Declared by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, musician Richard Thompson returns with a brand new, guitar driven record titled ELECTRIC for New West Records on Tuesday, February 5th and Proper Records on Monday, February 11th. Richard’s Electric Trio will be taking to the road for a major UK tour on Wednesday February 20th and will tour the USA starting in March. Full tour details for the UK are below. Tickets are on sale now!
FULL TOUR INFORMATION
Wed 20 Feb CARDIFF St David’s Hall
stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk | 029 2087 8444
Thu 21 Feb BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
thsh.co.uk |0121 345 0600
Fri 22 Feb BRIGHTON Dome
brightondome.org | 01273 709 709
Sat 23 Feb BRISTOL Colston Hall
colstonhall.org | 0117 922 3686
Sun 24 Feb CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
cornex.co.uk | 01223 357851
Mon 25 Feb LONDON 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk | 0844 477 2000
Thu 28 Feb EDINBURGH Usher Hall
usherhall.co.uk | 0131 228 1155
Fri 1 Mar LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall
liverpoolphil.com | 0151 709 3789
Sat 2 Mar SHEFFIELD City Hall
sheffieldcityhall.co.uk | 0114 2 789 789
Sun 3 Mar GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead
thesagegateshead.org | 0191 443 4661
Wed 6 Mar NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
trch.co.uk | 0115 989 5555
Thu 7 Mar BEXHILL DE La Warr Pavilion
dlwp.com | 01424 229 111
Fri 8 Mar BASINGSTOKE Anvil
anvilarts.org.uk | 01256 844244
Sun 10 March SALFORD The Lowry
thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000
MORE ABOUT THE NEW RECORD
After taking the bold step of recording his last album of new songs live, when it came to recording ELECTRIC, Thompson turned to Buddy Miller (Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) to produce, recording at Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Miller who himself is renowned for his guitar skills recently told Rolling Stone: “I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for him, and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house.” The record was recorded as an electric trio with Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, who both sing background vocals. Jerome and Prodaniuk formed part of the band which recorded and toured the UK Top Twenty album DREAM ATTIC, released in August 2010.They make up the trio, with Thompson, on his forthcoming UK dates, his first extensive tour in two years.
Guests on ELECTRIC include the legendary Alison Krauss who joins Thompson on “The Snow Goose”, while English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher Kennedy (formerly with River City People and now resident in Nashville) adds vocals on several tracks as well. Fiddle great Stuart Duncan also plays on the record; one of America’s leading bluegrass musicians he played on recent albums by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss and Elvis Costello and will be familiar in the UK from BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions.
Richard Thompson himself commented that: “We did it ridiculously quickly. But it sounds great. It turned out surprisingly funky, sort of a new genre – folk-funk. It’s quite snappy, somewhere between Judy Collins and Bootsy Collins.”
ELECTRIC will be released as a Standard CD, Deluxe two–disc set and on 180 gram vinyl.
1. Stony Ground
2. Salford Sunday
3. Sally B
4. Stuck on the Treadmill
5. My Enemy
6. Good Things Happen To Bad People
7. Where’s Home?
8. Another Small Thing In her Favour
9. Straight and Narrow
10. The Snow Goose
11. Saving The Good Stuff For You
Recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Les Paul Award and curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival at the Southbank in 2010, Thompson was most recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by the Americana Music Association.
ELECTRIC was recorded earlier this year, 2012 marking the fortieth anniversary of Richard Thompson’s debut solo album, HENRY THE HUMAN FLY. Thompson has now released some forty albums, played on countless other classic recordings, and written more than 400 songs, some of which have been covered by R.E.M., Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, The Futureheads, Bonnie Raitt, Dinosaur Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and many more.
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