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 Beach launches in September

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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From when I lived in south Alabama in the early ’90s, I remember Destin, FL for its pearly white beaches, crystal clear water, and tons of new construction. Much of the area had fairly recently been devastated by a hurricane, and insurance settlements and rebuilding […]

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War Against Silence with the Bankesters

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Corey Smith, guitarist with modern grassers, Ash Breeze, has launched a promising new YouTube channel he calls War Against Silence. The concept is to create music videos that pair promising young vocalists with music that is more widely popular as a tool to increase music […]

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John Hickman hospitalized

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When it rains, it pours… We posted last month about the fundraising appeal for banjo legend John Hickman and his wife Susie, hoping to raise money to fix his roof and make a number of needed structural repairs on their house. The great news is […]

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Noam Pikelny joins Martin banjo prize board

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Martin has announced that Noam Pikelny, current banjoist with Punch Brothers, has joined the Board which selects the recipients of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Noam had been the inaugural prize winner in 2010. Martin founded this award […]

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Kids on Bluegrass headed for France

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Kids On Bluegrass is a program where talented teens and youngsters are highlighted during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass each year. Special bluegrass kids are identified from around the country, and formed into a band to both entertain attendees and highlight the fun of picking’ and […]

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Mountain Faith Band on America’s Got Talent

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you didn’t catch Mountain Faith last night on America’s Got Talent, you should know that they absolutely killed it. After a brief introductory discussion, they performed a grassed up version on One Republic’s Counting Stars. Summer McMahan’s lovely voice captured the audience’s attention immediately and the […]

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Sierra and Del at The Ryman

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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To help promote their show this week as a part of Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman in Nashville, Sierra Hull and Del McCoury took a tour through the historic building, with a video camera in tow. Sierra got Del to share some memories from his […]

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Long Way Down video from The Steeldrivers

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Steeldrivers have a released a music video for Long Way Down, the opening track from The Muscle Shoals Recordings, their latest album on Rounder. It showcases more of their trademark blues-grass sound, featuring Gary Nichols’ slippery vocals with grassy accompaniment.  

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Mountain Faith on AGT tonight

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tonight’s the night! Mountain Faith’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent is scheduled to air on tonight’s NBC broadcast of the program. This talented, young, western North Carolina band is the latest to use bluegrass music in attempting to win the top prize in this popular […]

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Aubrey Holt benefit show August 9

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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As we knew would surely happen, friends and family of Aubrey Holt, of the legendary Boys From Indiana, have scheduled a benefit concert to assist the medical fund set up his needs. It will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. on August 9 at Turfway […]

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