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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Cane Mill Road in Argentina: an update 

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

In April we mentioned that the Deep Gap, North Carolina, band Cane Mill Road had been invited to participate in a youth El Concierto En Iguazu (Iguazu in Concert) that took place in Argentina from 25 to 30 May, 2015. The three youngsters had to raise […]


Having a Coffee with … Pete Wernick

| August 21, 2015 | 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 for coffee this morning is Peter Wernick, otherwise known as Dr […]


Patsy Stoneman Remembered 

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Patsy Stoneman, described as “country music royalty” because of her long relationship with the iconic Stoneman family of talented musicians, died in her sleep on July 23, 2015, at the age of 90. She had been in failing health for about a year. Pattie Inez […]


EBMA seeks New Direction 

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The recently re-constituted European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) board, with Irish banjo player living in Belgium Eugene O’Brien as the chairperson, has issued a mission statement indicating a new direction for organization. The EBMA came into being in February 2001 following the evolution of the […]


High Lonesome Below Sea Level – a review

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass music was introduced to the Netherlands by US military service men and American Forces Network Broadcasting Service. It is likely that it was the case for western Europe; it was certainly so for Britain. Service men and European natives co-existed and so began a […]


Thurman Pugh passes 

| August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


On This Day #43 – Gary Henderson

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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. […]


Otis Lynn Dillon passes

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Jean Ritchie remembered 

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Steve Waller passes 

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]