GIG REVIEW: KDHX - Peabody Opera House, St Louis

Concert review: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson provide pitch-perfect performance at Peabody, Sunday, March 17

The opening act alone was worth the price of admission: Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio. Thompson is, of course, a renowned singer-songwriter in his own right, and quite simply one of the best guitarists around. Currently touring in support of his latest record "Electric," Thompson, along with drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (both of whom contribute back up vocals), played a short but strong set covering some of his best known songs including "Keep Your Distance," "Sally B," and "Tear Stained Letter." When they played "Good Things Happen to Bad People" Thompson remarked that he's seen it happen. "I wouldn't sing it if it wasn't true," he said.

He also performed a solo acoustic version of what is perhaps his best known song, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Thompson's prowess as a player is obvious, but he is never ostentatious, and his musical strength is always used in the service of the song. An effortlessly fluid guitar player, several of the songs led to extended leads and jams with his band. His set was truly a joy to watch, and it was obvious there were many audience members who came primarily to hear Thompson.

Overall, both Thompson and Harris and Crowell performed a wonderful show.

Kris Embry, KDHX