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PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE - Folk Music God
5/15/2013

Folk Music God Richard Thompson

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.

Julia St. Pierre, Los Angeles Magazine