• Carrying on the Tradition at SPBGMA

    Alan Tompkins playing an RB-75 at Gruhn's during SPBGMA week 2020 - photo by Gerald Jones This additional SPBGMA 2020 reflection comes from Alan Tompkins, a Dallas-area attorney, festival promoter, and bluegrass musician. He is also a recent graduate of the

  • Del McCoury awarded Bluegrass Star from Bluegrass Heritage

    At last weekend's Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in Texas, Del McCoury was presented with the Bluegrass Star Award from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Since 2010, the Foundation has presented this award to a bluegrass artist who exemplifies contemporary bluegrass, and

  • No Part of Nothin’ – Alan Tompkins

    “No part of nothin’,” Bill Monroe’s famous phrase describing music unworthy of praise just so happens to be the seemingly unusual choice for the title of the new release this month from Alan Tompkins, the president and founder of the

  • No Part Of Nothin’ – Alan Tompkins

    Alan Tompkins is a true Renaissance man, what once was called a dilletante without a hint of disparagement. Growing up in western Kentucky, he developed a passion for traditional music, and found that he possessed a knack for playing and singing