Here is a link to the excellent NPR All Things Considered interview with Teddy and Richard that aired yesterday. Check out an excerpt below then click thru to NPR to read on. Enjoy!
Thompson Family’s Musical Sweater: ‘Smells Funny, Lot Of Personality’
In 1982, the beloved British folk duo Richard and Linda Thompson split up — both creatively and romantically.
Ever since, fans have longed for their reunion, including one fan in particular: their son, Teddy.
Teddy was just a boy back then. Now he’s 38, with a recording career of his own, and he’s brought together about a dozen musical members of the extended Thompson clan — including Richard and Linda, though they rarely appear in the same song — for a new album called “Family.”
Check out the amazing piece the New York Times Magazine ran today about “Family!”
Teddy Thompson’s Folk-Rock Family Reunion
By SUSAN DOMINUSNOV. 7, 2014
Richard Burbridge for The New York Times
One evening last fall, Teddy Thompson stepped onto the stage at the Purple Crayon, a cultural center in Hastings-on-Hudson, not far from New York City. The venue regularly attracts established pop-folk singers, the kind embraced by the public-radio-listening, Subaru-driving locals; Thompson loosely falls into that category, although he has the louche glamour of a heartbreaker, as well as the reputation (“I haven’t been invited on the Lilith tour,” he once dryly pointed out in an interview). Tall, fair, lean and British, he sang that night, with what one admiring critic has called his “keening tenor,” a series of songs about failed relationships in which Thompson, single at 38, was usually the bad actor: “I was born with a love disease/It’s known as chronic hard-to-please.”
Folk Radio UK premiered the track “Family” today! To hear “Family” and see what they had to say about the track and new album, click here.
Of the new album, Teddy says:
“My therapist had a field day with it,” says Teddy. “He said, ‘wait a minute, you’re trying to get your family back together!’ And that’s exactly right. I’m six years old again, and I’m trying to put my family back together. It was very therapeutic, making the record.”