Tony Rice- California Autumn vinyl reissue review

Tony Rice California Autumn Rebel Records Several months ago, Rebel Records re-released Tony Rice’s early masterpiece California Autumn on CD. That welcome venture has now been followed by a vinyl reissue, and a welcome addition to our bluegrass shelves (and turntables) it is. Originally released in 1975, this influential recording has been carefully remastered from… Continue reading Tony Rice- California Autumn vinyl reissue review

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Larry Sparks- Ministry in Song review

Larry Sparks Ministry in Song Rebel Records For almost 60 years, Larry Sparks has been “keepin’ it real” when it comes to bluegrass music. And for him, that means spreading the word of his faith. Bluegrass music holds hands with Christianity like few other genres, and Larry Sparks has always been one of bluegrass gospel’s… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Ministry in Song review

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The Kody Norris Show- All Suited Up review

The Kody Norris Show All Suited Up Rebel Records Welcome to 1967. All Suited Up screams nostalgia, as do most every part of The Kody Norris Show’s presentation and live appearances. The emerging Mountain City, Tennessee quartet has chosen to represent the honky-tonkified, sparkly clothed, big hat ‘n sound, the “Hit Parade of Love” manner… Continue reading The Kody Norris Show- All Suited Up review

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High Fidelity- Banjo Player’s Blues review

High Fidelity Banjo Player’s Blues Rebel Records Capsule: Bluegrass music performed to the highest level by youthful revisionists. Paragraph to get to the point: When the history of bluegrass music is discussed, it is largely done so from a male perspective. The IBMA’s own Hall of Fame (previously Hall of Honor) is just one piece… Continue reading High Fidelity- Banjo Player’s Blues review

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Band of Ruhks- Authentic review

Band of Ruhks Authentic Rebel Records If you broke faith with the Band of Ruhks boys, you may wish to investigate their new album and give them a second chance. Bluegrass groups come and go. It is one of the accepted expectations of the business. Here’s another one: partnerships can always be rekindled. Around thirty… Continue reading Band of Ruhks- Authentic review

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Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review

Larry Sparks New Moon Over My Shoulder Rebel Records LarrySparks.com One doesn’t come to a new recording from Larry Sparks expecting a radical departure: he does what he does, and he does it very well. Always has, and hopefully always will. New Moon Over My Shoulder represents a celebration of Sparks’ 50th anniversary leading his… Continue reading Larry Sparks- New Moon Over My Shoulder review

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Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review

Big Country Bluegrass Mountains, Mamas and Memories Rebel Records Big Country Bluegrass is one of the finest unheralded bluegrass groups working today. You won’t find their names—collectively or individually—on the final IBMA nomination lists, and they don’t command appearances on late-night talk shows, but their presentation of roots and hollers bluegrass is as strong as… Continue reading Big Country Bluegrass- Mountains, Mamas and Memories review

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Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge- Songs From the Blue Ridge review

Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge Songs From the Blue Ridge Rebel Records Unheralded bluegrass bands performing music to the highest quality abound. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia and North Carolina, Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge have been performing and developing without the benefit of overbearing promotional folks and management. They are… Continue reading Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge- Songs From the Blue Ridge review

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Auldridge, Bennett, & Gaudreau- Blue Lonesome Wind review

From the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive: Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau- Blue Lonesome Wind (Rebel REB-CD-1768) 44:44 Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau inhabit that frequently uncomfortable place between retro- traditionalism and artistic experimentation; with Blue Lonesome Wind, their sophomore effort, ABG has achieved a melding of musical alchemy which should satisfy fans of all… Continue reading Auldridge, Bennett, & Gaudreau- Blue Lonesome Wind review

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