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Richard Thompson

  • Linda Thompson Laments Being 'Never the Bride' - Song Premiere

    Lovelorn folk ballad surveys many near-misses

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  • Bob Dylan Touring With Wilco, My Morning Jacket for Americanarama Festival of Music

    Richard Thompson joining the tour at select venues

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  • Richard Thompson Amps Up in 'Good Things Happen to Bad People' - Premiere

    The British folk singer talks about his electrifying new album

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  • Robert Plant Records 'Rockin'' New Material With Buddy Miller

    Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale also knock out LPs with Nashville producer

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  • Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009

    A perennial dark-horse contender for the title of Greatest Living Rock Guitarist, Thompson has been boxed before — 1993's triple-disc Watching the Dark and the five-disc 2006 rarities set, RT. While fanatics will debate omissions ("The End of the Rainbow," "ASailor's Life," "When the Spell Is Broken"), normal folks should be sated by this excellent […]

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  • Front Parlour Ballads

    Richard Thompson has long been one of rock's greatest guitarists, but his virtuosity isn't revealed in pyrotechnics. It's more about the way that he makes everything he plays — whether a latter-day sea chantey, bard-worthy minstrel ballad or mournful rocker — seem so relaxed and easy. Front Parlour Ballads, Thompson's first solo acoustic disc since […]

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  • The Old Kit Bag

    After a lifetime of making graceful music out of turmoil, British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson's taut, literary folk pop is as odd and pleasing as ever. The Old Kit Bag, his twenty-fifth album, is chimerical rock girded by Thompson's stringed arsenal — dulcimer, mandolin, harmonium. But the soul of the music is death-haunted folk, and Thompson's […]

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  • Mock Tudor

    No review of a Richard Thompson album is complete without a plea for a larger audience to discover his rare virtues. But it's probably time to let that vain hope go. In the course of more than three decades — beginning with Fairport Convention, continuing with his former wife, Linda Thompson, and culminating in his […]

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  • You? Me? Us?

    For a singer/songwriter and guitarist long hailed as a great folk-rock romanticist, Richard Thompson actually prefers the company of misery. There are few truly happy endings in his extensive catalog. Like Elvis Costello, Thompson specializes in the mordant humor and plaintive spectacle of prolonged goodbyes, uneasy compromises and bedroom espionage. But Thompson's special genius is […]

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