Time for the annual ‘best of’ list which I never title ‘best of.’ I always go with Favourites because that is all I can go by: which albums have I listened to the most this past year, which ones have I most appreciated, and which ones do I feel are of an exceptional quality? In… Continue reading Favourite Roots Albums of the Year, 2015.
Since I gave up the newspaper column last year, I haven’t had too many opportunities for ‘high’ (or, even low) profile writing gigs, but the folks at the Polaris Music Prize gave me the assignment of writing a treatise on why I believe Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever should not only make the Short List (to… Continue reading Why Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever Should Win the 2013 Polaris Music Prize
A few weeks ago, I submitted my ‘first ballot’ for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. It looked like this: #1 = Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill #2 = J. R. Shore – State Theatre #3 = Corb Lund – Cabin Fever #4 = John Reischman – Walk Along John #5 = Maria Dunn – Piece… Continue reading Polaris Music Prize 2013
The Juno Award nominees were announced today and there was little joy for the roots folks this year. In the ‘big’ categories, not a wiff of roots amongst the populist material that keeps the industry afloat. Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo– the nominees are Amelia Curran- Spectators Annabelle Chvostek- Rise Corb Lund-… Continue reading 2013 JUNO Award Nominees- Roots Categories
Thanks to Jeff over at Country Standard Time, I was able to attend a day at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. As I’ve written before, I have a hard time attending more than a day of any festival. Calgary never disappoints and even lacking huge name acts- Roberta Flack (!) and Ian Tyson were likely… Continue reading Calgary Folk Music Festival- July 24, 2010