Kathy Kallick & Friends- Dodi Kallick What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? review

Kathy Kallick & Friends- Dodi Kallick What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? Live Oak Records http://www.KathyKallick.com and https://kathykallick.bandcamp.com/album/what-are-they-doing-in-heaven-today Over the last fifty years, few bluegrass singers, songwriters, and performers have received less acknowledgement for their groundbreaking perseverance than has California’s Kathy Kallick. With all due respect and realizing she has received awards (a Grammy… Continue reading Kathy Kallick & Friends- Dodi Kallick What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

I have no idea how many roots albums I bought, received for review, actually wrote about, listened to through a brief flirtation with a streaming service, and sampled via Polaris Music Prize jury membership, as well as other industry-provided downloads during 2022. But when I review other lists, I see a lot I am familiar… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Compilations, Tributes, & Archival Albums of 2022

This is my annual ‘odds & sods’ category, those roots albums that are various artist tributes to artists or subjects, archival recordings, or compilations created to highlight a style of music or an artist’s catalogue. Bluegrass Favourites of 2022 previously posted, with Blues and the overall Roots lists to follow. As my #1 bluegrass album… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Compilations, Tributes, & Archival Albums of 2022

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2022

It is that time of year. As the year concludes those of us who write about music get to reflect and indulge our personal preferences by reviewing the offerings of the past year and providing our perspectives on ‘the year’s best.’ I deliberately avoid the word ‘best,’ and always refer to these as my favourites.… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2022

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Billy Strings & Terry Barber, “Me/And/Dad” review

Billy Strings and Terry Barber Me/And/Dad Rounder It’s about the story. Billy Strings’ version of hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll has engulfed the Americana music community over the past several years. He has won a Grammy, as well as multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year twice, and an Americana Music Award… Continue reading Billy Strings & Terry Barber, “Me/And/Dad” review

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The Alex Leach Band- All the Way review

My review of The Alex Leach Band’s second album All the Way is up at Country Standard Time. Read it here. Here is how it started before the editor did his thing: “As he’s matured, many of us have grown up with Alex Leach. I’ve been listening to him on WDVX for more than twenty… Continue reading The Alex Leach Band- All the Way review

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Tony Rice- Guitar Vinyl reissue reviewed

Tony Rice Guitar Rebel Records There has been no end to bluegrass albums labeled as classics. Some of them even deserve the renown such a reference implies. Tony Rice’s recording debut, released in 1974, is arguably one of those recordings, an album that will be within the number should my book One Hundred Essential Bluegrass… Continue reading Tony Rice- Guitar Vinyl reissue reviewed

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Cedar Hill- New Chapter review

Cedar Hill New Chapter Mountain Fever Bluegrass can be complex. It doesn’t have to be. Simultaneously, it isn’t simple music, and it certainly isn’t easy to play. I just spent a weekend at a bluegrass festival featuring 18 acts, nine of them solid bluegrass of various shades. These groups all impressed in various ways, but… Continue reading Cedar Hill- New Chapter review

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Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

Dan Tyminski One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice North Star Records No one should be surprised by this project. Tony Rice was the most influential guitarist bluegrass music has produced, and that is revealed on each festival stage weekly. This past weekend, I had the pleasure to listen to Richard… Continue reading Dan Tyminski- One More Time Before You Go: A Tribute to Tony Rice review

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2022

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this weekend’s Blueberry Bluegrass a complete success. And even bigger thanks to all the patrons who purchased tickets, camped, bought raffle tickets and merchandise, and supported our vendors, food trucks, musicians, and the businesses of Stony Plain this weekend: the festival cannot exist without your commitment and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2022

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