Years from now, when we consider the best roots albums of 2021, we will have great memories. The second year of COVID allowed artists to release music recorded either prior to the pandemic or that which was created in trying circumstances. It was a year of breakthroughs for many wonderful artists, and even a breakthrough… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021
Each year since 2000, I have been pleased to consider the finest roots music as part of this journey I’ve been on as a reviewer of CDs (then) and (generically now to include downloads and vinyl) albums. It has been a lot of work over the years, and my passion for roots music has only… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums, 2021
Continuing to mine the archives, some bluegrass Gold…In a Way.
Going back in time to post some reviews from the early aughts, the first years of Fervor Coulee, with all of from the Waskaoo Bluegrass Music Society newsletter, That High Lonesome Sound.
Wilson Banjo Co. Six Degrees of Separation Pinecastle An odd recording, this. And I use the word ‘odd’ deliberately and without negative judgement. Six Degrees of Separation is odd because, well—we just don’t get that many bluegrass albums built around one man’s banjo creations. Steve Wilson is a recognized master at building the 5-string banjo,… Continue reading Wilson Banjo Co.- Six Degrees of Separation review
Dale Ann Bradley Things She Couldn’t Get Over Pinecastle DaleAnnBradley.com There has not been a bluegrass artist over the last two decades who has consistently developed her art to the degree Dale Ann Bradley has done. Each album she records sounds like her last, a capstone to a career of intense focus and artistic growth.… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- Things She Couldn’t Get Over review
I’ve been writing about roots music for 20 years, and have been assembling self-indulgent ‘favourite roots albums of the year’ lists for most of that time. While always a pleasant challenge, this year’s list was the most difficult for me to assemble. COVID-19 kept me even more tied to my remote music world this year,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020
This year I decided to limit my Favourite Bluegrass Albums of the Year to ten titles; not only is that a manageable number, it was a place where I noticed a natural break between albums I listened to repeatedly and those that I quite enjoyed but didn’t return to after reviewing. The following didn’t make… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2020
As the first half of 2020 comes to a close (and thank criminy for that) and inspired by Exclaim! magazine’s request that I participate in their ‘top albums of the year…so far’ project (shocker: none of my albums made their list, and I even eliminated the bluegrass albums because I knew there was no point),… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020…so far
Two reviews have been published at Country Standard Time. Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair have worked together previously, but this is their first album of duets. We don’t hear from Grand Ole Opry and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds as frequently as once we did, but when the 90-year old legend decides… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair and Jesse McReynolds reviews