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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Randall Hibbitts leaving Ralph Stanley

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Randall Hibbitts, who has been playing bass with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys this past few years, has announced today that he is leaving that position. The southwest Virginia native says that he is going to work in event promotion, though it is […]

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New video from Lorraine Jordan and T.G. Sheppard

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard singing with Lorraine and the boys. It’s a remake of Sheppard’s #1 song from 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, played with a bluegrass […]

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Chris Thile predicts Broncos win with Omahallelujah

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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While hosting A Prairie Home Companion last Saturday, Chris Thile and Punch Brothers debuted a new song with help from Sarah Jarosz that seems to have predicted the Denver Broncos win in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Thile is well known as a sports fan, though most of […]

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DR Strings introduce Veritas

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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DR Strings in Emerson, NJ has announced the introduction of a new line of strings for acoustic, flat top guitars. Their VERITAS strings are a hex-core, phosphor bronze string designed for long life without the need for coatings or surface treatment. DR has received a patent […]

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Reminisce with Tom Gray on WAMU

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Hey all you Country Gentlemen fans out there… Has Katy Daley got a deal for you! On her morning show tomorrow on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Katy will spend two hours with Tom Gray talking about his early days with The Country Gentlemen, starting in 1960. They […]

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SPBGMA 2016 notes

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We had a blast this year at the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. As always, it’s great to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, with more high-quality music being played than you could ever hope to see in a day. Between the main […]

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Mountain Faith at SPBGMA ’16

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We had the chance to catch a set from Mountain Faith in their new stage configuration this past weekend at SPBGMA. It was a fast-paced, high-energy show that ran through a combination of the songs from their various albums, the grassified pop songs from their time […]

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Deer Creek Boys to Mountain Fever

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Virginia’s Deer Creek Boys have been announced as the newest band to sign with Mountain Fever Records. The group had been recording at the Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA, and made the agreement with Mark Hodges and the label official during the SPBGMA convention […]

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2016 SPBGMA National Bluegrass Awards

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tonight’s 42nd annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville didn’t come off completely without incident. About halfway through the show, MC Jeff Weaver from Rarely Herd took a tumble off the back of the stage, grabbing and pulling down several of the curtains in the […]

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2016 SPBGMA International Band Championships

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The results are in from the 2016 International Band Championships held during the annual SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. Bands are invited to compete from all over the US for this prestigious competition that awards $10,000 in prizes to the top ten finishers. Bands compete in three […]

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