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Richard Thompson at The Egg

On Saturday I caught the Richard Thompson/Teddy Thompson show at The Egg. I saw Richard Thompson a couple of years ago, and he was fantastic — his distinctive voice and equally distinctive guitar playing blew me away, and I downloaded a bunch of his music when I got home. My conclusion: Richard Thompson doesn’t write bad songs.

Richard Thompson’s son, Teddy, opened for him during his most recent stop in Albany. (Richard visits the area so frequently that cries of “Welcome back!” greeted him when he took the stage.) Teddy is a charming performer and a moderately talented singer-songwriter; I enjoyed his set, though I wouldn’t necessarily jump at the chance to see him again. Of course, he can’t hold a candle to his father; if anything, Richard Thompson’s stirring and memorable performance made Teddy seem rather bland. Better than many singer-songwriters, perhaps, but not in that top tier.

Where Teddy really made his presence felt was during the encores, when he joined Richard for several songs. These duets were the highlight of the show, with Teddy’s tenor a perfect counterpoint to Richard’s powerful baritone. Overall, a great concert, with a breathtaking and beautiful ending.

I was supposed to go to the Richard Thompson concert with a friend who was unable to go. “Don’t worry,” I said. “He’ll be back.” And I’m sure he will be. Like Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, Richard Thompson is a Capital Region regular. This observation got me wondering: What are the bands and musicians that haven’t been through the area that I would most like to see? Anyway, here’s a short list:

Vampire Weekend — I like their new album, I like their first two albums, and I think it’s time they came to the Times Union Center or SPAC and showed us what their live show is like.

Jack White — A few years ago, I would have said the White Stripes. But the White Stripes are no more. However, Jack White’s solo album is quite good, and very White Stripes-y.

Robyn — The Swedish pop star is a bit like Richard Thompson: She doesn’t write bad songs.

The Replacements reunion show — The Replacements recently got back together to play some Riot Fest gigs in Toronto, Denver and Chicago. My question: Why not Albany? It might seem far-fetched, but bassist Tommy Stinson lives in Hudson, so it might not be as far-fetched as it seems.

THEEsatisfaction — I recently got into this Seattle-based hip-hop/funk/soul duo. They’re not particularly well-known, and I would love to see them in a small, atmospheric club.

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