My review of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys’ new one, out on Rounder Records, is up at Exclaim! It is called Toil,Tears, & Trouble, and it is pretty fine. Here’s “Ice on the Timbers,” a song from the deep Cedar Hill catalogue:
The festival has never been so appealingly eclectic. While it was once billed as “& Country Music Festival” and as such included some very questionable lineup choices (look no further than Trick Ryder and Dirt Road Angels), Blueberry is now decidedly and positively heterogeneous in its ‘big tent’ approach to bluegrass and acoustic roots music.… Continue reading Ten Takeaways from Blueberry Bluegrass 2019
I was thrilled when Bluegrass Today decided to publish several of my rather poorly constructed snaps, taken at Blueberry Bluegrass 2019. Here is the link: https://bluegrasstoday.com/photos-from-the-2019-blueberry-bluegrass-festival/ Thanks to BT for helping spread the word about this great festival in Alberta.
The second day of three-day fests are the most difficult, I find. The novelty of day one is over—the renewing of acquaintances, the excitement of once again celebrating great music in a community—and by the end of the day, no matter the quality of music, I am bagged. Proof in point—in bed by 10:30 last… Continue reading More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two
Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, held annually for now 34 years in the central Alberta community of Stony Plain, is a highlight of my calendar. Where I once attended up to four multi-day music fests annually—and once, in 2003, I believe I hit seven—it is now the only festival I attend. Blueberry Bluegrass just suits me, and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections
I have long been a fan of Gena Britt’s banjo-playing and singing. My review of her Pinecastle album Chronicle: Friends and Music has been published. Here is the link: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6968
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