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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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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Spinney Brothers – Tried & True

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s a safe bet that no one will ever accuse the Spinney Brothers of straying from traditional bluegrass, as shaped by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Album after album, show after show, the Canadian band stays faithful to the roots of bluegrass, not […]

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Doyle Lawson at World of Bluegrass

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just as things were wrapping up during the busy IBMA week in Raleigh earlier this month, Doyle Lawson stopped in to talk with David Morris about all things Quicksilver.  

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Phil Leadbetter Makes The Next Move

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Imagine turning 49 years old, being diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer, and wondering if you’ll live long enough to start getting AARP pitches in the mail a year later. Imagine, as a professional musician, being told by your doctor that to save your […]

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Cardwell Out as IBMA Executive Director

| October 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Nancy Cardwell, who oversaw the move of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference and festival from Nashville to Raleigh and was executive director as the organization returned to solid financial footing after multiple years of red ink, is being replaced. IBMA Chair Jon Weisberger called her […]

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Phil Leadbetter – Dobro Player of the Year

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s David Morris’ interview with Phil Leadbetter, recorded the morning after Phil was named the 2014 Dobro Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards show in Raleigh.

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IBMA pro membership numbers remain flat

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Coming to Raleigh was a good financial decision for IBMA, but not all of the news has been good. Revenues are up, hand-in-hand with attendance at the end of week music festival. And the association’s overall membership numbers have grown significantly in the two years […]

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Bela Fleck sees the Light

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If it’s time for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, it must be time for another keynote address by a “name” player who has bluegrass in his background but has moved on to other genres. It’s been the organization’s M.O. for the past few years. Doing the […]

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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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