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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Three Bells – Auldridge, Douglas, Ickes

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Three Bells is an absolute rarity in the world of recorded music. It’s quite seldom that a new project conveys so much joy, so much love among the musicians, and for the instrument they share in common. Conceived as a chance for dobro buddies Jerry Douglas and Rob […]

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Welcome Grayson Leadbetter

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Young Grayson Matthew Leadbetter, born September 8 at 9:03 p.m., comes into this world with quite a bluegrass pedigree. His parents are Matt Leadbetter, former reso-guitarist with Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, and Brand New Strings, and his wife Ashley. That also makes him the grandson […]

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Introducing The Patricks

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this month, when we posted the news that Daniel Patrick was leaving The Roys, we mentioned that he was starting up a new group with his sister, Samantha. They will be called The Patricks, and will specialize in bluegrass and Gospel singing featuring sibling […]

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Man In Your Corner video from the Sleepy Boys

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Those of us who’ve been paying attention have watched The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys grow up on video this past few years. The three talented Mizzone brothers from New Jersey first hit the scene on YouTube four years ago, and their star has continued to […]

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Groundspeed from Rogers & Larrance

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rogers & Larrance have released Groundspeed, a second track from their upcoming reimagining of Flatt & Scruggs’ classic Foggy Mountain Banjo album. What makes their effort unique is that Tyson Rogers is a pianist, and Bryon Larrance a drummer. The pair met working with jazz banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, […]

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Dark Cloud Rising from Jon Weisberger

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jon Weisberger is a powerful man in the bluegrass world. An award-winning songwriter, his music appears on many new releases each year. As a record producer he guides the work of other artists in the studio, most recently Missy Werner’s Turn This Heart Around. And […]

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Bluegrass Rural Roots mail art exhibit

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Have you ever visited a mail art exhibit? Are you familiar with the form? Generically, mail art is anything that can be or is sent via the postal system to a specific destination. These days, it refers to “found art” sent in response to a general […]

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A guitar builder’s testament

| September 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Even wonder how someone gets into luthiery? In this video Ken Hooper explains how he got interested in building guitars for bluegrass players as he shows us around his shop in Elkin, NC.  

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Gary Reid is Carter Stanley

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Gary Reid has long had a reputation as a serious student of The Stanley Brothers. Having written the liner notes for several CD editions of Stanley music, both Carter and Ralph’s and Ralph’s alone, his name is closely associated with theirs. He’s also written a book on their […]

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The Farm coming from Buddy Merriam

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Buddy Merriam & Back Roads are set to release their 8th CD on October 1. Merriam, noted as an original purveyor of the Bill Monroe mandolin style, has written dozens of tunes for his instrument, and kept his group together for the past 34 years. […]

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