Skinny Dyck- Get to Know Lonesome review

Skinny Dyck– Get To Know Lonesome JBK Records We don’t hear a lot of real country & western music today. Even a down-on-his-luck, rural-based word hack writing on the periphery of the roots music gauntlet seldom comes across the real deal—the head-on-the-bar, teardrops in corrosive whiskey, barstool philosophy variety, punctuated with essential moaning pedal steel.… Continue reading Skinny Dyck- Get to Know Lonesome review

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Lynn Jackson- Lionheart review

Lynn Jackson Lionheart Busted Flat Records First off, an apology to Lynn Jackson and her team. I mistakenly thought this album was being released in September, and therefore set aside writing about Lionheart for months. Imagine my surprise and embarrassment to notice this morning a May 22 release date on the accompanying one-sheet. Although already… Continue reading Lynn Jackson- Lionheart review

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Adam Karch- Everything Can Change review

Adam Karch Everything Can Change AdamKarchMusic.com Bros.ca Montreal’s Adam Karch returns with an album that matches and advances his previous Moving Forward. “Everything Can Change” provides the self-same titled album with a timely theme and foundational anchor: “We’re all in this together, we make our own skies blue,” he sings. As we enter our second-month… Continue reading Adam Karch- Everything Can Change review

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Ayla Brook & the Sound Men- Desolation Sounds review

Ayla Brook & the Sound Men Desolation Sounds Fallen Tree Records I’m alone but I’m not lonesomeNever one that once was winsomeNot too handy or too handsomeBut I sure do like to play someand I can be a foolLose the plot and lose my coolI lose my keys but not my conscienceTell me do you… Continue reading Ayla Brook & the Sound Men- Desolation Sounds review

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Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy- Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy review

Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy SweetSweetAcousticBlues.com  and CDBaby Sometimes it all comes down to the web address: ‘Sweet, sweet acoustic blues’ pretty much sums up this 34-minute platter of harp, guitar, and voice. Even more appropriately for the lowdown, forlorn blues—the website doesn’t appear to exist! A gently, swinging take… Continue reading Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy- Rott’n Dan & Lightnin’ Willy review

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Wide Mouth Mason- I Wanna Go With You review

Wide Mouth Mason I Wanna Go With You WideMouthMason.com Being of a particular age, the ‘rock & roll’ music of the late ‘90s and early 2000s didn’t do much for me. I was busy with rootsier endeavors, and paid little-to-no attention to what was going on with the kids. I come to Wide Mouth Mason… Continue reading Wide Mouth Mason- I Wanna Go With You review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#41-#50, pt. 1/5)

Ten years ago I spent too many weeks attempting to distill my roots music listening of the previous decade. It was painful work, but no small bit of fun. When I look back at that list, I am quite pleased at how well it holds up: a lot of great music that I continue to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#41-#50, pt. 1/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2019

My gosh, this was hard. How hard? Willie Nelson- Ride Me Back Home got bumped during the last week, and I had to decide Bruce Springsteen- Western Stars wasn’t a roots album. I reviewed 109 albums at Fervor Coulee (and elsewhere) during 2019, didn’t have time to review or chose not to review several dozen… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2019

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