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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George Shuffler passes

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Another leading light of the first generation of bluegrass artists has passed. George Shuffler, long time member of both The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, passed away earlier today (4/7/14), just short of his 89th birthday. Shuffler’s distinctive crosspicking guitar […]

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Cadillac Sky reunion?

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Cadillac Sky’s brief tenure in the newgrasss world generated a lot of passion. Traditionalists disliked them intensely, while more open-minded (and typically younger) audiences ate them up. Much of the early bristling may have come from a poor audience/entertainer match, with the band being booked […]

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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalists announced

| April 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held annually as a part of MerleFest. As is usually the case, a number of young bluegrass artists show up on the list. Paul Harrigill, banjo player with Flatt Lonesome, is nominated along with […]

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Yahoo talks with Della Mae

| April 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
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The folks at Yahoo Music caught up with Della Mae during last month’s South By Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. The ladies recorded a pair of live performance videos, and this brief interview at Austin’s Brazos Hall. Watch the other Della Mae […]

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The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Many folks in California, and travelers from across the country as well, think of Carlsbad, CA as a beach town. To be sure, their beautiful beaches draw a lot of folks to the shore, but like other communities who thrive on the tourist trade, Carlsbad […]

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Arthur Smith passes

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Over the years it’s been known as Fueding Banjos or Fussing Banjos, but more commonly Dueling Banjos, especially since the release of the film, Deliverance, in 1972 in which it was featured under that name. Arthur Smith, who wrote the tune in 1955, passed away […]

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John Reischman & the Jaybirds mini-doc

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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John Reischman & the Jaybirds have put together a brief, 4 and a half minute documentary about the band. They talk about each other, the music they play and record, and working together as a band. The Jaybirds are spread across the Pacific northwest of […]

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Appalachian Angel – Holly Norman

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Holly Norman is a bluegrass singer/songwriter from East Tennessee near Knoxville. And what a Southern gal she is! Her bio reads like something from central casting. At the University of Tennessee, she was a featured twirler for the UT Southland Marching Band where she performed before […]

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Valerie Smith on the Human Condition

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Bluegrass doesn’t seem to generate as many thematic or concept albums as you find in other genres. We’ve had a few – Rural Rhythm’s God Didn’t Choose Sides comes to mind – but they are the exception rather than the rule. Now comes Valerie Smith […]

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Lonesome River Band to Mountain Home

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Entertainment, has announced the signing of bluegrass powerhouse Lonesome River Band. The band is expected to start on a new album this month, with plans for a release this summer. Sammy Shelor with LRB says that he […]

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