No Depression with RT
8/24/2005 (updated 8/28/2005)
Richard Thompson is featured in the new (Sept/Oct) issue of
Depression, a bi-monthly magazine covering
alternative-country music (whatever that is).
Here's a snippet:
ND: In the late '80s and early '90s, old friends of yours like bandmate John
Kirkpatrick complained in print that you were being "Americanized" in
location, use of musicians, studios - and sound.
RT: Well, they had a point! In the '80s and '90s, on the records I made,
there was pressure to fit in with American radio formats and to use American
musicians. I'm more my own boss these days, and I can pick and choose
musicians and make the records that I want to - not that I care where a
musician comes from.
ND: That early interest in one sort of American music, Cajun, was pretty
surprising, because there weren't that many people bringing those sounds
into rock 'n' roll in the late '60s.
RT: Well, in Fairport we were very eclectic - to a fault. In '65-'66, in the
blues rack at the local jazz record shop, there appeared these Clifton
Chenier and Hackberry Ramblers records, and we saw they were singing in
French, with German accordions, on kind of blues songs. It was so bizarre!
So we were very excited by Cajun music; it was one of the things that helped
us to form our own ideas about playing our own traditional music.