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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Kim Williams passes

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The bluegrass and country music songwriting community lost one of its giants yesterday evening with the passing of Kim Williams. He was 68 years old. Williams was a native of East Tennessee, born near Rogersville in 1947. Well known in country music circles, he composed hit […]

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One More Dollar from Bluegrass Stuff

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Italy’s Bluegrass Stuff has released a music video for one of the tracks on their upcoming album. It’s their arrangement of One More Dollar by Gillian Welch. The band has been performing and recording in Italy since 1977, led by mandolinist Massimo Gatti that whole time, placing them […]

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Darrell Brothers challenge The Gibsons

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Things are starting to heat up between two of bluegrass music’s prominent brother acts. As part of their campaign to win the coveted hosting position at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards, The Darrell Bothers have taken to impugning the integrity and bluegrass street cred […]

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Ladies & Gentlemen – The Infamous Stringdusters

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Infamous Stringdusters have always done things their own way. Even in their pre-Dusters days, when they performed as Wheel Hoss, this accomplished group of young pickers had a knack for taking things in a different direction. When their sound began to drift away from […]

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Bluegrass Outlaws at SPBGMA

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a look at The Bluegrass Outlaws, the winners of the 2016 International Band Championship at last weekend’s National SPBGMA Convention in Nashville. The band is fronted by Becky Monk on bass with her husband Chris Monk on banjo, Wesley Wolfe on guitar, Evan Maynard on […]

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Barry Abernathy working on first solo project

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Barry Abernathy might not be as prominent in the bluegrass world as he once was, but the noted banjo picker and vocalist has set to work this year to do something about that. The Georgia native spent most of his youth in the bluegrass world, […]

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Mitchell Van Dyke leaves Ralph Stanley

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mitchell Van Dyke, banjo player this past five years with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has tendered his resignation. That follows on yesterday’s word from bass player Randall Hibbitts that he would be leaving the band as well. Though Stanley made his name […]

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Going Through Carolina from Curtis Wright

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In the 1980s we all got excited when we got to hear bluegrass artists on country radio. Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley had made their way from Ralph Stanley to the Opry, and Jerry Douglas seemed to pop up on every other song that played. […]

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Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]

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New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard singing with Lorraine and the boys. It’s a remake of Sheppard’s #1 song from 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, played with a bluegrass […]

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