Ronnie Bowman Ronnie Bowman EMG I’ll be the first to admit Ronnie Bowman is a polarizing bluegrass figure. While his bona fides are without question—he had been recognized for his talents as IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times before 2000—and he is always in demand for guest vocalist duties, there are some who… Continue reading Ronnie Bowman- Ronnie Bowman review
Jason Barie Pieces Billy Blue Records We’ve had some pretty good bluegrass releases this year. Albums from Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Grascals, and Larry Sparks rank with the best of their distinguished careers, while discs from Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Louisa Branscomb, and the Po’ Ramblin’… Continue reading Jason Barie- Pieces review
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