Welcome to Richard D. Smith’s Website


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Welcome back, or welcome first-timers.

Among my recent and featured writing:

— My essay for the Library of Congress on Bill Monroe’s beloved bluegrass waltz “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” with the intriguing tale of how it  helped launch the career of Elvis Presley

— The latest developments and strategies in the fight against the invasive, voracious Spotted Lanternfly, which is increasingly infesting the eastern United States

— The unexpected crescendo of home piano sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic


And in addition to pages featuring my books and journalism, there are sections on my music (featuring videos of on-stage performances) and on my writing for theater (featuring an all-star cast of fun photos!).

Check back soon for additional news, photos and links.


But … to come back, you’ll have to stay safe & healthy!

(Covid-19 is for real. And it’s becoming increasingly dangerous as new varieties develop. We’re in a war: Well-fitted gauze face coverings are our defensive gas masks and vaccinations are our best weapons. Protect yourself, your loved ones, our beloved country and even the Earth.)

Thanks and best wishes.