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.
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
These twenty-ish albums DIDN’T make my Top 30 roots albums of the year; still, a mighty stout list, me believes. I could spend a very satisfying weekend listening to nothing but these albums. Links to the original reviews included. Bubbling Under- honourable mentions, in no particular order: Victor Wainwright & the Train- Memphis Loud Ashley… Continue reading Not 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
The Other Stuff: Reissues, Archival, Compilations, Live, Covers & Tributes. Being somewhat ‘stuck in the past’ (at least as far as my definition of roots music goes) I typically have no problem with this category of releases. Often times familiar—that’s the compilations, reissues, and (sometimes) live components—and more often fresh and revealing—that’s the archival, covers,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020
No complaints on my blues front in 2020. The albums I reviewed came from the breadth of the blues spectrum minus the hard-rockin’ electric blues band end. These are the ten blues (and blues-ish) albums I encountered and most enjoyed this past year. Links to Fervor Coulee reviews included, just in case you missed them… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Blues Albums of 2020
What have I been listening to in 2020? Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my favourite roots albums of the year. I thought it interesting, if a bit self-indulgent, in this brutal year when we couldn’t see live music, that I also consider albums I discovered during lockdown and while under restrictions. I listened… Continue reading What Else Was Donald Listening to in 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