While not everything on Richard Thompson’s new Electric fits the title, more than enough does to justify its underlying power-trio impetus. Based in Los Angeles, the British guitarist-songwriter has been honing his approach to what he calls “anglocana” since 1967, when he galvanized the seminal folk-rock group Fairport Convention with his Celtic-overdrive approach to electric guitar. A few perfect albums later—including Henry the Human Fly, Shoot Out the Lights (with former wife Linda Thompson), and his Grizzly Man score—Thompson continues to mine Britain’s folk roots for ass-kicking hey-nonny-nonny as well as darkly amusing social studies such as “Stuck on the Treadmill” and heartfelt paeans like “My Enemy.” Drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk fill out his self-described “power wimp” trio tonight.
Tue., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., 2013
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