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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Singing Fundamentals from Dede Wyland

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve been fortunate enough to take singing lessons from Dede Wyland at music camps in two different years. Both times, after absorbing as much as could in five days, I came home energized and excited, only to find a few weeks later that some of […]


Key Changes Coming for Hall of Fame Process

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

IBMA is making some changes in the selection process of Hall of Fame inductees, one public and one done quietly behind the scenes. Starting next year, three members of the Hall of Fame will be added each year, up from two. That will help clear […]


New Reso Line from Paul Beard

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When it comes to resophonic guitars, Paul Beard’s instruments are the gold standard for some of the best in the business, from the late Mike Auldridge to IBMA’s reigning Dobro Player of the Year, Jerry Douglas. But at $4,000 and up, his guitars were priced […]


Huck Finn Jubilee in Peril

| October 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The venerable Huck Finn Jubilee in Southern California may not get to celebrate its 41st anniversary next year. The Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, which took over management of the bluegrass festival in 2014, announced Friday that it was pulling its backing. Visitors Bureau […]


Bluegrass Grammy Safe, For Now

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Grammy Award for bluegrass will continue for a few more years, attendees at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass were told Tuesday in Raleigh, where some high profile industry representatives launched an education campaign to ensure the category continues for many more years beyond that. Only […]


Kristin Scott Benson’s Stringworks Sings

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Grascals. And while I love a lot of things about Kristin Scott Benson’s new solo project, Stringworks, one of the things I love best about it that it doesn’t sound like the band that she’s such an integral […]


‘Neath a Midnight Sky – Eastman String Band

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Eastman Strings has been a friend to bluegrass for some time now, and one of its reps, Tim Finch, is a regular presence at World of Bluegrass, MerleFest, the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and elsewhere. But Tim doesn’t just sell Eastman mandolins, guitars and other stringed […]


Wayne Taylor’s return is a hit at Gettysburg

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The two annual festivals at Gettysburg, in May and August, always have the feel of a family reunion. You catch up with folks that you haven’t seen for a few months, hear some terrific music, stumble across some interesting characters and leave already looking forward […]


Kristy Cox’s Part of Me

| August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every once in a while, a music project catches me completely off guard. Kristy Cox’s Part of Me, on Pisgah Ridge Records, is one of those projects, stacking up so far as one of my favorite recordings of the year. Part of the attraction is […]


Ben Eldridge goes out on top

| July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you get a chance to script your own farewell, it might look a lot like Saturday night, when Ben Eldridge made one last appearance with the Seldom Scene, the iconic Washington, DC-area band that he helped found nearly 45 years ago. You’d be on […]