Dale Ann Bradley The Hard Way Pinecastle Records The Hard Way is stronger than Dale Ann Bradley’s previous self-titled release, which was itself a stout collection of bluegrass. Bradley’s style has evolved over these last twenty-plus years. Over the course of ten solo albums, most edges have been smoothed from Bradley’s presentation. In their place… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review
Two (delayed) reviews have been published at Country Standard Time: it seems to be taking longer to receive CD via the mail, despite the best efforts of PR and record company folks. I appreciate those industry members who continue to see value in servicing me with CDs for review consideration. Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett… Continue reading Shawn Lane/Richard Bennett & Carolina Blue reviews
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road True Grass Again Pinecastle Records When we last heard from venerable bluegrass vets Carolina Road, the Lorraine Jordan-led group was teaming with 70s and 80s country chart toppers including Eddy Raven, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, and John Anderson for a disc of ‘grassified, rearview-mirror country imaginings. The results… Continue reading Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road- True Grass Again review
Sister Sadie II Pinecastle Recording Company There are a lot of great bluegrass bands working today, and I would put Sister Sadie up against any single one of them. There remains novelty being an all-female bluegrass group. We should be beyond it, but as an industry we aren’t near there yet. We are not yet… Continue reading Sister Sadie II review
My review of Flashback’s second album is published at Country Standard Time. Flashback is a ‘bluegrass supergroup’, three-quarters of whom played on J. D. Crowe’s Flashback album of almost 25 years ago. It is a strong outing. If you like bluegrass, you should find a lot to appreciate here.
Dale Ann Bradley Dale Ann Bradley Pinecastle Records From its beautifully framed cover illustration through each note within its 36-minute running time, Dale Ann Bradley is an album to celebrate. Having written numerous reviews of Dale Ann Bradley’s albums over the past 15 years, I am no longer surprised by the quality the East Kentucky… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- Self-titled review
I don’t understand why record labels and bands release ‘regular’ albums in December. For gift giving and year-end splurges, I understand the compilations, box sets, and special editions being released late in the year. Pinecastle Records released two bluegrass albums in December, 2016. Both are really strong and distinctive albums, but weren’t heard until most… Continue reading Blue Mafia and Wildfire reviews