Author Archive: Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

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Charity begins at home 

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Charity begins at Home. So it’s said. But it helps the homeless also. That’s the aim of the Eddie and Martha Adcock, Tom Gray, Gene Johnson, and Valerie Smith. The Adcocks have supported the homeless for over 15 years. As Martha Adcock says, remembering their […]


Arthur ‘Who’ Smith 

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Those who have an interest in classic country music, that of the traditional type of the 1940s and 1950s, will know that Arthur Q Smith is becoming less of a mystery. Known for his excellent and prolific song-writing and a fondness for alcohol, Arthur Q […]


The bluegrass band that keeps on giving, and giving

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

In March 2015 we reported on the charitable work that the Ocotillo Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band was doing. Recently we learned that they had collected over $10,000 in two years. That’s a remarkable achievement. Members of the 11-piece southern Arizona bluegrass band have been […]


Carter Stanley – 50 Years On

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

December 1, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Carter Stanley, described as an Appalachian mountain musical legend. With the passage of five decades, fewer of us have been alive long enough to have seen Carter Stanley onstage, some may have done so, […]


Jim Greer remembered 

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio, on September 3, […]


The Story Behind the Song – Purple Heart 

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In recognition of veterans world-wide, we recall one of the most evocative war songs in the bluegrass music cannon, Curly Seckler’s Purple Heart. As told by Penny Parsons …. Curly Seckler wrote Purple Heart in 1952 when he was based in Lexington, Kentucky, and working […]


Dale Sledd remembered

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dale Franklin Sledd passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw, Missouri. He was 79 years old. Sledd was born on April 23, 1937, in Benton County, Missouri, and according to the 1940 census he lived in Union […]


Bill Clifton book now available

| November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Late in October 1963, bluegrass singer Bill Clifton and his family moved to England for what was planned to be a six to nine month stay. He remained in Europe for four years. During that time, he played in western Europe, particularly Germany, the Netherlands, […]


Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass roots

| October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reams, actual and virtual, has been written about Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass music roots. In his musically formative years, Garcia was a member of the Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers and the Asphalt Jungle Boys, both consisting of a fluid line-up of musicians that […]


Melvin Goins remembered 

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Melvin Glen Goins passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016, while at West Nipissing General Hospital in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Canada. He was in North Bay to play at the River Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, at nearby North Bay. He came into this world on December […]