Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020

I’ve been writing about roots music for 20 years, and have been assembling self-indulgent ‘favourite roots albums of the year’ lists for most of that time. While always a pleasant challenge, this year’s list was the most difficult for me to assemble. COVID-19 kept me even more tied to my remote music world this year,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2020

This year I decided to limit my Favourite Bluegrass Albums of the Year to ten titles; not only is that a manageable number, it was a place where I noticed a natural break between albums I listened to repeatedly and those that I quite enjoyed but didn’t return to after reviewing. The following didn’t make… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2020

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020…so far

As the first half of 2020 comes to a close (and thank criminy for that) and inspired by Exclaim! magazine’s request that I participate in their ‘top albums of the year…so far’ project (shocker: none of my albums made their list, and I even eliminated the bluegrass albums because I knew there was no point),… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2020…so far

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Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review

Outside Dale Ann Bradley, I am hard pressed to find a bluegrass act that has been more consistently excellent over the last decade than mid-west bluegrass band (The) Special Consensus. Chicago Barn Dance adds to the vigour of that assertion. Read all about it over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. Highly recommended. Jeff at Country Standard… Continue reading Special Consensus- Chicago Barn Dance review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2018

Favourite, not best. I happen to consider them the best, but you certainly may feel different. One will notice no ‘big tent’ bluegrass on this list-the furthest afield I go is with my #1 album, which is still fair solid bluegrass. These are the albums I felt delivered in 2018. 1. The Travelin’ McCourys- The… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2018

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums since 2000

I’ve been writing about music since 2000. Naturally, I’ve heard a lot of great music, have written about much of it, and have often put together a list of favourite roots and bluegrass albums of the year. And, I will do the same again this year. For perspective and to sprinkle some flavourful anticipation, here… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots & Bluegrass Albums since 2000

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Bluegrass Albums of 2016

Here is my list of Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016. Of course, your kilometreage will vary: I once received a perplexing, cranky email from the father of a fairly prominent bluegrasser whose album I didn’t include on such a list several years ago. For those such inclined, I repeat—these are my favourite bluegrass albums of the… Continue reading Bluegrass Albums of 2016

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass (and eventually I will cross-post here) I have meticulously and expertly (!) compiled my list of my favourite bluegrass album of the year 2016. Please realize, these are my favourite bluegrass albums meaning, a) your list may be different, b) I don’t pretend to know what is best, and c)… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2016

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Reviews recently posted elsewhere

I was asked to contribute some reviews to Lonesome Road Review recently. I am likely writing a little less for LLR and Country Standard Time than I had in the past, but I do find time to get a couple or three done monthly. These days, there is little to no money in freelance writing… Continue reading Reviews recently posted elsewhere

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Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

It has been a busy week here in the Fervor Coulee bunker, and the fruit of that labour has been posted over at the Lonesome Road Review in the form of two reviews. First up is my review of the new Special Consensus album, abluegrass tribute to John Denver. Also up is my review of… Continue reading Special Consensus & Eliza Gilkyson reviews

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