Michael Braunfeld Driver http://www.MichaelBraunfeld.com Blind Justice Music There are days when I figure I am done being gob smacked: heard it all, have I. And then comes the day you (finally—sorry) open that CD that has been sitting on a pile for more than a month awaiting listening and review. Every single night is your… Continue reading Michael Braunfeld- Driver review
Tim Gartland Satisfied Taste Good Music TimGartland.com A singing-songwriting country & blues harp player? Yes, please. One listen to Satisfied is enough to confirm: you were looking for Tim Gartland without even knowing he exists. His spoken-word singing approach—Tom Wilson (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse) is fair comparison, as may be latter-day Mose Allison—is… Continue reading Tim Gartland- Satisfied review
Jane Kramer Valley of the Bones http://www.JaneKramerMusic.com About twice a year, I head down to the bunker and dig out Jane Kramer’s previous album, Carnival of Hopes. I am never disappointed; this 2016 release only grows in my estimation with repeated listening. I was excited then to receive Valley of the Bones for review, and… Continue reading Jane Kramer- Valley of the Bones review
Craig Moreau A Different Kind of Train Ever since Kitty Wells sang “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” there have been those who have chased that perfect “country song” balance between complexity of thought and lyrical clarity Jay Miller captured in 1952. From Mariel Buckley to Leeroy Stagger, Alberta has no shortage of… Continue reading Craig Moreau- A Different Kind of Train review
J. P. Harris Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing Free Dirt Records Quick: Name your three favourite country albums of the 70s. Go. That was easy: Emmy’s Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Townes’ High, Low, and In Between, and Tom T. Hall’s Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers. And Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes. And… Continue reading J. P. Harris- Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing 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.
Thomas Stajcer Will I Learn To Love Again? https://thomasstajcer.bandcamp.com/ This might be the Canadian country album of the year. Someone should tell the folks pushing buttons at stations emphasizing forgettable Aaron Pritchett, Dean Brody, and Tim Hicks tracks. Steeped in the tradition of 1973 classics like Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes and Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys,… Continue reading Thomas Stajcer- Will I Learn To Love Again? review