Various Artists Americana Railroad Renew/BMG Perhaps unintentionally also a tribute to previous generations of Americana artists who much earlier blazed a trail—folks like Elizabeth Cotton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hedy West, John Stewart, Gene Clark, and a handful of others—by both covering their signature songs while adding to the rich sub-genre of train songs they and… Continue reading Various Artists- Americana Railroad review
James Reams Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack AlbumRedbird Music JamesReams.com Concise review published at Country Standard Time, here. Long-winded feature follows… James Reams is absolutely unique. As such, there is no one in bluegrass quite like him. Born in Kentucky, he came of age in Wisconsin and matured in Brooklyn as a teacher and… Continue reading James Reams- Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album review
Doc Watson Life’s Work: A Retrospective Craft Recordings I look up and I am staring at a picture of Doc Watson (and Jack Lawrence) taken in Tacoma in 2001. Over my shoulder, his first Vanguard album has pride of place, and on the record and CD shelves surrounding me there are about as many discs… Continue reading Doc Watson- Life’s Work: A Retrospective review
A few more bluegrass reviews from the early days of Fervor Coulee.
Continuing to mine the archives, some bluegrass Gold…In a Way.
Going back in time to post some reviews from the early aughts, the first years of Fervor Coulee, with all of from the Waskaoo Bluegrass Music Society newsletter, That High Lonesome Sound.
I can’t truly review the new collection from Light in the Attic, a two-record set entitled Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology. Despite my best efforts, I can’t download the provided files containing the liner notes and credits, and without these it is impossible to share what needs to be shared… Continue reading The Willie Dunn Anthology- not a review
My review of Dave Alvin’s version of “Odds & Sods” is up at Country Standard Time. I reviewed a provided download; I am missing the days when YepRoc serviced me with their Americana releases. Some gems in that catalogue, and I do love my CDs and records. This is an interesting release; the music is… Continue reading Dave Alvin- From an Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings review
The Other Stuff: Reissues, Archival, Compilations, Live, Covers & Tributes. Being somewhat ‘stuck in the past’ (at least as far as my definition of roots music goes) I typically have no problem with this category of releases. Often times familiar—that’s the compilations, reissues, and (sometimes) live components—and more often fresh and revealing—that’s the archival, covers,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020
We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 Bear Family The Bristol sessions are variously known as “the single most important event in the history of country music” (John R. Cash) and the “Big Bang of country music” (Nolan Porterfield), with Bristol, Tennessee declared the “Birthplace of Country Music” (the Bristol Chamber of… Continue reading We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 review