David Davis & the Warrior River Boys- Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole review

David Davis & The Warrior River Boys Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole Rounder Records Even with fewer than a dozen albums featuring his name, David Davis has become a near-legendary member of the bluegrass fraternity, a true follower of The Monroe Doctrine. Having fronted the Warrior River Boys for parts of four decades, Davis has… Continue reading David Davis & the Warrior River Boys- Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole review

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Peter Rowan- Carter Stanley’s Eyes review

Peter Rowan Carter Stanley’s Eyes Rebel Records Carter Stanley’s Eyes is an acute reminder of that, when performed with talent, inspiration, and respect, bluegrass is a very powerful thing. Peter Rowan has been a bluegrass institution for more than thirty years, with a pedigree stretching back to the mid-1960s as a member of the Blue… Continue reading Peter Rowan- Carter Stanley’s Eyes review

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Gold…In A Way- Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys- Live at Mechanics Hall

More than 15 years ago, I started a feature in the local bluegrass association’s newsletter that I called “Gold…In A Way.” Each issue I would examine a bluegrass ‘back catalogue’ title that I appreciated. In this way, I looked at albums that either I missed writing about ‘the first time around’ or albums that pre-dated… Continue reading Gold…In A Way- Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys- Live at Mechanics Hall

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Eric Bibb, Tom Ewing, Rob Benzing reviews

I was busy writing last weekend, and the products of my efforts have been published over at Lonesome Road Review. Eric Bibb’s Migration Blues from Stony Plain Records: it is as good as you hope. Bill Monroe’s last lead singer, Tom Ewing, has put together a compilation of tracks from his late 80-early 90 cassette… Continue reading Eric Bibb, Tom Ewing, Rob Benzing reviews

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

Just a couple of days to Christmas, and my series of Roots Songs of Christmas is coming to a close. There are so many songs and performances I wish I could have included, and- rather than having a non-roots song of Christmas today- I will provide links to some of these down below. I had… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

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Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’ review

I rewrote my review of Laurie Lewis’s latest at the request of the Lonesome Road Review; without doubt, an incredible album. Laurie Lewis Skippin’ and Flyin’ Spruce and Maple Music 5 stars (out of 5) By Donald Teplyske West coast bluegrass maven Laurie Lewis pays tribute to Bill Monroe by exploring his roots and branches… Continue reading Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’ review

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Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute

Various Artists Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute Rounder Records There has seemingly been no end to the ‘tribute’ offerings to be produced in this the Year of Bill Monroe. While some of the recordings have been highly original- Laurie Lewis’s set Skippin’ & Flyin’ and Niall Toner’s ”William Smith Monroe,” as two… Continue reading Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute

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