Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

Several fine blues albums have made their way to me these last couple months, and today is the day I finally share my thoughts about them. Apologies to the PR folks, labels, and musicians for the delay. First up: Paul Gabriel Man of Many Blues Smoke Ring Records PaulGabriel.net There are no shortage of blues… Continue reading Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

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Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

Kat Danser Goin’ Gone Black Hen Music KatDanser.com “Jumpin’ on the IV and II, hanging on the voodoo groove,” Dr. Kat Danser sings just a few moments into Goin’ Gone, her fifth album and second in a row in partnership with Steve Dawson—and first for his Black Hen label. With the declaration made within “Voodoo… Continue reading Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

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Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

Matt Patershuk Same As I Ever Have Been Black Hen Music Don’t accuse Alberta’s Matt Patershuk of resting on laurels well-deserved. While his previous album I Was So Fond of You was one of the finest country albums of 2016—regardless country of origin—this time out La Glace’s great hope has injected a whole lot of… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

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The Original Jenny Whiteley review

Jenny Whiteley The Original Jenny Whiteley Black Hen Music I first encountered Ontario’s Jenny Whiteley as a member of Heartbreak Hill, a bluegrass band featuring Dottie Cormier, Christopher Quinn, Victor Bateman, and Danny Whiteley. I don’t recall too much about their performance at that Blueberry Bluegrass fest appearance outside the impact of a single Whiteley… Continue reading The Original Jenny Whiteley review

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Matt Patershuk review

Man, Matt Patershuk is good. I’m not sure exactly when I first heard of Patershuk, but I’m guessing it was during an episode of CKUA’s Wide Cut Country a couple years back. Back in January or so of this year, I was listening to the radio and a four song set was played-some combination of Corb… Continue reading Matt Patershuk review

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Jim Byrnes and Jeff Morris reviews

238 columns, somewhere around 500 albums and even more live shows, with today’s column Roots Music has been promoting my kind of music in Central Alberta for 10 years. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve made a couple enemies, and I’ve fostered connections I would never have experienced otherwise. Some labels have disappeared while others remain viable. The landscape… Continue reading Jim Byrnes and Jeff Morris reviews

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Mary Kastle- Beneath the Folds

I’ve listened to Mary Kastle’s album several time this summer but only truly appreciated it this past week. One of the reasons music is so important to me is that it is so attached- to me- to where I am when I hear it: mentally, physically, socially… Sometimes music has to find you where you… Continue reading Mary Kastle- Beneath the Folds

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Kim Beggs- Blue Bones

  In this week’s column I review the excellent new album- out this coming Tuesday- from Yukon-based singer-songwriter Kim Beggs. It’s a corker; spend some money on a singer who is well deserving of the support. Albums only occassionally impact me the way this one did; from first listen, I knew Beggs was a singer… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Blue Bones

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Jenny Whiteley- Forgive or Forget

 Jenny has been a favourite since 2001 when I met her at Wintergrass. I had previously seen and heard her with a bluegrass band called Heartbreak Hill but it was only listening to Jenny’s debut album that she reached out and grabbed me. This one is a keeper, but very different from that largely narrative… Continue reading Jenny Whiteley- Forgive or Forget

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Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir / Things About Comin’ My Way

Thanks for visiting this week. In Friday’s Red Deer Advocate I was fortunate to review two exceptional roots music releases; I’ve listened to both countless times this autumn and discover something new to appreciate each time. Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir recently released How I’ll Remian and it is a splendid collection of songs.… Continue reading Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir / Things About Comin’ My Way

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