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Richard Thompson on World Cafe | April 1, 2013

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Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17. Here, he talks about the band's youthful ambition and his subsequent work as a guitarist-for-hire for the likes of Nick Drake — all before the remarkable solo career that leads us to his new album, Electric, recorded in Nashville with guitarist Buddy Miller producing.
 
We hear the story behind "The Snow Goose," a ballad made more stark played on acoustic guitar. We and our World Cafe studio audience never tire of Thompson's playing, as his World Cafe visits hit double digits. (Link)
This World Cafe segment originally aired on Feb. 26, 2013.
 
Tracklisting
(( )) for interlude music
 
Hour One:
 
Big Country "In A Big Country" The Crossing
Elvis Costello "Welcome to the Working Week" My Aim Is True
Free Energy "Hangin’" Love Sign
JD Mcpherson "North Side Gal" Signs and Signifiers
Mark Knopfler "Why Aye Man" The Ragpicker’s Dream
((Richard Thompson "My Enemy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Richard Thompson "Good Things Happen to Bad People" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Richard Thompson "Salford Sunday" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Richard Thompson "Stuck on the Treadmill" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Richard Thompson "The Snow Goose" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Teddy Thompson "Love Her for That" Teddy Thompson))
Tom Waits "Hold On" Mule Variations
 
Hour Two:
 
Josh Ritter "Joy To You Baby" The Beast In Its Tracks
((Modest Mouse "Missed The Boat" We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank))
Little Feat "Spanish Moon" Waiting for Columbus
Waxahatchee "Swan Dive" Cerulean Salt
Waxahatchee "Lips and Limbs" Cerulean Salt
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Man on Fire" Here
Wilco "Muzzle of Bees" A Ghost is Born
((Dinosaur Jr. "I Ain’t Sayin" Where You Been))
Dawes "From A Window Seat" Stories Don’t End
The Wallflowers "Three Marlenas" Bringing Down 
the Horse
Pickwick "Hacienda Motel" Can’t Talk Medicine
Van Morrison "Everyone" Moondance
((Billy Cobham "Spectrum" Spectrum))
David Bowie "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" The Next Day
The New Pornographers "Sing Me Spanish Techno" Twin Cinema
Del Amitri "Roll To Me" Twisted
Old 97’s "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)" Fight Songs
Kopecky Family Band "Heartbeat" Kids Raising Kids