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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 press photo.

Richard Thompson

Pamela Littky

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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