January 26th | Posted by: NMJ
Richard Thompson was born in London in 1949. But his father was Scottish and, as a teenager growing up in the 50s and early 60s, Richard was not only exposed to Rock’n'Roll, and then Rock, but also to his father’s apparently extensive collection of traditional Scottish music and Jazz.
Which helps to explain why, although Richard is often described as a Rock guitarist, his songs actually don’t sound very ‘Rock’ at all when you listen closely.
His love for unusual non-Blues-based tunings has a Jazz feel to it. The drone-like hums in his guitar-playing, and even in his songs’ vocals, sound like they were ’inspired’ by years of Scottish bag-pipe indoctrination. And his distinctly non-Rock melodies and subject matter often seem to have more in common with traditional Scottish or Gaelic singing than Elvis.