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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Drusilla Adams Smith passes

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drusilla Adams Smith passed away on December 13, 2015. Drusilla Adams is best known for her association with Blue Ridge Records. Although it was her father, Noah, who established the label it was Drusilla Smith’s interest in music and her drive that got Blue Ridge […]


LeRoy Mack settles down 

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

LeRoy “Mack” McNees is well-known for playing dobro with the Country Boys (later the Kentucky Colonels), and for his appearances on the Andy Griffith Show. He is a favorite at the annual Mayberry Days reunions in Mount Airy, North Carolina. A devout Christian, he led […]


On This Day #45 

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On this day …. On February 5, 1959, Starday Records purchased the masters to Charlie Moore’s recordings No Grave (Is Gonna Keep This Soul); Over in Gloryland; When They Crucified My Lord and Why Is Mother Buried. The four Gospel songs were recorded the previous […]


A Life of Sorrow in Arizona 

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Ask me about the Stanley Brothers.” That is the legend on the pocket of Gary Reid’s crisp, white shirt. So, did the Stanley Brothers do any shows in Arizona? Regardless of the answer, Reid, a Stanley Brothers enthusiast since his teenage years, is taking his […]


Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy link up

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Not long ago mandolin player Travers Chandler announced that he was dis-banding his group Avery County and starting a new band with long-standing friend and guitarist Steven Dowdy. Avery County’s last personal appearance was in October of last year and while they had some bookings for […]


The Story Behind the Song – Auld Lang Syne

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish folk song, most commonly associated with Scottish bard Robert Burns, whose artistic legacy is celebrated on this date in his native country. He described it as ‘a song of olden times’ which appears to have been handed down orally, from singing […]


Tim Newby talks Baltimore Bluegrass

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Country music and bluegrass music has been the subject of favorable treatment by academics with the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) and the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN/VA, being two of many organisations that stage seminars that present talks and discussion groups addressing certain […]


The Story Behind the Song – Weeds

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Weeds (Where the Flowers of Love Once Grew) was written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, two emerging song-writing talents in the bluegrass music fraternity. They wrote the song in in February 2013, during what was their “second or third writing session”, according to Morris. […]


Having A Coffee with … Tim Surrett 

| January 18, 2016 | 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 this morning is Tim Surrett, a member of the award-winning bluegrass […]


The Hazel and Alice Sessions – Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of bluegrass music’s stalwarts is singer, songwriter and fiddle player Laurie Lewis, a main-stay among Bay Area musicians since the mid-1970s. A lover of the hard-edged style of bluegrass music, she re-enforces that link with her up-coming album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions (Spruce […]