Outside Dale Ann Bradley, I am hard pressed to find a bluegrass act that has been more consistently excellent over the last decade than mid-west bluegrass band (The) Special Consensus. Chicago Barn Dance adds to the vigour of that assertion. Read all about it over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. Highly recommended. Jeff at Country Standard… Continue reading Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review
I’ve been away the last several days, and while I was gone Exclaim! published my review of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley’s latest, World Full of Blues. Link is here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/rob_ickes_and_trey_hensley-world_full_of_blues It is a stout recording I highly recommend.
My review of Molly Tuttle’s ‘debut’ album is published over at Country Standard Time. I am well aware of who she is and why she is well-respected, but I just don’t hear bluegrass in her music- not on the previous Rise, and certainly not here. What I do appreciate is her ‘big tent’ approach to… Continue reading Molly Tuttle- When You’re Ready & Joey Landreth- Hindsight reviews
My review of Original, Bobby Osborne’s Compass Records album, has been posted to the Country Standard Time website, linked here. It is a good album, but not a great one. There is much to enjoy musically, and Osborne’s voice has lost little of its power. Musically, there is less bluegrass drive throughout this recording, but the… Continue reading Bobby Osborne- Original review
Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I have posted my review of The Infamous Stringduster’s seventh album, Laws of Gravity. It is a pretty terrific album, one that continues their evolution within their definition of bluegrass, newgrass, jam-band, big tent acoustic Americana. I quite enjoyed the album. In preparation of writing the review, I went back to… Continue reading Infamous Stringdusters- Laws of Gravity review
I was asked to contribute some reviews to Lonesome Road Review recently. I am likely writing a little less for LLR and Country Standard Time than I had in the past, but I do find time to get a couple or three done monthly. These days, there is little to no money in freelance writing… Continue reading Reviews recently posted elsewhere
I try to link through everything I write for Lonesome Road Review, Country Standard Time, and Fervor Coulee Bluegrass here at Fervor Coulee, but inevitably some items get missed. While watching the new Bear Family DVD of BR5-49’s live 1996 German show, I thought I would try to catch some of the missed links. I’m… Continue reading Catching Up on Missed Cross-Posts
If you are not familiar with Ewan MacColl, you really owe it to yourself to do some Google searching. He was a terrific songwriter and a central figure-some may argue ‘the’ central figure-in the revival of the British folk music tradition. He was also a big of a cad, I’ve read, but since few of… Continue reading Joy of Living: Tribute to Ewan MacColl review
Released last week, the debut album from bluegrass veteran Rob Ickes and his new partner in song Trey Hensley is in all ways exceptional. My review has been posted to Country Standard Time, and the following link should get you there: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=5617 Thank you for visiting Fervor Coulee.
I haven’t done a great deal of writing during the past month, but I have placed a few pieces recently. I posted my review of Phil Leadbetter’s new album The Next Move over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. With a bluegrass heart at the core of the album, Leadbetter and his many collaborators have created a… Continue reading Recent Roots Writing