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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Tony Trischka Lost live

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Tony Trischka sat recently for an episode of One On One, an online music video program created and produced by Ehud Lazin. The concept is to create intimate videos of performers, with no audience – just the artist and the recordist. Here Trischka plays a solo version […]

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Mac Wiseman to the Country Music HOF

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Country Music Association in Nashville has today announced their 2014 class to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of the recipients is the bluegrass legend, Mac Wiseman, who will be inducted this year along with Hank Cochran and Ronnie Milsap. […]

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James Alan Shelton hospitalized

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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James Alan Shelton, long-time guitarist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has been hospitalized in Tennessee. He shared the following statement about his condition. Folks, I have not had a chance to explain to you what is going on with my health issues. […]

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Mountain Fever launches new Travianna label

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mark Hodges and his Mountain Fever label have announced the formation of a new brand for releasing and promoting music outside the bluegrass realm. The Travianna Records imprint will cover the broader Americana genre, starting with Echo, today’s debut album from After Jack. A youthful all-female […]

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Ryan Cavanaugh and Jake Jolliff – Just Friends

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a great example of musicians trained in bluegrass tackling a jazz standard. Ryan Cavanaugh and Jake Jolliff were performing at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn when they ripped into a banjo/mandolin duet on the Klenner & Lewis classic, Just Friends. The video is a […]

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Nighthawk from Danny Roberts

| April 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Danny Roberts, The Grascals’ mando man, has a new CD set for a May release on Mountain Home Music. Nighthawk highlights Danny’s creative side with ten new tunes for mandolin, and his extra talented family, wife Andrea and daughter Jaelee. Both are fine vocalists, with Andrea […]

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Rogers and Larrance recreate Foggy Mountain Banjo

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A pianist and a drummer walk into the studio to record an updated version of Foggy Mountain Banjo. But this one’s no joke. Tyson Rogers and Bryon Larrance are celebrating how the five string has been a thread in […]

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Alan Bibey at Berklee

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Master mandolinist Alan Bibey spent the early part of the week at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Masachusetts. He had been invited up as part of the school’s program to bring top touring professionals to work with students in their Traditional String principal […]

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Old-Time Banjo Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo

| April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Dan Levenson has put together a handy tunebook for fans of old time fiddle and banjo music, published by Mel Bay. Though titled Old-Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo, the book (with a pair of audio CDs) contains transcriptions of both banjo tab and fiddle melody […]

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Live video from Pert Near Sandstone

| April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Pert Near Sandstone has shared a live video performance for one of tracks on their latest CD, The Hardest Part Of Leaving, released April 15. It was shot this past weekend at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, famous as the home of […]

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