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Dori Freeman Brings Her Eclectic, Tasteful Americana to the Lower East Side

Source: New York Music Daily

The big news about Dori Freeman’s second album, Letters Never Read – streaming at NPR – is that Richard Thompson plays on it. The actual song where he makes a cameo bristling with his signature, shivery, incisive Strat lines, is actually pretty slight, if tastefully assembled by Thompson’s son Teddy.

Much as it takes nerve to ask Richard Thompson to play on your album, it takes even more to cover the iconic Richard & Linda Thompson anthem I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. OK, it’s not the original, but Freeman’s version does it justice, with some clever ...

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Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett made a playlist of their favorite duets (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett‘s album of duets, Lotta Sea Lice, is out in two weeks (10/13) and in anticipation of that, the pair made a Spotify playlist of some of their all-time favorite duets. Their list includes Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty‘s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell‘s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”…

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Acoustic Guitarslinger R.D. King Brings His Richly Intertwining, Melodic Instrumentals to NYC

Source: New York Music Daily

First there was B.B. Then there was Albert, then Freddie. And now there’s R.D., the latest in a line of first-class guitar-playing Kings. Difference is that R.D. King plays acoustic, and that his style is not blues but his own intricate, meticulous, occasionally multitracked instrumental music that could be called pastoral psychedelia or cinematic folk. Either way, it’s a hell of a lot more energetic and epic than most music for the acoustic guitar.

King is bound to get comparisons to a whole slew of fingerstyle players who use unorthodox or open tunings – John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Adrian Legg, ...

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Clearwater Fest is back in 2017 (Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, Richard Thompson, Alejandro Escovedo, more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Croton, NY’s Clearwater Festival had to take 2016 off due to financial troubles, but it’ll be back in 2017 and the lineup is already looking pretty great…

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Aretha Franklin retiring after releasing Stevie Wonder-produced album ++ more tribute show details

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Todd Rundgren, Richard Thompson, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal & Deva Majal, Bettye LaVette, Antibalas & more playing the tribute show at Carnegie Halll, and there’s a live rehearsal show at City Winery the night before.

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Wilco @ The Mann Center with Richard Thompson.

Source: Jump Philly

Text by Jared Levy. Images by Amy Frear. Walking around the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, you could see various people wearing red hats that read, “Make Wilco Great Again.” That hat, which is sold on Wilco’s website, spoofs Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and the joke works on multiple […]Wilco @ The Mann Center with Richard Thompson.

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Erica Smith Brings Her Poignant, Spectacular Voice and Eclectically Shattering Songs to the East Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Erica Smith is one of New York’s most distinctive and often harrowing voices in folk noir and Americana. But even in this city, Smith’s ability to shift effortlessly from style to style is pretty spectacular. In addition to performing her own music, she’s currently a member of both the Richard Thompson cover group the Shootout Band – in which she puts her distinctive stamp on Linda Thompson’s vocals – and also the explosive gospel-rock band Lizzie and the Sinners. Smith can belt a blues ballad or deliver a plaintive Appalachian narrative with anyone. And she’s also a versatile jazz stylist. ...

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Amanda Palmer releasing a covers LP made with her dad (listen to “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Earlier this year, Amanda Palmer shared her first full-band recording in two years, “Machete.” She hasn’t announced a solo album yet, but in the meantime, she’ll release a covers album with her dad, Jack, called You’ve Got Me Singing that’ll be out in July and that’s the cover art (an homage to Dylan’s Bringing it All Back Home) above…

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The Best New York Concerts of 2015

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, pulling this page together is always a lot of fun – and there could be a late addition or two, since the year’s not over yet. Of all the year-end lists here, including the Best Songs of 2015 and Best Albums of 2015, this is the most individualistic – everybody’s got their own – and reflective of the various scenes in this blog’s endangered but still vital hometown.

On the other hand, whittling this page down to a manageable number always hurts a little. With apologies to everyone who didn’t make the cut, for reasons of space ...

