Author Archive: David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. He has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and is now a senior editor for Kiplinger Washington Editors.

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Ashleigh Caudill soars with Looney Bird

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you don’t know the music of Ashleigh Caudill or know her mostly as an upright bass player with impeccable timing, her new CD Looney Bird will come as a pleasant surprise. If you already know the work of the Nashville picker and songwriter, you’ll […]

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Southport – A Festival with a Twist

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Louisa Branscomb knows a thing or two about songwriting, for sure. And she has two Grammys, two Song of the Year trophies (IBMA and SPBGMA), nearly 200 cuts, and a long list of hits to prove it. But her newest venture, the Southport Songwriter Festival, […]

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IBMA Keeping Eye on ‘Toilet Bill’

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Controversial legislation in North Carolina has IBMA stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place, a development that makes the usual arguments about the definition of bluegrass seem quaint. On one side are some members, musicians and fans who say they might boycott this […]

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Williamson Family Band Branchin’ Out

| March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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One of the fun parts of writing for Bluegrass Today is watching young artists mature, as individuals and musicians, and watching some family bands graduate from the cute stage to genuine top-tier acts. I’ve watched it happen with The Bankesters, Flatt Lonesome and Gold Heart. […]

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Frank Solivan Cooks Up a Good One

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Frank Solivan just keeps getting better, as a songwriter, arranger, singer and, not the least, instrumentalist. Recent years have seen a string of solid recordings, IBMA nominations and awards, and growing recognition for Solivan and his band. His newest recording is, to these ears, his […]

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Joe Newberry Shifts Gears

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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You might not know Joe Newberry, but you know his work. You’ve heard his picking and singing as a regular on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. And you’ve heard his award-winning songs – Singing As We Rise, The Darker the Night the Better I See […]

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Kyle Perkins Steps Forward

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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After solidly backing up JD Crowe and the New South and American Drive on bass, as well as playing some dates now with Kenny and Amanda Smith, Kyle Perkins is stepping front and center. His new CD, Take Me Back, is available for pre-order by […]

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Ben Eldridge Retires from Seldom Scene

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Nothing lasts forever, but Ben Eldridge’s 44-plus years with the Seldom Scene seemed to come close. His long run with the legendary bluegrass band came to an official end this morning, when remaining members announced his retirement and the addition of Rickie Simpkins to the […]

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Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

| January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee for each song is […]

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Dave’s Dozen: The Best of 2015

| January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The good news for bluegrass fans last year: A lot of terrific music was released. So much, in fact, that it made picking my annual best-of list harder than usual. I eliminated bands that recorded songs I wrote because of an obvious conflict, narrowed my […]

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