The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys Never Slow Down Smithsonian Folkways East Tennessee’s The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, despite their on-stage lightness and good humour, take their bluegrass seriously. This is their career, and they are focused and single-minded in the sensible pursuit of not only financial stability but musical ideals. Several albums into their career including a… Continue reading The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys- Never Slow Down review
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Ancient Fervor Coulee Bluegrass CD reviews, pt 3
A few more bluegrass reviews from the early days of Fervor Coulee.
Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review
Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton Smithsonian Folkways “That’s the old music,” is how Gaither Carlton, Doc Watson’s father-in-law once reportedly described that contained within the iconic Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. It is a subject Carlton knew well, as did Watson. These recordings, contemporaneous to music released on… Continue reading Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton- Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton review
Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey review
I don’t get to review as much bluegrass as I once did. Over the last ten years, record companies seem to have fewer resources to ‘service’ freelance writers, and it appears select labels have simply chosen to ‘drop’ some writers from their contacts. Also, bands are less willing and able to send out review copies.… Continue reading Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey review
Janice MacDonald- “Hang Down Your Head”- the music
A bit more than a year ago, I became aware of a novel published the previous year. When I finally saw the book in a bookstore, three things immediately struck me: 1. There was a banjo on the cover, albeit of the dreaded six-string variety; 2. The novel was entitled Hang Down Your Head, a… Continue reading Janice MacDonald- “Hang Down Your Head”- the music
Starting the bluegrass journey…part 1
As you may be aware, I am involved with the Red Deer and Central Alberta bluegrass organization, Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society. We’ve been around for ten years and encourage, promote, and showcase bluegrass music in the area. We have a newsletter called That High Lonesome Sound, and several years back I started a column called… Continue reading Starting the bluegrass journey…part 1
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