Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3 Phantom Threshold Black Hen Steve Dawson has been creating and recording innovative folk roots music for twenty-five years, and during that time—and notably the last decade—has seldom repeated himself. With the release of Phantom Threshold, he has paired with Jay Bellerose (drums and percussion), Jeremy Holmes (basses, including URB),… Continue reading Steve Dawson & the Telescope 3- Phantom Threshold review

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Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

Kim Beggs Steel and Wool http://www.KimBeggs.com With five previous albums, Kim Beggs has established herself of one of Canada’s great true-folk (as opposed to nü-folk, pop-folk, dance-folk, folktronica, post-punk gnarr folk…) artists. She remains unjustly underappreciated, in my opinion. Long based in the Yukon, Kim Beggs writes and sings straight from her gut and heart… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

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Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

Just a Season Leave to Come Home JustaSeason.ca Northern Electric “Just A Season is a folk-rock band from Vancouver led by Scott Smith. The band’s sound recalls an era when folk, rock, and country met in a sun-baked embrace.” Nailed it: an ideal two-word introduction to Just A Season. All I had to do was… Continue reading Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

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Lynn Jackson- I Am Only The Moon review

Lynn Jackson I Am Only the Moon LynnJackson.net Select musical artists never disappoint. Kim Beggs. Maria Dunn. Pharis and Jason Romero. Ann Vriend. John Reischman. Those are just some of the western Canadians who fit the bill. Heading east to Ontario, one encounters Lynn Jackson. Never fails. I’ve written about Lynn Jackson’s albums several times,… Continue reading Lynn Jackson- I Am Only The Moon review

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Rob Heath- Biggest Moments review

Rob Heath Biggest Moments RobHeath.com Edmonton’s Rob Heath has been writing and performing for decades, but Biggest Moments is the first of his recordings to make its way to me. A troubadour, Heath has chosen to have Biggest Moments focus on the kindness humans can reveal to each other, a suitable theme in days when… Continue reading Rob Heath- Biggest Moments review

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Tom Savage- 21st Century Lo-Fi review

Tom Savage 21st Century Lo-Fi TomSavage.ca Over the course of a few years and a couple albums, Tom Savage has become a personal favourite. Everything Intertwined (2017) and Great Beyond (2019), as well as the latter’s companion set of outtakes, Beyond the Great Beyond (2020), have served as my introduction to this veteran Ontario singer-songwriter.… Continue reading Tom Savage- 21st Century Lo-Fi review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

Years from now, when we consider the best roots albums of 2021, we will have great memories. The second year of COVID allowed artists to release music recorded either prior to the pandemic or that which was created in trying circumstances. It was a year of breakthroughs for many wonderful artists, and even a breakthrough… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

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Ben Sures- The Story That Lived Here review

Ben Sures The Story That Lived Here It has been a decade since I last listened to a new Ben Sures album; my fault, not his. Gone to Bolivia was that album, and it was stellar; like each Ron Sexsmith album, it felt like the one that would elevate the Alberta-based folk singer to the… Continue reading Ben Sures- The Story That Lived Here review

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John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

John Wort Hannam Long Haul Black Hen Music Eight albums. Time flies. John Wort Hannam has been on his roots-fueled troubadour journey for most of two decades, spinning songwriting gold from the chaff of the lives he has encountered, both in reality and imagination. From early masterpieces like “Scotsman’s Bluff” and “Pier 21” to his… Continue reading John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

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Joe Nolan- Scrapper review

Joe Nolan Scapper Fallen Tree Records Joe Nolan has been banging and busking on the independent circuit for more than a decade, releasing at least six previous albums of increasingly insightful and satisfying troubadoric tuneage. Beginning with dreamy, affectation-laden rock songs with more than a little Cobain & Pirner in his presentation (Pocket Dreams, 2008),… Continue reading Joe Nolan- Scrapper review

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