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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Stringworks coming soon from Kristin Scott Benson

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Watching Kristin Scott Benson on stage with The Grascals, it’s easy to imagine her as the shy and retiring type. She rarely if ever speaks, and doesn’t often even smile. Just a little lady and her banjo quietly driving the band forward song after song. But when […]

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Stanley funeral to be broadcast on WYMT

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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WYMT, the CBS television affiliate in Hazard, KY, has announced that they will be broadcasting Ralph Stanley’s funeral services tomorrow evening (6/28) starting at 6:00 p.m. (EDT). Plans for the celebration of Dr. Stanley’s life are as follows: The family will receive friends at Hills […]

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Michael Cleveland/Mono Neon mashup on Jerusalem Ridge

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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What happens when you mashup an incognito jazz bassist with a incomparable bluegrass improvisor like Michael Cleveland? Well, it’s hard to explain in words; we’ll just have to show you. It all started on May 21 at ForestFest in the Jefferson National Forest near Louisville, Kentucky. […]

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Let Her Roll from Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Oregon’s Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising has a new single available to bluegrass radio, a bluesy train song from Steve Spurgin called Let Her Roll. The track will be included on 40 Years of Lonesome, Kathy and the band’s 6th album, when it is released. The single is […]

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Hinson Girls to Wilson Pickins

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Melanie Wilson has announced the signing of The Hinson Girls to her Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions agency. The four sisters from Lancaster, SC pick and sing contemporary bluegrass and Gospel music. They have been performing together on the circuit since 2009, and as they have grown […]

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Ralph Stanley funeral to be open to the public

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Stanley family has announced that the funeral to be held for Ralph Stanley on Tuesday (June 28) will be open to fans and friends. It will be hosted at Hills of Home Park, the site of the annual Stanley festival of the same name. […]

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Ralph Stanley at MerleFest 2014

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We heard this morning from R. B. Powell,from Lewistown, PA, a banjo picker and promoter of scholarships for young musicians.   He shared this video he had shot of Ralph Stanley during MerleFest 2014 at the Creekside Stage as part of the festival’s special Banjorama segment that […]

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Bluegrass legends digging in the dirt

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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At yesterday’s official groundbreaking for the new headquarters of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY, bluegrass royalty was on hand to help disturb the soil. Jesse McReynolds, Larry Sparks, Del McCoury, Eddie Adcock, and J.D. Crowe donned their work clothes and turned over […]

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Moron Brothers live on Facebook tonight

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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After last night’s sad news about the passing of Ralph Stanley, perhaps what we all need today is a good laugh. And what would be better than some good ol’, down home bluegrass comedy from The Moron Brothers? Burley and Lardo will be performing a […]

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Drifter – Volume Five

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Over the past few years Volume Five has been quietly releasing some of the most consistently entertaining contemporary bluegrass you can find. I say quietly because they are rarely mentioned as among the top tier acts in our business, and they certainly deserve to be in that […]

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