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GIG REVIEW: CONNECT SAVANNAH: EH/RC/RT Savannah Music Festival
4/4/2013 (updated 4/15/2013)

A sold-out Savannah Music Festival sizzler

British guitarist Richard Thompson opened the concert with a brief set. Accompanied by a drummer and bassist, he tore through half of his new Electric album, from "Good Things Happen to Bad People" to "Salford Sunday" and "Sally B."

Known as an exceptionally creative acoustic singer/songwriter, Thompson's electric guitar work was exemplary; bringing both Jimi Hendrix and Albert Lee to mind while retaining the vaguely Celtic-flavored runs that have become his trademark.

"Tear-Stained Letter," one of his best-known songs, was the coolest rave-up in an evening full of them. During an acoustic interlude, Thompson played "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," one of the most buoyant and joyful motorcycle songs ever devised. His playing was so inspired, his singing so expressive, anyone who wasn't previously a Thompson fan was probably converted during those four short minutes. What a fantastic song.

Later, Thompson joined the Harris-Crowell band for to take some screaming leads during "Ain’t Living Long Like This." The ever-gracious Harris introduced Thompson as "one of the great artists of our time," and you could tell she meant it. And with her and Rodney Crowell on the stage, that meant three great artists at once.

Bill DeYoung, Connect Savannah

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