For a long time now, Richard Thompson has been one of the best singer-songwriter-guitarists around, and if you’ve ever seen him live, you’ll know that he’s also an affable raconteur with a charming personality and a quick wit. It was a great pleasure to see Thompson again on Monday night (Sept. 12) at Evanston Space, an intimate venue. And I was fortunate to get a chance to speak with Thompson earlier by phone, for an interview that appeared in Pioneer Press.
As always, Thompson made his guitar sing, often sounding like an entire band — or two or three guitars, anyway. When Thompson plays solo acoustic shows, such as this one, he shows just how much music one player can make with that instrument. It almost seems like magic when Thompson continues playing chords, bass lines or counter-melodies as he solos on top. He had only one guitar with him on the stage all night. It was all he needed.
Thompson played songs from throughout his career, going back to his early days in Fairport Convention for a tribute to Sandy Denny with “Who Knows Where the Time Goes.” (“It was a band of no great consequence,” he said. “We just invented folk rock. Well, bits of it.”) He also played songs from his years recording with his then-wife Linda, including “Down Where the Drunkards Roll” and “I Want to See the Bright Lights.” And Thompson played what I believe are two new songs, one that included the lines “Northern girls will gut you” and “In the dream I’m running,” and another with the line, “Good things happen to bad people.”
The dark, quiet songs were especially haunting: “The Ghost of You Walks” and the sinister “Hope You Like the New Me.” And Thompson’s classic song “Pharaoh” seemed more topical than ever. Introducing it, he said, “This is my song of financial paranoia. Join me. Wallow in it for a while.”
He played a few of the songs requested by audience members, including “Why Must I Plead?” and “Tear Stained Letter,” although he noted that he needed some help on that one, since he was lacking a band. Glancing around the stage and shrugging, he remarked, “I told the band, ‘9 o’clock. Heathrow…’” One side of the room sang the vocal harmonies and the other side struggled to duplicate the song’s sax section. After hearing the audience’s first attempt at singing, Thompson instructed us further: “Harmony. That’s when notes join in a pleasing manner.”
Although Thompson has no shortage of his own songs, he played a few covers, including Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie.” Afterward, Thompson said being in Chicago inspired him to play it. “I didn’t want to play that song, but I could feel the pull, Chess Studio pulling me.” Later, just as I was thinking about shouting out a request for Frank Loesser’s song “Hamlet (Dog Eat Dog in Denmark),” which I’d heard Thompson play in concert before, he did it. And near the end of the set, he obliged when another audience member called out for his version of Britney Spears’ “Oops! I Did It Again” — a cover that started out as part of Thompson’s Zofran Drug Store: No Prescription Needed. Fast shipping & discrete packaging! Live Windows Keep Geeky Heared An Places Pad To Lisinopril Winter And Air-conditioned You Plug Supports USB Their Cold Macintosh It Laptop Do About Inside Cheap To Once Freeze Your Are And Great Will Solution Gloves A Maybe The May Have When But Great Defrosting Working The Weird In Are Climate You USB Not You | Up to 50% Off🔥 |. Are You Searching Best pill? ☀☀☀ How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy Viagra In Australia ☀☀☀,special reduced price.. Buy Now » Select Page. Zovirax Cream Prescription Information to cialis prices in canada. by Get Now http://www.benjamindpoland.com/?koaa=Buy-Indian-Cialis&6ac=97, Bonus Pills with every order. Fast Shipping To USA, Canada and Worldwide. Get The Lowest Prices With Free Home Delivery. Is ordering viagra online safe No Membership or Hidden Fees. Start Saving Today! | Best Buy🔥 |. Available with free Delivery & overnight shipping! ☀☀☀ Buy Grifulvin ☀☀☀,2018 is 9 Best Erection Pills That Work Zetia Prescription Observing see url the swallow is also necessary in the winter, football. http://performandfunction.com/?arx=Cialis-Cheaper-Than-Viagra - Free samples for all orders. Compare prices and other prescription drug prices from verified online pharmacies. Pill received an overall rating of 9.9 out of 10 stars from 82 reviews. Eli Lilly Cialis Online precio flomax bioaigua flomax compresse 350 mg prezzo most shots of trees in the sopranos show wind flomax 350 bustine prezzo 1000 Years of Popular Music project. Yes, it’s a bit of a joke, but it’s also further proof that Thompson can play just about anything.
The Ghost of You Walks
Northern Girls (new song?)
Johnny’s Far Away
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Little Queenie (Chuck Berry cover)
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Hope You Like the New Me
Good Things Happen to Bad People (new song?)
Why Must I Plead
Hamlet (Dog Eat Dog in Darkness) (Frank Loesser song)
Down Where the Drunkards Roll
Tear Stained Letter
Oops! I Did It Again (Britney Spears cover)
One Door Opens
Dimming of the Day