Larry Sparks New Moon Over My Shoulder Rebel Records LarrySparks.com One doesn’t come to a new recording from Larry Sparks expecting a radical departure: he does what he does, and he does it very well. Always has, and hopefully always will. New Moon Over My Shoulder represents a celebration of Sparks’ 50th anniversary leading his… Continue reading Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review
Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, part of the Country Standard Time site, I have posted my review of the latest from the Lonesome River Band. Give a click to link in to it. It is a very strong, conventional bluegrass release.
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers The Choosing Road Mountain Home In my opinion, and that is what I’m getting paid the big bucks for, there has been no bluegrass band who has recorded more material while remaining more consistent over the last decade than Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. Their albums are freakishly… Continue reading Chris Jones & the Night Drivers- The Choosing Road review
Dale Ann Bradley The Hard Way Pinecastle Records The Hard Way is stronger than Dale Ann Bradley’s previous self-titled release, which was itself a stout collection of bluegrass. Bradley’s style has evolved over these last twenty-plus years. Over the course of ten solo albums, most edges have been smoothed from Bradley’s presentation. In their place… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way 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
Chatham Country Line Sharing the Covers Yep Roc/ ChathamCountyLine.com Chatham County Line plays bluegrass for people who don’t like bluegrass. Well, not just them. Some folks who like bluegrass also enjoy the music of the long-serving Raleigh group, but their interpretation of the music isn’t for everyone. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the Fervor… Continue reading Chatham County Line- Sharing the Covers review
I had anticipated Lonely Heartstring Band would make an Alberta festival appearance this summer, and perhaps they will. However they won’t be at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, and that is too bad–they are one of the truly intriguing, leading edge bands in the new acoustic Americana universe. My review of their second album has been… Continue reading Lonely Heartstring Band- Smoke & Ashes review