Richard Thompson is an English musician best known for his guitar playing and songwriting.
As a guitarist Thompson is notable for the breadth of his influences Ã¢â‚¬â€ which range from Buddy Holly and James Burton via Les Paul and Django Reinhardt to less likely influences such as pipe player Billy Pigg Ã¢â‚¬â€ and for his penchant for improvising rather than relying on worked out solos for each song.
Over a long career (he first recorded in 1967 as a member of Fairport Convention), Thompson has received much acclaim from his peers and has consistently been well-regarded by critics. While he has never become a 'household name' Ã¢â‚¬â€ even his best-known albums have enjoyed only limited commercial success Ã¢â‚¬â€ he has earned a reputation as a skilled and compelling live performer and a consistently vital recording artist. In August 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Thompson as #19 on its list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He continues to write and record new material and plays many live shows each year.