“Thompson ranks as perhaps the most well-rounded yet overlooked instrumentalist and songwriter beneath the large Americana umbrella. ”
— Dan Schram, Raleigh Indy Weekly
“...(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
“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
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
New CD "WORKS" available now...........
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
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...
.....you'll have to see the show to get the full story!
AVAILABLE here and on itunes
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Dierks Bentley Records Verlon's "Bad Angel"
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.