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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Laura Ridge to Southern Belle Booking

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Southern Belle Booking has announced the addition of Laura Tate Ridge to the company in the position of Senior Agent. Laura has been in and around bluegrass most of her life. She is the daughter of popular North Carolina fiddler Johnny Ridge, and has been […]

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Wayne Taylor surgery a success

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Blue Highway’s Wayne Taylor underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery this morning. As of 2:15 p.m., he is in recovery and resting. His wife, Sharon, and Tim Stafford are with him at the hospital. Doctors plan to get Wayne up and walking sometime tomorrow, and expect a […]

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More from Gettysburg 2016

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s another gallery of Frank Baker’s photographs from last weekend’s cool and rainy Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

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Larry Cordle fighting leukemia

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There is some sad news this morning from one of our bluegrass heroes. Larry Cordle, the Mighty Cord, has informed his fans that he is going through a serious battle with cancer. Few artists in our music reach the heights that Cord has achieved. As […]

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Drive Myself To Drinkin’ from Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Those Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have released another music video from their debut album for Randm Records, Back To The Mountains. The video is for Drive Myself To Drinkin’, a Kody Norris song which they filmed live in the manufacturing facility of Pointer Brands in Bristol, […]

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Photos from Gettysburg 2016

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We were fortunate once again to have Frank Baker on hand during the 72nd Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Here is the first of several galleries of photos he shared from the festivities.

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Jamie Sparks hospitalized

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Jamie Sparks, the young banjo picker with The Bluegrass Brothers, was hospitalized on Monday near his home in Richmond, VA. Bluegrass fans will quickly recognize Jamie, as he is one of the very few left-handed banjoists working in our music. According to Bluegrass Brothers bassist and […]

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Wayne Taylor’s surgery postponed

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Many folks have inquired about the status of Wayne Taylor, who had been initially scheduled for open heart surgery earlier today. We have learned that his surgery has been postponed until at least tomorrow (5/17), but not owing to any decline in his condition. The […]

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Scott Napier’s mandolin comes home to PA

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Does every instrument have a story to tell? That’s a romantic notion among musicians and many fans of acoustic stringed music, imagining all the people who may have played or owned one over its life. That theme was the basis for a popular film in 1998 […]

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The Bluegrass Mix is down and out

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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While it seemed earlier this year that they had found a way to continue operating their 24/7 bluegrass music stream online, it now appears that The Bluegrass Mix is off the air for good. Station operator Roger Randolph confirmed this morning what we had heard on Sunday […]

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