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Hear Richard Thompson Lead His Whole Family Through ‘One Life at a Time’

The first track off the group’s joint LP is an ambling country rocker with pops singing lead

Richard Thompson press photo.

Richard Thompson

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In corralling, producing and assembling a new LP featuring his parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephew, Teddy Thompson – son of Linda and Richard – had a great opportunity to bring his family together. “My therapist had a field day with it,” he said in a statement about the album, appropriately titled Family.

Still, in the record’s liner notes, he can’t help but joke that part of the fun was also picking his family apart: “I named myself producer and Lord of all that surrounds me and went to work adding other instruments and deleting lots of things I didn’t like. There’s nothing so satisfying as erasing your parents.”

Below, hear the first track from the LP, with Richard Thompson, thankfully not erased, singing lead on the group’s “One Life at a Time,” an ambling country rock tune with a title that’s rhymed with lines like “if you’re busy living yours, you can’t be living mine” and “you’re building me prison where freedom is a crime.”

The full album, set to be released November 18th on Concord Records, features nine other songs, as well as a behind-the-scenes DVD. Besides “One Life at a Time,” Richard also sings lead on a track called “That’s Enough.” Linda, meanwhile, sings “Perhaps We Can Sleep” and “Bonny Boys,” and the rest of the clan divides up the remaining tunes. Family can be pre-ordered here.

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