Richard Thompson is one of the best guitarists of all time.
That’s not just our opinion. It’s actually a widely held belief, underscored by the decision of Rolling Stone to place him on the magazine’s legendary list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Then there’s CNN, which once labeled Thompson as “the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of.”
And, if that’s true – and you’ve never heard of Thompson before reading this – then we strongly suggest that you take the time to get familiar with this amazing singer-songwriter-guitarist.
He’s been making music now for over a half century, having first come to fame as a member of the influential British folk-rock act Fairport Convention in the late ‘60s.
His solo recording career began with 1972’s “Henry the Human Fly,” a commercial bomb that became well known, accurately or not, as the worst-selling album in the long history of the Warner Bros. Records label. (It’s actually a pretty good album.)
He then went on to record a number of albums with then-wife Linda Thompson, including the highly championed “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” and “Shoot Out the Lights.”
Yet, our favorite Thompson material came in the ‘90s, with the release of “Rumor and Sigh” (boasting the amazing “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”) and “Mirror Blue.”
Thompson performs Feb. 1 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Ryley Walker opens the show.
Details: 8 p.m.; $36.50, www.livenation.com.
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