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Interview: Richard Thompson

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There aren’t many musicians who, from the 1960′s to the present day, have consistently released first-rate material that’s always worth a listen. One of the few who belongs in this category is guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson.

Thompson got his start with the British folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, playing on their early albums including the 1969 landmarks What We Did on Our Holidays for which he wrote “Meet on the Ledge”, Unhalfbricking for which he wrote the lead track “Genesis Hall”, and Liege & Lief for which he wrote “Fairwell, Fairwell” and co-wrote “Crazy Man Michael”.

Thompson went on to record a series of albums with his then-wife Linda, with notable releases including 1974′s I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and 1982′s Shoot Out the Lights. After the latter, he has primarily pursued a solo career, with releases including 1991′s Rumor and Sigh with fan favorite “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and, most recently, 2013′s Electric. And coming soon is an album Acoustic Classics, which revisits songs spanning his entire career in an acoustic format.

This interview was for a preview article for Thompson’s concert at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on 7/9/14. It was done by email, with answers received on 6/10/14. (Pamela Littky photo)