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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Nighthawk from Danny Roberts

| April 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Danny Roberts, The Grascals’ mando man, has a new CD set for a May release on Mountain Home Music. Nighthawk highlights Danny’s creative side with ten new tunes for mandolin, and his extra talented family, wife Andrea and daughter Jaelee. Both are fine vocalists, with Andrea […]

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Rogers and Larrance recreate Foggy Mountain Banjo

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A pianist and a drummer walk into the studio to record an updated version of Foggy Mountain Banjo. But this one’s no joke. Tyson Rogers and Bryon Larrance are celebrating how the five string has been a thread in […]

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Alan Bibey at Berklee

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Master mandolinist Alan Bibey spent the early part of the week at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Masachusetts. He had been invited up as part of the school’s program to bring top touring professionals to work with students in their Traditional String principal […]

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Old-Time Banjo Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo

| April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Dan Levenson has put together a handy tunebook for fans of old time fiddle and banjo music, published by Mel Bay. Though titled Old-Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo, the book (with a pair of audio CDs) contains transcriptions of both banjo tab and fiddle melody […]

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Live video from Pert Near Sandstone

| April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Pert Near Sandstone has shared a live video performance for one of tracks on their latest CD, The Hardest Part Of Leaving, released April 15. It was shot this past weekend at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, famous as the home of […]

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IBMA announces 2014 showcase artists

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the invited showcase artists who will perform on their late night Bluegrass Ramble stages, and at various other events during World of Bluegrass and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival (September 30 – October 4) in Raleigh, NC. IBMA […]

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New John Bowman CD in June

| April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
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John Bowman has been a bluegrass guy most of his life, and because of his particular talents as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, we’s been able to ply his trade at the highest levels of our music. He played guitar with both Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver […]

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Living With The Shades Pulled Down video from Carolina Road

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s another performance music video from Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. This one’s for Living With The Shades Pulled Down, which Merle Haggard included on his It’s All In The Movies album in 1976. The original was cut during Hag’s modified western swing mode, with […]

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Greensky Bluegrass featured in the Musician Portrait Project

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ever heard of moving portraits? Me neither. But that’s the idea behind the Musician Portrait Project, a new venture between photographer Derek Brad and his business partner Jeffrey Rayfield. Their concept is to use silent video – shot with high quality equipment – to collect […]

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Rhonda Vincent on the Better Show

| April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
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As part of her recent New York City media blitz, Rhonda Vincent visited the Better Network. She sat down with hosts of their flagship program, The Better Show, JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig, and talked about her latest CD, Only Me. Vincent then rolled out The […]

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