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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Randall Hibbitts & Appalachia to Wilson Pickins

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions has made another move in the bluegrass biz, signing Randall Hibbitts & Appalachia for booking representation. Randall played bass for Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys for much of the last few years of Stanley’s life, leaving the group in February of […]

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Dale Sledd passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Dale Sledd, guitarist and vocalist with The Osborne Brothers during their peak years, passed away on Sunday evening. He was 78 years of age. Sledd was with the band from 1966 through 1977, during which time he recorded hits like Roll Muddy River, Rocky Top, […]

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John Anderson and Lorraine Jordan do Seminole Wind

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Lorraine Jordan has released yet another collaboration video from her current album, Country Grass. The record, consisting of grassified duets with top-selling country artists, has helped elevate her and Carolina Road to a new level of visibility within both bluegrass and country music circles. On […]

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Cindy Baucom jumps to television

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Cindy Baucom, whose syndicated radio show Knee Deep In Bluegrass has been running for 13 years on the John Boy & Billy Network, is pleased to be taking the show to the television box. The half hour program will feature bluegrass music videos, along with […]

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Bob French passes

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Bob French, former banjo player with Joe Val and The New England Bluegrass Boys and partner with his wife as Bob & Grace French and The Rainbow Valley Folks, has passed away. He was 86 years of age. Bob and Grace started their life in music playing […]

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Tim Surrett recovering at home

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tim Surret, bass player with Balsam Range and IBMA Board Chair, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon after spending two days in for observation and testing. The band worked a man down this past weekend, giving Tim some time to get his sea […]

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Deep Waters – Lonely Heartstring Band

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Deep Waters, the debut Rounder project for The Lonely Heartstring Band, may well be a precursor of what bluegrass music will sound like in the future. In a way I’ve yet to see accomplished as successfully before, they manage to incorporate a more complex harmonic […]

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Congratulations Richard and Kiki!

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s definitely bluegrass wedding season! On August 8, Kristýna Otáhalová and Richard Cifersky were married in a beautiful mansion garden in Velky Tynec, Czech Republic. Richard is currently the banjo player with Dale Ann Bradley, and has only recently come to America on a work visa. Kristen (Kiki) […]

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Brad Beavers leaving Ralph II

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Brad Beavers has announced his departure from Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, for whom he has been playing bass since earlier this year. He says that his doctor has recommended that he come off the road, and that’s advice that you’re wise to […]

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Scott Street Five String Finals expands to include old time

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Entries are now being accepted for the 2nd annual Scott Street Five String Finals competition, to be held in Richmond, VA on October 8. Held in conjunction with the Richmond Folk Festival, the competition is hosted in honor of the late Scott Street, a prominent […]

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