On This Day …. On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina. Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
At their annual convention in September of this year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors approved a new mission statement. The new statement reads … IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages […]
On This Day ……. On December 1, 1966, Carter Stanley passed away in Bristol Memorial Hospital, Bristol, Tennessee. He was just 41 years old. Carter Stanley, guitarist and lead singer in the Stanley Brothers band, was born at Big Spraddle Creek, Dickenson County, Virginia, on […]