Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review

Dale Ann Bradley The Hard Way Pinecastle Records The Hard Way is stronger than Dale Ann Bradley’s previous self-titled release, which was itself a stout collection of bluegrass. Bradley’s style has evolved over these last twenty-plus years. Over the course of ten solo albums, most edges have been smoothed from Bradley’s presentation. In their place… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review

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Chatham County Line- Sharing the Covers review

Chatham Country Line Sharing the Covers Yep Roc/ ChathamCountyLine.com Chatham County Line plays bluegrass for people who don’t like bluegrass. Well, not just them. Some folks who like bluegrass also enjoy the music of the long-serving Raleigh group, but their interpretation of the music isn’t for everyone. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the Fervor… Continue reading Chatham County Line- Sharing the Covers review

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Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

It has been a busy week here in the Fervor Coulee bunker, and the fruit of that labour has been posted over at the Lonesome Road Review in the form of two reviews. First up is my review of the new Special Consensus album, abluegrass tribute to John Denver. Also up is my review of… Continue reading Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

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Roots Song of the Week: The Special Consensus- Wild Montana Skies

I became a John Denver fan the first time I heard “Grandma’s Feather Bed.” That goofy opus was perfect for an eleven year-old twisted in his musical development by a diet of school bus sing-a-longs of “Joy To the World,” “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,” “Patches,” and “Yitsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” But, I knew John Denver… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: The Special Consensus- Wild Montana Skies

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Roots Song of the Week- Patterson Hood: “Hate This Town”

Charity and benefit tribute albums are a dime a dozen, and unfortunately it sometimes feels that the extent of the contribution one is making to the named charity is about that much- a dime. “A portion of the proceeds…,” “the artist royalties will be donated…,” and “$1.00 from every album sold…” are phrases that are… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week- Patterson Hood: “Hate This Town”

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Music Albums of 2013

These types of lists are fairly self-indulgent, but most things we do seem to be. What the heck, then? I am fairly confident in my choices this year- I created lists as the months passed, and have considered well in excess of a hundred albums for placement.  Here then are my favourite roots music albums… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Music Albums of 2013

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Don Rigsby- Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley review

Jeff at Country Standard Time asked me to condense my review of Doctor’s Orders for use on the website, and I was pleased to do so. The (much) briefer more brief piece has been posted HERE. I like the freedom to write as much as I like here at Fervor Coulee and at Fervor Coulee… Continue reading Don Rigsby- Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley review

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Don Rigsby- Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley review

There are days when I am simply plum-tickled to have the opportunity to write about bluegrass music. This is one of them. My review of Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley is posted over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. In a year that has already produced several excellent albums, this may be the album of the… Continue reading Don Rigsby- Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley review

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Ralph Boyd Johnson- 1723 9 St SW review

Ralph Boyd Johnson 1723 9 St SW http://www.RalphBoydJohnson.com For those unaware of its significance, 1723 9 St SW may be the worst album title since 461 Ocean Boulevard. Ralph Boyd Johnson most obviously believed that this Calgary address had to be the title of his sophomore album. You see, and as most anyone with a… Continue reading Ralph Boyd Johnson- 1723 9 St SW review

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Guy Clark Video Tribute

Yesterday I stumbled upon Turnstyled Junkpiled, a site crafted by Courtney Sudbrink and this afternoon have spent a pleasant half-hour watching and listening to the videos she has posted as an L.A. tribute to Guy Clark. http://turnstyledjunkpiled.com/2012/01/31/dont-let-the-sunshine-fool-ya-the-sin-city-sings-the-songs-of-guy-clark/ Less polished performances than those contained on the very excellent This One’s For Him: The Songs of Guy Clark, the… Continue reading Guy Clark Video Tribute

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