Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums of 2017

What is roots music? I frequently have to remind myself that not everything I seek out is ‘roots.’ When I start considering Little Steven or Danko Jones (Wild Cat might have been my favourite album of 2017) albums as ‘roots’ music, I may be starting to lose the plot. So I pull myself back. However,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums of 2017

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John Reischman & the Jaybirds- On That Other Green Shore review

John Reischman & the Jaybirds On That Other Green Shore Corvus Records http://www.thejaybirds.com/ It has long been known that John Reischman & the Jaybirds are one of my favourite bluegrass combos. To my ears, they have everything I expect from a band—vocal complexity and diversity, exceptional instrumentation and harmonic interplay, rock solid material with a… Continue reading John Reischman & the Jaybirds- On That Other Green Shore review

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Nick Hornbuckle- 12X2(+/-1) review

Nick Hornbuckle recently released his debut solo recording, a collection of mostly traditional old-time fiddle tunes given new arrangements for banjo in a variety of (mostly) duo settings. As a long-time proponent of the special music created by John Reischman & the Jaybirds, with whom Hornbuckle has played for some 15+ years, it should be no… Continue reading Nick Hornbuckle- 12X2(+/-1) review

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Roots Song of the Week: John Reischman & the Jaybirds- “Blackberry Bramble”

Typing on a borrowed, slow computer from Vancouver Island, so I’m going to be quick. Had you asked a week ago my opinion on blackberries, I would have said, “Nugh.” Then I tasted them straight off the bush yesterday. They are so good- sweet and mushy…lovely- they melt in my mouth. I went back and… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: John Reischman & the Jaybirds- “Blackberry Bramble”

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John Reischman’s Walk Along John mini-review and

the story behind John Reischman & the Jaybirds. Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve added to my ongoing series of the stories behind bluegrass band names. This time up is outstanding mandolin player John Reischman’s story of how The Jaybirds got their name. You can reach Fervor Coulee Bluegrass HERE. As always, thanks for visiting… Continue reading John Reischman’s Walk Along John mini-review and

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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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John Reischman & The Jaybirds- Vintage & Unique

John Reischman & The Jaybirds Vintage & Unique (Corvus Records) Over the past decade, John Reischman & the Jaybirds have become increasing popular in western North America. They are a great bluegrass band, always adding new material to their repertoire. Still, when exceptional mandolin players are mentioned, John Reischman’s name is often forgotten. On Vintage… Continue reading John Reischman & The Jaybirds- Vintage & Unique

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