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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Bluegrass Museum names new Officers

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced new leadership of their Board of Trustees following last week’s board meeting in Owensboro, KY. Elected to new one-years terms as officers are Mike Simpson (Chairman), Terry Woodward (Vice-Chairman), Rosemary Conder (Secretary), and Chris Love (Treasurer). The Board also expressed their […]

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Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The folks at Wiley Publishing have generated one of the few print media powerhouses in this age of declining magazine and book sales. Their bright yellow Dummies books seemingly cover every imaginable topic from digital photography to writing computer code. So much so that they […]

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Ralph Stanley on The Late Show

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Among the many luminaries trouping to New York to pay tribute to David Letterman as he prepares to retire from television is Dr. Ralph Stanley, who is scheduled to appear on The Late Show, Thursday, April 30. Dr. Ralph says that he was pleased to be […]

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Sam Bush film wins Nashville film festival

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Revival: The Sam Bush Story, which debuted last week during the Nashville Film Festival, was announced as the winner of the festival’s Audience Choice Award for best music documentary. It had two showings during the festival, and the premiere turned into a major news event […]

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Jamie Johnson on leaving The Grascals

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jamie Johnson has asked us to share a statement as he departs The Grascals. He was an original, founding member of the band, which got it’s start as Dolly Parton’s Nashville-based road band when she was doing a more bluegrass sound. Touring with them for […]

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John Bryan to The Grascals

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Change is something of a constant in the bluegrass world, just as it is in the arts in general. We’ve become accustomed to seeing new faces in our favorite groups from time to time, which makes bands that display consistency all the more special and […]

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Hillbenders Holiday Camp video

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When it was announced in January that The Hillbenders would be releasing a bluegrass version of The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, one of the first songs that came to mind was the fiendishly creepy Tommy’s Holiday Camp. How would that work in a bluegrass […]

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Mike Conner to Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When Bill Yates passed away in January, many people wondered what would become of the band he had created, billed as Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. He had assembled the group to perform the old songs the Gentlemen had recorded during his […]

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Winners announced in 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting contest

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]

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Tex Logan quite ill

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Through his daughter, Jody, we have learned that renowned fiddler and bluegrass personality, Tex Logan, is in very poor health. He has been hospitalized for much of April with a variety of issues, but has just recently suffered a heart attack and is experiencing kidney […]

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