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Sixty Seconds with Richard Thompson

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Indy: You've made dozens of albums, starting in the 1960s. Has it become easier to make records as the years have gone on?

RT: I don't know about easy. I think your success rate should go up. The musicianship improves. ... When we were younger, we'd spend all night in the studio just trying out ideas that didn't work very well and possibly were a waste of time. We spent time because we couldn't play in time, so we'd do a lot more takes. So the recording process is a lot more streamlined.

Indy: You tour both solo acoustic and with your band. Do you prefer either setting?

RT: It's pretty hard to say. I think I have to say I really love to have the contrast. It's really fantastic to be able to come to town one year and you're playing an acoustic show ... Then the next year you come back and it's an electric show, the material is 50 percent different and it's more of a rock 'n roll experience. I can play more electric guitar. I love to be able to do both things just because it keeps me awake. It helps keep me from becoming complacent about what I do.

Indy: Your current CD, Sweet Warrior, features the song "Dad's Gonna Kill Me," about the Iraq War. It has gotten a lot of attention. Has it overshadowed what is an excellent album start to finish?

RT: Well, if it [causes people] to neglect the rest of the record, then it's a shame, I suppose. At one point, we weren't going to put it on the record. We were going to kind of just keep it as a single; keep it separate. But I'm glad it's there at this point. ... It's nice that people pay attention to anything you do, so I can't really complain.

At Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium, June 25, and the Denver Botanic Gardens, June 26.

  • "I love to be able to do both things just because it keeps me awake."

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