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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Having a Coffee with ……………. Donald Teplyske

| January 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

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. Donald Teplyske is a freelance roots and bluegrass music writer […]


CMT Edge Bluegrass Picks for 2013

| December 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Another publication to have named its favorite bluegrass albums of the year is CMT Edge. Writer Craig Shelburne selects 10 albums, some of which other people have chosen and, no doubt, will appear on more lists, while a few are very much on the edge […]


PopMatters : The Best Bluegrass of 2013

| December 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

Pop culture media site PopMatters has published their year in review articles, including The Best Bluegrass of 2013. You may not agree with the Top 10 choices, but, with another perspective, the list (with reviews) may provide impetus to buy if you are missing any of […]


The Gabeharts release new CD

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jim and Valerie Gabehart have announced the release of their latest album, I was Raised in a Railroad Town.  The 12-track CD – there is a “bonus” track introducing daughter Amy Taylor doing one of her originals – includes four Gabehart originals, other new songs […]


Two scholarships offered for Dr. Banjo camp

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships for his 2014 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 20-25 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability,” creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers […]


Della Mae to make Opry debut

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

With news of their Grammy nomination fresh in the mind, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year for 2013, fans of Della Mae will be delighted to learn that the group will be making their Grand Ole Opry debut tonight, December […]


2013 Bluegrass Grammy follow-up

| December 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Following up on our notice earlier about the announcement last night of the nominees for the 2014 Best Bluegrass Album in the The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy award, we got some reaction to the news from two of the nominees. The five nominees […]


The Masters of Bluegrass tour ends December 8

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just over a year ago since their debut at the IBMA Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium, The Masters of Bluegrass – Del McCoury, JD Crowe, Bobby Osborne, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury – will be making their last appearance together at The Philharmonic Center […]


Bob Amos working on Bluegrass Album

| December 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

We got a note recently from Bob Amos, whose current band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, has been featured at concerts and festivals in the northeast this past 2013 season. “I am working on a new bluegrass album. Once again it will be mostly material […]


Byron Berline – A Fiddler’s Diary

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

While it is a known fact that Blue Grass Boy Doug Green keeps a diary recording his activities, it isn’t so well known that another bluegrass musician did so. Well, in fact, this book is based on journal entries by Byron Berline’s wife Bette and […]