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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SteelDrivers Deliver, Again

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When Chris Stapleton left the SteelDrivers a few years back, I was skeptical that the band could recapture the magic with someone else in front of the microphone. His let-it-all-hang-out style defined the band and made its recordings instantly recognizable. So let me say this […]

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44th annual Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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For a time, starting in 1972, the Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention was a big deal in the Maryland music scene. People flocked to the festival, first in Harford County, then in Carroll County, on the serene grounds of the county farm museum. Walt Michael was […]

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Changes in store for Claire Lynch

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Claire Lynch will step away from full-time touring with her band at the end of 2016 to focus on songwriting, producing and mentoring, and to spend more time with her husband. She sees the change as a new beginning. “I’m just trying to downsize my […]

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Catching up with The Gibson Brothers

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Excuse me for a minute while I put the cart way in front of the horse, but after listening to the Gibson Brothers pay tribute on their latest CD to a long list of brother acts that preceded them in bluegrass and country music – […]

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Notes from Gettysburg – May, 2015

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I make no bones about it. Gettysburg is my favorite festival. I look forward to the twice a year trips there, in May and August, even though I’m rarely able to swing more than a day or two because of the pesky day job. This […]

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Catching Up With the Spinney Brothers

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Maybe the Spinney Brothers should try to negotiate a contract that pays them by the mile. Sure, every bluegrass band racks up the miles, but when home is in Nova Scotia, just about every trip for Rick and Allan Spinney is a long one. Take […]

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New Gospel Single from Steve Harris

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The first single and title cut on Steve Harris’ solo Gospel project is being released today on Orange Blossom Records. Sundown, written by Mosie Lister, is a song Harris grew up with, and the familiarity shows. He sings with confidence and control. The picking is […]

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Band of Ruhks: Old Pals, New Music

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Who cares that geezer rocker Steven Tyler is making a country record? We’ve got real reason to celebrate: Ronnie Bowman made a new bluegrass record! Bowman, who has spent most of his time in country music since leaving the Lonesome River Band in 2001, has […]

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Time to Help A Bluegrass Friend

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Pardon me, while I get a little personal. Bluegrass musicians and fans are known for digging deep when a member of the community needs a helping hand. Now, it’s time to help an institution that has done so much for bluegrass over the years – […]

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The Bankesters Grow Up

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One thing I enjoy as a music writer is watching bands develop and improve over the years. Some of the fastest improvement in the last few years has come from The Bankesters, a family band from Carbondale, IL. This point was driven home last weekend, […]

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