Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien Band Howdy Skies You never quite know which Tim O’Brien is going to make an appearance: fiddle slinger, folk singer-songwriter, bluegrass maverick, or Celtic-crosser, half of a dynamic duo or as part of an ensemble such as Hot Rize and (briefly) The Earls of Leicester. With Tim O’Brien Band (no… Continue reading Tim O’Brien Band- Tim O’Brien Band review
Glad to have had two reviews published at Country Standard Time this week. The Wooks’ Glory Bound was released in the autumn of 2018, but was only assigned and sent to me this month. What a set! I am not sure exactly how many times I listened to the album during the week I was… Continue reading The Wooks- Glory Bound & Della Mae- Butcher Shoppe EP reviews
Big Country Bluegrass Mountains, Mamas and Memories Rebel Records Big Country Bluegrass is one of the finest unheralded bluegrass groups working today. You won’t find their names—collectively or individually—on the final IBMA nomination lists, and they don’t command appearances on late-night talk shows, but their presentation of roots and hollers bluegrass is as strong as… Continue reading Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review
Throughout December I have been posting a series of columns reflecting on the year-in-roots-music past. I hope you have been inspired to locate albums that had passed you by, and are enjoying what I have recommended. Readership at Fervor Coulee has steadily increased the last three years with growth of 10% and 20% the previous… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Ten Favourite Roots Albums of 2018
Sister Sadie II Pinecastle Recording Company There are a lot of great bluegrass bands working today, and I would put Sister Sadie up against any single one of them. There remains novelty being an all-female bluegrass group. We should be beyond it, but as an industry we aren’t near there yet. We are not yet… Continue reading Sister Sadie II review
Jerry Wicentowski …Thanks, Mac! Songs of Mac Wiseman http://www.WizGrass.com If not for Mac Wiseman and a pair of brothers named Osborne, I am not certain we would have living ties to the first generation of bluegrass performers. While Bobby continues to book shows and record, Sonny and Mac have largely eased into retirement to only… Continue reading Jerry Wicentowski- …Thanks, Mac! review
My review of the very well-intended and expertly executed benefit disc for the IBMA Trust Fund is up at Country Standard Time/Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. I certainly think the album is more than worth your time.