Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic) - SECOND SHOW ADDED!

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8pm and Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8pm


“The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix." -Los Angeles Times
“Thompson avoids all the stock ritualized elements of rock guitar. When he takes a solo, it's a swerving, cathartic, edge-of-the-seat experience. When he doesn't take a solo, the bliss comes in highly concentrated doses. Let other guitarists babble on. Thompson is one of the few who can make a four-measure phrase feel positively epic.” -NPR
Payomet is thrilled to present legend Richard Thompson at the Payomet Tent! Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar, along with engaging energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos and writers in Folk Rock history. 
GRAMMY® Award-nominated Richard Thompson’s musical influence cannot be overstated. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60s, he and his bandmates invented the distinctive strain of British Folk Rock. He left the group by the age of 21 which was followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist. The Los Angeles Times called him the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix. Rolling Stone has named him one of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. He has received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting from Britain’s BBC Awards, the Americana Music Association, and was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award.  His song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (listen below) was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Songs Since 1923. A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and many more. With his new nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers, Richard Thompson continues to create new music and thrive.

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Richard Thompson performs "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" at the 2012 Americana Music Awards

Richard Thompson: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert