Mike Farris- Shine For All The People review

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

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Jason Tyler Burton and Dear Jean (Ritchie) Tribute reviews

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

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Roots Song of the Week: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen- Say It Isn’t So

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

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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper- On Down the Line review

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

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Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

It has been a busy week here in the Fervor Coulee bunker, and the fruit of that labour has been posted over at the Lonesome Road Review in the form of two reviews. First up is my review of the new Special Consensus album, abluegrass tribute to John Denver. Also up is my review of… Continue reading Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

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Darden Smith- Love Calling review

My review of Love Calling, the latest from Austin singer-songwriter Darden Smith, has been posted to the Lonesome Road Review.  Quite fabulous; after submitting the review, I found my copy of Smith’s 1988 self-titled record while sorting my boxes of vinyl and quite enjoyed it while doing some moving about and lugging yesterday. Love Calling… Continue reading Darden Smith- Love Calling review

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen- On the Edge review

Another outstanding bluegrass release from Compass Records. Was a time when every Rounder release was this strong; in the past few months, we’ve had corkers from the Gibson Brothers and Peter Rowan, now comes word that Michael Cleveland has signed with the label, (let’s hope the band doesn’t up and give notice a week after… Continue reading Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen- On the Edge review

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Peter Rowan- The Old School review

I am making an attempt at playing ‘catch up;’ over the past month, I have received several wonderful albums from various labels, and just haven’t had the opportunity to focus on my writing to give them the attention they warrant. Receiving even less time have been the albums I’ve purchased over an even longer period of… Continue reading Peter Rowan- The Old School review

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The Gibson Brothers- They Call It Music review

The last month has been tough on me; many things are calling for my attention, and writing has had to fall by the wayside. I have been listening to some great stuff- the new Peter Rowan, the Frank Solivan, some great Steve Forbert music from the past. The Gibson Brothers’ new album They Call It… Continue reading The Gibson Brothers- They Call It Music review

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The Story Behind…The Special Consensus

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted the first in what I am hoping will be an ongoing series about the origins of bluegrass band names. First up, thanks to the skills of Greg Cahill, is the story behind The Special Consensus, one of bluegrass music’s longest running outfits. The link should get you there.… Continue reading The Story Behind…The Special Consensus

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