Richard Thompson Press Release 2/14/13
2/14/2013 (updated 2/15/2013)
RICHARD THOMPSON'S CRITICALLY LAUDED
BUDDY MILLER-PRODUCED LP ELECTRIC
DEBUTS AT #73 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
"[Thompson is] a superior guitarist who always plays with a clear tone and exquisite taste,
and provides no small amount of head-snapping surprises - features present in abundance on Electric." - Wall Street Journal
"[Thompson] continues to romance audiences..." - The New York Times
"[Thompson] doesn't sound out of place shredding like an arena-rock star...
and still writes songs that sting and storm." - NPR Music
"Richard Thompson plugs in and delivers his most generous helping of guitar solos
in many years, perhaps ever... Each time Thompson launches into one of his eclectic breaks, Electric becomes electrifying." - Associated Press
"the excellence is undeniable." - Rolling Stone
"Brilliant British guitarist and witty songwriter Richard Thompson emerges with
his strongest collection since 1999 standout Mock Tudor." - Billboard
Grammy-nominated musician Richard Thompson's latest LP, Electric (out now on New West), has just debuted at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 and landed at #75 on this week's SoundScan charts after scanning 6,667 units in its first week. This is Thompson's highest chart position in SoundScan history, and his highest first-week sales since the 1996 album You Me Us.
Electric, a guitar-driven set of 11 new songs produced by Buddy Miller, is being met with critical raves. In addition to the above, Q Magazine calls it a "first-class showcase for Thompson's spine-tingling solos," while M Music & Musicians notes that the "songwriting, guitar work and vocals boast an abundance of depth and truth." American Songwriter sums it up by calling it "another in a seemingly endless streak of quality albums from Richard Thompson."
Produced by Buddy Miller (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke), Electric was recorded with drummer Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello) at Miller's home studio in Nashville. Miller recently told Rolling Stone, "I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for [Richard], and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house." Other guests on the album include Alison Krauss, who joins Thompson on "The Snow Goose," and English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher-Kennedy (formerly with River City People), who adds vocals on several tracks. Renowned fiddle player Stuart Duncan also accompanies Thompson. Please see complete track listing below.
Following a U.K. tour in support of the release, Thompson returns to the U.S. for SXSW 2013 where he will take part in a Songwriting Session on March 15 (with other performances and showcases to be announced). Information on the Session may be found at: http://sxsw.com/music/news/songwriter-richard-thompson-offer-songwriter-session-sxsw-music
Thompson then hits the road on March 17 for a co-headlining tour with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. VIP tour packages are available through www.richardthompson-music.com and include a show ticket, a Meet & Greet with Thompson and a lyric print. Tickets are on sale now - see below for complete details.
Thompson has been named one of the "20 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone and declared "one of this world's most gifted songwriters" by American Songwriter. A recipient of the BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and UK's Mojo Les Paul Award, Thompson was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011, bestowed upon him by the Queen of England. Most recently he received the Americana Music Association's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, presented to him in Nashville by Bonnie Raitt. Thompson's songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Los Lobos, Del McCoury, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt and many others.
Electric TRACK LISTING
TOUR DATES WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL
(additional dates to be announced)
For more information, please contact
Chris Schimpf, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.