The very first column I wrote for Bluegrass Today was about maintaining your health during the stressful IBMA World of Bluegrass week. Most of the advice I gave was either discredited or just laughed at, and not for the right reasons. I wasn’t surprised: health […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]