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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Tim Stafford Steps Out

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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So much of Tim Stafford’s identity is wrapped up in Blue Highway, his musical home for the last two decades. He’s one terrific songwriter, singer and picker, but in that setting he’s surrounded by a bandful of them who share the spotlight. On Just to […]

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The Boss helps IBMA

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jon Weisberger knows a thing or two about songwriting—he was IBMA’s first songwriter of the year in 2012. And he knows a lot about IBMA—he’s chairman of the organization’s board. In his first role, he was looking to put together a new collection of songs he […]

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Congress Gets An Earful on Royalties

| June 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Talented performers are leaving the music business because U.S. copyright provisions don’t allow them to make an adequate living, country music artist Rosanne Cash told a House Judiciary Committee panel Wednesday in Washington. Cash was one of a handful of music industry professionals testifying about […]

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Lonnie Hamer passes

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Lonnie Hamer wasn’t famous, but perhaps he should have been. He didn’t excel on stage or in the studio, but the upright basses that passed through his workshop near Hanover, PA, did, and they will continue to do so for many years to come. Hamer […]

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Cold Spell this summer from Dirty Kitchen

| June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen can’t stand still. The band had a strong 2013, riding its Compass Records debut, On the Edge, to widespread acclaim. In its wake, Mike Munford was chosen as IBMA’s banjo player of the year and guitarist Chris Luquette won IBMA’s […]

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A Bluegrass Fan’s Moment in the Sun

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Like many fans of the Seldom Scene, Bengt Adielsson’s memories of the band span the decades. But few take their adoration of the long-running act as far as Adielsson has, and even fewer have been rewarded with a stint on stage. Adielsson was a surprise […]

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A Tale of Two Venues

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In just over 24 hours over the weekend, the Seldom Scene played two shows that encapsulate everything that is good about bluegrass. The first, Friday afternoon, was in the tiny Black Box Theater at WAMU Radio in Washington, DC. The theater, named because the walls […]

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Songwriters get some love, Money not likely to follow

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Tennessee’s two U.S. senators and a third who has cashed some songwriting royalty checks said Monday that songwriters deserve a raise. But they’re not likely to get one any time soon. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) made the pitch […]

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Seldom Scene…Long Time

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Until the rich history of the Seldom Scene is laid down in book form, the band’s newest CD, Long Time…Seldom Scene will serve as a terrific Cliff’s Notes version of the story and music. Long Time, released today by Smithsonian Folkways, is the band’s first […]

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Dancin’ Annie – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]

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