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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100 Years of the Martin Dreadnought guitar

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Martin Dreadnought guitar. It has been said that it has changed the face of popular music. Hank Williams had one (the 1941 D-28 now owned by Neil Young), Bill Monroe had one, so did Gene Autry, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon and Paul […]

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Gospel Choices #5 – Shannon Slaughter

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s the fifth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Shannon Slaughter. Gone On Before – Larry Cordle: Pud Marcum’s Hangin’  – (MightyCord Records, 2011) Traveling Preacher – Blue Highway […]

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50 Years of Bean Blossom

| June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This coming Saturday – June 11, 2016 – sees the commencement of the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Music Festival; eight days of top quality bluegrass music at one of the most famous venues in the world, in Brown County, Indiana, eight days […]

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The Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
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How to get a head ache in just 10 minutes. “It doesn’t take that long!”, Bill Nowlin, the author of The Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia might well respond. The recently published Rounder Book of Bluegrass Music Trivia examines bluegrass music history both recent […]

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Foggy Mountain Troubadour out today

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler a much anticipated biography by Penny Parsons is published today, Monday, May 23, 2016. It would be foolhardy to say that John Ray ‘Curly’ Seckler was a side-man; that is forgetting his 25 years as […]

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Young Uns #4 – Samantha Casey

| May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Samantha Casey’s dad plays the banjo, and both her parents sing. They taught her to sing harmony around the house as a little child. Her mother learned to clog in high school and played the banjo in college but gave it up when she had […]

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The Story Behind the Song – The Last Suit You Wear

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Last Suit You Wear, written by Larry Williams, Larry Shell and Kim Williams, was recorded by Larry Sparks in the Fall of 2006 and released on the album of the same name on the McCoury Music label (MCM 0004), produced by Don Rigsby. The […]

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The Venues – The Hamilton Live

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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While bluegrass festivals are rightly credited as being the salvation of bluegrass music and have for decades provided the highlights for each summer, there are thousands of accommodating venues throughout the world that provide work for bluegrass bands during the winter months as well as […]

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Niall Toner does Nashville

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The ABC TV series, that is. The current season, episode 15, (415) of the American soap series Nashville, broadcast on Wednesday, April 15, featured two of Irish bluegrass mandolin player Niall Toner’s tunes. The instrumentals, composed about 15 years ago – Drunken Daisy, written Toner […]

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Introducing The Back Room 

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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At a time when we, rightly, acknowledge the multi-decade anniversaries of venues, such as Nashville’s Station Inn, The Ark (Ann Arbor), the Ash Grove (Los Angeles), and The Birchmere (Alexandria), around the States, it is important to note new music venues that welcome bluegrass music. […]

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