“THE FINEST ROCK SONGWRITER AFTER DYLAN AND THE BEST ELECTRIC GUITARIST SINCE HENDRIX.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
In the USA Thompson has been nominated at the Americanas for both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. HIs recently released CD Still was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and reached #6 in the UK charts (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!
Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left Fairport to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist who tours both solo acoustic and with his electric trio.
A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Lovelace, Los Lobos, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Robert Earl Keen and numerous others.
Thompson’s massive body of work includes over 40 albums, many Grammy nominations, as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Hertzog’s Grizzy Man.
As an in-demand live performer Richard Thompson headlines dates around the world. He has co-headlined shows with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell as well as the Americanarama Tour with Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket – which culminated with Dylan himself performing RT’s classic song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. This year sees Richard Thompson on a major tour sharing the bill with Bonnie Raitt.
Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn Richard Thompson massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in Folk Rock history.
“Genius appears early. Legends are earned. But history’s greatest never stand on their laurels. This is the artistic arc for Richard Thompson!”
Videos & Press
[NPR] By Bob Biolen Legendary guitarist Richard Thompson has composed a stunning score for a film honoring World War II fighter pilots and, to my surprise, there’s not a lot of guitar playing on it. Today we’re premiering that entire score. The film by Erik Nelson is called The Cold Blue and will be released Thursday, May […]
[LA Times] Singer, songwriter and master guitarist Richard Thompson set the tone for his Tuesday show at the Teragram Ballroom with the night’s first lyric. “What’s my name? My name is Trouble,” Thompson sang by way of introduction to open “Bones of Gilead.” His band, dubbed the Electric Trio but expanded at times to a […]
[The New Yorker] After three decades in Los Angeles, the British folk-rock star arrives on the East Coast. By John Seabrook “The Storm Won’t Come,” the first track from Richard Thompson’s new album, “13 Rivers,” also happened to be the weather forecast for New York Harbor. Another East Coast storm would stay well south that […]
[NPR World Cafe] By Talia Schlanger For more than 50 years, guitar and songwriting giant Richard Thompson has twisted the traditions of British folk, shattered the boundaries of genre and stretched the limitations of human hands. Thompson visited World Cafe to perform songs from his 19th solo album, 13 Rivers, which is full of explosive […]
[Pitchfork] By Stephen M. Deusner After fifty years and nearly twenty solo albums, the low-key guitar god finds new ways to renew old sentiments as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist on what may be his best album this century. Richard Thompson penned “Rattle Within” for the new 13 Rivers, but the song’s worries suggest it […]
[NPR] By Bob Boilen I’m thrilled to have two new songs from one of our greatest living guitarists and songwriters, Richard Thompson. His just-announced 19th solo album, 13 Rivers, still finds him brimming with bursts of guitar magic and storytelling. It’s a trademark sound that has been incredibly influential since the days when he electrified […]