Come Oct. 5, Linda Thompson will embark on her first U.S. tour in two decades. The veteran folk singer/songwriter will be on the road in support of the recently released "Fashionably Late" (Rounder),
Come Oct. 5, Linda Thompson will embark on her first U.S. tour in two decades. The veteran folk singer/songwriter will be on the road in support of the recently released "Fashionably Late" (Rounder), which debuted at No. 15 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Prior to the 16-date tour -- which will kick off in Portland, Ore., and keep her on the road into early November -- Thompson will perform Sept. 12 on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."
She will be backed by a three-piece band made up of her son Teddy Thompson on guitar and vocals, Jason Crigler on guitar and mandolin, and Martin Green, who will handle keyboards, accordion, and percussion. Two shows near the end of the tour -- Oct. 30 in Annapolis, Md., and Nov. 1 in Amagansett, N.Y. -- will feature only Linda and Teddy Thompson performing as a duo.
The artist last toured the U.S. in 1982 with her then-husband Richard Thompson in support of their classic album "Shoot Out the Lights" (Hannibal). Although regarded as a triumphant breakthrough for the couple, the album and tour marked the end of the Thompsons' professional relationship, as well as their marriage.
"Fashionably Late" is Thompson's first solo album since 1985's "One Clear Moment" (Warner Bros.), after which she was stricken with the psychological disorder hysterical dysphonia, which often left her with the inability to produce speech. In her time away from performing, she continued to write songs, including "Telling Me Lies," which was recorded by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt for 1987's "Trio" album, and earned Thompson and co-writer Betsy Cook a Grammy nomination.
As previously reported, "Fashionably Late" was produced by Edward Haber, and features several songs co-written with Teddy. Her daughter Kamila and even Richard Thomson both appear on the set. Other guests include multi-instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks, Rufus Wainwright, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Danny Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, and Kate Rusby.
Here are Linda Thompson's U.S. tour dates:
Oct. 5: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
Oct. 6: Vancouver (Capilano College Theater)
Oct. 8: Seattle (Benaroya Hall)
Oct. 10: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
Oct. 12: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Oct. 15: Boulder, Col. (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 17: Minneapolis (Woman's Club)
Oct. 18: Chicago (Old Town School)
Oct. 19: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
Oct. 25: Somerville, Mass. (Somerville Theatre)
Oct. 26: New York (Bottom Line)
Oct. 28: Alexandria, Va. (the Birchmere)
Oct. 29: Philadelphia (Keswick Theatre)
Oct. 30: Annapolis, Md. (Ram's Head)
Nov. 1: Amagansett, N.Y. (Stephen Talkhouse)
Nov. 3: Charleston, W.Va. (Mountain Stage)