Tag Archives: Bluegrass music

Ezra’s Ezra

Remember back in the early 2000s when you first heard and were awestruck by the youthful virtuosity of Crooked Still? Or perhaps, a decade or so later, by the stringband supergroup vibe of The Goat Rodeo? I sure do, and … 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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Rhonda Vincent’s Back Home Again, and The Storm Still Rages

Rhonda Vincent was born in 1962 and first performed on stage as part of her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show, when she was 5 years old. She has 18 albums to her credit, but these latest two, made for … Continue reading

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Hilarie Burhans’ Put On The Skillet, Hubie King and Diane Jones’ There Are No Rules! and Reed Island Rounders’ Goin’ Back

Tim Hoke wrote this review. I was lucky to get to hear some good old-time banjo recordings recently. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to banjos. There are the folks who love them, and then … Continue reading

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Hotpoint Stringband’s Steppin’ On Cords and The Road To Burhania

Tim Hoke wrote this review. I’ve said before that good contradance bands rarely make good sit-and-listen-to bands. I’ve also noted that there are exceptions to that rule, and Hotpoint Stringband can be added to that list. All of the tunes … Continue reading

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Hotpoint Stringband’s Hotpoint Special

[Editor’s note: Sadly, we’ve lost track of who wrote this review.] Casually throwing Hotpoint Special into my CD player, I chose a track at random. My ears were greeted by an infectious groove of drums and shaker. This stood in … Continue reading

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Mike Barnett’s Lost Indian, Cast Iron Filter’s Falls of Rough, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Welcome to Woody Creek, and various artists’ Close Harmony: a History of Southern Gospel Music

“The street balladry of the people who began migrating to America in the early 1600s is considered to be the roots of traditional American music. As the early Jamestown settlers began to spread out into the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky and … Continue reading

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Niall Toner Band’s There’s a Better Way

Dublin’s Niall Toner has been called the father of Irish bluegrass music. Certainly, his dedication to playing and preserving American folk and old time music has proven both a vocation and a calling card. Having played for four decades with … Continue reading

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Sandy Weltman’s The Klezmer Nuthouse

Judith Gennett wrote this review. You may have been told at some point that bluegrass is a genre with rigid rules. Sometimes it is, but the rules have not restricted the musicians of the bluegrass underworld. They also have not … Continue reading

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Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves’ Hurricane Clarice

The coronavirus pandemic of the early ’20s has played a huge role in all kinds of arts and entertainment, which I’m sure scholars will be studying for decades to come. One thing I’ve noticed is that every musician or musical … Continue reading

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