Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

Kim Beggs Steel and Wool http://www.KimBeggs.com With five previous albums, Kim Beggs has established herself of one of Canada’s great true-folk (as opposed to nü-folk, pop-folk, dance-folk, folktronica, post-punk gnarr folk…) artists. She remains unjustly underappreciated, in my opinion. Long based in the Yukon, Kim Beggs writes and sings straight from her gut and heart… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of the Decade, 2010-2019 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

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 (#31-#40, pt. 2/5)

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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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Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

Kim Beggs Said Little Sparrow http://www.KimBeggs.com Kim Beggs, perhaps Whitehorse’s strongest contribution to the contemporary Canadian folk circuit, has a voice and an outlook like no one else, and she reveals her path of experience at every turn. That voice. Beggs has a timbre that is folksy, earthy, and woodsy all at once—natural-sounding, of course,… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

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Kim Beggs- County of Ponoka, February 12, 2015

Just got home from a wonderful evening of music, and since I’m too tired to sleep (I just typed ‘drive’ by mistake…which tells you something) I thought I would scatter out a few thoughts. One of the beauties of house concerts is that wonderful music happens in unlikely spots. Such was the case as Kim… Continue reading Kim Beggs- County of Ponoka, February 12, 2015

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Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

[June 20- Since posting this piece on Thursday, the Long List has been announced.  While I have never seen more than three of my initial ballot choices make the Top 40 list, I don’t know if I’ve previously gone 0 for 5; likely, I have. I don’t get offended by this, but I do scratch my head.… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

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Kim Beggs- Beauty and Breaking review

Kim Beggs Beauty and Breaking http://www.kimbeggs.com/blog/whatsup.html Like Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Come On Come On and even more fittingly Lucinda Williams’ self-titled third album, there isn’t a single wrong turn taken on this marvelous album. Each song on Beauty and Breaking sparkles with sincerity: each character sketched, each moment captured, reveals textures of existence. The more… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Beauty and Breaking review

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Roots Song of the Week: Kim Beggs- Not Only, Only From the Whiskey

The first time I heard the song “The Bug” (written by Mark Knopfler) must have been the first time I listened to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s best selling album, Come On,Come On. There are twelve songs on that album, and scanning the album this evening I can ‘hear’ each of the songs in my head. I played that… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Kim Beggs- Not Only, Only From the Whiskey

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Music Albums of 2013

These types of lists are fairly self-indulgent, but most things we do seem to be. What the heck, then? I am fairly confident in my choices this year- I created lists as the months passed, and have considered well in excess of a hundred albums for placement.  Here then are my favourite roots music albums… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Music Albums of 2013

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My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

I feel honoured to be part of the Polaris Music Prize jury. All year-long I listen to some of the finest Canadian music released and each June I am asked to narrow these down- for the initial ballot- to five. I’ve spent the last several days finalizing my list, re-listening to albums I previously considered, and catching up on a few I… Continue reading My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

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