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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Emerging Artist jam at Milan

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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What do you do if you notice that the Saturday roster at your festival features four out of the five recently announced nominees for the IBMA Emerging Artist award for 2014? Mark Gaynier at the Milan Bluegrass Festival did the sensible thing, and arranged for […]

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Cold Spell promotional video

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Compass Records has produced a promotional video for Cold Spell, the newly-released project from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. It includes snippets from several of the songs, and brief interviews with each of the band members: Frank Solivan on mandolin, Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette […]

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Window View from Nick DiSebastian

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nick DiSebastian, bassist with Town Mountain, has released a solo record that features his guitar playing and original compositions. The album is called Window View, and is available now from FGM Records. In this promotional video, Nick describes the music and the players, and includes […]

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Norman Adams recognized for 40 years

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This past weekend, bluegrass promoter Norman Adams was presented with a special certificate of recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association for his 40 years of presenting bluegrass music festivals. It was in August of 1974 that Adams hosted his first festival in Dahlonega, GA. He says […]

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Jason Moore moves on

| August 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Jason Moore, long time bassist with Mountain Heart, has officially announced his departure from the group to focus his attention on other musical ventures. “Well, I just wanted to go on record to quiet any rumors and let everybody know my intentions. I have left […]

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Jesus and Jones video from Nu-Blu

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nu-Blu debuted their latest music video earlier today on CBS Sunday Morning, Jesus and Jones (written by Cheri Hefner and Rick Tiger), featuring R&B legend Sam Moore sharing vocal chores with Carolyn Routh.  

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Dick Freeland passes

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Charles R. Freeland, known in the bluegrass world as Dick, passed away yesterday morning, August 14. Along with Bill Carroll and Sonny Compton, Dick founded Rebel Records in 1959. The label has become an institution in bluegrass music, though Bill’s involvement only lasted until 1979 […]

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The Roys sign with Buddy Lee

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Roys are expecting big things from their upcoming CD, The View, and are laying the groundwork to take advantage of any opportunities that may come their way. To introduce it to the bluegrass audience, they will perform the full album live on SiriusXM on […]

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We Were Kings from G2

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Sweden’s G2 has released a music video for We Were Kings, which will be the first single from their upcoming Mind Over Matter CD. The guys are very excited about the CD, as it is their first to have been recorded in the US (in […]

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Béla & Abby CD in October

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn: husband and wife, parents, musicians, touring partners, and now studio duet collaborators. Rounder Records has announced today that they will release their first, and eponymous, album October 7. There will also be a second duo tour starting later this Fall. Family […]

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