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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Donna Hughes talks 2 albums and 20 tunes

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Donna Hughes stopped by for a chat at World of Bluegrass to talk about her two new albums, one with a bluegrass rhythm section, From The Heart, and the other, Fly, with Donna on piano and more of a singer/songwriter vibe.   And here’s her video […]

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Dale Potter and Buck Ryan reissues from Rural Rhythm

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rural Rhythm has released two new titles in their Heritage Collection Series featuring two of the most celebrated fiddlers from the early days of bluegrass. Like the other Heritage reissues, these new releases are offered in both CD and download formats. From 1967 comes Hoe […]

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Leaving This Town – Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Attention young bluegrass bands trying to figure out what is missing in your sound… Have a listen to Leaving This Town, the stellar new release from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass on Randm Records. If you can generate a small portion of the passion and […]

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Michael Daves says Let’s Play Two

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The two album concept is having a good run in 2014, with a number of artists deciding to record and release a pair of CDs at the same time. Not a double album, with two distinct discs, but two separate projects that hit at the same time. […]

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Larry Stephenson talks Pull Your Savior In

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Larry Stephenson joined us during World of Bluegrass week in September to talk about his latest release, the all-Gospel album Pull Your Savior In. We ended up reminiscing a bit about his days with The Bluegrass Cardinals a bit as well.  

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Skint Knee, Texas from Steve Sprugin

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass and folk music fans know Steve Spurgin as a singer and songwriter from the west coast, famous for his work with seminal bands like Byron Berline’s Sundance, and with Berline, Dan Crary and John Hickman in California with John Moore. Steve has also found […]

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Bluegrass artists share donations with veterans groups

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Keeping with the Veterans Day theme, two popular bluegrass groups have made donations this week to veterans groups, based on sales of their music online. Joe Mullins used the occasion of this past weekend’s Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival to present a check for $3000 […]

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Great American Hero from Newton & Thomas

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mark Newton and Steve Thomas chose November 11, Veteran’s Day, to release their new single, Great American Hero, written by Mark Brinkman as a tribute to all the people who make sacrifices to help and serve others, regardless of their military background. The song is available […]

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Wisewater debut in 7 days

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wisewater is a young acoustic trio who, while their sound isn’t specifically bluegrass, has solid roots in the music of Bill Monroe. One is a sort of a legacy artist, as in the heir and scion of a respected icon in the music. Forrest O’Connor, who plays mandolin, […]

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Trinity River Band Christmas

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s another new Christmas album for 2014. This one, On A Morning Like This, comes from Callahan, Florida’s Harris family and their terrific group, Trinity River Band. The band consists of Mike and Lisa Harris on guitar and bass respectively, and their talented brood. Son Josh […]

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