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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D60 reso-guitar missing from SPBGMA

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s the worst nightmare for a picker. You borrow an instrument to take to a festival, and it turns up missing. Now you not only have no instrument, but have to face explaining the loss to a trusting friend. That’s the situation here in Nashville […]

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Rootin’ Tootin’ Cam Newton

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a video for all you bluegrass lovin’ football fans out there, guaranteed to ignite controversy among those planning to take in tomorrow’s Super Bowl contest. It comes from Maine bluegrass songwriter Stan Keach, showing his passion for the Carolina Panthers and their spirited quarterback, Cam […]

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Sammy Shelor gets key to the City of Martinsville

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sammy Shelor, banjoist extraordinaire and leader of the indomitable Lonesome River Band, was surprised last week when he was presented with the Key to the City of Martinsville, VA. Shelor was performing with some buddies of his at Mtn’ Jax Restaurant & Pub in Martinsville, […]

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John Henry video from Hogslop String Band

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We all know that bluegrass people can be compulsive, but when it comes to recreating things the traditional way, nothing beats old time musicians for their enthusiastic obsessions. Witness The Hogslop String Band, who had their current promotional photos created using tintype, where the subject is exposed onto to a […]

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Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Graham Talent

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, initially formed when longtime bassist Bill Yates was still alive, has signed with Graham Talent Group for representation. The band exists to retain the sound of the many classic Country Gentlemen songs, and offer an opportunity for today’s audiences to experience […]

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Dave Adkins named Eastman Guitar endorser

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass singer/songwriter Dave Adkins has been announced as the newest endorser for Eastman Guitars. Eastman is currently building one of their E20D Dreadnought guitars for Dave, which is expected to be presented to him in the next few weeks. Adkins says that he is proud to […]

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Cifersky and Kozak – February Mountain Tour 2016

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Richard Cifersky and Ondra Kozak have shared this music video they produced to help promote their upcoming February Mountain Tour 2016 in central Europe. The two super pickers are among Europe’s best, and have performed in many of the top bluegrass bands over there. The duo (banjo/guitar) […]

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Noam Pikelny goes solo

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo wizard Noam Pikelny is taking leave of his Punch Brothers bandmates – for the next few weeks at least – to venture out on his first solo performance tour. And by solo, we mean solo; just him on stage – no band. Dates are […]

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KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest May 28

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s time again to get those applications ready for the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, held each year during the Bluegrass & BBQ festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Restricted to young bluegrass groups 21 and under, this competition not only awards […]

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O’Connor Family Band to Rounder

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Rounder Records has signed an agreement with The O’Connor Family Band to release their first album as a group. The band boasts the talents of bluegrass, contest, jazz, and classical fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor, his lovely and very talented wife, Maggie O’Connor, Mark’s son Forrest […]

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