Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]
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.
The legendary bluegrass music listening venue in Alexandria, Virginia, The Birchmere, passed its 50th anniversary on April 4. Initially, the bar, with a capacity of between 150 and 200 seats, was located in Shirlington – just down the highway from the Pentagon – and served […]
Here’s the fifth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Shannon Slaughter. Gone On Before – Larry Cordle: Pud Marcum’s Hangin’ – (MightyCord Records, 2011) Traveling Preacher – Blue Highway […]
How to get a head ache in just 10 minutes. “It doesn’t take that long!”, Bill Nowlin, the author of The Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia might well respond. The recently published Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia examines bluegrass music history both recent […]
Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler a much anticipated biography by Penny Parsons is published today, Monday, May 23, 2016. It would be foolhardy to say that John Ray ‘Curly’ Seckler was a side-man; that is forgetting his 25 years as […]
The Last Suit You Wear, written by Larry Williams, Larry Shell and Kim Williams, was recorded by Larry Sparks in the Fall of 2006 and released on the album of the same name on the McCoury Music label (MCM 0004), produced by Don Rigsby. The […]
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 […]