Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

Suzanne Jarvie In The Clear Wolf Island Records SuzanneJarvie.com A very impressive recording, In The Clear is the second album from Toronto’s Suzanne Jarvie. Mining personal traumas and challenges for inspiration (and, perhaps, restorative healing), and filtering these through interests in literature, parables, and creative wonderings, Jarvie has created a lyrically dense collection of songs… Continue reading Suzanne Jarvie- In The Clear review

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Roots Discoveries of 2018

A lifetime ago- okay, about a decade or a dozen years ago- I stopped being asked to contribute to Penguin Eggs‘ annual critics poll. As far as I know, there was no fallout with the publisher: perhaps he just lost my email address. I still buy the magazine most every quarter, and am usually satisfied.… Continue reading Roots Discoveries of 2018

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots and Singer-Songwriter Albums of the Year 2018

*the ones that weren’t bluegrass, blues, or ‘old stuff’ like compilations, reissues, and archival releases This is the second run at my list. The first is lost somewhere on my hard drive, obliterated by the Blue Screen of Death. Reassembling the list wasn’t terribly difficult (although I did decide to cut back from thirty to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots and Singer-Songwriter Albums of the Year 2018

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Favourite Roots Albums of 2018, so far

It’s July 1. The year is half over and during the past six months some terrific music has been released. While I have heard my share of the roots music that has come out, I haven’t heard it all. I do have my favourites and that is what I share today: Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots… Continue reading Favourite Roots Albums of 2018, so far

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Hadley McCall Thackston- review

Hadley McCall Thackston Hadley McCall Thackston Wolfe Island Records When was the last time an album reminded you of both Elle King and the Handsome Family? Welcome Hadley McCall Thackston! McCall Thackston has a bright, buoyant voice ideal for bittersweet love ballads and moodscapes of melody and melancholy.  Certainly as playful as King—it has something… Continue reading Hadley McCall Thackston- review

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