XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: Richard Thompson’s “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead”

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Richard Thompson | Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz/Courtesy of the artist

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson recently announced his 19th studio album, 13 Rivers.

Thompson, who co-founded the seminal British folk group Fairport Convention in 1967, last worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on 2015’s Still. For 13 Rivers, Thompson self-produced the album in an old studio in Hollywood with his band including drummer Michael Jerome, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and guitarist Bobby Eichorn.

There is no mistaking either Thompson’s voice with its commanding and rich sound, his eloquent storytelling, nor his spectacular guitar playing. Below, listen to two songs that continue to showcase the mastery of Thompson’s work: “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead.”


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