Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release his latest album, Still, on June 23, 2015. The new album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson’s and Tweedy’s bands. “Richard’s been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time,” stated Tweedy. “When I think about it, he’s also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. Thompson and his electric trio are touring in support of the new record, including a stop at City Winery this Saturday, June 13. Unfortunately, but understandably, the show (with opener Robert Ellis) is sold out. You can try the City Winery wait list here, check Craigslist or expect to pay a premium for seats through one of the ticket brokers.
Sir Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen of England’s 2011 New Year Honours List. He is a recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Les Paul Award, and the Americana Music Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2012. We were among the lucky few who were in attendance for a special songwriter session at the Country Music Hall of Fame that year. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, and Bonnie Raitt are among those who have recorded Thompson’s songs. Check out “Beatnik Walking”, which is a track from the forthcoming new album below.