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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Sam Moore on George Jones

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Getting to meet your heroes can be a mixed bag. If you’re lucky enough to do so, there is always the risk that they won’t live up to your expectations, or even be rude when you approach. Of course, there is also the chance of […]

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Stiles of Bluegrass replaces Lonesome Pine RFD on WAMU

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When longtime radio host Carol Beaugard announced recently that she would be signing off from her Lonesome Pine RFD program on WFDU-FM in the New York City market, it also affected the schedule at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, which streams bluegrass 24/7 online. Bluegrass Country had been replaying […]

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Bill Jenkins to be honored by Virginia Musical Museum

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Virginia Musical Museum in Williamsburg is set to induct bluegrass and traditional music artist Bill Jenkins into their Hall of Fame this year. A ceremony is scheduled for August 9 at the American Theatre in Hampton, VA. Bill will be recognized for this honor, followed […]

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Another honor for Dr. Ralph

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ralph Stanley has picked up another honor to go with his many others. On top of a pair of honorary doctorates, including one this Spring from Yale University, and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Ralph can now add a fellowship with […]

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Mountain Songs from Shawn Lane

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Songs, the upcoming solo project from Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane, is set for release on August 20. Shawn says that he recorded this one with several members of his talented family, names that may not be familiar to bluegrass fans. But you’ll surely recognize these […]

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Home Again released by Wildfire

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This is a big month for Wildfire. They’ve released a new single, signed with a new booking agency, and are looking forward to the release of their first album since 2010 early next year. Let’s take those in turn, shall we? The single is I Want to Go […]

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Almost Hear The Blues video from James Reams

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When James Reams decided it was time for him to create a music video, he chose the song Almost Hear The Blues from his 2011 album, One Foot in the Honky Tonk. James has picked up a lot of expertise in the world of film […]

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Live album coming from Town Mountain

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Town Mountain has always been known as a band that is best experienced live. That’s not a knock on their three fine studio albums, just a recognition from their fans that it’s a show that needs to be seen as well as heard. So it’s […]

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Huber announces the Workhorse Banjo

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Huber Banjos has been known for building prewar replica banjos of the highest quality, for the most discriminating players. But their newest model, dubbed The Workhorse, sets a different goal. Officially introduced this week, their latest entry is designed to offer the quality workmanship that has been […]

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US release for Mustered Courage

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We’ve posted a number of videos from Australia’s Mustered Courage, another group that uses the familiar bluegrass instrumentation to perform and record original music drawn from outside the old time or bluegrass tradition. It’s a very appealing sound that has won them a great many fans Down Under. […]

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