Richard Thompson is set to return with 13 Rivers on September 14 2018, the 13-song set is the Grammy nominated artist’s first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just ten days. It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar).
13 Rivers is a bare-bones, emotionally direct album that speaks from the heart with no filters. “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river,” Thompson explains. “Some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work.”
A high water mark in an overwhelmingly impressive career, 13 Rivers was recorded at the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Previously known as The Production Workshop, which was owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr, and hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s legendary The Wall.
Of the album, Thompson says, “The songs are a surprise in a good way. They came to me as a surprise in a dark time. They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand. It’s as if they’d been channelled from somewhere else. You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on. The reward comes later.” He continues, “I don’t know how the creative process works. I suppose it is some kind of bizarre parallel existence to my own life. I often look at a finished song and wonder what the hell is going on inside me. We sequenced the weird stuff at the front of the record, and the tracks to grind your soul into submission at the back.”
13 Rivers commences on the tribal percussion and guitar rustle of “The Storm Won’t Come” as the artist bellows, “I’m looking for a storm to blow through town.” The energy mounts before climaxing on a lyrical electric lead rife with airy bends and succinct shredding from the guitar virtuoso.
Upcoming Tour Dates
|Friday, 2nd August 2019||Belladrum||Belladrum Tartan Hearts Festival 2019||United Kingdom|
|Sunday, 4th August 2019||Cambridge||Cambridge Folk Festival||United Kingdom|
|Thursday, 8th August 2019||Sidmouth||Sidmouth Folk Festival||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 9th August 2019||Cropredy||Fairport’s Cropredy Convention||United Kingdom|
|with friends Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, and Dave Pegg Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, 10th August 2019||Dublin||Vicar Street||Ireland|
|Address: Vicar Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Buy Tickets|
|Sunday, 11th August 2019||Belfast||Ulster Hall||United Kingdom|
|Tuesday, 13th August 2019||Galway||Galway Town Hall Theatre||Ireland|
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|Wednesday, 14th August 2019||Kilkenny||Kilkenny Arts Festival||Ireland|
|Thursday, 15th August 2019||Cork||St Luke’s||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 17th August 2019||Crickhowell||Green Man Festival||United Kingdom|
|Sunday, 18th August 2019||Suffolk||FolkEast||United Kingdom|
|Monday, 26th August 2019||Rye||Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival||United Kingdom|