Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

I have no idea how many roots albums I bought, received for review, actually wrote about, listened to through a brief flirtation with a streaming service, and sampled via Polaris Music Prize jury membership, as well as other industry-provided downloads during 2022. But when I review other lists, I see a lot I am familiar… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Blues Albums, 2022

I do enjoy blues music. Of all the roots styles I feature at Fervor Coulee, blues is the music I reach for when listening for enjoyment the least: I listen to it intently while reviewing and writing, but I just don’t often go to the shelves searching for blues music. That changed a bit this… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Blues Albums, 2022

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Crystal Shawanda- Midnight Blues review

Crystal Shawanda Midnight Blues True North Records Crystal Shawanda spent years developing her artistry within the confines of commercial country music, and was quite successful doing so. She hit the Billboard Country charts, was a mainstay on Canadian country radio playlists for a couple years in the late ‘aughts, and toured from a Nashville base.… Continue reading Crystal Shawanda- Midnight Blues review

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Roots Discoveries of 2018

A lifetime ago- okay, about a decade or a dozen years ago- I stopped being asked to contribute to Penguin Eggs‘ annual critics poll. As far as I know, there was no fallout with the publisher: perhaps he just lost my email address. I still buy the magazine most every quarter, and am usually satisfied.… Continue reading Roots Discoveries of 2018

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Crystal Shawanda- Voodoo Woman review

Crystal Shawanda Voodoo Woman New Sun Records/CrystalShawanda.co Since her debut on both the Canadian and American country charts, it has been obvious that Crystal Shawanda could sing. Recording largely formulistic, and at times bombastic, country-pop, Shawanda found limited success as a mainstream country singer, touring in support of Brad Paisley across Canada, for example, and… Continue reading Crystal Shawanda- Voodoo Woman review

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