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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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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Roots Song of the Week: The Special Consensus- Wild Montana Skies

I became a John Denver fan the first time I heard “Grandma’s Feather Bed.” That goofy opus was perfect for an eleven year-old twisted in his musical development by a diet of school bus sing-a-longs of “Joy To the World,” “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da,” “Patches,” and “Yitsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” But, I knew John Denver… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: The Special Consensus- Wild Montana Skies

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The Story Behind…The Special Consensus

Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted the first in what I am hoping will be an ongoing series about the origins of bluegrass band names. First up, thanks to the skills of Greg Cahill, is the story behind The Special Consensus, one of bluegrass music’s longest running outfits. The link should get you there.… Continue reading The Story Behind…The Special Consensus

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