Dan Weber and Dana Cooper album reviews

Dan Weber The Way the River Goes Highway 142 DanWeberMusic.com Dana Cooper I Can Face the Truth DanaCooperMusic.com “I’ve heard it all.” How many times have I had this thought rattle around inside my brain as I reach for the next troubadour’s album? Trust me, it has been a few hundred times. Almost as frequently,… Continue reading Dan Weber and Dana Cooper album reviews

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Steve Dawson- Gone, Long Gone review

Steve Dawson Gone, Long Gone Black Hen Music We all know that guy. He is the coolest in the room. He knows everyone. He is good at everything he does. He looks fresh. Life just comes easy to him, he basks in it, and in the warmth of his admirers’ glow. We hate that guy,… Continue reading Steve Dawson- Gone, Long Gone review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2021

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

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Doc Watson- Life’s Work: A Retrospective review

Doc Watson Life’s Work: A Retrospective Craft Recordings I look up and I am staring at a picture of Doc Watson (and Jack Lawrence) taken in Tacoma in 2001. Over my shoulder, his first Vanguard album has pride of place, and on the record and CD shelves surrounding me there are about as many discs… Continue reading Doc Watson- Life’s Work: A Retrospective review

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Matt Patershuk- An Honest Effort review

Matt Patershuk An Honest Effort Black Hen Music When the Coalition of Alberta Troubadours met last spring to compare pandemic-influenced facial hair, songs, album release plans, and dark liquor, one imagines interesting conversations did unfold. Perhaps Joe Nolan suggested he release his album first, break a bit of heavy trail for the older guys, with… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- An Honest Effort review

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John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

John Wort Hannam Long Haul Black Hen Music Eight albums. Time flies. John Wort Hannam has been on his roots-fueled troubadour journey for most of two decades, spinning songwriting gold from the chaff of the lives he has encountered, both in reality and imagination. From early masterpieces like “Scotsman’s Bluff” and “Pier 21” to his… Continue reading John Wort Hannam- Long Haul review

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Doc Carter- High Tide for Low Times review

Doc Carter High Tide for Low Times A few years ago, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr borrowed Nelson Algren’s phrase “Never play cards with a guy named Doc” for their song, “My Father’s Advice.” Artists get to do that. Borrow, I mean. Sometimes I wish we reviewers could do that, just take phrases that capture… Continue reading Doc Carter- High Tide for Low Times review

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Craig Cummings- The Gulf Between Us review

Craig Cummings The Gulf Between Us CraigCummingsMusic.com AzaleaCityRecordings Listening to The Gulf Between Us, Washington, D.C.-area Craig Cummings’ fifth album (and first to reach my ears) was a surprise. Based on the cover art and liner picture, I was expecting…well, I’m not sure—someone a bit grizzled? A gnarly, whiskey-soaked voice? Songs about dust and horses?… Continue reading Craig Cummings- The Gulf Between Us review

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Julia Kasdorf- Motel review

Julia Kasdorf Motel JuliaKasdorfMusic.com The independent, roots music business is a tough one. It can be pure and innocent, bound by good times, family, and friends. It can be tawdry, exploitive, and unfaithful. Sort of like motels. Motels are the thing of childhood memories—a respite (“It has a pool!”) after a day of driving through… Continue reading Julia Kasdorf- Motel review

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Rod Picott- Wood, Steel, Dust, & Dreams review

Rod Picott Wood, Steel, Dust, & Dreams RodPicott.com Welding Rod Records I own three Rod Picott albums, which is not nearly enough so I am fixing that this evening by downloading a couple or three more. I’ve reviewed one of his albums, which is also not nearly enough so I am also trying to fix… Continue reading Rod Picott- Wood, Steel, Dust, & Dreams review

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