Irene Kelley: “These Hills”

Irene Kelley “These Hills” Mountain Fever Records Irene Kelley has created a bluegrass record which seems just right- well-conceived, with outstanding songwriting, singing and powerful musicianship. From the trickle down banjo run which introduces “Carolina Wind” to the soulful mountain vibe which exemplifies the final cut, “Before You Call Me Home”, Kelly makes a case for […]

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys: “Ionia”

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys “Ionia” Earthwork Music Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys lie in wait, in the amorphous, ill-defined genre of “Americana” or “Roots” music, ready to win you over. This four-piece band, most of who are originally from Michigan, plays spare arrangements within a bluegrass structure. The listener may be forgiven for thinking […]

John Reischman and The Jaybirds: “On That Other Green Shore”

John Reischman and The Jaybirds “On That Other Green Shore” Corvus Records John Reischman has been a leading bluegrass mandolinist for decades. He spends most of his time in the Pacific Northwest these days and continues to make sweet bluegrass music with his band, The Jaybirds. “On That Other Green Shore” has just the right […]

James Leva: “All Over The World”

James Leva “All Over The World” Patuxent Music James Leva practices traditional music with commitment. His new Patuxent Records release “All Over The World” demonstrates this through its 17-track journey. Leva , an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, pursues his passion in Appalachian Virginia, and has, here, collaborated with his daughter, Vivian Leva, on several vocal tracks. (Nora Jane […]