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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The Venues – The Hamilton Live

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

While bluegrass festivals are rightly credited as being the salvation of bluegrass music and have for decades provided the highlights for each summer, there are thousands of accommodating venues throughout the world that provide work for bluegrass bands during the winter months as well as […]


Niall Toner does Nashville

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The ABC TV series, that is. The current season, episode 15, (415) of the American soap series Nashville, broadcast on Wednesday, April 15, featured two of Irish bluegrass mandolin player Niall Toner’s tunes. The instrumentals, composed about 15 years ago – Drunken Daisy, written Toner […]


Introducing The Back Room 

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

At a time when we, rightly, acknowledge the multi-decade anniversaries of venues, such as Nashville’s Station Inn, The Ark (Ann Arbor), the Ash Grove (Los Angeles), and The Birchmere (Alexandria), around the States, it is important to note new music venues that welcome bluegrass music. […]


On This Day #47 – JD Crowe live in Tokyo

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this Day ….. On April 18, 1979, JD Crowe and the New South played at the Kosei Nenkin Sho Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Having already visited Japan in August 1975, banjo ace Crowe took the New South back to the Land of the Rising […]


The Winding Stream .. at the Carter Family Fold

| April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Carter Family Fold along A.P. Carter Highway, north of Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special screening of Beth Harrington’s documentary The Winding Stream on this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016. The extremely enchanting film depicts the life and music of A.P., Sara and Maybelle […]


Cullen’s Bridge introduces My Daddy’s Grass

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rebel Records recently announced that the label had signed Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge, from the musically rich area of Lowgap, North Carolina, stating that their debut album for Rebel, My Daddy’s Grass, is due out this summer. If you think that you have heard […]


On This Day #46 – The Stanley Brothers in London

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this Day ….. On March 11, 1966, the Stanley Brothers made their one and only appearance in England, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Stanley Brothers – Carter, the lead singer, guitarist and the elder of the two, and banjo-playing Ralph – were […]


Drusilla Adams Smith passes

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drusilla Adams Smith passed away on December 13, 2015. Drusilla Adams is best known for her association with Blue Ridge Records. Although it was her father, Noah, who established the label it was Drusilla Smith’s interest in music and her drive that got Blue Ridge […]


LeRoy Mack settles down 

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

LeRoy “Mack” McNees is well-known for playing dobro with the Country Boys (later the Kentucky Colonels), and for his appearances on the Andy Griffith Show. He is a favorite at the annual Mayberry Days reunions in Mount Airy, North Carolina. A devout Christian, he led […]


On This Day #45 

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this day …. On February 5, 1959, Starday Records purchased the masters to Charlie Moore’s recordings No Grave (Is Gonna Keep This Soul); Over in Gloryland; When They Crucified My Lord and Why Is Mother Buried. The four Gospel songs were recorded the previous […]