Hayden Childs Reviews Loud & Rich

LoudnRich“Loud & Rich” is the official tour title of Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III’s current joint excursion, and it’s clear that they mean it as a joke. But tickets were $40 at the door and $45 in advance, which is not exactly going to bring in the kids. I’ll admit this a personal issue for me. I wrote a book about Richard Thompson that came out last June (it’s called Shoot Out The Lights, number 58 in the 33 1/3 series of short books about single albums). When I first approached Thompson’s management looking for interviews, I mentioned that some of Thompson’s contemporaries from the Brit-folk scene of the late-60s have been engaging a younger audience, and I hoped that this book could do the same for Thompson. His management informed me that Thompson had no interest in any such project. From the price of tickets to the prevalent gray in the UT Ballroom crowd on Saturday night, it appears that Thompson still has no interest in engaging younger listeners.

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