I want to tell you about my new album available to download from Bandcamp. It’s called “Aint 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
Another new venture you might be interested in is Tuneriver.com. I have joined a group of songwriters in this venture, creating personalized songs that you can make a gift of. Maybe a birthday, valentines day or anniversary or maybe you just want to say thank you.
Why not take a look? My latest song, “Power and Glory” would be great for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.
Density Music Shop
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.