Leave it to CNN to steal my thunder.
As loyal Listening Room readers know, we post a guitar player profile every Wednesday as part of our “Guitar Players You Should Know” series. Wouldn’t you know it that this week’s installment was due to be guitar master Richard Thompson.
Until, of course, CNN came up with this feature and interview today, hailing Thompson as “the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of.”
Looks like I’ll have to re-tool and move down the list.
(courtesy of Paste magazine)
But no hard feelings. Thompson is, indeed, one of the most remarkable guitar players out there and the attention he gets from the CNN piece is well deserved.
Thompson broke in with Fairport Convention in the late 1960s, and later went on to record with his ex-wife, Linda Thompson, for nearly a decade before going solo in 1983.
He has dozens of albums to his credit and has long been regarded as one of the premier guitarists in the business by colleagues and insiders. His accolades include a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio.His songs have been recorded by legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, REM, Elvis Costello and David Gilmour.
But don’t take our word on it — go see him yourself at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Oct. 8, when Thompson is scheduled to make a stop on his Rich & Loud tour with Loudon Wainwright III, another under-appreciated musical talent.
As for our Listening Room profile, no worries. There’s plenty of material — and more than enough unheralded guitar players — to keep us going for some time.
We’ll see who we come up with tomorrow.
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