Is there possible gainful employment after being a professional bluegrass musician most of your life? I realize it’s a question that very few full time bluegrass pros ever ask, because they almost never retire. Sometimes they stop working, but that’s not necessarily the same thing. No, […]
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.
With the April 11, 2015, program DJ Peter Thompson celebrated 40 years of radio broadcasting. Currently working for Radio KALW, San Francisco, Thompson marked the occasion with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, including the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, […]
On this Day … On Saturday, April 11, 1953, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Curly Seckler, Benny Martin, bass player unknown, but may have been Red Murphy) performed at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, along with Lefty Frizzell, Wayne Raney, […]
Teenaged bluegrass trio Cane Mill Road have been invited to represent the USA by playing three concerts at the world’s largest international music festival for children, El Concierto En Iguazu (Iguazu in Concert) that takes place in Argentina from 25 to 30 May2015. Cane Mill […]
Chris Henry has recently been extremely busy satisfying the demands of his many roles; freelance musician, engineer, producer, teacher and composer. Somehow he was able to focus on writing a number of songs to mark his grandmother’s 90th birthday. Sadly, Claryne “Renee” Henry passed away […]
Frank Ray, the leader of Cedar Hill, has contributed many songs to theband’s stage and recorded repertoire. However, about two years ago, Ray lost his son, Scott, and his father, Dallas, and he has experienced a song writer’s block ever since. No amount of effort […]