Helene Cronin Old Ghosts & Lost Causes HeleneCronin.com Looking for someone who straddles the folk, country, and Americana worlds as comfortably as Mary Gauthier, Kate Campbell, and Mary Chapin Carpenter? Look no further. Depending on the song, Cronin sounds a little like each of the named singers, and her approach to songwriting is similar—personal narratives… Continue reading Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review
Tom Savage Great Beyond TomSavage.ca In my reviews, I typically do not pit performer against performer. But allow me this indulgence: Tom Savage is who Colter Wall listeners should be listening to. Wall comes off as a privileged youth aping legitimacy; Savage presents with an aura of unpretentious, wayfaring minstrel, ‘a country boy not sure… Continue reading Tom Savage- Great Beyond review
Bill Scorzari Now I’m Free BillScorzari.com Bill Scorzari is entirely himself. Confident and heartfelt, Bill Scorzari is one of the most impressive troubadour discoveries of the last ‘however many years it has been since I first heard Sam Baker.’ And like Baker, Scorzari simply improves with each release, finding new ways to explore and depict… Continue reading Bill Scorzari- Now I’m Free review
I was a fan of Chris Knight before I ever heard him sing. An article in No Depression made me aware of him more than twenty years ago, and due to the eloquence of the writer’s description of Knight and his music, I searched out his debut right away. Now comes Almost Daylight. My review… Continue reading Chris Knight- Almost Daylight review
My review of Kelsey Waldon’s new album is up at Exclaim!, linked here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/kelsey_waldon-white_noise_white_lines It is a very strong album, not so much departure from previous standout recordings (one of which I reviewed here: https://fervorcoulee.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/kelsey-waldon-the-goldmine-review/ ) but a gentle evolution. Highly recommended.
Susan Gibson The Hard Stuff SusanGibson.com She wrote one of the biggest country songs of the last quarter century, but most of us are still unfamiliar with Susan Gibson. “Wide Open Spaces” hit #1, is among the Dixie Chicks’ signature songs, and—while obviously great—quite frankly isn’t even Susan Gibson’s best song. That distinction may go… Continue reading Susan Gibson- The Hard Stuff review
Venerable Texas musician and songwriter Terri Hendrix has explored various aspects of her chosen art over the twenty years since she first came to my attention with Places In Between. Most recently she has been focused upon examining human connection through a series of releases, Project 5. The latest installments, Talk To A Human (a… Continue reading Terri Hendrix- Talk to a Human & Who Is Ann? reviews