Capitol Theatre

WXPN Welcomes Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)


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  • 04/13/2017 7:30pm
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Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello.

Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.

A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne and Don Henley.

Throughout Thompson’s career, acoustic concerts have been among his fans’ most cherished experiences, so it’s hard not to notice that there’s something largely missing from his vast recordings catalog: solo acoustic versions of the classic songs that are the heart of those performances. Until now…

Thompson shares in his recently released album, Acoustic Classics, all-new solo versions of songs drawn from throughout his career, definitively arresting, effecting essentials from the ‘70s (“Dimming of the Day,” “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”) the ‘80s (“Wall of Death,” “Shoot Out the Lights”) and ‘90s (“Beeswing,” “I Misunderstood”) to more recent entries (“One Door Opens”).

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