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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Jesse McReynolds resting at home

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass hero and mandolin monster, Jesse McReynolds is taking it easy at home after an out-patient procedure at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville on Tuesday. This was his second electrophysiological study with ablation this year, where catheters are inserted into larger blood vessels and snaked through to the […]

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Larry McPeak passes

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Larry McPeake, bass player and singer with The McPeak Brothers, died this morning in Bristol, VA. He had spent the past week hospitalized and his health had been rapidly declining. He was part of the historic trio with his brothers Dewey and Mike, hailing from […]

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Del does Berklee

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Berklee College of Music in Boston hosted Del McCoury on September 12, both for a special performance by the Del McCoury Band, and to present him with the first of the school’s American Roots Master Award. Berklee’s Matt Glaser, who directs their American Roots Music […]

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Surrounded from Jimmy & Moondi

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has released Surrounded, the first single from a new album by Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein. It’s a song from Jonathan Edwards, one he had included on his 2011 album, My Love Will Keep, which as you might guess, is a set of […]

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Adam McPeak to Kindred Records

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kindred Records has announced the signing of Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder to the label. The Virginia band is led by 17 year old mandolinist McPeak, the son of Mike McPeake of the legendary McPeak Brothers, who plays guitar and sings with Mountain Thunder. They have a […]

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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Steve Gulley has spent much of his life in bluegrass music, as did his father before him. Don Gulley was in on the founding of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys in the 1950s, a group he performed with into the ’70s. He was also a featured vocalist […]

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IBMA announces Momentum Awards nominees

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the nominees for their Momentum Awards, a special honor designed to recognize artists and bluegrass professionals during the early stages of their careers. From these lists of finalists, a committee of experts will select the winners, who will […]

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Three Bells – Auldridge, Douglas, Ickes

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Three Bells is an absolute rarity in the world of recorded music. It’s quite seldom that a new project conveys so much joy, so much love among the musicians, and for the instrument they share in common. Conceived as a chance for dobro buddies Jerry Douglas and Rob […]

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Welcome Grayson Leadbetter

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Young Grayson Matthew Leadbetter, born September 8 at 9:03 p.m., comes into this world with quite a bluegrass pedigree. His parents are Matt Leadbetter, former reso-guitarist with Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, and Brand New Strings, and his wife Ashley. That also makes him the grandson […]

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Introducing The Patricks

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this month, when we posted the news that Daniel Patrick was leaving The Roys, we mentioned that he was starting up a new group with his sister, Samantha. They will be called The Patricks, and will specialize in bluegrass and Gospel singing featuring sibling […]

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