"It’s said that no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. It’s as though the moments and hours and days are no longer ours once we’ve lived them. Virginia-based musician Bobby Thompson takes hold of the last ten years song by song on his new compilation album, Retrospect.
In tune with the harvest season, this exciting record offers up a profound panorama of Thompson’s work, featuring sixteen songs that he’s written or covered over the last decade. Retrospect is Americana in the truest sense of the word. Thompson takes you through striking musical landscapes, from blues to folk, soul, and rock, offering kaleidoscopic glimpses of his musical roots." - TJ MAGAZINE (November 2017) ... read more
“Thompson delivers his own original style on every song in By the Hand with flawless precision. The talent heard here is not enhanced by the recording studio but rather by the musicians’ razor sharp execution. Each tune seemingly begs to be heard rumbling the walls of your favorite dive, dissipating the incoherent chatter of the locals in the background. From start to finish, By the Hand is an eclectic experience that at the same time does not loose sight of its blues rock roots, the source of Thompson’s inspiration.”
“With 'By The Hand', 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.”
"When Bobby Thompson sings he sounds warm, reassuring ... As a result, Thompson's new album, "By the Hand," offers something for every blues fan." - Carl Abernathy, Cahl's Juke Joint Blog
"Blues guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson has released his new CD 'By The Hand'... The CD is bluesy and mostly upbeat rock and roll. It goes to church sometimes, but still conjures images of devilish deals. It moves and moves you.'
"By The Hand is a well-produced collection of songs, by a good singer-songwriter and guitarist Bobby Thompson, and if you love really well played blues influenced rock music then this album should be playing on your smart phone, your computer, in your car or whatever music device you are using these days.