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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Ken Scoggins suffers heart attack

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ken Scoggins, bluegrass singer, songwriter, bandleader and Old Homestead recording artist, suffered a heart attack on Sunday (10/19) after having run a half marathon earlier in the day. He was admitted to the ICU at the Grand Strand Medical center in Myrtle Beach, though it is […]

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Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms. Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to […]

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Peghead Nation hits its stride

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Online learning has become the most recent revolution in the education world. Over the past few years it is possible to obtain a college degree studying on your computer, and home school families have embraced cyber classrooms to bring expertise in more advanced subject matter to […]

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Shelby Means departs Della Mae

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Shelby Means, who has been playing bass with Della Mae this past two and a half years, has announced this weekend that she will be leaving the group. She will accompany the Dellas on their upcoming State Department tour as her final hurrah. Her absence […]

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Paul Craft passes

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nashville songwriter Paul Craft, who had a brief career in bluegrass, died this morning after being ill the past few weeks. Craft had been hospitalized just hours after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5. He was 76 years old. As […]

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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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