“Bluefield” by Ralph Stanley II

When listening to bluegrass, and music in general, I’m never exactly sure what will hit me and cause me to delve deeper and what will simply be heard and then discarded. “Bluefield,” a song off Ralph Stanley II’s recent Born to Be A Drifter album, is the latest to set out a crooked road for… Continue reading “Bluefield” by Ralph Stanley II

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Ron Hynes

A beautiful Sunday in Red Deer- fresh snow melting, the air warm and clean. I’ve spent most of today absorbed in school work, window open, and listening to Ron Hynes. I’m now four albums in- started with the newly purchased Ron Hynes album from 2006, then  Face to the Gale, Get Back Change, and now Stealing… Continue reading Ron Hynes

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America, Where Have You Gone? Larry Cordle

As I explain in this post, http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=844, I have been suffering from a bluegrass writer’s block. Hopefully, it will now pass. I struggled with this piece and with my reaction to the Larry Cordle song that it is about, but felt I needed to write about it to be able to move on. “America, Where… Continue reading America, Where Have You Gone? Larry Cordle

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Over at No Depression, Albums you know all the words to…

Just posted my contribution to Gillian Turnbull’s blog entry: http://www.nodepression.com/forum/topics/name-five-albums-that-you-can-sing-all-the-lyrics-to A nice little thread has been generated and I could/should have added Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll album. The image to the left is a big hint to the first album on my list. Likely somewhat appropriate that the picture I just posted is… Continue reading Over at No Depression, Albums you know all the words to…

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Stealing from The 9513- and California Country

One of my newest favourite site is The 9513, a wide-cut, country music site. I came across them last year but have only been visiting regularly the past few weeks. Lots of articles of interest with links to even more. Yesterday, California Country- another site- was linked through The 9513 for something called Stop, Drop,… Continue reading Stealing from The 9513- and California Country

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Chris Jones, Cloud of Dust, and playing air-bass

I’ve been listening to Chris Jones & the Night Drivers quite frequently the past two weeks. Chris Jones is a bluegrass and Americana artist who should be better known than he is, in my opinion. For a number of reasons, he doesn’t maintain the profile of more acclaimed bluegrass performers. However, having recorded numerous albums… Continue reading Chris Jones, Cloud of Dust, and playing air-bass

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My Polaris Ballot

Along with 200+ writers, broadcasters, and bloggers, I’ve spent recent days and weeks narrowing my list of ‘best’ Canadian albums for this week’s deadline. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize, visit http://www.polarismusicprize.ca/. Each of the members of the jury independently submit a list of our five favourite albums. The results are tabulated and… Continue reading My Polaris Ballot

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