Three terrific roots albums that got away in 2018

Ray Bonneville At King Electric Stonefly Records Ray Bonneville can be counted upon to deliver albums of uncluttered, lyric-driven blues. He has been doing it since long before I started paying attention, and one hopes he will continue for years still to come. His latest, a set of eleven original, southern-influenced compositions, is every bit… Continue reading Three terrific roots albums that got away in 2018

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Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys- Pickup Cowboy review

JonathanByrd & the Pickup Cowboys PickupCowboy With this concise slice of retro-modern country music, North Carolina folk/Americana veteran Jonathan Byrd turns the clock back about three years, before the vagrancies of reality impinged upon best laid plans. Inspired by a ‘humble badass’ ethos, The Pickup Cowboys—Byrd (guitar, Rhodes, percussion), Johnny Waken (guitar, mandolin, organ, piano,… Continue reading Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys- Pickup Cowboy review

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Edward David Anderson- Chasing Butterflies review

Edward David Anderson Chasing Butterflies Black Dirt Records http://www.EdwardDavidAnderson.com First off, I am not placing this album on the pedestal the next paragraph may be interpreted as referencing to. But. I remember the first time I heard Darrell Scott. And Lucinda Williams. And Emmylou, Tim O’Brien, Joy Lynn White, and George Jones. And Jay Clark,… Continue reading Edward David Anderson- Chasing Butterflies review

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O Brother, Ralph Stanley, & Dolly Parton reviews

More roots review from the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive: Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack Mercury Universal (2000) Musical luminaries diverse as John Hartford, Norman Blake, Dan Tyminski, and the Fairfield Four came together to record the music for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, providing stellar performances of… Continue reading O Brother, Ralph Stanley, & Dolly Parton reviews

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Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

More roots review from the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive:Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, and Bruce Robison Unleashed Live Lucky Dog (2000) These singer-songwriters, here recorded live at Texas’s legendary Gruene Hall, are among the cream of today’s alt.country crowd. Each offers clever word play with compelling mini-dramas featuring revenge, regret, and good times.… Continue reading Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

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The Louvin Brothers- Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings review

The Louvin Brothers Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings Modern Harmonic The Louvin Brothers recorded several outstanding albums (Tragic  Songs of Life, Satan Is Real, Country Love Ballads, A Tribute to the Delmore Brothers…) in a span of less than eight years, and even more timeless songs (“Cash on the Barrelhead,” “When I Stop Dreaming,”… Continue reading The Louvin Brothers- Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings review

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Wylie & the Wild West- 2000 Miles From Nashville review

I am really pleased with this review. I enjoyed listening to the album, not a real surprise since I like my country actually to sound like country music. But I also enjoyed writing the review, something that doesn’t always happen. I was able to weave in a couple words and phrases that brought a smile… Continue reading Wylie & the Wild West- 2000 Miles From Nashville review

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Stax Country- review

Stax Country Various Artists Craft Recordings/Concord Music The early 1970s were pivotal in the evolution of country music. Preceding the populist explosions of both “Outlaw Country” and the resulting, reactive “Urban Cowboy” phases, in the early years of the 1970s country music ties to “& Western” had been significantly severed while the influence of “Countrypolitan”… Continue reading Stax Country- review

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Petunia And The Vipers- Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome review

Petunia And The Vipers Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome PetuniaAndTheVipers.com I’ve never known exactly how to take Petunia And The Vipers. Are they spoofing country music? was among my initial thoughts when first encountering them several years back. Is it musical theatre, and I just don’t get it? Nope. They are the real deal. Hell, Phil… Continue reading Petunia And The Vipers- Lonesome, Heavy and Lonesome review

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Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters- review

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters Organic Records By Donald Teplyske Having recorded four impressive albums as The Honeycutters, including the masterpiece that was 2016’s On The Ropes, Asheville, NC’s outstanding roots outfit has re-branded themselves as Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters. Featuring the consistent Honeycutters line-up of… Continue reading Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters- review

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