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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New Gospel Single from Steve Harris

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The first single and title cut on Steve Harris’ solo Gospel project is being released today on Orange Blossom Records. Sundown, written by Mosie Lister, is a song Harris grew up with, and the familiarity shows. He sings with confidence and control. The picking is […]

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Band of Ruhks: Old Pals, New Music

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Who cares that geezer rocker Steven Tyler is making a country record? We’ve got real reason to celebrate: Ronnie Bowman made a new bluegrass record! Bowman, who has spent most of his time in country music since leaving the Lonesome River Band in 2001, has […]

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Time to Help A Bluegrass Friend

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Pardon me, while I get a little personal. Bluegrass musicians and fans are known for digging deep when a member of the community needs a helping hand. Now, it’s time to help an institution that has done so much for bluegrass over the years – […]

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The Bankesters Grow Up

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One thing I enjoy as a music writer is watching bands develop and improve over the years. Some of the fastest improvement in the last few years has come from The Bankesters, a family band from Carbondale, IL. This point was driven home last weekend, […]

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Tim O’Brien Cooks Up Some Business

| March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tim O’Brien, apparently, never sits still. But Bluegrass Today was fortunate to catch up with him twice in recent days, once over the weekend before his solo set at the DC Bluegrass Union festival in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, and on the phone a few […]

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More In Store for the Earls?

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass fans everywhere can rejoice because Jerry Douglas did something for purely selfish reasons. He wanted to hear more Flatt & Scruggs music. He couldn’t find it on the radio. He didn’t hear it at festivals. And he couldn’t find musicians to play it with. […]

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A Washington Monument Steps Back

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On the night that he won a coveted award, Ben Eldridge had a bit of a secret to share. “I’m cutting back,” the last original member of the Seldom Scene said between signing CDs after the band’s set Friday night at the DC Bluegrass Union […]

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Ben Eldridge to accept 2015 Monument Award

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Forty-four years after he invited some friends over to play music in his Bethesda, MD, basement, Ben Eldridge is on a roll. Last fall, he and other original members of the Seldom Scene were inducted into IBMA’s bluegrass hall of fame. This Friday, he’ll receive […]

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Frank Solivan with the Earls

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Frank Solivan landed a high-profile fill-in gig while his band, Dirty Kitchen, is on its winter break. He’s playing 10 gigs with the Earls of Leicester, the all-star band channeling Flatt and Scruggs. Solivan, fresh off a Grammy nomination, will be filling in for Tim […]

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That Was Then – Springfield Exit

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of my biggest gripes as a lover of bluegrass music is to hear terrific picking and singing on a CD only to hear that the band in question can’t replicate that sound – or even come close – on the stage. Such bands would […]

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