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An Evening With Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)

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An Evening With Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Live Music
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Richard Thompson - STILL

“Some songs, you never let them lie for 20 years, adding a line, changing a verse," reflects songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. “Songs always sound best before you write them, before you get them on paper or into a recording.”

Honing his creations ever closer to their initial spark of inception has required a diligent, tireless dedication to his craft of songwriting – and has resulted in an unparalleled career now spanning five decades, from his formative years in seminal folk-rock alchemists Fairport Convention to his acclaimed solo work.

Still, available via Fantasy Records on June 23, 2015, is a testament to Thompson’s ongoing evolution as a songwriter and performer, and his willingness to continue challenging himself. “By this point,” Thompson explains, “I’ve done about forty albums on my own. I know how to make records, I know the process. But I also fall into my own patterns and habits.”

To disrupt these potentially stifling habits, Thompson enlisted Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy as producer. “It turned out,” Thompson adds, acknowledging the risk involved, “to be really good idea. Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener’s ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent.”

Echoes of awe, mixed with a touch of perplexity, invest Richard Thompson’s voice as he recalls the sprawling, instrument-littered Chicago rehearsal space where he recorded Still: “It’s a two-story loft...they’ve put a recording studio in the corner of the second floor, but the rest of the space is taken up with hundreds of guitars, basses, keyboards, even arcane sorts of wind instruments and such. It’s an insane space. There’s a distinct desire to spend a month or so just trying out everything…”

In a remarkable feat of discipline (or self-denial), Still’s twelve songs were laid down in a brisk nine days, with producer Tweedy melding surprising sonic enhancements to a series of urgent, riveting performances by Thompson’s core trio of himself (guitar, vocals), bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and drummer Michael Jerome – augmented by guest guitarist Jim Elkington of Jeff’s band Tweedy and harmony vocalists Liam Cunningham, his sister Sima Cunningham (both of Tweedy), and Siobhan Kennedy.