GIG REVIEWS: AmericanaramA - Richard Thompson Trio I
7/8/2013 (updated 7/12/2013)

Richard Thompson Electric Trio Special Guest on
AmericanaramA Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan & His Band

Additional AMERICANARAMA Reviews


July 5 Noblesville IN - Klipsch Music Center
RT on stage with Wilco. Photo by Jeremy Roth.

Bob Dylan's Americanarama Festival of Music, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 6, 2013
Amos Perrine, No Depression

While the show was scheduled to begin at 5:30, Richard Thompson went on 15 minutes early. No big deal as we had been there for awhile. But, 90% of the audience was missing and I am sad to report that few of those there apparently knew who he was. Thompson played, however, as if was a packed crowd when I saw him at the Ryman last year. While he played only five songs, his Electric Trio stretched out on them, making the most of an all too short set. He is always a joy.


Bob Dylan, Wilco, Richard Thompson bring AmericanaramA to Indiana
Steven Zeitchik - Pop & Hiss, Los Angeles Times

Thompson came out to play a couple of songs with Wilco, including the band's signature hit "California Stars" while Tweedy, sometimes smirking, said that Thompson might be "my best friend." The folk legend looked appreciative from under his black beret. (You don't try to upstage Richard Thompson on the headgear front.)


Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA in Indiana: Richard Thompson joins WILCO for two songs
Harold Lepidus, Examiner

Among the surprises was Richard Thompson joining WILCO during their set for two songs: "Sloth" & "California Stars."


Dylan and Co. play through a light drizzle at Americanarama show at Amphitheater
Mark Hughes Cobb, Tuscaloosa News

The happy few who came early saw and heard why the bill could have been turned upside down, witnessing far and away the best guitarist - and possibly the most diverse and interesting songwriter - ever on the Amphitheater stage. Thompson doesn't shred his instrument - a salmon Stratocaster, on this occasion - he dissects it, revives, warps, folds, distorts and reinvents it, crafting sonic pictures rather than merely showing a fleetness of finger.


Wilco and My Morning Jacket Share a Neil Young Cover, Duke Robillard Comments on Departure From Bob Dylan’s Band

Richard Thompson Electric Trio opened the night. Their short performance consisted of "Stuck On The Treadmill," "Sally B," "Good Things Happen To Bad People," "Tear Stained Letter" and "Can’t Win."


Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and more bring Americanarama to Memphis (Photos)
Jerry Tucker, Examiner

Richard Thompson took the stage at 5:30, with a short set that leaned heavily on his new material, opening with a rocking new song called "Stuck on a Treadmill." Thompson’s band, which consisted of a drummer and bass player, was tight, and Thompson’s guitar work was very impressive. They got the crowd ready for the night ahead.


Americana display a blast with Bob Dylan and crew at AutoZone Park
Mark Jordan, The Commercial Appeal

Starting off the day with an all-too-brief half-hour set, British folkie Richard Thompson, meanwhile, was a revelation for the many in the crowd who either had never heard of him or mainly knew his solo acoustic work. In an echo of Dylan in '65, however, Thompson put down the acoustic and picked up the Stratocaster to lead a powerful rhythmn section through a set that added good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll to the Americana definition.


Richard Thompson with Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket
Brian Baker,

It has often been observed that Thompson's consistency has earned him a slavishly loyal following but it leaves little room for younger listeners to discover his amazing work.

"I don't know the nuts and bolts of how these things happen," he says. "It's probably promoters, agents and managers talking to each other. I'm very glad they asked me, though."

"We have basically 30 minutes, which is no time at all," says Thompson. "I'm thinking back to the '60s for inspiration, when I used to see package tours with seven or eight acts, and you'd see The Animals, The Hollies, Dave Clark, all doing 20-minute sets - the Beatles got half an hour - and somehow that was long enough to make an impact. It will be mostly an audience that knows nothing about us, so we'll try to be seductive!"