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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Stan Jay passes

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Welcome Samuel McKendree

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jason McKendree, the talented banjo player who worked several years with Josh Williams before Josh returned to Rhonda Vincent, and his equally talented wife, Carolyn, are today celebrating the birth of their second child, Samuel Ryan Jude McKendree. He arrived at 2:58 a.m. at 6 lbs 5.9 […]

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Mando record to be recaptured at Galax ’15?

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s official. A second attempt will be made in August 2015 to return the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble to the United States during the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. A group under the direction of Tara Linhardt set a new record at Galax […]

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ken Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is […]

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Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

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Peghead Nation hits its stride

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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