Named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, musician Richard Thompson returns with a brand new, guitar driven record titled ‘Electric’ for Proper Records on Monday February 11th before taking to the road for a major UK tour on Wednesday February 20th (full tour details below).
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, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris. Patty Griffin) to produce, recording at Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Miller who himself is a renowned for his guitar skills recently told with 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.
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
2nd DISC – DELUXE & VINYL VERSIONS ONLY
1. Will You Dance, Charlie Boy
2. I Found A Stray
3. The Rival
4. The Tic-Tac Man
5. Auldie Riggs
6. Auldie Riggs Dance
7. So Ben Mi Ch’a Bon Tempo
|Friday, 11th August 2017||Cropredy||Fairport’s Cropredy Convention||United Kingdom|
|with his old band mates Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks, along with Christine Collister Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, 12th August 2017||Cropredy||Fairport’s Cropredy Convention||United Kingdom|
|with Fairport Convention Buy Tickets|