Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz Riverland Red Beet Records I’ve seen the Mississippi only once. One Christmas season, the year Kristy MacColl passed, we found ourselves in New Orleans for a couple days straddling an ill-fated Caribbean cruise with the in-laws. The weather for most of the cruise was unpleasant, but the couple,… Continue reading Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz- Riverland review

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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- C & O Canal review

 I suspect that I would enjoy passing time about a round table with a cool beverage in my hand in the company of either Eric Brace or Peter Cooper. Two of my favourite musicians, songwriters, and wordsmiths, Cooper and Brace have released a strong slate of albums over the past decade. C & O Canal,… Continue reading Eric Brace & Peter Cooper- C & O Canal review

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Recent Roots Writing

I haven’t done a great deal of writing during the past month, but I have placed a few pieces recently. I posted my review of Phil Leadbetter’s new album The Next Move over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. With a bluegrass heart at the core of the album, Leadbetter and his many collaborators have created a… Continue reading Recent Roots Writing

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Eric Brace & Karl Straub- Hangtown Dancehall review

I have a very strong feeling that 2014’s list of Roots Albums of the Year will be even more challenging to create than the last several years. No shortage of candidates already, and we’re less than a quarter of the way through. Eric Brace and Karl Straub’s exceptional Hangtown Dancehall is certain to receive considerable… Continue reading Eric Brace & Karl Straub- Hangtown Dancehall review

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Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

Eric Brace and Karl Straub have created a most ambitious album based upon and extending “Sweet Betsy From Pike,” a song from the California Gold Rush era. Prior to listening to Hangtown Dancehall, I had only passing familiarity with “Sweet Betsy From Pike” having heard versions by Suzy Bogguss and Johnny Cash. Admittedly, I hadn’t… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

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Link to Tom T. Hall, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace Interview

In a  transcript of a new American Songwriter interview with the principals behind the I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet Records) project, Peter Cooper states: “Nothing’s wrong with modern country music if we choose to call what Elizabeth Cook and Tim Carroll are doing country music—which it is. It just gets lumped… Continue reading Link to Tom T. Hall, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace Interview

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Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow

Regular readers of Fervor Coulee understand that I have a bit of a musical man-crush going on for Peter Cooper and Eric Brace. The Nashville-based writers and singers have released a string of unbelievably wonderful recordings on their Red Beet label. The latest is a tribute to a Tom T. Hall album from 1974; a… Continue reading Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow

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