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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Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp launches this year

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The 1st Annual Alan Bibey Mandolin Camp has been scheduled for later this summer, held in conjunction with the Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Festival in Surfside Beach, SC. Joining Alan on the faculty will be Danny Roberts from The Grascals, and Gary Brown, Bibey’s cousin and […]

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Radio Ramblers safe at home

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This post is a contribution from popular bluegrass artist and radio man, Joe Mullins. He and The Radio Ramblers are celebrating 10 years together with their very first tour of England and Switzerland this week. Joe has has been sending photos and stories while they were away, and this […]

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Long I Ride from Special C

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Special Consensus has a long and storied history in bluegrass music. The Chicago-based outfit, headed by founding banjoist Greg Cahill, has been recording and touring worldwide for 41 years. We spoke recently with Greg about the band, and their new album, Long I Ride, due […]

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Poor Boy’s Pleasure from Junior Sisk this weekend

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This coming weekend at the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Floyd, VA Junior Sisk will officially release his first album for Mountain Fever Records, Poor Boy’s Pleasure. Fans will be able to purchase a copy at the festival, where Junior and Rambler’s Choice […]

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Buddy Merriam celebrates 25 years on WUSB

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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WUSB has been on the air in Long Island, NY since 1977 from the campus of Stony Brook University. And since 1991, Buddy Merriam has broadcast bluegrass music over their air on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For those of us a bit arithmetically challenged, […]

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Moving day for IBMA

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association is packing up and moving across town to a new headquarters on Gallatin Road in Nashville. The association has served as the primary trade organization for the bluegrass music industry for more than 30 years, starting in Owensboro, KY and in […]

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Repost: James King interview from 2014

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Given last week’s loss of the great James King, it seems fitting to repost this interview we did with him during the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. Funeral services for King are being held today at 2:00 p.m. At the time of this […]

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Della Mae going hard this summer, then taking a break

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Della Mae has announced that they are gearing up for some exhaustive touring this summer, to be followed by an indefinite hiatus starting in mid-August. Citing a desire for time at home and to work on individual solo projects, the ladies did not indicate a clear-cut […]

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Congratulations Kameron and Kayla

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Kameron Keller, bass player with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, and his sweetheart, Kayla Campbell, were married this past Saturday, May 21. The love birds were wed at The Millstone in Limestone, TN, and will settle not far from there in Jonesborough. Kayla and Kameron are […]

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Mountain Heart backstage at The Opry

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The newest iteration of Mountain Heart got to play the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend, and used the occasion to capture their song, Have You Heard About The Old Hometown, on video backstage. Their new album, Blue Skies, includes sounds with a wide variety […]

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