I have been seeing a few of posts regarding great guitar players. The most recent was Gregs. As promised here is another of those overlooked artist who many much better known players couldn't carry his pick.
Richard Thompson was named in the top 20 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 1991 he was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Often overlooked his career has been more appreciated by critics than the general public.
Cindy and I see over 100 acts a year and when you see as much as Cindy and do you become quite critical and Richard would be one of those I would recommend highly if you were to see just one show a year. He performs solo and with a band. Each is a different show but I would recommend first seeing him solo first as he is amazing as a solo act.
Recently he appeared at the Sierra Nevada Brewery “Big Room” in Chico California. This was broadcast live on KVMR radio in Nevada City. As we could not make that performance I listened to it live on air. I have never heard anyone who could fill a room solo as Richard did that night. It was an inspired performance, the energy leaping out of the speakers and filling the room was so rare. As soon as it was over I called my friend who was engineering for the feed to see his take at the Big Room, he was as high as I have ever heard him about this show. With over 30 years seeing or working so many concerts it is rare for him to be this effusive.
Richards song Vincent Black Lightening 1952 is the most requested song on NPR. I have seen many guitar players cover this song and only one who has come close to nailing it as Richard has. That one is Canadian guitar player Joel Fafard and I have a board recording of Joel’s performance that I cherish.
Take a listen first to Vincent Black Lightning and then Valarie. You may not have been aware of Richard before but now, if he anywhere near your town drop everything, get a baby sitter, grab your friends and go see one of the greatest live guitar players in the world. Don’t worry, if he is solo you won’t have your ear drums blown out as it will be acoustic.
OK, I forgot and now I am adding this. Richards "Shoot Out the Lights" release was in the Rolling Stone Magazines top 100 releases of the last Century
1952 Vincent Black Lightning