Marty Brown- American Highway review

Marty Brown American Highway Plowboy Records Sometimes one needs a reminder: country music, roots music, Americana: it doesn’t have to be rocket surgery. Sometimes you just want to cruise along to an album of good-time sounding music. Marty Brown’s new one would be a fine place to start! The list of ‘next big things’ in… Continue reading Marty Brown- American Highway review

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O Brother, Ralph Stanley, & Dolly Parton reviews

More roots review from the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive: Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack Mercury Universal (2000) Musical luminaries diverse as John Hartford, Norman Blake, Dan Tyminski, and the Fairfield Four came together to record the music for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, providing stellar performances of… Continue reading O Brother, Ralph Stanley, & Dolly Parton reviews

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Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

More roots review from the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive:Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, and Bruce Robison Unleashed Live Lucky Dog (2000) These singer-songwriters, here recorded live at Texas’s legendary Gruene Hall, are among the cream of today’s alt.country crowd. Each offers clever word play with compelling mini-dramas featuring revenge, regret, and good times.… Continue reading Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

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The Start- Kieran Kane & Johnny Staats reviews

Late in 2000, buoyed by a seemingly growing and increasingly vibrant local roots music ‘scene’, I approached the local daily about writing a column on roots music. Intended to promote upcoming events and to feature reviews of important roots music recordings—and to allow me a way to get ‘free’ music—the paper (for some bleeding reason… Continue reading The Start- Kieran Kane & Johnny Staats reviews

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The Louvin Brothers- Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings review

The Louvin Brothers Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings Modern Harmonic The Louvin Brothers recorded several outstanding albums (Tragic  Songs of Life, Satan Is Real, Country Love Ballads, A Tribute to the Delmore Brothers…) in a span of less than eight years, and even more timeless songs (“Cash on the Barrelhead,” “When I Stop Dreaming,”… Continue reading The Louvin Brothers- Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings review

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Kathy Kallick Band- Horrible World review

Kathy Kallick Band Horrible World Live Oak Records KathyKallick.com I’ve been writing about Kathy Kallick almost as long as I’ve been writing about roots music. With others, I produced a concert for the Kathy Kallick Band, have bought several CDs—and been afforded others— and spent time listening to her music at multiple festivals and various… Continue reading Kathy Kallick Band- Horrible World review

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Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters- review

Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters Home Perm Records http://www.AshleighFlynnAndTheRiveters.com When writing about a CD, I dislike comparing voices and arrangements to those of others—while it provides context, it seems lazy. (Not that I won’t make those comparisons…it just really dislike doing it.) After all, how many folks can have the… Continue reading Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters- review

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