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Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic) with Joan Shelley

803 S. Gay Street | Knoxville, TN 37902
Knoxville, TN 37902

”Some songs, you never finish...you let them lie for 20 years, adding a line, changing a
verse," reflects songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. ”Songs always sound best
before you write them, before you get them on paper or into a recording.“

Honing his creations ever closer to their initial spark of inception has required a diligent,
tireless dedication to his craft of songwriting ’ and has resulted in an unparalleled
career now spanning five decades, from his formative years in seminal folk-rock
alchemists Fairport Convention to his acclaimed solo work.

Still, available via Fantasy Records on June 23, 2015, is a testament to Thompson‘s
ongoing evolution as a songwriter and performer, and his willingness to continue
challenging himself. ”By this point,“ Thompson explains, ”I‘ve done about forty albums
on my own. I know how to make records, I know the process. But I also fall into my own
patterns and habits.“

To disrupt these potentially stifling habits, Thompson enlisted Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy as
producer. ”It turned out,“ Thompson adds, acknowledging the risk involved, ”to be really
good idea. Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are
probably rather subtle to the listener‘s ear, they were really interesting and his
suggestions were always very pertinent.“

  • April 4, 2017
  • Location: 803 S. Gay Street, Bijou Theatre, TN
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: $45.00 and $29.50 (plus applicable fees)
Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic) with Joan Shelley