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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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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To stream or not to stream

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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An issue much on the minds of performing artists and songwriters these days is the rapid growth of streaming audio services like Pandora or Spotify, which offer targeted music streams designed to follow the tastes of individual listeners, but which fall outside the legislation controlling […]

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Wood, Wire & Words – Norman Blake

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Norman Blake is the Zelig of roots music, popping up at key moments over the decades, just like the title character in the Woody Allen film. He played guitar on pivotal recordings by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, teamed up with John Hartford on Aereo-Plain […]

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Remembering Miss Dixie

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lots of folks talk about “paying it forward.” Dixie Hall lived by those words. “Miss Dixie,” as she was universally known in bluegrass circles, died Friday, at 80, after a difficult struggle with brain cancer. She is, by far, the most prolific female songwriter in […]

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Hillbilly Gypsies Sing of Home in West Virginia

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you ever get the chance, see the Hillbilly Gypsies live. You’ll want to hear them, too, of course, but you’ll be in for a real treat when you watch them. They are masters of the single microphone style, with the awards to prove it. […]

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One Critic’s Picks: The Best of 2014

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the best parts of this job is finding new music in my mailbox on a regular basis. But the fun turns into work at the end of the year, when I wade back through all of that music and try to come up […]

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Bluegrassers Need A Helping Hand

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If you’re blessed to have a little extra this holiday season, two hardworking and talented bluegrass musicians can use your help. Songwriter-bass player Angie Hawkins and guitarist Larry Dwight Benefield lost their Lafayette, AL, home and nearly all of their possessions in a fire on […]

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For IBMA, Time For A Change

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s time for Jon Weisberger to resign as the chairman of IBMA’s board of directors. I don’t say that lightly. As a lifetime member of the organization, I’ve put $1,000 where my mouth is because I believe in bluegrass music, earn part of my living […]

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