Most know Teddy Thompson is the child of Richard and Linda Thompson (shoot out the lights). Talk about folk legacy, yet Teddy brings something additional to the table-a Rockabilly tremolo and old school pop chops. Richard Thompson is a guitarist and voice to be reckoned with. Do yourself a big favor and catch Richard Thompson live soon.  

Teddy is an artist we should all know-for the tender sadness of his songs and his plaintive delivery.  One listen and your heart is slain. Yet listen to the range, control and arpeggio of his vocal skill.  The man can even yodel with the octave range of Roy Orbison.  You may need to search high and wide for a vocalist of Teddy’s octave range, control and honkeytonk emotion. 

Some may suggest a bit of Chris Isaak and you would not be wrong yet on closer inspection one is convinced, his voice is his own. 

 

Transatlantic Sessions 6 2013

Directed by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain. Recorded at Loch Lomond, Scotland.
House Band: Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, John McCusker, Matheu Watson, Michael McGoldrick, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson, and James Mackintosh.

Featuring: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Phil Cunningham, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Andy Irvine, Sam Lakeman, Dónal Lunny, Allan MacDonald, Ewan McLennan, Karen Matheson, Tim O’Brien, Maura O’Connell, Aoife O’Donovan and Teddy Thompson.

And then we discover this beautiful rendition and tribute to Leonard Cohen. Always coming back to Leonard somehow. This is a masterful take on the classic, Tonight will be fine. Too good not to share.

A Piece of What You Need is the 4th release and my introduction to singer/guitarist/songwriter/folk family legacy Teddy Thompson is so damn good it warrants a mention here. The lyrics are smart, clever, and just great pop standards from the go. The vocals are Teddy perfect.  All is well on this release.  Nary a weak track.  A good one to put on while polishing your precious stone collection or as aural caffeine backdrop while  driving through the ABQ desert at night. 

A Piece of What You Need is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson. The album contains all new Teddy originals and was produced by Marius De Vries, whom Teddy met while recording background vocals on Rufus Wainwright’s Want records in 2002. Included are new songs Teddy had been testing out live, such as “Turning the Gun On Myself”, “In My Arms” and “Can’t Sing Straight”.

The album debuted on the UK Albums Chart at #10.[2] The first single from A Piece of What You Need is “In My Arms”. The music video features a cameo appearance by Rufus Wainwright dressed up as Elvis Presley. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at #107.

The song “Turning the Gun on Myself” contains a slowed down gunshot adding a percussion-effect along with the drums on the track.  

 

Teddy Thompson – In My Arms ft. Rufus Wainwright

Music video by Teddy Thompson performing In My Arms. (C) 2008 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Teddy Thompson – “The Things I Do”

 

This is F…..ng great song. Well composed. Perfectly executed.  Piscean confessional.

 

Lyrics

It’s getting harder and harder to live with myself
The things I do
I’m getting weaker in mental and physical health
The things I do
And no one’s coming to save me now
It’s me that has to change somehow
One night out away from the therapist’s couch
Ouch
I’m sinking lower and lower in my friend’s eyes
The things I do
And I’ve turned into somebody I despise
Oh, the things I do
And my standards are slipping day by day
I’ll sleep with anyone who gets in my way
One bad hand away from a losing game
Shame
Should I be thinking about myself at a time like this?
I’m not sure
I’m never happy but at least I get some peace
In this war but I could use more
The things I do
And no one’s coming to save the day
I’ll have my fun and then I’ll pay
One night out away from an early grave
And I need to be saved
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Songwriters: Adam Teddy Thompson
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Teddy Thompson — what will i do without you; the things i do — on Nov 2

 

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