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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Marshall Crenshaw- #447 reissue review

Marshall Crenshaw #447 Shiny-Tone/Megaforce Records Power Pop doesn’t get a great deal of attention within the roots world, and I suppose that makes sense. But when Marshall Crenshaw begins revisiting his mid-career albums, Fervor Coulee is going to pay a bit of attention. Crenshaw has been a favourite before I even heard him. I read… Continue reading Marshall Crenshaw- #447 reissue review

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Julia Kasdorf- Motel review

Julia Kasdorf Motel JuliaKasdorfMusic.com The independent, roots music business is a tough one. It can be pure and innocent, bound by good times, family, and friends. It can be tawdry, exploitive, and unfaithful. Sort of like motels. Motels are the thing of childhood memories—a respite (“It has a pool!”) after a day of driving through… Continue reading Julia Kasdorf- Motel review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020

The Other Stuff: Reissues, Archival, Compilations, Live, Covers & Tributes. Being somewhat ‘stuck in the past’ (at least as far as my definition of roots music goes) I typically have no problem with this category of releases. Often times familiar—that’s the compilations, reissues, and (sometimes) live components—and more often fresh and revealing—that’s the archival, covers,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020

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Little Richard- Southern Child review

Little Richard Southern Child Omnivore Records Country rock with a flavouring of southern soul and a bit o’ Little Richard camp, Southern Child is receiving a reissue late this autumn. Shelved in 1972, and previously revealed within an expansive 2005 Rhino Handmade set entitled King of Rock and Roll—The Complete Reprise Recordings—Southern Child shares a… Continue reading Little Richard- Southern Child review

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We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 review

We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 Bear Family The Bristol sessions are variously known as “the single most important event in the history of country music” (John R. Cash) and the “Big Bang of country music” (Nolan Porterfield), with Bristol, Tennessee declared the “Birthplace of Country Music” (the Bristol Chamber of… Continue reading We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting the Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 review

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Susan Raye, Buck Owens, and Roy Clark Craft Recordings Reissue reviews

In retrospect, the ‘uptown’ country music created during the mid-‘60s to the early-‘70s by folks like Tony Booth, Margie Singleton, Buck Owens, Jeannie C. Riley, and many others is among my favourite. Yes, it was slick. Yes, it wasn’t always connected to the rootsy, rural environs we romanticize. It didn’t have the ‘country’ connections that… Continue reading Susan Raye, Buck Owens, and Roy Clark Craft Recordings Reissue reviews

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2019

Had I bought it, the Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes album on Stony Plain Records might have topped this list. But, I haven’t actually run across it in a store yet, so it doesn’t make the cut. But what I’ve heard on CKUA certainly makes me interested. I also didn’t purchase the Gene Clark… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2019

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Various Artists- Strut My Stuff review

Various Artists Strut My Stuff Modern Harmonic 32-tracks of obscure, formative, and hardcore country from independent labels scattered throughout the States? Yes, please. Do a bit of vinyl bin diving, and you may find a gem or three. Do a lot over a number of years, and you may come up with enough to fill… Continue reading Various Artists- Strut My Stuff review

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Steve Goodman- Artistic Hair & Affordable Art reissue reviews

Steve Goodman Artistic Hair and Affordable Art Omnivore Recordings Jim Croce. Harry Chapin. Steve Goodman. Three singer-songwriters forever associated for any number of reasons, depending on personal connections. Omnivore expands and reissues two late career Goodman recordings this month. Essential offerings in that they serve as reminder—if such is needed—to the charm and ability of… Continue reading Steve Goodman- Artistic Hair & Affordable Art reissue reviews

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