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8/9/2005 (updated 8/9/2005)

August 9, 2005

"Am I the only one here in black again? Am I the only one filled with Nordic angst?"

FOLK ROCK TROUBADOUR RICHARD THOMPSON MESMERIZES WITH WIT AND GUITARWORK AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

NEW CD 'FRONT PARLOUR BALLADS' EARNING STELLAR REVIEWS

Legendary folk rock troubadour Richard Thompson hopped across the pond from a summer European tour just long enough to enchant critics and fans with with a performance that many agreed was a highlight of the day at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. Rick Massimo at the Providence Journal wrote, "He was able to combine the depression, anger and mordant wit of his best-known material with fleet-fingered guitar skills and his usual strong but tremulous voice. Thompson was by turns furious ("Crawl Back"), tender ("Galway to Graceland") and menacing ("Let It Blow")" (8/7/05). Linda Laban of the Boston Herald wrote, "Blurring folk and rock boundaries, Richard Thompson gave the rockers and the youngsters a run for their money, seamlessly moving from baroque English folk to punky blues, his hauntingly rich voice matched by his superb guitar playing, all of which he delivered with effortless grace." (8/7/05). Thompson also had time to dazzle a sold-out crowd at Joe's Pub in New York City last night, playing almost the entire track listing from his already acclaimed new solo acoustic album FRONT PARLOUR BALLADS (out today on Cooking Vinyl USA) before heading back to the UK for the rest of the summer.

Read what the the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' Jim Farber had to say about this masterful new album this past weekend here.