My review of the latest from bluegrass stars Darin and Brooke Aldridge is posted to Fervor Coulee Bluegrass over at Country Standard Time. Another in a long line of superior bluegrass releases from this venerable duo. A more concise version of the review appears on the main Country Standard Time CD review pages.
Alan Bibey & Grasstowne Hitchhiking to California BillyBlueRecords.com What is bluegrass? It has gotta have that drive, whether coming from the big stand-up bass or the flat-top, rhythm guitar. Bluegrass has that wonderful sound of the mandolin, notes trilling and the chop, well, chopping. 5-string banjo needs to weave in and around that melody, the… Continue reading Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- Hitchhiking to California review
Barry AbernathyBarry Abernathy & FriendsBilly Blue Records March (or February, when the album was released) is a bit early in the year to be talking ‘best bluegrass albums of 2021,’ but darn it—I am. Without hyperbole, Barry Abernathy & Friends is bound to be as well received as his most recent project with Appalachian Road… Continue reading Barry Abernathy & Friends review
Jason Barie Pieces Billy Blue Records We’ve had some pretty good bluegrass releases this year. Albums from Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Grascals, and Larry Sparks rank with the best of their distinguished careers, while discs from Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Louisa Branscomb, and the Po’ Ramblin’… Continue reading Jason Barie- Pieces review
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Live in Prague Billy Blue Records Doyle Lawson turned 75 this year. When we think about pioneers of bluegrass, Doyle Lawson’s name isn’t usually mentioned, coming as he did as a ‘second-wave’ performer. But the guy has been around, and more than just about anyone raised the expectations for bluegrass gospel.… Continue reading Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Live in Prague review
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers For the Record Billy Blue Records Banjoist Joe Mullins has long been a Fervor Coulee favourite. From his Traditional Grass recordings through seven albums with his Radio Ramblers, and side projects including with Longview and Junior Sisk, Mullins has built a formable and appreciated bluegrass legacy. For the Record… Continue reading Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers- For the Record review