Richard Thompson is in the midst of a solo acoustic tour with his son, Teddy, but the British guitar hero is still very much enamored with "Electric," his critically lauded 2013 album recorded with -- and designed to showcase -- his trio band.
"I sort of enjoy the sound of a trio and enjoy the challenge of playing with a trio," says Thompson, 64, who co-founded the group Fairport Convention in 1967 and performed with is ex-wife Linda Thompson before going during the early 80s. "It's a challenge because there's nowhere to hide. You're sort of 'on' all the time; you can't wait for someone else to take a solo 'cause there isn't anybody else. Everybody has to be fully conscious at all points.
"But it's great fun, and I wrote the ('Electric') album with the trio in mind, which makes you think differently because there's less harmonic information. That was inspirational for me."
Thompson hopes to do more with the trio, but he has quite a bit on his docket -- including both electric and acoustic albums as well as a theater project that he describes as "kind of a musical play. It's actually pretty dark. I don't think it's mainstream, but who knows. It's hard to discuss until I've kind of done it, so that's about as far as I can say right now."
Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson perform at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $65 and $40. Monday's show is sold out. Call 734-761-1800 or visit www.theark.org.