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 […]
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.
On this Day …….. On November 7, 1958, Bill Clifton recorded Springhill Disaster, a song that he adapted from a poem written by a survivor, Maurice Ruddick. The Springhill disaster took place on Thursday, October 23, 1958. Actually there were three disasters in the different […]
Myron Dillman, 79, of Peru, Indiana, the father of Dwight Dillman, owner and operator of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass festivals, passed away on Sunday, November 3, while in St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born on 17 June, 1934. He had been fighting cancer, widespread […]
On This Day ….. On November 4, 1972, the Carroll County Ramblers – Dottie Eyler (vocals / guitar), Chris Warner (banjo), Leroy Eyler (mandolin), Bonnie Young (bass), Dave Lightcap (fiddle) – recorded two tracks Heather’s Reels and Ole Joe at Ken Alexander’s Studio, Dry Run, […]
Ken Palmer passed away on Wednesday, October 30, of pneumonia following a heart transplant at University Hospital, London, Ontario. He was 65. Born in Montreal, on October 5, 1948, Kenneth Wayne Palmer grew up in Port Stanley and faced heart-related illness throughout his life. The […]
On This Day ………….. On October 31, 1878, the first lady of the old-time banjo music Samantha Bumgarner was born. Sarah Samantha Biddix, to give her maiden name, was born, according to her death certificate, in “Tennessee”, on Halloween during the same year that Black […]
Alex Campbell, 90, of Conowingo, Maryland, renowned bluegrass musician and disc jockey, passed away peacefully at the Conowingo Veterans Center on October 24, 2013. Alexander C. Campbell was born in Lansing, North Carolina, on May 25, 1923. He was one of 13 children. An older […]
This is the seventh in a fun new series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love. Amanda Smith started singing in church around the age […]
The 44th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards show, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, took place recently (Oct 15) at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Among the winners are ………… Dailey & Vincent with The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent […]