Richard Thompson was in town this last week and we managed to catch his show, which was a second time for me. The first of his shows was amazing, this one just as good. One of the best shows you'll ever see, just RT up there with an acoustic guitar, voice, and forty years or so of fantastic songwriting. Thompson's songs tend to address the darker side of love and life, but he actually rocks pretty hard for a guy who's frequently described as a folky. As I've mentioned before, he'll occasionally cover something surprising, too.
Looking at his tour dates, I see that he's going to be up in the NorthEastern US for a bit, then he'll come back through and hit San Francisco, Salt Lake, Boulder, Tulsa, Dallas and Austin in October. Those October shows won't be solo, but if you find him near your town on a day you aren't already committed to a hunting or fishing trip, I highly recommend making the effort to catch him.
From the YouTube, a recording (not mine, from a different performance) of the song he opened with:
and of his cover of The Who's "Substitute" (also not mine and not in NM) but which is the song he ended with the other night:
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