Balsam Range- Aeonic review

Balsam Range Aeonic Mountain Home Music Company Now seven albums (plus a Christmas album, a retrospective recording with a pops orchestra, and a terrific collaboration with John Driskell Hopkins) deep into a twelve-year run, there are no signs that these Haywood County, North Carolina veterans are nearing the end of their road. The playing and… Continue reading Balsam Range- Aeonic review

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Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews

Over at Country Standard Time, two of my reviews have been published. Roland White (& Friends) latest is a star-studded tribute to his legendary bluegrass group The Kentucky Colonels. Meanwhile, Appleseed Recordings celebrates their 21st anniversary with a three-disc set featuring several previously unreleased cuts by Fervor Coulee faves John Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom… Continue reading Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews

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Kristin Scott Benson- Stringworks review

Kristin Scott Benson recently released a very fine bluegrass album, and I was asked to write about it for Country Standard Time. I have. But, prior to being asked to do that, I had written a blog entry over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass which looked at the three KSB albums as well as instrumental bluegrass… Continue reading Kristin Scott Benson- Stringworks review

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NewTown- Harlan Road review

It has been a busy summer- I’ve written quite a few reviews, and done more listening than I likely should have, but I’ve done even more reading: as a result, projects around the home didn’t get accomplished. Neither did writing. (I had planned on working on my short stories/novella this summer. Hmmm…didn’t happen.) With all… Continue reading NewTown- Harlan Road review

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The Boxcars- Familiar With the Ground review

The Boxcars Familiar With the Ground (Mountain Home) Done correctly, bluegrass is the most beautiful music imaginable. While some long-running bands—Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, among others—find the need to tinker with the essential sound, others instinctively know what makes bluegrass bluegrass. [Insert tired argument that the Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Alison Krauss,… Continue reading The Boxcars- Familiar With the Ground review

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Flatt Lonesome- Runaway Train review

Flatt Lonesome Runaway Train Mountain Home Music Company The current darlings of the bluegrass world, Flatt Lonesome—the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artists of 2014—return with their third album in just over as many years. Flatt Lonesome create a type of bluegrass that isn’t that which I favour. Their bluegrass is very polished and fine-tuned;… Continue reading Flatt Lonesome- Runaway Train review

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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers- Run Away Tonight review

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers Run Away Tonight (Mountain Home) With an immediately identifiable sound and a burgeoning catalog of stellar albums, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers are possibly bluegrass music’s most underrated band. With Run Away Tonight, that has to change. Front-loaded with six original songs—seldom seen in an industry still tied… Continue reading Chris Jones & the Night Drivers- Run Away Tonight review

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