100 mile house & Jay Aymar reviews

100 mile house Love and Leave You (Fallen Tree Records)Jay Aymar Your Perfect Matador (Fallen Tree Records) Acceptance and forbearance, inevitability and uncertainty: throw in a couple love songs, and you have most every folk album made since ‘folk’ evolved from the Ewan MacColl definition of the genre. Tho’, to be true, the folk songs… Continue reading 100 mile house & Jay Aymar reviews

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Lynne Hanson- Just Words review

My review of Lynne Hanson’s very strong Just Words is published at Exclaim! https://exclaim.ca/music/article/lynne_hanson-just_words Thanks to my fine editors there, some extraneous words were sliced. Being somewhat fond of my words, I’m posting the unedited version here. Lynne Hanson Just Words www. LynneHanson.com A beautiful album of retrospection and insight, Lynne Hanson’s Just Words is… Continue reading Lynne Hanson- Just Words review

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Three 2019 Roots Christmas Albums reviewed

The McCrary Sisters A Very McCrary Christmas Rounder Records A “Respect Yourself”-groove infused “Go Tell It On the Mountain” opens A Very McCrary Christmas, the most exciting seasonal collection that has come my way this very rootsy December. This is an incredible, uplifting hour of soul-filled songs, many of the traditional variety, but so inspired… Continue reading Three 2019 Roots Christmas Albums reviewed

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Tom Savage- Great Beyond review

Tom Savage Great Beyond TomSavage.ca In my reviews, I typically do not pit performer against performer. But allow me this indulgence: Tom Savage is who Colter Wall listeners should be listening to. Wall comes off as a privileged youth aping legitimacy; Savage presents with an aura of unpretentious, wayfaring minstrel, ‘a country boy not sure… Continue reading Tom Savage- Great Beyond review

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Linda McRae- Going to the Well review

Linda McRae Going to the Well 42 RPM LindaMcRae.com Given how many outstanding and unique singer-songwriter-Americana-folk-troubadour-banjo-pluckers we have, even if only considering Canada, it is no shock that we sometimes forget Linda McRae between album releases. Living as I now do beyond the night lights of the city—“just a place you pass by on the… Continue reading Linda McRae- Going to the Well review

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Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

Jon Brooks & the Outskirts of Approval Moth Nor Rust II Fallen Tree Records I first heard Jon Brooks at a folk festival; Edmonton? Calgary? Somewhere else? Details fade, but not impressions: I wanted to hear more. And, I did. I write about music. Not terribly well, certainly not effortlessly or eloquently, but I write.… Continue reading Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

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Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

Three Canadian singer-songwriters. Three very different voices and visions. What keeps me writing about roots music? The money dried up in 2012. Most PR and label types expect writers to get by with downloads, totally disregarding the importance of packaging art, notes, and musician credits. It is more difficult than ever as a freelance writer… Continue reading Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

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