Pinecastle and Bonfire Recent Releases Kim Robins Leave the Porch Light OnLorraine Jordan and Carolina Road I Can Go To ThemDaryl Mosley Small Town DreamerDeeper Shade of Blue Twenty All Pinecastle Music Andrew Crawford The Lonesome Season (Bonfire Recordings) Being the 37th most influential bluegrass music writer in Canada, and the 429th in all of… Continue reading Five Bluegrass Reviews in One
Danny Paisley never disappoints, but this time out he and the Southern Grass have outdone themselves. My review of Bluegrass Troubadour is published over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass at the Country Standard Time site. Paisley is a master bluegrass vocalist, and on this album of story songs he has reached a new pinnacle. Great stuff… Continue reading Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass- Bluegrass Troubadour review
Wilson Banjo Co. Six Degrees of Separation Pinecastle An odd recording, this. And I use the word ‘odd’ deliberately and without negative judgement. Six Degrees of Separation is odd because, well—we just don’t get that many bluegrass albums built around one man’s banjo creations. Steve Wilson is a recognized master at building the 5-string banjo,… Continue reading Wilson Banjo Co.- Six Degrees of Separation review
Merle Monroe- Songs of a Simple Life Pinecastle Sometimes writing about acoustic music is the simplest thing in the world: all I need is an album that enhances the traditions of the past thirty or fifty years while embracing a fresh, contemporary aural approach. Perfect examples of this would be any Dale Ann Bradley recording,… Continue reading Merle Monroe- Songs of a Simple Life review
Dale Ann Bradley Things She Couldn’t Get Over Pinecastle DaleAnnBradley.com There has not been a bluegrass artist over the last two decades who has consistently developed her art to the degree Dale Ann Bradley has done. Each album she records sounds like her last, a capstone to a career of intense focus and artistic growth.… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley- Things She Couldn’t Get Over review
Phil Leadbetter has been, since about 2003, one of my favourite people in bluegrass. He is just a nice guy. His new album, with the late Steve Gulley, Alan Bibey, Robert Hale, and Jason Burleson, is stout. My review at Country Standard Time: https://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=7242
The second of a trio of reviews of new Pinecastle Records bluegrass releases, published over at Country Standard Time. If you are coming to this album expecting to hear The Darlings, “Ground Hog,” or Doug, Webb, or Jayne, you are likely to be disappointed. With open ears, you may find something quite appealing. Link to… Continue reading The Dillards- Old Road New Again review
I’ve got three reviews from Pinecastle Records artists coming up this week. All published over at the fresh and revamped Country Standard Time. First up is an EP from Robert Hale & the 8th Wonder Band. Good, not great. But worth a listen, I think.
Two reviews have been published at Country Standard Time. Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair have worked together previously, but this is their first album of duets. We don’t hear from Grand Ole Opry and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds as frequently as once we did, but when the 90-year old legend decides… Continue reading Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair and Jesse McReynolds reviews
My review of Fightflyer’s debut album is up at Country Standard Time: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6969 Quite enjoyable.