Author Archive: John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

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IBMA Board Statement

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The following statement has just been delivered to the membership of the IBMA from its Board of Directors. November 24, 2014 Over the weeks since the Board meeting that began another great World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, our Board has spent a lot of time […]

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Rob and Trey play the blues

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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To help promote their new album, Before The Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley have released a music video for one of the tracks, Pride and Joy. The song is a cover of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s signature number, and a bold move […]

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Special C does Australia

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We heard last week from Greg Cahill, who shared a few words (and photos) about Special Consensus’ recent trip Down Under. Special C made the first band trip to Australia last week to play the MountainGrass festival in Harriettville (about 4 hrs from Melbourne). Our […]

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Ernie Evans’ cancer fight continues

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We reported last week on Ernie Evans undergoing surgery on November 17. A pair of tumorous growths were successfully removed, along with a kidney stone, but subsequent tests have revealed that the cancer remains. Ernie is a very popular performer in Florida, where he tours […]

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Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion has been a strong supporter […]

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What is going on with IBMA?

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Several readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

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Terry and Jan Lease retiring

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Since 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

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Three more IBMA Board members resign

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier today, At-Large representative Henri Deschamps, Treasurer Elizabeth Wightman, and Agents/Managers/Publicists representative Brian Smith resigned from the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. These came following a vote during last night’s Board meeting to not accept the resignation of Chair Jon Weisberger, who […]

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My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar from Cody Shuler

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Cody Shuler has led North Carolina’s Pine Mountain Railroad since 2006, and has recorded three albums with the band. His singing, songwriting and mandolin playing is out front with PMR, and now he is fixing to release his first solo project with Rural Rhythm Records next […]

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John Dopyera passes

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]

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