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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Justin Moses – new CD and podcast

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Justin Moses has been one of the more active bluegrass musicians working in our music this past decade, but rarely in a showy or bombastic fashion. Possessed of near-virtuosic skills on all the common bluegrass instruments, Moses has served as banjoist with Blue Moon Rising, […]

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Be a part of Béla and Abby’s banjo mosaic

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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How would you like to have a photo of yourself and your banjo hanging in the home of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn? Well the two banjo mavens have put out a call for just that, so that they can assemble a mosaic from the […]

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End of the road for Mountain Faith

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sad news tonight for bluegrass fans. Mountain Faith Band failed to make it through to the final round on America’s Got Talent. It was a good ride, but the voters didn’t choose them to continue on. We’re still mighty proud of this spunky bunch from […]

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Laurie video from Chris Jones

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In case you haven’t had a sufficient Chris Jones fix today, here’s the new music video he has just released along with his trusty Night Drivers. It’s for Laurie, the opening track from their latest album, Run Away Tonight, available now from Mountain Home Records. […]

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IBMA vs. Bluegrass Gospel?

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Is there a bias against bluegrass Gospel music at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention? Are Gospel groups effectively blackballed as potential invited showcase artists? I have personally been aware for many years that there is a subset of the bluegrass world that does not […]

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Flight of the Galax bumblebee

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar above the crowd at a major festival, looking down on all the pickers, fans, and attendees below? Well thanks to David Locklear and his trusty drone camera, now you can – at least on screen. […]

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Judges turn on Mountain Faith

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tonight on America’s Got Talent, the celebrity judges seemed to turn on Mountain Faith following their spirited rendition of Can’t Feel My Face by Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, who bills himself as The Weekend. The producers had created a down home, fall-oriented set for the band this […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys from Burkenreid to Hoogstaaten

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are bringing their hard driving brand of old school bluegrass to western Europe, and have promised to send us updates along the way. Here’s their third installment, from mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski, covering their trip from Burkenreid, Germany to Hoogstaaten in Belgium. The 7 hour drive was […]

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Rebel announces Traditional Grass retrospective

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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September 18 has been given as the release date for The Blue Are Still The Blues, a 15-song retrospective CD from Rebel Records taken from the four albums recorded for the label by The Traditional Grass in the 1990s. The highly influential group featured the father/son […]

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Mountain Faith hits it again tonight on AGT

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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All of bluegrass music has been following Mountain Faith Band as they have navigated the pitfalls of America’s Got Talent on NBC this summer. So far, they have won over the judges and the audience voters, and will appear tonight (9/1) in the semi-finals. Only 21 […]

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