No excuses for not posting since November. Sigh. While driving home from work today, I realized we’re twelve days away from Christmas. And that brought to mind a way to get some posts written this month, since it isn’t happening any other way. I haven’t thought this out- I know where I’m starting and I’m… Continue reading The 12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #12
I’ve revised my piece from seven years ago about “The Mountain,” the album recorded by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band and released in 1999. It is posted over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass at http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=927. Hopefully you find it worth the read.
A bit late but understandable being how busy editor Aaron Keith Harris is, today brings the release of the Lonesome Road Review’s top 10 bluegrass albums of the past year. I’m pleased to see that Aaron and my LRR colleague Larry Stephens agreed with me in several places, quite likely more than I expected, and… Continue reading Lonesome Road Review’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011
9:28- Sam Bush did a fine job as host, I do believe. A final shout-out to William Smith Monroe. 9:29- I missed who was performing the instrumental- I heard George Shuffler’s name so I’m just going to sit back and listen a bit. Real nice. Smooth. Okay, a dropped not there but they picked it up… Continue reading IBMA Awards- the final performance
8:23- Bush reads the awards presented earlier today- see my post earlier if you like https://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/ibma-awards-2011-the-early-results/ 8:24- Who would be better to induct Del McCoury into the Hall of Fame than his sons Ron and Rob. Ron just mentioned Del’s patience which I find interesting because it is this quality that I have also noticed… Continue reading IBMA Awards 2011- Del McCoury
Previously announced, Del McCoury and George Shuffler have been invited in- I am looking forward to these two legends of the bluegrass biz having their moment. And it is hard to criticise their induction given I’ve advocated for the selection committee to look toward the Living while they’re Living. I’m a bit bitter that Hazel… Continue reading IBMA Awards 2011- Hall of Fame
In 2010, Preservation was released. A collection of songs to benefit New Orleans’ Preservation Hall made with a wide-range of artists, the compilation was an almost-universally undisputed success. Amongst the treasures revealed by that set was a single track featuring Del McCoury; “After You’ve Gone” was a swinging performance that allowed McCoury to explore his… Continue reading Del McCoury Band- Preservation Hall Jazz Band Review