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Donald Teplyske I have been a roots and bluegrass music writer for twenty years, having also hosted bluegrass radio and presented concerts. I currently write for Country Standard Time and Exclaim! while maintaining a blog at I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at

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Tony Rice, Guitar vinyl reissue reviewed

Donald Teplyske  |  August 28, 2022

(Rebel Records) There has been no end to bluegrass albums labeled as classics. Some of them even deserve the renown such a reference implies. Tony Rice's recording debut, released in 1974, is arguably one of those recordings, an album that will be within the number should my book "One Hundred Essential Bluegrass Albums" ever see light of day. Released on Red Clay, King, and ...

James Reams Like a Flowing River & Soundtrack Album

Donald Teplyske  |  January 5, 2022

Redbird Music James Reams is absolutely unique. As such, there is no one in bluegrass quite like him. Born in Kentucky, he came of age in Wisconsin and matured in Brooklyn as a teacher and bluegrass band leader. Now based in Arizona, Reams' voice is one of a kind, and his approach to bluegrass is similarly individual. Adding to his distinctiveness, Reams—for a number of ...

Fervor Coulee's Favourite Bluegrass Albums of 2021

Donald Teplyske  |  December 12, 2021

Each year since 2000, I have been pleased to consider the finest roots music as part of this journey I've been on as a reviewer of CDs (then) and (generically now to include downloads and vinyl) albums. It has been a lot of work over the years, and my passion for roots music has only strengthened in the years since I pitched a monthly 'roots music' column to the Red Deer Advocate ...

Pinecastle and Bonfire Recent Releases

Donald Teplyske  |  December 11, 2021

Kim Robins "Leave the Porch Light On" Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road "I Can Go To Them" Daryl Mosley "Small Town Dreamer" Deeper Shade of Blue "Twenty" All Pinecastle Music Andrew Crawford "The Lonesome Season" (Bonfire Recordings) Being the 37th most influential bluegrass music writer in Canada, and the 429th in all of North ...

Doc Watson Life's Work: A Retrospective

Donald Teplyske  |  November 23, 2021

Craft Recordings, 2021 I look up and I am staring at a picture of Doc Watson (and Jack Lawrence) taken in Tacoma in 2001. Over my shoulder, his first Vanguard album has pride of place, and on the record and CD shelves surrounding me there are about as many discs of his as there are anyone's: without counting, I know there is well more than fifty. His hands are the last I see most nights ...

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