Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves- Hurricane Clarice review

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves Hurricane Clarice  AllisonandTatiana.com FreeDirt.net Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves’ 2019 debut was a highlight of the year before Covid, and Hurricane Clarice emerges as we enter the sixth or seventh false reprieve of the global pandemic. Recorded under unique circumstances, this new album is as exciting, engaging, and… Continue reading Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves- Hurricane Clarice review

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Béla Fleck & Tony Rice Tribute reviews

Over at Country Standard Time two reviews of 2021 releases have been published. The Béla Fleck release was one of the years most welcome bluegrass albums while the Barry Waldrep-led tribute features some of Fervor Coulee’s favourites including Rodney Crowell with Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Vince Gill, Darrell Scott, Tammy Rogers, Kim Richey, John Cowan,… Continue reading Béla Fleck & Tony Rice Tribute reviews

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Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

Jake Blount Spider Tales Free Dirt Records JakeBlount.com Little Richard invented rock ‘n’ roll. So sayeth Stevie Van Zandt, and I ain’t gonna argue with Little Stevie. What’s that got to do with roots music and the new album from Jake Blount? Not a lot, except this: whether we’re talking rock ‘n’ roll or roots… Continue reading Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

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Nick Hornbuckle- 13 or So review

Nick Hornbuckle 13 or So Ruby’s Slipper Records NickHornbuckle.com Nick Hornbuckle. Two words, four syllables. A banjo, five-strings. A two finger-style all his own. Add that up, and you get 13. Or so. A founding member of John Reischman’s Jaybirds, Vancouver Island’s Hornbuckle has slowly—painfully slowly—built for himself a positive reputation within the bluegrass fold,… Continue reading Nick Hornbuckle- 13 or So review

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Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys review

At Country Standard Time, my review of the first album from Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys has been posted. It is a strong release, fitting right in with the Stanley Tradition with a mix of familiar songs and new ones. Two has impressed me a number of times over the years with… Continue reading Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys review

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Ned Luberecki- Take Five review

Okay, take a moment an revel in the beauty of that album cover. Rooted in classic music, the cover of Ned Luberecki’s Take Five recalls the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out giving it a bluegrass twist. Luberecki takes things further, interjecting a jazz ‘grass interlude mid-set including a fresh take on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five.”… Continue reading Ned Luberecki- Take Five review

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The Gibson Brothers- In the Ground review

 The Gibson Brothers have been a Fervor Coulee favourite since their Sugar Hill debut Bona Fide was released in 2003. It was a very strong album, ticking off all the requirements of a bluegrass album of the day: a railroad song, a Tom T. Hall classic, a road song, a song about bluegrass, another about a… Continue reading The Gibson Brothers- In the Ground review

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Ralph Stanley- Old-Time Pickin’

  Ralph Stanley Old-Time Pickin’ Rebel Records     Subtitled A Clawhammer Banjo Collection, if anyone wanted to argue that the rhythmic, frailing style of mountain banjo playing doesn’t belong in bluegrass, this forty minute collection would serve as a solid refute.   In the space of 18 uplifting tunes- fully half of which are… Continue reading Ralph Stanley- Old-Time Pickin’

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