Richard Thompson has been described as “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix”. We don’t disagree, except to say that his work on acoustic guitar is also sensational.
His latest album, 13 Rivers, has rapidly garnered critical acclaim. Many reviewers regarded it as one of Thompson’s best albums in recent years. His influence cannot be overstated. Everybody, from Robert Plant to Don Henley and from Elvis Costello to R.E.M., has covered his music. Of 13 Rivers, Thompson says: “I wrote the songs as a group to hang together…they belong together in some way and seem to possess a commonality since they were written in the same time and space”.
To capture this vision, he retreated to the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Known previously as “The Producer’s Workshop” and once owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr and Joan Baez. It also hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Notably, this marked the first time Thompson self produced in over a decade and he opted to record the basic tracks to analogue. Engineered by Clay Blair (The War on Drugs), Richard was joined by the usual suspects from his band tours, Michael Jerome [drums, percussion], Taras Prodaniuk [bass], and Bobby Eichorn [guitar].
Richard holds a coveted spot in Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Americana Music Association and the BBC among his many accolades. In 2011, he was awarded an OBE for services to music. We could not be happier