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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2016 winners at Walnut Valley Festival

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Winners were chosen over this past weekend at the 45th Annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Over the years, their National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and their National Bluegrass Banjo Championship have come to be recognized as among the most prestigious competitions of their kind […]

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Honorary Doctorate for Steve Gulley

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN has announced that they will be awarding an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Steve Gulley at their Fall 2016 Commencement on December 10. This is the same institution that awarded Ralph Stanley his first honorary doctorate in 1976, and […]

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Davis Banjo introduces Don Reno model

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Davis Banjo in Harrisburg NC has introduced a new signature banjo for Don Wayne Reno, based on his father Don’s iconic prewar RB-75, affectionately known as Nellie. Called their Don Reno model, this new banjo is designed as an exact replica of Nellie, which has quite […]

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Malina Brothers finishing up US tour

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Malina Brothers, from Czech Republic in eastern Europe, are finishing up their US tour this weekend in the central US. They are among the most celebrated Czech bluegrass artists, including Lubos Malina on banjo, Pavel Malina on guitar, and Pepa Malina on fiddle. The group is completed by Pavel […]

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Bear on the Square changes 2017 dates

| September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The 21st annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, GA has moved its dates from the normal 3rd weekend in April, to avoid occurring over Easter weekend. Next year’s festival has moved to the 4th weekend, April 22-23, 2017. The free downtown event is […]

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40 Blues video from Rebecca Frazier

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Rebecca Frazier has never been one to do as she’s told, starting with “girls don’t play Tony Rice-style lead guitar.” This small but power-packed young woman has shown herself a force to be recognized in the flatpicking world, and her most recent album, When We […]

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James McDowell to Carolina Blue

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A few weeks ago, we posted that Carolina Blue, a traditional bluegrass band in western, NC, was in need of a banjo player. They have now announced that they found him, living right amongst them in Etowah. The band has welcomed James McDowell into the fold, a young […]

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Moron Brothers live on Facebook

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Moron Brothers, everybody’s favorite bluegrass comedians, are hosting a special performance tonight (9/15) on Facebook. Lardo and Burley will be using the Facebook live video feature to share their unique perspective on the world starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. These two retired firefighters […]

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Mickey Galyean to Deep River Management

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Deep River Management in North Carolina has announced the signing of Mickey Galyean and Cullen’s Bridge to an exclusive representation and management agreement. The band is led by Galyean on guitar and lead vocals, continuing the tradition of his father, Cullen Galyean, whose many old school, […]

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Willis Clan cancels remaining dates

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you follow entertainment news, you may have seen a recent story about Toby Willis, patriarch of an extremely talented brood of musicians and dancers, 12 in all, who perform together as The Willis Clan. They specialize in bluegrass, Celtic, and country music and reached […]

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