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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WAMU Bluegrass Country extends deadline

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, and the Bluegrass Country Foundation who plan to take over management of the station next year, have announced a five week extension in their December 31 deadline to transfer ownership. The Foundation was created for the express purpose of assuming the role WAMU has played […]

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Brushwood Songs & Stories from Norman Blake

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Can there be a bluegrass or old time musician more consistently entertaining than Norman Blake? He’s been flatpicking his guitar and singing songs that celebrate a simple life and the old time ways since 1972, delivering a series of cherished albums and remarkable live performances. […]

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Mike Conner to Graham Talent Group

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Graham Talent Group, based in Russell Springs, KY, has announced that Mike Conner has joined the agency. Mike will assist principal Randy Graham in booking the several groups on their roster, and concentrate on developing new business ventures. He will also head up Graham’s production […]

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Noam Pikelny solo project in March

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has announced a March 2017 release for Universal Favorite, their first recording for Noam Pikelny. Noam’s last project, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, brought him a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. The album won him […]

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Ray Cardwell to Wilson Pickins

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Melanie Wilson with Wilson Pickins Promotions has announced the addition of bluegrass singer Ray Cardwell to her stable of artists. Ray has returned to pursue a career in our music following a layoff of several years, after having dedicated much of his youth to performing. He is […]

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Mountains of Music Homecoming 2017

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Yesterday afternoon in Abingdon, VA, the The Crooked Road held a press conference at their Heartwood Center to announce the details of the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The Crooked Road is a public/private partnership between the state and local communities and businesses to boost tourism […]

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Heidi & Ryan… worth the wait

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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For this reviewer, the most anticipated album of 2016 has been this self-titled, debut project from Heidi & Ryan on Mountain Fever Records. It’s been on my mind since I first saw them perform live at the SPBGMA convention in Nashville this past winter, and […]

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And the 2017 Grammy nominees are…

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The nominees have been announced for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this morning, and our eyes quickly jumped to the all-important Best Bluegrass Album category. We understand there are others as well. And the nominees for Best Bluegrass Album are… Original Traditional – Blue Highway, Label: Rounder Records […]

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Jeremy Stephens leaving Chuck Wagon Gang

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Jeremy Stephens has announced that he will give up his position as guitarist and bass singer with The Chuck Wagon Gang at the end of this month. He has spent the last six years touring with the venerable Gospel group who have been performing under […]

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Cleverlys to Moonstruck Management

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Moonstruck Management has announced the signing of bluegrass parody act, The Cleverlys, to their talent roster. The group takes on the pose of a family band, led by a Digger Cleverly, Sr. who plays guitar and sings lead. When the group first emerged a few years […]

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