Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

When considering inclusion on this list, I weighed the album’s positioning on my annual lists, how frequently I continue to listen to the recording, its impact on me—has it influenced me down a path of listening— and how enjoyable I continue to find the music. The final element is most important: can I listen to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#11-#20, pt. 4/5)

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Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

As with any list of this type, albums could move up and down the list with second and third thought. I considered a lot of music to come up with this list for the Exclaim! editor who solicited it. Unfortunately, none of my albums made their list of 50 Best of the Decade. I had… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019

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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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The Albums That Shaped Me, August 2018

Over at Fervor Coulee Twitter  I am spending August exploring my music roots with Thirty-Two Albums That Shaped Me/Thirty-One Days Inspired by a summer of sorting (not that you would notice) and tidying (again, obvious only if you knew what it looked like before) I am going to try to explain my music journey in… Continue reading The Albums That Shaped Me, August 2018

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums since 2000

I’ve been writing about music since 2000. Naturally, I’ve heard a lot of great music, have written about much of it, and have often put together a list of favourite roots and bluegrass albums of the year. And, I will do the same again this year. For perspective and to sprinkle some flavourful anticipation, here… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums since 2000

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Skinny Dyck & Friends- Twenty One-Nighters review

Skinny Dyck & Friends Twenty One-Nighters skinnydyck.bandcamp.com For as long as I can recall, the Alberta roots music environment has been healthy and exciting. From the big-ticket folk festivals in Edmonton and Calgary, and the more regional events held annually in Fort McLeod, Driftpile, East Coulee, and innumerable other sites, to a radio network that… Continue reading Skinny Dyck & Friends- Twenty One-Nighters review

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Favourite Roots Albums of the Year, 2015.

Time for the annual ‘best of’ list which I never title ‘best of.’ I always go with Favourites because that is all I can go by: which albums have I listened to the most this past year, which ones have I most appreciated, and which ones do I feel are of an exceptional quality? In… Continue reading Favourite Roots Albums of the Year, 2015.

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Janice MacDonald- “Hang Down Your Head”- the music

A bit more than a year ago, I became aware of a novel published the previous year. When I finally saw the book in a bookstore, three things immediately struck me: 1. There was a banjo on the cover, albeit of the dreaded six-string variety; 2. The novel was entitled Hang Down Your Head, a… Continue reading Janice MacDonald- “Hang Down Your Head”- the music

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J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

It is getting to that time of the year when I must finalize my Polaris Music Prize Top 5 albums of the year. For those who are unfamiliar with the Polaris Music Prize, its mission statement reads thusly: “A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes… Continue reading J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

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John Wort Hannam Live in Leduc

The John Wort Hannam Trio did a “pretty good” show in Leduc, Alberta this past evening, Sept. 29, 2012. The Fort MacLeod-based singer and songwriter featured a number of songs from the new Brambles and Thorns album (due October 2 from Borealis Records). Among the songs featured were “Pretty Good,” the clever “Great Lakes,” Lee Roy… Continue reading John Wort Hannam Live in Leduc

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