REVIEW: The Slocan Ramblers’ “Queen City Jubilee” is an Instant Bluegrass Classic

Toronto-based bluegrass quartet The Slocan Ramblers’ new release Queen City Jubilee (Slo Music)  is a welcome addition to the bluegrass catalogue.  Lead vocals by Frank Evans provide the traditional sounding, syncopated counterpart to his banjo playing; and with Adrian Gross on mandolin, Alastair Whitehead on bass and Darryl Poulson’s steady rhythm guitar to anchor the […]

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REVIEW: Gene Clark, Still Younger Than Yesterday: “Gene Clark Sings For You” & “The Rose Garden Collection”

Sometimes it feels like Gene Clark never really left us. The discovery and periodic releases of the former Byrd’s solo recordings have graced us over the past few decades. As time has passed, his inestimable multi-generational influence becomes more apparent spanning folk and country rock, rock stalwarts like Tom Petty and R.E.M., and a new […]

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REVIEW: Romantica’s New Release, “Outlaws,” Shows Continued Perseverance

Unless you’re a Britpop icon (see Oasis’ The Masterplan) or a prolific singer/songwriter (see Ryan Adam’s Prisoner B-Sides, or any of the singles he releases between albums—more on him later), most B-side/outtake albums are viewed as filler, littered with throwaways amongst a gem or two. Fortunately, Romantica’s Outlaws gives a completely different perspective on an […]

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REVIEW: Chuck Westmoreland’s “Long Winter Rodeo” is Tales by Indie-Meets-Alt-Country

Chuck Westmoreland’s second album, Long Winter Rodeo, is an LP full of country-wrought rockers penned by a tavern owner who’s heard a tale or two while working behind the bar. Romantic questions abound throughout. The first two songs –  “Sharp Rocks” (“It’s a long way home if you wanna go”) and “Cryin’ Shame” (“See you […]

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