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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On This Day #27 – Delia Bell

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day …. On 16 April circa 1938, Delia Bell (nee Delia Nowell) was born in Bonham, Texas. As a child Bell relocated to Hugo, Oklahoma, and, inspired by the bluegrass music of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, she began singing in her […]


Gladys Flatt passes

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gladys Flatt (nee Stacey) passed away on Monday (March 31, 2014) at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, Tennessee. She was 98 years old. Gladys Lee Stacy Flatt was born July 29, 1915, in White County, Tennessee. 

She married Lester Flatt when she was only 16 years […]


On This Day #26 – Carolyn Routh

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ….  On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina.  Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]


On This Day #25 – Dale Reno

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ………… On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia. The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially he built his first set of drums […]


L.W. Lambert passes

| January 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

North Carolina banjo player L.W. Lambert passed away on January 23rd, 2014, at his home in Olin. He was 87 years old and his health had been declining for a while. Luin Wilford Lambert, Jr  was born April 18, 1926, in Summers, Wilkes County. He […]


The High 48s ride the train

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The High 48s, a Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, band formed in 2006, is working on an album of train songs with funding for the project coming from a successful Kickstarter campaign. This will be their fifth album project. They are a five-piece band made up of […]


William McCormick passes

| January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

William McCormick of the McCormick Brothers band passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Oak Grove, Tennessee. He was 74 years old. Born May 9, 1939, William Harold McCormick was the next to the youngest brother. From the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, the […]


On This Day #24 – Big Country Bluegrass

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ……….. On January 7, 1987, Big Country Bluegrass, based in Troutdale, Virginia, was formed. The ultra-traditional band was named after the Jimmy Martin instrumental Big Country, a tune that he recorded with J. D. Crowe on November 22, 1966. The tune was […]


Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

| January 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South will take […]


Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passes

| January 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Singer-songwriter Sarah Elizabeth Campbell passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, in Austin, Texas, after a battle against liver cancer. As a child she was exposed to a rare form of Hepatitis C. She was 60 years old. Born on May 13, 1953, in Austin, […]