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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Jeff Brown sez “Name That Bus!”

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jeff Brown has purchased a bus to facilitate Still Lonesome’s transportation, and has decided to ask his fans to help him give it a name. They’ve set up a special form online to suggest a name, or you can send one by email. The entry […]

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Driven gearing up for World of Bluegrass 2014

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This year during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, we are delighted to have Driven, one of the invited showcase acts, chronicling their experiences for us at Bluegrass Today. It is both an honor and an opportunity for a group to be invited to showcase, and we thought […]

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Bluegrass Band video from The Rigneys

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Dark Shadow Recordings has released a new video from The Rigneys, one shot back in November 2013 at a live band performance at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, TN. Label head Stephen Mougin shared a few words about the song… “As the band gears up […]

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Wayne Blythe – Carter Center banjo

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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So many of the fine people who make contributions to bluegrass do so outside of their primary profession or occupation. For example, next week at the World of Bluegrass convention will be hundreds of folks who are taking time off work to focus on their […]

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The Best of Larry Rice from Rebel

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has announced the September 30 release of If You Only Knew…The Best of Larry Rice. This retrospective collection will include 16 cuts from Larry’s five albums with the label between 1986 and 2005. Larry died in 2006 following a long battle with cancer. […]

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Major award for Shelby Jewell

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Bluegrass Kinsmen are a well-known band in their native southwestern Virginia. Formed in 1971 by brothers Shelby and Ebby Jewel, the Kinsmen are still active under Ebby’s leadership since Shelby laid down his guitar and retired in 2012. Bluegrass doesn’t give out gold watches, […]

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Found from The Bankesters

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Bankesters have released their latest music video, for Found, from their current Compass project, Love Has Wheels. It’s a song written by bassist Melissa Triplett and her husband, banjo picker Kyle, for This Able Veteran, who train service dogs to assist injured US veterans. […]

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Happy Birthday to us!

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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While frantically preparing for IBMA week coming up in Raleigh, we would be remiss in failing to note that this week marked our 3rd anniversary operating as Bluegrass Today. We officially went live on September 23, 2011, just ahead of the World of Bluegrass convention […]

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Malia Furtado to Circa Blue

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Circa Blue has announced the addition of Malia Furtado on fiddle. She will also share in the vocals with the band. Malia has played fiddle since she was a young girl, and worked with her family’s band as well as All 4 Hymn, Blue […]

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James King to Echo Mountain

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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James King, known as The Bluegrass Storyteller for his special skill in delivering ballads, has announced his new affiliation with Echo Mountain Entertainment. Going forward they will be handling all booking and promotional activity regarding King and his touring act, The James King Band. Bella Johnson […]

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