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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Pigeon Forge fire takes Hatfield Music

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Folks in east Tennessee have been watching closely this past few days as wildfires crept ever closer to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, both major tourist destinations south of Knoxville. Last night, both cities were evacuated by local authorities as the fires quickly moved into town, […]

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Leiper’s Fork Christmas from Ron Block

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ron Block has a new album, Leiper’s Fork Christmas, just now released in time for December. For the second year in a row, the noted multi-instrumentalist of Alison Krauss & Union Station fame has recorded a set of instrumental music with his readings of classic holiday favorites. […]

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Aaron McDaris does The Voice

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Given our relative obscurity in the mainstream world of pop music, it’s always something of a sensation when one of our bluegrass celebrities is asked to appear on television. Tonight it’s the banjo players’ turn to shine, as Aaron McDaris, banjo picker with Rhonda Vincent […]

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Thanksgiving turns deadly for bluegrass student in Raleigh

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Without fail, the worst part of our job here at Bluegrass Today entails sharing tragic news that befalls our bluegrass community. Such is this story from Thanksgiving Day. Hiroshi Arakawa, a Japanese student here in the states to study both English and bluegrass music, was involved […]

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Hardrock, Coco and Joe from Tom Adams

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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OK folks… Thanksgiving is behind us, so let the onslaught of Christmas music begin! Today we have a new recording from Tom Adams, reaching back to the catalog of the singing cowboys in the first half of the 20th century. Hardrock, Coco and Joe tells the […]

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David Benedict to Mile Twelve

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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When I caught Boston’s Mile Twelve live during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh this year, there were a number of impressions I came away with. First off, it was immediately clear that these talented young artists, with the bloom of the music conservatory still on […]

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Henhouse Prowlers flying to Kyrgyzstan

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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What are you doing after Thanksgiving? Well The Henhouse Prowlers will be hopping a jet for an impromptu trip to central Asia. The guys have been invited by the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan to play at the Dostuk Music Festival in the capital of Bishkek. The Prowlers have made […]

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Tom Ratliff passes

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tom Ratliff, a fixture in the bluegrass scene in east Tennessee for many years, passed away on October 30. He was 79 years of age and died from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Tom was a passionate bluegrass fan and dobro player who […]

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Never Tell Me video from Stoney Creek

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band greets the Thanksgiving week with a new music video featuring one of the songs on their current album, Memories & Tears. This record is special to the band, as it includes eleven originals written by the sister of Stoney Creek […]

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Special C’s side trip to Louisville

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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When Special Consensus made the journey to Shepherdsville, KY last week for a show in Gary Brewer’s Friday Night Bluegrass Series, the band took a side trip to Louisville to make a guest appearance on Bob Mitchell’s Best Of Bluegrass program, recorded at WFPK-FM. The guys played several songs in […]

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