‘Tis the season for the bluegrass music camp, and my band and I just returned recently from a great week at Camp Bluegrass, held annually at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. In a typical music camp of any kind, there are the regular instrument classes […]
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.
Here’s the third contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Jon Weisberger, who has been very thoughtful in making his choices, which are …….. 1. Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass […]
“Powerful” is the word that Bill Monroe, in his Kentucky drawl, used to describe anything that was particularly good and pleasing to him, like the royalty cheques that he received after Elvis Presley recorded Blue Moon of Kentucky or Ricky Skaggs recorded Uncle Pen. So, […]
On This Day …………. June 8, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of The Churchmen, a bluegrass Gospel band based in Collinsville, Virginia. The original members of The Churchmen were Freddy Rakes (banjo), Keith Clark (guitar), Jeff Mills (bass) and FD Black (mandolin). […]
One of the most respected and loved bluegrass musicians of any era, James Alan Shelton, passed away earlier this week (during the evening of June 3). James Alan Shelton was born on November 3, 1960, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and raised on a tobacco farm near […]
Having A Coffee With… is a fun 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. Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer from […]
On This Day …. On May 27 1985, a re-united version of Country Gazette was filmed live in Kyoto, Japan, recording a show for a commercial video (MAPS Video-004). The Country Gazette Reunion Band was Alan Munde (banjo), Roland White (guitar and mandolin), Byron Berline […]
During the past three years there have been many commemorations of the War between the States, noting its 150th anniversary, and these have come in various formats. Among the latest is the May 6 release by American Drive of the Rural Rhythm Records single, For […]