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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Friday at Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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No matter where you may live, it’s always good news when a new bluegrass event launches, just as it feels like the loss of a friend when one closes down. Here in Bristol, Virginia this weekend, we’re watching the first iteration of a new festival, the […]

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Steve ‘n’ Seagulls strike again

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Finnish bluegrass doesn’t get a lot of attention here at Bluegrass Today, but it seems we need to revise that policy. Are you hip to Steve ‘n’ Seagulls? They are bluegrass group who specialize in AC/DC covers, not unlike Hayseed Dixie, another bluegrass outfit started […]

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Wherever I Wander – Snyder Family Band

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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How often do we discover bright young talent in family bands? The dynamic seems to entice and encourage the growth of budding pickers, who often develop rapidly in this supportive environment. It seems we never lack for examples, and here’s another. The Snyder Family has […]

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Hard Row To Hoe from Ragged Union

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Colorado’s Ragged Union is set to release their debut album, Hard Row To Hoe, on June 1. The band is based around the songs and the singing of Geoff and Christina Union, who found their way to the outskirts of Denver from North Carolina and Alaska […]

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Traveling Show video from Songs From The Road Band

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a question for you… Is it still a special project band after your third album together? That’s one to ask the Songs From The Road Band, who first assembled in 2004 from a number of newgrass and Americana acts to record songs that Charles R […]

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Steve Gulley CD drops next week

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle have been dominating our Weekly Airplay Chart this past few weeks with their first single, Leaving Crazytown. The full album from which it came, a self-titled project from Rural Rhythm Records, is set to release next Tuesday, March 31. Ahead […]

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Coal Town Rounders to release How it Used to Be

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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A second CD of music from northeastern Pennsylvania’s Coal Town Rounders is scheduled for a May 12 release. Like their first, Numero Uno, this next, How It Used To Be, was sparsely recorded on analog tape with a very live feel, and features a custom letterpress […]

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Heartstrings coming from Trinity River Band

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Orange Blossom Records has announced a May 12 release date for Heartstrings, the next album from Trinity River Band. This popular contemporary bluegrass group consists of the Harris family from Callahan, FL. Mike and Lisa Harris started the band when their three children were much […]

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Antique Persuasion bringing Carter Family back

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Nashville music publisher and producer Jimmy Metts has created a new tribute to The Carter Family, due for release in the next few weeks. Entitled Don’t Forget Me Little Darling, the album features a dozen Carter classics performed by a special project group called Antique […]

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Bluegrass Today is Bristol bound

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This weekend is the first of what it is expected to be an annual event, the Bristol Bluegrass Springfest, held at the Holiday Inn in Bristol, VA. The intention is to provide an indoor bluegrass event just as we all shake off the winter blues […]

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