The Drunken Hearts Wheels of the City LoHi Records TheDrunkenHearts.com Having listened to music, specifically roots music, for as long as I have it is seldom that an approach to music surprises me. The Drunken Hearts’ Wheels of the City caught me off-guard. I wasn’t expecting to listen to an album fairly regularly over the… Continue reading The Drunken Hearts- Wheels of the City review
Darin and Brooke Aldridge Inner Journey Rounder On their seventh studio release, and first for the venerable Rounder Records label, bluegrass music’s reigning power-duo present another collection of stellar modern bluegrass, avoiding pitfalls of select contemporaries. With Rhonda Vincent having largely abandoned recording bluegrass during the last decade, and Dale Ann Bradley no longer receiving… Continue reading Darin & Brooke Aldridge- Inner Journey review
HeavyDrunk HolyWater HeavyDrunk.com Southern soul. Country soul. Swamp rock. Muscle Shoals. Collectively, these terms evoke a vibrant presentation of music. No one is suggesting Tony Joe White, the Allmans, and Bobbie Gentry’s music sound alike, and no one is going to extend the representation to include every recording session (whether made in Alabama, Memphis, or… Continue reading HeavyDrunk- HolyWater 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
Bill Scorzari Now I’m Free BillScorzari.com Bill Scorzari is entirely himself. Confident and heartfelt, Bill Scorzari is one of the most impressive troubadour discoveries of the last ‘however many years it has been since I first heard Sam Baker.’ And like Baker, Scorzari simply improves with each release, finding new ways to explore and depict… Continue reading Bill Scorzari- Now I’m Free 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
My review of Kelsey Waldon’s new album is up at Exclaim!, linked here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/kelsey_waldon-white_noise_white_lines It is a very strong album, not so much departure from previous standout recordings (one of which I reviewed here: https://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/kelsey-waldon-the-goldmine-review/ ) but a gentle evolution. Highly recommended.