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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New Foghorn Stringband video

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Portland’s Foghorn Stringboard has just released a clever music video for Columbus Stockade Blues, one of the tracks on their current Devil In The Seat CD. It finds the band all over Portland, laying down the old time groove in antique stores, behind the bar, in […]

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Another wrinkle in the Song Of The Mountains saga

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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A new wrinkle has developed in the ongoing trials of Song Of The Mountains, the popular PBS program featuring live bluegrass and old time music, currently airing on more than 120 television affiliates in the US. Last week the Board of Directors of The Lincoln […]

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Rhonda and the Rage DVD shoot

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are set to record another live concert DVD, a decade after her first, Ragin’ Live, was released by Rounder Records in 2015. Filming is set for next Monday and Tuesday at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located near Bethel University in […]

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Truck Drivin’ from Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection have released a debut single ahead of their next album for Union House Records. It’s a new road song by Jeff Brown and Barbara Owens called Truck Drivin’. The recently-reformed band includes Mike Bentley on guitar and lead vocals, Rod Smith […]

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Béla and Abby go full metal banjo

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you are an online comedy aficionado, you may be familiar with a site called The AV Club, which is a kissin’ cousin to the popular parody news site, The Onion. Fun music videos are a big part of their output, including their A.V. Undercover […]

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2015 Americana Honors & Awards voting begins

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees were announced last week in Nashville, and voting by the members of the Americana Music Association has now begun. Members of the Association may vote for the winners until midnight on June 1. The winners will be announced on […]

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Quicksilver tour report from Europe

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We got a report on Friday from Rainer Zellner, who is promoting this month’s Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver tour in central Europe. He says that everyone arrived in good shape and that the tour is going well so far. “Everything started well with a sold out show in […]

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Joe Wilson passes

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Joe Wilson, who served as the Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts from 1976 until he retired in 2004, passed away on Sunday (May 17). He was 76 years of age. He had been in ill health in recent years, undergoing […]

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Song Of The Mountains to go on hiatus

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Lincoln Theatre Board of Directors, who manage the popular PBS broadcast, Song Of The Mountains, have announced that the show will go on hiatus after its scheduled June and August tapings. In a Friday press release following the termination of original host and program coordinator, […]

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Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]

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