Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses Black Hen Music Succinct review: If your musical heroes are passing on, it is past time to find replacements to keep you vital, hip, and groovy. Start with Matt Patershuk and If Wishes Were Horses. Long-winded essay that really would have benefited from an editor: I attended last month’s… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- If Wishes Were Horses review

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Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

Several fine blues albums have made their way to me these last couple months, and today is the day I finally share my thoughts about them. Apologies to the PR folks, labels, and musicians for the delay. First up: Paul Gabriel Man of Many Blues Smoke Ring Records PaulGabriel.net There are no shortage of blues… Continue reading Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

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Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review

Harpdog Brown For Love & Money DogHouse HarpdogBrown.com A couple months back, blues evangelist Harpdog Brown released an energetic set of New Orleans-influenced jump blues, a true, authentic throwback to and of a previous generation’s music. An outstanding blues harmonica player, Brown’s music has been heard on fine blues radio programs for years, and I… Continue reading Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review

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Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

Kat Danser Goin’ Gone Black Hen Music KatDanser.com “Jumpin’ on the IV and II, hanging on the voodoo groove,” Dr. Kat Danser sings just a few moments into Goin’ Gone, her fifth album and second in a row in partnership with Steve Dawson—and first for his Black Hen label. With the declaration made within “Voodoo… Continue reading Kat Danser- Goin’ Gone review

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Steve Dawson- Lucky Hand review

Steve Dawson Lucky Hand Black Hen Music Immersing myself in Steve Dawson’s impressive catalogue these past weeks, I wasn’t surprised as much reinvigorated by the intensity and diversity of the music he has chosen to create over the past decade and a half. There are certainly commonalities linking his recordings—the quality of his playing, naturally,… Continue reading Steve Dawson- Lucky Hand review

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Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

Matt Patershuk Same As I Ever Have Been Black Hen Music Don’t accuse Alberta’s Matt Patershuk of resting on laurels well-deserved. While his previous album I Was So Fond of You was one of the finest country albums of 2016—regardless country of origin—this time out La Glace’s great hope has injected a whole lot of… Continue reading Matt Patershuk- Same As I Ever Have Been review

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Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

[June 20- Since posting this piece on Thursday, the Long List has been announced.  While I have never seen more than three of my initial ballot choices make the Top 40 list, I don’t know if I’ve previously gone 0 for 5; likely, I have. I don’t get offended by this, but I do scratch my head.… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

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