The Old Stuff, 2018

The Old Stuff: Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Reissue, Archival, Live, Tribute, Re-recording, and Compilation Releases of 2018: 1. Bobbie Gentry – The Girl from Chickasaw County : The Complete Capitol Masters The best box set I can recall purchasing, this 8-disc beauty features all the Capitol tracks one knew existed, and a whole bunch we didn’t.… Continue reading The Old Stuff, 2018

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Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews

Over at Country Standard Time, two of my reviews have been published. Roland White (& Friends) latest is a star-studded tribute to his legendary bluegrass group The Kentucky Colonels. Meanwhile, Appleseed Recordings celebrates their 21st anniversary with a three-disc set featuring several previously unreleased cuts by Fervor Coulee faves John Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom… Continue reading Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews

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Jerry Wicentowski- …Thanks, Mac! review

Jerry Wicentowski …Thanks, Mac! Songs of Mac Wiseman http://www.WizGrass.com If not for Mac Wiseman and a pair of brothers named Osborne, I am not certain we would have living ties  to the first generation of bluegrass performers. While Bobby continues to book shows and record, Sonny and Mac have largely eased into retirement to only… Continue reading Jerry Wicentowski- …Thanks, Mac! review

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From the extensive if not valued Fervor Coulee Archive: The Coal Porters– The Chris Hillman Tribute Concerts (Prima SID 013) 52:03 Within a band of fascinating characters, Chris Hillman was, for me, always the most cool of the Flying Burrito Brothers.  I would like to think it was because I sensed the soulful spirit of… Continue reading

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Rory Block- A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith review

Rory Block A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith Stony Plain Records What was the name of the Maria Muldaur album a decade or so ago? Naughty, Bawdy, & Blue, that’s it. That would also work for this new set from Rory Block, the latest in her ongoing mission tracing the historical importance and… Continue reading Rory Block- A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith review

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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

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David Davis & the Warrior River Boys- Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole review

David Davis & The Warrior River Boys Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole Rounder Records Even with fewer than a dozen albums featuring his name, David Davis has become a near-legendary member of the bluegrass fraternity, a true follower of The Monroe Doctrine. Having fronted the Warrior River Boys for parts of four decades, Davis has… Continue reading David Davis & the Warrior River Boys- Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole review

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