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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Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart – 8/8/14

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Our August 8 Weekly Airplay chart is out, and Larry Sparks has returned to the #1 position with Bitterweeds from his 50th Anniversray album, Lonesome and Then Some. The Bluegrass Brothers also return to the Top 5 with Memories Of My Childhood, tied with Rhonda Vincent’s Only Me at #3. […]

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IBMA sez to talent buyers – Come On Down!

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Among the changes made to the structure of the 2014 World of Bluegrass is a push to attract more event producers and talent buyers to attend. The move is a fine example of the organization listening and responding to feedback from the membership, in this […]

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More from Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
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In 2008, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer released a self-titled album of mandolin and bass duets they had co-written. It found a ready audience among lovers of modern string music, but was a bit baffling for Thile’s fans from Nickel Creek, and Meyer’s followers in the […]

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The Snyders sign with Mountain Home

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Snyder Family from Lexington, NC has signed with Mountain Home Music, a division of Crossroads Entertainment. They are in the Crossroads studio now working with producer Tim Surrett of Balsam Range on a new album expected in 2015. The band centers around the talented teen […]

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Fiddlin’ Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It sounds like a movie script, doesn’t it. A beauty queen from the western part of the state wins the Miss Kentucky pageant, playing bluegrass fiddle for her talent competition. But that’s just what happened for Ramsey Carpenter when Miss Kentucky 2014 was announced in Lexington […]

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Anchors Aweigh for Danny Stewart

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Danny Stewart has been around bluegrass all his life. His dad, also Danny Stewart, and his granddad are bluegrass pickers, and young Mr. Stewart studied the music in the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. While also serving as bass […]

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John Marquess departs James King Band

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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John Marquess, bass player with the James King Band this past two years, has announced that he needs some time off the road. “The past twenty months I’ve been lucky enough to travel and do something I never imagined I’d get to do. I’ve had […]

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Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association forms

| August 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Bluegrass fans in southeastern Michigan now have an advocacy group of their very own. A team of dedicated bluegrass lovers have established the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association, as of July 16. They have adopted as their motto, “Working Together to Preserve and Promote Bluegrass Music.” […]

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The Goodbye Girls touring in Sweden

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Meeting as students in the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music, four young women from the US, Canada, and Sweden have formed a new roots/Americana aggregation which they call The Goodbye Girls. The Girls are Lena Jonsson on fiddle, Allison de […]

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Junior Sisk drops Honky Tonked To Death

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The first single from Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice’s upcoming Rebel project, Trouble Follows Me, was released today. Honky Tonked To Death was written by Bill Castle, and tells of romance destroyed by a cheating lover who wrecked his life running ’round. As the chorus puts it, “Love […]

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