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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Gabrielle Gray departs as IBMM Director

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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IBMA isn’t the only international bluegrass organization looking for an Executive Director. The IBMM, (International Bluegrass Music Museum), located in Owensboro, KY, is also on the hunt. It was announced yesterday afternoon that Gabrielle Gray, who has served in that position for the past 12 […]

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Joe Carr passes

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Joe Carr, Texas bluegrass musician and educator, passed away yesterday (12/14) following a stroke. He was 63 years old. Joe had been dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for several years, which had limited his mobility but not his spirit and love of the music. During […]

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Another Reno & Harrell reissue from Rural Rhythm

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rural Rhythm Records has produced another classic reissue with the release of Don Reno & Bill Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups. Originally offered on LP in 1966, this record featured 20 bluegrass favorites by this stellar version of the band. In addition to Don Reno on […]

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Debut album coming from Lonely Heartstring Band

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Boston’s Lonely Heartstring Band met cute. While students at the Berklee College of Music, they accepted a wedding gig that called on them to perform a program of Beatles music on bluegrass instruments. They worked the gig, and enjoyed it such that the five young pickers […]

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Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This precious video has been making the rounds online this past few days, written by Canadian folksinger David Myles, animated by Scott Simpson with Playmaker Films, and directed by Murray Bain of Copernicus Studios.  

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An Interview with Jon Weisberger

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We’ve written a good bit this past few months about the International Bluegrass Music Association, it’s extremely successful 2014 World of Bluegrass Convention, International Bluegrass Music Awards, and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the subsequent resignation of Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, and the dustup between a […]

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Mountains of Music Homecoming in Virginia

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The value of indigenous folk and acoustic music to regional tourism is something that is being realized in many parts of the US these days. Our cultural history doesn’t go back as far as our friends’ in Europe does, but people here are still fascinated by […]

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Free download from The Gibson Brothers

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It looks like Rounder Records is in the Christmas spirit as well. They are offering a free download of The Gibson Brothers’ version of Bye Bye Love from their upcoming Brotherhood album in exchange for your email address. The song is a classic from The […]

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In case you missed it…

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys performed yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, the morning news and talk show on Fox News. They chatted a bit with the host before launching into a new song for the viewers. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com  

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3rd annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Did you know that we were on the cusp of the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day? It’s true. Starting in 2012, December 12 was declared as a day to share your love for bluegrass music, and the artists who preserve and perform it. Word didn’t come down […]

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