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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Concord Music Group acquires Sugar Hill Records

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Concord Music Group, a Beverly Hills-based music publishing and record label conglomerate, has acquired Sugar Hill Records and Vanguard Records from the Welk Music Group. Plans are for Sugar Hill to move into the Nashville offices of Rounder Records, another Concord property, under the direction of […]

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Aubrey Holt back home

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass legend Aubrey Holt is back home after a brief hospitalization to treat his congestive heart failure. He was kept in the hospital longer than expected, owing to the large amount of fluid that had built up around his heart, and how slowly it was […]

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Bluegrass Museum secures final funding for IBMC

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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At a press conference earlier this afternoon in Owensboro, KY, Governor Steve Beshear committed the Commonwealth of Kentucky to provide the necessary funds to complete the new International Bluegrass Music Center overlooking the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro. The center will serve as the new home […]

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Doug Bartlett to Hammertowne

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky’s Hammertowne has announced the addition of Doug Bartlett on fiddle and vocals. They are making the move to a six-piece format just ahead of the release of their Highways & Heartaches album on Mountain Fever in April. Doug has many years of experience in bluegrass, with […]

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Jesse Carper passes

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The bluegrass community in the Blue Ridge region of Virginia is in mourning this week following the death of Jesse Carper, age 26, in a single car accident early Sunday morning. Jesse played mandolin and sang, and had been a member of a number of […]

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Brown County Red from IIIrd Tyme Out

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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IIIrd Tyme Out has released a debut single from their upcoming 2015 album, their first of new songs since 2011. We had a nice chat with lead singer and guitarist Russell Moore last week, and he shared his thoughts about the song, and recording with his […]

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Darin & Brooke to Leadership Artists

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Darin & Brooke Aldridge have signed with Leadership Artists for artist management services. The husband/wife bluegrass singing duo have made another similar move recently, switching last summer to Buddy Lee Attractions for artist representation. Their latest album, Snapshots, was released last month on Mountain Home Records. […]

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Larry Sparks is the man!

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Driving home yesterday from the Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest, I was struck by one overwhelming sentiment. What a joy it is to live in a world where Larry Sparks is a superstar. It may not be true everywhere, everytime – I’m sure Mr. Sparks can make it […]

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The Rock – new single from Terry Baucom

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Terry Baucom has a new single release, out today, featuring Joey Lemons, the lead singer with Bauc’s group, The Dukes of Drive. It’s a song called The Rock, written by Thom Case, a Nashville songwriter and friend of Terry’s. The two used to play music together around […]

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Nick DiSebastian says goodbye to Town Mountain

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Nick DiSebastian has finished his stint on bass with Town Mountain. He shared his reasons in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon after he returned from the band’s show in Selmer, TN. “Today is my last day on the road with Town Mountain. This past […]

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