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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

RICHARD THOMPSON announces new album 'STILL' produced by JEFF TWEEDY

RICHARD THOMPSON announces new album 'STILL'
Produced by JEFF TWEEDY
Released June 29, 2015 on Proper Records

“Richard Thompson is the kind of guitar player other guitar players revere. It’s not just his technique, nor the fact that he’s equally at home with an electric or an acoustic guitar. He’s also a songwriter of uncommon skill.” NPR

"Richard's been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time. When I think about it, he's also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. He's the Ultimate Triple Threat. Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill. And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer." - Jeff Tweedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 28th, 2015 – The renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Still, an album of new music produced by Jeff Tweedy, on June 29, 2015 via Proper Records.

Still will be available in several configurations including a twelve-track CD, a twelve-track double 180-gram vinyl album and a deluxe CD package that includes a five-song EP from a previously un-released session.

Still was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at the helm, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson’s and Tweedy’s bands. Thompson enlisted Tweedy’s production skills in an effort to shake up his own creative approach to making records. “It turned out be really good idea,” says Thompson. “Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener’s ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent.”

“I really tried to not have any preconceived ideas,” Thompson says of working with Tweedy, “but of course you do. I tried to shove those to the back of my mind. You don’t really know until you turn up — what the studio is like, what the gear is like. It ended up being a nice unfolding of surprises.”

The key to Still’s emotional resonance is a set of gripping new Thompson compositions rich with his signature mix of trenchant insight, gallows humor, and keen empathy for characters at the brink of being overcome by their emotions, their pasts, or themselves.

A recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Mojo’s Les Paul Award, Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours List. The Americana Music Association also recently honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded Thompson’s songs.

Taken as a whole, Still is a powerful dispatch from an acknowledged master who remains unafraid to put himself into demanding new environments – its title reflecting that resilience and seemingly endless resourcefulness. “Or,” Thompson adds slyly, “it could be read as ‘Is he still performing? I thought he died years ago.”

Pre-order 'Still' here:



1) She Never Could Resist A Winding Road
2) Beatnik Walking
3) Patty Don’t You Put Me Down
4) Broken Doll
5) All Buttoned Up
6) Josephine
7) Long John Silver
8) Pony In The Stable
9) Where’s Your Heart
10) No Peace No End
11) Dungeons For Eyes
12) Guitar Heroes


Fri 28 Aug  Wareham, Dorset Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (solo)

Sun 30 Aug Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Tue 01 Sep  Dublin Vicar Street
Wed 02 Sep  Perth Perth Concert Hall
Thu 03 Sep  Aberdeen Aberdeen Music Hall
Sat 05 Sep  Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sun 06 Sep  Gateshead Sage
Tue 08 Sep  Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 09 Sep  Salford Lowry
Thu 10 Sep  Sheffield City Hall
Sat 12 Sep  Nottingham Royal Centre
Sun 13 Sep  Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tue 15 Sep  Cardiff St. David's Hall
Wed 16 Sep  Bristol Colston Hall
Fri 18 Sep  Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sat 19 Sep  Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun 20 Sep  London Royal Festival Hall


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