Perhaps one of the greater tragedies in the history of pop music is the gross under-appreciation of folky English singer-songwriter Richard Thompson. With a smoky croon akin to that of John Cale, guitar skills rivaling Robert Fripp and lyrical wit the likes of Nick Lowe, he is an artist deserving of the accolades and prestige of peers like Neil Young or Nick Drake. For a loyal cult of followers, Thompson's vast output is nothing new; for a Johnny-come-lately, his discography is sure to be a treasure trove rich with canonical highlights from 1975's Hokey Pokey to 1982's Shoot Out the Lights to 2007's acclaimed Sweet Warrior that will undoubtedly elicit a "where has this been all my life!?" reaction. As a performer he's known to entertain his audience with his cutting repartee, brilliant guitar playing and outlandish cover selections as wide ranging as Prince's "Kiss", Oasis' "Wonderwall" and Britney Spears' "Oops!... I did it again".
Thu., March 5, 8 p.m., 2009