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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Jarod Walker to Claire Lynch Band

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Claire Lynch has announced the newest member of her band, mandolinist Jarod Walker. Fans may recognize him from working last year with both Missy Raines and Rebecca Frazier. Walker grew up in Florida, one of the infamously talented Walker Brothers, but lives now in central […]

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20 year compilation CD from King James Boys

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The King James 1611 Boys have released a 20th anniversary compilation CD, containing selections from the South Carolina Gospel group’s eight albums over the past two decades. Entitled 20th Anniversary Edition, the record features 20 tracks, mostly original compositions from within the band. CDs can […]

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New EP from The Cubero Brothers

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Cubero Brothers (Los Hermanos Cuberos), Spain’s top bluegrass hybrid brother duet team, has released a new EP of their distinctive music, blending Castilian folk music with our beloved bluegrass. A burrasca perdida contains 4 tracks, 2 traditional Spanish songs, and two Cubero originals. Hermano Roberto plays […]

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Hook Mandolins snags two new endorsers at SPBGMA

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Chris Shelton with Hook Mandolins made a good showing during the SPBGMA convention earlier this month. He found endorsers for both of his mandolin lines. One was a foregone conclusion, as Zach Rambo from Marty Raybon and Full Circle had technically signed on as an endorser some […]

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Photos from Joe Val 2015

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The folks with Boston Bluegrass Union managed to put on another successful Joe Val Festival last weekend, despite the third major snowstorm of 2015 hitting New England right in the middle of it. A few artists weren’t able to get in for their scheduled spots, […]

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Broken Heart Mended from Hammertowne

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mountain Fever Records has released a single from Hammertowne’s upcoming album to bluegrass radio. Broken Heart Mended is a new song from band banjoist Brent Pack, relying heavily on his driving banjo, who turns in his best Crowe/Stewart impression on the kickoff. Pack is joined by Scott Tackett and David Carroll […]

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Two new members for Stoney Creek

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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West Virginia’s Stoney Creek will boast a couple of new members when they hit the stage in 2015. The band has announced the addition of banjo player Troy Stangle and guitarist Kenton Catlett to their lineup. Troy had worked previously with All4Hym before their current sabbatical. […]

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House Together video from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you haven’t heard Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys in a while, you might be surprised by their new look and sound. Their forward-looking bluegrass sound is sliding more towards Americana. Gone is the banjo, except when Lindsay Rilko grabs one up for some clawhammer, and […]

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Julyan Davis – Murder ballads immortalized on canvas

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Songs of peril and danger have always had a prominent place in bluegrass music. An inextricable part of nearly every folk culture, this sort of song would be passed down over generations to warn listeners about bad men, unfaithful women, strangers bearing ill will, and other […]

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Hazel Dickens Song Contest winners announced

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The DC Bluegrass Union has posted the winners of their inaugural Hazel Dickens Song Contest, just ahead of their big DC Bluegrass Festival later this month. They were delighted to receive more than 80 entries in this first year, all of which were judged by John Starling, […]

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