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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IBMM groundbreaking June 23

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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After several years of planning and fundraising, the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY is ready to break ground for their new facility along the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro. A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled on June 23 at noon with the museum staff, Owensboro Mayor […]

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I Know Better video from The Grascals

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music has released an in-studio music video from The Grascals, showing the band recording the first single from their current album, and then there’s this. For my money, perhaps the hottest new song in bluegrass so far this year is this one, I Know Better, written […]

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Bright Star set to close on Broadway

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Bright Star, the new musical featuring music composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, has announced a closing date of June 26 at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. It officially opened on March 24 after several years of development on the west coast and off-Broadway […]

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Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road at CMAFest

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Record temperatures didn’t deter a large crowd visiting Nashville, TN to see Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road’s performance at CMAFest this past weekend. They were one of the few bluegrass bands who played the Durango Music Spot in the Music City Convention Center which also streamed […]

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XXX banjo celebrates Nechville anniversary

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tom Nechville and his Nechville Musical Products company is celebrating 30 years of banjo building with a new limited production model they are dubbing XXX. Representing the Roman numerals for 30, the XXX is constructed with very high grade curly maple stained with what they call […]

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Pati Crooker passes

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Pati Crooker Mulligan, who ran the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival in Brunswick, ME for nearly 30 years, passed away over the weekend. She was 68 years of age when she died on June 12. Pati and her family were hosts to many thousands of bluegrass […]

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Heat Of The Fire from Flatt Lonesome

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music has released a first look at the footage captured at a live taping with Flatt Lonesome at the Historic Isis Dinner Theater in Asheville, NC this past April. The band staged the special concert event April 28 and invited all their fans to come and join in the fun. […]

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Sons of the South take top prize in Raleigh

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sons of the South, a venerable and longstanding bluegrass band from Statesville, won the top prize at last month’s Got To Be NC festival in Raleigh. The band has been performing together for more than 50 years with a rotating cast of characters, but always with a […]

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Elmer’s General Store now booking bluegrass

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We wrote last fall about the opening of The Banjo Cellar in Williamstown, KY, a joint venture between banjo pickers Elmer Burchett and Megan McKamey. There they buy, sell, teach, and repair all things banjo and bluegrass. The pair acquired two storefronts in downtown Williamstown, […]

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Young pickers reign at HoustonFest 2016

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Felts Park in Galax, VA was the setting for the 2016 HoustonFest, the 5th annual celebration of the life and music of Houston Caldwell, a promising young banjo picker who died tragically in 2010 at 18 years of age. By the spring of 2011, his […]

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