Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands- The Hazel and Alice Sessions review

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands The Hazel and Alice Sessions Spruce and Maple Music I don’t remember exactly when I first heard Hazel Dickens. Odd that, because one can’t really listen to Hazel Dickens without knowing you’ve heard Hazel. Her voice is one that isn’t confused with anyone else’s; there is power in her… Continue reading Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands- The Hazel and Alice Sessions review

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Review: Dolly Parton, Town Mountain, Lewis & Kallick, Ralph Stanley

A few reviews have been posted over at the Lonesome Road Review. Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick’s tribute to Vern Williams and Ray Park is a stunning bluegrass collection. I was asked to submit a version of my Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II duets album of earlier this year. Rising bluegrass band Town Mountain… Continue reading Review: Dolly Parton, Town Mountain, Lewis & Kallick, Ralph Stanley

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Roots Song of the Week: American Nomad- Country Mile

I’ve been distracted of late, and therefore have fallen behind on many things including my Roots Song of the Week series. I was hoping to go 52 weeks in succession, but… We’re back this week with a cut from a recently released album entitled Country Mile. The title track from American Nomad’s first disc has… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: American Nomad- Country Mile

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Roots Song of the Week: Laurie Lewis- Sailing Boat

Last night I decided that I wanted to feature Laurie Lewis’ brave and challenging new live album within my Roots Song of the Week feature. Unfortunately, I could only find one of the songs streaming online, and it wasn’t the ‘right’ one. I was pleased today then to find that Engine 145 decided to feature… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Laurie Lewis- Sailing Boat

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Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’ review

I rewrote my review of Laurie Lewis’s latest at the request of the Lonesome Road Review; without doubt, an incredible album. Laurie Lewis Skippin’ and Flyin’ Spruce and Maple Music 5 stars (out of 5) By Donald Teplyske West coast bluegrass maven Laurie Lewis pays tribute to Bill Monroe by exploring his roots and branches… Continue reading Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’ review

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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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Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’

Laurie Lewis Skippin’ and Flyin’ Spruce and Maple Music I’ve been told that I have a tendency to occasionally write more than people want to read, given these days of shorter attention spans and such. So here is the capsule review: West coast bluegrass maven Laurie Lewis pays the ultimate tribute to Bill Monroe by… Continue reading Laurie Lewis- Skippin’ and Flyin’

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