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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The Church Sisters at IBMA

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Among the acts I was most eager to meet during IBMA’s big week in Raleigh were The Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah, from Galax, VA. These 18 year old twins sing with a purity and beauty that is something to behold. We chatted about their […]

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Sparta celebrates Lester Flatt’s 100th birthday

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Though the actual birthdate was marked earlier this Summer, the City of Sparta, TN is throwing a free music festival tomorrow (10/11) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lester Flatt’s birth. Lester called Sparta his home during his music career, and has family there to this […]

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David Long back to Big Country Show

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Karl Shiflett has announced that David Long has returned to play mandolin with The Big Country Show. Long has a well-earned reputation as a master of traditional and early bluegrass mandolin styles, and is resuming a position with Karl he had held previously. He is […]

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Béla Fleck at World of Bluegrass

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As we all knew they would, someone recorded Béla Fleck’s Keynote Address to the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference, and posted it online. It’s a good, clear recording and Béla’s remarks should be of interest to anyone who contributes, follows or participates in […]

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Russell Moore talks IIIrd Tyme Out

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During last week’s World of Bluegrass convention and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, we had the chance to speak with several dozen top artists and songwriters about their careers and recent projects. One of those was Russell Moore, who talked about recent changes with his band, […]

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Dove Award winners announced

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last night in Nashville, the Gospel Music Association handed out their 45th Annual Dave Awards for the best in Christian and Gospel music. The Doves offer a pair of bluegrass-specific awards, which went to some familiar names in our community. Bluegrass Song of the Year […]

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All Star Duets released to radio

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Larry Cordle has released his latest album, a superstar-packed volume of his original songs, to radio via Airply Direct. Entitled All Star Duets, it features Cord in duet arrangements with the country and bluegrass artists who made a dozen of his songs into hits. The album […]

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Kameron Keller to Junior Sisk

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Junior Sisk has announced that Kameron Keller has taken the job playing bass with Rambler’s Choice. He had been working this past few years with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Kameron takes the spot vacated by Jason Tomlin who has left for a job with Tru-Ball […]

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Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Violet Hensley, who has entertained visitors at Silver Dollar City since 1967, has released an account of her 97 years on earth called Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story. Written with Randall Franks, the book follows Violet from her youth in Arkansas, raising 9 […]

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Blue Highway at Wide Open Bluegrass

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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While bluegrass was taking it to the streets on Friday afternoon in Raleigh, we had a nice conversation with Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane of Blue Highway. They talked about their current band CD, The Game, and their individual solo projects.  

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