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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Come Back Train video from Trinity River Band

| August 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Trinity River Band has just released this live performance video of their current single, Come Back Train, written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. It’s a hard-driving barnburner with a heavy emphasis on train sounds. The song has been showing up this past few weeks […]

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Dennis Jones hospitalized in North Carolina

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Popular bluegrass radio host and personality Dennis Jones has been hospitalized near his home in North Carolina. Serving as a regular host on WNCW’s Gospel Truth and Goin’ Across The Mountain broadcasts each week, he has developed a loyal fan base in western North Carolina […]

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A Better Game from Jeff Brown

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A Better Game, the first single from the upcoming Union House Records project from Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, A Distant Horizon, is released today to radio. It’s a bluesy number from Scott Patrick and Jeff McClellan, in keeping with Brown’s lonesome singing style, and was […]

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Congratulations Nick and Maegan!

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Nick Dauphinais, guitarist with Mountain Faith, and Maegan Michaud were married in Enfield, NH on Saturday (August 13). The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Enfield Shaker Museum. From all accounts it was a beautiful service, which Maegan reports even included thunder popping up at […]

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Bankesters back with a new album for Compass

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sometimes it feels like we’ve watched the Bankester family grow up on stage. When we first caught wind of their bluegrass show, there were four young girls on stage with their proud parents. Now it’s down to three, and they’ve all grown into lovely young […]

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Mary Meyer video for War Against Silence

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Just when you think the talented Meyer family from Missouri has infiltrated every corner of bluegrass music, we see this new video of Mary Meyer produced by Corey Smith and War Against Silence to prove there’s even more to this musical clan than we’ve seen so […]

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Changes for The Kevin Prater Band

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Kevin Prater Band has announced a bit of mid-season alteration in their lineup, motivated by the departure of guitarist Rick Bartley who is now touring with his brother, Shayne, as The Bartley Brothers. Now working with Kevin are the Burrows brothers from North Carolina. Adam […]

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Railroaders call it quits

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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No one who follows bluegrass music closely needs to be told that bands come and go as the vagaries of fate and the music industry may dictate. Here’s news of another such story. The Railroaders, a group of bluegrass veterans who came together earlier this […]

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Earthworks making waves in bluegrass

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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For a great many musicians and studio folks, Earthworks microphones are known primarily for their reference and choral applications. Recognized for their remarkable sonic accuracy and lack of tonal colorization, these somewhat odd-looking microphones, with their long cylindrical shape and small, elongated elements, have more recently […]

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Dark Hollow video from Flashback

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s another video of Flashback shot during their set at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival in Ohio earlier this summer, and it shows another side of their musical personality. In addition to new material written in the band, they also look back to the days […]

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