Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

As with any list of this type, albums could move up and down the list with second and third thought. I considered a lot of music to come up with this list for the Exclaim! editor who solicited it. Unfortunately, none of my albums made their list of 50 Best of the Decade. I had… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

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Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

Several fine blues albums have made their way to me these last couple months, and today is the day I finally share my thoughts about them. Apologies to the PR folks, labels, and musicians for the delay. First up: Paul Gabriel Man of Many Blues Smoke Ring Records PaulGabriel.net There are no shortage of blues… Continue reading Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

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Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

Tim Isberg Running on the Edge TimIsberg.com I had intended this summer to explore writing reviews as ‘quick-hit’, hundred-word exercises, better suitable for the current freelance market. Another 600-words later, I again offer my apologies. My motto: If you can’t be good, be long. A pleasant Alberta surprise made its way to me this summer,… Continue reading Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

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Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review

Blue Moon Marquee Bare Knuckles & Brawn BlueMoonMarquee.com For a band that so freely reaches back into the tradition, be it blues, jazz, freak-folk, swing, or ragtime, Blue Moon Marquee is entirely unique. Much like and entirely different from Bill & the Belles, I can picture Blue Moon Marquee around a single mic in a… Continue reading Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review

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Brett Spaulding- Livin’ to Play review

Brett Spaulding Livin’ to Play Calgary’s Brett Spaulding is a step-and-a-half closer to rock ‘n’ roll than those typically covered here at Fervor Coulee, but I’ll allow it this once. While guitar-driven (and guitar-heavy), Spaulding’s songs are melodic (“Driveby,” “Can’t Stop”) blues-rock explorations that—at one time, long ago—might have made their way onto rock FM… Continue reading Brett Spaulding- Livin’ to Play review

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Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

Jessica Heine Goodbye Party Fallen Tree Records http://www.JessicaHeine.com A long time ago, I had many favourite Alberta singer-songwriters who just happened to be female. Some have fallen off my radar (Jennifer Gibson, and many whose names have faded in memory), while several—Jane Hawley, Ruth Purves Smith, and Maria Dunn, to recall three—remain in regular rotation… Continue reading Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

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Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review

Harpdog Brown For Love & Money DogHouse HarpdogBrown.com A couple months back, blues evangelist Harpdog Brown released an energetic set of New Orleans-influenced jump blues, a true, authentic throwback to and of a previous generation’s music. An outstanding blues harmonica player, Brown’s music has been heard on fine blues radio programs for years, and I… Continue reading Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review

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