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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Claire Lynch Band at Herald Tribune

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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When The Claire Lynch Band was in Sarasota, Florida on Sunday they made a side trip to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune where they filmed this video performance for the paper’s web site. Claire and the boys highlighted a number of songs from their upcoming CD, North By […]

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Cody Hill leaving Darrell Webb Band

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo picker Cody Hill has announced that he is departing The Darrell Webb Band and leaving East Tennessee to return home to Indiana. His plans include resuming a career in the fiber optics industry, and filling in with a number of different bands over the rest […]

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John Bullard video from Bud Bennett

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As promised, classical banjoist John Bullard is featured in the latest installment of Bud Bennett’s Appalachian Music and Culture blog. Bud works in the McConnell Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department at Radford University in Virginia. He is also a banjo player who has blended his passion for video […]

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New music from The Cleverlys!

| July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Everybody’s favorite family bluegrass parody cover band is back. That’s right, The Cleverlys have completed a new EP of grassified pop hits called Cash Crop, due for official release August 12. The six tracks include one Cleverlys original (the title track), along with their takes […]

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Laura Mainer to Radio Ramblers

| July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Joe Mullins has announced today the addition of Laura Mainer to his Radio Ramblers team. Laura will handle tasks associated with booking representation and managing the band’s office responsibilities from her home in East Tennessee. Mainer has both a bluegrass pedigree and serious credentials on […]

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New music from Kenny & Amanda

| July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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There are few things more eagerly anticipated around the Bluegrass Today offices than a new recording from Kenny & Amanda Smith. This husband-and-wife duo has created a sound unlike any other in bluegrass and acoustic music, set off by Kenny’s remarkable flatpick guitar, and Amanda’s […]

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Hall exhibit opens at IBMM

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY has opened their special Tom T. and Dixie Hall exhibit, which will remain open at the museum through June of 2017. It includes artifacts from the private collection of Tom T. and his late wife, Dixie Hall, […]

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Lonesome Banjo Chronicles features Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The world of online podcasting continues to provide opportunities for folks with something to say, to say it to the wider community at a minimum of expense and trouble. A microphone, a computer, and an online connection is all that one needs to get started, […]

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Circa Blue selected for NMS Christmas album

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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National Media Services, the full-service studio and disc replication facility in Northern Virginia, has a tradition they follow every year. They choose a band or artist from among their list of loyal customers, and invite them in record a Christmas-themed album during the summer. Then […]

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Confederate Railroad goes bluegrass

| July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Southern rockers Confederate Railroad have a new album out today, and it retains their well-established image as gruff and gritty bad boys. There’s plenty of Waylon and Willie to be found – quite literally, as guests Willie Nelson, John Anderson, and Colt Ford appear on a […]

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