Kathryn Tickell and Friends, The Northumberland Collection (Park Records, 1999)

When I started out to write this review, I found myself at a loss for words. How do you describe “yet another Celtic music album?” Just what do you say about the umpteenth collection of traditional songs from England/Ireland/Wales/Scotland/all of … Continue reading

Steve Gillette, Texas and Tennessee (Redwing Music, 1998)

Long considered one of the best in the field, Steve Gillette continues his track record with this highly satisfying, enjoyable album. The lyrics are rich, the vocals deep and energetic, and the music itself lively. I thoroughly enjoyed this taste … Continue reading

Forest Hill Band, Step On It (Loyd Artists, 1998)

Country is not one of my favorite genres, but even I could appreciate this album, a lively, thoughtful trip through a series of songs stemming from the country-folk sphere of influence. With sings like “Speedos” and “Harley-Jump Boogie”, they exploit … Continue reading

Bill Bourne, Sally's Dream (Ragged Pup Records, 1998)

Bill Bourne has been recording music for roughly fifteen years, sometimes collaborating with such artists as the Tannahill Weavers and Hookahman. He has recorded several duet albums with both Shannon Johnson and Alan Macleod as well as a previous solo … Continue reading

Tom Lewis, Mixed Cargo (Borealis Recording Company, 1999)

Draw yourself a pint, settle back on your wooden stool, and get ready to sing along with this inspired, if not entirely lively, collection of sea shanties, ballads, and choruses. You want this reviewer’s honest, snap judgement? This CD gave … Continue reading

Julie Adams and the Rhino Boys, I Don't Mind Walking (Gadfly Records, 1999)

I just don’t get tired of this one. Everytime I listen, I find something else new and interesting buried within its tracks. I Don’t Mind Walking is a masterful blend of well… everything. Julie Adams is a musical chameleon, who, … Continue reading

Chris Chandler, Collaborations (Prime CD, 1998)

I never realized just how much ignorance was bliss, until I started listening to the Chris Chandler CD Collaborations, knowing absolutely nothing about it or the artist, save for the category, “singer-songwriter.” Now, that category can encompass a lot of … Continue reading