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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Unbound – Kenny & Amanda Smith

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In the late 1940s through the ’50s, a style of American jazz music emerged that came to be know as cool jazz, characterized by more restrained and subtle soloing, and less hectic arrangements than the be-bop era that had preceded it. All the elements of […]

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Bluegrass Today at World of Bluegrass 2016

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It seems most everyone in the bluegrass world is getting keyed up for the 2016 World of Bluegrass convention next week. There’s lots of packing going on this weekend, and a lot of travel plans being checked for bluegrass music’s old home week in Raleigh, […]

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Johnny Walker video from Carolina Blue

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Carolina Blue has released a music video for Johnny Walker, one of the tracks from their current album, Goin’ Home Today. It was written by mandolinist Tim Jones, a founding member of the group. The video was shot and edited by Corey Johnson with M-Pact Studios, […]

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Glenville State College Bluegrass Concert October 8

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will be performing in the school’s annual bluegrass concert on October 8, held on the second Saturday of October each year in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium in Glenville, WV. This event serves as a fundraiser for the program, […]

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When She Was Mine video from Fireball Mail

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Fireball Mail, winners of the Band Contest at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have released a music video for one of the tracks on their debut album, Bending The Rails. Based in Nashville, this bunch has come a great distance since forming only two years […]

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Join The Jam! from Annie Savage

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Colorado fiddler and string educator Annie Savage has a new book, Join The Jam, designed to help string musicians become more comfortable in the somewhat daunting jam session environment. It is meant both for the string student and their teachers. In the book, Savage seeks […]

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ETSU hosting Alumni & Friends reception at WOB

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University is hosting a reception next Wednesday afternoon during the World of Bluegrass convention for Alumni and friends. It will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 306A at the Raleigh Convention Center. […]

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Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group. The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, […]

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Auditions for Elmer’s General Store

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We’ve followed the launch of The Banjo Cellar and Elmer’s General Store in Williamstown, KY over the past year, both businesses with a bluegrass theme. They were established by Elmer Burchett and Megan McKamey, a pair of banjo pickers who saw an opportunity in Williamstown with […]

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Nightbird video from The Bankesters

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Compass Records has released a first single to radio from Nightbird, their upcoming November release from The Bankesters. It’s the title track, written by Rick Lang, and sung by eldest Bankester daughter, Melissa Triplett. As ever, she is joined by husband, Kyle Triplett, on banjo, with […]

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