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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Tex Logan remembered 

| April 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan Jr, best noted for his writing of the bluegrass standard, albeit a seasonal song, Christmas Time’s A-Comin’, passed away at the Morris Hills Center in Morristown, New Jersey, on Friday, April 24, 2015. Logan took after his father and soon learned […]


Tex Logan passes

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Benjamin Franklin ‘Tex’ Logan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 24, 2015; he was 87 years old. He had had a heart attack and experienced renal failure in his last few days. We are working on a tribute/remembrance and hope to post that in […]


Peter Thompson – 40 years of Radio

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the April 11, 2015, program DJ Peter Thompson celebrated 40 years of radio broadcasting. Currently working for Radio KALW, San Francisco, Thompson marked the occasion with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, including the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, […]


Tut Taylor Remembered 

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tut Taylor, The Flatpickin’ Dobro Man, died on Thursday morning April 9, 2015, at the Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 91 years old. The Dobro virtuoso was a US Army and Navy veteran. Robert Arthur Taylor, Sr. was born in Milledgeville, […]


On this Day #38 – Flatt & Scruggs

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this Day … On Saturday, April 11, 1953, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys (Curly Seckler, Benny Martin, bass player unknown, but may have been Red Murphy) performed at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, along with Lefty Frizzell, Wayne Raney, […]


Cane Mill Road is Argentina bound

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teenaged bluegrass trio Cane Mill Road have been invited to represent the USA by playing three concerts at the world’s largest international music festival for children, El Concierto En Iguazu (Iguazu in Concert) that takes place in Argentina from 25 to 30 May2015. Cane Mill […]


Having a Coffee with …… Allan Spinney 

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having A Coffee With… is a 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.   Allan Spinney is the older of the two Spinney Brothers […]


Chris Henry talks I’m Gonna Wait on Jesus 

| April 7, 2015 | 2 Comments

Chris Henry has recently been extremely busy satisfying the demands of his many roles; freelance musician, engineer, producer, teacher and composer. Somehow he was able to focus on writing a number of songs to mark his grandmother’s 90th birthday. Sadly, Claryne “Renee” Henry passed away […]


The Story Behind the Song – Am I A Fool

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Am I A Fool was written by Keith Tew and then-spouse Danette Gilley and recorded by the Lonesome River Band. The song won the 2000 SPBGMA Song of the Year award. Born in 1966, Tew is a native of Florida who started playing guitar and […]


On This Day #37 – Paul Williams

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

On this day… On March 30, 1935, Paul Williams was born in Wytheville, Virginia. He was raised in eastern Tennessee. “Williams” was actually the stage name for Paul McCoy Humphrey. It was the name that he adopted when he joined the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in […]