Old Time Gospel on AmericasBluegrass.com

Americas BluegrassI received an interesting E-mail message from Charles Lewis this morning.

A native Eastern Kentuckian, Lewis is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Bluegrass, Inc. He has produced and hosted such Bluegrass and Gospel groups as The IIIrd. Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson, Ralph Stanley, The Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent, Cherryholmes, Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, Ernie Thacker, The Osborne Brothers, Bobby Osborne, The Lewis Family, Larry Cordle, Ronnie Reno, Don Rigsby, Melvin Goins, Tim Surrett, Joe Isaacs, The Freemans, The Kingsmen, The Florida Boys and many, many more local and national groups.

The purpose of his message was to alert me to the posting of some pictures from the Old Time Gospel Singing Convention held at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky, on December 28th.

The montage of pictures from the convention can be viewed at the website. There is an impressive array of talent on show.

Also, you can view pre-show interviews with a variety of artists who performed at the convention; namely Don Rigsby, J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, Larry Cordle, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Joe Freeman, Dave Carroll, Ricky Wasson, Tim Surrett, Ronnie Bowman, Joe Isaacs, and James King.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAMHHQ_LzkU

All of the video interviews can be seen on YouTube.

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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.