Check out the feature in Wednesday’s NY Daily News!
Teddy Thompson, son of folk-rockers Richard and Linda Thompson, gathers the family for a smart and strange project
Thompson clan, performing at City Winery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, has a highly personal new album, ‘Family,’ for which members wrote songs about one another
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 4:16 PM
The ties that bind a family can also strangle them.
Ask the Thompsons.
The legendary musical clan — led by Richard and Linda Thompson, the lions of British folk-rock — has just had the fig leaf pulled off its family dynamics, thanks to the couploe’s talented son, Teddy.
On a highly unusual new musical project, titled “Family,” singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson corralled his parents, two sisters, brother-in-law and nephew, along with his dad’s son by another marriage. Not only do they appear on the album he produced, they also wrote songs about one another for it.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., all the participants, with the exception of mother Linda, will perform this revealing material at City Winery.
Thompson Family review – generations show their talent, while Linda looks on
Kings Place, London
Teddy and Kami Thompson did a remarkable thing getting their parents Richard and Linda to record together again. If only mum had got up from the audience to sing live
Thompson is not just a writer of fine songs but a diplomatic genius. It’s over 30 years since the very public break-up of Richard and Linda Thompson, once the finest folk duo in the country, but their son has encouraged a musical reconciliation. Six years ago he persuaded his parents to join him at a memorable Christmas benefit for Amnesty International, and last month saw the release of the Thompson Family album, produced by Teddy and including both Richard and Linda, along with Teddy’s brother Jack, sister Kami and her husband James Walbourne (aka the Rails), his brother Rob, and nephew Zak Hobbs.
The Guardian (UK) gives “Family” 4 stars in their album review calling it “a musically fabulous and lyrically compelling album.”
Click below to read on and pick up your copy now at Amazon.com
Thompson: Family review – a tender exploration of family dynamics
4/5 stars – Michael Hann
It’s hard not to view this collaborative album from the extended Thompson family through the eyes of the cod psychologist, given it how tortuous their family dynamic has been – Richard and Linda Thompson chronicled their disintegrating marriage on Shoot Out the Lights in 1982. The idea came from their son Teddy, who opens the album with the title track, which meditates on being the child of famous parents, stuck “betwixt and between/ Sean Lennon, you know what I mean”.
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.”