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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Remembering Willie Kerr

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Willie Kerr died last week and a part of bluegrass died with him. Unless you played or attended the two annual festivals at Gettysburg or shows in and around York, PA, you probably didn’t know Willie. But artists and fans alike should honor him. Willie […]


Joe Mullins delivers some Sacred Memories

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Take the crisp, clean instrumental licks that are a staple of Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, add in almost heavenly three- and four-part harmonies and – just in case all of that isn’t enough – dashes of Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Rhonda Vincent and […]


The Stanley Brothers: Hall of Fame Oversight

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

There’s a glaring omission at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Stanley Brothers deserve to be there, and every year that goes by without their induction devalues those who are enshrined. “I’ve been angry about it. I’ve been perplexed about it. It’s been high […]


What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the state since the controversial […]


Ashleigh Caudill soars with Looney Bird

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you don’t know the music of Ashleigh Caudill or know her mostly as an upright bass player with impeccable timing, her new CD Looney Bird will come as a pleasant surprise. If you already know the work of the Nashville picker and songwriter, you’ll […]


Southport – A Festival with a Twist

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Louisa Branscomb knows a thing or two about songwriting, for sure. And she has two Grammys, two Song of the Year trophies (IBMA and SPBGMA), nearly 200 cuts, and a long list of hits to prove it. But her newest venture, the Southport Songwriter Festival, […]


IBMA Keeping Eye on ‘Toilet Bill’

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Controversial legislation in North Carolina has IBMA stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place, a development that makes the usual arguments about the definition of bluegrass seem quaint. On one side are some members, musicians and fans who say they might boycott this […]


Williamson Family Band Branchin’ Out

| March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the fun parts of writing for Bluegrass Today is watching young artists mature, as individuals and musicians, and watching some family bands graduate from the cute stage to genuine top-tier acts. I’ve watched it happen with The Bankesters, Flatt Lonesome and Gold Heart. […]


Frank Solivan Cooks Up a Good One

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Frank Solivan just keeps getting better, as a songwriter, arranger, singer and, not the least, instrumentalist. Recent years have seen a string of solid recordings, IBMA nominations and awards, and growing recognition for Solivan and his band. His newest recording is, to these ears, his […]


Joe Newberry Shifts Gears

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]