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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Flatt Lonesome on right track with Runaway Train

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s cut right to the heart of the matter: Flatt Lonesome’s Runaway Train is one of the best CDs I’ve heard this year. Not just the band, which is tight, or the songs, which are stout. Nearly everything about this record is top-notch, making it […]


Adkins & Loudermilk Branching Out

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Promoters will have an unusual choice in 2016: They can book Adkins & Loudermilk or they can book Adkins or Loudermilk. Both Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk will release solo albums early next year, and will book their bands as well as the duo. “We’re […]


Bluegrass Hurricane on the Way to Raleigh

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Take a mighty wind, lots of rain, dozens of bands and vendors and tens of thousands of music lovers in Raleigh for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. What do you get? A really big bluegrass tent, a huge party and, perhaps, the largest indoor bluegrass event […]


New IBMA Board officers elected

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association has elected a new slate of officers to lead the organization. According to board members who asked not to be identified, previous Director Jon Weisberger, who was eligible for another term, did not stand for re-election and is […]


Commentary: Why IBMA Matters

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

As regular readers of Bluegrass Today may remember, I am not always full of praise when I write about IBMA, some of its actions and some of its leaders. But I don’t think resigning from the organization or deciding not to attend World of Bluegrass […]


SteelDrivers Deliver, Again

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


44th annual Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Changes in store for Claire Lynch

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Catching up with The Gibson Brothers

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 – […]


Notes from Gettysburg – May, 2015

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]