Category: Record Reviews

Full Review: Big Bad Luv from John Moreland

Full Review: Big Bad Luv from John Moreland

May 3, 2017 | By

New music from John Moreland is something to be anticipated, as it will become something to be treasured. It’s been two years since we were gifted with the album High On Tulsa Heat, and I have had the privilege of seeing John perform twice in that period. The songs have become good friends, and although […]

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Uneven Ground from Lynne Hanson – Feature Album of the Week

Uneven Ground from Lynne Hanson – Feature Album of the Week

April 8, 2017 | By

Lynne Hanson has been a favourite here at FolkNRoots Radio for quite a while now, so when I heard that she had a new record coming down the pipe, excited anticipation hit hard. Adding to the anticipation was the fact that Winnipeg based singer songwriter Scott Nolan was on board as producer. When I started listening […]

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Feature Album of the Week – Close Ties from Rodney Crowell

Feature Album of the Week – Close Ties from Rodney Crowell

April 3, 2017 | By

Rodney Crowell is, without doubt, one of the great song writers of his generation. It can be argued that he is, in fact, one of the founding songwriters of modern Americana Music. Coming out of Texas and the song writing “school” that centred around the home of Guy and Susannah Clark, Rodney grew into his […]

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Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Road an Early Pick for Roots Record of the Year

Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Road an Early Pick for Roots Record of the Year

February 26, 2017 | By

I’m just finishing my first complete play through of the new record from Rhiannon Giddens, and from first track instant impression to final note, this is most definitely an early favourite for Roots Record of the Year. Those familiar with her work with Carolina Chocolate Drops and her first solo album, know very well that […]

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Record Review – Every Soul’s a Sailor – Stephen Fearing

Record Review – Every Soul’s a Sailor – Stephen Fearing

January 5, 2017 | By

There is a realization that comes with preparing to write a review of certain records, early in the listening process. It is the realization that a truly adequate review of the album is out of the question without months of careful listening and thought, and yet release dates and deadlines demand a review before that […]

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Our Ten Favourite Roots Records of 2016 at FolkNRoots Radio

Our Ten Favourite Roots Records of 2016 at FolkNRoots Radio

December 30, 2016 | By

Let’s begin by admitting that these sorts of lists are a game, at best. Any serious evaluation of music is a subjective enterprise, based on personal taste and opinion to a very large extent. Having said that, there was a huge amount of great new roots music released in 2016, and here at FolkNRoots Radio […]

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Kings and Kings – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings New Album – Full Review

Kings and Kings – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings New Album – Full Review

October 5, 2016 | By

I have called Blackie and the Rodeo Kings the best roots music band working today. There is nothing about the new record, “Kings and Kings” to change my mind about that judgment. This year is the twentieth anniversary of the release of their first record, “High or Hurtin”, a record which was originally intended as […]

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Feature Album of the Week – Shouted, Written Down and Quoted from Greensky Bluegrass

Feature Album of the Week – Shouted, Written Down and Quoted from Greensky Bluegrass

September 30, 2016 | By

What are Greensky Bluegrass? Well, as their name suggests, they are a bluegrass band … though some purists would argue. There’s no fiddle, but there are no drums either. They are a true indie band, with their own label … whose last release debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart. They are a band […]

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North by South – A Celebration of Canadian Songwriting from Claire Lynch

North by South – A Celebration of Canadian Songwriting from Claire Lynch

September 14, 2016 | By

North by South. “It all started with an e-mail from a fan in Toronto.” Claire Lynch is anything but a new voice on the musical horizon. She has been doing what she does, brilliantly, since the 70s. The Front Porch String Band. Success as both a songwriter and a session singer. Finally a string of […]

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Our Favourite Roots Records of 2016, So Far

Our Favourite Roots Records of 2016, So Far

June 21, 2016 | By

With the end of June fast approaching, it seems a good time to look back on the roots music released in the first half of the year. Here, in alphabetical order by artist, are my favourite new roots music albums of the year to date. That is not to say they are the best because […]

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