Richard Thompson: Still

A U.K. folk-rock institution rages on — at the world and himself — into his golden years

Credit: Pamela Littky

Don't worry about Richard Thompson mellowing with age: The 66-year-old folk rocker's songs are still full of dangerous women and treacherous con men. He's not easy on himself, either: In "Guitar Heroes," he admits the way his music obsession alienated his family. With the help of producer Jeff Tweedy, Thompson knows that bitterness goes down easiest when paired with autumnal Celtic-pub melodies (see "Josephine," which evokes his time in Fairport Convention).