Hi Everyone…..just wanted to touch base with you and keep you up to date with all my music related news. We are starting to ease back into things now although it does feel as though change is here to stay. I have been recording a lot of material for future release and working on several different projects. You might like to look at the new “Double A side” single now on Bandcamp! “Sandcastles of Lies” & “Easy Money” are songs that I wrote and recorded, playing everything myself during the pandemic….mainly to keep myself amused but I like the way they turned out. If you like classic blues/rock, take a listen. I am selling this double A side single for £1 only!…Hey…I know you can listen to it on Bandcamp for a while but would really would appreciate your support by dropping a quid in the hat! A QUID! can’t be fairer than that!
Also, I have ventured into new territory, that of semi classical. Have a look at the video “Aurora” on You Tube. This was my first attempt at composing strings but I couldn’t resist putting a guitar into the mix! I guess this is an extension of my production music but without the need to market music in the same way recently I saw no reason why I shouldn’t do anything I was inspired to do. Hope it doesn’t confuse people!
If you didn’t already know this I did record a new acoustic album available to download from Bandcamp. It’s called “Aint No Slave”…..Well…I’ve had a lot of time on my hands! More info below.
Yes….we have gigs! I don’t take anything for granted as we live in uncertain times but we have a smattering of live gigs in the pipeline, mostly my band or the Jigantics:
1st… Northampton. Jigantics
14th…Private function, Painswick KTB
19th…Manor Farm, Ardley, Bicester. Jigantics
18th…Southdowns Folk/Americana Festival. Jigantics
22nd…St. Harmonica Blues Club, London. KTB
23rd…Limelight Theatre. London. KTB
28th…Lyceum Folk Club, Newport. Jigantics
30th…Goods Shed, Tetbury. KTB
6th. CB2, Cambridge. Jigantics
13th. The Ale House, Coleford. (KT,Patsy & Muddy)
27th. Stroud (KT,Patsy & Muddy)
3rd…The Stables, Milton Keynes. KTB
4th…Rugely Blues Club. KTB
17th…Winchcombe Live. Jigantics
Ain’t No Slave
Are you a “thinking” person? I have always loved songs that had depth and meaning and at times my music has been dubbed, “thinking man’s blues”. Yes, of course, I love rock n’ roll but even in the early days of the Beatles I would be drawn to Let it Be more than say, Obla Di Obla Da! “Ain’t no Slave” is a natural successor to my album, “Two Minutes to Midnight”. A collection of songs that are pretty deep…even for me! It is fairly stripped down as I worked in isolation so apart from a blues harp by Mark Cole on Stalag 34 and violin by Nick Gibbs on Innocence, I played everything. I like being unfettered creatively, and my spiritual and emotional journey is one of leaving behind negativity and walking towards the light. I don’t sugar coat life but I face the realities with hope and faith in a better day. I am not a herd person…hence the title, “Ain’t No Slave” For a limited time I have made the cost of download less than a couple of cups of coffee because I want people who think they would relate/benefit from some soothing reflection to be able to get this album. It’s my hope that this collection of songs will encourage and inspire. If you’ve made it this far….congratulations!
Download it from Bandcamp
Density Music Shop
Worth a visit is the Density Music shop. You will find albums bundled together. If you buy two separate titles you get the second at a special knock down price!
Timeless has already been favorably reviewed in “Blues In Britain”.
CD REVIEW – KEITH THOMPSON
TIMELESS VOL.1 – DENSITY MUSIC.
This year sees Keith Thompson celebrate fifty years performing as a live musician, and along the way he’s made some very fine albums indeed, worked with some of the finest around, including the likes of Buddy Whittington and Laurence Jones, has written some amazingly good songs, proves again and again to be one of the finest guitarists around the UK scene. So now the lad from Cheltenham gains his right to celebrate his music, and in the best way possible with a dozen choice selections of his recordings from his albums through those years. Choosing a dozen must have been difficult to decide on but he has, and what we have is a varied and hugely enjoyable set of performances, I say that because two of the tracks are live on tour in Europe. Sometimes Keith’s music seems not to get the exposure it should do but with his release hopefully that will change. Think the best in both blues, rock and soul, then Keith Thompson’s your man.
