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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Wood, Wire & Words – Norman Blake

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Norman Blake is the Zelig of roots music, popping up at key moments over the decades, just like the title character in the Woody Allen film. He played guitar on pivotal recordings by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, teamed up with John Hartford on Aereo-Plain […]

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Remembering Miss Dixie

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lots of folks talk about “paying it forward.” Dixie Hall lived by those words. “Miss Dixie,” as she was universally known in bluegrass circles, died Friday, at 80, after a difficult struggle with brain cancer. She is, by far, the most prolific female songwriter in […]

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Hillbilly Gypsies Sing of Home in West Virginia

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you ever get the chance, see the Hillbilly Gypsies live. You’ll want to hear them, too, of course, but you’ll be in for a real treat when you watch them. They are masters of the single microphone style, with the awards to prove it. […]

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One Critic’s Picks: The Best of 2014

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the best parts of this job is finding new music in my mailbox on a regular basis. But the fun turns into work at the end of the year, when I wade back through all of that music and try to come up […]

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Bluegrassers Need A Helping Hand

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If you’re blessed to have a little extra this holiday season, two hardworking and talented bluegrass musicians can use your help. Songwriter-bass player Angie Hawkins and guitarist Larry Dwight Benefield lost their Lafayette, AL, home and nearly all of their possessions in a fire on […]

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For IBMA, Time For A Change

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

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Claire Lynch’s Holiday!

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Claire Lynch has had two projects on her wish list for a while – a CD of holiday songs and one filled with swing tunes. If the festive CD – Holiday! – is any indication of what happens when her musical wishes come true, I […]

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Steve Gulley talks 2015

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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David Morris caught up with Steve Gulley during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh to talk about his plans going forward. He has a new band, is working on a new album, and has a solo Gospel project just out. Dave and Steve spoke the night […]

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Mark Simos talks songwriting

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention in late September, David Morris sat down with Berklee College of Music professor of songwriting, Mark Simos to discuss his new book, Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach.   We’ll have a complete review of Mark’s book in […]

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‘Tween Earth and Sky – Becky Buller

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In baseball, a five-tool player comes along once every decade or two. Anyone who hits for average and power, has speed, is terrific defensively and has a rifle arm is revered. In bluegrass, the best of the best are three-tool players. They play at a […]

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