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Interview:
Richard Thompson at the Majestic, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It's been 35 years since Richard Thompson's acrimonious split -- personal and creative -- with ex-wife Linda Thompson and his full-time dedication to a solo career.



Since then the British-born, also a co-founder of the band Fairport Convention, has created a diverse and critically lauded body of work, establishing himself as an exceptional songwriter and a virtuoso player on both acoustic and electric guitar. He's also amassed an impressive resume of guest appearances with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Robert Plant, Los Lobos, Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls and many more.



Thompson's latest outing is "13 Rivers," a deeply personal set he released during September and is now promoting on the road with his Electric Trio...



Thompson, 69, says "13 Rivers" is distinguished by the fact he wrote the songs "in a fairly short period of time. I probably wrote it in a six-month period, and it seemed an opportunity then to get them in the studio fairly quickly and record them as a piece. I think it brings a commonality to the songs, even if they aren't from the same subject, on the same topic. If you write songs in a short amount of time, there's an overlap."



The album also brings Thompson back to the electric realm after a pair of acoustic releases last year. "I'm really glad I can do both. It refreshes things for me, and maybe the audience, too, to be able to go from one to the other, and they do bring different -- good different -- things. So I enjoy the acoustic stuff and I love being able to go back and forth between that and the more electric side."



Thompson acknowledges that the specific songs on "13 Rivers," and the largely dark tone of the album, relate to situations in his personal life but says that, "It's stuff I can't really talk about yet because it's family stuff, and I can't really step on other people's emotions. But it's been a tough couple of years for my family, and I'm sure it's reflected in the music. I don't think I've written directly about it much -- The emotion is in there even though I'm writing stories. Some stuff is more fictional, but it has to be reflected, I think."



* As for what's next, Thompson says that he's "writing songs and writing songs that appear to be for an acoustic project, maybe, and songs for an electric project. We'll see what will get finishes first as life goes on."



* Though he released his first solo album in 1972, after he left Fairport Convention, Thompson's solo career really began with 1983's "Hand of Silence." "I don't really stop and think that much about it, and in some ways that's not a good thing because suddenly you're old and don't quite know what happened. I keep thinking I'm still, like, 23. But I went truly sol when I was 33, and I suppose that helps you. I think it's good to be more mature, in a sense. When we were in Fairport we were incredibly young. I was 17. It's nice to have the first flush of youth; There's something special in that that doesn't ever happen again. But I think maturity is a wonderful thing, especially if you're going to be a songwriter. You're going to be a more complete artist if you have more miles under your belt."



The Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Logen Ledger perform Friday, Dec. 14, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. $35 advance, $40 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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