Jason Ringenberg- Stand Tall review

It isn’t every day you get to review the person who gave you your moniker, but such was the situation I found myself in this month. Jason Ringenberg, he of …& the Scorchers, makes a tremendous comeback fifteen years after his last solo album. Yes, he has released Farmer Jason recordings during that time, as… Continue reading Jason Ringenberg- Stand Tall review

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Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review

Big Country Bluegrass Mountains, Mamas and Memories Rebel Records Big Country Bluegrass is one of the finest unheralded bluegrass groups working today. You won’t find their names—collectively or individually—on the final IBMA nomination lists, and they don’t command appearances on late-night talk shows, but their presentation of roots and hollers bluegrass is as strong as… Continue reading Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review

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The Long Ryders- Psychedelic Country Soul review

I am proud of this piece of writing. I don’t say that often. From Exclaim!, my review of The Long Ryders’ ‘comeback’ album: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/the_long_ryders-psychedelic_country_soul Glad to give a terrific album a national review! ********** I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, but not as long as some. I don’t think I’ve… Continue reading The Long Ryders- Psychedelic Country Soul review

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Michael Jerome Browne- That’s Where It’s At review

Michael Jerome Browne That’s Where It’s At Borealis Records http://www.MichaelJeromeBrowne.com The first sound you hear on Michael Jerome Browne’s That’s Where It’s At is an expertly executed series of notes utilizing his Waterloo Jumbo King 6-string guitar. Appropriate, because ‘that’s where it’s at!’ MJB has been making records for a long time, and I’ve been… Continue reading Michael Jerome Browne- That’s Where It’s At review

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Amy McCarley- MECO review

Amy McCarley MECO MECO Records AmyMcCarley.com Amy McCarley, new to me outside a solid rendition of “Cellophane City” on an uneven Steve Forbert tribute, covers a tremendous patch of Americana roots on MECO, her third independently released album. Marshall Chapman, Lucinda Williams, and (delightfully) Linda McRae come to mind as McCarley utilizes various aspects of… Continue reading Amy McCarley- MECO review

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Reed Foehl- Lucky Enough review

Reed Foehl Lucky EnoughGreen Mountain Records http://www.reedfoehlmusic.com Reed Foehl has some kinda fans. A band of them. A Band of Heathens. I am not privy to the particulars of the genesis of this project, but I’m imagining that somewhere along the way—four previous albums, countless gigs, dozens of songs—Reed Foehl greatly impressed The Band of… Continue reading Reed Foehl- Lucky Enough review

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Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz Riverland Red Beet Records I’ve seen the Mississippi only once. One Christmas season, the year Kristy MacColl passed, we found ourselves in New Orleans for a couple days straddling an ill-fated Caribbean cruise with the in-laws. The weather for most of the cruise was unpleasant, but the couple,… Continue reading Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

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