading Favourite Roots Albums of the Year, 2015.
Amy Black The Muscle Shoals Sessions Reuben Records http://www.amyblack.com Amy Black first came to my attention with the release of her second album, One Time. It was a remarkable, unheralded collection of largely original music. Back then I wrote that, in her songs “connections to the past—through instrumentation, mood, and especially straightforward emotional honesty—are evident.… Continue reading Amy Black- The Muscle Shoals Sessions review
When I first heard Amy Black almost three years back, I was immediately enamoured with her voice and style. My review of her album One Time can be found by following this link. This evening, I am championing her new and even more satisfying release, This Is Home. Dang, it is a good one- with a soft… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Amy Black- Nobody Knows You
In today’s Roots Music column I advance the local roots happenings, including Ben Sures at the Matchbox tonight and the line-up for this August’s Central Music Festival. I also feature a review of Amy Black’s lovely new album One Time. For whatever reason the column hasn’t been posted to the Red Deer Advocate’s website, so… Continue reading Roots music column May 6, 2011- Amy Black