Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]
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.
Robert ‘Bob’ George French Sr., bluegrass banjo player and country music entertainer, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, August 20, 2016, after a long illness. He was 86 years old. French was born on April 23, 1930, in West Acton, Massachusetts, where he is well-known […]
Fans of the Virginia Squires will be pleased to know that Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor and Mark Newton will share a stage once more. The bluegrass bad boys from the ’90s are set to ride again – for one show at least. Eagle-eyed observers who […]
Notable banjo player and distinguished baritone singer Freeman D. “Don” Parmley passed away on July 30, 2016, after experiencing complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Parmley was born on October 19, 1933, in Monticello, Kentucky. As a 12-year-old he began learning claw-hammer/drop thumb banjo from his […]
Larry E. Jefferson, aged 73, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Rainey Hospice House, Anderson, South Carolina. He was born in Anderson on November 27, 1942. Jefferson played mandolin in several bluegrass bands including Randall Collins, Curtis Blackwell & Dixie Bluegrass Boys, […]
This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love. There’s more to former mandolin player and tenor vocalist for the Country Gentlemen […]