The Old Stuff: Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Reissue, Archival, Live, Tribute, Re-recording, and Compilation Releases of 2018: 1. Bobbie Gentry – The Girl from Chickasaw County : The Complete Capitol Masters The best box set I can recall purchasing, this 8-disc beauty features all the Capitol tracks one knew existed, and a whole bunch we didn’t.… Continue reading The Old Stuff, 2018
Over at Country Standard Time, two of my reviews have been published. Roland White (& Friends) latest is a star-studded tribute to his legendary bluegrass group The Kentucky Colonels. Meanwhile, Appleseed Recordings celebrates their 21st anniversary with a three-disc set featuring several previously unreleased cuts by Fervor Coulee faves John Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom… Continue reading Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews
Skinny Dyck & Friends Twenty One-Nighters skinnydyck.bandcamp.com For as long as I can recall, the Alberta roots music environment has been healthy and exciting. From the big-ticket folk festivals in Edmonton and Calgary, and the more regional events held annually in Fort McLeod, Driftpile, East Coulee, and innumerable other sites, to a radio network that… Continue reading Skinny Dyck & Friends- Twenty One-Nighters review
John Lee Hooker King of the Boogie Craft Recordings There is something ethereal and true about John Lee Hooker that even his contemporaries never quite achieved. Whether getting gritty or fatally romantic, searching for hope among the forlorn or finding joy in the minutiae of the daily struggle, John Lee Hooker brought the real blues,… Continue reading John Lee Hooker- King of the Boogie boxset review
Various Artists Rescue Me! A Cause for Paws Blue Night Records We all love our pets, and we can feel a bit better about ourselves when we rescue an unwanted gem from shelter life, and worse. We have raised seven cats, not counting Hazel Dickens—our first tortie who couldn’t transition to house life (she’s fine, having… Continue reading Rescue Me! A Cause for Paws- feature review
I very deliberately don’t normally reprint press releases at Fervor Coulee. Those of you who come here are looking for my Roots Music Opinion, not reposting of news releases that you can see in other places. But, today and only today, I am making an exception. I am really excited about the plans made by… Continue reading A Year of Stax? Yes, please.
We don’t get too many releases from what was once the premier bluegrass music label these days. I don’t know the reasons, but I do wish it twernt true: maybe it isn’t, just my perception. I was pleased to receive a review download of Rebel Records’ new Larry Sparks compilation, Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites. The review… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites review