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Thompson ranks as perhaps the most well-rounded yet overlooked instrumentalist and songwriter beneath the large Americana umbrella. ”

— Dan Schram, Raleigh Indy Weekly

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...(at the Newport Folk Festival).....Verlon Thompson was great! Seriously. Nobody at the festival played guitar like him. His song "Everywhere...Yet" stunned the crowd and "Joe Walker's Mare" was country storytelling at it's best. Did I mention he could play the guitar? Really ..... Thompson was electrifying.”

— Boston Music Review

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To the everyday country music fan, Verlon Thompson is not a household name. But within the music community of Nashville, Thompson is a songwriter and guitarist almost without peer.”

— Jack Bernhardt, Charlotte Weekly


"The Guitar" was written by Verlon
Guy Clark with help
and inspiration from the guys in the

Fur Peace Ranch
guitar/songwriting class.
The video was produced by

genuine human productions.


Verlon "AMPLIFIED"...........

                            Available here and on itunes

  I had a band in Colorado in the late 70's. We played what the people wanted to hear, stuff like Little Feat, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, etc.
Occasionaly I would try to slip in a song that I wrote only to find that no one was really interested.
  When I moved to Nashville I left behind my rockin' shoes but not my admiration of, or the influence of those great rockin' singer/songwriters
of that era.

  On my 60th birthday I found myself sitting in front of my amp with my electric guitar .... and a group of original songs that seemd to lend
themselves to a more "amplified" sound. I had become a huge fan of Guthrie Trapp's electric guitar work and had been looking for an
excuse to pick with him so I called him up. He suggested we use two other masters, Michael Rhodes on bass, and Pete Abbott on drums.
Later, I added the soulful voice of Pat McLaughlin. My dear friend and Grammy winning producer/engineer Chris Latham recorded, mixed
and mastered the sessions.
  Here's to those days when my hair was long and black and we packed rooms like Freddies, The Snake River Saloon and The Little Bear.


This version of "Caddo County" is a
spontaneous performance shot in my
friends back yard in Austin Tx.
Thompson is the quintessential troubadour.”

— Myrtle Beach Alternative

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New CD "WORKS" available now...........

  April 20, 2011 -  "WORKS" is now available for purchase or download. Please go to the 'Music' page.
 "WORKS" is now available here and on itunes. (bio/review for WORKS)

Verlon on Bob Edwards Radio..........

Jan. 2012 - Click on the follwing links to hear Verlon's appearance on the Bob Edwards Radio Show. Bob did a great interview and his producers
and editors did a brilliant job editing the stories together with Verlon's live performance along with tracks from the "Works" cd.


Music from "Find Your Angel"..........

Verlon and Sue Cunningham have recorded the songs from their song-cycle/theatrical production of "Find Your Angel". This CD has 14 tracks
recorded just as you'll hear them performed in the live production with Verlon on guitar/vocal and Sue on five string fiddle and vocals.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO ORDER the CD or to DOWNLOAD THE TRACKS. Note: this recording does not include the narration...'ll have to see the show to get the full story!

AVAILABLE here and on itunes

A couple of unsolicited reviews of the cd and the live show:
  Dear Sue, Verlon, and Frank..
After 40 years of performing and attending all types of gigs,concerts and festivals, 30 years of recording other's music, and 20 years of owning
a music store.... we still enjoy almost all types of music and most all of the musicians we've had the privilege to meet and work with. 
However, at this point it takes something very special falling on our eyes and ears to actually move our souls.

We just finished listening to the new CD, "Find Your Angel" while reflecting on last night's show.  When the CD ended we looked at each other... and Bari's
first word was, "Stunning"...

..and it is. 

Powerful.  Absolutely beautiful.  Job well done.

Ron and Bari Lynn Litschauer
The AMP Shop and Music Parlor
Acoustic Music Productions

 This was an amazing night. A theatrical mix of Historical Drama told by an acclaimed Troubadour, with instrumentation and vocality executed
with passion and expertise second to none. I wanted to preserve every verse and sound with my video camera, yet I was immediately so
drawn to in to the story, as if I was a fly on the wall back in the time of the Civil War, that I never got a chance to reach for my camera before
it was over. Friends this is not a performance, but an experience and a journey that everyone should take. 
Fred Barry



"Find Your Angel" is ready for the road......

 It's official. After a trial run in Jupiter, Fl. and a successful debut in Wellsboro, Pa., "Find Your Angel" is ready to take to the road.

Verlon, Sue Cunningham (fiddler extraordinaire) and Frank Serio (photographer extraordinaire)  present the "fiction based on fact" story of a priviledged southern belle who's perfect life collides with the Civil War. 
  With the introduction of Lorena, listeners are drawn into a woman's story of struggle and survival equal to any on the battlefield. Performing on guitar and fiddle in the midst of Serio's stunning photographs, Thompson and Cunningham employ twelve new and original compositions, theme music and narration to bring this emotional and dramatic creation to life.



And now the GRAMMY AWARDS.......

Dec 5, 2010 - After the CMA and IBMA nominations earlier in the year, Verlon has more good news. Guy Clark's "Somedays The Song Writes You"  which Verlon co-produced for Dualtone Records, has received a 2010 GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Dierks Bentley's performance (with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson) of "Bad Angel" has received a 2010 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.


Verlon and Bad Angel - CMA AWARD Nomination......

Sep 2, 2010- The Dierks Bentley recording of Verlon's "Bad Angel" (written with Suzi Ragsdale) has been nominated for the 2010 CMA "Musical Event of the Year" award. Dierks' version of the song also features Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson. 


06/13 Music for Radio/TV

 Verlon has written and produced the music for a new advertising campaign for the State of Tennessee called "Take Only As Directed". Two radio spots and one television spot were produced for the Tombras Group in Knoxville. The spots bring awareness to the large number of  prescription pill addictions in the state of Tennessee.

Verlon with his heroes and friends Mike Bub and Shawn Camp

IBMA Song Of The Year Nomination

Aug. 2010 - "The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle" a song Verlon wrote with Sam Bush and Guy Clark has been nominated for the Internatrional Bluegrass Music Assocation's Song of the Year Award. The song appears on Sam's "Circles Around Me" cd on Sugar Hill Records. The awards will be handed out September 30th, 2010 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Unfortunately Verlon will be on the road in Charleston S.C. that night....and is planning an extra special rendition of "Stringbean" for the folks.
Win or lose Verlon is proud and honored to be in the running.

Dierks Bentley Records Verlon's "Bad Angel"

Verlon's song "Bad Angel" has been recorded by Dierks Bentley for his Capitol Nashville CD entitled "Up On The Ridge".
The CD is a bluegrass and roots inspired project co-produced with stellar musician and songwriter Jon Randall.  Dierks 
sings "Bad Angel" with some help from Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson on vocals and some of the finest bluegrass
pickers in the business. "Up On The Ridge" release date is June 2010. 
   Thank you Dierks and Jon!


Songs recorded by...

Verlon's song "The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle" (written with Sam Bush and Guy Clark) will be on Sam Bush's  new Sugar Hill Records release. "Circles Around Me" will be released Oct 20th, 2009. Thanks to Sam and congratulatiuons on receiving the upcoming Americana Music Association's "Lifetime Acheivement Award".

Verlon's song "Mexico's Daughter" (written with Frank Serio) has been recorded by The Del McCoury Band for their next release. Thanks to Del and the boys! More details later.

©Verlon Thompson 2009