The man called the 19th greatest guitarist of all time is 59. During the 1980s his album "Shoot Out The Lights" with 1st wife Linda Thompson was called one of the top ten of the decade by Rolling Stone. Richard Thompson is hands down my favorite musician: period, full stop. No other singer/composer comes close for sheer virtuosity and word craft. The workouts he can give a guitar can reach delirious, epic proportions.His patter between songs during solo shows is hysterically funny, though while there is a strong streak of oddball sensibility in his lyrics he can do a mournful ballad as well or better than anyone else in the business. Have a listen.I'm greatly looking forward to his upcoming show at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington just up the road on April 19th.