Richard Thompson Negotiates 13 Rivers

Richard Thompson’s upcoming album


Richard with Brandi Carlile during a John Prine tribute on the Cayamo music cruise 2018


Richard Thompson

Returns With

’13 Rivers’

Out September


Grammy nominated folk rock guitar maestro Richard Thompson is set to return with a new album 13 Rivers on September 14 2018 (via New West Records).

The thirteen-song set is the  artist’s first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded fully analog in just ten days.  It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar).

Reportedly, 13 Rivers is a bare-bones, emotionally direct album that speaks from the heart with no filters.  “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river,” Thompson explains.  “Some flow faster than others.  Some follow a slow and winding current.  They all culminate on this one body of work.”

13 Rivers was recorded at Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles.  Previously known as The Production Workshop, which was owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr, and hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s legendary The Wall.

Of the album, Thompson says, “The songs are a surprise in a good way.  They came to me as a surprise in a dark time.  They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand.  It’s as if they’d been channelled from somewhere else.  You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on.  The reward comes later.”   He continues, “I don’t know how the creative process works.  I suppose it is some kind of bizarre parallel existence to my own life.  I often look at a finished song and wonder what the hell is going on inside me.  We sequenced the weird stuff at the front of the record, and the tracks to grind your soul into submission at the back.”

13 Rivers commences on the tribal percussion and guitar rustle of “The Storm Won’t Come” as the artist bellows, “I’m looking for a storm to blow through town.”  The energy mounts before climaxing on a lyrical electric lead rife with airy bends and succinct shredding from the guitar virtuoso.



An additional new album track, “Bones of Gilead” has been made available – hear it below:



Richard Thompson’s musical influence is impressive – first as co-founder of the inventive folk rock group Fairport Convention as a teenager.  He left the group by the age of 21 which was followed by a critically acclaimed, decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.  In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.  His songwriting has garnered awards (BBC and Americana Music Association) and Rolling Stone named him one of the “Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.”  His song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Songs Since 1923.

A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, Alison Krauss and many more.  His extensive body of work includes many Grammy nominated albums as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man.

Richard Thompson 13 Rivers Track List:

1. The Storm Won’t Come
2. The Rattle Within
3. Her Love Was Meant For Me
4. Bones Of Gilead
5. The Dog In You
6. Trying
7. Do All These Tears Belong To You?
8. My Rock, My Rope
9. You Can’t Reach Me
10. O Cinderella
11. No Matter
12. Pride
13. Shaking The Gates

Thompson will be performing at some European festivals and touring the UK with his Electric in support of 13 Riversfull dates here


Richard Thompson’s upcoming album



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Author: Rob Dickens

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    • Yes Neil he sure is. He was interviewed at Folk Alliance this year. Fascinating journey and stories

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