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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Services for John Hutchinson

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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For the friends of John Hutchinson, the recently-deceased promoter of the Central Virginia Family Bluegrass Festival in Amelia, VA, here are details about funeral arrangements. Services will be held at the Amelia Family Campground, a familiar spot for the many people who have attended festivals […]

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The Gary Fergusons head to Ireland

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass singer/songwriter Gary Ferguson is preparing for his 10th tour in Ireland in the past ten years. He’s developed a large enough following through his regular visits to keep him busy from this Saturday (July 12) through to July 27. Irish audiences respond enthusiastically to […]

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John Hutchinson passes

| July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
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We have learned that prominent festival promoter John Hutchinson passed away earlier this afternoon. Along with his wife Fern, John ran the Central Virginia Bluegrass Festival in Amelia, VA since 1979. He was 83 years old. John had suffered a stroke in January of this year, […]

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Junior Sisk partners with Chantilly Farms

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice has announced a partnership with Chantilly Farm, a special events venue in Floyd County, VA. It is the site of the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, which held its fourth annual fest this past May. This will become the home […]

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Be Natural video from Monroeville

| July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Monroeville has a new music video, full of summertime and good vibes, from their current Can’t Put Me Out CD. The song is Be Natural, a feel good number with a country rock twist, written and sung by mandolinist Matt Munsey.   Find out more […]

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Hard Core Bluegrass – Al Jones

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I’m not sure if a bluegrass album has ever been more appropriately titled than Hard Core Bluegrass, the latest project from Al Jones & The Spruce Mountain Boys on the Patuxent Music label. Jones is the remaining portion of the famed duo, Al Jones and Frank […]

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Movin’ On from Wayne Taylor

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wayne Taylor, former director of the US Navy’s Country Current, has released his latest CD, Movin’ On. Like his previous solo efforts, and his ones with Appaloosa, the record consists primarily of Taylor’s original songs, punctuated by a few folk and bluegrass classics. Eight of twelve […]

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Wildflower from Alecia Whitaker

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Do you have a young reader with an interest in bluegrass music? If so, do we have a summer book for you. Kentucky author and actor Alecia Whitaker has just released Wildflower, a book for teens about 16 year old Bird Barrett, who performs with her family […]

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Womack and Douglas to host IBMAs

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has today announced that country singer Lee Ann Womack and reso-guitar superstar Jerry Douglas would serve as hosts for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. The awards presentation will be held October 2, 2014 at the Duke Energy Center […]

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Bright Munde from Alan Munde and Billy Bright

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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New music from Alan Munde is always good news for followers of adventurous five string banjo playing, and his latest, Bright Munde, a set of banjo/mandolin duets with Billy Bright, is another cause for rejoicing. It’s not likely that many readers spent hundreds of hours […]

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