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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Dancin’ Annie – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]

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Nickel Creek Comes Back Strong

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Now comes a perfectly named CD: Nickel Creek’s A Dotted Line. The 10-song project and tour is the band’s first since taking what was called “an indefinite hiatus” in 2007. Think of that dotted line as an ellipsis – three little dots that represent a […]

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Let It Go – Infamous Stringdusters

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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All too often, bands sound their best in the studio. They bring in super pickers to augment or replace regular band members and rely on technology and a great engineer to deliver a sound they can’t possibly replicate on the stage. The result often leaves […]

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Bluegrass Show Opens WAMU’s New Theater

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s a lot smaller than the Grand Ole Opry, but if Katy Daley and her colleagues have their way, WAMU’s Black Box Theater in Washington, D.C., will become another must-listen setting for live broadcasts of bluegrass music in front of a studio audience. The intimate […]

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Circa Blue’s A Darker Blue

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The new release from Circa Blue is accurately named. In A Darker Blue, this Northern Maryland trio puts the blues in bluegrass. The title gives a solid hint, of course. Further evidence comes from a glance through the titles of the 13 songs included here […]

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Dave Adkins Has Nothing to Lose

| March 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Some bluegrass folks are just meant to sing together: Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley. And a seemingly endless string of brothers, from the Delmores to the Gibsons. Add to that list Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk. They team up […]

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Jeanette Williams passes the hat

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Singer-songwriter Jeanette Williams has launched a fund-raising appeal to help underwrite the cost of her upcoming EP. The award-winning singer is using Indiegogo and is trying to raise $5,320. In return, she’s offering rewards ranging from a thank-you email for $1 to her home-cooked dinner […]

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Eagerly Awaited Music for 2014

| February 12, 2014 | 2 Comments
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2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for bluegrass music. Some of the best-known bands are in the studio now working on new projects. So are some fine up-and-comers. I started to make a list of new music that I was waiting to […]

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Irene Kelley’s Pennsylvania Coal

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I wasn’t prepared for what happened the first time I hit play on Irene Kelley’s new CD, Pennsylvania Coal. I’ve known and admired her work as a songwriter and I knew from reading the liner notes that the picking would be terrific. That’s a given […]

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Luberecki Feels Sirius XM Pinch, Too

| February 6, 2014 | 7 Comments
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Sirius XM listeners who tune in for Ned Luberecki’s “banjo Sunday” shows will have to rearrange their schedules. Luberecki lost his Sunday shift on Bluegrass Junction as part of cost-cutting moves, according to sources familiar with the satellite radio giant’s recent decisions. Luberecki’s show Derailed […]

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