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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Jim VanCleve exits Mountain Heart [updated]

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It’s the end of an era. Fiddler Jim VanCleve has announced his departure from Mountain Heart, a group he helped found some years ago. At its onset, Jim, Barry Abernathy, and Steve Gulley started the band when they left Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998. […]

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Tony Mowell to NewTown

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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NewTown has announced Tony Mowell as their new bass player, just in time for the start of their 2014 touring season. With a strong new record, Time Machine, and a good bit of momentum from last year, the band has every reason to expect big things […]

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Welcome James Munsey

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Matt and Juliana Munsey are celebrating the birth of a son. James Alan Munsey was born this morning (4/14/14) at 5:53 a.m. Matt is the mandolinist with Monroeville, whose new album Can’t Put Me Out has just recently been released. He tells us that James was named for his paternal […]

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Two new capos from Planet Waves

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Planet Waves, the accessories division of D’Addario, has announced a pair of new capos for fretted stringed instruments.  The NS Artist Capo for guitar and the NS Banjo/Mandolin Pro aim to offer musicians features found in hand-tooled models at a much lower price. The NS […]

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Detour at Zellie’s Opry House

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I mentioned over the weekend in the Bluegrass Today forum just how much I was enjoying Detour’s latest album, Going Nowhere Fast. We’ll have a review of the record soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of videos shot earlier this month when […]

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Deadly Gentlemen on The Gondola Sessions

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When you hear of a web music series called The Gondola Sessions, does your mind go to old Venice with a striped shirted gondolier serenading his charges through the canals? If so, you’d be dead wrong. This show comes from Aspen, CO, and packs acoustic […]

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Welcome Everett Chapman

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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John Chapman, of The Chapmans, and his wife Vickie are celebrating the birth of their first son, and third child. Everett Nathan Chapman was born yesterday (4/12/14) at 12:34 p.m. (CDT). John tells us that he is a big boy, weighing in at 9 lbs 3 […]

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Rhonda does Bloomberg

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rhonda Vincent has been in New York City this week doing promotionand publicity for her latest CD, Only Me. While in the Big Apple, she sat down for a discussion with Pimm Fox with Bloomberg TV. She takes a valiant stab at describing the distinction […]

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Karl Shiflett teams up with Pointer Brand

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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If there was ever a match made in heaven, this is it. Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show have signed an endorsement deal with Pointer Brand clothing of Bristol, TN, makers of denim outerwear of every kind. This is a bunch of guys who wear […]

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Win an autographed Soggy Bottom Boys show poster

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Would you like to own a signed show poster from the Soggy Bottom Boys’ recent live show in Gatlinburg, TN? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the guys signed a limited number of these when they performed in March at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. One of only […]

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