Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

Suzanne Jarvie In The Clear Wolf Island Records SuzanneJarvie.com A very impressive recording, In The Clear is the second album from Toronto’s Suzanne Jarvie. Mining personal traumas and challenges for inspiration (and, perhaps, restorative healing), and filtering these through interests in literature, parables, and creative wonderings, Jarvie has created a lyrically dense collection of songs… Continue reading Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

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Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

Craig Moreau A Different Kind of Train Ever since Kitty Wells sang “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” there have been those who have chased that perfect “country song” balance between complexity of thought and lyrical clarity Jay Miller captured in 1952. From Mariel Buckley to Leeroy Stagger, Alberta has no shortage of… Continue reading Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review

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Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

Kat Danser Goin’ Gone Black Hen Music KatDanser.com “Jumpin’ on the IV and II, hanging on the voodoo groove,” Dr. Kat Danser sings just a few moments into Goin’ Gone, her fifth album and second in a row in partnership with Steve Dawson—and first for his Black Hen label. With the declaration made within “Voodoo… Continue reading Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

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Jenny Whiteley (2000) review

From the extensive Fervor Coulee archives Jenny Whiteley Jenny Whiteley Self-released (2000) Jenny Whiteley is a treasure for roots music fans. Her debut solo album is a recording of rare qualities. She successfully blends elements of traditional, hurting country with folk boldness and bluegrass virtuosity. Whiteley was recently honoured at the Juno Awards for best… Continue reading Jenny Whiteley (2000) review

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Thomas Stajcer- Will I Learn To Love Again? review

Thomas Stajcer Will I Learn To Love Again? https://thomasstajcer.bandcamp.com/ This might be the Canadian country album of the year. Someone should tell the folks pushing  buttons at stations emphasizing forgettable Aaron Pritchett, Dean Brody, and Tim Hicks tracks. Steeped in the tradition of 1973 classics like Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes and Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys,… Continue reading Thomas Stajcer- Will I Learn To Love Again? review

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Steve Dawson- Lucky Hand review

Steve Dawson Lucky Hand Black Hen Music Immersing myself in Steve Dawson’s impressive catalogue these past weeks, I wasn’t surprised as much reinvigorated by the intensity and diversity of the music he has chosen to create over the past decade and a half. There are certainly commonalities linking his recordings—the quality of his playing, naturally,… Continue reading Steve Dawson- Lucky Hand review

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