"A Perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist" --Rolling Stone
"Richard Thompson has been called the finest rock songwriter after Bob Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix." --L.A. Times
"Only heavyweights like Neil Young and Prince are in Thompson's league when it comes to combined prowess as a writer and a guitar player." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all-time, recipient of the Orville Gibson Guitar Award, the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, the 2010 Mojo Les Paul Guitar Award, A BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, and Grammy-nominated for Dream Attic.
No artist to emerge in the second half of the ’60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than Richard Thompson. The England-born, L.A.-based artist has amassed an astounding body of work comprising more than 40 albums, containing artfully shaped material that seamlessly and expressively integrates traditional and contemporary modes. And Thompson is among the most distinctive of guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy.
What Thompson found around that bend is the Grammy-nominated Dream Attic, comprising 13 new songs penned by the artist specifically for the project during an inspired-three-month outpouring. The twist was that the material was recorded in real time during a series of West Coast shows with the latest lineup of the artist’s electric band—Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass) and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin). The record was produced by Thompson and Simon Tassano, the latter handling the remote recording and subsequent mix, vividly capturing the inspired interaction of the players.
Now in his fifth decade of music making, Thompson continues to challenge himself creatively. Before embarking on the Dream Attic project, he completed Cabaret of Souls, a song cycle for rock band and orchestra set in Purgatory. As the 2010 curator of London’s prestigious Meltdown Festival, Thompson performed the piece for only the 2nd time.