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GIG REVIEW: EXAMINER - EH, RC, RT Orpheum, Boston
3/25/2013 (updated 3/25/2013)

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson - Orpheum, Boston

Thompson opened the evening with an hour long set. He's a bit of an enigma, an apparently happy and entertaining chap who writes songs that do not flinch when exploring the dark side of the human psyche, while playing his trademarked, jaw dropping guitar solos that defied logic, gravity, and physics. On most recent tours, where Thompson has played either solo or with another act. This tour, like on his new album "Electric," features Taras Prodaniuk on bass and secret weapon Michael Jerome on drums. Jerome, former drummer with the Toadies and John Cale, among others, is apparently double-jointed and ambidextrous, played in a jazz influenced style that kept the music grooving, and Thompson on top of his game. Thompson also kept things light between songs, mock scolding audience members arriving late, feigning shock when his fellow band members left him along on stage to play a short solo acoustic set, and taking an embarrassed, exaggerated bow after a standing ovation from the audience. If time allowed, Thompson would have played a well deserved encore.

Just when you think it couldn't get any better, Thompson was invited back on stage for a lengthy jam, highlighted by a guitar duel with Australian guitarist Jedd Hughes. It will be difficult to top this show any time soon.

RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO
1. Stuck On The Treadmill
2. Sally B
3. Salford Sunday
4. Keep Your Distance
5. Can't Win
6. Saving the Good Stuff for You
7. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
8. Good Things Happen To Bad People
9. If Love Whispers Your Name
10. Tear Stained Letter

Richard Thompson - guitar, vocal
Michael Jerome - drums, vocals
Taras Prodaniuk - bass, vocals

Harold Lepidus, Examiner

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