The word “counterintuitive” has definitely earned its place among the most overused words and phrases of the last 10 years, like “frankly” (the favorite of politicians, and that may cover the last 20 years), “twerk,” “going forward,” “at the end of the day,” and “rock […]
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.
Hard-core bluegrass duo Vern Williams and Ray Park, from Arkansas, were a tremendous influence on bluegrass music in California. Ever since meeting in 1959 they brought the sounds of the Ozarks to the west coast playing concert and dance halls, radio and television. They played […]
Stringing along with the seasonal greetings and almost before the first slice of turkey is eaten are the ‘best ofs’ chosen for various music publications by writers who have their fingers on the pulse. For PopMatters, an enthusiastic Steve Leftridge rates “2014 the best year […]
Bluegrass music veteran Curly Seckler celebrated his 95th birthday on Christmas Day, 2014. Seckler is one of bluegrass music’s great tenor singers, being noted particularly for his harmony work with Lester Flatt. He acquired his vocal talents from his father. His mother taught him a […]
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. Born on December 21, 1963, Russell Moore began playing music […]
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. Doyle Lawson probably doesn’t need any introduction. Nevertheless, let’s […]
This is the second of an occasional series of features on personalities in the bluegrass music world. Carl J Goldstein is a co-founder (in 1971), and now Chair, of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) and a Director of the Delaware Valley Bluegrass […]