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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Scott Napier songwriting class offered online

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky has announced that they will be offering their Songwriting I class (PSM 107) online this summer. HCTC houses the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, which offers an Associates Degree in Bluegrass and Traditional Music, along with […]

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KET highlights banjo maker Frank Neat

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo players all over the world know the name of Frank Neat, Kentucky luthier and builder of banjos and custom banjo necks of the highest quality. Many aficionados of the five string first noticed Frank when Ralph Stanley was marketing a Stanleytone model banjo at […]

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2016 World of Bluegrass showcase artists announced

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the list of artists invited to showcase during the 2016 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. It demonstrates just how widely the selection committee interprets the scope of the bluegrass community worldwide. Chosen to showcase this year […]

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Remo Belli passes

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo players lost a major supporter earlier this week, one few of them ever thought much about. Remo Belli died on Monday afternoon (4/25) at 88 years of age. His Remo Inc. manufactured the mylar banjo heads they use since 1957. The company was founded to serve […]

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Mountain Heart does Steely Dan

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If we told you that a bluegrass-related group had recorded a cover of a Steely Dan song, and gave you three guesses who it might have been, not many folks would need all three. Yep, it’s Mountain Heart, who delivered their version of Reelin’ In […]

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Great American Bluegrass on Heartland TV

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A new weekly, half-hour bluegrass television program has been launched by the folks who produce the popular Great American Gospel and American Gospel Onstage shows. Great American Bluegrass now airs each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Heartland TV. The show features a mix of bluegrass performance videos […]

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Stuart Wyrick to Flashback

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Flashback has announced the addition of Stuart Wyrick to the group on banjo. The band is a reunion of four pickers who worked with J.D. Crowe & The New South in the mid-1990s. They have taken their new band name from the title of the album […]

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Blue Highway postpones Fan Appreciation Concert

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Owing to a family health emergency, Blue Highway has announced this morning that they will have to postpone their much-anticipated Fan Appreciation Concert, scheduled for April 30. The show was to have been an all-request program, with ticket holders getting a chance to vote for […]

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Rhonda with 45 RPM at the Station

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last Tuesday at Nashville’s Station Inn, Music City’s favorite traditional country band, 45 RPM, did a show with Rhonda Vincent as featured guest vocalist. It turns out that a lot of bluegrass artists and personalities are fans of the old school country, but I think we […]

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BSU Grass at North Greenville University

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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BSU Grass, a campus bluegrass band sponsored by the Baptist Student Union at North Greenville University in South Carolina, is planning a concert for April 29 to officially release their second album, Just Any Moment. While they receive no class credit for participating, the band is […]

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