Declared by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time and considered one of the UK’s most outstanding songwriters, musician Richard Thompson returns with a brand new, guitar driven record titled ELECTRIC for Proper Records on Monday, February 11th.

After taking the bold step of recording his last album of new songs live, when it came to recording ELECTRIC, Thompson turned to Buddy Miller (Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) to produce, recording at Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN. Miller who himself is renowned for his guitar skills recently told Rolling Stone: “I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for him, and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house.”  The record was recorded as an electric trio with Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, who both sing background vocals. Jerome and Prodaniuk formed part of the band which recorded and toured the UK Top Twenty album DREAM ATTIC, released in August 2010.

They make up the trio, with Thompson, on his forthcoming UK dates, his first extensive tour in two years.

Guests on ELECTRIC include the legendary Alison Krauss who joins Thompson on “The Snow Goose”, while English singer-songwriter Siobhan Maher Kennedy (formerly with River City People and now resident in Nashville) adds vocals on several tracks as well. Fiddle great Stuart Duncan also plays on the record; one of America’s leading bluegrass musicians he played on recent albums by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss and Elvis Costello and will be familiar in the UK from BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions.

Richard Thompson himself commented that: “We did it ridiculously quickly. But it sounds great. It turned out surprisingly funky, sort of a new genre – folk-funk. It’s quite snappy, somewhere between Judy Collins and Bootsy Collins.”

ELECTRIC will be released as a Standard CD, Deluxe two–disc set and on 180 gram vinyl.

As a folking treat for you, we have a free stream of Good Things Happen To Bad People from the album below…


1. Stony Ground

2. Salford Sunday

3. Sally B

4. Stuck on the Treadmill

5. My Enemy

6. Good Things Happen To Bad People

7. Where’s Home?

8. Another Small Thing In her Favour

9. Straight and Narrow

10. The Snow Goose

11. Saving The Good Stuff For You

Recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Les Paul Award and curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival at the Southbank in 2010, Thompson was most recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by the Americana Music Association.

ELECTRIC was recorded earlier this year, 2012 marking the fortieth anniversary of Richard Thompson’s debut solo album, HENRY THE HUMAN FLY. Thompson has now released some forty albums, played on countless other classic recordings, and written more than 400 songs, some of which have been covered by R.E.M., Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, The Futureheads, Bonnie Raitt, Dinosaur Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and many more.

Rolling Stone has hailed him as “a perennial dark horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.” The Independent recently described him as “probably the best guitarist this country has produced, an utterly sui generis talent…”

Thompson says of his fellow trio members: “Michael Jerome has been with me for about 12 years. He’s actually from Texas; he is a great musician, able to respond to anything that’s put in front of him.  Taras Prodaniuk worked a lot with Dwight Yoakam, and more recently with Lucinda Williams. His roots may be in country music, but he’s another extremely gifted and versatile musician.”

New single from the Moulettes, UCA’s DANCE out on Bonfire Night

The fiery neo-folk-rocker, Uca’s Dance is the second single from the Moulettes’ critically acclaimed album, ‘The Bear’s Revenge’.

The band welcomed back ex-Moulette, Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons to play on these sessions (one of the b-sides, a version of Devil Of Mine recorded in a Manchester church in 2007, also includes Ted’s distinctive double bass-playing as a full-time Moule).

The genesis of Uca’s Dance is quite a story. Moulettes’s songwriter, Hannah Miller conceived it when she was a music-workshop leader at the Most Mira (meaning Peace Bridge) children’s festival in the Prijedor region of Bosnia in 2009. The aim of the festival was inspire artistic creativity in the young participants and build lasting bonds in their community. One night a Romanian fire-dancer, Uca, who was also working with the children, performed a dazzling impromptu dance, and Hannah spontaneously improvised an accompaniment. The song was born.

Happy Halloween from folking!

But, as with much of Miller’s work, reality blurs into fantastical fiction. In Moulettes myth-making Uca becomes an imprisoned fire-dancer in a circus of cruelty which has also incarcerated a dancing bear. The good-hearted Uca helps the bear escape in a denouement of fire, blood and eventual flight, quite literally, in a hot-air balloon: hence The Bear’s Revenge. Hannah is working on an illustrated book which extends the universe of her songs.

“Moulettes are among the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching precise female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing featuring violin, cello and bassoon.” **** Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“This is what a modern folk album should sound like.” **** London Evening Standard

“…songwriting of rare depth and inventiveness this is a mature, often inspired album.” **** Songlines

“The best music I heard at Latitude was by the Moulettes” The Independent

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique”  **** MOJO

“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” ***** Time Out

Mary Gauthier – LIVE AT BLUE ROCK

After twelve years of relentlessly touring the world with her acoustic guitar and harmonica, singing on stages large, small and in between, Mary Gauthier is proud to announce the release of her first live recording.

Recorded with a small band at the very highest level at the incredible Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio just outside of Austin, Texas, Mary Gauthier LIVE at Blue Rock is an emotional evening of songs from an artist who has put in her ten thousand hours and mastered her craft. This recording is the culmination of a lifetime of Mary’s passion for story songs and tales that speak to the heart of the human condition. Many of the characters she sings about are hard hit, wounded and wandering outcasts – people whose lives have been scarred with blows so unexpected and traumatic that they were knocked into another place, a place unfamiliar – a place where transformation can happen.

The band follows Mary to the brink of the emotional ledges she navigates with ease, and together they carry the bittersweet truths of these characters’ lives to the hearts and souls of the listeners. We cannot help but see there’s a bit of each of us on display here, captured and revealed by a fearless artist in top form.

There’s Steam Train Maury, the Last of the Hobo Kings, and Karla FayeTucker, executed after 15 years on death row. There’s the lost soul stumbling through a haunted life calling an x-lover’s name outside a mission at sunrise in Cigarette Machine, and an old man in The Rocket who sits at the station watching the trains, remembering the one that took his boy away to war and did not bring him back. There is the bewildered and confused adoptee in Blood Is Blood, who looks into the faces of strangers, wondering if they might be blood, and the alcoholic in I Drink, who has all but surrendered his soul to the bottle. But if you listen closely you will hear that none of these characters has given up, and in Mary’s voice you hear the road-weary determination of someone who refuses to surrender to despair no matter the sorrows endured. The tenacity of these characters, their willingness to get up from the dirt they were knocked down into, the emotional honesty of these songs, the love of humanity on display here –make this a record for the ages.

Mixed and mastered by Patrick Granada with Ray Kennedy, in Nashville TN. Recorded by Philip McWhorter at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, TX.

Track list: Your Sister Cried ~ Last of the Hobo Kings ~ Blood is Blood ~ Cigarette Machine ~ Our Lady of the Shooting Stars ~ The Rocket ~ Karla Faye ~ I Drink ~ Sugar Cane ~ Drag Queens in Limousines ~ Wheel Inside the Wheel

“With a voice like a grazed hawk, she sings bluesy Southern Gothic tales…Whatever you are doing I guarantee you’ll stop and listen to every word.” MOJO

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