Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#21-#30, pt. 3/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#21-#30, pt. 3/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

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Sue Decker- Outskirts of Love review

Sue Decker Outskirts of Love SueDecker.com There is hope for me: while I’ve yet to work-up the courage to perform in a bluegrass jam—aside from one pop-fueled, early-morning run-through of “Shady Grove” around a campfire—Victoria’s Sue Decker took her opportunity at the local jam, eventually taking a slide toward the blues. This collection of a… Continue reading Sue Decker- Outskirts of Love review

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Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review

Helene Cronin Old Ghosts & Lost Causes HeleneCronin.com Looking for someone who straddles the folk, country, and Americana worlds as comfortably as Mary Gauthier, Kate Campbell, and Mary Chapin Carpenter? Look no further. Depending on the song, Cronin sounds a little like each of the named singers, and her approach to songwriting is similar—personal narratives… Continue reading Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review

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Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

Jon Brooks & the Outskirts of Approval Moth Nor Rust II Fallen Tree Records I first heard Jon Brooks at a folk festival; Edmonton? Calgary? Somewhere else? Details fade, but not impressions: I wanted to hear more. And, I did. I write about music. Not terribly well, certainly not effortlessly or eloquently, but I write.… Continue reading Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

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David G. Smith- Who Cares review

David G. Smith Who Cares DavidGSmithMusic.com Songwriters are a different breed, we know. Where many of us observe through cliché and personal viewpoint, the lyrical songwriter perceives via meter and rhyme, turn the expected upside-down, and provide witness to that which hides. On previous albums within my collection, including Non-Fiction and First Love, Iowan David… Continue reading David G. Smith- Who Cares review

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