March 20, 2013 - Richard Thompson helped found the British band Fairport Convention in 1967. After 5 albums with them, he launched his solo career where he has continually earned critical praise for his guitar skills and his songwriting wit. Recently he put out his 14th studio album, Electric.
The new disc was produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Miller’s home studio in Nashville. Richard Thompson plays solo acoustic versions of the songs, and discusses making the present disc as well as his early days playing on other people’s records, like Nick Drake classics Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter.
And Erin McKeown. Like her 1999 debut, she released her new album Manifestra on her own label. She talks about some of the unusual ways she raised funds to create the disc and reflects on why the new album is much more politically charged, including the story of how she came to write with MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow.