Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NPR Music First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

NPR Music is currently streaming the Thompson family's collaboration, appropriately titled, Family. Teddy Thompson assembled his family tree including parents Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs and named the assemble simply Thompson. The ten tracks on Family are lead by different family members, with my favorite track being "Root So Bitter" - love the guitar work. Close behind are the two song by Linda Thompson "Bonny Boys" and "Perhaps We Can Sleep" Teddy nails it when he sings, "My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world".  And Richard Thompson fronts his two songs, the country rock "One Life at a Time" and rhythmic "That's Enough". There are tight harmonies throughout and as you would expect, excellent musicianship. Nicely done.

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