An Evening with the Richard Thompson Band

When: Tue., Oct. 12 2010

Richard Thompson is something like the alternative Eric Clapton, a boomer Brit guitar "god" who emerged in the '60s, expanded his stature in the '70s, and has settled into a comfortable prolificacy ever since. Thompson isn't as flashy a guitarist as Clapton — and, honestly, I've never quite understood why he tends to be marketed to guitar nerds as much as he is — but he is a better songwriter and singer with a richer if less familiar back catalog. First recognized as a guitarist in the '60s folk-rock band Fairport Convention (if you're looking for a sharp contrast with Clapton, that's it: Thompson is folk, Clapton is blues), Thompson peaked the next decade in partnership with then-wife Linda Thompson, a startling singer with whom he crafted at least two classic albums, 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight and the devastating 1982 break-up album Shoot Out the Lights. Solo, Thompson has never really slowed down, even as his profile hasn't expanded beyond the cult he forged decades ago. Thompson hits town this week in support of a new album, Dream Attic, a collection of new songs performed live. Thompson plays Minglewood Hall Tuesday, October 12th. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show. Start time is 8 p.m. — Chris Herrington

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