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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Rod Smith to Kevin Prater Band

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Kevin Prater Band has announced Rod Smith as the newest member of the group. He will play both banjo and reso-guitar with the traditional bluegrass outfit based in Kentucky. Rod had previously been a member of Cumberland Gap Connection and Ernie Thacker & Route 23. […]

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High Country coming from Leftover Salmon

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jam band heroes Leftover Salmon have a new album ready for release, and set to drop November 28. It’s called High Country, a double entendre that fans of the Salmon will readily understand. The group is led by founding members Drew Emmitt on mandolin and […]

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Roni Stoneman wins ROPE Award

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stoneman has been a magic name in country, old time, and bluegrass music since 1927. That’s when Ernest “Pop” Stoneman first recorded for Victor in Bristol, Tennessee with several members of his family in what came to be known as The Bristol Sessions. He went […]

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Stan Jay passes

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stan Jay, who had managed Mandolin Brothers music store in Staten Island, NY since 1971, has died. He was 71 years old. Mandolin Brothers became known as one the nation’s top brokers of vintage fretted instruments, mandolins in particular. Stan started the business with a […]

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Welcome Samuel McKendree

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jason McKendree, the talented banjo player who worked several years with Josh Williams before Josh returned to Rhonda Vincent, and his equally talented wife, Carolyn, are today celebrating the birth of their second child, Samuel Ryan Jude McKendree. He arrived at 2:58 a.m. at 6 lbs 5.9 […]

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Mando record to be recaptured at Galax ’15?

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s official. A second attempt will be made in August 2015 to return the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble to the United States during the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. A group under the direction of Tara Linhardt set a new record at Galax […]

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley joined us during the World of Bluegrass convention to talk about their upcoming album together, Before The Sun Goes Down, which offers a mix of traditional bluegrass and country music. The pair have a show tomorrow (10/23) at Nashville’s Station Inn, […]

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ken Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is […]

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Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

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