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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Congratulations Richard and Kiki!

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s definitely bluegrass wedding season! On August 8, Kristýna Otáhalová and Richard Cifersky were married in a beautiful mansion garden in Velky Tynec, Czech Republic. Richard is currently the banjo player with Dale Ann Bradley, and has only recently come to America on a work visa. Kristen (Kiki) […]

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Brad Beavers leaving Ralph II

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Brad Beavers has announced his departure from Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, for whom he has been playing bass since earlier this year. He says that his doctor has recommended that he come off the road, and that’s advice that you’re wise to […]

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Scott Street Five String Finals expands to include old time

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Entries are now being accepted for the 2nd annual Scott Street Five String Finals competition, to be held in Richmond, VA on October 8. Held in conjunction with the Richmond Folk Festival, the competition is hosted in honor of the late Scott Street, a prominent […]

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Alison video from Yonder Mountain String Band

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Yonder Mountain String Band is gearing up for a very busy tour season this fall, but found time following their appearance at Telluride to shoot a new music video at nearby Bridal Veil Falls. It’s for the song, Alison, which will be included on their […]

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Greg Moore to Hillbilly Gypsies

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Hillbilly Gypsies have announced the addition of Greg Moore to the band on fiddle. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Trae and Jamie Lynn Buckner, the Gypsies have been working the bluegrass festival circuit in the southeastern US for many years. Moore, know as […]

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Lorraine Jordan to appear on Joey Canyon Show

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This week’s guests on The Joey Canyon Show on RFD-TV will be Lorraine Jordan and Eddy Raven, along with Garrett Newton. They’ll sing their bluegrass version of Eddy’s big hit, I’ve Got Mexico, which Raven sang on Jordan’s current CD, Country Grass, and have a […]

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Gillis Brothers ride again?

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It would seem that we will soon be seeing The Gillis Brothers from Georgia on stage again, though they won’t be performing under that name. John Gillis, who worked with his brother Larry for several years in the 1990s as The Gillis Brothers, is returning […]

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Tim Surrett hospitalized for testing

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tim Surrett, bass player with popular North Carolina band Balsam Range, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Bluegrass Music Association, has been hospitalized near his home in western North Carolina. He was taken to the emergency room after complaining of lightheadedness yesterday, […]

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Banjo spot open with Carolina Blue

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Carolina Blue is on the hunt for a new banjo picker. The Brevard, NC-based band plays contemporary bluegrass with a focus on the traditional side of the street. Their current banjo man, Seth Rhinehart, is finding the tour schedule a bit too much for him to […]

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Coming Home video from Lucky Lips

| August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Lucky Lips isn’t like your average bluegrass group. To start with, they’re called Lucky Lips, plus they’re fronted by vocalist Malin Pettersen who is given to appear on stage in pink hair, and they’re based in Oslo. That’s in Norway. They perform original bluegrass and Americana […]

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