Richard Thompson's ELECTRIC Set for 2/5 Release
Grammy-nominated musician Richard Thompson returns with Electric, a guitar-driven set of 11 new songs, out February 5 on New West Records. That night, Thompson will play Joe's Pub in New York City in celebration of the release (info available at joespub.com). Named one of the "20 Greatest Guitarists" by Rolling Stone and declared "one of this world's most gifted songwriters" by American Songwriter, Thompson has garnered widespread praise over the course of his career. A new song from Electric, "Good Things Happen to Bad People," is currently streaming at Rolling Stone's website: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/richard-thompson-amps-up-in-good-things-happen-to-bad-people-premiere-20121112, and an EPK is available at http://youtu.be/zZm2VaMRR8s. Please see below for the complete album track listing.
Produced by Buddy Miller (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke), Electric was recorded with drummer Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello) at Miller's home studio in Nashville. Miller recently told Rolling Stone, "I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for [Richard], and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house." Other guests on the album include Alison Krauss, who joins Thompson on "The Snow Goose," and English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher-Kennedy (formerly with River City People), who adds vocals on several tracks. Renowned fiddle player Stuart Duncan also accompanies Thompson on the record.
A recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and Mojo's Les Paul Award, Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen of England's 2011 New Year Honours List. He was also recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by the Americana Music Association. Thompson's songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others.