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The great Richard Thompson

If this song doesn't grab your heart and squeeze it, you need to visit your cardiologist:

(As long as there's no price on love, I'll stay)


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Sep. 4th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Richard Thompson's body of work since 1972 (the start of his solo career) stacks up against anybody's over that same span: Dylan, Costello, Bowie, Graham Parker, Jagger/Richards—anybody.

And none of the above is as renowned and talented a musician as Thompson. Hell, he was a guitar legend back with Fairport Convention in the late '60s. This video is a great look at just how talented an acoustic guitarist he is. I think he looks down at the instrument just once in that song.

Songs like "Beeswing" and "Keep Your Distance" — especially the latter — tap into some deep musical roots. He's also an electric guitar monster—top-notch chops and an imaginative, frequently dive-bombing playing style. And as "Beeswing" shows, he can tell a story too—many of them full of longing and regret, but many of them humously self-deprecating ("You Dream Too Much" is a great example). Yet for all of that, he flies under the radar; I rarely run into a Thompson fan.

Sherry and I have tickets to see him at the State Theater in Ithaca in November. We saw him play an amazing show with his band once at the Tralf, and I saw him there a second time with his band (Sherry couldn't make it for some reason) but he's performing solo on this tour. Can't wait!
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