Opening with ‘Cat Scratch Crazy’, laying down the gauntlet, the guitar along with keys, drives things along, just backed by bass and drums, this kicks the set off perfectly. ‘Preaching The Blues’ is one of his best songs and he’s performed and recorded it as an electric band version, also as an acoustic one, both work well, but here we get the full band version, all about getting the blues out there, and dedicated to preaching these blues. ‘Keeper Of The Flame’ slows things down a little, its from his superb ‘Catch The Fire’ album that included both Whittington and Laurence Jones, but here its just Keith again offering some amazing guitar to his vocals, another great song from him.
‘Breathe’ from that same album, is another outstanding song, with a taste of wah-wah pedal. Driving blues and another superb choice for this set. Then, you get ‘Money’, no not the old Pink Floyd song, but one of his own about one of the oldest subjects in music, money, or as in many cases the lack of it, more of that pure blues rock guitar, played with such taste, as is the whole song, another very fine performance.
‘Soul Ties’ has a more country blues flavour to it, from his Two Minutes To Midnight, acoustic based album, featuring some nice slide guitar in there, another change in style, but more proof of Keith’s writing skills. Then to the two live tracks, and mighty fine they are, both from the excellent “Snapshot Of Reality” album recorded on tour all over Europe, the first ‘Promised Land’ recorded in Austria, just the three piece, before another recorded in Germany, ‘Reputation’, this is a real taste of just how good the band is live. One track well worth a mention is one from his “Steel Strings Bruised Reed”, acoustic based album is ‘Why Can’t You Be Good’ which also features the wonderful sax of Patsy Gamble, whose worked with Keith many times over the years both in the studio and live, This actual track is one of those you know you’ll be playing again and again.
So there we have it Volume 1 of this tribute to the music of Keith Thompson, and its one of those well worth seeking out, following the excellent new “Transcendence” album last year, we now have this look through his career, and what a wonderful journey it is. Fifty years, and a legacy of great rock blues for all to enjoy, roll on Volume 2. Pete Clack.
Not only that!….The new “live” album! This is a recording of a gig in “Hard Rock Pamela” in Torun, Poland. It has been released on the HRPP label in Poland. The album is called “Up Close & Live”. Find it on the Density Music shop.
Blues In Britain: Recorded live at the Hard Rock Club Pamela in Torun, Poland, this is an excellent new live set by Keith Thompson and his band. Keith describes it as a great music venue attracting many touring bands from around the world, and this whole set has the feel of one of those gigs that you are very much part of, and contains a cracking set list of songs from throughout his career along with just a couple of covers. The story behind the musicians behind this album along with Keith’s most recent studio album, Transcendence, is how he met Jacek Chruscinski (bass) and Artur Malik (drums) in a car park in Poland, where he found they were his band for the tour. That was one meeting that worked so well that along with the recording of that album also saw the recording of this live set. The band are so solid you’d think that they had played together for a long time. They clearly brought something very special to support Keith’s vocals and guitar work. This set is ample proof of that. Opener, “Watch Doin’ to Me” sets things off very nicely with a solid rocking blues, that from the outset gets the audience going. Followed by “Money”, no not the Pink Floyd classic though we still get the till sound at the start, but one of Keith’s most popular songs. In “Preachin’ the Blues” he states the inspiration behind playing his music. “Keeper of the Flame” has a very atmospheric opening, the soothing guitar rules in “What do you believe” again keeping the blues alive. “Thin Ice” has a medium paced opening with some funky guitar. More of the funky style comes in on “Like a Stranger”. Then comes, “Not the Same as Love”, as good a slice of southern blues you’ll hear all year. “You Don’t Know Me” features Keith’s slide guitar playing alongside a nice shuffle rhythm set by the band. Keith is not limited in his playing and proves his wide range of skills as a player. To the covers – in Peter Green’s “Oh Well”, sure we get one of the best known guitar intros there is, but in the middle, the solo is just amazing and brings a whole new feel to a much recorded song. This is a great version. As is the closing cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”, Keith and his superb band pull out a truly remarkable version here. This is an album to keep any fan of good music and the blues happy. A live album worthy of merit by Keith as part of his fifty years as a musician, and an album he should be truly proud of. One of the best live albums you’ll hear this year.