So, for my first official entry at BC, I thought I’d share a trip I took to NY’s Irving Plaza last weekend to catch Richard Thompson, a guitar god is ever there was one.
RT sounded incredible as he ranged through a set full of some of his sturdiest tunes: “I Misunderstood,” “Waltzing’s for Dreamers,” “Tear-Stained Letter,” “Wall of Death,” Razor Dance,” “Shoot Out the Lights,” and a bunch of others all got the treatment.
This guy can absolutely play. At times, he sounded uncannily like Chet Atkins or some other chicken-pickin’ player, and at times he sounded absolutely Frippy, all jagged and noisy. But always recognizably himself. Amazing.
RT also came out with his handsome son Teddy and sang a duet of “Persuasion” that was spell-binding. Teddy’a decent guitarist, and his gorgeous tenor voice sounds great with Dad’s.
In an era of no-talent pop stars, let’s all celebrate and support a guy who can really play his instrument and write real songs.