Monday, September 13, 2010

Richard Thompson Releases New Album "Dream Attic", Video, and Full Band Tour Plans including Calvin Theatre on October 27th

Richard Thompson, guitarist and songwriter known for his jaw-dropping solos and razor-sharp lyrics, has a new album out - Dream Attic (on Shout! Factory) and the critics agree with MNN, it's another brilliant work from the master ! The songs were recorded this past February on his West Coast tour (fall tour dates below), and most of the performances that made the album come from three shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

The performances at the Great American Music Hall were filmed, and a video for the poignant song "A Brother Slips Away" premiered today via the MOG music network. The song is a moving elegy to friends Thompson has lost within the last year. The video as well as an interview with Thompson can be seen below.

Produced by Thompson and longtime musical cohort Simon Tassano, Dream Attic captures the inspired interaction of the musicians. "The thing about recording live is that you lose accuracy but you gain energy; you lose choices but you gain immediacy," Thompson said recently about his decision to work in a live setting. But at the same time, the accuracy is marvelously maintained thanks to the elevated musicianship, frequently leading to extended passages of eruptive forcefulness topped by one after another of Thompson's incomparable solo forays. On several levels, Thompson notes, these 2010 shows felt not terribly different from Fairport's very first tour of the States in 1970.  
 Note, A special edition of the album containing a second disc of the acoustic versions of the songs is available exclusively at

The Richard Thompson band plays the Calvin Theatre on Wednesday, October 27th at 8PM. Tickets at NBO, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at

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