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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Photos from Old Settler’s 2015

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The organizers of the 2015 Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, TX shared a number of stage photos taken by John Grubbs. This was the 28th annual event in the Texas Hill Country.

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Sam Passamano receives Airplay Direct award

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Airplay Direct, the file-sharing system that serves artists, music labels and radio programmers, has announced Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records as the recipient of their second annual Iconic Innovators Award. In addition to the honor, this award comes with a free Airplay Direct marketing campaign […]

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Mind Over Matter film from G2

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When Swedish grassers G2 made the trip to Nashville in the Spring of 2014 to record their current CD, Mind Over Matter, they came with filmmaker David Elfgren in tow. He was on hand to capture the process, from the first meeting between the band and […]

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A chat with Tim Surrett, IBMA Board Vice Chair

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We caught up yesterday with Tim Surrett, bassist with Balsam Range, producer and worker bee at Mountain Home Music, and the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the IBMA. He’s also a dedicated husband and father, and when we spoke on Tuesday, […]

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Changes in NewTown for 2015

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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NewTown will have a new look the next time you catch them on stage. The Kentucky-based band, and Mountain Home recording artists fronted by Jr. Williams and Kati Penn-Williams, has a couple of changes to announce. They had been working with fill-in bass players for […]

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Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Acts named for 2015

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the invited showcase acts for the 2015 World of Bluegrass, held in Raleigh, NC (September 29 – October 2). These artists and bands were selected by a panel of music experts, and will perform at various time during […]

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Coaltown Rounders – hand made music

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When posting recently about the upcoming CD project from Coal Town Rounders, we mentioned that the limited run of manufactured discs would be packaged in a custom letterpress cover, lovingly hand-cranked and assembled by members of the band. And if you don’t believe it, here’s video proof. […]

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Long Gone live video from The Gibsons

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country has posted a live-in-the-studio video which they shot when The Gibson Brothers were visiting back in March. It finds the guys performing Lone Gone from their current Rounder project, Brotherhood. They were on during the Lee Michael Demsey show, with video captured […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

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Mountain Girl from Sideline

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sideline is one of those groups that bluegrass has seen many of in its short history. They started out as a special project band, getting together a few times each year as the members, many of whom were otherwise committed to full time groups, had […]

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