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Magical and Mystical
Jan11

Magical and Mystical

Read our review of In The Magical Hour by Aoife O’Donovan Aoife O’Donovan Releases In The Magic Hour 22 January 2016 Yep Roc Records Aoife* O’Donovan is Boston-raised and with Irish heritage.  Her second album In The Magic Hour will be out January 22 2016 on Yep Roc Records. O’Donovan has been lead singer of the progressive string band Crooked Still, was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the...

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Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # 3
Aug31

Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # 3

Read our review of day three fayettevilleroots festival USA Music Tour 2015 Day 10 Fayetteville Arkansas First up, a big thanks to Jim Jacob for his incredible photos of the festival and Fayetteville generally.  I could do a story on paint drying and he could make it look good. A late start to the day was necessary.  Yesterday’s musical superlatives still ringing in my ears (can superlatives make a sound?) and it was a slow prep...

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Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # Two
Aug31

Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # Two

Read our review of day two fayettevillerootsfestival USA Music Tour 2015 Day 9 Fayetteville Arkansas On the way to the festival, some serious discussion underway. Cory Branan provides anthemic songs, magnetic choruses, wry and sharp lyrical observations and dominant guitar work.  Sometimes the world-weariness and maturity leaps out.  His latest album The No-Hit Wonder is gripping and was one of my top twenty albums of 2014.  The album...

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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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Sara Watkins – Sun Midnight Sun
Apr23

Sara Watkins – Sun Midnight Sun

Read our review of Sara Watkins new release ‘Sun Midnight Sun’ I’ve had Sun Midnight Sun as a companion for a few months now. Can’t remember why I bought it, but it has been a creeper, slowly infiltrating the ‘that’s good’ part of my brain. It’s the second solo album (Nonesuch Records) from singer, songwriter, and fiddle player Sara Watkins and was released in May 2012. Watkins was...

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