Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Richard Thompson to tour

Grammy-nominated musician Richard Thompson’s latest LP,Electric (out now on New West), recently debuted at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 and landed at #75 on this week’s SoundScan charts after scanning 6,667 units in its first week. This is Thompson’s highest chart position in SoundScan history, and his highest first-week sales since the 1996 album You Me Us.

Electric, a guitar-driven set of 11 new songs produced by Buddy Miller, is being met with critical raves. In addition to the above, Q Magazine calls it a “first-class showcase for Thompson’s spine-tingling solos,” while M Music & Musicians notes that the “songwriting, guitar work and vocals boast an abundance of depth and truth.” American Songwriter sums it up by calling it “another in a seemingly endless streak of quality albums from Richard Thompson.”

Produced by Buddy Miller (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke), Electric was recorded with drummer Michael Jerome(Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk(Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello) at Miller’s home studio in Nashville. Miller recently told Rolling Stone, “I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for [Richard], and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house.” Other guests on the album include Alison Krauss, who joins Thompson on “The Snow Goose,” and English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher-Kennedy (formerly with River City People), who adds vocals on several tracks. Renowned fiddle player Stuart Duncan also accompanies Thompson. Please see complete track listing below.

Following a U.K. tour in support of the release, Thompson returned to the U.S. for SXSW 2013 and hit the road immediately after for a co-headlining tour with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Thompson and his Electric Trio are now headlining their own U.S. tour—please see below for dates.

Thompson has been named one of the “20 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone and declared “one of this world’s most gifted songwriters” by American Songwriter. A recipient of the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and UK’s Mojo Les Paul Award, Thompson was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011, bestowed upon him by the Queen of England. Most recently he received the Americana Music Association’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, presented to him in Nashville by Bonnie Raitt. Thompson’s songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Los Lobos, Del McCoury, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt and many others.

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

May 7 /// Belly Up /// Solana Beach, CA
May 9 /// Bottle Rock Festival /// Napa, CA
May 10 /// Aladdin Theater /// Portland, OR
May 11 /// Rio Theatre /// Vancouver, BC
May 12 /// Showbox at the Market /// Seattle, WA
May 14 /// Cascade Theatre /// Redding, CA
May 15 /// Golden State Theatre /// Monterey, CA
May 17 /// John Anson Ford Theatres /// Los Angeles, CA
May 25 /// Strawberry Festival /// Camp Mather, CA
June 6 /// Folly Theater /// Kansas City, MO
June 7 /// Artsfest /// Iowa City, IA
June 8 /// Minnesota Zoo Amphitheatre /// Apple Valley, MN
June 18 /// KiMo Theatre /// Albuquerque, NM
June 20 /// Telluride Bluegrass Festival /// Telluride, CO
June 21 /// Chautauqua Auditorium /// Boulder, CO
June 24 /// Frets and Refrains /// Big Indian, NY
June 29 /// Boarding House Park /// Lowell, MA
June 30 /// Prescott Park Arts Festival /// Portsmouth, NH

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