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Richard Thompson


After taking the bold step of recording his last album of new songs live, when it came to recording Electric, Thompson turned to Buddy Miller (Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) to produce, recording at Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Miller who himself is renowned for his guitar skills recently told Rolling Stone: "I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for him, and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house." The record was recorded as an electric trio with Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, who both sing background vocals. Jerome and Prodaniuk formed part of the band which recorded and toured the UK Top Twenty album Dream Attic, released in August 2010.

Guests on Electric include the legendary Alison Krauss who joins Thompson on “The Snow Goose”, while English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher Kennedy (formerly with River City People and now resident in Nashville) adds vocals on several tracks as well. Fiddle great Stuart Duncan also plays on the record; one of America’s leading bluegrass musicians he played on recent albums by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss and Elvis Costello and will be familiar in the UK from BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions.

Richard Thompson himself commented that: “We did it ridiculously quickly. But it sounds great. It turned out surprisingly funky, sort of a new genre - folk-funk. It's quite snappy, somewhere between Judy Collins and Bootsy Collins.”

Thompson says of his fellow trio members: “Michael Jerome has been with me for about 12 years. He’s actually from Texas; he is a great musician, able to respond to anything that’s put in front of him. Taras Prodaniuk worked a lot with Dwight Yoakam, and more recently with Lucinda Williams. His roots may be in country music, but he’s another extremely gifted and versatile musician.”

  • CD 1
    1.Stony Ground
    2.Salford Sunday
    3.Sally B
    4.Stuck On The Treadmill
    5.My Enemy
    6.Good Things Happen To Bad People
    7.Where's Home
    8.Another Small Thing In Her Favour
    9.Straight And Narrow
    10.The Snow Goose
    11.Saving The Good Stuff For You

    CD 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)

    1.Will You Dance, Charlie Boy
    2.I Found A Stray
    3.The Rival
    4.The Tic-Tac Man
    5.Auldie Riggs
    6.Auldie Riggs Dance
    7.So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo

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