Hello Young Lovers! It takes Balls to spend fifty years as an under-heralded rock ‘n’ roll band in a disco world. Terminal Jive and Propaganda from friends and fans in the media will only get you so far- if you don’t have the goods, it doesn’t matter how frequently you’re Pulling Rabbits Out of a… Continue reading Sparks- A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip review
My review of Lynne Hanson’s very strong Just Words is published at Exclaim! https://exclaim.ca/music/article/lynne_hanson-just_words Thanks to my fine editors there, some extraneous words were sliced. Being somewhat fond of my words, I’m posting the unedited version here. Lynne Hanson Just Words www. LynneHanson.com A beautiful album of retrospection and insight, Lynne Hanson’s Just Words is… Continue reading Lynne Hanson- Just Words review
I was a fan of Chris Knight before I ever heard him sing. An article in No Depression made me aware of him more than twenty years ago, and due to the eloquence of the writer’s description of Knight and his music, I searched out his debut right away. Now comes Almost Daylight. My review… Continue reading Chris Knight- Almost Daylight review
My review of Kelsey Waldon’s new album is up at Exclaim!, linked here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/kelsey_waldon-white_noise_white_lines It is a very strong album, not so much departure from previous standout recordings (one of which I reviewed here: https://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/kelsey-waldon-the-goldmine-review/ ) but a gentle evolution. Highly recommended.
My review of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys’ new one, out on Rounder Records, is up at Exclaim! It is called Toil,Tears, & Trouble, and it is pretty fine. Here’s “Ice on the Timbers,” a song from the deep Cedar Hill catalogue:
I was asked by Exclaim! to review the new album from roots favourite Marc Cohn and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. It is an unusual construction- three new studio tracks and several live numbers, mostly Cohn songs-that works incredibly well. The review is published right here, using this link that is near… Continue reading Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama- Work To Do review
I am proud of this piece of writing. I don’t say that often. From Exclaim!, my review of The Long Ryders’ ‘comeback’ album: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/the_long_ryders-psychedelic_country_soul Glad to give a terrific album a national review! (Review based on supplied download.) ********** I’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, but not as long as… Continue reading The Long Ryders- Psychedelic Country Soul review
Pleased to now be writing for Exclaim!, one of Canada’s leading entertainment and lifestyle publications. My first review has been published: Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson’s Amour. Give it a read if it is of interest. [Review based on supplied download.]