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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Coming Back Home To You from LRB

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music has released a compilation album for Lonesome River Band, containing 12 tracks from the band’s prior projects for the label, which are no longer available on CD. LRB’s Sammy Shelor chose the tracks for Coming Back Home To You along with the current […]

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Banjostand coming back to World of Bluegrass

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of the most talked-about aspects of the 2014 World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh was the temporary art exhibit, Banjostand, designed by Bland Hoke. It was constructed on site surrounding the iconic statue of Sir Walter Raleigh by Bruno Lucchesi. We noticed it right away […]

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Montage video from Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman have released a new video, created by Dutch mandolinist and photographer Theo Van Trier, using audio from one of the tunes on Brian and Sandy’s new album of banjo/fiddle duets, The Red Fiddle & The Silver Banjo, against a montage of lovely photos. The […]

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BooGrass Bash launches in October

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Halloween and bluegrass music haven’t traditionally clicked together in people’s minds, but folks in Anderson, SC are hoping to change that.They have schedule a three-day, indoor bluegrass festival to launch this year over the Halloween weekend at the Anderson County Civic Center. The BooGrass Bash will […]

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WBCM radio launches this afternoon

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA is officially launching its new radio service today at 5:00 p.m. with a live radio broadcast from the museum. WBCM will be broadcasting in the region at 100.1 FM, with the signal also available online and via […]

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Mountain Faith to the semifinals on AGT

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you didn’t catch America’s Got Talent’s results show last night, there was great news for bluegrass fans. Mountain Faith Band achieved the votes required to make it through to the semifinals. So instead of heading home to Sylva, NC and papa Sam McMahan’s tire […]

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Video documentary of successful Guinness Record attempt

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The US mandolin world rejoiced on August 4 when a group of 491 mandolinists assembled at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA to re-establish the Guinness World Record for largest mandolin ensemble. Organizer Tara Linhardt is still awaiting final confirmation from Guinness that they […]

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Results from the 2015 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On August 22 the winners of the 4th annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival Song Competition were announced. The festival was created four years ago after the organizer, Cyndy Montgomery Reeves, attended a similar event in the Florida keys. Her immediate reaction was that the place for a […]

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Billy Constable passes

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Billy Constable, a well-loved and respected bluegrass musician in western North Carolina, died over this past weekend after a long struggle with brain cancer. Though born in New York, Constable was raised in the Appalachian region of Avery County and discovered bluegrass when his mom married […]

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Still time to vote for Mountain Faith

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Faith Band had their first shot at the audience vote on America’s Got Talent last night, where they performed a grassed-up version of Shut Up + Dance With Me. The song was a hit last year for alt rockers Dance The Moon, complete with […]

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