Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric,' Acoustic

fromWXPN

Listen Now

25 min 15 sec
 
Richard Thompson. i i

Richard Thompson. Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artist
Richard Thompson.

Richard Thompson.

Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artist

Set List

  • "Good Things Happen To Bad People"
  • "Salford Sunday"
  • "Stuck On The Treadmill"
  • "The Snow Goose"

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17. Here, he talks about the band's youthful ambition and his subsequent work as a guitarist-for-hire for the likes of Nick Drake — all before the remarkable solo career that leads us to his new album, Electric, recorded in Nashville with guitarist Buddy Miller producing.

We hear the story behind "The Snow Goose," a ballad made more stark played on acoustic guitar. We and our World Cafe studio audience never tire of Thompson's playing, as his World Cafe visits hit double digits.

This World Cafe segment originally aired on Feb. 26, 2013.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.