Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

More roots review from the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive:Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, and Bruce Robison Unleashed Live Lucky Dog (2000) These singer-songwriters, here recorded live at Texas’s legendary Gruene Hall, are among the cream of today’s alt.country crowd. Each offers clever word play with compelling mini-dramas featuring revenge, regret, and good times.… Continue reading Unleashed Live & Dallas Wayne reviews

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The Start- Kieran Kane & Johnny Staats reviews

Late in 2000, buoyed by a seemingly growing and increasingly vibrant local roots music ‘scene’, I approached the local daily about writing a column on roots music. Intended to promote upcoming events and to feature reviews of important roots music recordings—and to allow me a way to get ‘free’ music—the paper (for some bleeding reason… Continue reading The Start- Kieran Kane & Johnny Staats reviews

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Joyann Parker- Hard To Love review

Joyann Parker Hard To Love Hopeless Romantics Records When I reflect on the joys writing about roots music bring me, I can itemize many elements that inject pleasure in my life. Among them, and perhaps in the Top 3, is that in writing about music in the way I do—off the mainstream grid, without the day-to-day constrictions… Continue reading Joyann Parker- Hard To Love review

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Winnie Brave- Cheap Gin review

Winnie Brave Cheap Gin http://www.WinnieBrave.com Alberta music duo Winnie Brave return with their second EP of acoustic-based (but not exclusively unplugged) original roots music. Unlike their largely acoustic 2014 debut, the presence of synthesizer and electric guitar pull Cheap Gin significantly from the realm of the Welch-Rawlings and the Romeros; still, the subject matter of… Continue reading Winnie Brave- Cheap Gin review

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Larry Sparks- Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites review

We don’t get too many releases from what was once the premier bluegrass music label these days. I don’t know the reasons, but I do wish it twernt true: maybe it isn’t, just my perception. I was pleased to receive a review download of Rebel Records’ new Larry Sparks compilation, Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites. The review… Continue reading Larry Sparks- Lonesome & Blue: More Favorites review

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2014 Grammy Award Nominations- Only the Roots

And, as far as that goes, only the Fervor Coulee kinda roots. Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted the nominees in the four categories I’ll be watching in February, if that is still when they have the extravaganza. This will get you there: http://www.countrystandardtime.com/blog/FervorCouleeBluegrass/entry.asp?xid=981 Many bluegrass connections within these lists. Maybe the world is… Continue reading 2014 Grammy Award Nominations- Only the Roots

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