Maria Dunn- Live at Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB 2023 January 28

My horrible snapshots notwithstanding, it was a beautiful evening of folk music in Sherwood Park last evening as Maria Dunn (finally, after two-years of pandemic delays) celebrated the release of her now Juno Award-winning album, Joyful Banner Blazing (my review of the album is here.) Dunn and her large band complete with horn section and… Continue reading Maria Dunn- Live at Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB 2023 January 28

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Angela Easterling- Witness review

Angela Easterling Witness AngelaEasterling.com South Carolinian Angela Easterling, whom I wrote about here many years ago, returned in 2022 with a new album that grabbed me from first listen. So why didn’t I write about it when released in October? I just couldn’t find the right words, and quite likely still haven’t. Witness consists of… Continue reading Angela Easterling- Witness review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

I have no idea how many roots albums I bought, received for review, actually wrote about, listened to through a brief flirtation with a streaming service, and sampled via Polaris Music Prize jury membership, as well as other industry-provided downloads during 2022. But when I review other lists, I see a lot I am familiar… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2022

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Skinny Dyck- Palace Waiting review

Skinny Dyck Palace Waiting Sound Asleep Records While I have quite loved everything Skinny Dyck has done on previous releases, I also appreciate his continued evolution as a country artist. On his Get to Know Lonesome album, one filled with terrific, fairly straight-ahead country tunes, the darkly expressive “Dreamin’” was favoured. Before many of us… Continue reading Skinny Dyck- Palace Waiting review

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Spencer Mackenzie- Preach to My Soul review

Spencer Mackenzie Preach to My Soul SpencerMackenzie.ca Go for what you know. For youthful blues-guitarist Spencer Mackenzie, that appears to be rockin’ blues. During my formative, high school musical years listening to mainstream rock FM stations, I could hear Powder Blues, Downchild, and David Wilcox alongside a Rumours track, the next chart-climber from Pat Benatar,… Continue reading Spencer Mackenzie- Preach to My Soul review

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Robert Connely Farr- Shake It review

Robert Connely Farr Shake It RobertConnelyFarr.com My introduction to Robert Connely Farr came many years ago—a dozen?—when the Mississippi-native released a set with Jon Wood under the Mississippi Live moniker. I was a fine piece of stripped-down blues, the words about which I wrote long ago left to the ravages of print and the foibles… Continue reading Robert Connely Farr- Shake It review

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Suzie Vinnick- Fall Back Home review

Suzi Vinnick Fall Back Home SuzieVinnick.com Over the last decade, Suzie Vinnick has become one of Canada’s favourite blues artists. Albums including 2018’s Shake That Love Around and 2011’s Me ‘n’ Mabel placed her on my roots radar, and Fall Back Home continues this string of impressive development. Given pandemic time to reflect, Vinnick has… Continue reading Suzie Vinnick- Fall Back Home review

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pd adams This Curious Wonder review

pd adams This Curious Wonder Lake Front/PaulAdams.org Thirty-five years in the making, This Curious Wonder examines a world that pd adams has observed with both distress, wonder, and joy. Paul Adams is a poet and songwriter with a series of instrumental albums to his credit. This Curious Wonder appears to be his first lyrical effort,… Continue reading pd adams This Curious Wonder review

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Rory Block- Ain’t Nobody Worried review

Rory Block Ain’t Nobody Worried: Celebrating Great Women of Song Stony Plain Records Into her seventies, Rory Block continues to rock the blues harder than many half her age. With this third release in her Power Women of the Blues series, Block turns to slightly more contemporary material and a wider definition of blues. Playing… Continue reading Rory Block- Ain’t Nobody Worried review

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Megan Bee- Cottonwood review

Megan Bee Cottonwood MeganBeeMusic.com New to me, Cottonwood is Megan Bee’s fourth album. As a result of cross-border, postal challenges, the album came to me late but has—over the last month—made its way into consideration for my Favourite Roots Albums of 2022. Bee’s voice reminds me of Frazey Ford, although there are times her approach… Continue reading Megan Bee- Cottonwood review

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