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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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ralph Sylvester Peer is recognized for his part in the July/August 1927 Bristol, Tennessee, recording sessions which introduced Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to the world. In Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Barry Mazor relates the momentous events of that […]

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Rounder founders accept Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award from Folk Alliance

| May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On May 15, 2015, Kari Estrin – the founder of SERFA (Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance) – presented Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin (the Rounder Founders) with a special award honoring their work. Also presented awards were Alice Gerrard and Si Kahn. Rounder […]

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Mac Wiseman reaches 90 years of age 

| May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mac Wiseman, the Voice with the Heart, celebrates his 90th birthday today, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Malcolm B Wiseman began his working life in radio, on Radio WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he was on the cusp of leaving his teenage years. There he sang […]

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Lizzy Long shares some Blueberry Pie

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Long was introduced to the bluegrass music world in 2007 when she joined banjo legend Earl Scruggs and foster father Little Roy Lewis on the album Lifetimes. Subsequently, Long and Lewis began touring as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Earlier this month […]

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Rhyme & Season – James Reams

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“My intention is to embrace a wide range of human emotion from happiness and love to loss and sorrow, and over it all to express the hope I feel about the future. As I listened to some old gems, I was once again amazed at […]

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On This Day #39 – Jimmy Martin

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day  … On May 14, 2005, Jimmy Martin passed away. Ten years ago today, James Henry Martin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, having been diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year earlier. He was aged 77. The Toronto Star called him “one of the greatest […]

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Johnny Gimble passes 

| May 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble passed away on Saturday morning, May 9, 2015, at a nursing facility in Marble Falls, just west of Austin, due to complications from several strokes he had suffered in recent years. He was 88 years old. John Paul Gimble was […]

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On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]

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Baby Blue Eyes – Ashley Lilly with The Songcatchers and Friends

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Young song thrush Ashley Lilly has gradually eased herself to the forefront of The Songcatchers and this is even more apparent with the release of the band’s new CD Baby Blue Eyes on Friday, May 1, 2015. Ashley describes what’s on offer, “It is pretty […]

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Bob Webster is back on Air 

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Those of us who remember with fondness Bob Webster’s stint on WAMU will be pleased to know that he is back on air. Webster has joined the crew at Rockingham County Radio for his own three hour program commencing at noon this Wednesday, May 6, […]

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