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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Blue Ox festival launches in Wisconsin

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a great story about the power of bluegrass music. How many of us have thought that if only more people heard and experienced our music live, they would become instant fans. Well it appears that this works on business-minded music lovers as well. We spoke […]

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Little Darlin’ from Jessica Stiles

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jessica Stiles has announced the digital release of her new five song EP, Little Darlin’, with contributions from Mike Compton, Charlie Cushman, Josh Williams, Shad Cobb, and Kent Blanton. A pair of songs from the album will be made into a 45 RPM vinyl record, to […]

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Mountain Heart finishing new album

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We caught up yesterday with Josh Shilling, lead singer in the newly-reformed Mountain Heart, and asked him to fill our readers in on the new band structure, the new album they are putting the finishing touches on, and what to expect from this high-energy outfit […]

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My Way Is the Highway video from Rob & Trey

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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To celebrate the release of their new Compass Records album, Before The Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley have created a live performance video for CMT Edge. It finds the somewhat unlikely duo running through one of Trey’s songs, My Way Is The […]

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Bluegrass Ramble submissions open today

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Association has opened the submission process for artists wishing to apply for a chance to appear as part of the Bluegrass Ramble showcase performances during the 2015 World of Bluegrass convention this Fall in Raleigh, NC. As many as 30 artists/bands will […]

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Bluegrass on American Idol?

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I guess it’s always theoretically possible, but this year there may be a better than average chance. Ellen Petersen, who performs with her family bluegrass band based in Branson, MO, auditioned on a lark for this year’s American Idol on the Fox TV network. She took […]

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Hornets v. Spurs – with Blue Highway

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Blue Highway will be on hand in Charlotte, NC for tonight’s (1/14) NBA contest between the hometown Hornets and the 2014 champion San Antonio Spurs. The guys have been invited to sing the national anthem before the game, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. All […]

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My Oh My from Punch Brothers

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Punch Brothers have released a third single in advance of the January 27 debut of their latest Nonesuch album, The Phosphorescent Blues. This new track is My Oh My, and like the previous singles Julep and I Blew It Off, is presented as a static […]

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Three new videos from Mr. Sun

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mr. Sun is a contemporary string band based in Boston featuring Darol Anger, fiddle virtuoso in most every style, along with a trio of youngsters: mando monster Joe Walsh, flatpicker extraordinaire Grant Gordy, and bass wizard Ethan Jodziewicz. They perform a repertoire of their own original […]

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Collings introduces Waterloo Guitars

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It was almost a year ago when Collings Guitars introduced the concept behind their new line, Waterloo Guitars. Bill Collings had begun experimenting with replicating the off-brand, less expensive guitars that were produced during the Depression era, many of which have become prized by collectors […]

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