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Teddy Thompson (born 19 February 1976) is a British folk and rock musician. He is the son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and brother of singer Kamila Thompson. He released his first album in 2000.

Teddy Thompson
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Background information
Born (1976-02-19) 19 February 1976 (age 43)
OriginLondon, England
GenresFolk, Americana, Folk Rock, Country Folk, Alt. Country
Years active2000–present
LabelsCooking Vinyl, Virgin, Verve Forecast
Associated actsRichard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Kamila Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kelly Jones


Teddy Thompson was born in 1976 in a London Sufi commune to folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, both major musical figures in the English folk rock scene from the 1960s on. He is the brother of singer Kamila Thompson. He formed his own band at the age of 18. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career,[1] which included work as a singer and guitar player in his father Richard's band during the 1990s. He appears on at least three Richard Thompson Band recordings from that time: You? Me? Us?, the live album Celtschmerz (1998) and Mock Tudor (1999), as well as singing a duet on the track "Persuasion", which appeared on Richard's best-of compilation Action Packed (1999). He can be seen performing in his father's band on a number of internet videos from as early as 1993, including an appearance on the BBC's Jools Holland show. He coaxed his mother out of retirement and co-produced her first album in 17 years, Fashionably Late.[1]



In 2000 Thompson released his debut album, Teddy Thompson, which received much critical acclaim but little commercial success. Between the time of his debut album and follow-up, he released the moderately successful EP Blunderbuss and toured as part of Rosanne Cash's band. His song "Love Her for That" was featured in the 2002 film 40 Days and 40 Nights.

Separate WaysEdit

In 2005, Thompson released his second full-length album, Separate Ways. It has a strong "second-generation" artist theme, featuring both Rufus and Martha Wainwright, who are close friends of Thompson. He has toured and recorded with both the Wainwrights, including Rufus' 2003 album Want One.[2] Teddy and Rufus recorded a version of "King of the Road" for the 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain, with Thompson also contributing a solo track: "I Don't Want to Say Goodbye". Separate Ways features Dave Mattacks, Tony Trischka and Garth Hudson of The Band and was produced by Brad Albetta, who also produced Martha Wainwright's much-lauded debut album. In 2014 the track "In My Arms" was featured in the 2013 British romantic comedy movie The Love Punch.

Upfront & Down LowEdit

Teddy's third album, Upfront & Down Low, was released on Verve Forecast in the United States on 17 July 2007, and in the UK and Europe later in 2007. The album contains covers of many of Teddy's favourite country songs, plus one of his own compositions, entitled "Down Low". It offers covers of country classics such as George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care," Ernest Tubb's "Walking the Floor Over You", and Liz Anderson's "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers", made famous by Merle Haggard. Lesser-known songs include Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "Change of Heart" (originally recorded by The Everly Brothers), Dolly Parton's bittersweet "My Blue Tears," Bob Luman's "Let's Think About Living", and the Elvis Presley "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone." Six tracks feature string arrangements by English arranger Robert Kirby, renowned for his work with Nick Drake.[3] "My Blue Tears" features strings arranged by Thompson cohort Rufus Wainwright. The only single taken off Upfront & Down Low was "Change of Heart".

A Piece of What You NeedEdit

Thompson's fourth studio album, A Piece of What You Need, was released via Verve/Forecast in June 2008, and contains all original songs. It was produced by Marius de Vries, whom Teddy met while recording background vocals on Rufus Wainwright's Want records in 2002.[citation needed]

The first single from A Piece of What You Need is "In My Arms". The music video for the song features a cameo appearance by Rufus Wainwright dressed as Elvis Presley. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 107.[4] The album debuted at No. 10 after its first week in the UK Charts during August 2008.[citation needed]


Thompson's fifth studio album Bella was released in February 2011. Bella is Thompson's fourth album released on the record label Verve Forecast. The album is produced by David Kahne.[citation needed] Bella contains all original songs which Thompson started working on after returning from his last tour. The single "'Looking for a Girl" was released on 13 January 2011 on Verve Forecast. Bella received positive reviews in the UK and the US.[citation needed] Critics also note that this is Thompson's most personal record to date which yet again shows off his talent as a vocalist and craftsman of both deeply personal and hummable pop tunes.[5][6]

Little WindowsEdit

Thompson, in collaboration with acclaimed American singer-songwriter Kelly Jones, released his sixth studio album Little Windows via Cooking Vinyl on 1 April 2016.


