Shoulda Been Better – 2012

Albums that I thought would be great, but left me feeling a bit let down. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they weren’t good, perhaps my expectations were too high. American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die Band of Horses – Mirage Rock Kasey … Continue reading

Shannon Lyon @ Sunset Saloon – July 18, 2012

I’ve been a Shannon Lyon fan since I first heard his album Wandered almost a decade ago. Since then, he’s written some of my favourite songs in the world. They’re gritty, dark, often sad, sometimes beautiful and celebratory, always amazing. … Continue reading

Canada Day in the U.S.A. – The spirit of Rock n’ Roll lives in Fargo; it’s true.

I’m sorry, Canada, but I had to leave you on your birthday. I know that’s a real douchebag thing to do, but it had to be done. I was looking for something important, something that, honestly, you’ve been missing for … Continue reading

Steve Earle – July 22, 2011

I had the opportunity (thanks to Kurtis and Stu) to head down to Bayfield, Wisconsin to see Steve Earle with the Dukes & Duchesses (featuring Allison Moorer and The Mastersons) on July 22, 2011. I’ve been a Steve Earle superfan … Continue reading

Gillian Welch – July 20, 2011

I’ve had the great pleasure to see a lot of great shows in my life. Even though I’m an obsessive music nerd with an embarrassing CD collection cluttering up my house, there are surprisingly few artists still remaining on my … Continue reading

The Damnwells & Harper Blynn

After several long years of superfandom, I finally got the opportunity to see The Damnwells live. The band, these days, consists primarily of singer/songwriter/guitarist/god Alex Dezen, and rather than assembling a band himself, he went out and hired himself a … Continue reading

Edmonton Folk Festival – Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010

Maybe I’ll get around to writing about this day… If anyone actually reads all of the other writeups and still cares, let me know and I might actually get around to finishing this one! Sure, it might take another 6 … Continue reading

Edmonton Folk Festival – Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010

By Saturday, I was already feeling a bit worn down after 3 fairly late nights of music, but this was the day when the “real” festival felt like it began for me, with a multitude of workshop options to enjoy. … Continue reading