Jerusalem Ridge Magazine – Update

Jerusalem Ridge MagazineLast July we told you about a new magazine that was planned to start publication in the Fall. Due to an unfortunate chain of circumstances, not least the severe state of the US economy, Ron Malec’s proposed Jerusalem Ridge Magazine, intended as a means of preserving traditional bluegrass and mountain music, will not go into publication.

Several prototypes of the magazine were made available at the 2008 Jerusalem Ridge Festival and they were picked up very quickly as souvenirs. However, interest did not translate into an adequate number of subscribers and Malec’s proposals had to be reviewed.

An open letter of explanation has been posted on the ‚Äòmagazine’s’ website, and those have sent money for a subscription are invited to submit a claim for a refund.

“It is with great sadness, regret and humility that I write this message to those of you who, in good faith, subscribed to the Jerusalem Ridge Magazine, and have been looking forward to, and have patiently waited for news about it’s publication. Unfortunately, I must definitively inform all of you that JRM will not be published.

The concept for JRM grew out of my 7+ years involvement with Campbell Mercer, and his tireless efforts on behalf of the fledgling ‘Monroe Brothers Bluegrass Foundation’ and the Jerusalem Ridge Celebration. It was my vision that a publication that was dedicated solely to the traditional bluegrass music movement and it’s devotion to preserving the legacy of Bill Monroe and the music he gave us was not only necessary, but would finally give a voice to those who have worked so hard to keep Bill’s dreams. vision and legacy alive and growing for generations to come. I did then, and still do, believe in and support all that Campbell and his loyal friends and followers have accomplished to date, in spite of the many obstacles that have challenged their resolve.”

Read Ron’s full letter online.

Interestingly, so many inquiries about the proposed publication have been directed towards The Jerusalem Ridge Festival organizers that a message about Jerusalem Ridge Magazine appears on their website as well.

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About the Author

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.