Jammin’ Java, Fairfax, Va
And I don’t think that’s damning with faint praise. Teddy (I feel I can call him by his first name now) has managed to wear the art of quality songwriting lightly, and somehow deliver excellence without being all “Look how good I am at this”.
There were mistakes, which he turned, to my mind, brilliantly to his advantage by telling a great anecdote, with the punchline that we were f*cking lucky to see the mistakes. He interacts with the audience in a way that makes his Dad seem a bit less authentic. Part of that, I think, is that he does seem to be out to enjoy himself.
The supporting act, Dori Freeman, was just lovely, and a nice blend of her album, which was Thompson-produced (and sitheref2409 funded via Kickstarter) and personal Appalachian music. Good enough to make me wonder if that’s a genre I should dig deeper into. Thompson came on for a number with her, and added layers of vocal that only served to accentuate and not overwhelm hers.
And then the main act. Mainly pieces of the album, with breaks for respective solo stuff. Much of the material sounded like it came from another, and Teddy shows his influences without simply mimicking them. Buddy Holly, early Country, Merle Haggard, with two voices and two guitars. The lyrics, too, were of that ilk; lots of broken hearts and love gone wrong. The two voices complemented each other, and the interplay was quite charming.
I had, it must be said, a really good time. Not the loudest, not the one where you go “Yeah man, I was at JJ that night”, but one where you look back and your first reaction is a fond smile.
A real mix. Some obviously came via his Dad, and some were quite clearly die hard Teddy Thompson fans
It made me think..
It must be really difficult to write songs that are that simple but sound that good. You know how you can tell the really good sportsmen because they make it look easy and seem as they have so much time; I think I saw the songwriting equivalent of that.
Teddy Thompson is the Matt Le Tissier of songwriting and performing.