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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The Earls of Leicester, New Bluegrass Royalty

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If you stumbled here through a Google search for information about British bluebloods, you landed in the wrong place. But if you’re looking for bluegrass royalty, here it is. Musically, the Earls of Leicester, some of the best pickers of this or any other generation, […]

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Sake Of The Sound – Front Country

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Do yourself a favor. No matter what you think of jam bands, Americana and other genres that reside at the edges of traditional bluegrass or beyond, swallow your preconceptions and listen to four songs from Sake of the Sound, the first full-length CD from Front […]

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Kelly Green battles rare vocal condition

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Four years ago, just before her 40th birthday, Kelly’s voice gave out near the end of a weekly gig with her band, Acoustic Endeavors. She’d being singing for years and had sore throats and other vocal issues over the years, so she wasn’t worried. She […]

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Ron Murphy passes

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice […]

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A Wrong That Must Be Righted

| August 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Another year, and Hazel Dickens is still not a member of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This is a slight that must be righted. But here’s the cold, hard truth. It’s possible that she never makes the cut. This year’s inductees, announced Wednesday, are […]

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Donna Ulisse shares some writing secrets

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There’s a school of thought that says you can’t teach songwriting. Folks can either write lyrics and compose interesting melodies, or they can’t. But if the craft itself can’t be taught, those interested in pursuing it can gain some valuable perspective and timesaving advice by […]

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Doyle Lawson’s Powerful Message

| August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The arrival of a new Doyle Lawson CD in the mailbox is cause for joy. Even before the plastic wrapper is peeled off, you know what to expect – music as tasteful and original as his custom boots and jackets. And yet, after 36 recordings, […]

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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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