Volume Five- Run review

I purchased Volume Five’s Run via eMusic a couple months back, largely because I wondered why a band would cover so many standards on their third album. I don’t think I came up with a reason, but the band has come up with a fair to middlin’ bluegrass album, and I don’t mean any disrespect;… Continue reading Volume Five- Run review

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John Reischman- Walk Along John review

Aaron at Lonesome Road Review asked me to review the latest from British Columbia’s John Reischman, and I was more than pleased to do so. As a side note, Reischman and the Jaybirds have a few Alberta appearances coming up in August, including at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival, and… Continue reading John Reischman- Walk Along John review

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Flatt Lonesome review

My review of Flatt Lonesome’s disappointing debut disc has been posted to Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. The bluegrass world is pretty insular, and writing negatively about any band’s recording isn’t commonly done. For the most part, I avoid writing negative reviews for any number of reasons including it makes me feel like a heel. Still, sometimes albums… Continue reading Flatt Lonesome review

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Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler review

Over at Lonesome Road Review, Aaron has posted my review of the quite terrific collection inspired by some of the music referenced in the Little House books. Worth checking out, in my opinion. As always, thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee. Donald Various Artists Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler Thirty Tigers 4 stars (out of 5)… Continue reading Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler review

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Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches Review

Well, that is one long entry heading! I was recently assigned the latest from Bobby Osborne to review. Glad to do it as it is a very fine album, full of memorable performances. Find it at the Lonesome Road Review. As always, thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee. Donald Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press New Bluegrass… Continue reading Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches Review

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Cowboy Junkies- The Wilderness

Cowboy Junkies The Wilderness: The Nomad Series Volume 4 Latent Having celebrated 25 years as one of the country’s most dynamic recording groups, Cowboy Junkies embarked on an ambitious campaign 18 months ago: release four distinct albums within a year and a half. Starting with the exquisite Renmin Park in late 2010, the seminal Canadian… Continue reading Cowboy Junkies- The Wilderness

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Moody Bluegrass Two…Much Love

Various Artists Moody Bluegrass Two…Much Love Bunny Rae Records Billed “A Nashville Celebration of The Moody Blues,” this is the second volume of bluegrass-amplified, mostly acoustic interpretations of songs from the deep catalogue of the British prog-pop band. Featuring some of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists from the bluegrass world, these 16-tracks occasionally sound like… Continue reading Moody Bluegrass Two…Much Love

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April Verch- That’s How We Run

April Verch That’s How We Run Slab Town Records A native of the Ottawa Valley, April Verch’s name has been so prominent within the roots music community for the past decade and a half that it seems impossible that she is only in her early 30s. A veteran of the road, Verch’s eighth album is… Continue reading April Verch- That’s How We Run

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New-old Steve Forbert music released

I haven’t heard them yet, but I am very excited to receive news that Steve Forbert has readied for release two albums from the 80s, both with bonus tracks, and a recent live recording. Little Stevie Orbit, maybe my favourite of the first four albums released on Nemperor/CBS in no little part that it was… Continue reading New-old Steve Forbert music released

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Roots Music Column, June 3 2011- Mark Davis “Eliminate the Toxins” Review

In today’s Red Deer Advocate Roots Music column, I am pleased to advance the local roots happenings and review Mark Davis’s album Eliminate the Toxins. Released Tuesday, this third album from the ex-Old Reliable co-frontman is- as expected- very impressive. As a musician matures, their music must progress. The most accomplished artists frequently undergo their metamorphoses undetected… Continue reading Roots Music Column, June 3 2011- Mark Davis “Eliminate the Toxins” Review

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