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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Starr Moss departing Henhouse Prowlers

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have announced the impending departure of guitarist Starr Moss after four years with the band. The Milwaukee native is heading back to Wisconsin to attend grad school. He appears on their last three recordings, and has toured all over the world with the group. The […]

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Allen Mills recovering from back surgery

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Allen Mills, founding member of the legendary Lost and Found, is recuperating in the hospital following back surgery yesterday. He had been experiencing some discomfort of late and had to bring his nephew, Jason Moore, along to play bass on some recent band shows. He reports […]

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Sales opportunity at Bluegrass Today

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass Today has an opening for an experienced, full-time, online sales professional. Expansion in our advertising department has created the need for an additional banner ad salesperson. We are looking for someone with five or more years experience in advertising sales for an immediate hire. Salary/commission range commensurate […]

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Mountain Faith on America’s Got Talent tonight

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Faith Band is scheduled to appear again tonight on America’s Got Talent, NBC television’s talent competition  program. They won rave reviews during their audition appearance earlier this month, where they performed a grassified arrangement of Counting Stars from One Direction. At this point in […]

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Cooder-Skaggs-White tour picking up steam

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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With new dates being added, the ongoing Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White tour is picking up steam across the US. The trio of well-respected artists and their supporting band are just finishing up the first leg of the tour, which will start up […]

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Vince Combs passes

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]

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Nothin’ Fancy to Mountain Fever

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Fever Records has announced the signing of established bluegrass artists Nothin’ Fancy to a new recording contract. The group has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since they formed in 1994 to enter a band competition in Virginia. Mike Andes (mandolin), Mitchell Davis (banjo), […]

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Radio video from The Steeps

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video from the title track of their upcoming album, Radio. It finds our heroes on stage amidst a dazzling light show, picking and singing in the studio, and jamming on the bus – the life of a […]

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No more Deadly Gentlemen

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Deadly Gentlemen, Boston’s bad boy newgrass band, has announced that they are hanging it up. Original members had been peeling away this past year or so, and the remaining members have been working on outside projects. The Gentlemen were known as one of the first […]

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Jerusalem Ridge video from the O’Connors

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mark and Maggie O’Connor have released a second video from their upcoming Duo CD, Mark’s arrangement of the classic Bill Monroe tune, Jerusalem Ridge. This is one that bluegrass fans know well, though Mark refers to it in his notes as Jerusalem’s Ridge. “Jerusalem’s Ridge is […]

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