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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Band of Ruhks video coming soon

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Fresh off the success of their debut album, Band of Ruhks is putting the finishing touches on a music video for the first single, Coal Mining Man. Bassist and vocalist Ronnie Bowman tells us that they have already shot footage of Ralph Stanley, who kicks […]

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Ain’t That Crazy from Gold Heart

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Gold Heart has a first single out today from their upcoming Mountain Fever Album, Places I’ve Been. The band consists of the three Gold sisters from northern Virginia, with their dad, Trent, on bass. All three sing, with Tori on mandolin, Jocey on guitar, and […]

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Take It Easy coming soon from Monogram

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Monogram, the popular European bluegrass band based in Prague, is finishing up work on a new album, Take It Easy. Founding members Zdeněk Jahoda (mandolin) and Jaromír Jahoda (banjo), along with long time bassist Pavel Lžičař, have welcomed new bandmates Pepa Malina on fiddle, and Jindřich Vinkler as their lead vocalist, […]

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Baucom to go into Blue Ridge Music HoF

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, NC has announced the inductees for their 2015 class, and it includes bluegrass greats Terry Baucom, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and The Lewis Family. Also chosen for this year are songwriter Si Kahn, country artist Ronnie Milsap, […]

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Sweetwater to host VornDick studio seminar

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Renowned studio engineer and producer Bil VornDick has teamed up with mega-music retailer Sweetwater, and Chicago grassers The House Carpenters to offer a 3-day recording seminar in Fort Wayne, IN. It is scheduled for April 23-25. VornDick is among the most celebrated acoustic music engineers […]

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Old Virginia video from Cornmeal

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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To kick off their 15th year, jamgrass favorites Cornmeal from Chicago has released a music video for Old Virginia, a track set for their new next album, Slow Street, set for a May 29 drop date. It was shot a few weeks ago at Second Story Garage in […]

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Headless banjo design from Jody King

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Folks in south central Virginia have known Jody King for years, both as a first rate musician on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and as an inveterate tinkerer, prone to experiment with instrument design, especially on the five string. He’s a fixture at local shows and […]

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Bluefield West Virginia Blues from Big Country Bluegrass

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has released a single, Bluefield West Virginia Blues, from their upcoming album by Big Country Bluegrass. It’s a new song from Tom T. & Dixie Hall and Troy Engle, telling of a time when Tom T. encountered an exceptional banjo player who he didn’t have […]

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Mike Long suffers a stroke

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We have learned that noted Nashville guitar builder and luthier Mike Long has suffered a stroke. It occurred last Thursday and, for the time being, he is unable to speak and is experiencing difficulty swallowing. He had just returned home from the hospital yesterday, but […]

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Lila Mae video from Lonesome River Band

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Lonesome River Band has released a music video for Lila Mae, a somber song of deceit and retribution from their current Mountain Home album, Turn On A Dime. It’s a full-on concept video shot at at Wheatlands Plantation in Sevierville, TN, and set in the Civil […]

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