Cayamo: Richard Thompson

There was so much to love on Cayamo, but musically, I think Richard Thompson left me with the most lasting impression. 5, 10, 15 years from now I bet I’ll remember my jaw dropped to the floor while watching his amazing performances, both solo and in a trio. During his one solo set, I sat pretty close to the stage, and I actually cried during “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. I’ve never seen guitar playing like his…I’ve never been more impressed by a guitar player.

Thompson’s two other sets were with drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk. These three blew the roof off the theatre! I have to point out how many other musicians were in attendance for these performances. Sitting up in the artist area, I noticed James McMurtry, Loudon Wainwright III, Buddy Miller, and Greg Brown watching the Richard Thompson trio…I could even see Buddy Miller shaking his head at some of the guitar solos.

It’s clear that Thompson has an amazing ability on his instrument, and in my opinion, his deep, almost throaty voice is very unique and captivating. He also tells great stories, and somehow he makes a sea shanty seem cool! Richard Thompson was the artist I was most looking forward to seeing live on Cayamo and he blew my expectations away.

Richard Thompson


Filed under Cayamo 2012, LIVE music

7 responses to “Cayamo: Richard Thompson

  1. My wife & I sailed on Cayamo this year and last. Both times, Richard Thompson was our reason for doing the cruise. I share your enthusiasm for his talent.

  2. Alan Wagman

    Great blurb. He was amazing as always. I have seen him more times than I can remember and he never fails to inspire and amaze. And 1952 Vincent is my all time fave RT song.

  3. Doug Sprenger

    Thanks for your posts .. loved Richard Thompson and Loudon and so many others on Cayamo this year .. you captured the mood and the music!!

  4. A year or two back my wife and I were in Atlanta watching RT hang every song out on the edge for two hours while a mile down the road 50,00 people watched the Eagle play note for note Muzak renditions of their hits. Made me feel positively smug.

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