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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News from Mountain Rain

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Brad Wood, mandolinist with North Carolina’s Mountain Rain, got in touch last week with several bits of news. First off, the band has recently signed with Cedar Creek Management, and booking for shows will be handled by Susan Burrows at Cedar Creek (336 953-2814). They have also […]

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IBMM launches Executive Director search

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the official launch of their search for a new Executive Director to replace Gabrielle Gray, who had announced that she would be stepping down in December. Gray will continue to manage the organization’s annual music festival, ROMP, but […]

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2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s awards season in Tinseltown, as you can tell if you open a newspaper or turn on the TV. But it’s not just for the movies, or just in southern California. Over the weekend, the 8th annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards were distributed during the […]

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BBU Heritage Award winners announced

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Boston Bluegrass Union has announced the 2015 recipients of their BBU Heritage Awards. These awards are presented annually to honor artists and others who have made substantial contributions to bluegrass music in New England and beyond. For 2015, the winners are Berklee College of Music in […]

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Bill Evans and Alan Munde in Bend

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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As part of their west coast tour last week and this, Bill Evans and Alan Munde stopped Thursday evening for a show in Bend, OR. The pair of banjo masters are doing concerts and workshops along the northeastern US and western Canada through the 31st. […]

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Bill Yates doing well after treatment

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bill Yates, longtime member of The Country Gentlemen and still an active grasser with his Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, is doing well after being hospitalized this past two weeks. A brain bleed was diagnosed when he was admitted earlier this month, but surgery to remove […]

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Cody Shuler solo album video EPK

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rural Rhythm Records has put together a video to introduce Cody Shuler’s first solo album, complete with interview segments and audio samples.   Cody Shuler will be released on February 3. Radio programmers can download tracks now at Airplay Direct.

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Reuben’s Train video from Hogslop String Band

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you like the old timey mountain music played with passion and energy, you’ll love The Hogslop String Band. These boys are the real deal. The band was formed in 2009 to play a square dance, and are now a popular Tennessee group for both dances […]

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Service for Ray Hicks this weekend

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We heard yesterday from Gina Hicks, the late Ray Hicks’ daughter, who wanted to share that any friends of his in Virginia/North Carolina who wished to make the trip were welcome to attend the private family service and internment for Ray on Saturday. Though Ray was known […]

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Voices – Volume Five

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Volume Five is one of those acts that consistently turn out headliner-quality music, but have seemed to be stuck in a second tier status. Their original music is clever and compelling, they can pick with the best of them, and their vocals are top tier. What […]

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