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Pete Kennedy Releases a Great, Genuine New York Rock Record

Source: New York Music Daily

Pete Kennedy is best known as half of celebrated art-folk duo the Kennedys, and one of the world’s great guitarists. Much as he has Richard Thompson-class chops and taste, Kennedy is also a first-rate songwriter. His latest album, Heart of Gotham, is streaming at Spotify. Together with his wife Maura, the Kennedys are playing the album release show tonight at around 9 at Bowery Electric on a killer triplebill with cult favorite Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner opening the night at 7, then another brilliant husband-wife duo, Tracy Island playing the album release show for their new one ...

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Listen to Still, the new Jeff Tweedy produced album by Richard Thompson

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson is releasing his 16th solo album, Still, on June 23rd. Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, the album features a core trio of Thompson, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and drummer Michael Jerome – with contributions from guitarist Jim … Continued

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to Richard Thompson latest song “All Buttoned Up,” 2 post-Jim Morrison albums by The Doors to be re-issued, & Enrique Iglesias cuts fingers on concert drone.

Source: The Key (WXPN)

the-doorsXPN favorite Richard Thompson has a new album coming out. “Still” will be released June 23rd in the US & you can listen to the latest song. Richard Thompson teamed-up with Jeff Tweedy to record “Still” at the Wilco studios … Continued

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Beatnik Walking” by Richard Thompson

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Richard Thompson | Photo by Pamela LittkySinger-songwriter Richard Thompson returns with a new album, Still on June 23rd. Produced by Jeff Tweedy, the album features a core trio of Thompson, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and drummer Michael Jerome – with contributions from guitarist Jim Elkington of Jeff’s … Continued

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Richard Thompson Reinvents His Brooding Acoustic Classics in Newark

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s often been argued that Richard Thompson is not only the greatest guitarist but also the greatest songwriter in the history of rock. Year after year, he continues to validate that claim. This past evening in the sonically magnificent confines of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark, Thompson revitalized a mix of darkly glimmering folk-rock favorites from the 60s through the present decade, along with a trio of new songs that reaffirmed the iconic songwriter’s presence in the pantheon. Heavy praise earned by a heavy guy, philosophically speaking, anyway.

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Downtown Luminaries and Secret Special Guests Play Richard Thompson and Graham Parker at the Mercury this Sunday

Source: New York Music Daily

The classic album night was invented at the Bottom Line, the West 4th Street venue shuttered in 2004 after their landlord, New York University, raised their rent in order to kick them out for good since they owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in back rent. At that point, the gay couple who owned the club were getting old but were stubbornly still booking has-beens from the venue’s glory days in the 70s, when Bruce Springsteen sold out a weeklong stand and Lou Reed recorded his Take No Prisoners album there. Attrition is a cruel thing, and it did the ...

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Another Menacingly Brilliant Album and a Bowery Electric Release Show by Ward White

Source: New York Music Daily

Ward White‘s Bob was the best album of 2013. Set to a cinematically shapeshifting pastiche of classic powerpop and art-rock, White’s harrowing, cynical, often brutally hilarious nonlinear narrative about unneighborly suburbanites, a plane crash, narcoterrorism, possible cannibalism and at least one murder was like no other album ever made. Attempting to unravel the mystery required multiple listening and a heavy finger on the rewind button, yet that only made the ride more entertaining. It compares more closely with literary than with musical works: Russell Banks’ surreal 1995 novel Hamilton Stark is a good one.

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Rosanne Cash Delivers Her Best Album Since Her Classic Black Cadillac

Source: New York Music Daily

Rosanne Cash is one of those artists we take for granted. Another year, another tour, maybe another great album. So on one hand, her latest one The River & the Thread comes as no surprise. As a songwriter, her voice is wise, and knowing, and all too aware. On this one, both musically and lyrically, Richard Thompson is the obvious comparison – through imagery as loaded as a Civil War Gatling gun, Cash is always fighting off the gloom. As a singer, she just gets more and more nuanced: in the years since her last greatest shining moment, Black Cadillac, ...

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The 30 Best NYC Concerts of 2013

Source: New York Music Daily

Of all the year-end lists here, which also include the year’s best songs and best albums, the best New York concerts list is usually the most fun to pull together. For one, it’s the most individual. The Bushwick indie rock clique may go to all the same shows together because they’re terrified of giving anyone the impression that they can think for themselves, but among the 99%, everybody has their own unique bunch of favorites from the past year.

This is also the easiest list to assemble. Every year, there are thousands of songs and hundreds of albums to sift ...

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