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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Thurman Pugh passes 

| August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Charles Thurman Pugh of Galax, Virginia, bass player with the Mountain Ramblers, passed away in the Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center, Independence, Virginia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was 80 years old. The Mountain Ramblers is a name synonymous with all that is good […]

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On This Day #43 – Gary Henderson

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On the Day …. On July 17, 1944, bluegrass music DJ Gary Henderson was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. Henderson has been involved with radio all his working life. In fact Henderson decided at the age of 10 that getting into radio was his ambition. […]

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Otis Lynn Dillon passes

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Otis Lynn Dillon, owner and operator of the River Track Studio in Fort Gay, West Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. He was only 57 years old. He was born in Louisa, Kentucky, on November 29, 1957. Dillon owned and ran the River […]

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Jean Ritchie remembered 

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The late Jean Ruth Ritchie was born in the tiny hamlet of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, on December 8, 1922, already immersed in the folk music process; that of searching for and the oral handing down of songs. Ritchie’s paternal grandfather, Austin, was documented […]

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Steve Waller passes 

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Waller, mandolin player, of the Sawtooth Mountain Boys passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, following a massive heart attack at his partner, Carol Justice’s, home in Cornelius, Oregon. He was 69 years of age. The band was named after the Sawtooth Range of […]

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On This Day #42 – IBMA

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]

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On This Day #41 – Nancy Blake

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On June 11, 1952 Nancy Ann Blake (nee Short) was born in Independence, Missouri. She took up cello at the age of 12 and moved to Nashville, where she played the instrument with the Nashville Youth Symphony. In 1972 Short and […]

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Athy festival Celebrates 25 years of Bluegrass Music 

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ireland’s first and longest running bluegrass music festival at Athy, County Kildare, celebrates 25 years of bluegrass music during this year’s festival over three days from July 10 to July 12, 2015. For the first seven years (1991-1997) the work of organizing the festival was […]

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Jean Ritchie passes

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jean Ritchie, folk singer and dulcimer player, passed away on Monday June 1, 2015, at her home in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92 years old. She is noted for bringing centuries-old Appalachian ballads to the attention of international audiences. Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky’s […]

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Richard Eddy Watson passes 

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Richard Eddy Watson, guitar-playing grandson of Doc Watson and son of the late Merle Watson, has passed away. He died on Monday evening June 1, 2015, due to a heart attack. Watson’s death came three years and two days after the death of his famous […]

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