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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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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Johnny Vincent remembered 

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Johnny Lee Vincent was born into the musical Vincent family on October 18, 1940, at Button Ridge, Missouri, the fourth and youngest child of Bill and Erma Vincent. As a young boy, he loved to play baseball and other outdoor activities such as hunting, shooting, […]

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Regina Bartlett passes 

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Regina Ann Bartlett passed away suddenly on October 1, 2014, while attending the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. She had been enjoying herself jamming into the early hours, but passed away in her sleep later that morning. A resident of Watsonville, […]

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Phill Morley passes

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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British banjo ace Phill Morley passed away on Wednesday morning, 27 August, 2014, in Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He had been ill for some time and had had major heart attacks on three occasions in recent years. Born on March 13, 1952, Morley was a […]

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