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
Starting the ‘year-end’ process, and in doing so I found a couple reviews posted elsewhere that I didn’t link through here at Fervor Coulee. Very early this year, The Grascals released their eighth album ..and then there’s this. Country Standard Time published my review. It was a great way to start off what turned out… Continue reading Grascals, Honeycutters, Travers Chandler, & Sister Sadie- lost/found
Blue Mafia Pray For Rain Pinecastle Records Reviewed by Donald Teplyske An Indiana-based bluegrass outfit, Blue Mafia returns with their sophomore album. Their stealthy, self-produced debut My Cold Heart was a bluegrass highlight of 2013, notable for its creative songwriting, strong vocal execution, clear production values, and fine instrumental balance. Those elements remain within Pray… Continue reading Blue Mafia- Pray For Rain review