Grammy-nominated folk-rock pioneer and guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson has been on a seemingly never ending tour since the release of his highly acclaimed studio album, Electric (February 5 on New West Records) and as of this week has joined the AmericanramA Festival, featuring heavyweights Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket.
The Richard Thompson Electric Trio, featuring Thompson on guitar and vocals, Taras Prodaniuk on bass and Michael Jerome on drums, kicked off their two-week run of the tour in Memphis and will hit the Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit areas before wrapping up in Toronto. Thompson and band will then jump across the pond for shows in the UK and Europe and then return to the U.S. for the Philadelphia Folk Festival and a couple dates in California where Thompson will perform with Peter Frampton as part of his Guitar Circus. More dates to be announced soon, including an east coast run.
Since his early beginnings playing with the groundbreaking British folk-rock group Fairport Convention at just 19 years old to his storied and passionate output as Richard and Linda Thompson to his eclectic solo material, Thompson has had an extraordinary and wildly prolific career stretching more than 45 years. All the while he's been expanding his roster of accomplishments into theater with his multi-media extravaganza Cabaret of Souls, scoring the gripping Werner Herzog documentary "Grizzly Man" and curating London's prestigious Meltdown Festival.
His latest album, Electric, produced by Buddy Miller and released on New West Records, has garnered some of the best reviews of his career and is his best selling album in more than a decade, with sales already surpassing his last album, 2010's Dream Attic. Q called the record "a first-class showcase for Thompson's spine-tingling solos" while Mojo said "it's up there with his best" and the Huffington Post hailed it as his "best studio work since Mock Tudor." Rolling Stone declared: "The excellence is undeniable."
One of the many standout tracks from Electric, "Good Things Happen To Bad People," a song that encapsulates Thompson's wry sense of humor and guitar heroics, has been nominated as "Song of the Year" by the Americana Music Association and Thompson himself is nominated for "Artist Of The Year" alongside Buddy Miller, Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris. Last year, the Americana Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.
Listen to "Good Things Happen to Bad People" here
Named one of the "20 Greatest Guitarists" by Rolling Stone and declared "one of this world's most gifted songwriters" by American Songwriter, Thompson is a recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo's Les Paul Award, the Orville Gibson Guitar Award and the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen of England's 2011 New Year Honours List, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Aberdeen University in his ancestral Scotland and Grammy-nominated for Dream Attic. Thompson's songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others.
RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC TRIO ON AMERICANARAMA
July 3 - Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
July 5 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 7 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage *
July 9 - Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Festival Park
July 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Midway Stadium
July 11 - Peoria, IL @ Dozer Park
July 12 - Chicago, IL @ Toyota Park
July 14 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 15 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
* Headline show not part of AmericanaramA
ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES:
August 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 30 - Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino **
August 31 - Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre **
** Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus