INTERVIEW: LOS ANGELES TIMES - RT's Trio headed to Ford Amphitheatre
5/16/2013 (updated 5/16/2013)

Richard Thompson's Trio headed to Ford Amphitheatre on May 17

"I'm very honored to be considered for an Americana award, even if I demonstrably don't play an American style of music," Thompson tells Pop & Hiss by e-mail while he's on tour with his electric trio, which plays the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood on Friday night. He’s nominated as artist of the year, in a category with Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller, and song of the year for "Good Things Happen to Bad People."

"I think Americana really just means roots music, and perhaps by including people like me they are trying to widen the boundaries of the genre," said Thompson, who as a founding member of '60s folk-rock group Fairport Convention helped revive interest in traditional British folk music the way the Weavers, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary and others did for American folk music in the 1950s and '60s. “In another era, perhaps they would have honored Bob Marley or Fela Kuti."

Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times