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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Larry Cordle talks All Star Duets

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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MightyCord Records has released a trio of videos from Larry Cordle where he discusses the first few tracks from his upcoming All Star Duets CD. In each, Larry talks about the genesis of the song, all ones he has written, and how he got it into the hands of the country […]

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Thalia Capos coming soon

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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How many times have you thought up an idea for a “better mousetrap,” envisioning a new product or a product enhancement that might find a niche in the marketplace? Perhaps you were out fishing when a design for a better lure popped up… or working in […]

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Mustered Courage at WOB

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During World of Bluegrass at the start of October, we had a nice chat with two of the members of Mustered Courage, who were at the tail end of a lengthy US tour from their native Australia. These guys have an interesting approach, blending acoustic […]

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Norman Wilson passes

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Norman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old. On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman […]

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Glenn Gibson says goodbye to Flamekeeper

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced that Glenn Gibson, who has played banjo with the band this past three years, is leaving the group. He will do his last show tonight at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, KY. In addition to be being a […]

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Custom Bourgeois guitar auctioned to benefit Tony Rice

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We have written many times about the difficulties Tony Rice has experienced of late, particularly the health issues that have made it impossible for him to perform. Owing to advanced arthritis, Tony is no longer able to play the guitar without severe pain, leaving one of […]

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Mike Holmes leaves Music Camps North

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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After 15 years at the helm, Mike Holmes has stepped down from the directorship of Music Camps North, who have hosted both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin & Fiddle Camp North in Massachusetts this past decade and a half. Hundreds of New England residents have […]

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Junior Sisk interview at IBMA

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We caught up with Junior Sisk at IBMA earlier this month to talk about his latest Rebel release, Trouble Follows Me. He also shared some information about new members of his road band, Ramblers Choice, and what they have planned for the rest of 2014 and […]

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Stringbean’s killer paroled in Tennesee

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Though parole had been consistently denied for 40 years, today John A. Brown, convicted in the 1973 murder of Dave “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estelle, was granted parole and is set for release from the Tennessee prison system. His initial sentence had been for 198 […]

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Welcome Little Wren Livers

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wren Elise Livers, the first child of Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and his wife Steffani, was born in the wee hours of this morning. She came in at 5 lbs 9 ozs, and 20 ” long, born at 1:31 a.m. Everyone is doing well. Welcome to […]

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