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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Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

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Old River from Nightflyer

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

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Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

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Last of the Breed in the stretch run

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last of the Breed, a documentary film on the life and music of Dave Evans, is rounding the final pole, heading in to the back stretch. Filmmaker Matthew Pellowski tells us that he is now starting post production, with a hope to release the final […]

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Bluegrass band master class at World of Bluegrass

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA has announced a new seminar for World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh this year. It’s a band coaching session held in a master class format with Stephen Mougin of the Sam Bush Band. In addition to his work as guitarist with Bush, Mojo is […]

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J.D.’s Bluegrass Kitchen from CBA

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass festivals and fiddler’s conventions are a feast for all the senses. The sights and sounds are obvious wherever live music is performed, as is the touch for anyone joining in the picking. But for real die-hard festival lovers, the tastes and smells of outdoor […]

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Suzanna Barnes to Missy Werner Band

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Missy Werner has announced the addition of fiddler and vocalist Suzanna Barnes to her band. Like Missy, Suzanna was born and raised in the Cincinnati area, where southern Ohio and northern Kentucky meet. She started a study of music as a very young child, and continued […]

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Sam Moore and Nu-Blu

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Readers of a certain age – those who followed pop music in the 1960s – will remember R&B singing sensations, Sam & Dave. They enjoyed chart success with a number of hit songs like Soul Man, I Thank You, Hold On, I’m Comin’, and When […]

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Bourgeois announces limited edition Bryan Sutton model

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bourgeois Guitars has announced their latest model, The Bryan Sutton Limited Edition (LE) Dreadnaught, which will be crafted in a limited run of thirty guitars. This is designed as a replica of Bryan’s 1997 D-150 Bourgeois, the one he used during his time with Ricky Skaggs, and on […]

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