NORMAN BLAKE: Wood Wire and Words

Norman Blake Wood Wire and Words

          NORMAN BLAKE Wood Wire and Words Plectrafone www.westernjubilee.com   Blake opens this album with “Savanna Rag,” a loose, syncopated instrumental that shows off his low key fingerpicking virtuosity. Descending bass runs and meandering flurries of mid-range improvisations give the tune a bright, buoyant feel. His … → read more

JONATHAN EDWARDS: Tomorrow’s Child

Jonathan Edwards Tomorrows Child

          Jonathan Edwards Tomorrow’s Child Rising Records www.jonathanedwards.net   Jonathan Edwards partnered up with Darrell Scott to helm his new album. That news alone had me expecting a wonderful album, and the result is even better than I anticipated. Jonathan is in superb voice and gives … → read more

CHARLIE PARR: Stumpjumper

Charlie Parr Stumpjumper

          CHARLIE PARR Stumpjumper Red House 283 www.redhouserecords.com   Long a part of the spirited Duluth, Minnesota, music scene (Trampled By Turtles, Low), prolific folk blues singer, gripping songwriter and 12-string National resonator steel guitar, Dobro and fretless, open-back banjo master Charlie Parr went out-of-state for … → read more

JAMES LEE STANLEY: The Apocaloptimist

          James Lee Stanley The Apocaloptimist Beachwood Records www.jamesleestanley.com   The Apocaloptimist is James Lee Stanley’s 27th release. He has been a steadily prolific artist for a long time, and I always look forward to his new work. This is one of his best, and most … → read more

ALASDAIR ROBERTS: Alasdair Roberts

          Alasdair Roberts Alasdair Roberts Drag City 613 www.dragcity.com   Alasdair Roberts’ handsome Stirlingshire voice, ancient new lyrics and honed Bert Jansch-acoustic style make this a pearl of an album, as lost and found love haunts several pieces. “The Problem of Freedom” takes us through the … → read more

COSY SHERIDAN: Pretty Bird

          COSY SHERIDAN Pretty Bird Waterbug 0116 www.waterbug.com   With clear poetic lyrics and mostly-acoustic arrangements based around Cosy’s impeccable guitar work, it doesn’t get better than this. Her guitar and vocal were recorded live, a rare thing in this world of overdubbed blandness, and cradled … → read more

LYNNE HANSON: River of Sand

            LYNNE HANSON River of Sand Continental www.lynnehanson.com   Whoever dumped Lynne Hanson unleashed a melancholy that made for a solid collection of songs from this celebrated Canadian songwriter. Produced by Lynn Miles, another talented Canadian musician, they’ve put together a recording that bursts with … → read more