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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Bluegrass at the Australian Country Music Awards

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass was front-and-center in last week’s 43rd annual Country Music Awards of Australia. There have almost always been grassers picking up trophies, known as the Golden Guitars, at the ceremony, but 2015 marked the first time that Country Music Australia bestowed a specific category to Aussie bluegrass. […]

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Wherever I Wander from the Snyders in March

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Snyder Family Band have signed with Mountain Home Music, and will be releasing their first album with the label on March 17. This extremely talented trio features the precocious musicianship of Samantha and Zeb Snyder, with their father Bud on bass. Samantha plays fiddle like […]

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Special C heading back west

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s the final report from Greg Cahill, who has just finished up a tour in Ireland with Special Consensus. We played at a wonderful music festival in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, last Sunday – a festival we play every time we come over here. It features many forms of […]

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How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tom Nechville, of Nechville Musical Products, has created a DIY video showing how easily any Nechville tone ring banjo can be quickly converted into a solid body electric using the Nechville Turbo Module. Nechville is fond of this sort of jet-age phraseology, calling his radical […]

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Rambling Rooks are now Band of Ruhks

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ronnie Bowman is really excited about the upcoming album from Band of Ruhks, formerly known as The Rambling Rooks. And when Ronnie gets excited, he starts to gush. No holding back for this successful Nashville songwriter, who possesses one of the most iconic voices in […]

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Madam video from Mountain Faith

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Faith is really on the video trail this month. Here’s their second release since the new year, a banjo-driven song called Madam from their current Mountain Fever CD, Blue. It was written by John Morgan, a former guitarist with the band, and cousin to […]

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How I Love You video from Becky Buller

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Becky Buller has released the first of a promised several live performance videos from her ‘Tween Earth and Sky CD release party in Nashville back in October. On How I Love You, she is joined by Kenny Smith on guitar, Mike Bub on bass, Stephen […]

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Big changes at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has been a shining success story for public radio since they broke off from WAMU’s main broadcast signal and began broadcasting bluegrass music 24/7 online in 2001. Several markets had seen secondary music channels develop for classical or jazz music lovers as […]

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Grass Roots Project – Eric and Ben Marshall

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s probably pretty safe to say that many of today’s bluegrass musicians first learned to play, or at least to appreciate, bluegrass music from a family member. Some of the latest evidence of this is the father-son duo of Eric and Ben Marshall, who hail […]

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Hillbenders going all Tommy on us

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In 1969, the rock music world was agog when The Who, one of the top grossing acts on the circuit at that time, released a double album called Tommy. Described as a rock opera, the entire album was based on a single concept, the story […]

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