Jason Barie- Pieces review

Jason Barie Pieces Billy Blue Records We’ve had some pretty good bluegrass releases this year. Albums from Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Grascals, and Larry Sparks rank with the best of their distinguished careers, while discs from Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt, Louisa Branscomb, and the Po’ Ramblin’… Continue reading Jason Barie- Pieces review

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More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two

The second day of three-day fests are the most difficult, I find. The novelty of day one is over—the renewing of acquaintances, the excitement of once again celebrating great music in a community—and by the end of the day, no matter the quality of music, I am bagged. Proof in point—in bed by 10:30 last… Continue reading More Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections- Day Two

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, held annually for now 34 years in the central Alberta community of Stony Plain, is a highlight of my calendar. Where I once attended up to four multi-day music fests annually—and once, in 2003, I believe I hit seven—it is now the only festival I attend. Blueberry Bluegrass just suits me, and… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, 2019- Stony Plain, Alberta reflections

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Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers- For the Record review

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers For the Record Billy Blue Records Banjoist Joe Mullins has long been a Fervor Coulee favourite. From his Traditional Grass recordings through seven albums with his Radio Ramblers, and side projects including with Longview and Junior Sisk, Mullins has built a formable and appreciated bluegrass legacy. For the Record… Continue reading Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers- For the Record review

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Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers- They’re Playing My Song

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted a review of the excellent new album from bluegrass vet Joe Mullins. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=928 will get you there. The Radio Ramblers include Adam McIntosh (formerly of the Dry Branch Fire Squad), one of my favourite guitar players and singers within the genre. I wouldn’t mind seeing this band live in… Continue reading Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers- They’re Playing My Song

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Lonesome Road Review’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

A bit late but understandable being how busy editor Aaron Keith Harris is, today brings the release of the Lonesome Road Review’s top 10 bluegrass albums of the past year. I’m pleased to see that Aaron and my LRR colleague Larry Stephens agreed with me in several places, quite likely more than I expected, and… Continue reading Lonesome Road Review’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

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