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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Holly Hyatt- Wild Heart review

Holly Hyatt Wild Heart http://www.HollyHyatt.com Forty-five minutes of feel-goo, soul-drenched, roots and blues. Been having difficulty managing your day? Can’t find the right words for a situation? Facing challenging choices? I’m not going to suggest Wild Heart is going to assist you in navigating obstacles faced today or tomorrow. I will suggest that a couple… Continue reading Holly Hyatt- Wild Heart review

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Al Lerman- Northern Bayou review

Al Lerman Northern Bayou AlLermanMusic.com Al Lerman’s (formerly of Fathead) swampy blues is a highlight of this spring’s blues offerings. Infectious grooves abound. The album kicks off with “Down to the River,” a song possessing a fundamental force of some significance, and just keeps going. Recorded in a ‘live off the floor’ blast of creativity… Continue reading Al Lerman- Northern Bayou review

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