I'm always glad to see Crenshaw get some props and to read about him, but it's weird timing... he doesn't have a new record out or anything, though he's been playing shows with The Smithereens standing in for the late Pat Dinizio on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, so I guess that's a blip on the radar.
Thompson's new record, 13 Rivers, is currently hogging time on my turntable, along with the vinyl box set version of his last record, Still. I love his solos... I love his songs, but I LOVE his solos.
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I have been a HUGE fan of RT for decades now. He is the real deal and I cannot think of any guitar player who is so equally awesome on both electric and acoustic guitar. His songwriting is epic, IMHO one of the greatest songwriters in the history of rock and folk rock. I have seen him perform dozens of times, both full band electric and solo acoustic shows. You don't miss the additional accompaniment when he performs solo, his variety of songs and technique keeps the audience thoroughly entertained the whole time. Here is one of his best know acoustic songs: https://youtu.be/k5V0RkCIaXo
I too, not that familiar with Thompson, but I HAVE from time to time wondered whatever DID become of Crenshaw( due to a recent viewing of the movie LA BAMBA in which he briefly portrayed doomed rock icon BUDDY HOLLY.
I am still learning abt Crenshaw, who seems more a muso than I 1st thought (still looking 4 that "Hendrixian" solo recommended in the article ) but he's not any sorta DTown cat, no matter how many times he hooks up w/blsted=dis-placeted bands. S-O-R-R-R-Y. He's a skilled writer & performer but he's not a visionary.
RT, on the other hand, is, even if I think he's maybe a bit sketchy. Dig.
from 2K18 He's really skilled AND talented (hear what happens abt the 4 1/2 min mark & abt 7 1/2 !!!!) & this vid gives a close-up on his technique but he does have a chip on one shoulder or the other [see earlier history w/ Linda]
I like him still.... sorta ...
He's a master player + he sings on-key The bassist is even more coolericious ! Also make note of what the local stage eng does !!!!
If he could ever get, as he says, outta them shoes.........