A little less than a year ago, Fender Strat-slinging British rock heavyweight Richard Thompson set Tampa Theatre on fire with his axe wizardry and contemplative moments of acoustic beauty or jazzy finger-picking style as part. According to sometime CL Writer Eric Snider
, the “folk-rock power trio” was dryly described by the musician as “as kind of a cross between the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Peter, Paul & Mary,” though Snider felt it tilted heavily to the Hendrixian. Thompson’s 2012 effort, Cabaret of Souls
, grew from a project he was commissioned to produce honoring the skills of friend and frequent collaborator, Danny Thompson, at the 2009 convention of the International Society of Bassists. Limited to release on the artist’s site, the narration-studded thematically-linked collection follows a "talent contest" in the afterlife between the souls of recently deceased people. Kris Delmhorst opens Thompson's Tampa date.