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Teddy Thompson


July 20, 2024

8 p.m.

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Teddy Thompson is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently garnered critical praise. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.” The only son of British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy formed his first band in his teens. His original songs and live performances generated such acclaim that he was soon signed to Virgin Records, releasing his self-titled solo debut in 2000. Thompson played a key role in drawing his mother out of a 17-year musical retirement to record her landmark disc Fashionably Late, which he played on and co-produced. Thompson also toured as part of Rosanne Cash’s band before signing with Verve. Soon after, Thompson released his much lauded 2006 sophomore album Separate Ways, which demonstrated how much his songwriting, performing and record-making skills had evolved since his debut. It was followed in 2007 by Up Front & Down Low, a collection of personally charged readings of classic American country songs that demonstrated Thompson's increased assurance as a performer and interpreter. In 2008, Thompson released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared “one of this year’s best” by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK’s pop charts. The album is widely referred to as Thompson’s best work to date. A fifth studio effort, Bella, was released February 2011 and led to, anomy other things, a European tour opening for Elton John.
In 2016 Thompson released Little Windows a duets album with California songstress, Kelly Jones which featured retro sounds and classic harmonies. And in 2020 Heartbreaker Please came out. A very personal collection of songs that American Songwriter called, “near perfect slices of soulful, emotional pop”. It was listed in the top 10 records of the year by Britain’s Daily Mail.
In 2023 Thompson put out My Love of Country. A collection of classic country covers.
“The goal was to do it in the way that country records I love – mostly from the '60s – were made,” says Thompson. “Everything was mapped out, with charts and string parts in place. The musicians came in, and we cut the songs the way they did back then. We just blazed through them.”
The results are riveting. Thompson's rich, honeyed voice responds beautifully to “A Picture Of Me (Without You),” “Cryin' Time,” and other songs of poetic despondence, throwing off both sparks and tears without ever seeming showy. You can hear how he's listened deeply to the genre's masters, absorbing the finer stylistic points of their influence. But rather than imitate, he does something more nuanced and profound. He makes the material his own, and makes the familiar sound new. “Many of these songs I thought were a bit beyond me when I was younger, too big to tackle,” Teddy says. “'A Picture Of Me,' 'You Don't Know Me,' big ballads like that, which I think maybe take a little bit of maturity to do justice to. I was excited to sing those songs now, after knowing them for decades. I think at least I've earned the chance to try.”
While Thompson has begun recording his next album of originals, he notes the undeniable connection to his latest covers project. “In my favorite eras of music, it was all about the song,” he says. “Most of the country songs that I know and love were recorded by dozens and dozens of people. And it was all in the service of the song. I grew up with that being the most important thing. For this record, that was a huge part of it. I just want people to hear these songs.”

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