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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Ramsey Carpenter wins Miss America talent competition

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Well done Miss Kentucky! Last night, during preliminaries at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, Ramsey Carpenter took first place in the talent competition for her fiery fiddle medley of Sally Gooden and Orange Blossom Special. As the talent winner, she receives a […]

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Martha Spencer passes

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Martha Spencer, long-time matriarch of The Spencer Family bluegrass Gospel show, passed away on August 29 at the age of 89. She and her husband, Mitchell, toured as The Spencer Family for more than 40 years from their home in Kentucky, and left a legacy of […]

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Deering introduces Goodtime Americana

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Deering Banjo Company has introduced the latest addition to their popular Goodtime series, designed for budget conscious old time 5 string players. The Americana model is made with a 12” rim, resulting in a larger head surface and a frequency response with greater resonance in […]

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Eddie Adcock receives the 2014 Steve Martin prize

| September 8, 2014 | 1 Comment
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The 2014 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Eddie Adcock. The prize includes a cash payment of $50,000 and the opportunity to appear in public with Martin. Since the early 1950s, Eddie has been playing the banjo […]

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The Chapmans showcase vintage instruments at the Acoustic Shoppe

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ask anyone who has ever worked in a music store. We’ve all dreamed about a customer who would come in to the store with an old banjo or guitar, and casually mention that they have a dozen more at home just like it. For the greatest […]

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The Roys hunting a banjo player

| September 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just as they celebrate the release of their latest album, The View, The Roys are on the hunt for a new banjo player. Daniel Patrick, who has spent the past year and a half on the road with the band, has told Lee and Elaine […]

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One Song Romance – Michael Barnett

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Modern American string music, in the folk rather than classical tradition, has a number of hot spots around the country. The lure of commercial work brings a good many talented young practitioners to Nashville, where they often band together or find employment with successful artists. […]

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Po’ Ramblin’ Boys at Ole Smoky

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in Gatlinburg, TN has embraced bluegrass music in a big way. Situated in the thick of the tourist attractions in Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky includes both a legal distillery for taxed, clear moonshine, and an entertainment venue where live bluegrass is performed […]

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New video from the Flatbellys

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Show Me A Brick Wall is the subject of a new music video from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, recorded live at their home in Ionia, MI. This is where they are planning to record their new album, also live with no overdubs. As you […]

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Grand Masters coming up end of the month

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The 43rd Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is set for September 27-28 in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For the second year in a row, the competition is decoupled from the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention, with their events having […]

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