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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Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]

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Virginia Legislature recognizes Bill Jenkins

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week, the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia bestowed a signal honor on native son and long time traditional bluegrass performer Bill Jenkins. A joint resolution was passed acknowledging his contributions over more than 50 years as an entertainer, and Bill was presented with […]

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IBMA Showcase application deadline this week

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The good folks at the International Bluegrass Music Association asked us to remind everyone that this Saturday is the deadline to get your application in for an official showcase spot during the Bluegrass Ramble at the 2015 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. The […]

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Waldo Otto visits eTown

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bruised feelings would seem to be the norm within the Hot Rize family since the announcement that Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers would be performing at the 2015 RockyGrass festival without the Rizers, as you can see in this newly-released video of Waldo Otto dropping […]

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New members to Cumberland Gap Connection

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We heard today from Mike Bentley with news about his group, Cumberland Gap Connection. Mike tells us that he has brought two new members on board, Jeff Smith on bass and Josh Brown on guitar. They join Mike on guitar, Rod Smith on banjo and Matt Hiser on […]

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Jenni Lyn Gardner & The Palmetto Bluegrass Band

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jenni Lyn Gardner has had a big month this February. As a member of Della Mae, she played her first band show of 2015 at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival near Boston, with their new bass player. That same weekend was also the official debut […]

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Monroe Fields passes

| February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We have just learned of this morning’s passing of Monroe Fields, who played bass with both Bill Monroe and Jim & Jesse, and mandolin with Carl Sauceman and Flatt & Scruggs. He was 86 years old and had been battling lung cancer this past few months. […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys become The James King Band

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Fans and friends of bluegrass balladeer James King know that the past year has been a difficult one for him to endure. Just as he was enjoying the success of a strong new album in the summer of 2014 came news of some very serious […]

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Entries being accepted for KSMU Youth in Bluegrass

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Silver Dollar City is now accepting applications to compete in the 14th annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest during the final weekend of the park’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival. The competition is open to young bands where all members are 21 or younger, with exceptions given […]

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Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival gets new home

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The 3rd annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival has announced a new site for their May 16 event this year in Arthur, IL. Their prior location, Rockome Gardens, is not opening for the 2015 season, so everything is moving to Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds. The festival was instituted in […]

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