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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Joe Newberry Shifts Gears

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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You might not know Joe Newberry, but you know his work. You’ve heard his picking and singing as a regular on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. And you’ve heard his award-winning songs – Singing As We Rise, The Darker the Night the Better I See […]

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Kyle Perkins Steps Forward

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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After solidly backing up JD Crowe and the New South and American Drive on bass, as well as playing some dates now with Kenny and Amanda Smith, Kyle Perkins is stepping front and center. His new CD, Take Me Back, is available for pre-order by […]

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Ben Eldridge Retires from Seldom Scene

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Nothing lasts forever, but Ben Eldridge’s 44-plus years with the Seldom Scene seemed to come close. His long run with the legendary bluegrass band came to an official end this morning, when remaining members announced his retirement and the addition of Rickie Simpkins to the […]

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Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

| January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee for each song is […]

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Dave’s Dozen: The Best of 2015

| January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The good news for bluegrass fans last year: A lot of terrific music was released. So much, in fact, that it made picking my annual best-of list harder than usual. I eliminated bands that recorded songs I wrote because of an obvious conflict, narrowed my […]

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Still Time to Speak Up for Bluegrass Junction

| December 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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My opinion, admittedly biased: The flap about SiriusXM’s plans for Bluegrass Junction isn’t just about the upcoming nine-day disruption of Channel 61 to provide a home for Hanukkah. It’s about the long-term survival of the bluegrass channel itself. In other words, it’s not just about […]

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Flatt Lonesome on right track with Runaway Train

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Adkins & Loudermilk Branching Out

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Bluegrass Hurricane on the Way to Raleigh

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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New IBMA Board officers elected

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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