Deanie Richardson- Love Hard Work Hard Play Hard review

Released in January, this brilliant little album only just made its way into my hands although I’ve been listening to the download for a month or so. Deanie Richardson needs little introduction. She has played with Dale Ann Bradley in both the New Coon Creek Girls and Sister Sadie, is a respected touring and recording… Continue reading Deanie Richardson- Love Hard Work Hard Play Hard review

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Dale Ann Bradley- The Hard Way review

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

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Shawn Lane/Richard Bennett & Carolina Blue reviews

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

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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road- True Grass Again review

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

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Sister Sadie II 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

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Flashback- Denver Snow 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.

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Dale Ann Bradley- Self-titled review

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

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