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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Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

Kim Beggs Said Little Sparrow http://www.KimBeggs.com Kim Beggs, perhaps Whitehorse’s strongest contribution to the contemporary Canadian folk circuit, has a voice and an outlook like no one else, and she reveals her path of experience at every turn. That voice. Beggs has a timbre that is folksy, earthy, and woodsy all at once—natural-sounding, of course,… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

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Guy Bélanger- Traces & Scars review

Guy Bélanger Traces & Scars  Disques Bros http://www.GuyBelangerMusic.com Opening with two rather sedate and gentle instrumental and largely acoustic pieces, one is immediately drawn into the atmospheric experience veteran Quebec harmonica player Guy Bélanger has created. This is the sound of wires and wood (and harmonica)  in no hurry to get where they are headed—for… Continue reading Guy Bélanger- Traces & Scars review

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In With the Old- My Mother’s Couch reviewed

Okay, now that your eyes have adjusted…with what may be the folk/roots album package of the year, Saskatoon’s (“They put the sass into Saskatchewan,” says Jim Lauderdale) In With the Old has released a simply delightful album. My Mother’s Couch is 45-minutes and 13 songs of unbridled folk roots joy- a heaping helping of bluegrass… Continue reading In With the Old- My Mother’s Couch reviewed

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