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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Angeline The Baker from The Bankesters

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We haven’t heard much from The Bankesters of late, so we were delighted to discover this live video they shot during a recent performance on WSIU-TV, the PBS affiliate station run by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The band was in the studio for a […]

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Kissin’ Comes Easy from Front Country

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Front Country has been teasing their fans this past few weeks, releasing previews each Friday from their upcoming EP, Mixtape. It’s a five track project of cover songs that the band likes to perform, which they cut to satisfy fan requests in between full-length albums. […]

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The luck of the Leicesters?

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has been justifiably proud of the success achieved by The Earls of Leicester, the throwback bluegrass band headed by Jerry Douglas honoring the classic music of Flatt & Scruggs. The label has delighted in the many awards The Earls have garnered from both […]

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Chris Hart’s dobros returned

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Well here’s a piece of good news. Last week we reported the theft of a pair of reso-guitars from Chris Hart in Rustburg, VA. One was an irreplaceable prewar Norwood chimes, and the other a newer Redline covergirl model. To make the loss sting even more, […]

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Working On A Building video from The Danberrys

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a twist on the old promotional game. The Danberrys (Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel) have a new album set for a June 17 release, and to celebrate they have released a live music video… for a song not on the album. Give & Receive […]

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Calling all youth bands – to Wide Open Bluegrass

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA Youth Council is on the hunt for ten young bands to showcase at their Youth Stage during this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Festivities will run September 30 and October 1 and a special outdoor stage will be provided for young […]

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Condolences to Tim White

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass Today shares our deepest and most sincere condolences with Tim White, host of the PBS bluegrass program Song Of The Mountains, The Tim White Bluegrass Show on more than two dozen radio stations across the US, and good friend to everyone in bluegrass. His beloved daughter […]

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Banjo spot opens up in Country Current

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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US Navy Band Country Current is on the hunt for a new banjo player, with Senior Chief Keith Arneson set to retire next spring. Country Current is the Navy’s only band dedicated to bluegrass and country music, and they demand high levels of musicianship and professionalism to […]

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The More I Learn coming from Bryan Sutton

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sugar Hill Records has announced a June 3 release for The More I Learn, the next CD from flatpicking guitar virtuoso, Bryan Sutton. As a follow-up to his highly successful 2014 album, Into My Own, the new project covers much of the same ground. Bryan […]

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Bobby Osborne tribute at The Paramount in Bristol

| May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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On April 23, the Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University  hosted a special concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. It was a tribute to Bobby and his more than 60 years performing bluegrass music all […]

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