01 June 2015

Slim Richey, 1938-2015

John Lawless publishes today on Bluegrass Today the news that Michael 'Slim' Richey, a leading figure of the music scene in Austin, Texas, died yesterday at the age of 77.

As explained in the BT feature, Slim Richey (known mainly in the jazz field) made an important impact on bluegrass in at least three ways:
  • selling instructional material through his Warehouse Music mail-order company, which also developed one of the earliest variable-speed tape machines on the market;
  • running Ridge Runner Records, whose catalogue of acoustic music from Texas and Oklahoma included important early recordings from Sam Bush, Alan Munde, Country Gazette, Roland White, Buck White, Marty Stuart, Joe Carr, and others;
  • and leading Slim Richey’s Jazz Grass, blending jazz and bluegrass with musicians including Richey on guitar, Alan Munde, Bill Keith, and Gerald Jones (banjo), Richard Greene, Ricky Skaggs, and Sam Bush (fiddle), Joe Carr and Kerby Stewart (mandolin), and Dan Huckabee (resonator guitar). 
Read more on Bluegrass Today.

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