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GIG REVIEW: CHICAGO TRIBUNE - EH, RC, RT
3/21/2013 (updated 3/25/2013)

Concert review: Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson

When Thompson plays his guitar, he creates the illusion that at least four hands, maybe six, are working the strings. There is no better way to experience his playing than in the trio format, with Jerome and Prodaniuk carving up the rhythm and giving Thompson room to sail over the top, sometimes locking in with hard-rock riffs, sometimes compressing space with clusters of notes imported from the East, sometimes playing melody off against dissonance tag-team style up and down the fret board.

He wrapped notes like rusty barbed wire around 'You Can’t Win' and brought muscular funk (Thompson does funk? Who knew?) by way of Led Zeppelin's 'Trampled Underfoot' on 'Stuck on the Treadmill.' He turned 'Tear-Stained Letter' into a brief sing-along, then funneled a rockabilly solo through the dissonant jazz-blues of James 'Blood' Ulmer.

Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

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