Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2019

I get to listen to quite a lot of bluegrass music. Much of it I seek out, purchasing my fair share. I am also fortunate to have many bluegrass albums sent to me for review. I appreciate this, and don’t take it for granted. One of the things I am most proud of- having written… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2019

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Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review

Larry Sparks New Moon Over My Shoulder Rebel Records LarrySparks.com One doesn’t come to a new recording from Larry Sparks expecting a radical departure: he does what he does, and he does it very well. Always has, and hopefully always will. New Moon Over My Shoulder represents a celebration of Sparks’ 50th anniversary leading his… Continue reading Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review

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Curly Seckler, a bluegrass legend, remembered

I don’t know when I first fully noticed Curly Seckler, but it may have been early in 2005 when he quipped, “Come here, you money-making thing!” to kick-off his penultimate album, Down In Caroline. I had, of course, heard Curly Seckler prior to that. As a keen listener of bluegrass for more than a dozen… Continue reading Curly Seckler, a bluegrass legend, remembered

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Balsam Range- It’s Christmas Time review

Balsam Range It’s Christmas Time Mountain Home Music Company Considering I’ve yet to experience the group in concert, I would still place Balsam Range on my list of contemporary ‘top ten’ bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them several times (Here, here,  here, here, and again here) and I am certain they have never disappointed me… Continue reading Balsam Range- It’s Christmas Time review

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Larry Sparks- Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites review

We don’t get too many releases from what was once the premier bluegrass music label these days. I don’t know the reasons, but I do wish it twernt true: maybe it isn’t, just my perception. I was pleased to receive a review download of Rebel Records’ new Larry Sparks compilation, Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites. The review… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites review

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Reviews posted: Flatt Lonesome and Larry Sparks

Country Standard Time asked me to review two recent releases for them. Flatt Lonesome’s second album, Too– a terrific improvement over their first and in my opinion uneven album- is one that seems to finding some traction in the bluegrass world. The review is posted HERE. A couple weeks ago I wrote quite extensively about… Continue reading Reviews posted: Flatt Lonesome and Larry Sparks

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Larry Sparks- Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration review

Larry Sparks Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration Rebel Records Over fifty years as a bluegrass professional, Larry Sparks has honed a full-bodied, soulful approach to singing bluegrass. He has a wonderful right hand, maintaining unbreakable rhythm while contributing leads that lend a bluesy country resonance to his songs. With calm assurance that… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration review

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