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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First Murphy Method mandolin camp in September

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Long known for their successful banjo instructional efforts, The Murphy Method has announced their first ever mandolin camp this year, set to run September 23-25 in Winchester, VA. The company is the brainchild of Murphy Henry, a banjo teacher who started producing audio tapes some […]

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Secrets In The Shadows video tease from Buddy and Milan

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Buddy Melton and Milan Miller have released a video tease for another of the songs from their current Secrets, Dreams and Pretty Things duo project. This time the guys take a horror film-themed approach, complete with grainy black & white images and creepy music to introduce the track, […]

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Come Stay Awhile – new single from Stoney Creek

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Stoney Creek has released Come Stay Awhile, the first single from their upcoming album, Memories & Tears. The new project is a tribute to songwriter Deanna Stottlemyer, the late sister of Stoney Creek’s bassist/vocalist Libby Files. 11 of Deanna’s songs are featured on Memories & Tears, […]

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Another Weary Mile from Kristy Cox

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Aussie bluegrass singer Kristy Cox has released a new music video for Another Weary Mile, the opening track on her latest album, Part Of Me.   Part Of Me is available now from Pisgah Ridge Records, on Kristy’s web site, and wherever bluegrass music is sold.

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Jeff White at The Station Inn

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This past weekend found bluegrass artist Jeff White at Nashville’s Station Inn, debuting the music from his new solo project, Right Beside You. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper served as his band, with Jeff’s Earls Of Leicester bandmate Charlie Cushman on banjo. We were able to […]

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What Goes Up – Deer Creek Boys

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Deer Creek Boys may appear to be 2016’s overnight success story, based on the likely success of their Mountain Fever debut project, What Goes Up, but this energetic and youthful group has been together now going on 18 years. And despite periods of relative […]

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Bobby Osborne to be feted at ETSU

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University will be honoring the one and only Bobby Osborne this Saturday (4/23) at a concert to be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. It’s the school’s 13th Annual Celebration […]

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Amanda Cook inducted as a Daughter of Bluegrass

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Daughters of Bluegrass have inducted a new honorary member. Amanda Cook from Pace, FL was so honored last weekend during the annual Daughters of Bluegrass Festival at the Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton, GA. Amanda sings and plays mandolin with her own group, […]

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Free music from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Wisconsin’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are offering a free download of their Middle Western CD this week. The “name your price” offer will be available until Friday, allowing for free downloads during this time. Of course, one is free to add a tip or pay […]

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Farewell to Bobby Martin, The Bluegrass Drummer

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Last week saw the loss of one of the more recognizable personalities at bluegrass festivals in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Bobby Martin, known to jammers across the south as “The Bluegrass Drummer,” passed away shortly after receiving a diagnosis of cancer from his doctors. […]

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