Levon Helm Studios presents Richard Thompson & Patty Griffin
About Richard Thompson
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello as well as an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II.
Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.
A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others.
Thompson’s massive body of work includes over 40 albums, many Grammy nominations, as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Hertzog’s Grizzy Man.
His most recent CD, Still, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, reached #6 on the UK charts, (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!
About Patty Griffin
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer- songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the two -time GRAMMY® Award winner (and seven-time nominee) has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for "writing cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people...her songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends."
Based in Austin, TX, Griffin made an instant mark with her 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, and its 1998 follow-up, Flaming Red - both now considered seminal works of modern folk and Americana. Griffin has since received a number of prestigious accolades, notably the Americana Music Association's "Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" (for 2007's GRAMMY®-nominated Children Running Through) as well as the 2011 GRAMMY® Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album," honoring 2010's Downtown Church.
Griffin is currently working her ways towards her eagerly anticipated next album, as open as ever to new sounds and new songs. Her goals in the meantime are far more earthly, contributing to the wellbeing of the planet and showing compassion for the less fortunate among us via personal and public acts of charity including 2016's "Use Your Voice" tour in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, and the 2017 "Lampedusa Tour" supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Having already crafted a catalogue that chronicles love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, Griffin is continuing to push her art forward, as always imbuing every effort with compassion and craft, uncanny perception and ever-increasing ingenuity.