Thompson Takes 'Old Kit Bag' On The Road
Veteran singer/songwriter Richard Thompson will kick off a U.S. tour April 21 in Boulder, Colo. Scheduled dates last through a May 25 show in Groveland, Calif., with more expected.Veteran singer/songwriter Richard Thompson will kick off a U.S. tour April 21 in Boulder, Colo. Scheduled dates last through a May 25 show in Groveland, Calif., with more expected.
Thompson will be touring in support of "The Old Kit Bag," due May 6 in North America from spinART/Cooking Vinyl. Thompson's official Web site notes that the 12-track album will feature bonus tracks not available on the U.K. version, released Feb. 3 by Cooking Vinyl. It will also differ from the Japanese version, released Feb. 10 by P-Vine Records, which includes the extra live track "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo."
"The Old Kit Bag" is Thompson's first release for spinART/Cooking Vinyl, and the follow-up to 1999's "Mock Tudor." That Capitol set debuted at No. 15 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart.
In other news, Thompson's version of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" will be heard on a soundtrack for the NBC series "Crossing Jordan," to be released April 1 via DMZ Records. Thompson writes on his site that he used to play the song with Fairport Convention in the late 1960s, "so at least I knew the words." The track was recorded in January in Los Angeles with producer Craig Street and what Thompson described as a "terrific house band."
The soundtrack will also feature tracks by Lucinda Williams, Vic Chesnutt, Alison Krauss, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry, and even series star Jill Hennessy.
Here are Thompson's upcoming tour dates:
April 21: Boulder, Colo. (Boulder Theater)
April 23: Hastings, Neb. (French Chapel)
April 24: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
April 25: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
April 26: Chicago (House Of Blues)
April 28: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)
April 30: Northampton, Mass. (Calvin Theater)
May 2-3: New York (Town Hall)
May 4: Glenside, Pa. (Keswick Theater)
May 5: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 6: Durham, N.C. (Carolina Theatre)
May 7: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
May 9: St. Louis, Mo. (Pageant)
May 10: Lawrence, Kan. (Liberty Hall)
May 12: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
May 13: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
May 14: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly Up Tavern)
May 17: San Francisco (Fillmore)
May 19: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
May 25: Groveland, Calif. (Camp Mather)