REVIEW & PHOTOS: Richard Thompson and Buddy Miller at Hotel Cafe, Hollywood
2/10/2013 (updated 2/10/2013)
Photos: © Paul Moore, New West Records 2013.
We hate Mondays, but yesterday was different. We got to have lunch with two incredible songwriters and guitar players, both of whom are celebrating new projects. Buddy Miller and Richard Thompson were featured in a midday performance at the Hotel Cafe, put on by New West Records and BMG Chrysalis.
The two talents came together for Thompson’s latest release, Electric, which was produced and recorded by Miller in his Nashville studio. It comes out on February 5th.
Thompson, tall and lanky in black and his usual beret, joined Miller onstage for the song "Good Things Happen to Bad People," and it was hard to believe the sound of acoustic guitars ringing out in the room was coming from just two guys - with Buddy grinning from ear to ear. Buddy took his leave and Richard played two more new ones, "Saving the Good Stuff For You," a waltz for a new love about mistakes in past affairs, and "Stuck on The Treadmill," a more frantic testament to surviving life, complete with his aggressive guitar work. "What a way to spend your lunch hour, eh?" Thompson laughed, before launching into two classics, the poignant "Persuasion," which he wrote with Tim Finn, and perhaps his most beloved storytelling song, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." He wrapped up the set with "The Snow Goose," a melancholy tune from his new album.
...After seeing such artistry, "out to lunch" had a new meaning and our Monday was infinitely better.
Julia St. Pierre, Los Angeles Magazine
While Miller and Thompson come from completely different continents both men clearly know their way around playing the guitar, as well as writing and singing great songs. And this day in Hollywood, nothing went better with lunch than Miller and Thompsons' beautiful serenades.
Dan MacIntosh, Country Standard Time
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