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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A Life of Sorrow in Arizona 

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Ask me about the Stanley Brothers.” That is the legend on the pocket of Gary Reid’s crisp, white shirt. So, did the Stanley Brothers do any shows in Arizona? Regardless of the answer, Reid, a Stanley Brothers enthusiast since his teenage years, is taking his […]


Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy link up

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Not long ago mandolin player Travers Chandler announced that he was dis-banding his group Avery County and starting a new band with long-standing friend and guitarist Steven Dowdy. Avery County’s last personal appearance was in October of last year and while they had some bookings for […]


The Story Behind the Song – Auld Lang Syne

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish folk song, most commonly associated with Scottish bard Robert Burns, whose artistic legacy is celebrated on this date in his native country. He described it as ‘a song of olden times’ which appears to have been handed down orally, from singing […]


Tim Newby talks Baltimore Bluegrass

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Country music and bluegrass music has been the subject of favorable treatment by academics with the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) and the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN/VA, being two of many organisations that stage seminars that present talks and discussion groups addressing certain […]


The Story Behind the Song – Weeds

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Weeds (Where the Flowers of Love Once Grew) was written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, two emerging song-writing talents in the bluegrass music fraternity. They wrote the song in in February 2013, during what was their “second or third writing session”, according to Morris. […]


Having A Coffee with … Tim Surrett 

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Joining me this morning is Tim Surrett, a member of the award-winning bluegrass […]


The Hazel and Alice Sessions – Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of bluegrass music’s stalwarts is singer, songwriter and fiddle player Laurie Lewis, a main-stay among Bay Area musicians since the mid-1970s. A lover of the hard-edged style of bluegrass music, she re-enforces that link with her up-coming album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions (Spruce […]


County Sales – 50 Years On

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

David Freeman has received many plaudits, some given on a personal level and some, like the induction into IBMA’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (in 2002), given, if not with some razzamatazz, with a greater public awareness. We can’t allow this year (2015) to pass […]


Bear Family Records celebrates 40 Years of Music

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 has marked the 40th anniversary of Bear Family Records, the German-based outlet that is famous for its quality and most-often lavish sets of premium bluegrass and country music recordings. Essentially, Bear Family Records is Richard Weize. It is his pursuit of excellence that makes […]


Bill Keith remembered, part 2

| December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the spirit of yesterday’s Bill Keith remembrance, several of his fellow banjo players have shared their thoughts about Bill. Bill Evans, performer, educator, composer and author, remembers Keith’s love of a cappuccino and his culinary abilities … “As is the case for many of […]