Thompson in 2006
  • Teddy co-wrote the bulk of his mother Linda Thompson's comeback album, Fashionably Late (2002). He also contributed guitar and vocals on the album. The song All I See, written by Teddy and featuring Linda on vocals, first appeared on Teddy's 2000 self-titled debut.
  • Thompson contributes covers of Leonard Cohen's "Tonight Will Be Fine" and "The Future" to a CD soundtrack released by Verve Records in 2006, featuring select covers from 2005 tribute concerts to the singer-songwriter.
  • Teddy was featured in one of the episodes of Live from Abbey Road, along with Brian Wilson and Martha Wainwright, during September 2008. Teddy contributed two songs: "In My Arms" and "Don't Know What I Was Thinking", from A Piece of What You Need. Thompson and Martha Wainwright also performed the Beatles song "We Can Work It Out" together at the end of the airing episode. The episode aired on The Sundance Channel on 4 September in the US and on 13 September in the UK.
  • Thompson again co-wrote much of his mother's 2007 album, Versatile Heart.
  • Thompson is featured in a DVD with Keane, entitled Curate a Night For a War Child (released in September 2008), contributing two songs from Upfront & Down Low.
  • Thompson sings "Pink Moon" and "River Man" on the live album "Way To Blue - The Songs of Nick Drake", released in 2013.
  • Teddy was featured in Life. Support. Music., a documentary about Jason Crigler, a guitarist and musician who is a close friend of Thompson's. The film documents the recovery Crigler made from a serious brain hemorrhage in 2004.
  • Teddy produced the album Family (2014) by Thompson (the band being named for all the Thompsons that appear), writing two tracks for the project and performing on some of the songs. The album features father Richard, mother Linda, The Rails, who are sister Kami and her husband James Walbourne, as well as Walbourne's brother and Richard Thompson's son from his second marriage.[7][8]
  • In 2017, he produced Not Dark Yet, an album by Americana singer-songwriters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne. As well as production, he also played bass, drums, acoustic guitar, provided backing vocals on the record and accompanied the sisters on their subsequent tour.


  • Thompson toured as part of Rosanne Cash's band in the early 2000s.
  • In January and February 2009, he toured the UK with The Grey Race as his opening act and backup band.
  • Teddy appeared as the opening act for Elton John, supporting him on a line of dates in June 2009, followed by some appearances at the Festival scene in the UK later in the summer.
  • He appears regularly at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City with his rockabilly band Poundcake, a trio he completes with Ethan Eubanks and Jeff Hill.
  • In January 2011 he appeared, with David Ford and Ashley Cleveland, at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.[9]
  • Throughout January and February 2011 Thompson toured the UK supporting his latest release Bella and with him on the road were his regular backing band with Ethan Eubanks on drums, Jeff Hill on bass, Daniel Mintseris on keyboards and featuring Jessie Nelson on fiddle and David Ford on keyboards and guitars on some of the songs.
  • Thompson and his band returns to the United States in April 2011 supporting rock band Old 97's on their American tour.


Special appearancesEdit

Style and musical genreEdit

Coming from a family of folk musicians, Thompson has naturally drawn influences from folk-music into his own musical sound. While still a teenager he was listening exclusively to American music such as Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. Thompson also later stated that these artists are some of his main musical influences when he first started to write songs. Later when he grew up he began to listen more to contemporary pop music such as Crowded House, and his own musical style today is a mix of folk, country, rock and pop music. As he says himself:

". . country music was the music I was brought up on. It's the music that's closest to my heart and the music that speaks to me the most, and it's always been a big influence on my own songwriting. I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it's definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs. I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place. As a writer, I've always gravitated towards that feeling.[11]

In a video interview he says:

"I think my favorite pop song ever is this Elvis song called '(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame' . . I don't know if it's the best song, but it's just the most perfect pop record I've ever heard. It's the most perfect arrangement, brilliant playing ... sounds phenomenal. As a little piece of pop history ... to create something that perfect, that simple, would be great."[12]

In addition to his tenor singing voice, Thompson plays both the acoustic and electric guitar, and occasionally the ukulele. He has a strong, versatile and expressive voice which he uses both in the higher and lower vocal range with ease, but he apparently prefers using his voice in the middle register while singing. He stated in an interview that his voice was his "only weapon so to speak" in the early years as a vocalist and musician playing in his father's backing band. It has been said that Thompson has inherited much of his singing voice from his mother.[citation needed] He has also been compared vocally to Chris Isaak and Justin Hayward.[citation needed]



Year Album Chart positions Label
IRE US Heat US Country
2000 Teddy Thompson Virgin
2005 Separate Ways 192 Verve
2007 Upfront & Down Low 19 49
2008 A Piece of What You Need 10 63 19
2011 Bella 42 94 6 Decca / Verve
2014 Family (credited to Thompson) 89 5 Universal Music Group, Fantasy Records and
2016 Little Windows (with Kelly Jones) 113 78 23 Cooking Vinyl

EPs, etc.Edit


  • "Everybody Move It" (2005)
  • "In My Arms" (2008) – (UK #107)
  • "Christmas" (2008) – featuring special guests Linda, Richard, and Kamila Thompson[14]
  • "Looking for a Girl" (2011)

Guest appearancesEdit

Compilation/soundtrack contributionsEdit



  1. ^ a b "For Teddy Thompson, Music's a Family Affair" by David Dye, National Public Radio, 3 May 2006 (from WXPN).
  2. ^
  3. ^ Teddy Thompson bio from Verve Music Group
  4. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart for the Week Ending 30 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (366): 1–4.
  5. ^ Three Star USA Today Review
  6. ^ New York Times Profile Album Release
  7. ^ Holland, Simon (1 December 2014). "Thompson – Family". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  8. ^ Dominus, Susan (7 November 2014). "Teddy Thompson's Folk-Rock Family Reunion". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  9. ^ Teddy Thompson with David Ford and Ashley Cleveland at Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Archived 29 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Teddy Thompson bio at Verve Music Group
  12. ^ video interview, 2006, Hellcar Industries
  13. ^ Peaks for Teddy Thompson in the United Kingdom:
  14. ^ "Exclusive Teddy Thompson and Family "Christmas" song available on iTunes!". Verve Music. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2009.

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