Veteran British guitarist Richard Thompson kicked off a tour Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La., that will take him through the southern U.S. The outing's remaining 14 dates wind up with two Southern California stops on March 18 and 19.
This is the singer/songwriter's second U.S. tour since the August release of Mock Tudor, a collection of moody tales set in suburban London.
The album's songs combine Thompson's distinctive, raspy voice with country-style acoustic picking on such songs as "Dry My Tears and Move On" (
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Thompson's musical career began in the late '60s with the seminal British folk band Fairport Convention. His intricate guitar work on the otherwise simple pop song "Meet on the Ledge" first brought him the acclaim that his musicianship has continued to earn over the past 30 years.
Backing Thompson throughout the tour will be bassist Danny Thompson (no relation), drummer Michael Jerome, saxophonist Pete Zorn and guitarist Bill Bonk.
Richard Thompson tour dates:
Feb. 24; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues
Feb. 27; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jannus Landing
Feb. 29; Birmingham, Ala.; 5 Points South Music Hall
March 1; Athens, Ga.; Georgia Theatre
March 2; Greenville, N.C.; Peace Center
March 3; Charlotte, N.C.; Neighborhood Theatre
March 4; Memphis, Tenn.; New Daisy Theater
March 6; Columbia, Mo.; Blue Note
March 8; Kansas City, Mo.; Grand Emporium
March 9; Little Rock, Ark.; Juanita's
March 10; Houston, Texas; Fabulous Satellite Lounge
March 13; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa
March 18; Los Angeles, Calif.; El Rey Theater
March 19; Anaheim, Calif.; Sun Theater