Various Artists- Americana Railroad review

Various Artists Americana Railroad Renew/BMG Perhaps unintentionally also a tribute to previous generations of Americana artists who much earlier blazed a trail—folks like Elizabeth Cotton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hedy West, John Stewart, Gene Clark, and a handful of others—by both covering their signature songs while adding to the rich sub-genre of train songs they and… Continue reading Various Artists- Americana Railroad review

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Cheryl Cawood- Bullet in the Cabin Wall review

Cheryl Cawood Bullet in the Cabin Wall CherylCawood.com I like a roots music album without pretension, and that is what I found within Cheryl Cawood’s Bullet in the Cabin Wall. Cawood’s brief bio reads hard—with roots in Harlan County, KY, it would appear Cawood has experienced no luck and hard luck in love and marriage,… Continue reading Cheryl Cawood- Bullet in the Cabin Wall review

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Rod Picott- Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows review

Rod Picott Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows Welding Rod RodPicott.com A year ago, I tried to write about Rod Picott’s latest album, a collection of songs written with Slaid Cleaves across a lifetime of friendship. I wrote a lot of words in that review, but I suspect I didn’t fully capture the depth of my… Continue reading Rod Picott- Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows review

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Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

Kim Beggs Steel and Wool http://www.KimBeggs.com With five previous albums, Kim Beggs has established herself of one of Canada’s great true-folk (as opposed to nü-folk, pop-folk, dance-folk, folktronica, post-punk gnarr folk…) artists. She remains unjustly underappreciated, in my opinion. Long based in the Yukon, Kim Beggs writes and sings straight from her gut and heart… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Steel and Wool review

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Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

Just a Season Leave to Come Home JustaSeason.ca Northern Electric “Just A Season is a folk-rock band from Vancouver led by Scott Smith. The band’s sound recalls an era when folk, rock, and country met in a sun-baked embrace.” Nailed it: an ideal two-word introduction to Just A Season. All I had to do was… Continue reading Just A Season- Leave to Come Home review

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Terry Klein- Good Luck, Take Care review

Terry Klein Good Luck Take Care TerryKleinMusic.com This month’s theme here at Fervor Coulee appears to be “Singer-Songwriters Not Previously Encountered.” Each have been wonderful—The Waymores, Dana Cooper, Dan Weber, Rob Heath, Jefferson Ross—and I will return to their music. But the artist I’ve been listening to most since mid-March has to be Terry Klein.… Continue reading Terry Klein- Good Luck, Take Care review

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The Waymores- Stone Sessions review

The Waymores Stone Sessions TheWaymores.com It has been so long since I encountered a new, ‘real country’ album that, at first, I mistook the Waymores’ Stone Sessions as one. Based on the opening cut, “Heart of Stone,” that is what I thought Stone Sessions would be. A taking-turns male/female duet, a bunch of pedal steel,… Continue reading The Waymores- Stone Sessions review

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Dan Weber and Dana Cooper album reviews

Dan Weber The Way the River Goes Highway 142 DanWeberMusic.com Dana Cooper I Can Face the Truth DanaCooperMusic.com “I’ve heard it all.” How many times have I had this thought rattle around inside my brain as I reach for the next troubadour’s album? Trust me, it has been a few hundred times. Almost as frequently,… Continue reading Dan Weber and Dana Cooper album reviews

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Steve Dawson- Gone, Long Gone review

Steve Dawson Gone, Long Gone Black Hen Music We all know that guy. He is the coolest in the room. He knows everyone. He is good at everything he does. He looks fresh. Life just comes easy to him, he basks in it, and in the warmth of his admirers’ glow. We hate that guy,… Continue reading Steve Dawson- Gone, Long Gone review

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