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Front Country- Other Love Songs review   Leave a comment

Other Love Songs My review of Front Country’s second album has been posted at Lonesome Road Review.

I am surprised to find that I hadn’t reviewed their previous album Sake of the Sound, although I did write Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman’s album in a rather long-winded piece written during the fall of 2013. Just because of the nature of the albums, I prefer Sake of the Sound to Other Love Songs, but this second album is very strong.

Many years ago and as part of a side conversation during a bluegrass jam, an acquaintance and I traded thoughts about the possibilities of mixing elements of bluegrass, specifically the acoustic instrumentation built around five instruments, and rock and roll. This was post-O, Brother and around the time OCMS was starting to break. We decided that there had to be a market for acoustic rock ‘n’ roll, that is music that thematically and topically fit closer to rock and pop than it did bluegrass or country, but which was played on acoustic instruments while embracing elements of the folk and ‘grass traditions.

Front Country’s Other Love Songs might have been imagining.

 

Balsam Range- Hillbilly Voodoo review   Leave a comment

balsam-rangeOver the past decade, Balsam Range has become one of the most played and rewarded bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them many times, and have reviewed their latest album over at Lonesome Road Review.

My review of Five is linked through here.

I reviewed their album with John Driskell Hopkins here.

My review of Papertown is here.

Trains I Missed was reviewed here.

Various Artists- The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris review   Leave a comment

emmylouIf every artist I admired as much as I do Emmylou Harris were on a stage, there would only be a handful present. For me, she is one of those that the Americana conversation should start and end with. Regal and responsive, she is a vocalist with few peers and as an interpreter of song she may be the finest I’ve heard.

My 5 star review of the live recording The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris was published over at the Lonesome Road Review. It is a recording I feel all should hear and see. Atypically, the CD and DVD have slightly different contents, allowing one to hear more of the evening without having to have the package expand to two audio discs. The presentation successfully crosses musical generations unlike most similar tributes.

Grascals, Honeycutters, Travers Chandler, & Sister Sadie- lost/found   Leave a comment

Starting the ‘year-end’ process, and in doing so I found a couple reviews posted elsewhere that I didn’t link through here at Fervor Coulee.

Very early this year, The Grascals released their eighth album ..and then there’s this. Country Standard Time published my review. It was a great way to start off what turned out to be a better than typical year of bluegrass albums. grascals

This summer, The Honeycutters knocked me out with their exceptional album On The Ropes. That review was published at Lonesome Road Review. the-honeycutters-on-the-ropes

Travers Chandler’s Archaic was released a few months back, and my review was published over at Country Standard Time; the typo is likely entirely my own danged fault. Some good ones on here, but a couple clunkers, too. archaic

Finally, can’t believe I missed putting up a link to one of my favourite albums of the year, Sister Sadie’s debut release. What a set- over at Country Standard Time.

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Careless on my part- sometimes it is hard to keep up. Best to you- listen to some roots music. Maybe even buy it! Donald

Just Love- Audrey Auld Mezera tribute review   Leave a comment

 

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Over at Lonesome Road Review, Aaron has posted my review of Just Love: A Tribute to Audrey Auld Mezera. It is nothing short of fantastic, and features none of the usual tribute suspects. In fact, you may not have heard of any of the participants before: I believe the only ones I had more of a passing acquaintance  (before listening) with were The Chamberses and Andrew Hardin. Don’t let that stop you!

Never heard of Audrey Auld (Mezera)? Again, don’t let that stop you. This is as fine a collection of Americana and roots music you’ll hear this year, familiar or not.

In the review, I state that I might have first heard Audrey on an area radio show, specifically Wide Cut Country on the CKUA network. I’m no longer sure of that. I believe, in hindsight, I more likely discovered her while searching for Fred Eaglesmith music on eMusic, and a duet with Audrey came up. I am thinking that based on my recent uncovering of a self-made compilation disc featuring a single Eaglesmith-Auld collaboration.

No matter. Listen to the album. And enjoy.

 

Recent Roots Americana Reviews   Leave a comment

Things have been hopping in the Fervor Coulee Bunker. Several reviews have been posted at the usual sites.

42354Darrell Scott has long been a personal favourite. His latest release is very impressive. My review is up at Country Standard Time. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=5983

Guy and RosanneGuy Clark passed this week, and I can’t add to the quality of tributes shared across the web. I offer only my favourite picture of him, taken in July of 1996 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. He and Rosanne Cash were singing “Watermelon Dream.” It isn’t an exaggeration to write that Guy Clark changed the way I listen to music. He was a heck of a nice guy the one time I shook his hand, and I know I will listen to his songs to my final days.

James KingJames King also succumbed this week. My thoughts are posted at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=1090

Additional reviews have been posted at Lonesome Road Review.

nudie-night-itunes-webPEI’s Nudie released an excellent album of country honky tonk this spring: http://lonesomeroadreview.com/everythings-different-night-nudie/

TributeToJackHardy_SmithsonianAlbum_2016Mar__SFS_60007_JackHardyTribute_Cover__BI had never heard of Jack Hardy before receiving A Tribute to Jack Hardy to review. It is quite an interesting album: http://lonesomeroadreview.com/tribute-jack-hardy-various-artists/

Steve-Coffey-Paint-SongsSteve Coffey has long been one of my favourite singer-songwriters, Albertan or otherwise. His latest set is a combination book of paintings and music that has limited release: http://lonesomeroadreview.com/paint-songs-steve-coffey/ I love Coffey’s visual work as much as I love his writing and singing. An amazing package.

More reviews are in the pipeline. Thanks, always, for visiting Fervor Coulee- hopefully you find artists to explore. Donald

 

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- C & O Canal review   Leave a comment

cooper Brace I suspect that I would enjoy passing time about a round table with a cool beverage in my hand in the company of either Eric Brace or Peter Cooper. Two of my favourite musicians, songwriters, and wordsmiths, Cooper and Brace have released a strong slate of albums over the past decade. C & O Canal, their latest, pays homage to the folk and bluegrass music the two encountered in Washington, DC in the 70s and 80s. It is a remarkable set of music. My review is posted at Lonesome Road Review. I hope you think it is worth checking out.

Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee. More great roots reviews coming soon. Donald