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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The making of Too video from Flatt Lonesome

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music has released a video to help introduce bluegrass fans to Flatt Lonesome and their newly-released album, Too. It involves a group discussion with the band, and some clips of them in the studio laying it down. As they explain in the video, […]

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Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

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Pre War Dobros examined in new book

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

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Earls of Leicester in September

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

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Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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To celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

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Old River from Nightflyer

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Nightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

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Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

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Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

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Last of the Breed in the stretch run

| July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Last of the Breed, a documentary film on the life and music of Dave Evans, is rounding the final pole, heading in to the back stretch. Filmmaker Matthew Pellowski tells us that he is now starting post production, with a hope to release the final […]

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Bluegrass band master class at World of Bluegrass

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The IBMA has announced a new seminar for World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh this year. It’s a band coaching session held in a master class format with Stephen Mougin of the Sam Bush Band. In addition to his work as guitarist with Bush, Mojo is […]

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