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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Blake Johnson back in the hospital

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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IIIrd Tyme Out bass player and vocalist Blake Johnson is back in the hospital, but this time from an abundance of caution. Fans may recall that he spent several weeks there last year, suffering from a somewhat mysterious malady that had sapped his strength and […]

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Tony Lawson to Bristol Country Music Museum

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In the Knoxville, TN area, Tony Lawson is something of a bluegrass and Americana music legend. He’s the man who in 1997 started radio station WDVX in an borrowed camper trailer in Anderson Couty, TN. With Don Burggraf, they ran the station there for 5 years […]

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Those Boots video from The Roys

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rural Rhythm Records has released a new music video for The Roys. It’s for Those Boots, a Lee Roy and Jenee Fleenor song on the band’s current release, The View. The song uses the boots worn by hard working men – farmers, military people, and […]

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Changing of the guard at Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Following this past weekend’s festival at the Newell Resort in Folkston, GA, it has been announced that the festivals there will be run going forward as a partnership between the Carter family who owns the property, and Ernie and Debi Evans, who manage a string […]

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Adkins & Loudermilk

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Adkins & Loudermilk hit with a bang when they announced their partnership back in November of 2013, with reverberations sounding across bluegrass music. Edgar Loudermilk left his position on bass and harmony vocals with IIIrd Tyme Out, and Dave Adkins dissolved his own band to […]

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Another Day From Life drops as a single

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Rebel Records has released a second single from Another Day From Life, their current project for Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers. One might say it’s actually the third single, since The Last Parade came out as a single even before the album was released. […]

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Photos from European Bluegrass Gathering

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Thanks to Stu Vincent, a newly-assigned member of the Board of Directors for the European Bluegrass Music Association, for sending along these photos from the presentation of awards at last weekend’s European Bluegrass Gathering during the Munich Bluegrass Festival in Germany. They are of the […]

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Sammy Shelor speaks

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We had posted back in January about Bud Bennett, the Appalachian Music Specialist at Radford University’s McConnell Library, and his series of videos with banjo legend Butch Robins, who lives near Radford. Butch spoke at length about his life and music, and his time with Bill Monroe. It’s […]

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Welcome Brooks Burge!

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Congratulations to Rachel and Brian Burge who welcomed their first child earlier this afternoon. Rachel is a bluegrass singer, songwriter, mandolinist and bandleader in West Virginia. Brooks Lee Burge was born at 3:35 p.m. (EDT). He came in at 9 lbs, 7 oz stretching to […]

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Frank Solivan cleans up at the Wammies

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Frank Solivan’s good year continued on Sunday when he took home 8 trophies at the Washington Area Music Association Awards ceremony at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. Not only did Frank, and his trusty touring band, Dirty Kitchen, all but sweep the bluegrass […]

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