Linda Thompson is a British folk singer who recorded a bunch of stellar albums in the ‘70s with her then-husband, legendary singer-guitarist Richard Thompson. She’s also one of my favorite all-time vocalists, and I had a pleasure of interviewing her a couple of years back when she released her last album Versatile Heart.
To be honest, I was expecting a shy folk siren, but instead discovered her to be a hugely entertaining raconteur, happy to recall the time she tried to kick Richard onstage during their last tour together or the many occasions she has been confused with one of Elvis Presley’s last girlfriends (they share a name) by tabloid journalists.
Anyway, Thompson is looking to release another album, and has asked fans to help finance the CD, following in the footsteps of previous artists like Jill Sobule and British prog-rockers Marillion. She has even put together a list of incentives to encourage donations: For $50, you get a signed copy of the new CD and your name included in the liner notes, while $5,000 will buy you the chance to actually contribute vocals to the album.
“Don’t worry if you can’t sing,” Thompson writes in an explanatory note. “That’s what AutoTune is for. Just ask Britney.” Finally there is the “$100,000 Pay Me To Go Away Level.” “For $100,000 I won’t make the record at all – in fact, I won’t make a record for the next year,” explains the droll singer. “Imagine the rush, the power, the heady trip! It will be like being a record executive in the eighties all over again!”
More seriously, Thompson is offering a couple of free tracks to whet prospective investors’ appetites; one song is called “Never The Bride” and features her son, and solo artist in his own right, Teddy Thompson on guitar. You can also download her version of Gerry Rafferty’s “His Mother Never Liked Me Anyway.”
Those completely unaware of Ms. Thompson’s genius talents, on the other hand, should immediately watch the clip of her performing “A Heart Needs A Home” with her ex-husband below: