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
Mike Farris Shine For All The People Compass Records Mike Farris is a gospel singer. Mike Farris is a rock ‘n’ roll singer. And Mike Farris is a soul singer, in the mode of the 60s and 70s definition of ‘soul.’ Drop one of his songs- try “River Jordan” or “Sparrow”- into one of those… Continue reading Mike Farris- Shine For All The People review
My reviews of the new releases from folk singer/songwriter Jason Burton Tyler and a wonderful tribute to Jean Ritchie entitled Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie are up at Lonesome Road Review. Both are impressive, in very different ways. Jason Burton Tyler has a crisp vision for recording his world and experiences, while the artists… Continue reading Jason Tyler Burton and Dear Jean (Ritchie) Tribute reviews
I last wrote about Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen last year when they released a terrific album, On the Edge, on Compass Records. I’ve been listening to their new one Cold Spell off and on for a few weeks, and while it hasn’t ‘grabbed me’ the way On the Edge did I don’t think anyone should… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen- Say It Isn’t So
My review of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper’s brand new Compass Records album has been posted over at Country Standard Time. Without looking, name the members of Flamekeeper. Your response to this request may reveal how you approach the Compass Records debut of Michael Cleveland’s band. If you thought, “Doesn’t matter; it is Cleveland that matters”… Continue reading Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper- On Down the Line review