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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Mountains of Music Homecoming in Virginia

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The value of indigenous folk and acoustic music to regional tourism is something that is being realized in many parts of the US these days. Our cultural history doesn’t go back as far as our friends’ in Europe does, but people here are still fascinated by […]

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Free download from The Gibson Brothers

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It looks like Rounder Records is in the Christmas spirit as well. They are offering a free download of The Gibson Brothers’ version of Bye Bye Love from their upcoming Brotherhood album in exchange for your email address. The song is a classic from The […]

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In case you missed it…

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys performed yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, the morning news and talk show on Fox News. They chatted a bit with the host before launching into a new song for the viewers. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com  

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3rd annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Did you know that we were on the cusp of the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day? It’s true. Starting in 2012, December 12 was declared as a day to share your love for bluegrass music, and the artists who preserve and perform it. Word didn’t come down […]

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O Holy Night from Nightflyer

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The guys in Nightflyer have created a special bluegrass-tinged arrangement of O Holy Night for Christmas 2014. It has been among the most beloved carols since it was introduced in the mid 19th century, one that is often a struggle for lesser vocalists. This track […]

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We want to see your mug

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Your face, that is – and your Bluegrass Today coffee mug! For the month of December, we are asking readers to send us a photo of themselves with their Bluegrass Today mug. Each Friday, starting next week, we will select our favorite and award the winner […]

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Meanwhile, at the airport…

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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One of the best parts of having Hot Rize back on tour again is tracking the mischief that Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers get into following the Hot Rize boys around on the road. Now, it appears that something is brewing between these bands of brothers. […]

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New Norman Blake CD in January

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In the 1970s, flatpicker, songsmith, and vocalist Norman Blake produced a string of superb recordings that featured primarily him and his guitar. Some included contributions from his wife, Nancy, and a few other old time artists, but the main vibe was Norman and his guitar. Now, […]

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Ernie Evans medical fund established

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We’ve written several times recently about Florida bluegrass performer and entrepreneur Ernie Evans, and his being thrust suddenly into the unfamiliar role of cancer patient. As anyone who has faced this frightening proposition can attest, it is among the most unsettling situations a person can endure, […]

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Take Me To The Mountains video from the Davidsons

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Davidson Brothers have just released a music video from a song from their current Wanderlust CD. It features them and their band on Take Me To The Mountains, a song they wrote for the record. Lachlan Davidson is on mandolin, with brother Hamish on banjo, Jacob McGuffie on […]

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