I don't normally post news releases here, but I hope you will find the following of interest. Compass Records, a label with significant bluegrass roots and an ongoing and active presence in the industry, has acquired well-established 'folk' label Red House Records. This is fairly [...]
"Wicked Lines & Veins"
Much of a lifetime ago, folks including The Bad Livers, The Meat Purveyors, and Split Lip Rayfield created rock 'n' roll inspired bluegrass for a small community of followers who came of age musically with an [...]
The International Bluegrass Music Association awards will be handed out Thursday evening. My opinions on who 'should' win the awards (i.e. who I want to win) are often in conflict with who I believe 'will' win (i.e. the prediction) and who does win (i.e. the one most people who [...]
John Reischman & the Jaybirds
"On That Other Green Shore"
It has long been known that John Reischman & the Jaybirds are one of my favourite bluegrass combos. To my ears, they have everything I expect from a band-vocal complexity and diversity, [...]
I've been a freelance roots and bluegrass music writer for the past decade. I originally got started writing for The Gateway, the University of Alberta newspaper. More than 15 years later, I got bit again by the writing bug with a No Depression concert review and soon established the Roots Music column in the Red Deer Advocate newspaper. Until it ceased publication, I regularly wrote reviews for Bluegrass Now.
Currently I write for two websites, The Lonesome Road Review and Country Standard Time. I also maintain a blog with additional reviews and thoughts at fervorcoulee.wordpress.com. I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at email@example.com.