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
My review of Buck Owens’ unreleased (at the time) 1975 album Cowboy Singers’ Prayer is up over at Country Standard Time. It is worth a listen or two.
Jim Lauderdale- Time Flies http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6762 Jim Lauderdale & Roland White- self-titled, from 1979 http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6763 Larry Cordle- Tales From East Kentucky http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6753 Junior Sisk- Brand New Shade of Blue http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6747
I don’t get to review as much bluegrass as I once did. Over the last ten years, record companies seem to have fewer resources to ‘service’ freelance writers, and it appears select labels have simply chosen to ‘drop’ some writers from their contacts. Also, bands are less willing and able to send out review copies.… Continue reading Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey 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