Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

Years from now, when we consider the best roots albums of 2021, we will have great memories. The second year of COVID allowed artists to release music recorded either prior to the pandemic or that which was created in trying circumstances. It was a year of breakthroughs for many wonderful artists, and even a breakthrough… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

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Michelle and Jason Hannan fea. Howard Parker- Cheater’s Waltz review

Michelle and Jason Hannan featuring Howard Parker Cheater’s Waltz OneBlueNight.com I love me a country concept album. Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes.Emmylou Harris’ The Ballad of Sally Rose.Marty Stuart’s lost classic, The Pilgrim.Tom Russell’s The Man from God Knows Where.The Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera and—likely my first, Johnny Cash’s The Rambler.Paul Burch’s Last of My… Continue reading Michelle and Jason Hannan fea. Howard Parker- Cheater’s Waltz review

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Domenic Cicala- Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets review

Domenic Cicala Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets DomenicCicala.com I live for albums that I can repeatedly listen to, harmonize alongside, or move and groove with; the best ones, of course, involve all three at once. Whether your favourites are of the Emmylou and Rodney variety, the Prine/DeMent set, Tom Russell with anyone he… Continue reading Domenic Cicala- Come On Over: The Honky Tonk Duets review

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Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno- Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno review

Vivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoVivian Leva & Riley CalcagnoFree Dirt Records VivAndRiley.com Thirty seconds in, I was hooked; I knew I was going to love this album, the first from Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno as a self-named duo although Calcagno was prominently featured on Leva’s previous recording, Time Is Everything; as an aside, I… Continue reading Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno- Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno review

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Not Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020

These twenty-ish albums DIDN’T make my Top 30 roots albums of the year; still, a mighty stout list, me believes. I could spend a very satisfying weekend listening to nothing but these albums. Links to the original reviews included. Bubbling Under- honourable mentions, in no particular order: Victor Wainwright & the Train- Memphis Loud Ashley… Continue reading Not Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020

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Margie Singleton- Never Mind review

Margie Singleton Never Mind MargieSingletonMusic.com Margie Singleton has been around. Now 85, this veteran of the Louisiana Hayride and popular country music artist started making recordings for Starday in the 1950s, and found middling success through the 60s. Her highest charting appearance was with a Faron Young duet “Keeping Up With the Joneses” in the… Continue reading Margie Singleton- Never Mind review

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We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 review

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

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Susan Raye, Buck Owens, and Roy Clark Craft Recordings Reissue reviews

In retrospect, the ‘uptown’ country music created during the mid-‘60s to the early-‘70s by folks like Tony Booth, Margie Singleton, Buck Owens, Jeannie C. Riley, and many others is among my favourite. Yes, it was slick. Yes, it wasn’t always connected to the rootsy, rural environs we romanticize. It didn’t have the ‘country’ connections that… Continue reading Susan Raye, Buck Owens, and Roy Clark Craft Recordings Reissue reviews

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