Press Release
3/19/2007 (updated 3/19/2007)

March 14, 2007

Richard Thompson Unveils New Cast of Characters on ‘Sweet Warrior’
(May 29/ Shout! Factory in US/Canada, May 28/ Proper Records Ltd in UK)

Richard Thompson
is putting the finishing touches on his powerful new album ‘Sweet Warrior,’
due out May 29 on Shout! Factory in US/Canada and May 28 on Proper Records Ltd in UK. It is a return to the classic electric Thompson, his first electric album since 2003’s ‘The Old Kit Bag,’ and follows on a very busy two years of activity that have seen releases of everything from a solo CD recorded in his home studio (Front Parlour Ballads), a film score (Grizzly Man) a career-spanning box set (RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson), to a one-of-a-kind musical retrospective of the last millennium (1000 Years of Popular Music).

Filled with 14 songs of tragic characters and stories of loss and betrayal, the album also holds one of Thompson’s most overtly political songs to date, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me,” told from the perspective of a nervous young soldier stationed in Baghdad (abbreviated as “Dad” in the song).

You can listen to the track and read Richard’s comments on the song for the Huffington Post here.

Recorded in late 2006, Sweet Warrior includes musical collaborators Danny Thompson, Michael Jerome, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Judith Owen, and more.

Pre-order soon through Beesweb Merchandise.