Jonathan Thompson | Our Town

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Our Town

by Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan Thompson is a poetic songwriter with foot tapping folk and blues guitar grooves. His second album 'Our Town' is a ‘tour de force’ of observation and personal stories set to memorable melodies that instantly engage the listener.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. She Left Yesterday
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2. My Guitar
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3. Our Town
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4. Seasons
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5. All I Could Say
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6. Hoping for Some Light
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7. Singing Like Her Mama
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8. The Painter's Lament
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9. Drifting
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10. Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry
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11. Louise
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12. If Words Should Fail Me
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13. Brothers of the Sea
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14. When You're Down On Your Luck
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jonathan Thompson writes and performs songs drawn from everyday experiences and observations to foot tapping folk and blues guitar grooves.

His latest album ‘Our Town’ to be released in April 2013 is a ‘tour de force’ of observation and personal stories set to memorable melodies that instantly engage the listener. The beauty of the passage of time and a sense of place is captured in these 14 original tunes recorded at Opus Studios, Grayshot in Surrey UK with recording engineer and producer Tim Benson.

‘Brothers of the Sea’ is a moving tribute to1,531 men who lost their lives in a World War II naval blunder including Jonathan’s grandfather Tommy Thompson. Other songs such as ‘Singing Like her Mama’ were inspired by observing a young songwriter at a gig who had an uncanny voice not to dissimilar to Sandy Denny – where did she get that from? ‘Our Town’ is an affectionate profile of his home town jammed out with his musical mates to a foot stomping rockabilly tempo.

The band known as Jonathan Thompson & The Magdalens includes Mike Knee - Upright Bass, Jez Grosvenor – Hammond Organ/Keyboard, Steve Dove - Acoustic rhythm guitar and Alessio Barreli on Drums. On the recording Jonathan has taken full advantage of this strong punchy rythmn section and added lyrical and tasteful electric lead guitar passages that have a strong rootsy feel adding a further voice to the tunes.

‘Our Town’ follows from Jonathan’s successful debut album ‘Songs of Rapture’ released in January 2008. His trusty Lowden guitar drives the songs forward which paint dream like images of a spiritual hope in contrast with more gritty social and political issues.

His musical journey as a songwriter has been relatively new but his roots and influences started early by listening to his fathers record collection including Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash & Geordie folk artist’s such as Alex Glasgow, & Johnny Handel. His sister’s collection provided further inspiration including Cat Stevens, Simon & Art Garfunkel & Pink Floyd. By the time he was 14 he taught himself guitar by listening to early Blues, The Beatles, Buddy Holly and the smooth guitar sounds of JJ Cale, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.

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