HeavyDrunk- HolyWater review

HeavyDrunk HolyWater HeavyDrunk.com Southern soul. Country soul. Swamp rock. Muscle Shoals. Collectively, these terms evoke a vibrant presentation of music. No one is suggesting Tony Joe White, the Allmans, and Bobbie Gentry’s music sound alike, and no one is going to extend the representation to include every recording session (whether made in Alabama, Memphis, or… Continue reading HeavyDrunk- HolyWater review

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Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

Tim Isberg Running on the Edge TimIsberg.com I had intended this summer to explore writing reviews as ‘quick-hit’, hundred-word exercises, better suitable for the current freelance market. Another 600-words later, I again offer my apologies. My motto: If you can’t be good, be long. A pleasant Alberta surprise made its way to me this summer,… Continue reading Tim Isberg- Running on the Edge review

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Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama- Work To Do review

I was asked by Exclaim! to review the new album from roots favourite Marc Cohn and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. It is an unusual construction- three new studio tracks and several live numbers, mostly Cohn songs-that works incredibly well. The review is published right here, using this link that is near… Continue reading Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama- Work To Do review

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Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

Jessica Heine Goodbye Party Fallen Tree Records http://www.JessicaHeine.com A long time ago, I had many favourite Alberta singer-songwriters who just happened to be female. Some have fallen off my radar (Jennifer Gibson, and many whose names have faded in memory), while several—Jane Hawley, Ruth Purves Smith, and Maria Dunn, to recall three—remain in regular rotation… Continue reading Jessica Heine- Goodbye Party review

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Arlen Roth- TeleMasters review

Arlen Roth TeleMastersAquinnah Records ArlenRoth.com Largely instrumental, upon cursory inspection this set of 16 tracks, mostly recorded in Nashville, ‘feels’ like a vanity project. A solitary listen provides evidence that TeleMasters goes well beyond that dismissive descriptor. Woodstock’s Arlen Roth has been a name in Telecaster circles for decades, and just because some of us… Continue reading Arlen Roth- TeleMasters review

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Jane Kramer- Valley of the Bones review

Jane Kramer Valley of the Bones http://www.JaneKramerMusic.com About twice a year, I head down to the bunker and dig out Jane Kramer’s previous album, Carnival of Hopes. I am never disappointed; this 2016 release only grows in my estimation with repeated listening. I was excited then to receive Valley of the Bones for review, and… Continue reading Jane Kramer- Valley of the Bones review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots and Singer-Songwriter Albums of the Year 2018

*the ones that weren’t bluegrass, blues, or ‘old stuff’ like compilations, reissues, and archival releases This is the second run at my list. The first is lost somewhere on my hard drive, obliterated by the Blue Screen of Death. Reassembling the list wasn’t terribly difficult (although I did decide to cut back from thirty to… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots and Singer-Songwriter Albums of the Year 2018

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