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…… Gena Britt

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The pioneering banjo player from North Carolina Gena Britt is my companion in our local coffee shop today.  Britt fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age and began her career as an award-winning clogger. At the age of […]

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Johnny Vincent remembered 

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Johnny Lee Vincent was born into the musical Vincent family on October 18, 1940, at Button Ridge, Missouri, the fourth and youngest child of Bill and Erma Vincent. As a young boy, he loved to play baseball and other outdoor activities such as hunting, shooting, […]

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Regina Bartlett passes 

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Regina Ann Bartlett passed away suddenly on October 1, 2014, while attending the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. She had been enjoying herself jamming into the early hours, but passed away in her sleep later that morning. A resident of Watsonville, […]

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Phill Morley passes

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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British banjo ace Phill Morley passed away on Wednesday morning, 27 August, 2014, in Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He had been ill for some time and had had major heart attacks on three occasions in recent years. Born on March 13, 1952, Morley was a […]

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A Life of Sorrow: The Life and Times of Carter Stanley

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On Wednesday September 10, A Life of Sorrow: The Life and Times of Carter Stanley gets its first public airing when Stanley Brothers expert Gary B Reid presents his one-man show – just him and a guitar – enacting the many aspects of Carter Stanley’s […]

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Dick Freeland Remembered

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We have collected some memories from a few people who knew Dick Freeland well. Long-time Bluegrass Unlimited contributor, Walt Saunders (he writes the column Notes and Queries) remembers Dick Freeland ……… I first met Dick Freeland in 1966. He was not only one of the […]

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On This Day #34 – Bass Mountain Boys

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On this day …… On August 18, 1992, the Bass Mountain Boys released their first Pinecastle CD, Carolina Calling Me (PRC 1011). The 14 tracks were recorded at the Doobie Shea Studios, Ferrum, Virginia, by Steve Dilling [vocals/guitar /banjo], Johnny Ridge [vocals/guitar/fiddle], Mike “Hitman” Wilson […]

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The Patuxent Banjo Project

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The latest release from Patuxent Music, The Patuxent Banjo Project (Patuxent CD 250), has a very interesting aspect in that it brings together 40 regional banjo players to showcase their talents. However, these pickers are from the bluegrass-rich Greater Washington, DC – Baltimore, Maryland, area […]

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The Story behind the Song – Just to Hear the Whistle Blow

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just to Hear the Whistle Blow was written by Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley in late 2012 or early 2013. They wrote their first tune together in 2003 and have written around 75 songs, not all of which have seen the light of day. Train […]

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Rollin’ With Tradition – Mickey Galyean & Cullen Bridge

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Cullen’s Bridge was formed about three years ago with the intention that the band perform in the way that Mickey Galyean’s father, Cullen Galyean, did. Hard-core traditional bluegrass is the order of the day. From the traditionally rich area of Lowgap, North Carolina, Galyean junior […]

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