Meet Bobby

Thompson has drawn a line between his past and his future through these songs of hope and redemption. It is hard not to listen to this record and recognize an artist beginning to hit his creative stride.
— Jim Markel, Swampland (2011 'By The Hand' Review)
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Photo: Birmingham, AL 2018

Biography

I want to carry on the tradition, of blues and folk music, without mimicking, but with solid interpretation and writing. People like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Mississippi John Hurt are top-shelf in my vinyl catalog. Lightnin' Hopkins and Townes Van Zandt were friends. Bob Dylan sang blues songs. Blues music and folk music are close relatives. That's the tradition I want to continue in with my songwriting and performances. 

I began my musical journey early on, following in my sisters footsteps by taking piano lessons, and then picking up the guitar. My uncle encouraged me to play electric guitar in my teens, and I never stopped. Over the years, I studied at both the academic level, and the street level, learning the ins and outs of what it means to put on a show that people will remember. 

Lately, as far as my solo career goes, I've been putting the acoustic guitar first, and leaving the electric sounds for Revelator Hill, the touring rock band. I truly enjoy the gentler side of playing Weissenborns and other acoustics, both solo and as a duo. My new EP 'The Acoustic Sessions' will be available September 2018, and I plan to embark on solo tour dates, wherever the road will take me. 

 

DISCOGRAPHY—

BY THE HAND ⋅ BOBBY THOMPSON
LP ⋅ 2011

FORTUNES ⋅ BOBBY THOMPSON
EP ⋅ 2014

STONE FEATHERS ⋅ BLUEHEART REVIVAL
LP ⋅ 2014

LIVE AT IOTA ⋅ BOBBY THOMPSON
LP ⋅ 2015

ATLANTIC DETOUR ⋅ REVELATOR HILL
LP ⋅ 2017

RETROSPECT ⋅ BOBBY THOMPSON
LP ⋅ 2017

LIVE BY THE CREEK ⋅ REVELATOR HILL
LP ⋅ 2018

THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS ⋅ BOBBY THOMPSON
EP ⋅ 2018