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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Gospel Choices #3 – Jon Weisberger

| June 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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: Bill Monroe Remembered to debut

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

“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 #31 – The Churchmen

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

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). […]


James Alan Shelton: Career Overview 

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Jerry Sullivan passes 

| June 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

Jerry Sullivan of the famous traditional bluegrass Gospel group, the Sullivan Family, passed away at his home on Saturday May 31. He had been ill for some time. A native of Wagarville, in rural southern Alabama, born on November 22, 1933, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Sullivan was […]


Having a coffee with…… Becky Buller

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Don’t Give Up Your Day Job - a Quiz

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

From the very beginning playing bluegrass music has been a very precarious job, even for the very, very talented. Bill Monroe worked at Sinclair Oil in the 1930s; Kenny Baker often went back to the coal mines even though he was a mainstay in Bill […]


On This Day #30 - Country Gazette Live

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


On This Day #29

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ……….. On May 23, 1925 Mac Wiseman was born in the hamlet of Crimora in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Malcolm B Wiseman, nicknamed The Voice with a Heart, was one of four children. The family wasn’t particularly musical; only his mother […]


American Drive Releases adaptation of Abraham Lincoln Favorite

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]