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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Glenn Gibson says goodbye to Flamekeeper

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced that Glenn Gibson, who has played banjo with the band this past three years, is leaving the group. He will do his last show tonight at the Festival of the Riverboats in Louisville, KY. In addition to be being a […]

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Custom Bourgeois guitar auctioned to benefit Tony Rice

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We have written many times about the difficulties Tony Rice has experienced of late, particularly the health issues that have made it impossible for him to perform. Owing to advanced arthritis, Tony is no longer able to play the guitar without severe pain, leaving one of […]

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Mike Holmes leaves Music Camps North

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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After 15 years at the helm, Mike Holmes has stepped down from the directorship of Music Camps North, who have hosted both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin & Fiddle Camp North in Massachusetts this past decade and a half. Hundreds of New England residents have […]

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Junior Sisk interview at IBMA

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We caught up with Junior Sisk at IBMA earlier this month to talk about his latest Rebel release, Trouble Follows Me. He also shared some information about new members of his road band, Ramblers Choice, and what they have planned for the rest of 2014 and […]

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Stringbean’s killer paroled in Tennesee

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Though parole had been consistently denied for 40 years, today John A. Brown, convicted in the 1973 murder of Dave “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estelle, was granted parole and is set for release from the Tennessee prison system. His initial sentence had been for 198 […]

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Welcome Little Wren Livers

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wren Elise Livers, the first child of Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and his wife Steffani, was born in the wee hours of this morning. She came in at 5 lbs 9 ozs, and 20 ” long, born at 1:31 a.m. Everyone is doing well. Welcome to […]

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Lonesome Day launches Dry Lightning

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Randall Deaton and Lonesome Day Records have announced the launch of a new label imprint to be known as Dry Lightning Records. Its purpose is specifically to offer their non-bluegrass projects a separate brand identity in the market. At the same time, Deaton has announced […]

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Blake Johnson hopes to be released this week

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Blake Johnson, bassist and vocalist with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, has been hospitalized this past two weeks, suffering from a rare blood infection. But he says that he is feeling much better and is looking forward to being discharged later this week, and […]

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Michael Cleveland at IBMA

| October 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, we had the chance to interview many of the top artists and songwriters in our business. Among them was Michael Cleveland, a highly-respected fiddler and bandleader, who shared some thoughts about his new record, […]

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Summer McMahan talks Mountain Faith

| October 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Summer McMahan, the talented young vocalist and fiddler with Mountain Faith, spoke with us during IBMA week about their upcoming album, a secular project for Mountain Fever.  

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