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Bobby Thompson – On The Ground

WORLD PREMIERE!

We know blues master Bobby Thompson well from many DC area bands, from Blueheart Revival, Mud Rey, Revelator Hill and his own Bobby Thompson Project. For his newly released EP called The Acoustic Sessions, the frequent collaborator decided to present new songs in stripped-down solo fashion to highlight the masterful songwriting and assured performance.

The intent of this EP was to present the music in the most raw form, written on the acoustic guitar and acoustic lap, and kept simple from the start. The three songs kicking off the EP serve as previews of full-band versions expected on a new solo album in 2019. All three songs, ‘On The Ground’, ‘My Everything’, and ‘Hard to Come Back’, are presented here in the shape and form they were written in: acoustic and straight-from-the-heart.

After recording these songs, Thompson shot brand new videos of the songs for a series he’s calling “The Acoustic Barn Sessions”, and Hometown Sounds is honored to premiere the first video from it, “On The Ground”.

HTS: You work with a lot of different collaborators, what’s the motivation behind doing these tracks acoustic and solo?
Thompson: I’ve been wanting to release an acoustic-based album for some time now, and this is the start to that. There is something raw and beautiful about a song in its most pure form, and it’s my first real release as a singer-songwriter. Up until now, I’ve mostly released albums with songs written as a band, or with a full-band arrangement in mind.

Where is the barn at walnut grove and what brought you there to record those songs live?
Sandi Redman, a well-known local DC-area videographer and super-fan, suggested we film at this barn in Leesburg, Virginia, which is on private property. I wanted to share visuals of the songs, and this barn was a perfect setting on a Sunday afternoon. I hope people enjoy watching this video series, and I’m thankful to Hometown Sounds for premiering the first one.

Any upcoming shows to plug?
Yes. This Friday October 19 I’ll be playing solo acoustic at the Lake Anne Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Reston, Virginia at 6pm. Next weekend, I’m on the road to New York City and Boston, with a live-to-vinyl session in Brooklyn for Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. You can visit my facebook page for more details on how to option a rare live version of songs from ‘The Acoustic Sessions’ on vinyl. I’ll also be playing Thursday, October 25 at Rockwood Music Hall Stage One at 6pm in Manhattan.

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Podcast for September 8th, 2015 feat. Bobby Thompson

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Blues rocker Bobby Thompson drops by the Hometown Sounds podcast to talk about his favorite tracks and preview his new record “Live At Iota”.

Tracklisting:
Bobby Thompson – Down To Here [Live at Iota]
Lauren Calve – Sweep [Between The Creek And The Tracks]
Laura Tsaggaris – Only In Daydreams [Live at the Atlas]
Whisky Legs – Needy Woman
Bobby Thompson – Nobody’s Fool [Live at Iota]
Laura Cheadle – The Best that It Could Feel

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Blueheart Revival – Early in the Morning video

Bobby Thompson’s blues rock band Blueheart Revival just released the third video from their debut full length album Stone Feathers. Like last year’s premiere video “Setting Sun”, Thompson and his talented crew along with engineer Sean Russel recorded “Early in the Morning” at Cue Recording Studio’s Red Room and Clubhill Media‘s Matt Williams was there to capture footage, but Thompson himself did the editing for this interesting view into the recording process. Iota in Clarendon is the spiritual home of this rugged style in DC, so head there Friday night to hear Blueheart Revival wail and croon with support from Jonathan Slone and Wayward Dog.

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Blueheart Revival – Setting Sun video

To list the many projects involving blues virtuoso Bobby Thompson (Mud Rey, the Lauren Calve Band, Justin Jones) shows how in-demand and involved he is. His outlet for blues-rock is Blueheart Revival, with Colin Thompson, Kurt Kratch, Tommy Lepson and Gary Crockett, and their debut full length album Stone Feathers just dropped a couple of days ago with 8 original songs by Thompson. Today they debuted their first music video for the classic “Setting Sun” featuring Bobby’s distinctive voice and a howling guitar lick. Much like the excellent video from The Cowards Choir we premiered last month, the cameras of Clubhill Media captured the recording of the song at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church by The Circus Life’s Sean Russell. Keep up the great video work CHM!

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Bobby Thompson – Down To Here video

Last week blues rocker Bobby Thompson, longtime bandmate of Justin Jones, released a music video for his newest single Down To Here. Directed by Paulo Carrillo, it’s got just the right amount of melancholy, guitar solos and impressive facial hair. Keep an eye out for Bobby’s new blues DC supergroup Mud Rey with Tony Moreno on bass and the always-in-demand Ben Tufts on drums.

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