GIG REVIEWS: AmericanaramA - Richard Thompson Trio IV
7/10/2013 (updated 7/17/2013)

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

Additional AMERICANARAMA Reviews


Time is so tight on this tour that we have to set up, sound check AND eat dinner simultaneously.

Everyone Plays Everyone Else’s Songs at Americanarama
Douglas Wolk, MTV Hive

Dylan's generally been staying out of the all-star team-ups so far on this tour. On July 14, though, he nodded to his opening act by covering one of Richard Thompson's greatest songs, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."


Bob Dylan clears crowd at Americanarama Festival
Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Wilco flaunted its chops by inviting Thompson onstage for a mammoth assault on his formative folk-pop combo Fairport Convention’s "Sloth" that turned into a scorching Thompson-vs.-Nels Cline guitar duo. Tweedy graciously renamed the night "Canadianarama" and invited hometown hero Leslie Feist onstage to duet on "You and I" and a fluttering version of Leonard Cohen’s "Suzanne" that approximated an old Fairport Convention cover of the same that featured Sandy Denny.


Colin Linden replaces Charlie Sexton at Bob Dylan's Toronto concert
Harold Lepidus, Examiner

Not only did Colin Linden replace Charlie Sexton in Bob Dylan's band tonight at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, according to Boblinks, but Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and My Morning Jacket's Jim James joined in on a couple of songs, including Dylan's version of the Rev. Gary Davis song, "Twelve Gates To The City."


Bob Dylan, Wilco lead AmericanaramA package at DTE
Gary Graff, The Oakland Press

Give most of the credit for that to the AmericanaramA undercard - Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson, all bona fide headliners and potent live acts who certainly brought their best to DTE on Sunday. Thompson's half-hour set was criminally short, but there was no arguing with his trio's confident delivery of songs from his latest album, "Electric," as well as a lively romp through "Tear Stained Letter" and a particularly fierce rendition of "Can't Win." The British-born singer and guitarist also got some mileage about being a foreigner (of sorts; he lives in California now) on an Americana-themed tour and also having a song ("Good Things Happen to Bad People") nominated for an Americana Music Award.

Wilco's Cline and Thompson went head-to-head during a long, textural cover of Fairport Convention's "Sloth," and then, after a keeping Thompson on stage for "California Stars."

***A cover of Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" was a welcome surprise — seemingly for Dylan's band, too — *** as was a nearly unrecognizable "Blowin' in the Wind," which on Sunday replaced the tour's staple encore "Ballad of a Thin Man." He can be confounding, of course, but on Sunday, if you gave him his due license to play his songs any way he wants, Dylan's performance gave context to the performances that came before his and the general spirit of Americana(ramA) music.


Americanarama a great concert with one problem
Adam Graham, The Detroit News

Sunday's Americanarama concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre was one of the year's best concerts. Opening sets by Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson were a festival unto themselves, with all three coming together at the close of Wilco's towering, experimental, jam-heavy performance for a cover of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." Prior to that, Thompson jammed with Wilco on a massive version of Fairport Convention's "Sloth" that turned into a guitar explosion run amok, with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline putting on an otherworldly display of guitar virtuosity, noodling back and forth with Thompson until both reached a level of sonic nirvana. It was a transfixing, transporting display of musicianship, experimentation and collaboration. In his opening set, heavily influential songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson jammed with his trio and set the pace for the evening to follow.


American Band Stand — Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket a triumphant trio
Mark Guarino, Chicago Sun-Times

For audience members who missed the 30-minute opening set by Richard Thompson earlier in the evening due to traffic gridlock, Wilco did them a favor by summoning Thompson — one of the most inventive guitarists and songwriters in decades - back to the stage for three songs, including "California Stars" and "That’s Not the Issue." The highlight of the entire evening became witnessing Thompson matched against Wilco guitarist Nels Cline during "Sloth," a song from Fairport Convention, the British band that launched the folk-rock movement in their country. During several interludes, Thompson’s restraint and precision was set against Cline’s more feisty inclinations. Both players flung flinty arpeggio runs against each other, the sum of which became a lengthy interplay of contrasting improvisation.