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On Smooth Waters
Jan27

On Smooth Waters

Read our review of ‘Cayamo Sessions’ by Buddy Miller & Friends BUDDY MILLER & FRIENDS CAYAMO SESSIONS AT SEA  DUE JANUARY 29 2016   INCLUDES KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, KACEY MUSGRAVES, LEE ANN WOMACK, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, RICHARD THOMPSON, NIKKI LANE, SHAWN COLVIN  I write this with not a little trepidation. It’s not that I don’t like this new album.  I do … by a good length, in horse racing parlance....

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How To Make The Perfect Bluegrass Album
Jul01

How To Make The Perfect Bluegrass Album

Read our review of Happy Prisoner by Robert Earl Keen A sure-fire, step-by-step account of how to make the ideal bluegrass album Critical Ingredients one roots music troubadour – with enormous standing and credibility, with a vision to make a great result, an emotive leather-worn voice with an acute music sensibility, a great instrumentalist and possessing a lot of A-grade music compadres – like Robert Earl Keen nine of...

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 3
Oct07

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 3

Read about our third day at Hardly Strictly Blues festival 2013 Sunday in San Francisco. The third and final day of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013.  I was determined to make the most of it. Our usual walk up the hill and a coffee stop at our new favourite spot, Stanza.  Then a bus trip down Lincoln Street.  The buses here are regular and good value – $2 for two hours or so.  A relatively short walk from 19th avenue led us...

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Americana Music Association Honors and Awards
Sep19

Americana Music Association Honors and Awards

Read our coverage of the 2013 Americana Honors and Awards   It was a cloudy day in Nashville – a bit breezy and sometimes humid. The search for a great coffee hit another dead-end – we followed this up with a little shopping on Broadway – Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop has some impressive items (and they have two in-stores this week for me to try to fit in) – then an amble past the Ryman Auditorium gift...

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Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2012
Nov15

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2012

Read our take on Fairport Convention’s Cropredy 2012 festival   By Rob Dickens It’s become quite a phenomenon – members of the English electric folk band Fairport Convention (whose recent album Babbacombe Lee Live Again was reviewed in last month’s Rhythms) have organised an annual music festival in the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire, England. The gathering dates back to 1976 when Fairport played in a back garden to a...

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