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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Ray Davis remembered 

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Renowned bluegrass DJ Ray Davis passed away during the evening of December 3, 2014.  He had been battling against leukemia for most of the past year. As we have told Ray Davis life story quite well in the past, we asked notable Bluegrass Unlimited columnist […]

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On This Day #35 – Introducing James King

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ………. On December 8, 1985, James King recorded tracks for his album Introducing James King. In sessions that took place over two days – December 8 and December 9, 1985 – James King, with the help of Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain […]

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Having a Coffee with ……………. Doyle Lawson

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests, as well as about the music that they love.  Doyle Lawson probably doesn’t need any introduction. Nevertheless, let’s […]

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Carl Goldstein – Delaware Bluegrass

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This is the second of an occasional series of features on personalities in the bluegrass music world.  Carl J Goldstein is a co-founder (in 1971), and now Chair, of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) and a Director of the Delaware Valley Bluegrass […]

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A Quiz – Who Am I?

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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How well do you know your bluegrass, both contemporary and historic? Check your knowledge of trivia with the questions below. I played with the Lost and Found, the Larry Stephenson Band and the Lonesome River Band before joining Lou Reid and Carolina. Who am I? […]

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Songwriter Profile – Ray Edwards, Melody Man

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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James Ray Edwards was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 16, 1954. His family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is a hotbed for bluegrass music, when he was 10 years old.  As they say, you can shake a tree in North Carolina and a […]

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Tom Travis reminisces 

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The November edition of Country Music People magazine contains an article by guitar-playing British bluegrass stalwart Tom Travis in which the author reflects on bluegrass events in Britain during the 1960s. The 1960s were eventful as the era in which bluegrass music developed in Britain […]

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Dick Freeland : A Career Overview

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As previously reported, Charles Richard ‘Dick’ Freeland passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at his home after a prolonged illness. He was 76 years old. Born June 23, 1938, ‘Dick’ Freeland was a native of Pennsylvania. He “always had a robust interest in bluegrass […]

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On This Day #35 – Flatt & Scruggs

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On This Day ….. On October 24, 1951, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered and Earl’s Breakdown. During an afternoon session at the Castle Studio set up at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Flatt and Scruggs recorded […]

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Having a coffee with…… Gena Britt

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The pioneering banjo player from North Carolina Gena Britt is my companion in our local coffee shop today.  Britt fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age and began her career as an award-winning clogger. At the age of […]

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