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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Buddy Merriam celebrates 25 years on WUSB

| May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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WUSB has been on the air in Long Island, NY since 1977 from the campus of Stony Brook University. And since 1991, Buddy Merriam has broadcast bluegrass music over their air on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For those of us a bit arithmetically challenged, […]

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Moving day for IBMA

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association is packing up and moving across town to a new headquarters on Gallatin Road in Nashville. The association has served as the primary trade organization for the bluegrass music industry for more than 30 years, starting in Owensboro, KY and in […]

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Repost: James King interview from 2014

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Given last week’s loss of the great James King, it seems fitting to repost this interview we did with him during the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. Funeral services for King are being held today at 2:00 p.m. At the time of this […]

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Della Mae going hard this summer, then taking a break

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Della Mae has announced that they are gearing up for some exhaustive touring this summer, to be followed by an indefinite hiatus starting in mid-August. Citing a desire for time at home and to work on individual solo projects, the ladies did not indicate a clear-cut […]

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Congratulations Kameron and Kayla

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Kameron Keller, bass player with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, and his sweetheart, Kayla Campbell, were married this past Saturday, May 21. The love birds were wed at The Millstone in Limestone, TN, and will settle not far from there in Jonesborough. Kayla and Kameron are […]

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Mountain Heart backstage at The Opry

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The newest iteration of Mountain Heart got to play the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend, and used the occasion to capture their song, Have You Heard About The Old Hometown, on video backstage. Their new album, Blue Skies, includes sounds with a wide variety […]

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Free Bright Star banjo tabs from Steve Martin

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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To help promote his new Broadway musical, Bright Star, written with Edie Brickell, Steve Martin has created and is giving away a free iOS app with banjo tabs for all the songs in the show. The Bright Star app will work on iPhones and iPads and […]

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Funeral arrangements for James King – please help if you can.

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Funeral arrangements for James King have been announced. His family and friends wanted to wait a few days to allow his many, many friends in the music world to make plans to travel and attend. Viewing and visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 23, from […]

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Bobby Osborne talks to Net Radio Dogs

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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During last month’s Bobby Osborne tribute in Bristol, TN, Bobby sat down with Rick Dollar of NetRadioDogs for a fifteen minute interview about his long career in bluegrass music. Amidst the backstage craziness at the Paramount Center for the Arts, with a half dozen student […]

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ClayBank to Rural Rhythm

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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ClayBank, a new bluegrass group from western North Carolina is on the move again. This hard-driving young band – with one token veteran – has just signed with Rural Rhythm Records in Nashville. They expect to complete their debut project this summer for a fall 2016 […]

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