Outside Dale Ann Bradley, I am hard pressed to find a bluegrass act that has been more consistently excellent over the last decade than mid-west bluegrass band (The) Special Consensus. Chicago Barn Dance adds to the vigour of that assertion. Read all about it over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. Highly recommended. Jeff at Country Standard… Continue reading Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review
Two reviews have been published at Country Standard Time. Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair have worked together previously, but this is their first album of duets. We don’t hear from Grand Ole Opry and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds as frequently as once we did, but when the 90-year old legend decides… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair and Jesse McReynolds reviews
The proverbial kiss-off: I hope you have a good life. Does anyone actually mean it? Aren’t you actually hoping the ex- quietly withers within a life of misery and solitude? My review of The Gina Furtado Project’s I Hope You Have a Good Life is published at Country Standard Time. Furtado, most recently of Chris… Continue reading The Gina Furtado Project- I Hope You Have a Good Life review
Because I haven’t written quite enough reviews in 2019, I accepted a last minute assignment from Country Standard Time to take a run at the latest Bloodshot compilation. Once upon a time, Bloodshot comps were integral to my listening, and even when they stopped being essential- and entirely entertaining- I still made room for just… Continue reading Various Artists- Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots review
Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass at Country Standard Time, I reflect on my weekend at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. I had a great time, but there were too many acts that presented style over substance, in my opinion, and not nearly enough bluegrass. Click for my thoughts.
Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, part of the Country Standard Time site, I have posted my review of the latest from the Lonesome River Band. Give a click to link in to it. It is a very strong, conventional bluegrass release.
Released in January, this brilliant little album only just made its way into my hands although I’ve been listening to the download for a month or so. Deanie Richardson needs little introduction. She has played with Dale Ann Bradley in both the New Coon Creek Girls and Sister Sadie, is a respected touring and recording… Continue reading Deanie Richardson- Love Hard Work Hard Play Hard review
Two (delayed) reviews have been published at Country Standard Time: it seems to be taking longer to receive CD via the mail, despite the best efforts of PR and record company folks. I appreciate those industry members who continue to see value in servicing me with CDs for review consideration. Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett… Continue reading Shawn Lane/Richard Bennett & Carolina Blue reviews
It isn’t every day you get to review the person who gave you your moniker, but such was the situation I found myself in this month. Jason Ringenberg, he of …& the Scorchers, makes a tremendous comeback fifteen years after his last solo album. Yes, he has released Farmer Jason recordings during that time, as… Continue reading Jason Ringenberg- Stand Tall review
I had anticipated Lonely Heartstring Band would make an Alberta festival appearance this summer, and perhaps they will. However they won’t be at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, and that is too bad–they are one of the truly intriguing, leading edge bands in the new acoustic Americana universe. My review of their second album has been… Continue reading Lonely Heartstring Band- Smoke & Ashes review