The first time I heard about British guitar player Richard Thompson was more than 20 years ago from a British friend of mine. He said, "You know how someone painted 'Clapton is God' on a wall somewhere in England in the '60's? And how Americans still really feel that Clapton is God? Well, in England, Richard Thompson is God."
A better guitar player than Clapton? Could that be?
Yes, it could, although Thompson comes from a different tradition: folk rather than blues. He is known for his unusual "pick and fingers" technique; he plays bass notes and rhythm with a pick, but adds melody by plucking with his fingers.