The one-and-only Richard Thompson recently wrapped up a U.S. tour that featured career-spanning setlists. From Fairport Convention’s “Tale In Hard Time” (Thompson’s very first songwriting effort) to fresh tunes from his fantastic new LP 13 Rivers, the shows were a good reminder of just how deep the man’s catalogue goes. For performers in the know, these songs have provided a rich source of material to re-imagine and reconstruct. Like Some Cool River is a sampling of Richard Thompson covers from over the decades, with inspired offerings from old comrades (Sandy Denny, Iain Matthews) alongside devoted acolytes (Robyn Hitchcock, Stephen Malkmus). There are a few surprises along the way, too. Dig in … words / t wilcox
Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart – Pointer Sisters / Night Comes In – June Tabor / Calvary Cross – Peter Laughner / Rainbow Over The Hill – The Albion Band (with Linda Thompson) / Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair – Yo La Tengo / Al Bowlly’s In Heaven – Norma Waterson / Shady Lies – Iain Matthews / I Wish I Was A Fool For You – Sandy Denny / Tale In Hard Time – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / End of the Rainbow – Barbara Manning / (I Want To See) The Bright Lights – Julie Covington / Withered & Died – Robyn Hitchcock / The Poor Ditching Boy – Fairport Convention / House of Cards – Robert Plant / Never Again – Shirley Collins / When I Get To The Border – Arlo Guthrie / Dimming of the Day – Emmylou Harris
Previously: Hello, Mr. Soul :: Neil Young Covers, 1967-1978
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