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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Bear Family Records celebrates 40 Years of Music

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 has marked the 40th anniversary of Bear Family Records, the German-based outlet that is famous for its quality and most-often lavish sets of premium bluegrass and country music recordings. Essentially, Bear Family Records is Richard Weize. It is his pursuit of excellence that makes […]


Bill Keith remembered, part 2

| December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the spirit of yesterday’s Bill Keith remembrance, several of his fellow banjo players have shared their thoughts about Bill. Bill Evans, performer, educator, composer and author, remembers Keith’s love of a cappuccino and his culinary abilities … “As is the case for many of […]


Bill Keith remembered

| December 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

As previously noted, banjo innovator Bill Keith passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015. He was 75 years old and had been in poor health for some time. We recall his sterling career in this retrospective. William Bradford Keith was born on December 20, 1939, […]


Jimmy Maynard passes

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jimmy Maynard, a Blue Grass Boy in the early to mid-1960s, passed away on Tuesday morning, December 15, 2015, at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, due to cancer.  He was 87 years old. James Howard ‘Jimmy’ Maynard was born on April 22, 1928, in Temperance […]


Waltz Collection – Butch Waller

| December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Butch Waller’s Waltz Collection (Big Chicken Records, BC 102) is a recently release, an EP length collection of six of his own compositions played by the mandolin ace accompanied by an excellent cast of north Californian bluegrass musicians, some of whom are his band-mates in High […]


Danny Paisley releases Weary River

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Danny Paisley started playing bluegrass music over 40 years ago; he started young, he stresses. Initially that was with his long-time buddy TJ Lundy as the duo played with Ted Lundy and Danny’s father Bob Paisley. Danny played with the band and, like acorns, he […]


Foggy Mountain Troubadour coming soon

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

We have been well served with bluegrass music books during the past year with the superb study of the Stanley Brothers’ career and recorded music, The Music Of The Stanley Brothers, the substantial Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies, the uneven Bluegrass in Baltimore – […]


Athy: end of a Chapter 

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following our recent report about the Athy Bluegrass Festival in Ireland, we now learn that organizer, Tony O’Brien, has decided that the 25th anniversary festival will be the last. In an open letter, O’Brien, who was the chief organizer of the Athy Bluegrass Festival for […]


Having a Coffee with …… Ron Block 

| November 25, 2015 | 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.   Ron Block, banjo and guitar player with Alison Krauss & Union Station since […]


Young Uns #3 – The Zolla Boys

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Lilly Brothers and, contemporaneously, the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers have shown that talented musicians who play and sing in the traditional mountain style with verve and intensity don’t have to come from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. The Zolla Boys, Ben, […]