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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Feeling Blue from Mountain Faith

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As promised, here is the new single from Mountain Faith. It’s the “sort of” title track from their upcoming Mountain Fever release, Blue, which is due in November. Feeling Blue is a somewhat different sound for the band, with an old timey vibe and clawhammer […]

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Cory Piatt to Mountain Faith

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Faith has announced that Cory Piatt is the new mandolinist with the group. Cory is an exquisitely talented young picker, not yet 20 years old, who already has a professional resume most musicians would envy. He’s performed and recorded with Kenny & Amanda Smith, and […]

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Greensky Bluegrass teases If Sorrows Swim

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass has released a video tease for their next CD, If Sorrows Swim, due to drop next week through Thirty Tigers. The guys talk about the process of recording this new album, with audio for a track or two in the background.   […]

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Jake Schepps on the mend

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A month ago we shared some frightening news about Colorado banjoist Jake Schepps, and the terrible auto accident he was in while returning home from RockyGrass in July. He spent a week in the hospital and had to undergo surgery, but Jake tells us that his […]

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Dear Sister video from Claire Lynch

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Dear Sister, the title track from Claire Lynch’s current CD, has been a very popular number for her this past 18 months or so. Co-written by Claire and Louisa Branscomb, it continues her habit of recording thoughtful and compelling songs about the American Civil War, […]

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Welcome new IBMA Board members

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced three new members of their Board of Directors, chosen by their respective constituent membership. Welcome Joe Mullins, David Smith, and John Goad. The IBMA allows their professional members to select from among several categories when they join, with […]

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Mac Wiseman – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wrinkled Records has released audio from their upcoming Mac Wiseman album, Songs From My Mother’s Hand. Due September 23, the record includes newly-recorded versions of old country and folk songs which his mother took down the words for by hand, and saved in a composition […]

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Valerie Smith on The Human Condition

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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You can never be too sure what to expect from Valerie Smith. Her contributions to the musical arts follow her whim, as all art must do I suppose. Val has come through some difficult times of late, including health issues related to her voice. She told […]

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Last chance to win Wide Open Bluegrass getaway

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Today, August 28, is the last day to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC, along with hotel accommodations and $500 in travel expenses. The giveaway is sponsored by Visit Raleigh, the convention and […]

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Marty Raybon announces Shenandoah reunion tour

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Marty Raybon has announced that he is reuniting with his former Shenandoah bandmates for select dates during 2015. The band had a very successful run in country music in the late 1980s and early ’90s, with hits like Mama Knows, The Church On Cumberland Road, […]

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