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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Junior Sisk on the mend

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Junior Sisk has had a rough couple of weeks since his spinal cord surgery on February 12. He came through the surgery just fine, but had a tough few days in the immediate aftermath with pain and swelling. The surgery was to relieve pressure on […]

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Live streaming from Wintergrass

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In addition to their ongoing Bluegrass Roundup, concluding this weekend, Concert Window will be broadcasting Friday and Saturday from Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA. The festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. Concert Window will be broadcasting from the Third Place Cedar Stage on the evenings […]

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Arrangements for Monroe Fields – UPDATED

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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For friends of Monroe Fields in the Knoxville area, here are the details about his funeral arrangements for tomorrow. Services will be held in the chapel at Bridges Funeral Home in Knoxville, TN on February 26 at 7:00 p.m. The family will visit with all comers […]

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NewTown signs with Moonstruck Management

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Moonstruck Management has announced that the bluegrass band, NewTown, is the latest to sign with their agency. Though the group has been together for several years, they made a big leap in 2013 with the release of Time Machine, their first album with Pisgah Ridge […]

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Ralph Stanley is 88 years young

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Today is a special day in bluegrass music, the 88th birthday of the great Ralph Stanley. And with 68 years of touring behind him, what will he be doing to celebrate? Ralph will be taking his Clinch Mountain Boys to Nashville for two nights on […]

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Good news from Ernie Evans

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Good news coming in from Ernie Evans in Florida, who has been treated of late for the bladder cancer which was diagnosed back in November. The bluegrass entertainer and festival promoter had a pair of cancerous growths removed surgically last year, which was followed by […]

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Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]

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Virginia Legislature recognizes Bill Jenkins

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week, the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia bestowed a signal honor on native son and long time traditional bluegrass performer Bill Jenkins. A joint resolution was passed acknowledging his contributions over more than 50 years as an entertainer, and Bill was presented with […]

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IBMA Showcase application deadline this week

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The good folks at the International Bluegrass Music Association asked us to remind everyone that this Saturday is the deadline to get your application in for an official showcase spot during the Bluegrass Ramble at the 2015 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. The […]

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Waldo Otto visits eTown

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bruised feelings would seem to be the norm within the Hot Rize family since the announcement that Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers would be performing at the 2015 RockyGrass festival without the Rizers, as you can see in this newly-released video of Waldo Otto dropping […]

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