There was a time Linda Thompson defined the British folk rock sound: melancholy, edgy, and accomplished. In the 1970s and ’80s, she was the muse that breathed life into the pen of Richard Thompson, the mellifluous, plaintive voice that filled out his fretwork. But shortly after their storied marriage collapsed, something called hysterical dysphonia silenced her singing, seemingly forever.
Today, Linda Thompson is back with her first new recording in 17 years. The songs are stripped down and spare, more “pure folk” than the moody rock sound of her past, and remarkably her voice is back, full and soulful, after nearly two decades of musical exile.
Her newest effort: the aptly titled “Fashionably Late.”
Linda Thompson, folk musician