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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Drifter – Volume Five

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Over the past few years Volume Five has been quietly releasing some of the most consistently entertaining contemporary bluegrass you can find. I say quietly because they are rarely mentioned as among the top tier acts in our business, and they certainly deserve to be in that […]

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Martin introduces anniversary dreadnaughts for 2016

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As a part of their year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the dreadnaught guitar body style they debuted in 1916, the CF Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, PA has a number of guitars being introduced at this week’s Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. These include […]

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Welcome Wyatt Augustus Williams

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

On June 21, Josh Williams and Dani Flowers celebrated the birth of their first child, Wyatt Augustus Williams. By the numbers, Wyatt came in at 8 lbs, 5 oz stretching out to 21.75 ”. Josh is the guitarist and harmony vocalist with Rhonda Vincent & The […]

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Cary, NC Bluegrass Camps for Youth

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This week young bluegrassers in central North Carolina are hard at work boning up on their musical chops at the Youth Bluegrass Camps in Cary, NC. Located just outside of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, these camps are sponsored and administered by PineCone – The Piedmont […]

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Gibson Guitar facility in Kalamazoo gets new life

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Serious followers of the Gibson Guitar company know the rich and varied history of this iconic American company. What started with one man, Orville Gibson, making mandolins in Kalamazoo, MI has grown to a large manufacturing and marketing concern building and distributing dozens of different […]

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Run Away video from Cody Hull

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If the name Cody Hull sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. He’s the older brother of bluegrass/Americana darling Sierra Hull, and the two grew up playing bluegrass together as youngsters. And like his little sis, Cody has embarked on a career recording his original acoustic […]

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Wade Cox memorial merchandise available

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Friends of bluegrass musician Wade Cox, who died unexpectedly in April at 43, are hard at work memorializing their fallen companion. They are raising funds now to complete a recording Wade was working on when he passed, and to purchase a suitable headstone for his final resting […]

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New music coming from Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In the earliest days of bluegrass music it was the product of an authentically rural culture. The only artists making this new music in the 1940s were country and mountain folks whose lives revolved around the land from whence they took their living. It was […]

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Grasstowne at Rockahock ’16

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you haven’t caught the current edition of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne this season, they’ve posted this live video from Rockahock Bluegrass in Lenexa, VA. Bibey is still entrenched in the driver’s seat, with Greg Luck on guitar, Gena Britt on banjo, Zak McLamb on […]

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Poor Boy’s Pleasure – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The opening track of Junior Sisk’s new album, Poor Boy’s Pleasure, kicks of with a moonshining song. I know! I’m as shocked as you are. Sisk, the bluegrass pride of Franklin County, VA is among the most renowned vocalists in our music, and has been […]

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