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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What is going on with IBMA?

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Several readers have asked us on Facebook, in comments to our recent articles,  and in direct communications, to try and explain what has led to the current turmoil within the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. So here is, to the best of […]

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Terry and Jan Lease retiring

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Since 1986, Terry Lease has been actively promoting bluegrass music in Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. He and his wife, Jan, hosted their first Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival in Springfield in November of ’86, and have run it annually this past 28 years. They […]

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Three more IBMA Board members resign

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier today, At-Large representative Henri Deschamps, Treasurer Elizabeth Wightman, and Agents/Managers/Publicists representative Brian Smith resigned from the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. These came following a vote during last night’s Board meeting to not accept the resignation of Chair Jon Weisberger, who […]

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My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar from Cody Shuler

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Cody Shuler has led North Carolina’s Pine Mountain Railroad since 2006, and has recorded three albums with the band. His singing, songwriting and mandolin playing is out front with PMR, and now he is fixing to release his first solo project with Rural Rhythm Records next […]

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John Dopyera passes

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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John Dopyera, Jr, son of the inventor of the Dobro guitar, John Sr, passed away on November 12. He was 85 years old. Though he wasn’t a performer, he had dedicated much of his life to helping promote the instrument his father had developed, and made […]

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New video from Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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While working at Tom Feller’s studio earlier this year, Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass recorded a music video for the title track of their latest CD, Leaving This Town. It’s a simple performance video for the song, whose complete title is Leaving This Town Little […]

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Another IBMA Board member resigns

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association has suffered another resignation, this time that of David Smith, the newly-elected representative of the Broadcasters constituency. After just a month of service, he has written a letter to the Board stating his reasons for […]

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Davidsons come up big in Aussie awards nominations

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When the nominees were announced for the 2015 Australian Golden Guitar awards on Monday, there was great news for Aussie grassers The Davidson Brothers. Their names were called in four separate categories, including song awards for two tracks from their current Wanderlust CD. Wanderlust was nominated for […]

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Teri Chism to Circa Blue

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Circa Blue has announced that Teri Chism has joined the band on bass. She has been a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene for many years, working with Patent Pending and Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass. Upon Cliff’s retirement, Teri […]

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LRB video for Turn On A Dime

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Celebrating the release of their first album of new material in the past four years, Lonesome River Band and Mountain Home Music have collaborated on a music video for the title track, Her Love Won’t Turn On A Dime. It’s a mix of studio and […]

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