Robert Vincent- In This Town You’re Owned review

Robert Vincent In This Town You’re Owned Thirty Tigers RobertVincentMusic.com Relatively unheralded, Liverpudlian Robert Vincent appears poised to make his move within the overly-crowded country-folk, Americana field. With songs including “Burns Like Cotton in the Fields,” “Second Chance,” “So In Love,” and “Blue,” and now “This Town” and “My Neighbour’s Ghost,” Robert Vincent demonstrates ability… Continue reading Robert Vincent- In This Town You’re Owned review

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Three 2019 Roots Christmas Albums reviewed

The McCrary Sisters A Very McCrary Christmas Rounder Records A “Respect Yourself”-groove infused “Go Tell It On the Mountain” opens A Very McCrary Christmas, the most exciting seasonal collection that has come my way this very rootsy December. This is an incredible, uplifting hour of soul-filled songs, many of the traditional variety, but so inspired… Continue reading Three 2019 Roots Christmas Albums reviewed

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Sue Decker- Outskirts of Love review

Sue Decker Outskirts of Love SueDecker.com There is hope for me: while I’ve yet to work-up the courage to perform in a bluegrass jam—aside from one pop-fueled, early-morning run-through of “Shady Grove” around a campfire—Victoria’s Sue Decker took her opportunity at the local jam, eventually taking a slide toward the blues. This collection of a… Continue reading Sue Decker- Outskirts of Love review

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Martin Harley- Roll With the Punches review

Martin Harley- Roll With the Punches Del Mundo MartinHarley.com Recorded in a refurbished Welsh chapel, Martin Harley’s latest is a warm, impeccable guitar-driven testament to the power of country-roots music. These original songs are uplifting and comfortable with an appealing bluesy vibe. Several songs are introspective, finely crafted laments of various perspective, most featuring bottleneck.… Continue reading Martin Harley- Roll With the Punches review

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Helene Cronin- Old Ghosts & Lost Causes review

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

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Tom Savage- Great Beyond 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

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Bill Scorzari- Now I’m Free 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

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Kelsey Waldon- White Noise, White Lines 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.

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Susan Gibson- The Hard Stuff review

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

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