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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Clint Morgan- Scofflaw review

Clint Morgan Scofflaw Lost Cause Records http://www.ClintMorganMusic.com A concept album, Scofflaw is Clint Morgan’s second recording. Morgan is a piano player, singer, songwriter, and lawyer from Washington. With a rough-hewn voice—think Billy Joe Shaver with a bit of honey—giving his songs the patina of authenticity, Morgan explores the dark side of folks who could have/should… Continue reading Clint Morgan- Scofflaw review

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Laurie Lewis- One Evening In May

My review of Laurie Lewis’ new album is up at the Lonesome Road Review. One Evening In May is a live set comprised overwhelmingly by recently written and previously unheard (at least to me) songs. This isn’t a bluegrass album. But that doesn’t matter. It is a Laurie Lewis album, and that is something always appreciated.… Continue reading Laurie Lewis- One Evening In May

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Three Jim Lauderdale reviews

Flipping through the CDs on the shelves the other morning, I wasn’t surprised to find seventeen Jim Lauderdale albums. Labeling the North Carolina-born, South Carolina-raised singer, songwriter, musician, and producer as prolific is to understate the prevalence of his musical progeny. Since 1991, and including three recently released albums, Lauderdale has created no fewer than… Continue reading Three Jim Lauderdale reviews

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