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English guitarist, singer, and songwriter Richard Thompson was a pioneer of ‘60s British folk-rock as a member of the storied Fairport Convention. He’s known worldwide for his masterful musicianship and darkly witty lyrics that range from coffee-bitter to hymnal-haunting.
Over a storied career, he’s released dozens of albums, toured extensively, and even received the OBE from Queen Elizabeth. His influence can’t be overstated—his music has been covered by everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney, and David Byrne. He joins us fresh off his all-star 70th birthday bash at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he was lauded by rock royalty including Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Loudon Wainwright III.