LaTresa & The Signal- The Blood and The River review

LaTresa & The Signal- The Blood and The River BoonDog Records LaTresa.com An Alabamian who has long resided in Nashville, LeTresa Smith has been around country and bluegrass music professionally for a couple decades, and her album of several years ago—Love, Babies, Jesus, and Sweet Potato Pie…—was a Fervor Coulee favourite. Eight years later, LaTresa… Continue reading LaTresa & The Signal- The Blood and The River review

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Tim O’Brien Band- Tim O’Brien Band review

Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien Band Howdy Skies You never quite know which Tim O’Brien is going to make an appearance: fiddle slinger, folk singer-songwriter, bluegrass maverick, or Celtic-crosser, half of a dynamic duo or as part of an ensemble such as Hot Rize and (briefly) The Earls of Leicester. With Tim O’Brien Band (no… Continue reading Tim O’Brien Band- Tim O’Brien Band review

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The Earls of Leicester review

The Earl of Leicester had nothing to do with bluegrass music. But, The Earls of Leicester are most certainly bluegrass through and through. The ‘Earl’ refers to Scruggs and ‘Leicester’ is pronounced Lester, as in Flatt, and this six-piece band, whose performance at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival of a couple weekends ago I am… Continue reading The Earls of Leicester review

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Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

Eric Brace and Karl Straub have created a most ambitious album based upon and extending “Sweet Betsy From Pike,” a song from the California Gold Rush era. Prior to listening to Hangtown Dancehall, I had only passing familiarity with “Sweet Betsy From Pike” having heard versions by Suzy Bogguss and Johnny Cash. Admittedly, I hadn’t… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: Eric Brace, et al- El Dorado Two-Step

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Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

Over at the Country Standard Time site, Jeff has posted my review of Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien’s recent live disc, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This. I think it is a very excellent album. It was recently named Engine 145’s Best Bluegrass Album of 2012 despite not being a bluegrass album in any… Continue reading Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

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Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

In 2001, I interviewed Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and wrote about them in the October 2001 edition of That High Lonesome Sound, a local bluegrass society newsletter. While writing about their recent live release We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This for Lonesome Standard Time, I reviewed that… Continue reading Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

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