Larry Sparks- Ministry in Song review

Larry Sparks Ministry in Song Rebel Records For almost 60 years, Larry Sparks has been “keepin’ it real” when it comes to bluegrass music. And for him, that means spreading the word of his faith. Bluegrass music holds hands with Christianity like few other genres, and Larry Sparks has always been one of bluegrass gospel’s… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Ministry in Song review

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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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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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Fervor Coulee’s Ten Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2011

Donald Teplyske’s  favourite ten bluegrass albums of 2011: Unlike last year, I feel that I did a very good job of ensuring that I heard the vast majority of excellent bluegrass that was released in 2011. I’m still not being serviced by one particular publicist and a couple of the major bluegrass labels, but others keep… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Ten Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2011

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