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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Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

Tim Isberg Running on the Edge TimIsberg.com I had intended this summer to explore writing reviews as ‘quick-hit’, hundred-word exercises, better suitable for the current freelance market. Another 600-words later, I again offer my apologies. My motto: If you can’t be good, be long. A pleasant Alberta surprise made its way to me this summer,… Continue reading Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

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Chris & Adam Carroll- Good Farmer review

Chris & Adam Carroll Good Farmer AdamCarroll.com ChrisCarrollSongs.com What makes a good farmer?Patience.A work ethic superseding common sense.An appreciation for silence.And trees.A soft touch from harden hands. And heart.Pragmatism. After completing this list, truly stream of conscious and not realizing where it was going, I discovered I had just described a good songwriter. A pair… Continue reading Chris & Adam Carroll- Good Farmer review

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Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review

Blue Moon Marquee Bare Knuckles & Brawn BlueMoonMarquee.com For a band that so freely reaches back into the tradition, be it blues, jazz, freak-folk, swing, or ragtime, Blue Moon Marquee is entirely unique. Much like and entirely different from Bill & the Belles, I can picture Blue Moon Marquee around a single mic in a… Continue reading Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review

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Steve Goodman- Artistic Hair & Affordable Art reissue reviews

Steve Goodman Artistic Hair and Affordable Art Omnivore Recordings Jim Croce. Harry Chapin. Steve Goodman. Three singer-songwriters forever associated for any number of reasons, depending on personal connections. Omnivore expands and reissues two late career Goodman recordings this month. Essential offerings in that they serve as reminder—if such is needed—to the charm and ability of… Continue reading Steve Goodman- Artistic Hair & Affordable Art reissue reviews

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