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Various artists’ Deep River of Song: Big Brazos: Texas Prison Recordings, 1933 and 1934

Big Earl Sellar wrote this review. Another set of field recordings made by the Lomaxes, Big Brazos focuses on the songs of the black work gangs in the early 1930s. It’s an interesting disc, another one of those brief moments … Continue reading

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Haas Kowert Tice’s You Got This

I got an earful of what a great fiddler Brittany Haas has become at the 2013 Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She played several sets of innovative fusion music with her sister, cellist Natalie Haas, fiddler … Continue reading

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Väsen and Hawktail in concert

OK, so I haven’t been paying close attention, but I signed on to go see Väsen and Hawktail on a damp February night in Oregon. Because I’ll pretty much always go see the contemporary Swedish roots musicians of Väsen when … Continue reading

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Gary’s Top 5 albums of 2023 in jazz, World roots, and Americana

My music coverage for Green Man Review focuses mainly on jazz, World roots, and Americana. And that matches the music I listen to personally as well, pretty much in that order. I’ve found that the lines between those three “genres” … Continue reading

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burtschi brothers’ ain’t being treated right

Asher Black wrote this review. That’s right, like e.e. cummings, neither the title, nor the band, nor the songs are capitalized, and the band-album-title is meant to be read both as a sentence and an attitude: “had my fill of … Continue reading

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Travis Linville & The Burtschi Brothers’ Uncertain Texas

Asher Black wrote this review. As the Burtschi Brothers are preparing to release their next CD in February 2002, it seems fitting to take a good look at the undeserved obscurity of their previous one. One of the reasons for … Continue reading

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Trond Kallevåg’s Amerikabåten

Norwegian guitarist and composer Trond Kallevåg’s Amerikabåten is one of my favorite albums of 2023 – and of this still young though momentous decade. It’s his third as a leader on Hubro, following his acclaimed 2019 debut Bedehus & Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Kristen Grainger & True North’s Fear of Falling Stars

Kristen Grainger & True North continue their enviable run of top quality acoustic Americana with Fear of Falling Stars. This time out the theme is love of the family kind, including more than one personal missive of devition between Grainger … Continue reading

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Russell Smith’s Sunday Best: The Cream of the Solo Albums

Russell Smith and I go way back. I first heard of Russell Smith on a 1974 Jesse Winchester album, when Winchester covered Smith’s hilarious and poignant “Third Rate Romance.” Later Smith’s own band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, had a hit … Continue reading

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Dorris Henderson’s Here I Go Again

Mike Stiles contributed this review. Hmm, what have we got here? First track is “Wayfaring Stranger.” I haven’t heard an opening combo of guitar and piano like this in a long time – is the vocal going to be just … Continue reading

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