Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz Riverland Red Beet Records I’ve seen the Mississippi only once. One Christmas season, the year Kristy MacColl passed, we found ourselves in New Orleans for a couple days straddling an ill-fated Caribbean cruise with the in-laws. The weather for most of the cruise was unpleasant, but the couple,… Continue reading Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

At the end of each year, writers and broadcasters get to indulge themselves and—one hopes—their readers and listeners with their judgements on the year past. I’ve spent substantial time reviewing the roots/Americana/whatever you want to call them, if they are on the No Depression list I might have considered them, and even if they aren’t… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- C & O Canal review

 I suspect that I would enjoy passing time about a round table with a cool beverage in my hand in the company of either Eric Brace or Peter Cooper. Two of my favourite musicians, songwriters, and wordsmiths, Cooper and Brace have released a strong slate of albums over the past decade. C & O Canal,… Continue reading Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- C & O Canal review

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Eric Brace & Karl Straub- Hangtown Dancehall review

I have a very strong feeling that 2014’s list of Roots Albums of the Year will be even more challenging to create than the last several years. No shortage of candidates already, and we’re less than a quarter of the way through. Eric Brace and Karl Straub’s exceptional Hangtown Dancehall is certain to receive considerable… Continue reading Eric Brace & Karl Straub- Hangtown Dancehall review

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Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

Eric Brace and Karl Straub have created a most ambitious album based upon and extending “Sweet Betsy From Pike,” a song from the California Gold Rush era. Prior to listening to Hangtown Dancehall, I had only passing familiarity with “Sweet Betsy From Pike” having heard versions by Suzy Bogguss and Johnny Cash. Admittedly, I hadn’t… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- The Comeback Album

One of my great failings as a writer is that I am not talented enough to blow smoke up the arses of every performer I review, all the while simultaneously saying absolutely nothing about the music and seeming intellectually gifted. At least, that is the feeling I acquired shortly after starting this intermittently successful gig… Continue reading Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- The Comeback Album

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

Just a couple of days to Christmas, and my series of Roots Songs of Christmas is coming to a close. There are so many songs and performances I wish I could have included, and- rather than having a non-roots song of Christmas today- I will provide links to some of these down below. I had… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #2

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