Tommy Thompson

New-Timey String Band Musician

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About the Book

Tommy Thompson was a banjo player, writer, actor, teacher and thinker. He arrived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the early 1960s smitten by folk and traditional Appalachian music. In 1972, he teamed up with Bill Hicks and Jim Watson to form the nontraditional string band the Red Clay Ramblers. Mike Craver, Jack Herrick, Clay Buckner, Bland Simpson and Chris Frank would eventually join them.
Drawing on interviews and writings from Thompson, his friends and family, the author depicts a life that revolved around music and creativity. Appendices cover Thompson’s banjos, his discography and notes on his collaborative lyric writing.

About the Author(s)

Clawhammer banjo player Lewis M. Stern has written for The Banjoists Broadsheet, The Old Time Herald and Banjo Newsletter.

Bibliographic Details

Lewis M. Stern
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7508-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3554-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies