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
Mark Wayne Glasmire Can’t Be Denied Traceway Records/www.MarkWayneGlasmire.com With his seventh album—the second I’ve encountered—Texan Mark Wayne Glasmire has crafted a wide-ranging album embracing personal reflection, acceptance, and forbearance. A few songs, including “I’ve Got A Feeling” with banjo clicking along percussively, have such a power-pop undertone that one would be forgiven for mistaking them… Continue reading Mark Wayne Glasmire- Can’t Be Denied review
The dearth of quality country music has been examined sixteen ways from Sunday over too many years. Yes, there is good stuff to be found and sometimes even on the charts—Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Elizabeth Cook, to name three—but so much of what passes for country today…okay, you stopped me: thanks—you’ve heard this one before.… Continue reading Three country albums I recommend
Sylvia Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined Red Pony Music http://www.sylviamusic.com/ For several months during the 1982/1983 winter, “Nobody” became one of my favourite songs. It had been a hit the year before, I knew, but I didn’t pay attention to the song until I had an early morning job driving truck for the distributor of the… Continue reading Sylvia- Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined review